Ghanaian rap sensation Derrick Sarfo Kantanka, popularly known as Amerado, has taken a pragmatic stance amidst the recent discussions surrounding African artists’ achievements, particularly the historic performance by Nigerian artist Asake at the O2 Arena in London.
Amerado has candidly expressed that his primary focus as a musician is to secure the financial well-being of his family, rather than seeking international accolades.
During an appearance on UTV over the weekend, Amerado emphasized that his goal is to generate income that sustains and supports his family’s needs.
“It’s fine, I’ve watched Asake’s O2 performance and the way he carried himself on stage. It’s nice . What I can do is to just applaud him and continue work harder, strive for the best but I can’t say Asake has filled O2, so Stonebwoy who is hosting shows and going on tours, Stonebwoy is not good. King Promise has the number 1 song on Boomplay, the whole Africa. Are we talking about it enough?”
He continued; ‘I’m struggling to even secure shows to perform, let alone think about filling the O2 Arena. As an artiste, my top most priority is to feed my family and not to fill O2 Arena. Boys are hungry! We can’t even get shows to perform. The shows that were organized in December, how many of them was I billed to perform for me to worry about O2?” he queried.
“In Ghana, even if we organize free shows, check the numbers and compare it with paid shows.
They don’t attend. When you host a show abroad, they would rather use the money to attend funeral or wedding because there will be free food, but the same Ghanaians will say a Nigerian has filled O2, so Amerado is not working hard because he is doing a video with his mom to promo his song. If I don’t promo my song, how will I fend for myself?…Let’s support ourselves. We should stay United and push ourselves to the top,” he concluded.