Ghanaian rapper Kwame Ametepe Tsikata, known in showbiz as M.anifest, has asked Ghanaian DJs to make a conscious effort to promote Ghanaian music.
Responding to claims that Ghanaian music consumers now get influenced by foreign songs they come across on the internet, he said there is still a role for the DJs to play in making the local songs appealing to the audience.
According to M.anifest, the DJs should not give up and conclude that all hope is lost in helping push the Ghana agenda.
“The DJs are tastemakers, they have to recognize their position as such and not just be dictated to by the people. You decide that. You are part of making those decisions because you have the position of power,” he said on Citi TV’s ‘Upside Down’ show.
“You have to make a conscious effort like amapiano DJs. They know what they are doing. They are privileging something South African. So we can’t just always be swayed by TikTok and whatever. You are determining next week, the month after, so as a tastemaker there is too much of throwing our hands in the sky and saying this is the status quo,” M.anifest added.
He said this in a response to statements made by Citi FM presenter DJ Mingle that most Ghanaian event patrons love to listen to a mixture of Ghanaian and Nigerian songs than more Ghanaian songs.
DJ Mingle who was also on the show earlier made a similar claim on ‘The Chat’ on Citi TV that most Ghanaian patrons of events do not like only Ghanaian songs.
This issue of Ghanaians gravitating towards too much Nigerian music was follows a tweet by D-Black, which sought to express worry over why Nigerian music dominated Ghana’s Apple Music Chart.
Why Nigerian music dominates Ghana’s digital space
Also speaking on ‘The Chat’ on Citi TV earlier, Appier-Sign, the Chief Technology Officer at the digital company, Qisimah gave three main reasons for this situation.
Firstly, Appier-Sign roped in the numbers factor. Apart from the fact that Nigerians are more than Ghanaians, he mentioned that a lot of Ghanaians who have access to the internet do not have credit cards or would not even bother to buy music online.
According to the Qisimah boss, the digital platforms also do crawling on the internet to see what is relevant and tailor their songs in that fashion.
I’m happy Shatta Wale is in custody; God has punished him – Blakk Rasta
Over the past few days, Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has been in the news.
Following his fake gun attack, the popular Dancehall artiste, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, has been talked about all over the country.
Protesting the menace of fake prophecies, Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr faked an attack on him on Monday, October 18 but later turned himself in to the police on Tuesday after they declared him wanted.
He has since been remanded in police custody by an Accra Circuit Court.
While most people have called for his release, a lot of people have said that the laws of the land should deal with him and his punishment should serve as a deterrent to other artistes.
One person who seems happy with Shatta Wale’s ordeal is fellow artiste and radio presenter Blakk Rasta.
The Reggae artiste has not seen eye to eye with the Dancehall artiste since 2016.
On Entertainment 360 with Tony Best on Saturday, October 23, Blakk Rasta said he was really happy Shatta Wale is in police custody.
He told the host the law should deal with Shatta Wale and he should be shown no mercy.
“I am really happy he is in police custody, no one is above the law. It’s his punishment, God has punished Shatta Wale,” he said.
Blakk Rasta revealed on the show that Shatta Wale once asked him to go on his knees and beg him before he will agree on a collaboration with him.
Netflix staff join protests outside its headquarters over controversial stand-up show by Dave Chappelle
Chappelle has been accused of making anti-transgender comments in a special show which is on Netflix.
Staff at Netflix’s headquarters in Hollywood have staged a walkout in protest at the release of a controversial special by the stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle.
Chappelle, one of the biggest names in American comedy, has been accused of making anti-transgender comments in the hour-long special The Closer.
Employees joined the planned walkout to take part in a rally outside one of the company main campuses in Hollywood.
There were also scuffles as counter-protesters – carrying signs reading “We like Dave” and “Jokes are funny” – tried to disrupt the rally.Advertisement
To background chants of “Trans Lives Matter”, campaigners pushed for Netflix to respond to a list of “asks” including the hiring of more trans executives and greater spending on trans and non-binary content.
Protest organiser Ashlee Marie Preston told the rally: “We’re here to speak directly to Netflix. We tried to speak to Dave Chappelle but he was not having the conversation so we’re communicating directly with the people who sign the cheques. We’re not going away.”
As well as criticism for streaming the special, Netflix has also come under fire for its handling of the backlash.
Chief executive Ted Sarandos has walked back his claim that content didn’t “directly translate to real-world harm”.
He told Deadline: “I should have made sure to recognise that a group of employees was hurting very badly from the decision made. I respect them deeply and I love the contribution they have at Netflix.”
But he continues to stand by the decision to stream the special, telling the Hollywood Reporter: “We tell our employees that some of the content on Netflix you’re not going to like.
“This kind of commitment to artistic expression and free artistic expression is sometimes in conflict with people feeling protected and safe. I do think that’s something we struggle with all the time.”
A number of Netflix stars have expressed their support for the walkout.
Elliot Page, who starred in The Umbrella Academy and is transgender, tweeted: “I stand with trans, nonbinary, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) employees at Netflix fighting for more and better trans stories and a more inclusive workplace.”
As the walkout was taking place, Chappelle himself was on stage in London.
Fans at the venue told Sky News that they believed entertainers needed to be conscious of how their words affected people.
“We as a society shouldn’t be marginalising or prejudicing any community,” said one.
But another added: “A joke’s a joke. It’s not meaning anything to hurt someone’s feelings.”
Women, ego and friends are the cause of music group failures – Yaw Grey of Mobile Boys
Yaw Grey, formerly of Mobile Boys, has attributed the failure of most music groups in Ghana to the women, ego, friends and lack of maturity. He believes that these factors caused groups like Mobile boys, 4×4, Praye and others to break up prematurely.
Discussing the causes of Music Group splits in the industry on SimplyShowbiz, Yaw Grey referenced his former group as a case study. He explained that Reggie Rockstone was the one who brought them together and called them Mobile Boys (Kochoko, Nkonya and himself). But when Reggie travelled, Kochoko left without giving the others any notice. And since they hadn’t signed any contract, the seams of the group began to fall apart.
“Certain things will make a group fallout. I will say four factors, and that is ego, maturity, women and friends. These things mess us up and for me, what messed up our group was ego and money. And maturity was not there for us to know and understand what we had at that particular time. We were just rappers enjoying our rap talent. We get calls for shows and the rest, so the business part wasn’t really considered like it is today in the music industry.”
Yaw Grey also explained how his decision to bring back his former group members together backfired because of pride. He further declared his stance of remaining solo rather than going back to being in a group.
“I will not go back or form any group again. I can stay relevant depending on my hard work and if I’m consistent. If people are not following what you’re doing, then it means you’re doing nothing. The reason why it will be difficult for me to go back to the group is the question of if my partners are also ready. If they are ready to walk along. I started with a group, and I’ve learnt my lessons. I tried bringing back the group two years ago, and it failed because of ego.”
Yaw Grey urged everyone to support and stream his newest feature with Dancehall artiste Samini titled ‘No No’, available on all music platforms.
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