The founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Ghana-based record label Highly Spiritual Music, Kaywa, born David Kwadwo Kyei, has revealed that music stars Lasmid, Mr Drew and Krymi have all left the label.
On Sunday, June 4, 2023, Kaywa was on Showtym with Andy Dosty. Host Dosty asked about Friday Night hitmaker Lasmid, born Lasmid Nathaniel Owusu, leaving Highly Spiritual.
“Yes, I’ll confirm that he [Lasmid] has left Highly Spiritual music, yes,” Kaywa answered via a video call.
Two weeks ago, Mr Drew, on Accra-based 3Music TV’s Unpacking programme disclosed that he has left Highly Spiritual.
“I’m not on the label anymore,” Mr Drew said. “I’m not on Highly Spiritual Music anymore.”
Explaining, he added that: “My contract ended with them.”
“Ending of last year,” he revealed, was when the music deal ended.
Concerning joining another record label, he was positive, stressing that “if the offer is good,” he would agree. On what a good offer means, he said, “…just prioritise my work” and “come right” financially.
About three months ago, Kaywa spoke about the Mood hitmaker Mr Drew, born Andrew Nii Commey Otoo, leaving his artiste management company.
| Mr Drew
On Accra-based Kingdom FM, Kaywa disclosed that: “Drew’s time on the label has expired. So Drew is no longer on the label.” However, he added that, “Drew and the label are very very tight [cordial].”
On why he did not renew the contract with Drew, he said: “Oh, he wants to move on and I support it.”
The legendary record producer said he cannot “be selfish to say that: ‘We’ve done five years [only] so [let’s do more].”
According to the sound engineer and church leader, Mr Drew indicated his desire to move on “about 6 months” to end of contract. He noted that Drew’s leaving “was done properly”.
He also revealed that Highlife act Krymi has also moved on after the end of his contract.
| Party Gbee hitmaker Krymi, born Henry Nuamah
Currently, “the label is not on me,” he noted also. “The setup is there [and] there’s an able team handling the record label so I can also move around and do what I do as a sound engineer and man of God.”