The third season of the Vodafone Icons reality show dubbed Street Edition came to end last week and thanks to Kwaw Kese the conversation over the past week has been about the controversy he created at the final than the other things that took place.
In his time, Kese has done some very controversial things. Indeed, he has pulled more controversial stunts than many artistes put together would ever do in their entire career, but even by his standards, his reaction to the choice of who won the Icons reality show was amazingly unbecoming of a musician!
Not too long ago, at the MTV Music Video Awards, when Taylor Swift was mentioned to receive an award, rapper Kanye West mounted the stage took the mic and virtually slammed the organisers and the country music artiste that she didn’t deserve the award and that Beyonce rather deserved it.
We all know the criticism that action by Kim Kardashian’s Baby Papa took from not only the people in the industry and ordinary people but even the President of the USA (POTUS), Barrack Obama who referred to him as a “jackass”. Of course he didn’t intend for the public to hear that but they did and the point was made.
From what was reported and the footages that were shared along with the story, Kwaw Kese’s younger brother Buda, who had been in the competition and was part of the finalists, was eliminated at the first round before the announcement of who won would be made.
When the time was due for the CMO of Vodafone and other people on the stage to announce the winner, Kese mounted the stage and rallied the audience to shout the name of his younger brother indicating that he deserved more to have won than the one about to be announced.
The report said for almost 30 minutes, the ceremony came to a stop to enable Kese sashay on the stage, rave, rant and do his thing ala the song on which he was featured by Black Prophet. He was quoted to have said that the verdict was stolen from his brother for Ryan bla bla bla.
Just as many people were miffed by Kanye’s reaction to Swift’s award, many didn’t take kindly to Kese’s mounting the stage and actions thereafter. I am among the many that felt and I still feel that his action was unnecessary aggression that ought not to have happened and therefore need to be condemned in no uncertain terms.
He had every right to be peeved that his brother lost out of winning and going home with the juicy grand prize; he had a right to complain if he thought his brother lost and the other guy won not based on merit.
However, he could have channeled his grievances in a different manner to how he did it last Friday night. It was not fresh, it was not cool and it was bogusly bogus!
There is no gainsaying the fact that Buda has some talent, at least the kind of talent that would sell him audiences and give him performance time on many shows hereabouts.
And Kwaw Kese and his record label and management have the ability to bring him up if he desires to pursue music as a career, but as far as the voters of the season three of Icons were concerned, he didn’t deserve to win. Simple!
I have heard that my friend and co-panelist on Joy FM’s and Multi TV’s Joy Newsentertainment/showbiz shows Bertrand Nana Turkson would take over from Fenec Okyere as Kwaw Kese’s manager before the end of this month.
One of his tasks, in my view, would be to manage Kese’s excesses. In show business, you have to stay relevant and that means doing some odd things sometimes (just like Miley Cyrus has chosen trashy dressing and twerking to stay relevant despite being on the road to Hotel Britney Spears), but they must be within limit and be reasonable.
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