Hiplife musician, C-zar has maintained that, his claim that about 99% of the musicians in Ghana use drugs is factual and will not change his stance on the claim.
This claim the artiste made on a private radio station in Accra has generated huge public debate with the spokesman for the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) Okyeame Kwame, contesting it in an interview on Hitz FM.
Okyeame Kwame said the claim was untrue adding it is just a cheap publicity stunt by C-zar.
C-zar affirmed in an interview with Hitz FM that although the 99% might be outrageous, he still maintains his stance that “most musicians smoke before going on stage.”
He claimed to have personally seen some colleagues smoking marijuana before stepping on stage for their performances.
The controversial musician denied ever smoking, saying, he feels embarrassed when he finds his colleagues doing it before their performances.
Known for the hit song Araba Lawson, C-zar has been absent from the music scene after winning the Hiplife Song of the Year at the 2009 edition of the Ghana Music Awards.
The issue of drug use by showbiz personalities is a never ending one and with the deaths of renowned musicians Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse – attributed to their drug use– there have been calls on others to take a lesson and quit.
On the Ghanaian scene, Lord Kenya, a one-time hiplife musician did admit publicly that he was on drugs and was reported to have said that most Ghanaian artiste use drugs to enhance their performance.
Hiplife artiste Ex-Doe in an interview on Daybreak Hitz during the Entertainment Review segment did acknowledge that many musicians in Ghana smoke.
Atumpan, another musician who was also a guest on the show, shared the same opinion that there are smokers in the industry but doubted if it will match up to the 99% indicated by C-zar.
In another development, Socrate Sarfo, renowned film producer has called for the ban of any Ghanaian celebrity engaging in drug abuse.