Ghana should expect a blaze from the up and coming reggae, Traditional Afro pop and Highlife musician. Badingu, a northner who hails from Wiechiau in the Upper west region of Ghana. Born some 27 years ago to Habiba Badingu and Ibrahim Badingu with 3 other brothers and a step sister. The versatile musician is popularly known in the Upper West. His music though produced in his local dialect (Waale/ Dagaare) is loved by all even those who do not understand the language. What makes Badingu unique? You will get to know after reading a close up chat with spyghana.com.
QUESTION: WHEN DID YOU REALISE THE MUSIC TALENT IN YOU
ANSWER: I always had passion for music since my childhood and even recorded my first demo after Junior High. I begun active in 2006, where I made a song with Nii King of Accra who doubles as a producer. ?I also came out with some peace songs in 2008 and I embarked on a peace tour in my region towards the elections.
QUESTION: WHY DO YOU PREFER TO SING IN YOUR LOCAL DIALECT?
ANSWER: Because I want to get to my people, talk to them and also let the world know we have a language called Waale/Dagaare somewhere in Ghana. And I think singing in my dialect will take me far from others. That is if I get good promoters to work with. Looking at Angele Kujo, Salif Keita,Tiken Jar Facoly and co, they sing much in their local dialect but see them where they are today, touring all over the world with their music. Actually I am currently promoting my music in the Northern sector and it is now crossing borders now and I know one day Badingu music will travel throughout the country and the world.
QUESTION: HOW WOULD PEOPLE WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE ENJOY YOUR MUSIC?
ANSWER: Music is a universal language or a dynamic language. Someone will love the melodies in the music and the rhythm. Others will also love the lyrics. So I think music is not about language. If it was about language barrier, we would not have artists like those I have mentioned touring around the world. This is even evident in my music. Most people do not understand the language, but love my music a lot.
My music is currently crossing borders. It?s been played in Tamale, Bolgatanga, Sunyani and Tekyiman.
QUESTION: HOW MANY SONGS DO YOU HAVE TO YOUR CREDIT?
ANSWER: I do not have an album yet have about 15 personal songs. But have a group album with two friends, Sabogu and Ayaana. There was no tile for the album because we used our names which we sold close to 11,000 and 6,000 copies in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
I am currently in a different group called BAB(Badingu and Back 2). We are soon coming out with an album. God willing after the group album I will release mine first single owned album by end of next year but before then will also come out with an album with my God father Amanziba.
ANY STAGE PERFORMANCES YOU HAVE BEEN TO?
ANSWER: In 2008, I performed in Accra on Obour?s Peace campaign project, been on TV Africa shows and also performed at Miss Bolga Polytechnic in the Upper East region.
My recent performance, most exciting and nice experience was at Wagara Festival in Burkina Faso. (An International festival show). It was great to share the stage big musicians from all over the world. Being on the stage tells that my music has gone far. King Ayisoba was on that stage last year 2013.
I had fun in Burkina Faso. They do not understand the language but enjoyed the music. The response was great and also had a nice treat. I have never received such a response since I began music. Having it on an international ground tells the future of ?Badingu?.
WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
ANSWER: I look up to Samini and Amanziba.? Though I see Samini to be a big brother because we are kind of related on marital grounds, I have never had the opportunity to do anything with him. With Amanziba, I came into contact with him in 2008 and gave me his full support from there. ?He even promises to make me a super star?. Ever since our encounter have been working out my music career with him. I received a lot of support in terms of training and encouragement from Amanziba. ?He even was the one who bought my first phone for me. Been with Amanziba has been fully of hard work. It is not easy because of his quest for good and quality music. We are even planning to come up with an album soon.
QUESTION: WHO IS YOUR MENTOR?
ASWER: In Ghana, my mentor is Nat Brew (Amanziba). He is my mentor in Ghana, not because of the help he is providing but it?s because he has been a Pan Africanist and I admire him a lot. I also like the way he dresses. I have always loved his music and style. H e produces quality traditional music that why he is my mentor.
But outside or internationally, my mentor is Tiken Jar Facoly, an Ivorian who is based in Mali and currently touring Paris. He is a reggae artist but use local instruments in his songs which I love.
QUESTION: YOU ALSO PRODUCE REGA SONGS; DO YOU USE LOCAL INSTRUMENTS AS WELL? ANSWER: No I don?t because of financial constraints. It is expensive to have these local instruments in you music. Getting someone to play the Xylophone is also expensive. But I have plans to use them in the future.
QUESTION: WHAT HAS BEEN THE CHALLENGE FACED SO FAR?
ANSWER: The challenges have not been easy. The first and foremost is my family. I did not have their support because from the start. This is because I was in locks which they are against especially coming from a Muslim family. Also coming from a divorced home has not been easy. Financial contrains has also been a major challenge. This was the more reason I dropped out from school to pursue my music career.
I quiet remember when I was on my peace tour in 2008, my mum died and which halt my peace tour. My big brother also died which was a major challenge.
QUESTION: ANY PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
ANSWER: Currently, I am coming out with an album with my new group BAB as I mentioned earlier. After, I will release a song an album with Amanziba and God willing come out with my own album by the end of next year.
I working on a project dubbed ? FACE OF WA WEST?. This is an educational program which seeks to unearth the talents of people in my region or community. This is to give back what my community has done for me. Even though I have not come out with an album they buy my recorded songs which have been helpful.
I am also planning of doing a remix of my 2008 peace songs for 2016 to promote peace in the country and especially my region.
QUESTION: DO YOU LOVE YOUR MUSIC?
ANSWER: I really do love my music. Sometimes people think the songs are not mine. But they later realize the songs are mine. Anybody exposed to my song falls in love with it no matter the language barrier. The unique thing about my songs is that though, it?s in the Waale/Dagaare Dialect, people who do not understand the language love it. That is the dynamics of my music and I love it so much.
HAVE YOU HAD ANY FINANCIAL SUPPORT ELSE WHERE APART FROM THE SUPPORT COMING FROM AMANZIBA?
ANSWER: Yes. I am been supported by Sahel mineral water, Bernard Mornah of PNC, Radio Progress in my region and B-Zar multimedia all in the Upper West region.
I am currently in talks with a Us record label Rhythm Beleona to manage me. Hope it becomes successful.
QUESTION: WHAT SHOULD GHANAIANS EXPECT FROM BADINGU?
ANSWER:? Ghana should expect the best from Badingu, an up and coming versatile artist thus a combination of a reggae, traditional Afro pop and Highlife musician. My Waale/Dagaare music will be a blaze in Ghana because with the dynamics of Badingu music, language will not be a problem. Ghanaians should expect nothing but the best from Ibrahim Badingu. I know with hard work, perseverance an Allah?s grace, I will get there.
Source:?Linda Godji / SpyGhana.com