- Two Ghanaian musicians, Kwabena Kwabena and Chase Forever have pulled out of this year's VGMA's ahead of the event
- Kwabena Kwabena says the award does not respect artiste, calling it a private ceremony while Chase, says the award honours popularity of artistes and not creativity
Two of Ghana’s great music talents, Kwabena Kwabena and Chase have publicly declared their intentions to pull out of this year’s Ghana Music Awards.
According to Kwabena Kwabena, his decision to boycott the awards ceremony was three years ago when he lost interest in the awards ceremony and noticed that the awards ceremony does not respect artistes and their works. Kwabena Kwabena also adds that the ceremony is one of a “private party”.
In an interview with Hitz Fm, the singer with the sweet voice noted his reason for not picking the last award he won from Ghana Music Awards himself, three years ago was because he had lost confidence in the awards ceremony. He noted in his interview that his presence at this year’s VGMAs will not change how he feels about the awards.
Kwabena Kwabena in his interview questioned the Ghanaian’s understanding of the arts, saying it is not an easy thing. He further pointed fingers at how we Ghanaians treat the arts, the way we look at artistes in the country and the way the artistes comport themselves is quite a challenge to him.
Kwabena Kwabena who noted to a larger extent that his sentiment about the awards is the reason why he did not put in nominations for the year under review. He added that he wishes to stay away from the awards and rather concentrate on his fans and providing them with the best of music.
On the other hand, Chase Forever has also declared his intentions to opt out of this year’s wards, saying it is a waste of time and a platform to reward popularity, rather than excellence.
“When my song: Tell Me Your Name came out, there was nothing like that. I feel like the board dwell on popularity more than the craft. So no shade but if a monkey had a song out and it was popular they’ll over look my creativity and hand an award to the monkey. I spent a lot on my music; video craft, directors and making sure my video interprets the music,” he said.
Born Fianko Bossman, Chase Forever explained that his reasons form the basis for not submitting his songs for nomination.
In an interview with the Ghanareporter, Chase lamented that he had constantly submitted nominations for the songwriter slot but never made that category when everybody in Ghana knows him to be a songwriter right.
Chase also called for the need for a second look at the VGMA’s, saying “everybody can’t lie”. He tasked the VGMA board to look at the creative and not popularity. Chase who says the board has always had him doubting if his music was good enough to meet their standards fears that he is likely not to make music in Ghana.
“I wrote songs that made it to the top and never got recognized,” he sadly lamented.
The stance by the two music acts comes just a day after the VGMA board announced the criteria for nominations this year. The declaration was made at a press conference in the capital Accra, to address issues and controversies generated by this year’s award.