Charterhouse responds to DopeNation’s complaint about VGMA nomination for ‘Gboza’

April 12, 2023

Organizers of the Vodafone Awards (), Charterhouse, have addressed the claims by Dope Nation about the misclassification of their hit song, ‘Gboza'.

The twin brothers, who double as producers, alleged that the song was wrongly nominated under the Best Afro-pop Song category instead of an appropriate category, which they suggested was a fusion of House music, , and Amapiano.

However, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the VGMA scheme, Robert Klah, countered Dope Nation's allegations, saying that the group misunderstood the definition of the categories.

During an interview on , Mr Klah explained that House music, Afrobeats, Amapiano, and alternative tunes all fell under the Afro-Pop category.

“Afro-pop is actually a fusion of different sounds situated within Afromusic, so when they say it's House and a fusion of Afrobeats and Amapiano, this is exactly what it is under the scheme,” he said.

He further noted that the issue could have been easily resolved if the duo had a better understanding of the operational definition of how the categories are described.

“If they have a better understanding of these definitions, disputes can be settled easily,” Mr Klah added.

He also explained that the VGMA board conducted in-depth research and classified songs under the appropriate categories.

“One of the functions of the board and team is classification so what we do is that once a song comes through, it is classified under the category that is most appropriate,” he said.

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