Editor in Chief of the New Crusading Guidebook strongly believes that the regrettable incident at Sunday’s Vodafone Ghana New music Awards (VGMA) ought to serve as a wakeup call for the music industry and nation as a complete.
Kweku Baako observed that even though the brawl amongst Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale has dented the country’s image, the incident presents a large amount of classes.
Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy have been arrested by the police on Sunday over a brawl that erupted involving their camps at the 20th anniversary of the VGMA.
Pandemonium broke out soon just after Stonebwoy was announced the winner of ‘Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year’ when Shatta Wale and his group were witnessed heading towards the stage, their intentions were unclear.
Shatta Wale, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah, later on claimed that he was going on phase to congratulate Stonebwoy. The two artistes ended up later on released on Monday and appeared in court docket on Wednesday.
Commenting on the incident that is even now dominating the media landscape a week right after it occurred, Editor in Chief of the New Crusading Guideline advised Samson Lardy Ayenini on Newsfile on JoyNews that there is a massive problem mark on the Ghanaian enjoyment industry.
He mentioned songs greats these types of as Alfred Bannerman, Hugh Masekela, Pat Thomas, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Amakye Dede and Osibisa and said that “Those had been the days…descent disciplined artistes. What really transpired to us?”
Mr Baako famous that Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale’s followers are in the thousands and thousands and they are undertaking effectively for them selves but he believes “they could if they experienced positioned them selves very properly, provide as a catalyst for increasing the Ghanaian amusement industry…if they workout a particular amount self-willpower.”
He expressed the fret that, “the Ghanaian enjoyment marketplace graphic, there is a question mark…with the collateral repercussion on our possess national image. I am not declaring it is that undesirable but the implications. Charterhouse’s have manufacturer that they’ve designed over the decades,” such as the artistes, who he claims now has a issue mark on their profiles.
Mr Baako observed that the unlucky incident will now make people today further careful, specifically their safety, when they attend events.
“Perhaps this is education and learning by a damaging working experience, we need to wake up,” he urged.
“Music is therapeutic, it heals but appears to be at the distortion and the pollution. Possibly it is excellent that this transpired it will make us wake up and choose one more search at our scenes, not just audio just about everywhere else.
“When it arrives to the in-depth understanding of current-day or recent or modern tunes market, it is at sea,” he concluded.
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Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, when they appeared in court docket on Wednesday, pleaded not guilty to Offensive Perform to Breaches of the Peace subsequent the scuffle at the Awards.
Stonebwoy, born Livingstone Etse Satekla, also pleaded not responsible to an additional charge of Display screen of a Weapon in a General public Position without the need of permission.
The charges ended up examine to them during their visual appeal at the Agyebeng Court, Wednesday.
The dancehall artistes, who have not witnessed eye-to-eye for years now, appeared in court docket with some spouse and children associates and scores of supporters.
They each looked cheerful and responded to chants from their supporters as they walked out of the courtroom.
Just after the hearing, they were being granted bail of ¢50,000 every with 1 surety and cautioned to be of excellent behaviour right up until the willpower of the scenario.
They will re-seem in courtroom on June 20.