Aka Blay has heavily descended on the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) for its inability to properly collect and distribute royalties.
According to him, that is the major objective of the organisation as a whole and it cannot even fulfil the objective as simple as it is.
Even though GHAMRO has stepped up its royalties collection game in the past few months by taxing churches and transport vehicles, Aka Blay is convinced that the leadership of the whole outfit lacks vision.
While speaking in an interview with Agyemang Prempeh (Agyengo) on Legends on TV XYZ, the renowned guitarist lamented the suffering that creatives experience in the industry is all down to the ineptitude of GHAMRO.
“I get royalties from GHAMRO .. every year I receive 430 consistently for 4, 5 years ago, every year 430 and I ask myself even if they play it twice on TV XYZ every year,”
“One day my phone was with my daughter and she saw a mobile money alert on it and informed me. When I asked her to check for me she said it was from GHAMRO and I asked how much the money was and she said it was GHS 430,”
He recalled the embarrassing look on his daughter’s face when he told her.
“My daughter after seeing the amount said Dad this is disgraceful.”
“The people who are leading GHAMRO have no knowledge about what they are doing and are visionless.”
“It’s disgraceful that the whole year this the amount of money I’m receiving from Ghamro…See the guitar I’ve played in Ghana not only Ghana but around the world.” He concluded.
GHAMRO was formed in December 2011, prior to this, it existed as the Copyright Society of Ghana (COSGA) which was formed in 1986, and a general body of creative products.
After just under three decades, the music arm of COSGA was handed over to GHAMRO, which instituted an interim board to administer its duties.
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