Rex Omar has clarified the recent brouhaha that became a topic for discussion in the media landscape as a result of an opinion he shared about Kofi Kinaata on the subject of Kofi Kinaata being more lyricist than a songwriter.

Speaking about the topic “Writing of Music” on the Sekondi Takoradi based Spice Fm 91.9 on Ofie ne Fie with Kwame Offei, Rex Omar explained some factors to consider when writing a song.

Writing a song is not basically putting a pen on a paper but it is much deeper than how we perceive it, music is made up of two major components that is lyrics and melody, the melody is the is the soul of the song. The one who creates the melody is the composer and the writer of the song is the one who put together content on the melody. Some people can choose to use the composer’s melody but resort to the use of different content. These categories of stakeholders are called lyricists.

Rex Omar also touched on the important role writers and composers play in making of a song, through his writer composer argument.

 ‘There can be a melody which can be picked  by any musicians for a remix, even if the melody created is in an instrumentals format, anybody who put a content on the melody in any form does not change the composer of the song, in this case the composer of the melody is still been considered as the one who composed the song. Therefore the writer and the composer make up the song.

There is the point where you also consider going to the studio to record, to consider the singing arrangement, the choice of genre, modulation, transposition and all this can be done to spice up the original song in the expected format.

In summary, when we say songwriting it’s the composition of the melody and the writing of the lyrics which together make the song’

After the education and analysis of lyrics, melody, and songwriting, Rex Omar was asked about where he will want to place Kofi Kinaata in terms of either a song Writer or lyricist. He explained.

 “Someone asked me about a similar question some time ago before the Kofi Kinaata released his things fall apart song though I had not even heard the song, the person asked me about what I think of Kofi Kinaata and I said I have listened to Kofi Kinaata and he is a very good lyricists and that is not to say Kofi Kinaata is not a songwriter but in the end that is what people went out to write, so it is like asking me of what I think of Ayew Pele and I respond by saying when you look at how Ayew Pele plays his football he is a good dribbler, does it mean he, not a footballer? ( Rex questioned).

”I am only telling you about Ayew’s strength as he is a good dribbler but it doesn’t mean he is not a footballer. In most cases people want sensationalism and so they twist your opinion. Kofi Kinaata is a junior brother, he has the talent and if I have a deal I will give it to him so why will I do anything to denigrate him.

Kofi Kinaata has won songwriter of the year twice at Ghana Music Awards with Susuka and Confession in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Story by Kwame Offei /