By Abigail Asiamah
Spoken word artiste, Don Kwabena Prah, has provided insights into the meticulous process behind crafting his 10-track poetry album titled “Nyansapo”.
In an interview on the GTV Breakfast Show, the poet revealed that the essence of the spoken word remains paramount and that the inclusion of a melodic aspect is essential to enhancing the overall impact of the work.
“It wasn’t just about the word delivery; for instance, it could be a soundtrack. I can even perform it raw, without any background music or reading. But at times, to infuse that extra feel and make it impactful, like when you said you got goosebumps and all that, you need a bit of these soundtracks to modify it and make it more refreshing when you’re listening to it,” he explained.
According to him, the studio environment has the crucible for creativity, emphasising the importance of a conducive atmosphere to harness the poetic vibe.
“It’s basically getting into the studio, having your vibe, and getting a good engineer like ZAP Mallet to play your soundtrack for you. You reason together, go through your process here and there, align, and bring it to life,” he added.
This revelation offers a fascinating glimpse into the artistry and craftsmanship that go into producing poetry albums, and the fusion of spoken word with melodic elements adds a unique dimension, creating an immersive experience for the audience.