In the world of entertainment, where creativity flourishes and innovation knows no bounds, there exists a delicate balance between constructive criticism and demeaning remarks.
Recently, a storm brewed in the Ghanaian media landscape when Kofi Adoma Nwanwani, a radio presenter from Angel TV, delivered a rather disparaging critique of the viral song “Cobra,” of Obaapa Gladys.
Legendary sound engineer and entertainment critic Fred Kyei Mensah, known for his contributions to the music industry, was quick to react to these derogatory remarks, highlighting the importance of decorum in discussing creative works.
Fred Kyei Mensah, who helms Fredyma Studios and produced the viral song, has long been a proponent of nurturing creativity and acknowledging the imperfections that often come with it.
He began his response to Kofi Adoma Nwanwani’s critique by reminding him that even the most beautiful rose has thorns, emphasizing that nothing in the realm of creativity is perfect.
The crux of Mr. Mensah’s response lies in his call for a more respectful and considerate approach to criticism, especially when it comes to literature and creative works.
He expressed his dissatisfaction with the manner in which Kofi Adoma described the entire production of “Cobra,” urging the radio presenter to be more decorous in his critiques.
Fred Kyei Mensah acknowledged that “Cobra” had its weaknesses, notably in the lead vocals of Obaapa Gladys, but he emphasized that creativity knows no boundaries. He lauded the uniqueness of the song’s instrumentations, arrangements, and harmonies, highlighting that sometimes, the public’s perception of a work of art can outweigh its technical flaws.
What struck a chord with Mr. Mensah was the derogatory language used by the CEO of Kofi TV to describe the song on live TV and radio. He questioned whether the presenter had any experience in music composition or production, urging him not to stifle creativity. He pointed out the irony that, despite labeling it as a “horrible song,” Kofi Adoma continued to play “Cobra” on his airwaves.
In a candid message, Fred Kyei Mensah implored the Angel TV news anchor to choose his words carefully, emphasizing that one wouldn’t appreciate their creative works being described in such a manner. He extended his respect for differing opinions but asserted that at Fredyma Studios, they didn’t engage in demeaning “nnwom foo.”
Furthermore, Mr. Mensah acknowledged the challenges faced by Angel TV in their productions and transmission but urged Kofi Adoma Nwanwani to critique constructively, as even the Cobra can charm with its melody when the microphone is in front of you.
See the full post made by Uncle Fredyma below: