After shutting down concerts and festivals abroad, Black Sherif returned to the motherland in the late hours of July 19 at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to his unforeseen arrest.
According to reports by Kofi TV Black Sherif was moved from the airport to the police headquarters in Accra over a contractual breach involving a July 4 show that he failed to honour in Greece.
It further stated that the artiste was stopped at the airport because he had been placed on the stop list after a complaint was filed against him by a client.
“We called our sources and it appears it is due to a contractual issue he has to play on a cruise ship in Greece having charged US$40,000 and receiving half of the amount,” Kofi Adomah, host on Kofi TV stated.
In the video below, he said the artiste “was due to receive the balance after playing the show.”
Black Sherif’s team is yet to comment on the report.
However, sources reveal that the narrative is skewed toward damaging Blacko’s reputation. According to the information gathered, the businessman at the centre of the controversy never dealt with Black Sherif directly, but rather the agent of the musician.
The businessman sought to arrange a cruise ship performance featuring Black Sherif on August 19. This was welcomed by Blacko’s agent, a renowned global company that represents different brands.
The agreement between the agent and the businessman was reached with a booking fee of US$40,000 expected to be paid for the performance. The businessman, according to sources, made an initial deposit of US$20,000 to Blacko’s agent.
Although the deliverables did not include promotional videos, the businessman, according to the sources, later made demands for such, a move the artiste and his agent turned down on the basis that it was not stipulated in the contract.
The incessant request, which transmogrified into threats, led to a decision by the musician and his agent to refund the US$20,000 initial deposit, “but the man rejected the refund,” GhanaWeb was informed.
The businessman is reported to have requested US$50,000 instead of the initial US$20,000 he paid to Blacko’s agent and the refusal to heed this demand led to his decision to report the case to the police, claiming contract breach and fraud.
Sources also say Blacko was not arrested but was led to the police station.
The 21-year-old artiste, real name Mohammed Ismail Sherif, is returning home from performing at some of the biggest music festivals across the US and Europe this summer.
His spanned performances at AfroNation Portugal, Wireless Festival UK, Couleur Cafe Festival in Belgium, SummerJam Festival in Köln, and Openair Frauenfeld in Switzerland, among others.
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