In a recent interview, veteran Highlife musician Amakye Dede disclosed that he was compelled to crown Kuami Eugene as the Highlife King at the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
Amakye Dede revealed that it was not his personal choice but rather the organizers’ insistence. Despite his initial reluctance, he eventually carried out the crowning ceremony.
This incident sparked significant debate and garnered public criticism at the time. Previously, individuals such as Kwasi Aboagye and Akwaboah had also alluded to the orchestrated nature of the crowning. They attributed it to Charterhouse, the VGMA organizers.
Akwaboah, in particular, emphasized his involvement in Kuami Eugene’s artistic development and questioned the appropriateness of the crowning. Also, considering the continued presence of influential Highlife artists such as Daddy Lumba, Kojo Antwi, and Kofi B. Amakye Dede’s revelation sheds light on the circumstances surrounding the event, suggesting that external factors played a role in his decision.
The disclosure provides insights into the complexities of award ceremonies and the dynamics within the music industry.
This incident of the veteran Highlife musician’s revelation on how he was forced to crown Kuami Eugene has left social media users sharing various opinions.
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