According to Kaywa, a renowned Ghanaian music producer and the CEO of the Highly Spiritual record label, it is extremely painful to invest in young artists only to have them leave your record label when they are ripe, succulent, and primed for pluck.
Over the years, Kaywa-born David Kojo Kyei has seen several of his signees defect to other record labels they believe to be wealthier and bigger.
Keche, Yaw Berk, Kurl Songx, and Krymi are a few of his signees who have defected from his record label to go independent or to poach with other record labels. The newest artists to cut ties with Kaywa’s label are Mr. Drew and Lasmid.
The music producer said, in an interview with Graphic Showbiz that 1Family Radio monitored, that while it is painful and heartbreaking, he can say nothing to these artists other than to leave them in the hands of the Almighty God.
“I know how painful it can be to invest in new artists only for them to leave when they reach their peak, but that is life.’’
“If I should consider all these, I would not sign on any artist again, but one thing I tell myself is that I am building national assets,’’ he said.
“Everyone knows the role I played in the lives of all the artists who left my record label. The little impact I made in their careers is enough joy for me, and if they become like the Sarkodies, Shatta Wales, and Stonebwoys, I will take the credit for that.’’
“Dr. Duncan might not be very wealthy, but everyone knows he did for Sarkodie,’’ the music producer stated.
“I have a policy at Highly Spiritual record label, and that is no come-back after exiting,’’ he noted when asked if he would accept any of his former signees.
“That is not good for the brand; however, we can have a good relationship but can’t work with the label again.’’
“The likes of Krymi, Kurl Songx, Yaw Berk, and others still come to my office or call me anytime, but as for coming back as a former signee, that won’t be possible,’’ he added.