- Entertainment pundit George Quaye has defended his former employer's comments about Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy
- Chief Executive of Charterhouse Theresa Ayoade had earlier stated that the Ghanaian music industry was bigger than both Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale,
She went on to call on the media to help 'let us rise above them'
- But George Quaye said the statement meant no malice to the two artistes
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Former Public Events and Communication Manager at Charterhouse Productions has defended the comments of his former boss Theresa Ayoade over Ghana's award-winning Dancehall acts Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy.
Chief Executive of Charterhouse Theresa Ayoade had earlier stated that the Ghanaian music industry was way bigger than both Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale while calling on the media to help 'let us rise above them'
This statement did not go down well with the fans of both artistes.
During a press conference, Mrs Ayoade said the industry is bigger than both Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy.
“Can you as the media help the industry rise above these two? Let’s rise above these two and let the industry breathe and move on. Sarkodie won artiste of the decade and nobody even talked about it.
The industry is bigger than these two artistes and that is what I want you to go back with. There are lots of young people who need the opportunity so let’s move on,” she said.
But speaking on Hitz FM, George Quaye said Theresa Ayoade's statement was made in context and in no way meant to suggest the company wanted to kill the careers of the two dancehall artistes.
He added that Charterhouse had called a press conference to seek the input of industry players and media on how to make the next Vodafone Ghana Music Awards a great show.
However, for over an hour, journalists and other guests were fixated on Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy although the organization in 2019 placed a ban of the two artistes.
“At a point, it almost became an argument at the auditorium, for almost an hour two artistes, so within that context, the woman spoke and said look, let us all come together and let us rise above them…” he stated.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Stonebwoy had called on Charterhouse, organizers of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) to extend his ban from the awards to serve as a deterrent to other artistes.
According to the 'Ololo' hitmaker the young artistes in the industry need to learn that you cannot misbehave on an awards stage and go free.
Stonebwoy made these remarks at a press conference that took place at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra on Friday, February 7, 2020.
"The young ones must know that you can't just misbehave on an awards stage and go free. Such punishments are good to check musicians. The ban has not affected me in any way but it’s all good for the music industry,” he said.
Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale were banned indefinitely from the VGMA after a brawl involving their camps on stage at the 2019 event which was held at the Grand Arena Dome of the Accra International Conference Centre on May 18, 2019.
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