The Dagbon born royal and Ghanaian Afro-Soul musician, Sherifatu Gunu has stated that, some award schemes are influenced by many factors ranging from artiste pedigree, organizers, sponsors and other stakeholders.
She said though she would prefer not to comment much on the issue of awards in Ghana, it would do a lot of good if well deserving artiste were rewarded for their hardwork and dedication to the arts.
The energetic performer who won an award at the just ended Ghana Music Awards UK stated that, it is sometimes disheartening to know her music is recognized and awarded mostly around the world other than Ghana.
Sherifa felt it could have been the other way round since Ghana was home. She mentioned that music has been her ambition since she was a child and her love for her genre emanated from her love for Africa.
she lamented about the poor nature of how artiste of her genre are sometimes treated without regard and recounted some bad experiences she had gone through at some events she was invited to. She was however happy that such experiences are gradually dying out since much light is been shone on the arts of her kind.
Sherifa, who is coming back into active music after having a baby, is very hopeful that, with the current blend of local content in other genres of music in Ghana, there is hope for other artiste with traditional content in Ghana and Africa as a whole.
Answering a question to her plans and projects, Sherifa told Opaabene Sunshine of EnergyFm Drive that, plans are underway to mount a campaign against early marriage as well as urban migration. She hopes to empower mostly young ladies to pursue dreams and ambitions other than subduing to social pressures of marriage or migration.
Sherifa Gunu who is also promoting her latest song “Salamatu” hopes to extend this campaign beyond Ghana to the rest of Africa.
Source: Albert (www.blynkxlive.com)