by: michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
For reggae/dancehall artist Jeneral Rojah real name Roger Anane Cudjor Klogo, music is very much part of his existence and to further understand the inner workings of music and the industry, he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music at the University of Education, Winneba.
Jeneral Rojah tells Blakkpepper with his partnership with multimedia company Minike Production, he is set to become a notable music force in the industry.
In SHS form 1, Rojah begun to put his music thoughts on paper having consumed Highlife, Hiplife and Reggae from his father’s stereo systems. This was at Apam Secondary School where he would eventually follow friends to Accra and get recorded by music producer 2 Short who is now Kasoa based.
‘Youth of Today’ was the song he delivered after leaving the booth and Rojah asserts, “the feedback was massive.”
He adds that although his focus is on the reggae/dancehall genres, he retains the ability to also sing and rap.
Before meeting Santa Maria based Minike Multimedia, Rojah would have a stint with Sly Entertainment/Shatta Movement Family as well as City Monsta.
The partnership allowed for his songs to be recorded at a studio made available by the team at no charge to him but the marketing and promotion bit of things was slow eventually compelling him to move on and search for a job and do music on the side.
“I went to University of Cape Coast and secured a diploma in Basic Education. I then taught at Swedru based Maryland School, Greenfield School and Central Royal Montessori spanning some 7 years as a pupil teacher. It was at Central Royal that I resigned after 5 years to enroll at University of Education, Winneba and polish on what I know musically,” Rojah submitted.
How did the Minike meeting happen?
“4 years ago, while in Swedru, I was introduced to beat maker Enzyme and after working with him for sometime, he introduced me to a friend of his; Aquarium who also introduced me to Tanou Koffi Constant who is the CEO of Minike Multimedia. Aquarium is also my manager now,” Jeneral Rojah told Blakkpepper.
According to Rojah, he is delighted with the Minike crew because they believe in his abilities and is encouraged by their efforts adding tunes like ‘Fontomfrom’, ‘Trust’, ‘On Point’, ‘Goodness & Mercy’ have been released on the market with videos to match for some.
Rojahs’ music influences include Anthony B, Sizzla Kalonji, Busy Signal and Stonebwoy from Ghana.
It took listening to Jamaican music and movies to pick the patois. “Listening to the Jamaican artists helped and once patois has English, it made things easier,” the man with four siblings stressed.
To relax, watching movies and listening to music as well as going to the beach is a sure bet while taking in water and non-alcoholic beverage is his preference. Akple, Banku or Fufu and soup are his go to meals.
Jeneral Rojah has mounted the Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) ‘Akwaaba Night’ stage performing alongside Joey B and Rudebwoy Ranking. Others shows done include playing live band in Swedru.
“In 2 years, my dream is to see people say positive things about me when my name is mentioned and to become a star.”
Enzyme Beatz, Beatz Dakay, SideBeatz, Foggy, Tilapia and YoungBeatz are some of the producers Jeneral Rojah has worked with.
On features, his services were called upon by Abolo the Rap Bouncer and Rap Fit.
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