Ghanaian Highlife musician, Kumi Guitar has lamented over the deteriorating state of the music industry which is affecting his earnings as a musician.
The Brown Sugar crooner in an interview on Showbiz Xtra on Happy FM suggested that his present condition and that of other GH musicians is nothing to write home about.
Kumi said proper structures should be erected within the music industry so players can enjoy the fruit of their labor because as it stands now things look gloomy for him and other artists considering how veteran artists die as paupers despite their massive contributions and longevity.
“I fear for myself when I see the lives and living conditions of our old musicians. Some people say they didn’t live good and meaningful lives or refused to invest their monies but that is not right. If the systems are working, they can’t fall so low and be broke in their old age.”
According to him, the late Nana Ampadu would not have suffered such a painful ending if the systems worked. “Nana Ampadu was still working but let’s look at how things were for him. This makes me fear for myself.”
Kumi said, “Sometimes it gets hard and I ask myself if I should stop music or not. It gets hard sometimes. We have families and children we need to take care of.”