AML artists, take care of your minds and bodies. When you do, it will prevent crazy outbursts, especially on twitter. Kelly Hansome, for a while now, goes through these periodic episodes of strong outbursts where he accuses Kenny Ogungbe of all sorts of wrong doing. He would have credibility if he did not recant on his story and sign an agreement stating his statement was false; while publicly apologizing to Kennis Music and Kenny Ogungbe (owner). However, he did. So, his subsequent recent tweet is frankly just crazy rant that is nothing short of defamatory.
As I have discussed with all of you AML artists, you are adults. When you sign a contract, it is binding. If you do not know what you are signing, then get a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, educate yourself on the basics of a contract before you sign. www.Africamusiclaw.com (AML) is a place to start. But, don’t cry “wolf” when you willingly enter into agreements where you failed to bargain for your interests. You have a responsibility in your career as artists. YOU, NOT your manager or label, are responsible for your success. YOU have the choice on who you elect to represent you right from the very label YOU CHOOSE (yes, you can choose a label. A label wants you. You still gotta say “yes.” You have more power than you think, especially in this day and age as an artist.)
Have a strong team in place and own your responsibility. When the relationships you enter break down, twitter and the internet is not the place to try your case. There is a courtroom, a judge and a jury for that.
Kelly in his tweet says Kenny was like a father to him. That, right there, is a problem to me. To me, this is one of the biggest problem in the industry.
AML artists, label owners are business men and women, first. They are not there to be your surrogate parents. You are not their omo odo (houseboy or house girl) neither are you their child/children. They are not doing you a favor by signing you to their labels. They sign you because they NEED you. You can make them money, lots of it. Please fall in line artists. This is business, treat it accordingly.
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