Accra, Nov. 23, GNA – Yvonne Chaka Chaka, an iconic African singer, has encouraged young and upcoming artistes, to do things their own way as they yearn to rise to stardom.
Speaking at the Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS) in Accra on Thursday, the internationally recognized musician described how her uniqueness made her known across the global as she was indeed proud to be an African.
”This is our Africa and we have to shape it, the way we want. I’m very proud African and I’m happy to call Ghana my home. 33 years ago when I started doing music at the age of 19, I didn’t believe I be standing here.
”I loved my act, my music and respect my act and what got me to be here and this is because I did it my way and I want to say to young musicians, be what you want to be and do it your way,” she said.
She also advised managers to be good to their artistes and not seek favours from them especially their female counterparts and encouraged them not to be loose.
Chaka Chaka advised young upcoming talent, ”be what you want to be because you got what it takes because I did it my way that is why I can stand here and tell you this. If you really got the talent know one will take you for a ride because that is your talent and managers should treat their artistes with love.”
Chaka Chaka also highlighted the relevance of music as tool for a social change with some Africa music stalwarts which include Fela Kuti, Kojo Antwi, Miriam Makeba among others who have used their act to educate people.
The AMBS summit organised under the ” Africa music in the global village: Leveraging the opportunities” saw many industry players dissect ways to help put African music in the global limelight as well as deriving the numerous financial benefit that comes along.