Ghanaian Rapper, Sarkodie has voiced his dissatisfaction with BET’s portrayal of Burna Boy as the first Afrobeat artist to sell out the Apollo Theatre.
In an interview, Sarkodie expressed concern about how Ghanaians allow records to slip through their fingers, giving the impression that Ghanaian artists are being left behind when it comes to going global.
“we let go easily and tend to frustrate ourselves, we need to highlight our moments,” he said.
Sarkodie noted on Hitz 103.9 FM’s Day Break show that a number of Ghanaians have attended the BET Awards and earned other international records, but that because it isn’t widely publicised, people tend to forget about it, making it appear as though Ghanaian talents aren’t working.
“We have done incredibly well but we still look out there for what other people are doing, I am not saying we should be comfortable but at least Ghanaians should just appreciate these moments, we have done things and still doing more,” the rapper told Andy Dosty.
Quoting an example, he said, ” I remember when BET was posting Burna Boy selling out the Apollo, they said the first Afrobeat artist to sell out the Apollo, you see it’s because we don’t hold on to it, I did it before him”.
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According to the Rapper, “there are a lot of things we have done before everybody but we have left them unsaid, Fuse ODG has done a lot but we just want to skip look at what someone is doing and highlighting”.
Sarkodie, who recently released his sixth studio album, “No Pressure,” played at the famed New York City Apollo Theater in August 2015, where he was joined by Banky W, Samini, E.L., Shatta Wale, The Compozers, Kwaw Kese, and Bisa Kdei.
Burna Boy also performed at the Apollo Theater, which was sold out, but Sarkodie is claiming that he (King Sark) did it first, before the ‘African Giant’ singer.
In the video below, you can hear him speak about it;
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