So Patapaa couldn’t win the anticipated and predictable award. Everyone was disappointed including me. I mean this shocking event had people asking, What happened?
So this morning, I had a little argument on Facebook with Dennis (very good friend) and he brought my mind to something I forgot; did we vote for him??
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A couple of years ago, a relatively unknown name achieved the unachievable; selling out a concert at Tamale sports stadium. He rose to become the Fancy Gadam we all got to know. The lower side of Ghana thought he couldn’t achieve the same feat in the southern belt. He came down and filled the National Theatre.
Fast forward to Saturday, my favourite pick, Patapaa lost his spot to Fancy Gadam and Ghana got super shocked. One Corner started as a cult hit in a town called Swedru and gigantically rose to become the biggest hit song Ghana has ever had.
Everyone got dancing infectiously, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, England, Italy and USA got jamming. So it was evident that he was the obvious winner which was wrong. So how is it that Fancy Gadam won instead of Patapaa?
Simple, the fan loyalty.
There are a few artists from the Northern part of Ghana but Fancy Gadam had the commercial appeal and for the first time, the whole Northern Region pushed him to his apex. His fans voted even though they knew that he had little chance of winning. Determination and loyalty beats every odd.
Now the same story applies to Patapaa. For once, an artist from the Central Region rose from nothing to raising the name of the town. The difference were just 2; demographics and complacency.
How many of the fans will actually pick the phones to text and how many of the One Corner lovers actually love Patapaa? Secondly because they thought it was an easy win for the artist, the slept on him. And the results, he lost.
Personally I suspect corruption but Dennis was right. We failed Patapaa. I want to extend congratulations to Fancy Gadam for winning and better luck next time to Patapaa.
Long live Ghana music.