Ghanaian musician and record producer, Quamina MP has disclosed that his doppelgänger has impersonated him on several occasions which has also affected his brand.
Speaking on the trending debate of individuals claiming to be lookalikes of other Ghanaian musicians, including Kuami Eugene, King Promise, Mr Drew, and Medikal, the “Wiase” hitmaker revealed that he had suffered a similar fate.
Quamina MP, 29, said his look-alike did not only imitate his style and mannerisms but took to performing his songs at events including a D-Black event that got him kicked off the stage and a slew of headlines.
“I saw a news headline that said Quamina MP sacked from stage at Kasoa during D Black’s event and it shocked me. I was wondering if I was there or not,” he narrated “And the guy really looks like me so I was doubting if it was really me. The guy was performing when a bouncer carried him off the stage and the headline was very bad at least if the people knew it was my lookalike then it’ll not be bad PR”
While impersonating an artiste may seem harmless to some, it can have serious consequences for artists who rely on their image and brand to build a successful career.
The award-winning artiste mentioned that the situation had escalated resulting in the lookalike performing on stage and scamming fans in the process
“Just last week in Koforidua, I was supposed to perform at a show in a secondary school, before I got on stage the lookalike had gone to perform in my name” he cited
Moreover, impersonators can damage an artiste’s reputation by giving subpar performances or engaging in inappropriate behaviour.
They can also infringe on the artist’s intellectual property rights by using their image or music without permission.
“I was told that the students were angry after he performed for a few minutes and left before I came. This is the issue I have with my lookalike and he is also creating skits which malign my brand,” he lamented.
However, Quamina MP and his team are yet to reach out to the impersonator to ask him to desist from using his name or brand for public performance.