UK-based Ghanaian Afro-Pop singer Fuse ODG has appealed to Ghanaians to appreciate the power and value of their music and stop overhyping the Black Entertainment Television, (BET) awards.
The Ghanaian musician's comment comes on the back of Ghana’s inability to receive a nomination in this year’s edition of the BET awards.
Since the introduction of the Best International Act category eight years ago, the country has received a nomination every year and has gone on to win that award twice – in 2012 and 2015.
Speaking to Accra-based Starr FM on Thursday, Fuse said the BET awards should not be the measurement of the success of Ghanaian Music.
"I don’t think BET should be the measurement of success or how great our music is. Some of the greatest musicians never received an award, Bob Marley is one of the greatest musicians but he never received an award. I think we need to stop praising these platforms and start building our own platforms and reward our artists," FUSE ODG said.
The famous musician who was clearly not happy about the development added, “BET is not here and they don’t understand what goes on here in Ghana, they are not real, they don’t respect Africa in the first place. They are not here helping us build schools, they are not here helping us build our economy. The only time they are jumping at Africa is because of the Black Panther movie, Ghana has influenced African music worldwide and BET is not going to be the measurement as to how influential Ghanaian music is”.
Fuse ODG further said Ghana has great talents that need to be appreciated and not based on what someone out there thinks of Ghanaian musicians.
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Source: Yen Ghana