The hard work of many Ghanaian artist have always been dashed to the wall based on unwarranted comparison between them and their Nigerian counterparts by some of our own Ghanaian industry players, an unfortunate trend that has been ongoing for a while that even led to the current feud between shatta wale and wizkid.
The recent occurrence that spark a lot of argument on social media and between industry players is the visit of Nigerian songstress Yemi Alade the “Jonny” hit maker to Ghana.
She has granted some interviews and have made comments which I have reservations towards. In time past, the argument has always been why Ghanaian artist don’t get treated out there like the way their Nigerian counterparts are treated when they visit Ghana, let me ask this question, how will our artist get that kind of support and treatment out there if we are not supporting and celebrating our own arts on our soil enough?
Shockingly, yesterday Ghanaian media and a cross section of the fans on social media have again gone on a rampage to demean the hard work and achievements of our Ghanaian musicians to the extent that some people who ought to know better could say “Ghanaian artist are lazy”.
Meanwhile, information gathered by georgebritton.com in an interview with Lynx entertainment reveals Yemi Alade is in Ghana to shoot an audiovisual for a yet to be released song she was featured on by MzVee a Ghanaian female musician who has been consistent over the years and even netted a BET nomination.
The fact; “Yemi Alade was flown into the country by the management of Lynx Entertainment, a Ghanaian owned artist management company to work with their artist MzVee, she is not in Ghana by herself for an album promo as we are made to believe”.
The Nigerian is just taken advantage of her time in Ghana to grant some few interviews. Lynx Entertainment over the weekend even flew in Nigerian Dancehall artist Patoranking to work on the remix of Mzvee’s “Say my name”. If this is not hard work then I don’t know what to call it.
I feel it’s high time we sit up, put some respect on the hustle of the Ghanaian arts or don’t demand that respect for them out there.
It’s high time we lend an unflinching support to our own artist as we carry the same attitude outside, if we respect our own others will equally give them the needed respect and support.