by: michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
The controversies which clothe the annual Bass Awards appear to fester and the latest edition held at the National Theatre in Accra on December 28, 2017 was no exception.
Contentiously in-demand songstress, Ebony was awarded the Kwame Nkrumah Artiste of the Year Award at the 2017 BASS Awards although she could only lay claim to a reggae tune, ‘Turn on the Light’ and perhaps ‘Kupe’ while other contenders had put in more work in 2016; the year of consideration.
It is without question that 2017 is a major year for the 90s bard Gyal Ebony with her ‘Hustle’ and ‘Maame Hw3’ tunes in hot demand but organisers ought to have known better than set the budding lady up for needles attack and scrutiny.
Ebony also went home with the ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ award while Stonebwoy also secured four awards including the Best Dancehall Video of the Year, Album of the Year and Dancehall Song of the Year. Ras Kuuku, Rudebwoy Ranking and MzVee also got rewarded.
Curiously once more is when some of the notable winners failed to show up to pick up their awards, the reason could be any one’s guess while advertised performers including Osagyefo, Knii Lante and Ebony all failed to mount the stage.
Patrons however had Patoranking, Episode, and Xali Hali, Arab B and Johny Blaze, Aurclia Dey, Kahpun, Aj Lyricx, Sean Taylor, Wan Row and Natty Abbey to thank as they dished some good music.
Curiously once more; Bass Awards organisers Bulldog (Bullhaus Entertainment) and Solid Multimedia found it prudent to award a new comer to the entertainment industry Nana Appiah Mensah; CEO of Zylofon Media and Menzgold, the Lifetime Achievement Award where he couldn’t even point to 2 years of service to the entertainment industry. Perhaps recruiting Bulldog into the Zylofon Media fold as Artistic Director might have led to the thank-you award.
Yet again patrons and observers were stunned when despite voting online showed Kahpun as the winner of the Discovery of the Year award, Xhila Roy ended up receiving the award.
Showing that the Bass Awards organisers need to mend the fences to assure all that the awards scheme is credible, the following views of Nana Dubwise, singer Osagyefo and Gavana Blakmexiah Aguze is instructive:
We all know sey BASS AWARDS belongs to Bullhaus Entertainment and Solid Multi media but this organizers can step aside from planning this event, they should allow the real reggae dancehall grassroots people to control this event.
It’s like di owners don’t really understand the culture an tradition of Reggae Dancehall music, too much beurocracy and Vito power business will kill this great dream.
Eii how com there was no reggae presenter onstage to present an award?
How com Nana Appiah Mensah of Zylophon media recieve di life time achievement award what has he done for di reggae dancehall industry?
How com king Lagazy did not Mc last night event?
How com most of di A list Artistes did not show up at di event?
Big up all di winners we hope next year we will witness di real reggae dancehall culture #BassAwards #StillLetsSupportItGrow #OurOwnAwards//
Yesterday at 9:00am ·
BASS AWARDS HAS DESTROYED THE AUTHENTICITY OF REGGAE DANCEHALL AND HAS REPLACED IT WITH FAKENESS.THE REASON WHY MOST REGGAE PRESENTERS WERE SACKED WAS DUE TO BASS AWARDS AGENDA.EVEN THOUGH THE AWARDS CLAIM TO BE REGGAE DANCEHALL BUT IT’S A MACHINATED AWARDS FOR ARTISTES FROM OTHER GENRES TO TAKE OVER GHANA REGGAE DANCEHALL.I BLAME THIER STOMACH DIRRECTION BOARD MEMBERS.EVERYBODY SHOULD SUPPORT BASS AWARDS,THAT’S WHAT THEY SAY,NO SIR.WE DON’T SUPPORT FAKENESS BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE OLD DOGS SO THEY WILL NEVER CHANGE//
//Gavana Blakmexiah Aguze
Yesterday at 8:44am ·
So bass awards never see the hard work of Blak mexxiah Kojo Kombolo Osagyefo GH Kweku Obeng Amoako (Linguakat) and the rest to call us to perform but this same people meets us at some shows and after performance they tell you how good you are and need to be on all platforms and yet still same people will exclude you when that performance opportunity comes up , so I ask which kind of people are we dealing with ? Or is it because we proclaim Rastafari in our songs and also as way of life ?
Well I keep saying this karma will not lose it address 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥//
Below is the list of winners:
REGGAE COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Nobody Else – MzVee ft Black Prophet
ALTERNATIVE SONG OF THE YEAR
One Love – Nat Abbey
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Livingstone – Stonebwoy
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Mix Master Garzy
BEST DANCEHALL VIDEO OF THE YEAR
People Dey – Stonebwoy
BEST REGGAE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Bad System – Ras Kuuku
DANCEHALL SONG OF THE YEAR
Talk To Me – Stonebwoy ft Kranium
REGGAE SONG OF THE YEAR
Pain Dem – Rudebwoy Ranking
DANCEHALL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Happy Day – A.K. Songstress ft Zeal
YAA ASANTEWA AWARD (RECORD OF THE YEAR)
Black Prophet – In Times Like These
KWAME NKRUMAH AWARD (ARTISTE OF THE YEAR)
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
BEST PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
REGGAE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
RIDDIM OF THE YEAR
Irie Bus (Caskeys On It)
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT OF THE YEAR
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Nana Appiah Mensah, CEO of Zylofon Media