Hiphop artiste, Kwame Ametepee Tsikata, widely known as M.anifest, says it is unfair to use votes in determining “Most Popular Song” at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).
There was loud disapproval at the recent VGMA when the ‘Song of the Year’ was awarded to Fancy Gadam for his “Total Cheat” song in which he featured Sarkodie.
Most of the fans of Patapaa felt cheated because, for them, Patapaa’s ‘One Corner’ song went international compared to Fancy Gadam’s ‘Total Cheat’.
The PRO of Charterhouse, in an interview on Hitz FM, indicated that the votes collated by the organisers suggested that Fancy’s fans voted massively for him to win the category.
Speaking on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, the ‘Me Ne Woa’ hitmaker said even though he understands the motive behind the votes, he thinks “it creates possibilities of rigging since those with money can buy votes.”
According to M.anifest, Charterhouse should change the metrics and basis upon which they determine the “most popular song of the year” and reconsider the use of votes.
“I get the idea behind the votes but I think it’s flawed. I would change it if I were in control. It becomes an election so the one with money wins…,” he said.
M.anifest further urged all industry players to pay less attention to awards because he believes it has the tendency to lower their efforts in the industry.
“If you think about the awards, you will face the stark reality that might not change your life or financial position or certain things that will make you grow your fan base…,” he noted.