An Open Letter To IWAN From a Fan.
Greetings mighty Lyrical Gunshot… My name is Martin and a big fan of yours. For some months now, I have been contemplating on trying to reach you through a perfect channel to voice out some few words to you… I have gathered some courage and decided to use this medium to reach you since this website seems to have all the latest news about you…
IWAN, I have been a fan since day 1… Your tune “Thanks And Praise” remains my favorite song to date. That song has kept me strong for years and I doubt if I will ever stop listening to it. Believe it or not, I am listening to it right now as I type these words… The first time I watched you performing that song live was at La-Tawala Beach few years ago. The whole place was on Fire when you climbed the stage that day with “Thanks and Praise” as an entry song.
I love almost all your songs, especially the very old ones. Songs like “That Day“, “My Time“; “Who’s Bad“, “Still Love Me” (Shoe Shine Boy) and I think almost all the songs on the “My Time” album released around 2010. IWAN, maybe people do not know this; but I can be bold and fearless to say you changed the phase of Ghanaian dancehall.
Most artists back then were doing Hiplife with a bit of Ragga until you blessed the Ghanaian music scene with your exceptional style and messages. As you may already be aware, your songs were not only hits in Ghana but across Africa extending to Europe as well. My “LONDONERS” can testify to this.
IWAN, on 2nd March 2016, you posted a video of your album launch 6 years ago on your facebook wall. After watching that video, I have to admit the old IWAN related to the youth even more than the new IWAN. I cant be certain if things were perfect because you were with Bullhaus, or your artistic looks were more appealing, or your style of music was authentic and refreshing…
If you haven’t noticed yet, the songs you released in recent times does not have that “Gbala” which got us possessed about 6 or more years ago. Anytime I download a new song from you, I always feel as though its the previous one I already downloaded. You know why? The hooks or choruses have very close similarities.
As a fan, I will want to see you breaking rules with your lyrical gunshots once again and resurrecting the faded glory… In my opinion, your new found consciousness has affected the music you do now compared to what you used to do. Don’t forget “You Dun Haffi Dread To Be Rasta” its all in the heart. Before you get me wrong, let me quickly explain that, no matter how you look or dress, it shouldn’t have influence on your talent.
I’m afraid to say that is the case and from a listener’s point of view, the difference is very huge. You look more like a root-rock reggae artist than a dancehall maestro. You used to have that powerful “Goatie” and your “Santo” which I think is the real image of the IWAN we all believed in…
This makes me believe Jahsig Family’s request made to you to get a “clean shave” may be related to the above mentioned observations. Agartha’s notion and reasons according to what I read on this website (Loud Sound Ghana) wasn’t straight to the point and a bit disrespectful. If she said it as I did earlier, I believe you would have considered a fraction of the request and both of you may reach a consensus.
IWAN, I am not asking you to trim your beard or weave your dreadlocks in a “Corn Roll” pattern. All I am asking is, please listen to the “My Time” album again and resurrect the real “Bard Ass” lyrical gunshot!! Please know that your close friends will always say “THIS IS A BANGER” to any song you do. It takes an honest fan to tell you the truth. I hope you don’t do a remix of your song “We Nuh Shave” addressed to me… (Laughs).
Much respect warrior and don’t forget I will always be a fan of yours!!! GIDEON FORCE TO THE WORLD!!!
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