- The Council believes it has a role to play in issue, because the song is a work of creativity
- Its president, Mark Okraku Mantey, added that creativity and culture can work hand in hand
- Sarkodie's management team claims it isn't worried by the intents of the Krobos to charge the artiste with contempt
The Creative Arts Council has indicated its readiness to formally extend an apology on behalf of Michael Owusu Addo, also known as Sarkodie, to the entire Krobo community in Ghana.
The bone of contention is, according to reports, focused on part of the lyrics of the song titled “Jennifer Lomotey”
In the song Sarkodie is heard saying “Krɔbɔ nii baa papa a ahweneɛ da ne sisi. Ɔkɔmfo Anɔkye de adwaman no abɔ ne dua,” to wit “means “a good Krobo woman with beads around her waist; she’s been cursed by Okomfo Anokye with promiscuity.”
According to the president of the council, Mark Okraku Mantey, he has an interest in the song because of the position he occupies.
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He believes that the artiste is a creative person, and the issue at stake is hinged on a creative product.
He goes on to say that as a result, other artistes may feel hesitant to thread similar paths, though their music may not be exactly offensive.
Mantey goes on to say that society is a product of conflicts. To him, Sarkodie has no intention of mocking the Krobos.
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That notwithstanding, it is proper to apologize if people feel offended by one’s actions.
He added that creativity and culture need to peacefully co – exist.
A song that seemingly sought to entertain became a tool for requirements, when the Paramount Chief of Manya Krobo, Nene Sakite II condemned it and requested that Sarkodie apologized and retracted the song.
A Krobo youth group, Kloma Hengme, also issued a statement and later through their legal counsel, indicated their intent to pursue the matter in a court of law.
In the letter, they requested among other things, that the song should be edited; Sarkodie apologizes to the Krobos and pay an amount of GHc2, 000,000.
The artiste and his management team were given a week to satisfy the requests or face a law suit.
Mark Okraku Mante’s wish to apologise to the Krobos in Sarkodie’s stead comes few days after it was reported that ace musicians Nana Kwame Ampadu had also said on Kessben FM that he was also ready to apologise on their behalf.
To him, youth of today do not carely analyze the import of their words before they come out with the songs.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of Kurl Songx’s management (Blaq Standard Management), Arnold Asamoah Baidoo, has stated that his team sees nothing wrong with Sarkodie’s lyrics and that they are not worried by the accusations and threats.
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