The President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey, has rubbished complaints by some artistes that they’re hungry because government is not helping put measures in place to monetize their work.
According to Mark, the artistes are not cooperative with the authorities when they try to bring everyone together for stakeholder meetings to discuss the situation.
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Mark was speaking on Daybreak Hitz today and revealed the artistes only like to sit on social media and complain but they are not interested in taking any concrete measures.
Mark said he agrees government has a role to play to set up a system which will help the artistes but added: “…If we even call for meetings and you don’t come, if I am asking for your input and you don’t show up. Those people are the ones who quick to say government has not done this and that,”
Okraku then went on to name all the big artistes complaining as the same ones who refuse to meet them to discuss the issues.
“What have you done as a person? Which steps have you taken? Instead of just complaining?…Until they are ready to come to the round-table, they should sit where they are.
“I haven’t seen Edem at any Creative Arts Council meeting. Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, none of them. They don’t even call to show interest (except Stonebwoy),” he added.
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His comments come after a discussion was sparked by Edem after his viral Twitter rants in which he said every artiste in Ghana is hungry because systems are not in place to help them make money off their music.