Popular Ghanaian musicians were in a joyous mood and gave out their very best in the ‘Egoo be K3k3’ concert that was organized on January 7, 2013 at the Trade Fair Center to celebrate President John Mahama’s inauguration with the anticipation that they were going to collect big paychecks – but investigations by Razz have revealed that almost all the artistes were heavily cheated on their performance fees.
Per our investigations, most of the artistes were underpaid whiles some; especially the gospel artistes were not paid at all until they realized that some payments were actually done for performances by coordinators of the event. Two of the coordinators of the event, Bice Osei Kuffuor, President of MUSIGA and Kojo Bonsu, the former Head of the National Sports Council, who have been fingered in the allegation.
The two, who were said to be in charge of payment of artistes, are being accused of cheating the artistes of the actual performance fees that were presented to the organizers by slashing the agreed amount.
In one instance, Amandzeba, who was initially to be paid an agreed amount of GHC10, 000 as performance fee threatened to pull out of the show when the coordinators decided to give him GHC 7,000. The bemused artiste confronted Obour on his decision to pay him that amount and the MUSIGA President sent him an SMS that reads: “He is saying the budget was slashed so he is pleading we do seven thousand but I can push for eight thousand if you are okay.”
Amandzeba threatened not to perform if the agreed fee of GHC10, 000 was reduced, after which Kojo Bonsu came to tell him that he will add the extra GHC 3,000 for him to mount the stage. Further probing has revealed that another high-respected performer, Jewel Ackah, also threatened to pull out of the show when the coordinators decided to slash his fee and give him GHC5, 000.
The situation with the gospel artistes is even murkier and laughable. The gospel artistes, Cecelia Marfo, Ohemaa Mercy, Gifty Osei and others were told by the coordinators of the concert that the programme was for a National course so they decided not to charge a pesewa for their involvement. After speaking to some of their other colleagues on the bill, the gospel artistes realized that performance fees were actually being paid to all the performing artistes. They then made claims to be paid or stage a boycott and information gathered by the paper proved that they were paid an amount very less than what was originally presented to the organizers of the concert.
Some of the artsites who performed on the ‘Egoo be K3ke’ concert were Cecelia Marfo, Ohemaa Mercy, Gifty Osei, R2Bees, Kwaw Kese, Samini, AB Crentsil, Amakye Dede, Jewel Ackah, Amandzeba and VIP.