George Quaye blasts Praye over VGMA criticism

By: Della Russel Ocloo
George Quaye blasts Praye over VGMA
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THE Public Relations Officer of Charterhouse, organisers of the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) has jabbed Hiplife group, Praye for labelling the awards as fake.

Praye, who reunited last year after splitting in 2013, released three singles and had hoped to secure nominations at VGMA 2019 but unfortunately they were shut out.

Not happy with this, a member of the group, Eugene Baah, popularly known as Choirmaster/Praye Honeho, has been ranting on his social media pages, describing the award scheme as fraudulent and fake.

But in a Facebook post on Wednesday, March 20, George Quaye called on the group to rather channel the hurt they feel at not receiving any nominations into writing a good song that would actually cement their comeback.


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George expressed shock that the group chose to release a song like “Gbang Gbai” which translated into noise, to herald their comeback.

“I was personally shocked, that after such a long hiatus in your career, that was the best thing you could return with. I mean come on! This is Praye! Should I start listing your hit tracks since you won the New Artiste of the Year in 2006? Sit a minute and compare all your old tracks to “gban gbai” which literally translates as “NOISE” to all the great hits you’ve entertained GH with in years past”, George wrote.

He pointed out that the Group of the Year category was so competitive that it would be difficult for Praye to fit in.

“When I look at the nominees in that category, I ask myself who to take out and put Praye there. Or should they just have added you, anyway? Just because you exist and released a song that translates as ‘Noise’? George queried.

He added that whereas it was okay for the group to express their heartbreak for not receiving any nominations, the VGMA has no problem with any individual artiste, and “you and I know you are only doing it out of pain”.

He called on the group to emulate music duo, Wutah, who after a similar hiatus came back with the hit song, “Bronya,” which went on to win an award at the 2018 VGMA.

Referring Praye to awards they won at previous editions of the VGMA, George said the scheme was not fake.

“Take a look at all the plaques on your shelves you have won from over the years, read your profiles online and see how VGMA nominations and wins have given degrees of veneration and relevance to your brand”, he jabbed the group.

George Quaye added that if the group labelled the awards scheme as fake just because there were not nominated, they really did not know their worth as musicians.