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The VGMA is all about honouring Accra-based artistes – Wiyaala

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The VGMA is all about honouring Accra-based artistes - Wiyaala

Wiyaala, a Ghanaian Afro-pop singer-songwriter, has expressed her dissatisfaction with Charterhouse’s annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), claiming that the prestigious event primarily recognises and promotes musicians based in Accra.

Wiyaala who was a guest on The North Podcast with Prince Hamdan Banang disclosed that the VGMAs have established criteria for selecting nominees that she believes disqualify her, consequently leading her to cease submitting nominations.

Wiyaala, 36, revealed that one of the key criteria for nomination is massive airplay on radio stations in Accra, a requirement that proves unattainable for her due to her choice of language.

The ‘Feeling Free’ singer sings in her home tongue Sissala and Waala dialects and English, frequently merging all three languages within her songs

“In my heart, I believe VGMA is trying to get all of us involved. But let’s not tickle and make and make a fool of ourselves,” Wiyaala expressed candidly. “It’s very obvious and glaring what VGMA is all about. You have to be in Accra and your songs have to be popular in Accra. There are songs that were never popular in the North, but they made it, and the criteria keep changing. It’s their rules and regulations if you cannot follow them, you shouldn’t enter,”

Wiyaala, who lives in the Upper West area, emphasised the absence of concerted attempts to present singers from other regions whose songs may be unfamiliar owing to linguistic issues.

This omission contradicts the VGMA’s stated goal of commemorating musicians from across Ghana since it focuses disproportionately on certain groups in specific parts of the nation.

“I can be as popular as any artist in the Northern region, but since the program is Accra-based and most of the radio stations are Accra-based, it’s only natural that they predominantly feature songs from Accra. Most DJs do not comprehend our songs, and many people are unwilling to understand them,” Wiyaala explained.

However, the singer-songwriter has already received VGMA accolades such as Songwriter of the Year and Best Female Vocal Performance.

As of this publication, Charterhouse and the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards have not addressed these issues, and it remains to be seen whether they would take efforts to ensure equal representation for musicians from all parts of the nation.

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Stonebwoy drags Baba Sadiq to court for defamation

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Stonebwoy is also requesting that the court give him GHS 3 million in damages for the injury that the tweets have caused to his reputation, claiming that Baba Sadiq behaved intentionally and with purpose to slander Stonebwoy by tweeting things he knew to be untrue. The lawsuit comes as no surprise to those who are familiar with the circumstances underlying the tweets. Observers on social media were concerned by Stonebwoy's decision to disregard Sadiq's unsettling words, which implied that he is a violent female abuser.

Afro-dancehall sensation Livingstone Etse Satekla, also known as Stonebwoy, has sued aspiring politician and entertainment critic Sadiq Abdulai Abu, also known as Baba Sadiq, for comments posted on his X page (previously known as Twitter).

The reigning Ghanaian Artist of the Year filed a petition before the High Court of Justice on May 31, 2024, requesting that Baba Sadiq erase the offending tweets and issue an unconditional apology to Stonebwoy.

Stonebwoy is also requesting that the court give him GHS 3 million in damages for the injury that the tweets have caused to his reputation, claiming that Baba Sadiq behaved intentionally and with purpose to slander Stonebwoy by tweeting things he knew to be untrue.

The lawsuit comes as no surprise to those who are familiar with the circumstances underlying the tweets. Observers on social media were concerned by Stonebwoy’s decision to disregard Sadiq’s unsettling words, which implied that he was a violent female abuser.

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The statements went viral and sparked significant debate among fans and the wider public because Stonebwoy has a lengthy history of advocating for women’s rights and has pioneered a number of charity initiatives to benefit women.

The writ demonstrates that the Ghanaian star is determined to safeguard his hard-earned reputation, as he has turned to the judicial system to assert his rights.

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Shatta Wale explains why he quit smoking 5 months ago

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Shatta Wale confessed that though he is a lover of marijuana, he has not smoked in the last five months. This period of sobriety, he said, has helped him have a clear mind, focus on his music and build his brand. Shatta urged the artistes to totally avoid tramadol and other class A drugs, as it will have an adverse effect on them. The dancehall king admonished the artistes to let their focus be solely on the music and make positive choices for their personal and professional growth.

During a meeting with several up-and-coming artists, dancehall legend King Shatta Wale made a shocking disclosure that startled Ghanaians.

Shatta, who is now in Navrongo, talked with various artists in his hotel room about his experiences in the profession.

Among other things, he urged them against using illegal narcotics. He reported that after quitting smoking, his life had improved significantly.

Shatta Wale admitted that, despite his love of marijuana, he hasn’t smoked in the previous five months.

This period of abstinence, he claims, has helped him clear his thoughts, focus on his music, and establish his brand.

Shatta warned the artists to completely avoid tramadol and other class-A narcotics since they would have a negative influence on them.

The dancehall king advised the artists to focus entirely on the music and make great decisions for their personal and professional development.


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Sarkodie supports Guru’s UG SRC presidential run

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"If you want me to come here again, then make Guru the President of the SRC," he said. Guru joins the ranks of celebrities competing for positions at academic institutions. Notably, Samini oversaw the SRC at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and Guru now hopes to do the same at the University of Ghana. Watch the video below.

Rapper Michael Owusu Addo, well known as Sarkodie, has officially backed Guru for President of the University of Ghana Students’ Representative Council (SRC).

On Friday, May 24, at the school’s Pent Hall Week Artiste Night, Sarkodie asked students to vote for Guru.

He claimed that Guru’s leadership will benefit the institution and provide more opportunities for creative persons.

“If you want me to come here again, then make Guru the President of the SRC,” he said.

Guru joins the ranks of celebrities competing for positions at academic institutions.

Notably, Samini oversaw the SRC at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and Guru now hopes to do the same at the University of Ghana.

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