Ghana Entertainment critic, Kweku Osei Korankye Asiedu (KOKA) has described as ‘useless’ the marking of ‘No Music Day’ while calling for a reconstitution of Ghana’s Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO).
The collection society, together with other stakeholders on Friday, September 14, 2018, joined the Confederation of International Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) to observe the ‘No Music Day’.
‘No Music Day’ highlights the need for individuals and organizations to pay copyright claims for the usage of musical works. Radio and TV stations were hence asked not to play any form of music between 8 am and 10 am in order to stress the importance of music in people’s daily lives.
But KOKA mincing no words said the approach is wrong.
“This is very unfortunate and disheartening; that we are in the 21st century and an organization that is tasked to ensure that musicians get their royalties is doing this crap. Is that the best innovation in this era?” he queried, adding that “No Music Day is a waste of time and resources and those leading it should bow their heads in shame.”
According to him, the fact that officials of GHAMRO thought of observing such a day is an indication that they are not up to the task.
“…we have these crap bunch of people there who are so empty and are waiting for blank levy before they’ll pay [right owners]. We need to have a unified front and make sure that the works of musicians, producers, writers earn their money. We are wasting our time on No Music Day. How relevant will it be when even the time frame was chosen is the time frame that the majority of the radio stations in Ghana will be doing a talk show. The campaign was not even effective. It was rather between the GHAMRO people. What is this? Are we serious people?” he queried again.