The recently-held Aiteo CAF Awards 2017 saw a handful of Ghanaian acts perform — they were Efya and KiDi.
One of the main acts from Ghana who was billed to perform was Shatta Wale, however, that couldn’t materialize.
The celebrated reggae/dancehall musician has today reacted to this in an exclusive interview with Sammy Flex on Zylofon 102.1 FM‘s ‘Showbiz Agenda’.
According to the ‘Ayoo’ hitmaker, he was contacted just two days to the event and felt disrespected.
However, he revealed that he was given a lip-smacking amount of $30,000.
“I don’t have a contract with CAF — nobody had contacted me. Two days to the event, then someone contacted me that CAF is offering $30,000. I have worked with CAF before and I know they don’t do things like that,” he revealed.
“Some of us should be very careful in this country. We are killing ourselves — I need to be paid well; this is my home,” he admonished.
He has since noted that he will not send the money back because he never signed a performance contract with anybody.
“I have taken the money and nobody can take it from me because I didn’t sign any contract with anybody. I don’t know why somebody can just go and collect $30,000, come and give it to me and tell me to go and perform while I’ve not seen my contract,” he said.
“When they (CAF) wanted me in Nigeria last year, they wrote emails two months to the event before we were able to seal a deal. We had a schedule. Here in Ghana, two days to the event, someone will call me and say he has $30,000, rush and come meet my manager. As a smart man, I’ll save the $30,000 first and that’s what I did. I then asked them to go and bring the contract to show who agreed that I take such an amount for a show of that nature. So disrespectful!” he added.
Shatta‘s comment comes after the whole nation is fumed at inadequate Ghanaian music content at the just-ended CAF Awards 2017 Gala which saw Egypt’s Mohamed Salah emerge as the African Footballer of the Year.
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