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07 July 2017

Castro’s absence has created huge gap in Ghana’s music industry – Manager

DJ Amess, manager of Ghanaian hiplife artiste, Theophilus Tagoe known in showbiz as Castro Under Fire has said his artiste’s disappearance is still a mystery to him.

He said three years since Castro went missing, there has been a vast vacuum created by the artiste in terms of his prowess in music.

Speaking with Kasapa FM’s newscaster Obasimaa Serwaa Akoto, DJ Amess opined that the ‘Seihor’ hitmaker’s songs over the years have been most played because all songs or featured songs by him were hit which certainly defines how good he was.

“Today Castro is missing but which of the musicians has put up a challenge to do similar thing like him (Castro). His absence has made the system very dull because everyone waits to release a song when award events are approaching. Even when featuring on someone’s song, Castro does it like his personal song, he attaches equal importance to every song,” DJ Amess told Kasapa FM.

Commenting on Castro’s versatility, Amess said, “He’s Jack of all trade… I wish God will bring Castro back so he continues his music career as Gospel artiste. He’s a multi-talented artiste who fit every genre.

The manager, disclosed that Castro’s mysterious disappearance while on holiday at Ada has affected his life in a negative manner.

“Three years after Castro went missing has affected my life because after my Tertiary education I took to music by first managing Castro. The bond between Castro and I was really strong because we understood what we were about… I never had any difficulty managing Castro,” Amess said.

“If Castro were to be active, I wouldn’t live a  shamble life now and I can say for a fact that If not for him (Castro), I wouldn’t have travelled overseas, I always give him that credit.”

Amess said as to whether the musician is still alive or died alongside the girlfriend whom he was riding on the Jet Ski with at Ada towards the estuary has still not been established by Ghana Police and the Ghana Navy.

“We’re still in doubt about the final reports by the Police service but there is more to be done and that is what we’re waiting for. What the Police disclosed to the public doesn’t add up so I’m pleading with them to release the findings so we know the next step to take,” Amess said.

Castro entered the musical scene with his 2003 hit song “Sradinam”. He was a friend of Ghana national football team’s captain, Asamoah Gyan. The duo recorded three albums together. “African Girls” was another hit of his.

He believes Castro is no more but said he cannot go ahead and perform his funeral rites simply because the law requires that a missing person can be declared dead after seven years.

According to him, two deities he consulted in the heat of Castro’s disappearance all confirmed that the musician was no more. He is therefore inclined to believe that Castro is dead.

Recounting events surrounding Castro’s disappearance, Gyan said: That was the first time they went to Aqua Safari and that in the previous years, they went to Akosombo.

“That particular year, the yacht at Akosombo was broken down so they decided to go to Ada. A day before we went to Ada, he [Castro] came to my house and said he was on his way to Kumasi and would not join us.

“But whilst we were on our way to Ada, on the Accra-Tema motorway, we received a phone call that “Under” [Castro] wants us to wait for him.

“We parked at a fuel station where a crowd gathered to catch a glimpse of me. I later got the inclination it was destined to happen because he was initially not part of the trip.

“When we got to Ada, everything went fine. We were to spend three days, but ended up using the Jet Ski on the second day.”

Others, who are holding contrary view, believe his disappearance could be linked to a popularity stunt that has gone bad.

A number of colleague musicians are still hopeful Castro will return but when and how remains the mystery puzzle.

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