Asakaa Boys, a KUMASI-based music collective, has stated that they are ready to claim bragging rights as the first winners of the new Ghanaian Drill genre category at the 2024 Grammy Awards, often known as the Grammys.
O’Kenneth, Jay Bahd, Kawabanga, City Boy, Reggie, Kwaku DMC, Sean Lifer, Rabby Jones, and Braa Benk are the nine members of the group that is credited with creating the Ghana Drill. They said it will be simple for them to win the award the following year because they have what it takes to meet the requirements and easily defeat any rivals.
You may remember that Drill and Highlife music from Ghana was recently recognized as two important African music genres for the Best African Music Performance category to be introduced at the Grammy Awards in 2024.
One of the three new positions that have been introduced to the annual awards program is for the Best African Music Performance. Best Alternative Jazz Album and Best Pop Dance Recording round out the top three.
Braa Benk, who represented the late-2019 group, said in an exclusive interview with Graphic Showbiz that the news of Ghana Drill’s inclusion only meant one thing for them: to work even harder to be the first act to be named the category’s winners at the upcoming Grammy Awards.
“We are really just humbled by the fact that a reputable award scheme like the Grammys has recognized us and noticed what we are doing. The announcement has been an exciting experience for us and we have been greatly inspired to do more to grab a nomination and subsequently; that is where our focus is now.
“Bringing the award home depends on the effort we put in and how we push our work out there for the world to see our full package. We believe when we put our minds to it and work hard, we can make very good strides. We have been ready for whatever comes our way and there’s no limitation to how far our music could reach,” he told Graphic Showbiz.”
Braa Benk made the argument that just though the Asakaa Boys invented Ghana Drill music, it didn’t follow that they were the only artists allowed to experiment with the genre.
“We don’t mind seeing other people from other countries hopping on to this genre because when we started this, our goal was to break barriers and have other people embrace it.
“We know Amapiano music is a South African thing, but we have artists from other countries hopping on it. Thus, if we have others doing Ghanaian Drill and eventually pick the Grammys, it will still mean a lot to us because what we started in our little space will be going places,” he concluded.