Legendary guitarist and singer, Aka Blay, has admitted that he and legends like him did not dedicate to passing on their musical knowledge on to the younger generation.
Speaking on YFM’s Disco Diaries on the Dryve of Your Lyfe with Kojo Manuel, he commented that the problem is not that the young ones do not want to learn, also, there has not been enough documented by the older generation and the legends for them to learn.
“We need a system that works for everybody. It is not that the young ones don’t want to learn. They want to learn but what are they learning from us? Good leadership, how to make things work?
Don’t blame the youth. We came to meet technology and we have caught up with it. I can’t complain that the boys don’t want to learn from me. What have I put on the internet to give that complaint? People have said that we have to let the youth learn like the way we did but that is not the case”, he said.
He reminisced that during his time, he used to walk from Tema to Kanda to learn one on one but now there is technology and the youth can log on to the internet at any time to learn whatever they want, hence it is not about laziness but about how the youth want to learn with what is available.
Akablay confessed that the older generation was not focused on passing on their knowledge and preserving our culture, and this is why the youth go to school and pick up courses like political science with the aim of becoming politicians and not musicians.
“We don’t have to force them to follow how we learnt. What my father taught me is what I am doing and so is it with music. We must put things on the net for them because we don’t have it in our schools”, the legend further concluded.
By: Maureen Dedei Quaye