It is emerging that organizers of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), did not bill controversial dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, to perform at the night due to the high performance fee being charged by his record label.
According to a Citinewsroom.com report, Charter House ignored Shatta Wale because Zylofon Media demanded GHC200,000 as performance fee for the artiste.
After a long absence from the VGMAs, one would have expected that Shatta Wale’s reinstatement into the awards would come with a performance on the night of the main event.
However, the list of artistes performing at the 2018 VGMAs does not include him.
Artistes billed for the awards ceremony are Sarkodie, Joe Mettle, MzVee, Samini, Efya, Praye, Akosua Agyapong, Kwasi Arthur, Kidi, Adina, Kuami Eugene, Fancy Gadam, King Promise and Kelvyn Boy.
Others are Tiwa Savage from Nigeria and Nasty C from South Africa.
However, the Head of Communications at Charter House, organizers of the Awards, George Quaye, told Zionfelix in an interview that the artistes that have been billed for the night are equally good.
“We have not blacklisted any artiste. We have several big and respectable musicians who are also not on the bill so the Zylofon Media artistes missing on the bill is not intentional on the side of the organizers to sideline them. We made sure all genres are fully represented and Samini on the bill is representing Reggae/dancehall category,” he said.
Goerge Quaye also added that, “there will be many VGMAs in the coming years. Shatta Wale is back to the awards and who knows, he might be the headline artiste for next year’s event. We don’t have any problem as organizers of the event maybe Zylofon Media would have something else to say if you call them.”
But checks conducted by Citinewsroom.com indicate that Charter House did not hire Shatta Wale to perform at the night because Zylofon Media had demanded Ghc 200,000.
According to sources, the organizers felt that the fee was too high for a performance on the night of the award scheme.
This year’s VGMAs is slated for 14th April, 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre and it is expected to attract dozens of entertainment fans and investors both home and abroad.
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