My priority is to feed my family, not to fill the O2 Arena – Amerado.
Derrick Sarfo Kantanka, better known in the entertainment industry as Amerado, has revealed that his priority as a musician is to make money to feed and cater for his family, rather than to fill the O2 Arena in London.
The rapper’s remark comes just days after popular Nigerian artiste Asake made history by filling the 20,000-seat O2 Arena with thousands of music fans singing, chanting, and dancing to his hit songs while performing in the auditorium.
Unfortunately, some internet users used the history made by other African artists to mock Ghanaian musicians, claiming that nothing of the sort has been or can be made by a Ghanaian.
According to the ‘Abotr3’ hitmaker, social media trolls and Nigerian music competition have had no significant impact on his music career or mental state. He believes Ghanaian crooners are capable of similar feats, particularly filling such event grounds as their counterparts from other African countries. However, he noted that because of the lack of internal support that propels talented artists to prominence, this possibility often feels distant.
Speaking on UTV’s United Showbiz Program on Saturday, August 26, 2023. Amerado said;
“It is all right; I saw Asake’s O2 performance and the way he carried himself on stage.” It is lovely. What I can do is applaud him and encourage him to keep working hard and striving for the best, but I can not say Asake has filled the O2, so Stonebwoy, who hosts shows and goes on tours, is not good. King Promise is Africa’s number-one song on Boomplay. “Are we discussing it enough?”
‘I am struggling just to get shows, let alone fill the O2 Arena,’ he continued. My primary goal as an artist is to feed my family, not to fill the O2 Arena. The boys are starving! Even shows are unable to perform. “How many of the December shows was I scheduled to perform in order for me to be concerned about O2?” he asked.
“In Ghana, even if we organise free shows, check the numbers and compare them to paid shows.” They do not attend. When you host a show abroad, they would rather use the money to attend a 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 filming a video with his mother to promote his song. How will I support myself if I do not promote my song? …Let’s support ourselves. We should stay united and push ourselves to the top,” he concluded.