Veteran Ghanaian highlife musician, Lucky Mensah, has disclosed that many young artistes in Ghana are dying of poverty due to their pride.
According to the musician, only few established and popular musicians are raking in the big bucks with the rest struggling inwardly. Lucky Mensah speaking exclusively to Graphic Showbiz revealed that, although various stakeholders are trying to find solutions to the challenges faced by musicians, many young musicians are ‘dying’ of hunger because they feel too proud to do other jobs.
“I currently bake bread in my house and take it out for distribution. How many of our musicians or actors can do that.
Most of them feel so big to do any work apart from what they are known for but hey, if I need to bake bread or go fishing just to put food on the table, I have no problem at all,” – he said.
The ‘old school’ singer, in his interaction insisted that a lot of musicians feel too ‘big’ to take up other job opportunities due to the ‘small fame’ they are enjoying. To him, in spite of his status, he is willing to do any business that will help him put food on the table for his family.
Although he says he took a long break to focus on other money making ventures, Lucky Mensah blamed radio presenters for trying to kill Highlife music.
“Radio presenters were reluctant in pushing my last album and I can boldly say that made me take that long break. These same radio presenters will play songs from Nigeria and reject theirs because you don’t grease their palms,” he said.