Paradise Entertainment organizers of the upcoming Edem’s concept in Dzodze, have disputed claims that they have marginalized local artists in the area ahead of the event.
Some local Artistes in Dzodze where Edem and his
VRMG crew are slated to perform a show during the Deza Traditional festival have accused the event organizers of ostensibly excluding them form the list of supporting artists.

One of them, Startic GH took to his Facebook page to condemn the organizers and threatened to scuffle the event.

“‪#‎DEZA is for people of ‪#‎DZODZE so if any show organizer wanna bring some artist to our festival without putting any of our upcoming artist to support the show, you must be joking, ..you can’t deceive us…the show go flop and you  will surly lose n lose again.. We are not in the 1990s where Fame alone was enough.
.‪#‎StartickBeatzForever ‪#‎Avenortogbor_medzea_tonu_o.. just watch out” he wrote.  

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But in a quick rebuttal the CEO of Paradise Entertainment, Manuel Paradise downplayed the allegations. He explained that although he is entitled to the discretion of choosing who performs on his show, he is guarded by his homegrown policy of promoting upcoming artists. 

He said at the initial stages there were few failed attempts to contact local artists in Dzodze thus their decision to come out with few promotional materials while they continued to search. He added that he later met a group called D4 and have agreed to put them on the bill. Manuel Paradise said since D4 were not captured in the earlier teasers due to limited time it was agreed to include them and any other artist that shows up in subsequent promotional activities which include radio interviews and inserts for radio play.

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He added he was taken aback when news went viral that he had relegated local artists particularly when he is not even conversant with Startic GH and his cohorts.

I don’t even know Startic GH and the others making the claims but I feel they should have contacted me on issues or this sort. I know of Popo and so I informed him that he would be on bill. If they think we aren’t not promoting upcoming artists from the Volta region, why do I have JJ Gonami, Keeny Ice, Ras Zewuze and others? he questioned.

He advised Artists’ managers to make their artists more visible and accessible.He also admonished young and upcoming artists to live above pettiness and concentrate on their young career.

“I believe in young talents but such posture by some of them are undesirable. Why won’t they contact me first to hear my side of the issue before jumping to social media” he said.

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The show dubbed “DEZA with EDEM” would be held at the White Dove Hotel in Dzodze on 3rd October as part of activities lined up for this year’s Deza (Palm Festival) of the people of Dzodze in the Ketu North District of the Volta region.

Source : D.KLASS GH

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