CharterHouse has not blacklisted artistes signed to Zylofon Media from performing at this year’s edition, says Head of Communications, George Quaye.
Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Kumi Guitar, Obibini, Becca, and Joyce Blessing are the artistes signed to Zylofon Music, a subsidiary of the media company.
Quaye told blogger Felix Adomako of zionfelix.com that there is no truth to claims that organizers blacklisted the artistes because of previous experience.
“We have not blacklisted any artiste. We have several big and respectable musicians who are also not on the bill so the Zylofon Media artistes missing on the bill is not intentional on the side of the organisers to sideline them. We made sure all genres are fully represented and Samini on the bill is representing Reggae/dancehall category. It would not have been bad if we had booked Stonebwoy or Shatta Wale but I feel the list we have is a good representative of Ghanaian music and they will give the event a very good image,” explained Quaye.
I agree with you (Zionfelix) that it would not have been bad to have any of the artistes from Zylofon but those we have billed are also not bad so let us use them for the event.There will be many VGMAs in the coming years. Shatta Wale is back to the awards and who knows, he might be the headline artiste for next year’s event. We don’t have any problem as organisers of the event maybe Zylofon Media would have something else to say if you call them.”
Sarkodie, Samini, Tiwa Savage, Kwesi Arthur, Joe Mettle, King Promise, Kidi and Fancy Gadam are some of the artistes expected to thrill the audience of Ghana’s biggest music night at the Accra International conference Center (AICC) on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
The theme for the 19th edition of the event is “Our Music Beyond Borders” – it is designed to inspire Ghanaian artistes and music industry players to aspire toward making strong influences globally with their music and artistry.
Rapper Sarkodie snagged the highest number of nominations at the 2018 Ghana Music Awards. He got nine nods including the ultimate – ‘Artiste of the Year.’
Gospel artiste, Joe Mettle followed closely with seven nominations.
Stonebwoy, Ebony, Kidi and Shatta Wale got six nominations each.