Guru has been phenomenal ever since he burst into the music scene after featuring on Obrafuor’s Kasiebo. His consistent release of hit songs has made him one of the most sought artiste in the country. That notwithstanding, he has nothing to show for in terms of awards and that has been a slight dent on his brand.
On this score, one Mel Kwasi Davis, an artiste manager and the boss of Event Republic, has stated emphatically that hip-life artiste Guru cannot be classified as an A-List artiste in Ghana.
Mel Kwasi Davis defined who an A-list is when he spoke to Accra-based Onua 95.1 FM, “A-List artiste must be an artiste who has a track record and he/she must be relevant in the current dispensation. There is another level of A-List artiste who has a track record but he may not be ‘hot’ in this dispensation [but] because of his/her track record, he can be rated among the hottest artiste.
When I’m talking about track record I mean an artiste with awards, shows, following, number of songs/albums – all these are put together to have the first category of A-List artiste,” “The second category can be likened to a musician like Kojo Antwi, who dosen’t have lots of songs or hit songs in our current dispensation but anytime you need him for an event, he can charge the event organizer an amount Shatta Wale will charge.
“Compare artistes like Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwuoy, Okyeame Kwame and EL to Guru.Guru has lots of hit songs but does he have the awards? Does he have the endorsement, shows, following etc? Guru is not an A-list artiste in Ghana.”
I don’t think Davis’ assertion is really relevant and I’m wondering what might have triggered such pronouncements from him. This is equivalent to a hate speech and I hope Guru will shove him into his proper place.