Ghanaian singer-songwriter Wendy Shay has disputed claims made by detractors that the country’s musicians are unable to play in larger venues while touring overseas and take home Grammy Awards.
Her response comes a few days after Asake, a well-known Nigerian musician, made history by selling out the 20,000-seat O2 Arena. Asake’s accomplishment triggered discussions about how Ghanaian musicians haven’t accomplished something like.
Wendy Shay claimed that the alleged accomplishment was not representative of successful musicians.
The Uber driver crooner said in a tweet on August 27 that even the best performers, like Michael Jackson and Bob Marley, failed to garner Grammy nominations or sell out the O2 Arena.
“Why has Filling 02 and winning Grammys become the standard to measure the success of an artist? “Bob Marley and 2Pac are successful musicians but have never won a Grammy. Let Ghanaian musicians breathe! Ghana, wake up!” her tweet reads.
Fameye, a popular musician from Ghana, has also expressed his unhappiness with the music industry’s pervasive lack of money and real support.
He claimed that Ghanaians living abroad don’t go to their performances.