Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Charterhouse and Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), Mrs. Theresa Ayoade has expressed her team’s commitment to engage dancehall musician Shatta Wale and his team in a discourse on his potential come back to the award scheme.
Shatta Wale and his then-rival Stonebwoy were suspended indefinitely from participating in the VGMA in 2019 after their widely publicised incident, during which Stonebwoy displayed a gun on stage and marred the 20th anniversary of the awards.
However, after a series of reconciliation meetings, Stonebwoy has made a successful comeback to the award scheme, winning the Afropop Song of the Year and Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year awards at the 24th VGMA.
Mrs Ayoade disclosed in an interview on Joy FM that following the lifting of the ban on Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, discussions were held with Stonebwoy’s team to explore ways to collaborate for the growth of the music industry.
“We are open to a conversation…We want to be as inclusive as possible…We are happy to sit around the table and have a decent conversation, which is what we did with Stonebwoy’s team. We are happy to have a conversation but as decent as adults and mature people,” she said.
Charterhouse stated that as a prevalent industry stakeholder, it seeks to ensure that its award scheme is respected by all.
“We just want to make sure that the scheme is respected. Whoever agrees to be part of the scheme, agrees to abide by the outcome of the scheme.
Most importantly, just give it that respect because we give every musician the necessary respect. The industry must also give us that respect for what we do because we are collaborators in the industry,” Mrs Theresa Ayoade highlighted.
Shatta Wale stated in a recent interview with TV3 that he was willing to speak with the VGMA board if they sent a representative to speak with him because he had no issues with the scheme.
“You know VGMA is my ex-girlfriend, anytime they want to come back, I am here, I don’t know why they are behaving like the beef we have, we can’t cut it,” he said.
He went on to argue that the organisers should contact him in a polite manner to discuss the nominations.
“I feel because they are the ones organizing stuff like this, there should be a nice approach to me, Shatta we want to sit down with you and let you know we are ready with our nominations and we have a team,” he stated.
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