Koondoola Uber driver best in Australia for music choices

Uber driver Simon Baah (Koondoola). Photo: Martin Kennealey
Uber driver Simon Baah (Koondoola). Photo: Martin Kennealey

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

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

The humble 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 didn’t know it was thousands,” he said.

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

“I really thank Uber for recognising the smile I am putting on riders’ faces.”

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,” he 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.”

A taxi driver for seven years before making the switch to Uber, Mr Baah said he enjoyed meeting great people and sharing his culture through music.

This includes music from his own record label in his home country.

“Bahfresh Entertainment has been around since 2010 and is still progressing to the top in the music industry in Ghana,” he said.

“We have a very talented artist who’s working on an album to be released next year – his name is Apya.”

Mr Baah said music was his life, playing a collection of his favourite tracks every morning to get him ready for the day ahead.

“It just keeps me going; without it I feel empty ,” he said.

“It puts me in the right mood to start my day.”

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

In his spare time, Mr Baah also DJs events and parties in Perth for the local Ghanaian community.