I sit in my swivel chair with my Razr phone in hand and shuffling a collection of music from one of the greatest hit-singers, Castro Underfire. I wish I could stand and dance but NO, I don’t have a place to any dance competition so rather I will keep tapping my feet.
He may be missing and not dead over sometime now since he can only be declared dead in after seven years and 7days per the legal laws of the Republic of Ghana. Arguably, the pondering still continues among his fans if he is still alive or not.
Theophilus Tagoe, born in Takoradi on May 1, 1982, I believe is still alive and wants to celebrate him on the column as our GhanaGist Star of the Week.
Castro with the energy and motive in “destroying” every beat given to him by Jeff Quaye earned the tag Castro Destroyer by JQ and his business manager Charles Asare.
Castro d’Destroyer started music at the age of 10 and was exposed to the Ghana music market when he featured on produced JQ’s compilation in 2000. He was discovered by Emmanuel Nana Agyeman (aka AGYINGO) who was then the Assistant Music Producer to Jeff Quaye at Universal Studio in Accra.
Three years after, he released Sradinam off his debut Damages album under the Frimprince Music Label and Toffee as second album. He then released the Comm Centre album under Prince Dave Records owned by Late Apor which had hit singles like Back and Front, Me Ntumi and Fakye.
In 2010, he paired with currently Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan also known in Soccer and Showbiz as Baby Jet to release “African Girls” off the 15-track “Back to Sender” album.
The album featured musicians like Tinny, Soul E-Baba, Sarkodie, Kesse and Reggie Zippy.
Castro is one of the few Ghanaian musicians who had a dream of propagating the gospel of God one day.
He also had a dream of growing a churn of new talents from Takoradi where he grew. An evident of that wish was when he featured Kofi Kinaata on his single with Asamoah Gyan, Odo Pa which won them an award for Highlife Song of the Year Category at the 2014 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and also featured him on his “Instagram” single produced by Ephraim Beatz.
Castro is one singer who gives his best to every song he features. From a catalogue of Sarkodie’s “Adonai”, D-Black’s “Personal Person”, Appietus’ “Kuntunimu”, Akoo Nana’s “Mi Yadaw”, Trig Matic’s “Wedding Day”, Funny Face’s “Odo Bekumi” and Itz Tiffany’s “Agyekoom”
During his music career Castro has received 6 Ghana Music Awards, 1 Black Music Award in Benin and 3 Ghana Music Awards in the United Kingdom.
Visit any pub, night club and even family parties and you will be amazed to the response by patrons when a Castro song is played by the disc jockey.
GhanaGist.com is proud to still celebrate Castro UnderFire as the GhanaGist Star of the Week.
By Samuel Omane-Mensah/GhanaGist.Com