Mov­ing with mu­sic

Wanneroo Times - - News - Tyler Brown

KOON­DOOLA mu­sic lover Si­mon Baah has been crowned Aus­tralia’s toprated Uber driver for his DJ skills.

The ride-share com­pany con­grat­u­lated the 32-yearold for re­ceiv­ing the high­est num­ber of com­pli­ments for his in-car mu­sic out of more than 80,000 Uber driv­ers across the coun­try.

The driver, orig­i­nally from Ghana, said he put the ti­tle down to “riders just ap­pre­ci­at­ing the good mu­sic I play in my car for them to have a smooth ride”.

“I usu­ally see the com­ments from riders but did not know it was thou­sands,” he said.

“It’s so amaz­ing and a priv­i­lege be­cause there are so many Uber driv­ers in the coun­try.”

For those lucky enough to ride with Mr Baah, they could ex­pe­ri­ence reg­gae in the morn­ing to re­lax into the day, Ghana­ian mu­sic dur­ing the day to get them through the grind and more up­beat, afrobeat mu­sic in the evening to pump them up for a night out.

“I feel like it’s the only thing to re­lax riders, to wel­come them and make them feel com­fort­able through­out the trip,” Mr Baah said.

“Most of my con­ver­sa­tions with riders start with them ap­pre­ci­at­ing my taste of mu­sic, then the con­ver­sa­tion fol­lows.

“I don’t like to push my riders into con­ver­sa­tions as peo­ple have dif­fer­ent moods and not ev­ery­body wants to talk, but mu­sic re­lates to ev­ery­one.”

About 80 per cent of his col­lec­tion is African mu­sic and he es­ti­mates he would have about 25,000 songs on his com­puter.

Mr Baah also DJs events and par­ties in Perth for the lo­cal Ghana­ian com­mu­nity.

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d488926 Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Uber driver Si­mon Baah.

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