Nothing is as painful than denying an individual his toil and claiming the “whoopee” particularly in the field of arts when creativity is hard to come by.
It was a total warm fuzzies when the “Black Beach Movie” started generating all the public attentions especially with the fact that part of the movie was shot around the historic Ghana’s Elmina Castle in the Central Region and parts of Tema fishing harbour and Ports in Accra.
Though a spanish production house, however, the services of a Ghanaian production company – i60 headed by one Priscilla Anany was employed to facilitate the parts shot in Ghana. Notable among the crew is; Louis Saah Acquahman, Mawly Akpabi and Forreal Mensah.
Also, Shatta Wale’s “My Level” and “Ayoo” was as well featured in a club scene shot in Spain.
What the people of Ghana and the arts industry have yearn for in many years. Partnering an international creative body to sale Ghana and it’s tourist sites to the world and now, kind courtesy i60 major parts of Ghana is largely on display via Netflix.
This piece however, focuses on who did the necessary plugs to have Shatta Wale’s songs featured in the movie.
Frank Kwabena Owusu in charge of operations for the then Creative Arts Council, Now Creative Arts Authority on 5th February put out a post on facebook claiming that the Creative Arts Council was responsible for making the production instructive. His post mainly emphasized on Shatta Wale’s songs getting featured.
Film maker, Louis Saah Acquahman has actually in an interview with Sammy Flex debunked Franky5’s claim and has given a clear narration on how the Black Beach Movie was produced which has nothing to do with Franky5, the Creative Arts Council nor Mark Okraku Mantey.
According to Louis, he had mixes on his drive which included Shatta Wale’s “My Level” and “Ayoo” so while on their way to the set, it was the mixes they were enjoying. But he expressed enormous joy whiles “My Level” was playing which drew the attention of the Spanish director. And so, he asked for what the song meant and why he was constantly happy anytime “My Level” plays.
“They asked me of how about featuring the song in the movie which I told them would have make me much happier even if they want Shatta Wale himself. But the director is smart so upon a second thought asked me why I wanted Shatta Wale featured or because he was my friend so I gave Kofi Kinaata’s Confession and Kuami Eugene’s Angela which they equally loved but I told them Shatta has the numbers. My people weren’t too much social Media type so I was showing them the following of Shatta Wale which got them mesmerized. When they went, they asked me to send them the songs. I sent about 5 songs – 2 from Shatta Wale, Kuami Eugene and Kofi Kinaata. I spoke with Shatta Wale but everything seemed like a joke to them I think. Even to myself, until when the movie was out that they sent us link to watch. Frank Owusu or what ever didn’t even know nothing about that till the movie was out recently.” He told Sammy Flex.
It is believed that Frank Kwabena Owusu’s earlier post was to project “Black Beach” as one of Mark Okraku Mantey’s achievements as president of the council especially now that people are lobbying he becomes the deputy minister for Tourism Arts and Culture. The “Shatta Wale feature” emphasis is to purportedly tell the public that Mark even though hated by Shatta Wale, went ahead to get his songs featured on a “Netflix” movie.