Ghanaian musician, Peter Famiyeh Bozah, better known as Fameye, has joined the ongoing debate over the impact of TikTok on the Ghanaian music industry.
Asantewaa, one of Ghana’s most followed TikTokers, said last weekend on UTV’s ‘UNITED SHOWBIZ‘ show.
“That’s why I say it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been playing your music game.
“When you drop a song now, it’s not about your craft unless you bring it to us; otherwise, you’ll have to sing your song alone,” she said, and Kesse added, “we’re the board of directors, you have to bring it to us.”
Her comments drew criticism for her and her colleagues from music fans and some players in Ghana’s music industry.
In an interview with Zionfelix, the ‘PRAISE’ hitmaker revealed that he completely disagrees with the statements made and that music is a much more serious business than following trends.
”My music is not for TikTok, and it’ss not the primary platform for my music to gain popularity.
Music is bigger than TikTok, and loud music does not always imply a good song.
The fact that a song went viral on does not imply that the artist is exceptional.
”These TikTokers have far too much power to be making these comments.
The remarks were offensive, and I was not pleased to hear them.
Unless she was joking and said it in the heat of the moment”.
Fameye responded when asked if he had ever paid any of them to promote his music on the platform:
”I make personal videos and post them to social media.
Since 2019, I’ve been promoting my songs in this manner.
I don’t make TikTok challenges for my songs, nor do I dance to promote them.
If you don’t hear my songs on that platform, it doesn’t mean they aren’t popular in real life.
I have never paid any of them to promote or make my song a hit on purpose.
I did, however, send monetary thanks to some of them who voluntarily used my songs in their videos”.
In closing his remarks, the VGMA ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ stated:
When did TikTok arrive?
Artists will work regardless and reap the benefits of their efforts.