Versatile Rapper, Edem, has stated in an interview on e.TV Ghana’s ‘The Late Nite Celebrity’ Show’ that the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) pays him royalties once in a blue moon.
‘’GHAMRO pays me royalties once in a thousand years. But I mean it is a start, its nothing you can write home about.”
‘’If as an ‘A’ list artiste, you get a cheque of GHS 700 in a very long time, it is very bad,”’ he lamented.
He, however, admitted that without proper legislation, there is little GHAMRO can do about the collection of royalties.
‘’GHAMRO collects royalties for artistes registered under them. But if a law comes from parliament and directs radio stations to pay a certain amount to artistes, they will pay,’’ he noted.
The host of ‘The Late Nite Celebrity Show’, Foster Romanus, reminded Edem of a similar legislation enacted by parliament to collect TV license fees from Ghanaians but that law did not materialise because the people vehemently resisted the payment of TV license.
Edem explained that the scenario with TV licence fees is not the same as the payment of royalties.
’’TV license fees was to be paid by individuals. But royalties are paid by bodies that use music on a large scale. People play music at parties, DJ use the music and hotels also use the music. There should be a way to enrich the artistes as well,’’ he stated.
But he was quick to add that it cannot be an issue of one size fits all ‘’But it shouldn’t be a flat line. If Foster has a hit record and his song is played 10 times and Edem’s song is played two times, there is no reason why they should take the same amount. Foster should take more, that is where the law comes in,’’ he explained.
He also cautioned that the issues of royalties are dicey and must be treated with uttermost care.
“Royalties are so delicate and they should be in the hands of something that has rules made by government and only implemented by statutory bodies in law. Once it gets in the hands of private enterprises or individuals, it will be agenda driven. So I think a law should manage it,’’ he stated.
GHAMRO was established under section 49 of the Copyright Law, Act 690 of 2005 and regulated under L.I. 1962 of 2010 to collect and distribute royalties accruing to authors and owners of copyright and neighbouring rights.
GHAMRO is a non-profit corporate body (limited by guarantee) and therefore all fees collected are distributed among the right owners whose works have been used, in this instance composers, authors and producers, and publishers in proportion to the use made of their works.
A$AP Rocky Continues In Swedish Custody Despite Trump’s “Personal Guarantee”.
He’s the leader of the free world, a billionaire, and offered his personal guarantee in a phone call with the Swedish prime minister. But evidently that isn’t enough from Donald Trump for Swedish officials to allow bail for rapper A$AP Rocky, who stands accused of assault charges in that country.
After a Saturday phone call, Trump optimistically tweeted about a great conversation he had with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven concerning the case, saying he had “personally vouched” for the rapper.
“Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly. Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative,” Trump tweeted.
In a second tweet, POTUS said the two sides had agreed to hold additional talks.
“Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!”
But now there are fears that Swedish prosecutors may go harder on Rocky in an effort to show they can’t be influenced by the US government.
The Grammy-nominated Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, has been jailed since July 2 after he and his entourage were accused of being involved in a street brawl in Stockholm on June 30. He was in the country to perform at a music festival.
Löfven will talk again with Trump this week, but has stressed that Rocky would not receive special treatment.
The president said he made the call because of requests from his wife and Kanye West, among others.
A$AP Rocky was taken by the police after voluntarily appearing at a police station for questioning in the incident, which was captured on video and widely shared. Rocky had claimed his group was attacked by “drug addicts.” He has not been formally charged yet. Police have until July 25 to bring charges.
StarZee features Edem on new song “Catch Fire”.
Sierra Leone Dancehall heavyweight, Star Zee, who featured Stonebwoy on a banger “Leader” is set to release another major tune dubbed “CATCH FIRE” which features the VRMG Boss Edem.
StarZee exclusively revealed to Remedi Entertainment that her yet to be released song is going to be one of the biggest tune to hit Africa and beyond.
“ It’s a song people can listen to and let the music do what it’s meant: to be steady, stay grounded and just take a minute to dance and feel good.”
CATCH FIRE is produced by StreetBeatz and serves as her first single of the year 2019.
It’ll be interesting to see how this fares on the charts given how solid the record is.
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New Music: Strongman – 21st Century [Prod By MikeMilzzOnEm]
Rapper of the moment Strongman is out with a new one titled 21st Century; Produced by MikeMilzzOnEm.
Pointing out how material things have become more prioritized than morality, Strongman takes a witty approach to the issue of money, fame and relationships in way he alone can.
Noted as the rapper who centers on content to entertain fans, He maintains his deep lyricism and craftsmanship will still fusing in some funny-filled expressions to keep the vibe still going on.
This comes off as a warmup for a tough scheduled line up of bangers and trendy songs to cloud the airwaves.
UGANDA: No Compensation For National Anthem Composer.
The Court of Appeal in Uganda has revoked a 50 million Ugandan shilling ($13 500) compensation previously awarded to the late George Wilberforce Kakoma for composing the Ugandan national anthem in 1962.
The decision to compensate Kakoma was made by high court judge Yorokamu Bamwine in 2010, after the composer had filed a case accusing the government of copyright infringement to the tune of 1 billion Ugandan shillings. Bamwine noted that the awarded amount would accrue an annual interest of 25% until the government settled the payment.
But Kakoma rejected the offer and took the case to the Court of Appeal where he sought 800 million shillings as compensation. According to NTV Uganda, justices Elizabeth Musoke, Hellen Obura and Fredrick Egonda-Ntende ruled on 15 July that the copyright to the anthem had expired in 2012, 50 years after it was composed. Kakoma died in April 2012.
The verdict also said that the anthem could now be used freely in the public domain.
A Ugandan copyright lawyer who spoke to Music in Africa on condition of anonymity said it was highly unlikely that Kakoma or his next of kin could have won the case.
“There are certain things that if you do not sort out before you pass on, then it becomes more complicated for those who might want to carry on, and this particular case is one of them,” the copyright lawyer said.
“When you are in court fighting for what you truly believe is yours, you need to explore different ways to resolve it and get your house in order before it’s too late. Kakoma was going against a state that had refused to sort out this issue since 1962 until the day he died. For it to be ignored for that long shows that the government had no sense of empathy. This is a huge lesson for Ugandans. ”
The lawyer said Kakoma’s widow, Mary Teresa Kakoma, could appeal the ruling but the case had "no political mileage" and therefore was of no interest to the government.
"The state will not pay much attention to it. The government only gives lip service to its heroes, most of whom are living in unspeakable conditions.”
Kakoma received 2 000 shillings for his composition in 1963, as a token of appreciation.
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