Co Founder of Afrochella, Ken Agyapong Jnr
A co-founder of the Afrochella Festival, Ken Agyapong Jr. has asked the members of the music group, Asakaa Boys, to seek answers from their management regarding the payment of performance fees.
He reiterated that the group had the right to request performance fees, but that they should have first consulted with their management because that is the proper way to handle such matters.
“If you didn’t get paid, you have every right to ask but you should talk to your management for updates and not speak anyhow just to dirty the reputation of the brand,” he stated.
Speaking with Jay Foley on Joy Prime on Thursday, the co-founder insisted that, despite the replacement of the actual concert with a free block party to entertain Ghanaians during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the group proceeded to pay management the required fees to cater for transportation and other basic needs
“It’s very interesting because I was surprised when I saw the post on Twitter where the Group claims we didn’t pay them. We made payments to the manager; it was two payments, the transportation and the performance fees,” he added.
In a Twitter Space on Tuesday, Jay Bahd one of the Asakaa Boys claimed that the organisers had requested them to perform for free because of Covid-19 in 2020.
He explained that his team was of the hope that they would be called back to perform in 2021 when the organisers had more funds.
However, Jay Bahd said Afrochella resorted to other artistes including foreign acts at their expense when the 2021 edition came off.
However, the co-founder emphasized that there was a mutual agreement between the two parties for the group to perform for free since the program was a free show just to entertain Ghanaians in the midst of the pandemic but they would be given something to show appreciation.
“For 2020 we didn’t have the actual Afrochella, it was just a block party which was a free event so we were just going to pay all the artistes and DJs who performed a little token as a performance fee,” he stated.
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