COVID-19 Concert: I was only given money for fuel – Kaakyire Kwame Appiah

Highlife musian Kaakyire Kwame Appiah, one of the artistes who performed at the COVID-19 Virtual concert has disclosed that even though he did not charge for the concert, he was given money for transportation.

This comes a day after the Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said the musicians performed for free.

Ursula said during the coronavirus press briefing of the Ministry of Information that the artistes performed at the launch of the COVID-19 Tracker for free.

Artist who performed at the launch were Shatta Wale, Fancy Gadam, Kuami Eugene, Diana Asamoah Great Ampong, Dada KD, Nicholas Omane Acheampong, Eduwodzi and Bukom Banku and Kaakyire Kwame Appiah.

“The launch was held yesterday and I must thank the musicians who also performed for free to lift up the spirit of those of us in lockdown and educate the public through music as well,” she said.

Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has also come out to rubbish claims that he was paid for his performance at the COVID-19 Virtual Concert.

But in an interview with Ola Michael on Neat FM’s ‘Entertainment Ghana’, the ‘24th’ hitmaker said the officials from the government who contracted them for the concert, told them to grace the occasion with their craft.

However, he was given some money to take care of his transportation.

“As a matter of fact, I did not charge but I was given money for fuel. I did it for the government,” But the Bronya hit maker declined to mention the exact amount of money he took..

Since the story broke, some people have expressed doubt about the artistes performing for free, alleging that all the other musicians who performed at the concert were paid GHS 4000 and that they paid Shatta Wale alone GHS100,000.

The virtual concert put together by the Ministry of Communications was a side attraction to the launch of a new App that will help in contact tracing people who have come into contact with COVID-19 positive individuals.

 

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