Ghanaian music hip-life duo has opened up on how they were scared of retiring from music without winning an award from the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) scheme.
The group Keche consisting of Joshua Kojo Ampah and Andrew Kofi Cudjoe was born in 2004 and shot to fame with their debut album Pressure in 2008.
Since then, the group has served Ghanaians with hits songs like Sokode, Aluguntugui, Diabetes, amongst others with multiple nominations under their belt but could not boast of an award from VGMA.
However, the narrative changed after the 22nd edition of the awards schemes when the ‘No Dulling’ hitmakers picked up two awards Group of the Year and Hip Life Song of the Year.
In an interview with Joy News’ Ibrahim Ben-Bako, the group revealed how bothered they were for not winning an award from the VGMA which they described as the biggest awards platform in Ghana.
“I was asking my colleague that, so are we going to grow up one day retire from music and if I tell my kids that we were a duo and they ask me what is there to show for it was I am I going to say,” Andrew said.
He added that the Group of the Year award meant so much to them since it perfectly designates the group Keche.
“Yes with Ghana music awards, especially the best group of the year it is the award that we were looking for all these years, that’s what defines Keche and VGMA is the biggest.
“So when I heard them shout Keche I started screaming, I was like God thank you, this is our first time we really appreciate it,” he added
Joshua who could not hide his joy for their win, describing the feeling on stage after Keche was announced winners said “I was very emotional on stage because it’s my first time our songs were a big hit. 5 years in a row but we won nothing. I am so grateful to God for seeing today and thanks to the fans for supporting Keche.”
Commenting on what has kept the group together for the past years, Andrew said “I respect Joshua’s privacy, he respects mine. One thing we don’t forget is that we are human beings, we do fight, we do have problems but we don’t forget the fact that we are working for Keche.”
“Keche is a company that we are both working for, so we can have problems with each other but the company that puts food on our table shouldn’t be affected”.