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C K Akonnor to son: Aspire to be like Sarkodie, Shatta Wale

Kadmielli Akonnor, musician and son of C K Akonnor

Kadmielli Akonnor

Kadmielli Akonnor, the son of the former Ghana international C K Akonnor, has said he moved into music because he realised later that football was not his true calling.

Speaking in an interview with Naa Ashorkor on Asaase Radio’s Between Hours show on Wednesday, Kadmielli said: “My father was very cool about it when I told him I didn’t want to continue playing football.”

The 22-year-old switched from the pitch to the studio after getting the green light from his father, now turned football coach, to follow his passion.

“My father is actually my executive producer. He tells me all the time that music is like football: it comes with criticisms,” the Afrobeat/Afro fusion singer/songwriter told Naa.

Dey for top

Akonnor called in to the show and advised his son to do the best he can in his chosen career and aspire to be like Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy and other big names in music.

“He should be strong and see himself on top,” Akonnor said.

The Black Stars stalwart added that he is going to bounce back into elite coaching soon, because he has not lost his passion for football.

“I am coming back to the game because I grew up knowing nothing but football. It’s my passion, and I’m maintaining that.”

Criticisms

Asked how he handles criticism within the music industry, Kadmielli said: “I don’t pay much attention to criticism because my father is a strong man and I learn from him.

“I have to be strong. When I see how people criticise him yet [he does not respond], it encourages me.

“I try to defend him, especially on Twitter, but sometimes I go off and I say things I’m not supposed to say. But now, since I have seen it a couple of times, I am used to it,” Kadmielli said.

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