by: michael eli dokosi /www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
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Core fans and observers of reggae/dancehall artiste, Original Shana real name Peter Kwao Lartey have been left in the cold without new music for over a year but their wait is soon to be rewarded as the man who offered (Shiwagedem featuring Guru, Kariansu, New Year, Sakawa, Letter To My Enemies, Fire Fi Badmind, Legalise Da Ganja, Money Matters and Eyei Me D3) is back to stake a claim in the music pie once more.
When blakkpepper.com caught up with him at Lapaz, the dreadlock brethren noted when one wants to be relevant in the music industry for long, there was need to observe trends, plan and build a self-sustaining brand.
“Sometimes you release a song thinking it will pick up but you realise there is strategising to be done to bring a new tune so it’s been over a year since I offered a new tune.”
According to the Kasoa based singjay, he is now collaborating with a new sound engineer, Nana Agyei of Nad Xclusive Studio adding henceforth he handles all production work.
“The Chief Executive Officer of Nad Xclusive Studio is the producer who is working on the new tune ‘Ntor Hwe’ (Ntor Look) to be released in the coming months,” Shana disclosed.
In the coming years Shana hopes to be known globally even securing a Grammy nomination. On what he was up to in the missing months, Original Shana submitted he was business networking and acquiring music knowledge.
He mentioned undertaking an online music course supervised by Jamaican greats Tony Rebel and Mutabaruka while visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as parts of Arabia, Turkey and Europe.
The man who has 7-year-old Nana Yaa, single and seeking for a companion’s new song is in the love vein stressing why men ought to handle their empresses delicately.
Having been away, Shana expressed delight with the advancements in Ghana’s music sector describing the shift as revolutionary.
He was full of praise for Shatta Wale, Samini, Stonebwoy, Ras Kuuku, Jupita, Iwan, Sarkodie and Medikal for offering quality tunes and being visible which has led to opportunities being offered new artistes as well.
According to Original Shana, because of the efforts of Shatta Wale in particular, dancehall music has been embraced as a mainstream product which was not the case a while back.
“I don’t eat meat but take fish. I just want to grow long so that even in my 70s I can be able to service my wife,” Shana rendered when asked if he was a vegan.
On faith, he stated he was Rasta without belonging to any of the Rasta halls noting “I am a Rasta man but I abhor segregation. Even King Selassie was just a Rasta man without being in a sect.”
For him a Rasta man “must be truthful and honest.”
He pledged releasing more songs to delight the fans now that he has teamed up with Nad Xclusive Studio adding fans in Europe, Australia, the Americas, Caribbean, the Eastern Bloc and Arabia to keep faith with him as his music is now matured having gained new knowledge in music making.
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