HighGrade Family wants Ghana Music Awards nominees list reviewed

Although many have complained of the

nominees list released for the VodafoneGhana

Music Awards, Samini Music and HighGrade

Family is first to call for a review of the list.

Check out the press statement from

HighGradeFamily asking for a review of the

Ghana Music Awards:

Over the years, there have been numerous

controversies surrounding Charter House/Ghana

MusicAwards, the constitution of the board and

consequent nominations thereof towards the

annual Ghana Music Awards; all past sponsors

are herein acknowledged.

However, of particular interest is the seemingly

growing trend ofConflict of Interest that plaques

the Board and its decisions, with traces to

specific individuals such as Mark Okraku Mantey

and the growing aspersions in the definition of

categories, who qualifies and per what standards

of criteria are followed per norms as pertains in

other jurisdictions with emphasis on our very

own turf.

Of particular concern is as per a quote by Enoch

Sarpong, a showbiz critic on facebook

{ Apparently Mark Okraku Mantey's artiste KUMI


VERSION of "break into two" song was released

2years ago….and was produced by


Questions need to be asked:

As a private entity with due regards for the

Ghanaian Laws, is Mark Okraku a manager/

affiliated to an artiste known as "Kumi Guitar"

and does this constitute a conflict of interest?

Are the guidelines for nominations particularly

"New Artiste of the year" explicitly clear to

warrant an exclusion of Kofi Kinaata in same?

NB: the Number of shows performed by Kofi

Kinaata, an artiste of HighGradeFamily,

Interviews including on Dj Blacks Weekend

shows… Airplay of his various songs et al as

against the other categorized in "New Artiste of

the year"

Per the assertion by Enoch Sarpong (verifiable)

that Kumi Guitar first released/promoted a song

2 years ago constitute a wrongful categorization

of the said artiste and therefore requires a

review of nomination(s) given the level of public


Will Charter House and the VGMA Board for the

first time, recall their decision, address and

reannounce categories and nominations

particularly those in question, for us" excluding

Kofi Kinaata our Artiste from the New Artiste of

the year category)?

Will Charter House and its allied Bodies act on

Mark Okraku Mantey's abuse of conflict of

interest provisions as affecting a general body

and its decisions by excusing him from any

further activities; By explaining the criteria on

nominations for New Artiste thereby excluding

our Artiste "Kofi Kinaata"; Will all parties

consider brand effect on supervising a clear

case of conflict of interest(legal issue) involving

Mark Okraku Mantey, member of the VGMA

board, whose self glorification seems to make

him a touch not in Ghana Music Industry and on

what basis he does so?

We will require answers, as these will go a long

way to maintain some credibility in the Annual

Event that highlights the best of Ghanaian music.

The Media must help set things right.


Anthony Daning (Mr.)

ManagerHighGradeFamily/Samini Music


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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