Kojo Antwi, a veteran singer, has expressed his dissatisfaction with Ghanaian officials’ handling of Shatta Wale’s duet with Beyonce, the American superstar.
He told Asaase Radio in Accra that the dancehall artiste’s partnership was a positive step for Ghanaian music and the country as a whole.
He believes, however, that Ghana as a country did not take full advantage of the opportunity.
Policymakers, he argues, should have viewed it as an opportunity to encourage more young musicians to enter the global music industry.
He believes it is regrettable that when such foreign chances arise, Ghanaians prefer to squander them due to political disputes.
“The value of the platforms that we are given the amount of people who listen to me, the number of people who listen to different musicians to combine those forces and build something positive.”
Check out Nigerian musicians; they’re partnering with renowned American musicians, but where do they obtain their money? They’re attempting to take over the American entertainment sector. Shatta Wale was chosen by Beyonce’s crew to conduct a Collaboration.
If I’m not mistaken, Shatta took three songs from GuiltyBeatz, which was a tremendous move for Ghana, not only for Shatta and GuiltyBeatz. But I believe our mindset was, “Wait, wasn’t it Shatta who got his chance and made some money.
Policymakers should have recognized that this is a move or an opportunity to find a means to get some of the young people to come to Ghana. And these channels keep coming our way, but sometimes we destroy it with politics,” he stated in a social media video from an Asaase radio interview.
After collaborating with Beyonce and Major Lazer on the song Already, Shatta earned a lot of news in 2020.
The song and video were used in Beyonce’s musical film Black Is King, which serves as a visual companion to The Lion King: The Gift, a tie-in album produced by Beyoncé for the 2019 remake of The Lion King. On July 31, 2020, the film was launched globally on Disney+ and shown on key media channels throughout the world during the weekend.
Ghana, according to Kojo Antwi, should benefit from the platform provided to Shatta Wale, GuiltyBeatz, and other Ghanaians that collaborated with Beyonce.