The drill music group Asakaa Boys, according to a co-founder of the Afrochella Festival, does not have the authority to decide who performs at the yearly festival.
The music collective’s public lamentation at not being accepted to the 2021 edition of the festival, according to Edward Asafu-Adjaye, leaves a lot to be desired.
Questions arose over the whereabouts of the Ghanaian drill phenomenon on the lineup for the December concert, which featured guest performances from Wizkid and Ari Lennox.
During a Twitter Spaces on Tuesday, a group member, Jay Bhad, raged at what he called the organisers’ “outright negligence” of the subject during the 2021 program.
During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Afrochella organized a Block Party in place of the actual performance. During the Twitter conversation, Jhay Bahd stated that they had been invited to perform for free.
However, given the devastating impact of the raging pandemic on the entertainment business at the time, the group opted to accept the offer in the hopes of receiving another call-up the following year when the organizers are in a better financial position.
That invitation never arrived a year later, leaving members of the group, including Reggie, feeling deceived.
This discovery sparked some discussion on social media about the pay of local musicians.
However, Edward Asafu-Adjaye, co-founder of Afrochella, said on Joy Prime on Thursday that he fails to understand the remits under which the group’s desire for a call-up is coming from.
“Having a big festival like that, every artiste wants to be on, they don’t get selected, they get a little upset. But the sense of entitlement coming from the Asakaa Boys was a little different,” he said.
He added that his investigations revealed to him that “they are upset because they did us a favour by performing for free at the Black Party so they were expecting when the festival was back on, we will put them on as paying them back, But they didn’t do it for free,” Edward added.