Social media influencer, political activist and movie producer, Michael Ola, has opined that since eternal enemies turned friends, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy buried the hatched, it has conspicuously taken the shine out of the industry.
In fact, Ola is not the only person who has expressed this sentiment as several pundits and music lovers who were both aligned to the Bhim Nation and Shatta Movement fraternity have also expressed similar opinions.
“Beefing is good. Ghana for years has been involved in non-violence where you get into a lyrical war, but Dancehall came. Artistes just want to fight and that is not what we need.
If you check the industry now, we used to have a Stonebwoy and Shatta beef that was keeping the industry super interesting and active. All the time commentators have something to say and it was also good for their brands because their internet mentions were going high,” Ola Micheal told GhanaWeb in an interview.
“They are still on top of their respective games, no doubt, and are doing everything possible to keep their promise to Ghanaians amidst putting up good behavior over some months since the epic incident,” he added.
On the hand, veteran High-life singer Akosua Agyapong, disagrees with Ola’s assertion and believes beefing has crippled the industry instead of promoting it.
“‘Beefs’ are full of insults and personal attacks and it shouldn’t be encouraged. I don’t see why an artiste will hit on the other purposely because you need attention. I’ll use Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy as an example, look at how they disgraced Ghana at this year’s VGMA’s.
What did they lose after smoking a peace pipe, the beef is not needed, what is important is producing good music,” she told GhanaWeb in an interview.
Akosua Agyapong, who blamed GHAMRO, MUSIGA for not being “competent” enough to handle the situation between the beefing musicians, said most of the known artistes turn to “fight” each other because they are not getting enough money as they expect.
“I will blame GHAMRO for all this beefing and frustrations. If they give musicians their royalties I don’t think they will beef. Most of these young artistes tend to fight each other because GHAMRO is cheating them. MUSIGA, on the other hand, is not really doing anything possible to prevent it,” she added.
According to Akosua, ‘beefs’ “taint” artistes’ brands rather than push their talents.
But, Ola believes show business is all about beefing since it creates international recognition and also serves as a means for most artistes to stay relevant.