Veteran Musician Obiba Sly Collins has called on Ghanaian musicians to live in harmony with others just as the late music producer George Forest did.
He wished that George Forest would have lived longer to groom talents as he had always planned, praying to God that the latter’s children will do greater works than their father.
According to him, due to the good relationship that existed between him and late George, he had to travel from his base outside the country upon hearing of his demise.
‘My condolence to the family, George left children behind, we are praying to God that his children will be greater people like him or do greater works than what he did, adults can die and children can also die as well, let’s watch our lifestyles, let’s live in harmony, that is how he lived with people. The way he used to laugh, play, joke, when he is sick he will not disclose it, he is always encouraging people, especially those in the creative arts industry.
I had to travel all the way from abroad when I heard his death, it’s sad that we have lost such a great personality, he has helped so many gospel musicians, I wished he would have lived longer to continue grooming generation, I love to groom talents and so did he,’ he explained.
In an interview with Host of Abusua FM’s Drive, Ike –Da-Unpredictable, during the one week celebration of the demise of music producer George Forest on Wednesday in Kumasi, he expressed worry that the country has lost a legend.
The music producer who produced ace musicians such as Ohemaa Mercy, Nana Acheampong, Diana Asamoah, Philipa Baafi, Obaapa Christy, Gifty Osei and others died after a short illness at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) last week.
Asked if he has heard rumour that the sound engineer died out of food poisoning, he replied ‘I only heard that he died out of pneumonia, I am hearing it for the first time’.
He said he worked with the late sound engineer for more than twenty years.
‘George was my younger brother, my friend my everything, I worked with him over a period of 20 something years, we were in the industry before he came on board, I will be 55 years soon, there was a break in communication when I traveled, even recently, he supported me with his band during my in-law’s funeral, we are like five and six. In 1981, myself, Adwoa Badu and George we set up a band together, George played guitar whilst I played bass guitar and sung as well, the band was like Shabo band, people were hiring us, it wasn’t a full band, it was later that he made it a full one, we played the band for six years before I traveled,’ he recalled.