Entertainment critic and regular show pundit, Arnold Asamoah Baidoo, has responded to a taunt from dancehall artist Shatta Wale directed at his colleague, Stonebwoy.
In this comment, Shatta Wale referred to Stonebwoy as a “curtain raiser.”
Stonebwoy recently revealed his opinions on how Ghanaian artists might reach international success comparable to their Nigerian counterparts in an online debate. A conversation with TV personality Berla Mundi that took place on Twitter.
In response to Stonebwoy’s remarks, Shatta Wale slammed his teammate, calling him a “curtain raiser.” Shatta Wale accused Stonebwoy of caving in to Nigerian pressure, seeking publicity, and imitating Burna Boy’s actions.
Arnold Baidoo slammed Shatta Wale for his critical comments and reactions on UTV Showbiz Night, adding that there is nothing wrong with being a curtain raiser.
He noted that Ghanaian musicians frequently preach togetherness and support among peers but fail to put it into practice. Such negative tales and demeaning comments stymie musicians’ and the Ghanaian music industry’s advancement.
He also questioned Shatta Wale’s current standing in the music market, claiming that Stonebwoy will not attain worldwide fame like Wizkid, Burna Boy, and others. Baidoo emphasized the contradiction between campaigning for unity and disparaging fellow artists who work to represent Ghana.
“He is throwing jabs, there is nothing wrong with being a curtain raiser. Global Citizen concert, Stonebwoy was a curtain raiser and he didn’t die. He got paid
“Let’s assume Shatta Wale is the biggest artist in Ghana, What is his position really now in the music scene, You claim to preach unity yet you turn around to belittle your colleagues who are putting in the work to represent Ghana.
“We get bashed for coming out to speak the truth, but these same artists are the ones bringing divisions, how do we thrive as a nation when we cultivate such ill attitudes”
In conclusion, Baidoo stressed the importance of speaking the truth and addressing negative attitudes within the music industry to foster growth and unity in Ghana’s music scene.