Blakk Rasta takes a swipe at the 2010 of Ghana Music Awards
 
Posted on: 2010-Mar-03        ghanamusic.com
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Come 10th April, 2010, the Ghanaian music industry will celebrate its most accomplished and successful artists for the year 2009, but reggae star, Blakk Rasta will not partake in the Ghana Music Awards ceremony.

Not only will he not attend, but says he’ll enlighten audiences about the “Reggae Song of the Year” category.

Days after Charter House, the event organisers, released the nomination list of the 11th Ghana Music Awards, Blakk Rasta has never been enthused particularly with the Reggae Song of the Year category.

Blakk Rasta, accused the organisers of persistently nominating songs which did not fall in the year under review.

Blakk Rasta who sounded very disappointed said "this is the biggest insult to the Ghanaian music." Blakk Rasta added that Kojo Antwi dropped his album last year around December which has lasted about three months on the market. “It’s a shame. The song, ‘Adiepena’ does not merit the nomination. This clearly gives you an idea that the song does not fall in the music calendar of GMA."

He adds that “no one has heard Wutah’s ‘Jay Will Be There’. I have only played it on my radio show once. No one knows it, period”. Blakk Rasta’s comments come on the heels of comments by several musicians like Kwaw Kese who has criticized the selection committee of being bias.

Blakk Rasta said had warned organisers not to nominate his works in Ghana Music Awards again. “Kojo Antwi has been on my radio show to say that he doesn’t want his works included in GMA, others like Kiki (Becca’s manager), Daddy Lumba and Mzbel has followed up to what I have done”, he said.

Blakk Rasta told Ghanamusic.com that Ghana Music Awards should be scrapped and described many of the acts nominated at this year's ceremony as "an embarrassment.". In a lengthy phone conversation, he continued that “Samini’s Trigger, Stonebwoy’s ‘’Hills & Valley’, Kyiken’s ‘Dubba Dubba’ and Becca’s ‘Daa Ke Daa’ reggae version could have been placed in the Reggae Song of the Year category”.

Blakk Rasta said he couldn’t “caredless” about the Ghana Music Awards because they mean nothing as to the real value of an artist and that if he is even invited he won’t go. “The ‘Barack Obama’ hitmaker last year expressed his regrets for last year’s Ghana Music Awards where he labeled Charter House as a ‘criminal organization’ to which he was disqualified for his insulting members of the Planning Committee.

Blakk Rasta has rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s biggest reggae and dancehall greats from Jamaica, including, Capleton, Elephant Man, Kalli Bwoy, Zed, Rita Marley, Mutabaruka, Etana, I-Three and the Bob Marley Family.

His song ‘Barack Obama’ has received rave rotation airplay on international media networks such as the BBC, CNN and Deutsche Welle, as well as reviews in New York Times and hundreds of tabloids across the world.