Ghana witnessed a thrilling 18th edition of her greatest music festival (VGMAs) last Saturday at the Accra International Conference Center. Lots of History were made as a gospel artiste for the first time, was crowned the overall artiste of the year. Another historic moment was the power outage that got people doubting if the program was going to end successfully. Medikal who topped with 7 nominations went home with no award, etc.
Bismark Opoku Jnr, Host of Drive Time at one Ashanti based Radio Station “Today’s FM” on his show decided to talk about them claiming it was a very nice experience witnessing a gospel artiste being crowned artiste of the year. However, he stated that the ill happenings over there was a big disgrace to Ghana Music Industry and wouldn’t send good message to the world.
He said, “I really love how things are going in Ghana now. It’s like there’s change everywhere.” He mentioned that Joe Mettle winning the overall Artiste of the year is a big inspiration to the wanna-be gospel arts who earlier on thought it’s a mistake to become a gospel art in Ghana. “Now the youth’s perception that gospel arts don’t have equal right to winning artiste of the year is corrected.” He stressed that Joe Mettle appeared to be the most likely winner of Overall artiste of the year right from the point he won gospel artiste of the year.
Talking about the power outage, B.O expressed his biggest disappointment in the entire VGMA board. “It’s a very big disgrace to VGMA board for the power outage. They owe nobody reasons for whatsoever. Why because they are aware of our “dumsor” (persistent, irregular and unpredictable electric power outages) problem already and so should have put measures in place to make sure it doesn’t affect the program. They should have looked sharp there.”
Tackling other issues, he lamented deeply about MDK’s 0/7. He stated that it was the biggest disappointment of the night. “MEDIKAL dropped banger after banger, became a household name, shut down big shows and featured on top charts. At least recognising his hard work would do.” He added, “Once the voting has only 40% influence I wouldn’t blame no other person(s) than those who have the 60% influence. If indeed they saw and appreciated the big things the young AMG artiste did, then they’ve been unfair to him. That move will tend to discourage and kill him (MDK) emotionally.”