Artiste condemns VGMA for bias in awards

Hiplife artiste and sound engineer Ephraim Doe Churchill Gakpetor, popularly known as Ephraim, has said that there is a lot of bias in the music industry when it comes to rewarding artistes for their achievements in the music industry.

According to the ‘Broken Heart’ hit maker, organisers of the biggest and significant entertainment event Vodafone Ghana Music Award (VGMA) do not recognise hard-working musicians and so reward wrong musicians in different categories.

In an interview with the Daily Heritage, he said “Favouritism in the Ghana music industry is very high and that discourages upcoming talented artistes.

“A lot of artistes are nominated for some categories they do not deserve yet they go to the extent of winning an award while the potential and hard-working ones remain unrecognised. There should be a free, fair and transparent system when nominating artistes for an award.

“He said he has not been nominated in any of the categories of 2017 VGMA because of preferential treatment.

“It just like when you do not have anybody in the organisation to talk for you that is what happens. There is partiality in the system in the sense that people pay for their awards. And I support allegations levelled against them because they make it obvious,” he said.

The sound engineer of Quallo Production said he had been in the industry approximately nine years now and has worked with 90% of the artistes in Ghana, including Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, D Cryme, Pat Thomas,VIP, Rana and Nero X.

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