Traditional artist, Wiyaala has clarified that her rant about her image not being placed in a preferable position on a flyer for an upcoming show wasn’t to generate hype or create controversy.
This follows the release of a flyer for Safari Fest, a show scheduled for January 1, 2024.
The flyer featured Samini, Kuami Eugene, Fancy Gadam, and Wiyaala. However, Wiyaala was placed behind the other acts on the flyer.
This didn’t go down well with the versatile artiste, who took to her social media to call for her image to be positioned correctly as she was not a backup artiste.
Wiyaala clarified her stance, stating that she would hype up the show in her own way and would not resort to publicity stunts to garner for her show.
“It is not a strategy to hype the program. If I’m going to hype a program, I’ll do the right thing where I do the usual hyping. I’m not one of the artists who like to use controversial like beefing to hype my program. I don’t need that. I’ve never used that. But I’ve always managed to sell out my shows wherever I go,” she said.
The ‘Tinanbawa’ crooner stressed that her concern was about fair representation, stating that she was not a backup artiste nor a supporting one and thus, deserved to be equal to all other artists on the flyer.
She, however, acknowledged Samini’s apology and clarified her relationship with him, saying she was not upset with him since he wasn’t responsible for the flyer’s design.
Wiyala, who is also a graphic designer, stressed the importance of artistic expression in posters and the need for respect in representing artists.
She requested that event organizers take into account the impact of poster design, stating that placing her name or image in such a position was demeaning to her status as a formidable artist in the Ghanaian music industry.