The ongoing debate amongst music enthusiasts comparing two Ghanaian music legends, Kojo Antwi and Daddy Lumba is getting more interesting with varying reasons why one is greater than the other.
The only Ghanaian highlife musician to wade in the trending conversation is Okyeame Kwame.
The ‘Made in Ghana’ Ambassador in an interview opined that the two legends are incomparable because of their versatility concerning their different styles of delivery.
Stating categorically why Kojo Antwi and Daddy Lumba cannot be compared, the Rap Docta said the duo have different voice textures and apparently different ways of writing which makes their music dissimilar and unique in their own way.
“Their music is different. Kojo Antwi plays a bit of Reggae and Daddy Lumba plays highlife. Daddy Lumba’s style of music has helped him produce scores of hits. Mr. ‘Music Man’ is also known for his diverse style of music from RnB to soul music, reggae and lover’s rock. His music has been sampled by some young Ghanaian hip-hop and hiplife artists due to its diverse tunes.
“Comparing Daddy Lumba and Kojo Antwi is like comparing oranges and mangoes, we cannot find out who is greater, they are both extremely great.
“Kojo Antwi uses metaphors, similes and other literary devices in his music and Daddy Lumba uses culture, history, and proverbs in his,” he said.
About Kojo Antwi
Kojo Antwi, also known as “Mr. Music Man”, is a Ghanaian Afro pop, highlife and reggae musical artist.
After leaving school, Kojo Antwi started his music career immediately by playing with the band Boomtalents. Later, he became the front-man of Classique Vibes, formerly known as Classique Handles. Eventually, Kojo went solo. His first solo album, All I Need is You, which released in 1986, became a chartbuster in Ghana. His music is a blend of Ghanaian highlife, Congolese soukous, Caribbean lovers rock, with a dash of African American soul and R&B.
Antwi has received the West Africa Tourism Award, All Africa Music Awards, Kora Award, and the Vodafone Ghana Music Award.
The music maestro was nominated in 2010 BET Awards.
About Daddy Lumba
Daddy Lumba is a multiple award-winning Ghanaian musician with an extremely successful career spanning almost three decades. He is widely regarded as the greatest Ghanaian singer of all time.
Lumba was born Charles Kwadwo Fosu on the 29th of September 1964 in a village called Nsuta Amangoase in the Sekyere Central District, near Mampong in Ashanti Region.
Daddy lumba’s music career started at the age of 16. He was the leader of Juaben Senior High School choir from 1983 to 1984 academic year and he completed in 1985. In Juaben SHS, Lumba formed the Lumba Brothers group with his friend Yaw and girlfriend,Theresa Abebrese.
After school, with the help of his girlfriend Theresa, Lumba travelled to Germany to seek greener pastures.
In Germany, he met Ernest Nana Acheampong. Nana had already formed a group called talking dreams with a white man. The only thing Lumba knew at the time was gospel music, and he has credited Nana Acheampong for introducing him to highlife music.
They formed another group called Lumba Brothers, the same name as his first group when he was in Juaben SHS.
The pair planned releasing an album in 1986 but due to financial constrains, the album was released in 1989 with the help of Lumba’s wife, Akosua Serwaa, who produced the album. The title of the album is Yeeya aka Akwantuo Mu.
Daddy Lumba, in all, has released 33 albums. The albums include critically acclaimed and commercially successful ones like Aben Wo Ha, Awosuo, Obi Ate Me So Buo, Sika Asem and Ebi Se Ey3 Aduro.
He is currently gearing up for his 34th album, titled ‘Nipa Fo Na 3ka Nsem Fo’.
He has been consistent with the release of multiple-hit albums since then and has established himself as one of Ghana’s most popular singers of the Highlife genre.
He introduced a future love song master, Ofori Amponsah, through his blockbuster hit album Wo Ho Kyere (1999). Daddy Lumba’s pairing in 1999 with the rising star produced five hits and shot Ofori Amponsah into the limelight. Altogether he has sprung the careers of 13 different Ghanaian musicians.
In 1999, he won three awards including Best Album, Artist of the Year and the Most popular Song of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards. Before the year 2002, Daddy came out every year with a hit album.