- “They were nowhere near us but why is it that today they are all over the place. Somebody may explain that it’s because we are slacking but back in our day, ‘when we were we’ where were they?”
Emmanuel Mallet also known as Zapp Mallet, an award-winning recording engineer and a record producer has said Nigerians do not produce better beats than Ghanaians.
Zapp Mallet said Ghanaians had always been better with regard to producing beats in the music industry.
Speaking with Kent Mensah on Sunday Night on Asaase Radio, he said, “I don’t think they do [produce better beat] because back in our days there were no group of Nigerians that could stand us. Where were the Nigerians? Is it because they didn’t have the equipment? We didn’t also have the equipment…
“They were nowhere near us but why is it that today they are all over the place. Somebody may explain that it’s because we are slacking but back in our day, ‘when we were we’ where were they?”
He wondered why today, Nigerian music is being played all over the place.
Zapp Mallet said back in the day, “you wouldn’t hear any Nigerian song on the radio or at parties but today they are all over the place…is it because they pay more payola.
“Let’s call a spade a spade and not a big spoon; maybe they pay the payola more than the Ghanaians or maybe they are more faithful when it comes giving to our DJs more than the Ghanaians…”
“Pull him down syndrome”
The renowned record producer, however, admitted to a certain “pull him down syndrome” in the Ghanaian music industry.
Zapp Mallet said, “Back in the day, people could pay DJs not to play another artiste’s song; for instance, I’m a producer and I want an artiste to fall, I will go and pay a DJ not to play the song.
He added, “I’ve had cases like that. People have told me a lot of cases. So when that thing was happening, I said we are in trouble because if it’s about money when somebody comes with more money, you’ll be in trouble…”
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