Veteran musician, Rex Owusu Marfo, popularly known as Rex Omar has showered praises on Kuami Eugene, Kidi, and other young artistes for picking up the mantle to promote highlife music in their respective careers, ABC News can report.
According to Rex Omar, his fear that the highlife genre would collapse after the veterans are gone has been allayed following the arrival of Kuami Eugene and his co-promoters of the genre.
The “Abiba” hitmaker said he was worried a few years ago that the genre, adored by many as Ghana’s original sound, was dying because many artistes had driven away from it to pick up new ones.
“When I started hearing Kuami Eugene and the Adinas and the KiDis, I said wow. These guys would take the mantle and then we would be behind the scenes supporting,” he said in an interview on Hitz FM.
Rex Omar, who doubles as the Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) also rallied for support for the new artists who are promoting Ghanaian music through Highlife.
“This our industry has some slippery roads and we the older artistes would have to hand over the mantle to these younger ones, so I am happy that we would be behind the scenes to guide them so that they don’t fall into the pits,” he said, ABC News can report.
Rex Omar is not the only veteran musician to recognize the contribution of Kuami Euegene and other new artists in sustaining the relevance of Highlife music.
At the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), legendary Highlife musician, Amakye Dede crowned Kuami Eugene the ‘King of Highlife’ after performing with him on the night.
Later in the night, Kuami Eugene was crowned the Highlife Artiste of the Year.