They call it sampling; I call it vibe – Kuami Eugene on ‘song theft’ allegations

Kuami Eugene, in the latest episode of the ‘One Show’ on Oneplay+ with Tilly Akua Nipaa, has touched on the various interesting and controversial sides his artistry.

Kuami Eugene took time to break down what it means to create a song on a vibe, which is generally referred to as sampling.

“There is something they call vibe, it won’t necessarily mean sampling. Most of the songs that you think I sampled are not even sampled; it was vibes. But there is nothing new under the sun, something always looks and sounds like something,” he said.

Speaking on his Afrohighlife EP, he said: “I want to be known as that guy who was able to hold on highlife music, … I don’t like it when people ask me, do you think highlife is dead? Naa I don’t like hearing things like that, that means if I devote 80% of my time to highlife music, I won’t just leave highlife music, I will one day leave and have people trying to be like me. I think it’s better I leave footprints they can follow rather than wiping off everything that’s going on and jumping unto Afrobeats.”

Kuami Eugene also used vivid real-life examples to explain how their love for foreign music affects them as Ghanaian artists:

“Before the public can say Ghana music cant go far, how many times do they stream Ghana Music? How many times do they keep Ghana Music on rotation?” he asked.

He further asked, Can any Ghanaian put Ghana music on rotation for like 5 times a day? Are they able to play one song 20 times a day, because sometimes we do that to the foreign music,” he ended his questions.

Responding to how TikTok has affected the influx of foreign musicians the Ghanaian space, Kuami Eugene said that:

“It’s not TikTok, TikTok is a platform they are doing their marketing they are making money out of it, it’s our mindset. When you go on TikTok, you can choose a Ghanaian song to do the video, but you don’t do that, so TikTok hasn’t done anything, lets not go blame TikTok or Nigerian music or anything, we are the problem.”

These are but a few of the concerns raised by the Lynx Entertainment artist in the interview on the One Show with Tilly Akua Nipaa.

Source: Ghanaweekend.com

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I'm a radio Dj,blogger,teacher and entertainment critic who loves music and like promoting creative art to the world.

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