Celfred Adamah is a breed of the land of the great crab, Cape Coast who was born on 30th April and simple, easy-going gentle man who looks at life always from a positive perspective despite its challenges. Syl is his stage name.
Syl is of the view that music means something different to everyone, and everyone has a story, or a reason to which they have embraced it as a part of their lives. However his passion for music sprang up from his participation in church activities including choir rehearsals and guitar lessons. He said opinions, carry a lot of messages and influences but he has decided to use his, positively with vocals, instruments and expression of emotions in sharing life experiences and stories to reach everyone out there.
He started playing music at a young age but took it seriously in 2007, 9 years down the line. In 2012, that is four (4) years ago he finally added a professional touch to his talents. In a struggle to find other jobs to do which ended in a fiasco, he resorted to music as his career. Interestingly, he has had no career outside the music industry and has no intention of having any. He recorded a song with Jupitar titled “Rock with me” which was a hit, also contested in Y FM’s “Push/Flash” program, won and went for an interview. That was the key to unlock more opportunities for him with another interview with Mr Logic at Pluzz FM. His highest level of formal education is a Higher National Diploma (HND).
R&B, Soul, Reggae, AfroFusion and High Life are the genres of music he can perform in. He’s good at the keyboard as well as the guitar. Aside writing his own music, he plays the role of a music producer.
With his musical idol as Lionel Richie, Stonebwoy seems to have caught his eye. In a reply to who he looks up to in the music industry, he said, “I will say Stonebwoy, if your definition of “looking up to” hasn’t got anything to do with the style and genre of music the person does”.
His objectives are to make big goals and small goals which are realistic amidst hoping to be one of the acts that will totally change the game either by pushing the boundaries of music in general much further, or by totally helping revise it to where it is supposed to be. He is committed to getting things done efficiently without delay in the music industry and perseveres to work, long before any pay or benefit from the work is realized. Being conscious that whatever he does affects the industry drives him to deliver his best. Though he hasn’t got a specific answer for what influences him as a musician he thinks that the kind of music he grew up listening to might have made an impact on his writing style and served as a musical inspiration.
In the past 5 years, he has performed at the Saminifest show. Though he hasn’t released any albums yet, he is working assiduously on singles for now.
He belongs to the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA). He perceives there’s still room for improvement in the music industry and suggests that all hands must be on deck for the industry to reach its summit. In an observation he has made he said, some people think going into music is an escape from doing “real” work, but reasoning with other folks in the field of music he points out that the industry’s survival depends on the efforts and contributions of individuals. “Successful musicians don’t wait for opportunities to come to them. They fish them out or create them themselves”, he admonished.
He believes that, it takes time, skill, practice and dedication to develop a reputation as a musician. And although he doesn’t need a degree in music to become a musician, the reputation he has achieved based on his passion is very impacting.
Music means a lot to him such that even at his leisure time, he listens to music which includes R&B, Jazz, Soul, Reggae, and Dancehall, High life, AfroFusion, Cools and sometimes hip hop. A list of his top 6 favourite songs features ‘Dance with my father’ by Luther Vandross, ‘Just go’ by his musical idol, Lionel Richie, ‘Perfect Love Song’ by Morgan Heritage, ‘Wash the tears’ by Gramps Morgan, ‘Run Go’ by StoneBwoy and ‘Hati Girl’ by himself. As the old adage says “practice makes man perfect”, playing the guitar, singing are his hobbies and to some extent surfing the Internet.
Syl doesn’t see himself out of the music industry as his passion for music is so strong and the fuel setting this passion ablaze is the impact his music has on people. “Some people listen to music to manage their moods and to bond with other people. In a way, they count on me so that is enough reason”, he said.
He thrives on the favourite quote “move forward, but never forget where you’re coming from”.
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