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‘We need respect in the entertainment industry, not financial investment’ – Bulldog

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Artiste manager Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, popularly known as Bulldog, says the entertainment industry does not need money to thrive.

According to him, the only way to grow is for key players to appreciate the efforts of one another and accord respect to whom it’s due.

Bulldog made this comment while wading into the back and forth arguments that have ensued on radio in the last few days between Shatta Wale and showbiz pundits, who have condemned his way of addressing issues concerning the music industry.

Adding his voice to issue, Bulldog in a brief post said the entertainment industry will not get anywhere if stakeholders continue to undermine each other’s effort.

“What the entertainment industry needs most to crossover is respect and not financial investment.

“We will get nowhere if we keep disregarding and undermining our collective efforts.”

Kofi Asamoah and Witney Boakye-Mensah on Thursday, September 8, engaged in a very hot exchange with dancehall artist Shatta Wale on Okay FM over some controversial statement he made days back on Snapchat.

The “Melissa” hitmaker had bemoaned his fellow musicians to stop shooting music videos to compete with international stars like Jay Z that do not bring them revenue and instead shoot videos within their means.

According to Shatta Wale, he has employed that strategy and he’s getting returns on his investment on videos which many have described as poorly executed and low budget.

In reaction to this, music video director, David Nicolsey called took to Twitter to call out Shatta Wale for constantly undermining the efforts of other creatives.

“Shattawale is the main reason the Ghanaian music industry is failing. One big empty barrel!,” he tweeted.

“Same artist will rant about how the industry is struggling but yet tarnish and insult everyone. This behaviour of his greatly discourages investor confidence and cripples the entire Ghana music industry.

“Same artist has been online promoting Beyonce’s Already music video at this year’s VMA for best art direction video nomination. It’s so confusing”

In response, Shatta Wale questioned what the video director had achieved as he bragged about having 7 houses and heavily loaded bank accounts.

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