I’m the originator of rap music in the world – Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

Veteran Highlife musician, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley claims that he started rap music in the world.

In an interview with Oyokodehye Kofi on Accra FM’s Highlife Time, the artiste said in 1973 he recorded the first-ever rap song on the album titled Simigwa.

‘In 1973, I released my first album which is the first-ever recorded rap music in the world.’ he said.

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley also refuted the claim that Reggie Rockstone is the originator of indigenous rap music in Ghana.

He stated that years before Reggie Rockstone introduced HipLife, his ‘Simigwa’ had taken precedence in Ghana and the world.

The musician stated that he is the originator so he wonders why people refer to Reggie Rockstone as the godfather of Hiplife.

Several sources have credited ‘King Tim iii’ by Fatback Band and ‘Rappers Delight’ by Sugarhill gang as the first-ever recorded rap music.

However, these records were released in the summer of 1979 and winter of 1979 respectively.

Another source also claimed that the prehistoric beginning of rap music can be traced back to centuries ago in West Africa.

The griots in West Africa were historians who told rhythmic stories of the past to their villages over the simple beat of a drum.

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