Rapper Sarkodie says he sold out Apollo Theatre in New York before many African acts during his ‘History In The Making’ concerts.
According to him, Ghanaians don’t celebrate and hold on to their memories enough; hence they spend time focusing on the achievements of others – a gesture he describes as daunting to the growth of the music industry.
Speaking in an interview on Daybreak Hitz, the rapper, who recently released his ‘No Pressure’ album, said he sold out Apollo Theatre before Nigeria’s Burna Boy in 2015, but Ghanaians don’t hold on to such memories.
“We need to highlight our moment and hold on to it. We do well, but we rather look at other countries. I remember selling out the Apollo Theatre, but BET said the first Afrobeat artiste to do it was Burna Boy… So I did it before him,” Sarkodie told Andy Dosty.
“When Beyonce album dropped, a lot of sites said Burna, Wizkid, and the rest… so check my tweet… I said Shatta Wale and the other great artistes… I support my Nigerian artistes, but my top [priority] is my Ghanaian people… you can grab people’s attention easily that way,” he said.
According to Sarkodie, Ghanaians should deliberate to highlight their key moments in the music sphere so the world could catch up to them.
Sarkodie sold out the powerhouse show he headlined on August 8 at New York’s Apollo Theater, titled ‘History in the Making’ in 2015.
To thank his fans for turning up in their numbers, he released an official video dubbed Sark Nation, which had him rap over the show’s footage.