The Ghanaian music industry has been hit by a Cold War between two prominent figures, Shatta Wale and Kwadwo Sheldon, with critics saying that the toxicity of their relationship is a prime example of the negative impact on the music industry.
Kwadwo Sheldon is a significant creator in the Ghanaian music space, with a large following, which presents an unbeatable platform for local artists to push their careers. He is also a thought leader in the industry, and many believe that he has the potential to head any of the big streaming platforms as a country representative. However, his feud with Shatta Wale has led to him promoting a foreign album instead of supporting the works of local acts such as Stonebwoy or Shatta Wale himself.
This raises questions about the loyalty of key players in the music industry. If Sheldon were to sit at the top of African music, would he push for the likes of Shatta Wale or Davido when the opportunity arises? The animosity between these two influential figures has left many wondering about the state of the Ghanaian music industry and its future.
The situation highlights a broader issue within the industry. Many DJs, presenters, music promoters, and influencers have been holding grudges against Ghanaian artistes for years, leading them to prioritize foreign acts over local talent. This, in turn, has stunted the growth of the local music scene and limited the opportunities available to talented Ghanaian artists.
There is now a call for industry reconciliation, with the Creative Arts Council and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture being urged to intervene and address the Sheldon-Wale Cold War. The failure to do so could lead to a further decline in the music industry and limit the opportunities available to talented Ghanaian artists.
Speaking to the press, some music industry stakeholders have stressed the need for all parties to come together and seek a resolution to this issue. They have emphasized the need for the Ghanaian music industry to work towards creating an environment that fosters growth and supports local talent, rather than promoting a culture of toxicity and animosity.
The music industry plays an important role in Ghana’s economy, and it is essential to ensure that it continues to grow and provide opportunities for local artists. This requires a concerted effort from all stakeholders, including artists, promoters, DJs, and influencers. The future of Ghanaian music depends on it.
(Written by Dr Kelly Nii Lartey Mensah)