By Seyi Lawal
Stingomania Records’ boss, Ope Banwo, has called for a ceasefire in the ongoing contractual faceoff between the entertainment outfit and two of its artists. Mr. Banwo, a legal practitioner, who had publicly, through his Facebook page, call out two of his artists, Baba Nee and Trybson is also using the medium to announce a ceasefire.
“Out of deference to the pleas of some of my friends that I could not say ‘NO’ to, I am doing a unilateral temporary ceasefire tonight without prejudice to my stated contractual rights, and I publicly extend my fatherly hand of peace to my artistes Baba Nee And Trybson again to come and meet with me to air their grievances if indeed there is any,” Banwo posted on his page.
“Like I posted for a week ago, we don’t have to part as enemies as long as everyone understands that no one is walking away without adequate compensation to Stingomania and contractual obligations must be honored or reasonable offer of buy-out extended to Stingomania for its investment, and sweat on their careers to date,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Trybson, one of the alleged renegade artists, confirms the ceasefire offer from “the boss” but revealed he isn’t going back to the label.
“He asked one of his friends to call us and then posted it on his Facebook too,” ‘Ghetto Dreamz’ lead character said. “There is no going back to Stingomania for me.”
Another artist on the label who pled anonymity also revealed that he also believes keeping faith with Stingomania Records is unwise.
“He signed on over 12 artists at the same time without having any concrete plans for them,” the artist said. “He doesn’t fulfill his own side of the bargain and yet he expects a hundred percent loyalty. He doesn’t invest in promotion and as such all work done by the artists don’t see the light of the day. At a period he got somebody to shoot 19 music videos in seven weeks using three locations, eventually all came out as nonsense and were rejected by music channels,” the artist said.
Also, Chinedu Amah, popularly known as Aydu, who was signed to the label said he walked out on the label after he discovered the imprint isn’t capable of keeping its side of the contract.
“After I spent money on my album release and printed my own CDs and the label could not put it out on the street, I decided to walk,” the Big Brother Nigeria housemate said.
He also made it known that the label was supposed to cater for all he spent on the album but he decided to do it “to fast track my work”.