Energetic Italy-based Ghanaian act Michael Smith, trading by the showbiz name 1Rude (Rudeboy) has taken a swipe at industry captains who have sat unconcerned at what he observes as a steady decline in Ghana’s music terrain.
Prominent among his list of “apostles of mischief’, is musician and president of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), whom he concludes must leave.
On the Tubhani – produced record, 1Rude laments the proliferation of foreign music (especially Nigerian songs) on our airwaves at the detriment of local content and budding talent like himself.
This call is not entirely new, as it has been made by other stakeholders, who even call for a cap on the percentage of foreign music played on radio and TV.
The record, the debut offering from the emerging Afrobeats/ Dancehall act, is produced by Tubhani, and it was mixed by GAF.
Smith was born in Accra, and was drawn to music and disk jockeying at an early age. Music however took the forefront of affairs, and has been his key focus for much of his adult life. Alumnus of the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School Legon in Accra, 1Rude looks to be a key name in Reggae/ Dancehall in coming years.