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Music Sat, 22 May 2004

GGMA Exonerates Christina Love

Christina Love has been exonerated as the current Best Gospel musician by the Ghana Gospel Music Awards.

When she failed to win any award in that genre at the Ghana Music Awards many thought that she and others had been given a raw deal.

I think this appears to be contradictory, incomprehensible and unimaginable. Does it not throw the music awards in a topsy-turvy state?

After the fifth edition of the GMA, I wrote an article in this medium (Graphic Showbiz) and emphatically stressed that I wouldn?t have been taken aback at all if Christina Love has annexed at least three awards at the GMA owing to the overwhelming manner her maiden album, ?Aden Nti Na Woresu Yi? has impacted on the music-loving public.

At long last, she has grabbed at the GGMA, the awards that undeservedly eluded her at the GMA. Congratulations Love, you really deserve the three awards, and I wish you all the best.

But the nagging question one may ask is: Which Gospel Song and Gospel Album emerged as the best in the year 2003? Respectively, are the ?Bebre? or ?Mema Me Ne So? and ?Aseda? or ?Aden Nti Na Woresu Yi??

I think even if the criteria employed for the two music awards were not the same, they might be similar. So how come there is that sharp contrast in the two music awards within the same year under review? How can that contradiction be reconciled?

It behooves the organisers of the two events to provide convincing answers to these questions, for such contradictions have the potential of casting great doubts on the credibility and authencity of the music awards.

Additionally, I totally see eye to eye with one Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo in his article captioned ?What is the criterion for the music chart shows?? which appeared in the Graphic Showbiz edition of April 29, 2004.

The writer expressed grave misgiving about the inability of songs to tally as far as their positions on music chart shows are concerned, which contributes to the brouhaha surrounding music awards. I personally think he hit the nail right on the head.

Not quite long ago, I happened to listen attentively to the music countdown chart show of two radio stations in the Kumasi metropolis at about the same time, and what I discovered perfectly corroborated Baidoo?s observation.

Beyond my comprehension, two gospel songs interchanged positions at the first and tenth positions on the two different chart shows, which was the direct opposite of the other. How can that contradiction be reconciled?

I am aware the criteria used for the chart shows are airplay, sales and popularity. Whereas airplay, sales and popularity on the other hand are determined by the general public.

Now is it as a result of inequality in airplay alone enjoyed by the songs at the various radio stations that engenders the sharp contrasts in their positions on the chart shows?

I think it is about time something credible was done about this discordant situation to reflect the reality on the ground before the music-loving public becomes apathetic to and disenchanted with the chart shows owing to their doubtful credibility.



Christina Love has been exonerated as the current Best Gospel musician by the Ghana Gospel Music Awards.

When she failed to win any award in that genre at the Ghana Music Awards many thought that she and others had been given a raw deal.

I think this appears to be contradictory, incomprehensible and unimaginable. Does it not throw the music awards in a topsy-turvy state?

After the fifth edition of the GMA, I wrote an article in this medium (Graphic Showbiz) and emphatically stressed that I wouldn?t have been taken aback at all if Christina Love has annexed at least three awards at the GMA owing to the overwhelming manner her maiden album, ?Aden Nti Na Woresu Yi? has impacted on the music-loving public.

At long last, she has grabbed at the GGMA, the awards that undeservedly eluded her at the GMA. Congratulations Love, you really deserve the three awards, and I wish you all the best.

But the nagging question one may ask is: Which Gospel Song and Gospel Album emerged as the best in the year 2003? Respectively, are the ?Bebre? or ?Mema Me Ne So? and ?Aseda? or ?Aden Nti Na Woresu Yi??

I think even if the criteria employed for the two music awards were not the same, they might be similar. So how come there is that sharp contrast in the two music awards within the same year under review? How can that contradiction be reconciled?

It behooves the organisers of the two events to provide convincing answers to these questions, for such contradictions have the potential of casting great doubts on the credibility and authencity of the music awards.

Additionally, I totally see eye to eye with one Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo in his article captioned ?What is the criterion for the music chart shows?? which appeared in the Graphic Showbiz edition of April 29, 2004.

The writer expressed grave misgiving about the inability of songs to tally as far as their positions on music chart shows are concerned, which contributes to the brouhaha surrounding music awards. I personally think he hit the nail right on the head.

Not quite long ago, I happened to listen attentively to the music countdown chart show of two radio stations in the Kumasi metropolis at about the same time, and what I discovered perfectly corroborated Baidoo?s observation.

Beyond my comprehension, two gospel songs interchanged positions at the first and tenth positions on the two different chart shows, which was the direct opposite of the other. How can that contradiction be reconciled?

I am aware the criteria used for the chart shows are airplay, sales and popularity. Whereas airplay, sales and popularity on the other hand are determined by the general public.

Now is it as a result of inequality in airplay alone enjoyed by the songs at the various radio stations that engenders the sharp contrasts in their positions on the chart shows?

I think it is about time something credible was done about this discordant situation to reflect the reality on the ground before the music-loving public becomes apathetic to and disenchanted with the chart shows owing to their doubtful credibility.



Source: ghanamusic.com