Persons who have been criticising Ghanaian DJs for playing Nigerian songs should give them a break, for their shallow criticism is not only sad but sickening, veteran Andy Dosty jabbed, Tuesday.
The presenter and DJ with Hitz FM during the Headlines segment on the morning show, without equivocation, noted that his colleagues should be commended for promoting local songs than crucified by people who are not deep.
“It is so sad and sickening that people sit on social media, thinking they are all knowing but [are] shallow-minded,” he fumed.
“You sit there complaining that we don’t play Ghanaian songs… At least, give us some credit. We’ve done well. In times past, we were even shy to play Ghanaian songs. Few years ago, Nigerian songs were all over but now, we are doing well. Enough!”
Andy Dosty’s comment comes on the back of DKB’s campaign to have Ghanaian songs played to commemorate the Year of Return.
The comedian, in a video argued that “it is only sensible for us to position our music in such a way that these foreigners who are coming will go back with Ghana music.”
But Andy Dosty in rebuttal accused DKB of double standard having sighted a video which captures the comedian dancing to Nigerian songs.
“You DKB, you sat there, did a video telling presenters to [play Ghanaian songs]. Yes, it’s good but you went ahead dancing to Nigerian songs. How ambiguous can you be?” He asked.
For some time now, a number of musicians and other stakeholders have been calling on Ghanaian DJs to promote their works instead of giving space to Nigerian songs. Some contended that the Ghanaian DJ would ask the Ghanaian artiste to pay before getting rotation but would hurriedly download a foreign song and promote for free.
Last year, a campaign to have 80% Ghanaian songs played on local channels started but was greeted with mixed reactions.
Musician Tic opined that the idea can only manifest with strong legal backing.
“Because there are no laws, they play a bit of Ghanaian music and are in a hurry to play other songs that they feel is giving them that spotlight. When there are laws…you have no choice to put [local content] out there before you do anything else you want to do,” he said.
Mr. Logic, an artiste manager, on the other hand, said the call was trivia as he argued that, “Ghanaians are talking because of what happened in Nigeria, and it is wrong to use what happened in Nigeria as a yard stick to measure how many percentage of Ghanaian songs are played on radio.”