Head of Public Relations at Burniton Music Group, Israel Gerard has expressed his disgust at what went on during the just ended Tidal Rave concert.
In a lengthy statement posted by Israel on his Facebook page, he narrated how Stonebwoy’s performance was internationally sabotaged by DJ Mensah and other crew members of Sarkodie.
According to Israel , Stonebwoy’s performance was initially delayed for several hours for other artistes like Efya, Joey B and La Meme to perform even though he arrived 2 hours earlier than the scheduled time.
Again, as Stonebwoy was performing, Sarkodie’s personal DJ, DJ Mensah had the microphone of Stonebwoy turned off and proceeded to cut the music.
Israel Gerard concluded by saying that the disrespect against artistes in the music industry should stop.
In his words;
“THE DISRESPECT IN THIS INDUSTRY MUST STOP.”
“In the entertainment industry, adherence to schedules and set times is crucial, and really very disrespectful and not right at all for any one not even an artistes dj to try and turn off another artists mic on stage while they’re performing”
“On the evening of the Tidal Rave Festival, we arrived at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel at 10:12 PM, a full two hours ahead of Stonebwoy’s scheduled performance (12:15 to 1:00AM).”
“Subsequently, the festival producers approached us, and told us there is an alteration in the running order, which would entail Stonebwoy waiting for additional hours, totaling a 3-4 hour delay for the most prominent music export from Ghana.”
“Stonebwoy, exercised patience, complied with the unexpected delay. However, during this time, other artists, including KiDi, Efya, La Meme, Joey B, and even an attempt to have another perform, occupied what was originally allocated as Stonebwoy’s set time. We then informed the festival producers that Stonebwoy could not afford further delays, as he had just arrived in Ghana barely 48 hours ago and was already fatigued.”
“Finally, at 1:27 AM, Stonebwoy took to the stage, with an intended performance duration of approximately 45 to 50 minutes. However, within a mere 30 minutes into his set, the crew of Sarkodie, led by DJ Mensah, disrupted Stonebwoy’s performance by asking his DJ to stop playing, effectively preventing him from continuing his performance. — everything then went off.”
“Such actions are highly disrespectful and wholly inappropriate. It is unacceptable for anyone, not even an artist’s DJ, to attempt to cut another artist’s performance. This blatant DISRESPECT towards STONEBWOY shouldn’t be condone.”