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VGMA only focuses on artists in Accra and ignore the rest – Wiyaala

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Sensational Ghanaian Afro pop singer, dancer and composer, Noella Wiyalaa, has declared that the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) held by Charterhouse, primarily honors and promotes works of musicians that are based in the Greater Accra regional capital, Accra.

Wiyaala said that the popular music awards program had specified a criteria for the selection of nominees that she believes she doesn’t qualify for, and as a result, she has ceased submitting nominations. This was revealed during a recent discussion on “The North” Podcast with Prince Hamdan Banang.

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The criteria, she emphasized, required that one’s songs be played on every radio station in the capital, which is not possible for her due to her language preference.

She explained by saying “In my heart I believe VGMA is trying to get all of us involved. But let’s not tickle and make and make a fool of ourselves, it’s very obvious and glaring what VGMA is all about. You have to be in Accra and your songs have to be popular in Accra.

There are songs that were never popular in the North, but they made it, and the criteria keeps changing. It’s their rules and regulations if you cannot follow them, you shouldn’t enter,”

The “Tuma” hitmaker said that no conscious attempts have been made to spotlight artists from other countries whose songs are underappreciated because of linguistic problems.

She cited an instance where the VGMA doesn’t fulfill its stated purpose of honoring musicians in Ghana because it only pays attention to particular musical ensembles in particular parts of the nation.

She concluded by saying, “I will be as popular as anything in the North but because it’s an Accra-based programme and most of the radio stations are Accra-based, it is normal that they only hear Accra songs. Most of the DJs don’t understand our songs and a lot of people are not willing to understand our songs.”

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