Former Hip-life star, Abraham Philip Akpor Kojo Kenya, popularly known as Lord Kenya has cautioned radio presenters and DJ’s across the country to stop playing his hip-life songs he describes as “ungodly”.
He said once he has repented from his old lifestyle, anything “worldly” should not be associated with him because he is now born again.
The former “Sika Baa” hit maker was speaking at a thanksgiving service organized by Raffle International Schools at Kumasi-Tanoso.
The one-time rap heavyweight stated “If they continue to play my old songs and lead people into destruction, God will hold them [the DJs] accountable not me Lord Kenya,”
“They should stop playing the music – it’s my own intellectual property and I have seen the light now so the DJ’s should stop enjoying my songs on air” he stressed.
Lord Kenya, now Evangelist Lord Kenya, expressed shock at the refusal of radio presenters in Ghana to play songs from his new gospel album, “Christ Life” which was released in 2011, but they keep playing secular songs he recorded in the late ’90 and early 2000s.
He reiterated that he had given up on his old lifestyle and given his life to Christ so he is a new person.
Lord Kenya is noted for secular songs like ‘Driver Susu Ko’, ‘Sika Baa’, ‘Okafuo Didi’, ‘Sika Mpo Nfaneho’ and ‘Born Again’ among others.
He won Artiste of the Year, Hiplife Ariste of the Year, and Hiplife Album of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards 2001, and Best Ghanaian Rap Music Award at the Anansekrom Festival in Canada 2000 among others.
Meanwhile, popular DJs Bills Gborgli (Papa Bills) and Samuel Nartey (DJ Awana) of Adom FM and Hitz FM respectively disagree with Lord Kenya.
Papa Bills thinks Lord Kenya should rather focus on promoting his gospel songs as he promoted his hiplife songs back in the days, instead of trying to stop DJs from playing his secular songs.
Intellectual Property Lawyer, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi said it will be difficult for the presenters to heed to Lord Kenya’s directive.
He therefore advised Lord Kenya to concentrate on his new carrier as a man of God, and forget about what DJs do with his old songs.