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General News of Thursday, 11 July 2002

Source: Graphic Showbiz

Highlife Star Daasebre Faces Court Action

Poor Daasebre Gyamenah! He has to cough up to a whopping 15,000 pounds sterling by the middle of next week to settle an agreement he entered into in London or be dragged to a British court to face prosecution.

Currently, both Daasebre and his manager, Fred Nuamah, are in London to launch Daasebre's latest CD ?Calling? at a number of venues over the next two weeks. But while Daasebre is "jamming" the predominantly Ghanaian audiences, it can be assumed that half of his mind will be on how to avoid appearing in the dock.

Daasebre's woes began about five weeks ago when his management, Stick Entertainment company, contracted Ramb Production Company of London to shoot an animation video clip of two of the songs on the new ?Calling? collection. The cost of the deal was estimated at 15,000 Pounds Sterling but the management of Stick Entertainment read the cost as 1,500 pounds and signed on the dotted line.

With the work half completed, Stick Entertainment issued a cheque for payment only to be shocked with the reality that the cost is 15,000 Pounds Sterling and not 1,500.

Since then Stick Entertainment is reported to have contacted some very influential people on the London music circuit to intervene in the matter to have it settled out of court. "We are in a tight corner and we have been having serious negotiations," manager Fred Nuamah told Showbiz on telephone last Monday. "But God?s willing, we will have a breakthrough. Just pray for us," he said.

Meanwhile, selected songs from Daasebre's ?Calling? have enjoyed considerable play on radio in Ghana. A series of launch events, according to Mr Nuamah, have been scheduled to come off in Ghana soon after they return from the UK and a US tour.

Daasebre Gyamena has six albums to his credit and has won more awards at the Ghana Music Awards since its inception in 2000 than any musician. Kokooko won him Hiplife Song of the Year and he was named Songwriter of the Year in 2000. In 2002 he took four awards namely Songwriter of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance, Contemporary Highlife Song and Album of the Year.