Internationally celebrated Ghanaian rapper, Michael Owusu Addo, otherwise known as Sarkodie has criticized radio hosts and other industry figures who criticize local musicians for what they perceive to be their failure to gain international recognition for their music.
In a recent discussion with Emmanuel Sandyman on "Big Vibes with Sarkodie, the rapper cautioned that these presenters have no moral standing to criticize because they likewise have had no significant impact on their careers.
He made fun of the fact that these presenters had been active in their industries for at least 20 years but had yet to achieve any notable success. These same people pressurize and mock local artists for not receiving widespread recognition and significant platforms like their other African contemporaries.
He continued by saying that these speakers themselves do not present opportunities to local artists for them to get the recognition they seek.
He expressed his gratitude to the late Komla Afeke Dumor for providing him a prominent spot on BBC that led to a feature in an interview with Paul Bakibinga of BBC Africa, contributing to who he is now
The rapper advised promoters to change their perspective about only showcasing local performers on small venues and work hard to open up bigger opportunities for their musicians.
Following the interview, many fans have shown appreciation to the rapper for drawing attention to this fact. Dancehall artist, Shatta Wale in an Instagram live 'clapped' the rapper for his wise words.
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