Azonto Cannot be Revived - Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo
Entertainment pundit asks Ghanaian artists to move on from the past.
Entertainment critic, Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo has challenged that it would be impossible to revive the Azonto genre as Ghanaian musicians have already moved on to other things. He claimed that the act of trying to wake up the genre would be the same as trying to draw Ghanaian music backwards.
The critic noted that the sudden upsurge in the interest surrounding the drive to revive the old genre would soon pass away as it cannot be realistically sustained.
He disclosed all this while speaking on the #bringbackazonto initiative created by Sarkodie in a bid to revive the Azonto genre.
According to Asamoah-Baidoo, Ghana music has adapted to all the genres that it has come across so far and has used its revisions to create new genres therefore, artistes were advised to evolve from the genre, instead of trying to revive it.
"We have moved on to other stuff, the same way we moved on to from palm wine highlife to contemporary highlife, we have moved on from Azonto,” he made known in an interview with Live FM’s Caleb Nii Boye.
"If we are going to get anything closer to Azonto, it will be some evolution or some revision close to Azonto. At the time, we did not even have it as a genre of music, so this time, I do not see how we will get back to those days. This plenty talk will be short-lived. Sarkodie will drop one, EL will drop one, Gasmilla will drop one, and after a while we move on to another conversation,” he ended.
Arnold concluded that with the creative minds that Ghana possesses, its artistes could definitely tap into their juices to create better music, even better than Azonto.