The 2017 Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) awards came off successfully yesterday, though with some pertinent concerns.
Ghanaians have expressed dissatisfaction and disappointment with the organizers of the awards for what they describe as sidelining Ghanaian artistes in performances at the ceremony.
Musicians were ‘imported’ from Nigeria and Congo to perform at the event while there was virtually no show from Ghanaian artistes.
Only silky-voiced singer, Efya was asked to open the show with her own rendition of Ghana’s National Anthem while KIDI was tasked to close the event with a performance.
This decision by CAF has upset some of Ghanaian musicians, politicians and the general public on social media.
Against this backdrop, veteran dancehall and reggae star, Samini, has disclosed his readiness to embark on a campaign aimed at reducing foreign music content in Ghana.
Samini took to his twitter page to make this announcement while expressing disgust at the CAF Awards organizers for disrespecting himself and colleague musicians.
He wrote: “I am starting a campaign today and I hope it gets to the LAW makers. Ghanaians want 70 percent of local content on our airwaves and 50:50 share of performance time on any international platform mounted here on our soil. This is to help us also sell to the world “our own” craft.”
Samini also called on the President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), to on behalf of Ghanaian musicians, petition Parliament to enforce the law that ensures that foreign content is reduced in Ghana.
Samini is pressing for a law that allows for 70% local content and at least 50% representation of Ghanaians at international programmes held in country to be passed.
He wrote: “MUSIGA president pls take this to parliament for us oooo. We need change NOW chale … aaah. HOW.”
Meanwhile, Shatta Wale, who was billed to perform at the CAF Awards but did not show up has revealed why he did not perform.
According to him, a representative from CAF approached him just two days to the event with $30,000 offer but without a contract to be signed.
The controversial ‘Taking Over’ hit maker disclosed that he took the money but decided not to perform at the event because no document was brought to be signed to that effect.
By the close of the awards ceremony, Egyptian and Liverpool star, Mohammed Salah was awarded the African Best Player of the Year.
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