After news broke Shatta Wale failed to turn up despite taking $30,000 to perform at the CAF awards held at the Accra International Conference Center Thursday, January 4, the self-acclaimed dancehall king he did that because there was no contract attached to the money and an unknown person negotiated for him.
According to Shatta Wale, who was speaking to host of entertainment talk show Anigye Mmre on Accra-based Onua FM Christian Agyei Frimpong, his manager called to inform him only two days to the event that he needed to perform.
“The person who called and met my manager came with $30,000,” he recounted.
“I asked my manager what is in the contract attached to the money but his response was, ‘the one who came with the money said we are one family so we should forget about contract’.
“I asked my manager to bring the money, kept it, I started investigating who negotiated for me.”
He explained that it is his job so he I told his manager he needed to see a contract before performing.
“I wouldn’t have charged CAF $30,000 because the last time CAF contracted me to perform for them, I took more than $30,000. I told my manager that since there is no contract, I will keep the money but will not attend the event because if I should go and something happens and I’m asked to produce my contract what will I say?”
But the multi-song hitmaker further hinted that he met the sponsor of the CAF Awards.
“He told me he personally wanted me to be on the show. After speaking to him, I wept within me. He knows God, he understands what life is about he didn’t even think of his $30,000.
“A Ghanaian sold me that cheap for $30,000. I charge $80,000 for international shows. A Ghanaian did that to me and it’s so bad. They have been doing this to most of my colleagues and they don’t talk.”
According to Shatta Wale, he wished he knew the one who signed and negotiated for him because the unknown person who signed on his behalf could have contacted him and negotiated his percentage so they could negotiate well but he didn’t do that.
But the sponsors have apologised over the incident while the Confederation of African Football, Caf, says it will look into the matter.
By Emmanuel Agyemang|3news.com|Ghana