Akosua Agyepong criticises Joey B for profane 'Tonga' lyrics; lauds Bisa K'dei

Highlife musician Akosua Agyepong says Joey B’s single ‘Tonga’, which won him the Discovery of Year at the Vodafone Music Awards, last year, is profane.

Speaking on Hitz FM’s Daybreak Showbiz Review segment with Black I, Akosua questioned why Joey B has still not been able to define the slang TONGA.

“What did he say Tonga means when he was questioned? Has he been able to give any concrete definition for his slang?

“It is a profane song, he sang the song but has still not been able to say what it means”, she added.

Although she commended Joey B for the rhythm, she believes that something better could have been done with it.

“He has a beautiful rhythm and instead of using Tonga, he could have used something else. If he was singing about love, it would have been ok. Pastors preach about love so he could have done something on love for couples.

“They write lyrics they cannot explain, I get frustrated with their lyrics. When you question them about the lyrics in their songs they shy away, why are they not able to say what the song carries. It is as though we those listening are not discerning” Akosua stressed.

She said musicians like Joey B do these songs to attract students in the universities because they are gullible so “when the mobile disc jockeys go around playing, they are targets because they are young and they enjoy such songs”.

Akosua who recently celebrated her 25th anniversary in the music industry acknowledged that songs like Tonga sell, but advised musicians go record songs that last not those that fade off in a short time.

“Be honest with me when these songs are released but how many years do they last? How many of those songs do you hear these days? It is these mobile disc jockeys who make these songs popular but many elderly folks invite such disc jockeys or how many of them love these songs”.

She eulogized high-life musician Bisa K’dei for the lyrics of his songs and admonished the young musician to be circumspect with their lyrics.

Young musicians in her view “have very good rhythms, they are lucky to have very good rhythms. The rhythms their engineers create are very danceable, so why won’t they just put together good lyrics that can impact lives, lyrics that can stand the test of time so that after ten, fifteen years children can still sing and get the lesson in the song.” Akosua quizzed.

- Source: Ghana | Hitz FM | Gloria Nyarku