Contrary to the assertion that no songs with sexually explicit lyrics were omitted from the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards nomination list, some songs were actually axed from the Awards – and Shatta Wale was heavily affected.
This disclosure was made by Nii Ayi Tagoe, a VGMA Board Member on GhOne ‘The Pundits’ show early this week. Nii stated emphatically that two of Shatta Wale’s hit songs, “Enter the Net’ and ‘Everybody Likes My Thing’ were not considered because they contained some sexually explicit words.
According to him, another hit song from Wale, ‘Dancehall King’ made it to the nominations because the version that was presented to the Board was edited but the other two were not.
He also stated that, once a radio-edit version of a song is submitted to the Board, it does its mandated work of categorizing the song for nominations if it met all other criteria set for the Awards.
Music critics and fans of Shatta Wale have been befuddled over the absence of the said songs in the nomination list but Nii Ayi Tagoe seems to have given the reasoning behind their snub – but wait, Bulldog, Manager of Shatta Wale thinks otherwise.
When afrovibez.com contacted Bulldog, he was overly surprised at the reasons given by the Board for the exclusion of the songs. “This revelation is shocking because there are no sexually explicit lyrics in the two songs. ‘Enter The Net’ is sexually-themed but there are no vulgar lyrics in there. ‘Everybody likes my Thing’ is very clean, there’s nothing in there,” he retorted.
Per Nii Ayi’s account, Shatta Wale was not the only artiste who was affected; Samini also suffered the same fate with the Kaakie-assisted song, ‘Body Flame’ which was also put in the bin for containing sexually explicit lyrics.