Prince of Mentor I breaks silence with W'aseda
Mentor I winner, Prince Tuffour seems to have run out of patience following the uncertain 6-months trip to London promised him by TV3 as part of his winning package, and the young lad is now set to release his maiden album which he describes as long overdue.
The album titled W’aseda is a gospel piece and has 10 songs on it. To him almost all the other Mentor 1 contestants, who he is always close in contact with, have either come out with their albums or have ended up as film actors.
“People ask me why I have not yet come out. I think this is the time to do so, London or no London”, he said.
Recorded and Produced by Family Tree Entertainment, Prince’s album, which features Nobel Nketiah, has very good and potential hit songs like W’ayemye Dooso, Hwan N’aye, Adombi Keke, Odi Mame, Ewurade Woso and Enkakyi Da.
According to Prince, the hope of traveling to a music school in London for him and colleagues Andy, Ruth and Maya, is rapidly fading out since they have been left in wander-land without any tangible explanation though their passports, birth certificates and other required documents were taken from them.
“I had to postpone my chances of gaining admission to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and also put my music career on hold because of this trip. I can’t keep on waiting because time is running out”, he said.
Prince, who completed Anglican Secondary, Kumasi, in 2003, postponed going back to the classroom despite the fact that he had already applied for admission to KNUST after waiting at home for almost 3 years since graduating from SSS.
All, he said was due to his participation in the talent hunt reality show on TV3 last year and the hope of traveling to London soon.
To make matters worse, his one-year contract with TV3 in which the TV station would play a managerial role during the release of his album, has only four months left to expire. “I had wanted to take everything gradually and systematically but it seems that cannot be and life must go on”.
Like most young musicians in Ghana, Prince Tuffour discovered his music talent at the tender age of 9 when he was in the church choir. He has been singing in Churches since then until the Mentor train showed up.
Interestingly, his mother popularly known as Oba Animah was also a gospel musician in the 1980s.
After the release of this album, Prince, who hails from Nyankerenease in the Ashanti Region, has the dream of furthering his education and combine both music and his main career in the medical or business fields.