Ras Kuuku And Jupitar Descend On BASS Awards Organizers
Reggae and Dancehall stars have unleashed their anger on the organizers of the just ended BASS Awards organizers.
The 2nd edition of the BASS Awards was held over the weekend at the Accra sports stadium which saw great multitudes of Reggae/Dancehall music lovers gathered to see who wins what. The award scheme organized by Rackus Production is mainly to recognize and award Reggae and Dancehall artistes in Ghana.
This year's edition saw a number of artistes in the Reggae and Dancehall industry pulling out of the event due to varying reasons prior to the event. The likes of Samini, Stonebwoy , Iwan, Ras Kuuku and Jupitar all pulled out of the event, and of all the names above, Ras Kuuku and Jupitar, gave a few hints of their disapproval and resentments towards the event .
Ras Kuuku first made this known on his Facebook page. True to his words, he was absent at the event, delegating the receipt of his four awards for “Reggae Song of The Year”, “Reggae Songwriter of The Year”, “Reggae Video of The Year” and “Reggae Artiste of The Year” out of seven nominations he won to his rep. Responding to questions on why he boycotted the event on Black Rasta's ‘Taxi Driver’ show on Hitz FM last Monday, he said, among other things that "The event organizers proposed an offer of GH¢1000 as my pay for the event which my management found rather insulting and meagre. In fact, my management and I
had proposed GH¢8000 as fee for my appearance and performance at the show. At the inaugural edition, it will surprise everybody that I was not given a cedi for my appearance and performance, really, it was my humble quota to support a worthy cause of which I wholly ascribe to and belong. Reggae/dancehall is for us and so we will support every effort by any positive minded entity making moves to push the industry to higher heights anytime."
On the other hand, Dancehall artiste, Jupitar has accused organizers of BASS Awards of robbing him of an award he rightfully deserved as a result of his decision not to perform at the event.
Speaking on Radio Univers’ mid-morning show ‘Brunch2Lunch’ the “Money Box” hit maker indicated that he decided not to perform because the organizers were offering a pittance. A decision he says did not augur well with his management.
“We considered so many factors in terms of how much to charge at the maiden edition. We were hoping that this year’s would come with a motivation but that never happened. It’s expensive coming out with a song, promoting and shooting a video so no one will perform for a less motivation” he told show host, Abrantepa.
He lamented that, the organizers denied him several awards he deserved simply because he declined their offer. He questioned the integrity of the organizers since he was nominated in several categories yet did not bag any – a situation he describes as ridiculous.