Reports reaching BEATWAVES indicate that a number of radio presenters and DJs have declared that hiplife-artiste-turned-pastor Lord Kenya has no right to stop them from playing his old hiplife songs.
Evangelist Lord Kenya is reported to have expressed frustration at the failure of radio presenters in Ghana to play songs from his new gospel album titled ‘Christ Life’ which was released in 2011, but are rather playing secular songs which he recorded in the late 90s and early 2000s.
A number of DJs and presenters including Papa Bills of Adom FM and DJ Awana of Hitz FM, who disagreed with Lord Kenya’s point of view, said they cannot be stopped from playing his secular music since he is after all not the only born-again artiste in Ghana.
One of the radio presenters in Takoradi, Enoch Asare, aka Feeling Daddy of Maxx FM told BEATWAVES in an interview that “Lord Kenya has no powers to stop us from playing his old songs because music lovers love his songs and they want to listen to it on radio all the time.
“I think what Lord Kenya should do is to plead with the DJs and presenters to promote his gospel songs instead of his secular songs.”
Kofi Okyere Darko, aka KOD of Radio Gold said also added that although Lord Kenya has the right to advise DJs and presenters to stop playing his songs, he cannot necessarily force them to stop playing his old songs.
He, however, advised Lord Kenya to concentrate on his pastoral activities instead of going round warning DJs and presenters to stop playing his old songs.
In an interview with one of his former producers, Mark Okraku Mantey on Hitz FM, he said, ‘Sika Baa’ was produced by Zapp Mallet and himself (Mantey) and that people have bought the songs over the years and he has no right to tell them not to play it.
Lord Kenya is celebrated for several popular hit songs like ‘Driver Susu Ko’, ‘Sika Baa’, ‘Okafuo Didi’, ‘Sika Mpo Nfaneho’, and ‘Born Again’.
He has won several awards; notable among them are Artiste of the Year, Hiplife Artiste of the Year and Hiplife Album of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards 2001 and Best Ghanaian Rap Music Award at the Anansekrom Festival in Canada 2000.