Asamoah Gyan aka Baby Jet
Captain of the Black Stars, ‘Baby Jet’ Asamoah Gyan, has released yet another song, ‘Odo Pa’, with his musician colleague Castro – this time, a classic highlife love song produced by ace sound engineer, Kaywa.
NEWS-ONE visited Baby Jet in his home to talk about the song and also seek clarification on a few other aspects on the player’s life.
“My parents actually thought I would do music but I turned out to be a footballer. Music is my life and has been part of me from childhood. Look, even when I am performing to a live-band, I can actually detect when the sound is not right or when an instrumentalist goes off-beat.
“This song actually belongs to Castro but actually has Baby Jet Music as the executive producer. ‘Odo Pa’ is the title and as I said, it is a love song. The message is for Ghanaians and for people who are yet to listen to it, they should get ready for a song that would speak to them, a song they can get some lesson from and a song that can entertain them. Music has to be performed with the right key and melody,” Asamoah Gyan told NEWS-ONE.
When Baby Jet was asked if the lyrics of the song were inspired by his personal experience, he answered in the affirmative and explained further:
“‘Odo Pa’ is about life. It is a general thing and things around us. It can be me, it can be anybody and if you listen to the lyrics, it really makes sense. So if you are asking if the song was inspired by my experience, yeah that is what I said. You know, all these movies we watch are about things that happen in reality. Before writing the lyrics of a song, you need to have observed things around you or be inspired by things you have experienced, so this is about both,” the Black Stars Captain explained.
The celebrated footballer described his life as one full of happiness and said he ensures people around him are comfortable and happy.
“I have been happy and making people around me happy. I may be playing and making a lot of jokes but I give full respect to people around me and I expect same respect from them.”
Asamoah said he is never deterred by negative critics and what they say about him: “I don’t focus on the negative criticisms because people may have their own reason for saying whatever they say. I don’t let negative things bring me down. In instances when the comments are not true or based on reality, I just ignore it and I keep moving on.”
Baby Jet, Sammy Anim Addo and Game Boy
He explained further: “There are people who criticize me for making music, yet they listen to my songs and actually dance to them. It is not true that the music I do during my leisure time has any negative effect on my football. So I continue to do them and play football at the same time. I am multi-talented and I am not wasting any.
“With ‘Odo Pa’ for instance, I decided to take a break and come down for holidays. I realized I have some time on my hand so I decided to do this song because I love music. Music has been my life as I said. I am not a professional musician so I just did this with my friend Castro. He has been my close friend for a very long time and he actually understands me and knows what I like as well as what I don’t like.”
When NEWS-ONE got to Asamoah Gyan’s house, he was playing snooker with his brother, Baffour Gyan and a few other friends. Also present was Sammy Anim Addo, Chief Executive of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation.
International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Super Featherweight Champion, Emmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe also came in during the visit. Joseph Tagoe is actually under the management of the Asamoah Gyan Baby Jet Promotions.
They agreed to pose for NEWS-ONE cameras; a rare opportunity which the paper took to also get shots of the fleet of cars Asamoah Gyan had lined up in his house.
He had a BMW X6, Chrysler 300C, a 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, a 2012 Porsche Cayenne, a Hummer 4, a 2013 Cadillac Escalade 4×4 and 2013 Dodge Challenger, believed to be custom-made. All the vehicles had their registration numbers customized in Asamoah Gyan’s pet name, ‘B Jet’.