Few days ago, media platforms were abuzz with reports that upcoming Ghanaian musician, Patapaa Amisty, the ‘One Corner’ hit-maker turned down an offer to perform at the RTP Awards 2017, on the grounds of a meagre performance fee.
The reports had it that Patapaa was offered a spot at this year’s upcoming RTP Awards at a performance fee of GhC1000. But his manager, instructed him never to accept the offer because the pay is too small.
The story was followed by lots of reactions from Ghanaians, especially from music fans and folks in the entertainment industry who lashed out at the awards organisers for offering an artiste such a meagre amount, describing it as an insult.
However, the Communications department of RTP Awards has issued a statement in which they debunked the circulating rumours, declaring it completely false. According to explanations given in the statement, the GhC1000 is just a fraction of the total performance fee and is meant to be given to Patapaa as a surety.
The statement further made it clear that both parties are satisfied with the agreements, pointing out that it is unethical to publicize the total amount that will be paid Patapaa for his performance.
Read full statement below:
Reports on a number of media platforms indicate that Big Events Ghana, organisers of RTP Awards has given Hiplife Artist Patapaa an amount of 1000 Ghana Cedis to perform at the 7th Adonko RTP Awards slated for the 28 of October 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
We’d want to state categorically that this piece of news is false and should be treated with the contempt it deserves.
Big Events Ghana after getting the consent of the One Corner hit maker to be part of this year’s event through a negotiator the artist himself introduced to us to speak to requested that the artist and his manager should come to Accra and sign a formal contract to bind each party.
The artist raised concerns about traveling all the way to Accra with no surety and so we decided to give him an amount of 1000 Ghana Cedis which will be deducted from the main performance fee agreed upon to indicate our commitment to the agreement.
We will not put out the exact amount agreed on because it isn’t ethical to do so but can say that both parties are satisfied with the agreed amount and that was enough for us to give him the 1000 Ghana Cedis which some journalists who don’t have the full details or decided to twist the issue are peddling around as the total amount for his performance.
The RTP Awards platform has over the years been used to advance the career of musicians in Ghana whose work resonate with the people the most in the year of the event and beyond and therefore in the spirit of advancing the career of the young man and recognising his effort, we decided to give him our platform to make a bigger case for himself. This is also in response to request made by a substantial number of industry players who thought it is fair to give him that opportunity.
Our events belong to the industry players and the general public and therefore our choice of artists are largely based on the preferences and recommendations of these people.
This year, Ebony Reign (Dancehall) who is arguably the most successful Ghanaian artist in 2017 will headline the event with the support of Gospel sensation Patient Nyarko (Gospel), classy Kurl Songs (High life) and the new kid on the block Patapaa (Hiplife).
The diversity of our choice of artists for this year’s events perfectly meets the preference of majority, if not all entertainment lovers in Ghana.
We will call on those peddling the falsehood to desist from it because it is against the ethics of journalism to do that.
We’d want to assure the people of Ghana that we will always use our platform to grow the entertainment industry in general and will not disrespect hardworking artists buy paying them less than they deserve.
Every artist on the bill is satisfied with the amount agreed.
We will therefore not comment on this issue any further.
On the 28th of October, 2017, Ghanaians can brace themselves for the highest standard of event organisation; quality performances form the artist on-board and countless surprises.
Come let us celebrate the voices that Educate, Inform and Entertain Ghana.
RTP Awards is an annual Radio and Television Personality (RTP) Awards launched in 2011 and organised by Big Events Ghana whose CEO is Prince Mackay.
The awards ceremony is targeted at recognising and celebrating outstanding media stations and personalities whose programs and activities inspire, entertain and shape the Ghanaian society for the better.
The scheme is open to media houses as well as Radio and Television personalities who have endeared themselves to the hearts of listeners, viewers and media critics through excellent performances in their respective fields within the year under review.
The RTP Awards 2017 which is the 7th edition of the awards ceremony, saw for the first time in Ghana’s awards history, a live unveiling of nominees on television. The upcoming event comprises 46 award categories.