Ghana: Why Ebony Reigns’ Death Was a Big Blow to The Music Industry

Today, February 8, 2019, marks exactly one year since the tragic death of the late afrobeats/afro-dancehall performer, Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng “Ebony Reigns”.

She died in a gruesome road accident that occurred on the Sunyani-Kumasi road.

Ebony and three other persons were on board a Jeep with registration AS 497-16, travelling from Sunyani to Kumasi when a head-on collision with a VIP bus heading towards Sunyani from Kumasi occurred.

Her death shook the industry. Tears were all over Ghana and on the internet as well.

She was a young, energetic, resilient and hardworking woman who was on her way to success – in fact, she was almost there when the inevitable quietus took her away from her loved ones and the music industry.

Ebony Reigns was less than two years old in the industry but her impact was beyond those with a decade of experience.

Her death instantly switched rapper, singer and record producer E.L into his poetic mood.

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He told me in an interview in 2018: “EBONY, beautiful and bright. Bursting with talent and energy. Opportunity knocked; she rose and shone; vibrant young star. Now suddenly snuffed out; tragedy has struck, the absurdity of life. Yet, the word was planted and found soil. R.I.P, sis”.

A few weeks after her demise, I spoke with a couple of industry people to discuss the impact of her death, and most of them agreed that it was a big blow.

Her talent was exceptional

One of Ghana’s favourite rappers and reigning artiste, Medikal, who used to hang out with the late musician said Ebony knew she was going to blow up because of her determination and her constant brags.

To the “Omo Ada” hitmaker, she possessed great talent and that the world has never experienced her craft.


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