Legendary highlife musician Amakye Dede has explained the circumstances which led him to crown Kuami Eugene as 'highlife king' at the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA 2019).
Amakye Dede, during his short performance at the VGMA 2019, praised the young singer who won the Highlife Artiste of the Year award on the night and went ahead to put a crown on his head as the highlife king.
The Iron Boy singer's decision to crown Kuami Eugene surprised many in the auditorium and those watching in their homes.
Weeks after the incident, Amakye Dede is still receiving criticisms from some social media users and entertainment pundits.
Reacting to the criticisms, the manager of Amakye Dede, Akwesi Aboagye, has stated that the crowning moment was not art of their rehearsed act and his artiste did it against his will.
According to the manager, Amakye Dede was persuaded some people to do the crowning but he declined the request.
“KiKi Banson, who was in charge of artiste repertoire for this year’s VGMAs, called to inform him that as part of Amakye Dede’s performance, they want him to crown Kuami Eugene and I told him I have to speak to my artiste about it.
“Amakye Dede was not in support of it when [I] informed him, so I was surprised to see him act against his will,” Aboagye stated in an interview on Accra-based Onua FM.
The manager further narrated that after Amakye Dede declined the request, he was ambushed on stage when a crown was given him unexpectedly to be put on Kuami Eugene’s head.
“So those who watched that act will know that something was not right. According to Amakye Dede, he was surprised to see a lady walk on stage to hand over a crown to him,” he said.
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