The Akyeame duo of Okyeame Kwame and Okyeame Quophi related to each other like the best of buddies until the end of their working relationship about 10 years ago. The pair that brought us beautiful songs like Masan Aba, Asa Aba So and Menko Medo didn’t give details of what led to their break-up.
A recent interview Okyeame Quophi, now Quophi Okyeame, granted to Agyemang Prempeh, host of Gh Entertainment on Rainbow Radio has, however, revealed that some serious cracks might have existed between the two men. Quophi Okyeame sounded like Okyeame Kwame had little or no songwriting ability during their days together. He said on Rainbow Radio that he (Quophi Okyeame) wrote all the songs during the Akyeame days.
“I wrote all the songs on the five albums we produced as Akyeame because Okyeame Kwame is not a writer. The only song he wrote was Tintinto and even with that, I wrote almost all the lyrics,” Quophi Okyeame said. Despite the superior sort of stance he had tried to assume on the programme, Quophi Okyeame seemed unhappy when he realised the producer of the show had called Okyeame Kwame on the phone for his side of the story.
Quophi Okyeame threatened to walk away from the interview if Okyeame Kwame was allowed to make comments. “If you have called Okyeame Kwame, then I have to stop the interview because that is not the reason why I came here. I don’t know why you should call him. It is very unnecessary.
“I have a project I am promoting so I did not come here to wake up dead dogs. You are asking me about my life. I did not come here to spark a quarrel. You interviewed Okyeame Kwame on this same platform and you did not call me so why do you call him now?” Quophi Okyeame asked the programme’s host. Though Akyeame broke up several years ago, neither of the two men had come out to say what exactly led to their break- up. They have embarked on seemingly successful solo projects.
Quophi Okyeame is a music producer and video director as well as working as a presenter in radio and television. Okyeame Kwame has also been working as CEO of One Mic Entertainment, has recorded albums under his name and has won the Songwriter of the Year honour on three occasions at the Ghana Music Awards.
Asked about what led to their break- up, Quophi Okyeame was reluctant to give details of the split. He rather urged the programme’s host to concentrate on his new project. He, however, explained that Okyeame Kwame was his best pal for about 16 years before they went their separate ways. “We did everything together. I used to write lyrics for him to rap back in the day at secondary school and I even nicknamed him Wizkid,” Quophi Okyeame pointed out.
As the interview progressed, Quophi Okyeame explained why he had been musically silent for a while. According to him, he had a prophecy that he would stop music for a while and then come back to it. He stated that though he had not been in the public eye a lot with his music in recent times, he had been busy doing soundtracks for movies such as Love Of A A, Suffering To Lose, Good Old Days, Sinking Sands and Ties That Bind.
When Showbiz contacted Okyeame Kwame about the things Quophi Okyeame had said about him on the programme, he declined to comment. He seemed more eager to talk about his recent collaboration with Nigerian artiste, J-Martins.
Source: Graphic Showbiz