Afrobeats artiste, Mr. Eazi, wasn’t surprised he lost the ‘Best African Artiste of the Year‘ Award at the 2017 Ghana Music Awards to ‘Mad Over You’ hit-maker, RunTown.
Eazi disclosed to Accra-based Live FM presenter, Vanessa Gyan, that certain behind the scene occurrences confirmed his belief.
According to him, “I knew I wouldn’t win. Last year, they tried to book me for Miss Malaika and they didn’t want to pay me and I said: “I wouldn’t leave Naija to perform for Miss Malaika,”
“They called for me to perform at this year’s VGMAs and my manager was charging a fee and they did not oblige.”
His manager, Bernard Kafui Sokpe, corroborated his story in the same interview with Gyan: “We were told artists who perform at the VGMAs do it for free and if they are paid, it’s a token which I did not accept. Once Runtown was being promoted we knew what was next to come.”
Mr. Eazi revealed he might headline a concert with Shatta Wale on the night of the 2018 Ghana Music Awards.
“Anything with Charter House I’m not interested until they pay me and I may just team up with Shatta Wale next year and actually hold the concert I previously mentioned at next year’s VGMAs. The award has lost its relevance.”
The ‘Bankulize‘act is obviously not worried about the loss considering his rise on the international music scene and the feats he has chalked in the past few months.
His mixtape Life Is Eazi – Accra to Lagos charted at number four on Billboard World Charts weeks ago, he made history as the first African artiste to have his song premiered on Zane Lowe’s World Record show on Beats 1 Radio and his song ‘Skin Tight‘ was recently featured in an advert starring Music mogul, Diddy.
He was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and received his elementary and secondary education in Lagos, Nigeria.
Eazi is a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Coventry University with a MSc degree in Engineering/Management.