Rapper Okyeame Kwame has made a passionate appeal to President Nana Akufo-Addo to build some synergy between artistes, content creators, and technology.
He believes that such a move will help people in the creative space earn more from their craft.
The award-winning rapper, speaking in an interview on the 3FM Drive with Giovani Caleb, pleaded with the president to also emulate some of the initiatives implemented in Kenya.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta recently directed the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage to set aside Ksh.100 million to cushion local artistes from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Okyeame Kwame said building synergy between technology, content creators, and artistes will put more money in their pockets.
He also asked for an incentive for people in the creative space for the future “since we can’t all come together to perform openly for now”.
The rapper revealed that he is launching a platform – Lalafio (little music) – on Friday, May 8 where people can subscribe and listen to live music from their top musicians from all genres whilst at home for a minimum fee.
“That is a way you get your entertainment and get to support the creatives financially. Artistes can come in and have the Patch Bay Band play for them at a minimum fee,” he said.
Okyeame Kwame, commenting on the coronavirus pandemic, acknowledged that he likes the national consciousness over pandemic and appreciated the way President Akufo-Addo is handling the virus in Ghana.
Asked what his advice on ‘Survivor 101’ to musicians and music lovers in this Covid-19 season is, the award-winning rapper advised that it is a good time to “meditate, reflect, write music, write a book and be artistic and also dig deep into your inner creativity.”
Popularly referred to as the ‘Rap Dacta’, Okyeame Kwame revealed that the coronavirus pandemic has seen a lot of shows he has been booked for cancelled.
He advised Ghanaians to build their immune systems and protect themselves.