Chief Executive Officer of Slip Music and President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku-Mantey has been engaged by organisers of the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards as a member of the selection team for Ghana.
According to Okraku-Mantey, he received a mail from the organisers notifying him of the development.
Although the music producer is not new to Ghana’s music industry, it is the first time he has been engaged by organisers since the inception of the scheme. This suggests that he will be part of the personalities who will nominate artistes to be considered for the scheme.
He asserted the reason for his inclusion may be as a result of write-ups or something related on the internet.
Okraku-Mantey revealed this on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review, Saturday while making a submission on why it was out of place for anyone to argue that the current generation of musicians are selling Ghana more than the older folks did.
As a pioneer of Ghana’s music industry, Okraku-Mantey highlighted the contribution of the past generation and argued that unlike previous years, works of the current crop of musicians are projected because of the existence of social media.
The Slip Music boss has produced a tall list of Ghanaian artistes including Oheneba Kissi, Lord Kenya, Adane Best, Slim Buster, Nana Tuffour, Mr. Solomon, Kojo Akan, Swazi B, Joe Fraizer, George Jara, Ewura Esi, OD4, Okuraseni Samuel, Kumi Guitar, Benji, Nana Yaw Asare, Felix Bell, Rev. Mensah Bonsu and Ernest Addison.
BET Awards was established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to annually celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.