Ghanaian gospel musician Isaiah Kwadwo Ampong, popularly known as Great Ampong has said that he no longer holds any grudge against highlife artiste Daddy Lumba.
Ampong had publicly chastised Lumba over what he described as ‘cheating’ in a joint project they produced about seven years ago.
He told Nhyira FM in an interview that after receiving advice from a lot of people, he would not continue his beef with Lumba.
“Cheating is painful, but enough is enough. I have been advised by some chiefs and prestigious persons to let the matter slide. Everyone has tendencies of being a litigant but being able to let it go is what makes me a better Christian.
I have also worked for people and no one can come out and say I cheated them even though I had control of their songs as a writer. So if I don’t cheat them, I don’t expect anyone to cunningly cheat me. That’s my principle of life,” he said.
How the beef started
In 2015, gospel musician Great Ampong and highlife legend Charles Kwadwo Fosu released a joint album titled ‘Hosanna’.
Ampong told Delay in an interview in 2016 that it was Daddy Lumba that called him and asked that they should do a music project together.
“He called me on phone and said he was a fan of my works so he would like us to work on a project together. He invited me to his house and we had a discussion,” he noted.
The album has eight (8) songs but Ampong claims he wrote 6 out of the 10 songs. Some of the songs on the album include ‘Father and Son’, ‘Hosanna’, and ‘Jesus is a Winner’.
The project had a great reception but things did not go well for Ampong. According to him, after the launch of the album, Lumba took the money they got from the programme home without giving him a pesewa.
Meanwhile, he says he spent his resources on the launch and expected Lumba to give him some of the money.
Another allegation against Lumba is that the highlife musician uploaded all the songs they produced on his personal accounts on digital music stores.
Over the years, Ampong has remonstrated the act by Daddy Lumba on various platforms, describing how wicked the legendary musician had been to him.
In the wake of all this, Lumba has never made commentary on the matter.
Was Lumba’s ‘Ofon’ a diss song to Ampong?
When Lumba announced that he was going to release a song titled ‘Ofon N’adi Nsemfon’ (Twi expression translated as worthless people talk about worthless things) some had suggested it was a reply to the owner of Joy Daddy Industries who had earlier alleged that Lumba took their money without fulfilling his part of a contract they had.
But in an interview with Nyansaboakwa on Happy FM Ampong said Lumba’s song was actually meant for him and music producer Roland Acquah (RoRo).
He noted that 2018, he got the information that Lumba was going to release a ‘diss’ song for him.
“A boy from his camp told me Lumba had gone to record a song for me and Roro. I caught wind of the song in 2017, 2018. So I was looking forward to hearing the song. And now that he has released it, he’ll hear from me. This is the beef of the year,” the gospel musician said.
The gospel musician noted he was going to reply Lumba with a song.
However, he later said on Power FM that he had rescinded his decision and that the song he was going to release was not a diss song to Lumba.
Since the song,’Nyame Akatua’ was released, a lot of people have still linked it to Lumba regardless of the
Ampong advised to go to court
Ampong had said in several interviews that when Daddy Lumba requested for the joint project; he did not ask for any agreement to be signed.
According to the gospel musician, he thought Lumba was his elder brother who would not exploit him in any way.
However, some had advised that if it was true Ampong wrote 6 of the songs on the album, he should take Lumba to court.