Organizers of Ghana Music Awards want an apology from Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale for maligning the scheme and music awards board.
Mrs. Theresa Ayoade, Executive Director of CharterHouse, told reporters at a press conference, a public apology is the only guarantee that the ‘Kakai’ hitmaker would get nominations at the awards scheme.
“… After two years of publicly campaigning about not wanting to included in the awards, and recording and posting of materials that tarnished and denigrated the image of the scheme, he has presented an entry for nomination. The board, however thinks it is the first step to redeeming himself from the denigration of the scheme.” said Mrs. Ayoade.
“He has not completed the process, the board wants to encourage him to complete the process he has started, which would include a public apology to the board and the scheme, and thereafter we will move things forward.”
He faces being banned for a good number of years by organizers of the Ghana Music Awards. Our sources informed us weeks ago a decision had been reached and would be communicated to the artiste and general public.
“They must have taken a decision by now so i am sure they will get to tell us something in hours or in the next few days, ” a source, who was once active in Ghana’s music space and has years of industry expertise projected.
Two years ago, the ‘Kakai’ hitmaker warned the awards scheme against nominating any of his works. On the night of the show last year, he headlined a concert at the beach, supported by Sarkodie, who also had his own issues with CharterHouse.
Even though Shatta Wale had a good year in 2015, there has been a lot of debate as to whether he should be awarded by the music body he called all sorts of derogatory names.
His fans have in recent days called for a boycott of headline sponsors Vodafone, should their ‘idol’ not get any nominations. Wale submitted his works a fortnight ago.
Shatta Wale’s disagreement with CharterHouse started when he lost out on a dancehall category award to Kaakie in 2013. He insulted both the company and Kaakie, later recording a song in which he claimed he didn’t need any award.
He also recorded videos in which he called CharterHouse and its CEO names, leading to the former being sued.
Months down the line, he apologized to CharterHouse, its CEO and Samini after the birth of his son asking they start their relationships altogether and on a ‘fresh’ page