Singer Frank Osei (Afriyie) of highlife/ Dancehall duo Wutah, is set to publish a new song by himself. Slated for release Friday, October 19, “Why” —as the joint is christened —must not be interpreted as an act of secession from Wutah.
“Like other seriously talented musicians, locally or internationally, you can talk of Morgan Heritage from Jamaica or own R2Bees from Ghana, my endeavor to release a single is very similar to the examples listed and must not be taken as a move to break away from the group.
“You know fans and lovers of good music fuel my passion to compose and sing more so that’s exactly what he’s doing. The Wutah family is solidly backing me and the fans have full confidence in the fact that Wutah is here to stay. Good music should win. I think that’s what matters,” he said to Accra-based Citi FM yesterday, October 17, regarding why he is releasing this new song single-handedly.
If Afriyie’s announcement has been met by a widespread nervousness relating to a possible breakup, it is informed for precedent — in 2009, during a hugely successful run with “Kotosa” (which ranks among their most influential hits till date), the pair broke up, only to reunite last year with the monster tune, “Bronya.”
During their separation, Afriyie, as solo act, and via joints as “I Do,” “Love of My Life,” “Tontonti,” “Everlasting Love” and “Here to Stay” earned a number of VGMA accolades. Kobby, the other half of the band, also published “Chiochio,” “Pii Por Pii,” “Warning,” and “Father for All.”
“Why” is produced by DDT.