For good cause, Black Sherif has been on Ghanaians’ radars in recent weeks. With a few swipes here and there, social media users were likely to discover footage from Ghana’s Artiste of the Year, which helped put the West African country on the map in Europe.
From the largest to the tiniest of Europe’s concerts, the Ghanaian musician had performed his role with spectacular performances and a pleased crowd that cheered him up along the way, expecting for a similar reception upon his return to his native country.
However, on July 19, 2023, Black Sherif was apprehended by Ghana Police after returning to Ghana from a series of gigs in Europe and America.
According to sources close to the matter, the reigning Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year was hauled up owing to a quarrel over a show he was scheduled to perform at. The exhibition was set to take place in Greece in August 2023.
According to an inside source close to the incident, the show promoter, Cruise People Limited, agreed to a price of $40,000 (forty thousand dollars) on specific deliverables after contacting Black Sherif’s talent agency situated outside of Ghana.
The promoter, who did not deal directly with Blacko, made a $20,000 deposit.
According to the source, “there was no agreement for a press conference and any video submission” in the negotiations with Black Sherif’s talent management prior to the arrangement.
According to sources close to the case, the promoters said that the ‘Soja’ singer was not the key to selling tickets for the Greece event, thus they did not include it in the artiste’s itinerary.
According to the source, the only contractual agreement is for Blacko to show up and play without any additional advertising of the event by the artiste.
Over the failure of not getting the promotional video from Black Sherif, the show promoter threatened to sue the agency. The agency offered to refund the $20,000 initial deposit since the money was paid to them and not directly to the artiste, debunking claims of Blacko having an account in London where money was paid.
However, the show promoter demanded $50,000 instead of the $20,000, the source claimed.
A representative from the promoter’s side, Ghanaian blogger Stephen Mingle popularly known as GH Hyper, who first broke the news of Black Sherif’s alleged arrest claims he was the one who recommended the ‘Second Sermon’ singer to be booked for the show. He disclosed that the show promoter, Mr Van is his uncle.
According to the blogger, Black Sherif charged $40,000 for the annual cruise ship show and he was paid $20,000 as part payment.
“The first edition, he used Gramps Morgan and Amakye Dede. Normally he doesn’t like much hype about it because he has his own target audience,” the representative said.
He continue that “he even spoke to Blacko who directed him on who to speak to so they had a $40,000 agreement and paid $20,000. Blacko was supposed to come to his office because he arranged for the press gathering to do an official announcement and they all agreed but come the day, Blacko didn’t show up even though he was in Ghana“.
He further claims that Blacko was given another chance to do a short promotional video of less than 1 minute but he didn’t do it. The show promoter then realized the Ghanaian musician was not interested in the show and requested for refund, a request Black Sherif’s team have since snubbed.
GH Hyper further claims Gramps Morgan and Baba Saddick were called to intervene but Black Sherif’s camp allegedly ignored them too. The case was then reported to the National Security before the musician left the country with plans to have picked him up before his departure.
However, Black Sherif was picked up at the airport on the night of July 19, after the National Security and CID gathered information about his arrival. According to sources close to the situation, the Ghanaian artiste was asked to document his side of the story with the Ghana Police Service and has been released.