Creative Council to meet Krobo group over Sarkodie’s ‘Jennifer Lomotey’ lyrics

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By Lorlornyofm June 21, 2017 15:51

Creative Council to meet Krobo group over Sarkodie’s ‘Jennifer Lomotey’ lyrics

Music producer and President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey has revealed that the council is taking steps to intervene in the current impasse between rapper Sarkodie and Krobo group, Kloma Hengme Association.

The move follows the Krobo advocacy group’s threats to commence a legal action over sections of Sarkodie’s lyrics in the ‘Jennifer Lomotey’ song.

Mr Mantey noted that considering the weight of the issue at stake, the council is best placed to try to meet the Krobo youth to help find an amicable solution to the impasse.
Kloma Hengme Association, declaring their intention to sue, noted that, a line in the song attributed to Sarkodie translates as “A noble Krobo lady with beads around her waist who has been cursed by Okomfo Anokye with promiscuity” is discriminatory and demeans the people of Krobo.

“This [lyric] is founded on a myth and in this case, this myth is created to cast aspersions on the Krobo people. They are therefore prejudiced and discriminatory, contrary to Article 17(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana which provides that “[a] person shall not be discriminated against on grounds of […] ethnic origin […]”, the group said in a letter serving notice about the possible suit.

Writing on behalf of the Krobo heritage and advocacy group, Lawyer, Kwadwo Apiegyei-Atua, is asking Sarkodie to do six things– one of which is the payment of GH¢2,000,000 to the people of Krobo – or prepare to meet him in court.
Speaking on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM with KMJ, Mark Okraku Mantey said he does not think Sarkodie had any intent to disrespect Krobo women with the song.

“Between now and Friday, I am making the effort now, with my team, to meet the Krobo people. I’ve listened to the song [and] I do not think that as a creative person [and from] a creative viewpoint, Sarkodie had any intent to [disrespect Krobo women] but the decoder of the communication can hear things differently and that is why they say that any information can be decoded subjectively or objectively,” he said.

“Because of the office I occupy, I should have an interest in things like this because Sarkodie is a creative person. It came out of a creative piece and so I should have an interest in making sure that Sarkodie doesn’t step on toes of the same people who patronise his products at the same time we do not send the signal of killing creativity,” the renowned producer added.

Kloma Hengme Association, which describes itself as “a Krobo heritage and advocacy group whose mission is to project Krobo values as the basis to promote the development of the Krobo people”, demands that Sarkodie should do the following:

1. Issue an immediate order to the relevant media houses asking them to halt playing the “Jennifer Lomotey” song on their airwaves;

2. Expunge or cause to be expunged the portion of the lyrics which my clients find offensive and defamatory or completely ban the use of that song from the airwaves;

3. Expunge or cause to be expunged all audio and video clips of the song which are found on various social media platforms that are registered in your name;

4. Write an unreserved apology to the Chiefs and people of the Krobo Traditional Area, including a statement to the effect that such an offensive act will not be repeated against the Krobo people;

5. Make a statement to the general public advising them to desist from transferring or sharing the song which contains the offensive lyrics with anybody else; and,

6. For denting the image of the Krobo people and dragging their hard earned reputation in the mud, pay a compensation of two million Ghana cedis (GHS2, 000,000) to the Krobo people.
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com

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