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Aftermath of VGMA free jams in Tamale


Music lovers from all walks of life trooped to the Tamale sports stadium to catch a glimpse of their favorite artistes. fans described it as a life time musical show to have ever taken place in Tamale.

The show, however, was marred by rain Saturday night which made many music lovers disappointed.  Organizers didn’t relent on their effort and reschedule on Sunday 6th April 8, 2014. The Tamale free jam was part of activities marking Vodafone Ghana Music Awards scheduled in May, this year.

 Charter house in collaboration with Vodafone Ghana promised the people of Tamale to stage a free musical live show known as the VGMA nominees jam amidst controversies of Deensi taking part in the show. fans nearly became upset with organizers for the late start of the show at about 10pm instead of 8pm.

 Northern based artistes such as J.Y.C Omega, Fancy Gadam, Deensi, George Kliff, Ataaka and S.K.Y set the stage of the show. About 6 underground artistes from the South including Kabum, and Episode, Joyce Blessing, Stone Bwoy, Samini, Castro also took the stage with their usual stage performances.

 As the show was getting more intense, the fastest rapper in Ghana, Sarkodie, took the audience by surprise with a mind-blowing performance.

He kept the entire crowd singing and dancing displaying their excitement and joy trying to get close to Sarkodie. The breakdown, however, of the decorated stage was as a result of the confusion between fans of Sarkodie and the security personnel which ended the show abruptly.

Eye witness told Zaa Entertainment desk that police fired tear Gas due to an alleged physical assault of fans. Our checks revealed that about 13 police officers and a number of military men were on the ground. But speaking to Zaa morning show Host Alhassan Seidu Kaya, Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional Police, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh denied police using tear gas, but admitted the police used pepper spray to control the fans.

An entertainment critique, Citizen Mo descended heavily on both the police and the charter house for the breakdown of security.

He said he cannot see any serious security measures in the charter house as one of the biggest event organizing company.

 Citizen Mo said the crowd control measure adopted by the police was absolutely wrong and unprofessional because according to him instead of providing security the police rather turned themselves into fans of the show.  Citizen Mo who himself sustained an injury as a result of the police’s negligence, was pleaded with to abandon his action of taking the police on.

In 2009, a similar incident happened at the Ghana music awards organized by the same charter house in Accra.  In that incident dogs were allegedly imported from Togo and journalists were bitten.





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