Guess what Hiplife’s Grandpapa Reggie Rockstone would tackle first if he is to become MUSIGA President… “the royalty system and the payment of Payola to DJs”.
The renowned Ghanaian musician in an interview with Solid FM’s Kwame Poku said the country’s royalty system especially within the music industry left much to be desired. He says many musicians died poor with nothing left behind for their dependants because issues of royalties are not taken seriously.
Reggie Rockstone has been tipped by many in the industry as a potential Head of Ghana’s music body; MUSIGA.
He however tells Entertainment radio host Kwame Poku that, though he is honoured, he is seeking the face of God regarding the matter and “until God endorses it, he would remain a VVIP”.
He said he would address issues of royalty payments to musicians as well as payment of payola to DJs should he become the leader of the umbrella body for Ghanaian musicians. He believes strongly payola “translates into other variations of corruption”.
“You have people who have no talent whatsoever taking up the airwaves because they have money”, he lamented adding that “musicians are not paid monthly like the DJs”.
On his latest song as a member of the VVIPs, Reggie Rockstone expressed excitement about the success of the Selfie song. “It’s huge…it’s a little bit more than just a song, it’s one of those songs where the fans get to be a part of the story.”
He believes it is the first interactive hit song with some ninety-eight thousand views on youtube and counting.
“It’s getting bigger with the Hollywood award winning actor Idris Elba featuring in the remix…thanks to Jah”.
“Selfie” featuring Prodigal and Lazy has gained recognition among music fans and has been on the chats for several weeks running.