Ghanaian musician Patapaa has said that people who engage in professions that are dishonourable in Ghana but lucrative abroad earn more money than even the country’s most popular singers.
The artist appeared as a guest on the Accra 100.5 FM programme Ayekoo Ayekoo on Thursday, July 20, 2023. The host, Nana Romeo, promoted the rumour that Patapaa undertakes menial jobs like washing cars when he travels outside of the nation.
Patapaa’s response was, “Let them send you a video to verify,” and he said this as he reacted.
He claims that his manager complains about how much he sleeps, but his response is always the same: “I rise only to go play a programme.”
As he sat back down, he made his case as follows: “Excuse me, but an artiste who is a star [in Ghana] and throws their weight around does not earn as much or have the same opportunities as a car wash worker in the United States.”
He went on to say that persons who wash cars “in America, the UK, or Germany” had it better “both in terms of money and life in general compared to an artiste in Ghana.”
“When we Ghanaians get famous, we become pretentious and we lose all respect. He lamented that “when we see other people, we think we’re bigger than they are,” and he challenged people to “travel and see.”
According to him, it is common to find local artists in other countries who “have better jobs” and are disinterested in pursuing a career in music.
“They even get upset when you mention music because the money they would make in seconds is more than a week, two weeks, or a month’s worth of an artiste’s work here in Ghana,” he stated. “The money they would make in seconds is more than a week, two weeks, or a month’s worth of an artiste’s work here in Ghana.”
Patapaa rose to fame not just in his native nation but also throughout the rest of the world as a result of the popularity of his song “One Corner” and the Scopatomana catchphrase.