Gospel Artiste cum broadcast journalist, Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman has attributed the scrapping of Gospel Music Album of the Year category from the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards to hypocrisy of some Gospel presenters.
According to Daakyehene, most Gospel presenters have been blinded by payola and thus refuse to promote good music with less budget.
The Excellence In Broadcasting (EIB) Network broadcast journalist, was a panelist on Kasapa Entertainment on Kasapa 102.3 FM and the topic for discussion was, Is payola destroying Good Ghanaian music?
'Most Gospel DJ's like playing and promoting payola songs, so much so that after a short time those particular songs fades out, Herty Bongreat is a typical example, why are DJ's not playing bebrebe and kano saa featuring Sarkodie and Trigmatic? Daakyehene asked.
Daakyehene continued that 'those same gospel presenters, who played those two Herty Borngreat's tracks till she was nominated in the VGMA and won two Awards have stopped playing the songs while they are playing Cindy Thompson's old tracks currently'.
Ghanaian Gospel musicians would have no option than to contend with other artists for this year's album of the year category at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards since organizers have announced there would be no such category as "Gospel Album of the Year".
This, according to Charter House is premised on the fact that a few gospel albums were submitted and those that were submitted did not have the minimum requirements of three hit songs.
The Board, therefore, noted that the few gospel albums submitted will now compete with other genres.
The main Awards Night is scheduled for May 7 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
Daakyehene further asked those payola Gospel DJ's to answer 'why they stopped playing Francis Amo's songs on his latest album, everything showed that Francis Amo's album had some very good tracks on the album, but because of a fewer budget, those stomach presenters deserted the lad and he was not even nominated for VGMA last year'.
Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman, is a graduate from the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, and a newscaster, court reporter and head of Business at Kasapa FM.
He was out with a 10 track Gospel Album in 2012 with hit tracks such as Maseda Nnwom, Hwe me yie, Okyena receiving massive airplay on both Television and various radio stations nationwide.
Daakyehene is preparing to release his latest 10 tracks album in July.