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Entertainment of Thursday, 31 December 2015

Source: Class FM

Wisa is not a talented musician - Mark Okraku

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Chief Executive of Slip Music, Mark Okraku Mantey, has asserted that rapper, Wisa, is not talented enough as a musician.

Answering a question by Good Evening Ghana host Paul Adom-Otchere on Metro TV Tuesday December 29, on what the young artiste could do to turn around his career after a lewd display on stage on December 24, 2015, which has attracted a lot of flak, Mr Okraku Mantey said he had listened to the embattled musician’s apology track and “realised that the talent is light”.

Wisa Greid, privately known as Eugene Ashie, is standing trial at an Accra Circuit Court for indecent exposure and sexual assault, following his infamous performance on Citi FM’s Decemba2rememba concert on Christmas Eve, 2015, where he allegedly exposed his genitals on stage.

The artiste has profusely apologised for his actions on several platforms, culminating in the release of the track ‘I’m Sorry’.

But Mr Okraku Mantey insists the poor quality of that song summarises the musical abilities of the rapper.

He explains that Wisa’s conduct on stage may have been a crave for attention. “When you get to social media, he is everywhere. We are talking about him today,” noted Mr Okraku Mantey.

The Hitz FM programmes manager said the artiste’s insecurities may have arisen from Luther – the artiste Wisa featured on the Ekiki Mi track – stealing his thunder, and, thus, the need for him to register his presence in the limelight.

“Because he’s done this song, there is a belief that Luther was getting all the shine because Luther did most of the singing on Ekiki Mi. And so Luther goes out there, he performs and he (Wisa) doesn’t get the shine,” the entertainment analyst added.

“He could have compensated his talent with whatever he’s done now. If he was a Kwabena Kwabena, if he were OJ, Daddy Lumba, Amakye Dede, Sarkodie, we can tolerate that person because of the talent. But with this, the talent doesn’t exist.

“Ekiki Mi is just one of them. And these things happen. You can get one-off hits. It doesn’t mean you can survive in the industry.”

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