When you are an up and coming artiste, the only thing you think about is hitting the limelight. You don’t care about their real field, money or contract. You just want to be seen and heard.
However, showbiz goes beyond being popular. There is a business aspect of it which is the quay to the talent. You have to know your strengths and play along that line.
Every genre of music comes with a particular attitude and culture. You should naturally have it or learn it to fit in.
In 2012, I wrote an article in Flex newspaper with the headline “Is Kaakie Turning from the ‘Word’ to the ‘World”? In the article, I analysed how Kaakie’s ‘chrife’ background was affecting her dance hall persona.
“Is Kaakie Turning from the ‘Word’ to the ‘World’? [Flex newspaper, 2012]
While some secular musicians are converting to gospel, others who were nurtured in the church and are expected to sing gospel are rather doing secular music, a case in point being dance hall diva Kaakie.
I know there are a lot of secular musicians who were strong “chrife”, played church bands before switching to do secular music. I can mention Lucky Mensah and Rex Omar. I even hear Ofori Amponsah was also a church boy before he was ‘stolen’ by the devil.
Stories of converted Lord Kenya, Ofori Amponsah and the likes tell us that most people who do secular music engage in acts of ‘the world’: womanising, smoking, debauchery, occultism, sexual immorality among others. Truly, these are acts that don’t become one who is in the Lord. Hallelujah, somebody!!!
Apart from secular musicians who may not have been brought up the Christian way, and so may have the high propensity to wallow in these acts of the world in pursuit of their career, it also holds true that those ‘chrife’ turned secular acts tend to sway to the side of the ‘world’ once they land on the turf of secular music.
For example, there are certain things secular musicians can do that a gospel musician must not do. A secular musician may advertise for an alcoholic drink but a gospel musician who does that promotes alcoholism which is not acceptable in ‘Christiandom.’
A secular musician may dress outlandishly or even provocatively and may not have much flak from the public, but a secular musician does same and the whole world descends on them. This is because the gospel musician should represent Christ and is supposed to espouse the virtues of Christianity.
Kaakie is a very good dance hall artiste, very beautiful and physically endowed. She has a unique style that really makes her appeal so much to her patrons. Being someone with a strong ‘chrife’ background, one would have thought she would do gospel music, but as most people say, doing secular music doesn’t mean one is a devil.
I don’t have a problem with Kaakie doing secular music instead of gospel but I have the inkling that she does not feel comfortable doing secular music. The fact is that if you are a staunch Christian, very active in church activities, it is very difficult do trade your talent outside the church, especially as with Kaaki.
For those who say Kaakie has bad stagecraft, I think she gets hobbled by her ‘chrife’ instincts which makes it difficult for her to do certain things on stage.
After receiving bashing from people, she now wants to please fans so would want to do some serious gyrations. Her acts on stage show clearly that she wants to be a true secular musician, but I think sometimes, while on stage, something tells her, “your pastor may be watching”.
This is what drives most secular musicians from the church. The moment they start to do anything other than gospel music, they live the life of the world, so even find it difficult to go to church. For example, a ‘dreadlocked’ artiste who until doing secular music spotted down-cut would feel shy to go to church. In fact most churches won’t accept him/her.
Gradually, Kaakie is transmuting into a secular artiste and I know it will be difficult for her in keeping faith with her Christian religion. She may not stop going to church, and even if she does I don’t give a damn because being a Christian is not synonymous with going to church but in her bid to be more secular, she should not be worldly; she should always remember her Christian values.”
Kaakie confirms she was ‘forced’ to do dance hall
Today, she has confirmed what I wrote; that she was persuaded by her handlers to do dance hall.
In an interview on GH One TV she said she did not even know how to dance and that is the reason she is unable to dance as her fans expect her to do while on stage. That is why people had said she was not active on stage.
According to her, she had wanted to do soul music but because it was suggested to her to do dance hall, she accepted.
Kaakie will excel as a gospel artiste
When the host Berla asked her if she would still be doing dance hall, she said she wouldn’t be restricted to one genre of music. I agree with her on that. I agree there is nothing wrong to experiment with several genres but I would like that she goes back to the ‘church.’
Honestly, Kaakie will do well if she does what she used to do as a Praise and Worship leader at church. In fact, at Achimota School, she was a staunch Scripture Union member and that explains how engrossed she was in the gospel.
I am not saying that singing secular music is wrong but I believe her forte may be found in gospel music. If she goes back to do what she did in the church days, she will excel.
Anybody who really understands the dance hall culture would agree Kaakie lacks the attitude for it. She is a great singer who only adapted to act out something that resembles dance hall.
Now that Kaakie has left Xtra Large Music, I wish her well but there is a challenge. All the songs she has done were written by her former management and his associates. This means whoever takes over Kaakie as manager or record label must be very strategic in what to do to get her songs that fit her persona and abilities.
By: Kwame Dadzie/citifmonline.com/Ghana