Manifest Explains Why Its Right To Support Sarkodie on Chater House Rants.
When Sarkodie took on twitter to express how disrespected he felt concerning his name being mentioned in a radio advert as one of the performers at this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards whiles he did not approve it, few artists joined up to show their concerns as well. Some of these artists were Old pioneer; Shatta Wale, Chase Forever, Manifest and few others… They added their voice to make the public know its something that has been in the industry for a long time…
According to Manifest, he received numerous interview requests asking for an explanation for his supporting tweet. He did explain why and raised some questions I believe are not yet asked; let alone to be answered… I believe together, artists can build a better future for Ghana music and make it become more valuable than it is now… Read what Manifest wrote on his Facebook Page below…
Stories have been written about this tweet and I have been asked to do a number of interviews. I am amused that a sentiment that most, if not all human beings expect on a daily basis – that of respect – can be so controversial.
Is it too much to ask that musicians who spend countless hours and resources creating the next big song, video and who frequently entertain the public often at rates below their output and value get accorded basic courtesies?
Secondly, Sarkodie has spoken for himself and I am unqualified to be his spokesperson. However isn’t it surprising that a fellow ambassador of Ghanaian music to the World could get to the point where he feels so aggrieved as to resort to Twitter to air out those grievances? The narrative he told was a familiar one.
Beyond these observations there is the larger question of how to support artists as they work. Is there a need for more policies to be enacted to protect artists, their work and that adequately compensates them for their intellectual property? Outside of government help, how should the public consume our work in a way that can reward us? Should the focus be on private initiatives or should we be relying on taxpayer money that is at its limits when you consider our status as a developing country? What about investments in infrastructure?
These are questions (and there are more) that will hopefully spark conversations; productive conversations that can lead to long term change and not bickering and ego tripping. Anything short of that unfortunately merely fills the airwaves for a limited time with no path to correcting fundamental issues.
I am more than happy to engage with all of you (#manifans & others) on this when i’m not writing, recording or coming up with some mind boggling lucrative ideas that will ensure I flourish and not starve in this #somewaybi environment.