Information available to Beatwaves indicates that American superstar Robert Sylvester Kelly, known on the international music scene as R. Kelly, will host a major musical concert Ghana this year.
The American singer, songwriter and record producer will headline and share the stage together with some selected Ghanaian home-grown performing artistes.
The American singer is among many celebrities from the diaspora who will be coming to Ghana for the ‘Year of Return’ celebration this year to connect with their ancestry.
‘The Year of Return’ marks 400 years since some Black Africans and Ghanaians, for that matter, were shipped as slaves to foreign lands.
The organisers have confirmed that they have “signed and sealed” a deal to have the R. Kelly perform in Ghana this year.
According to them, they will soon hold press launch of the concert to announce the full list of both local and international artistes who will be performing alongside R. Kelly at the concert, as well the venue and date.
It is unclear why R Kelly was chosen by the event organizers.
The RnB star is currently facing several accusations of sexual assault by multiple women in the United States of America.
Streaming services have blocked his music on their platforms, other musicians who collaborated with him on projects have also withdrawn their music from the streaming platforms.
His studio has kicked him out and his record label has also dropped him as an artiste.
Currently, R Kelly is a persona non grata in the States and if the deal for him to headline a Year of Return concert in Ghana goes through, there will be a backlash.
Especially at a time when Ghana is trying to market itself to the diaspora, bringing R Kelly to perform with all these accusations over his head will backfire and could result in international rebuke.