Veteran Ghanaian gospel singer, born Isaiah Kwadwo Ampong but professionally known as Great Ampong has finally revealed why his fans haven’t heard anything from him in the past 7 years.
Just about a decade ago, the gospel musician was all over the place with regard to his promising career but unfortunately, he went into an incognito mode during the peak of it all.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Nyansa Boakwa on Happy FM’s ‘Obra Yi’ edition of the ‘Nsem Pii’ – Great Ampong emotionally revealed that he’s now financially handicapped reasons he hasn’t been able to drop any music project within the last 7 years.
He complained that it’s now very expensive to make music and one isn’t guaranteed the returns from his investments because of free downloads.
Unlike some years ago, when people bought CDs of their favorite musicians.
“Money is a factor, it is the reason I have not released a song in the past seven years. You spend about 700 million on a song now. The only money we had was for feeding and for housekeeping you can’t use that to record a song in a studio,” he disclosed.
“Because of modernization, you can’t sell CDs again so how do you pay the person helping you those times when we were promoting songs is passed,” he added.
He mentioned that although modernization has put a stop to the selling of hard discs and pen drives, “the online portals don’t fetch your money, and there is no producer who would invest money into a musician and hopes to get profit from online sales.”
Great Ampong maintained that he would welcome collaborations with other gospel artists on the basis of honesty.
“If the person comes with good terms I would cooperate because people have cheated me a lot,” he said.