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Praye: Managing the ladies is our challenge

By James Harry Obeng

Following their impressive renditions and stage-crafts that won them two separate awards on the threshold of their musical career, many are the music-lovers who would readily concur in their assessments that Praye indeed meant business. That was in 2003.

The determination, team-work and simplicity with which the group transformed their musical talents into soothing lyrical compositions could not have paid off rewardingly without grabbing the ultimate award of the maiden edition of the Nescafe African Revelation as they pitched their mettle against eight other contenders from various parts of the continent.

The trio had booked their place in the final showdown held in faraway …… after they had successful won the national award on home soil in Accra

Today, Praye are not only proud owners (or better still winners) of many enviable awards, both home and international, but also nominees for three other awards to be hosted later this year, courtesy their exceptional way of shooting video clips.

But these, according to the sensational Afro-Pop performers, do not signify even a smattering of the talents and songs that abounds in them. For Stephen Fiawoo De-Graft, known in the group and showbiz circles as Praye Tietia, they have not yet shown a minute of the music in them.

Rather, he would expatiate on their ambitions by disagreeing with people who draw inspiration from the saying that “the sky is the limit”, saying “the sky is our beginning”.

In an exclusive interview with The Spectator on Wednesday before their departure to the Ugandan capital of Kampala where they would be performing for an international audience as part of a promotion programme organized by telecommunication company Zain, Praye Tietia indicated that they group would be releasing their next album later this year.

“Our fans should expect something big from us this year”, noted the ever-versatile trio who added that their success as a group was partly underpinned by their name Praye “which signifies unity and which entrust on us the challenge to always stand united to prove foes wrong.

“We have stayed together in the same house ever since we came together, so we have learnt to deal with our differences”, they quipped.

The multiple award-winning trio reckon that with “the help of God, our maker”, backed and guided by a professional management (EKB Records), they have not regretted taking on music as their fulltime business because “you can be the best of musicians, but if you don’t have a good management team, you can’t make it anywhere”.

They contend money at the money was not “a big deal as before because our fans continue to keep faith with us”.

However, Praye would not hesitate to share with The Spectator one of the challenges that ever confronted them as artistes (or better still male stars). This is “how to manage the ladies.

“Although we are all attached, we cannot also wish away the fact that women follow us anytime they realize we are Praye. But we have been managing how to deal with them as professional artistes”, Praye Tietia noted.

Praye shot onto the local music scene with their debut Shoddy in 2004, following it up with Run sam tins and now Angelina which currently enjoying massive airplay on radio and TV. The group is made up of Eugene Baah (Praye Honeho), Nana Kwame Koranteng (Praye Tenten) and Stephen Fiawoo De-Graft (Praye Tietia).

They have won many awards, including Best Group (KORA Music Awards 2005), New Artistes 2005 and Best Group of the Year 2006 (Ghana Music Awards (GMA) United Kingdom (UK), New Artistes of the Year and Hip-life Song of the Year (GMA 2005) and Album of the Year (GMA 2007).

 Praye has also been nominated for other music video awards to come off later this year. They include Best Story (UK), Best Group Video and Best Picture (4sight TV/TV3 Video awards). Praye look up to the footsteps of international Afro-Pop star Wyclef Jean and Highlife King Nana Kwame Ampadu in their career.

Eugene hails from Akuapem Mampong; Stephen from Keta and Koranteng from Akuapem Akropong.

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May 2, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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