Award-winning Ghanaian rapper, Kwame Ametepee Tsikata, professionally known as M.anifest has also shared his thoughts about the ongoing saga between the music industry and the royalty collection agency in Ghana, Ghana Rights Organization (GHAMRO).
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Other top-tier musicians in Ghana like Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, and others have all expressed their sentiments on how royalties are delayed and sometimes not paid to them by the organization. Some claim to have not received a penny from the agency, neither has the agency supported them in any way in their respective music career.
It would be vividly recalled that Stonebwoy amind his trip to the United Kingdom had the opportunity to discuss issues regarding the Ghanaian music industry and the delay of their royalties with Ghana’s Commissioner to the UK, H.E Papa Owusu Ankomah. According to Stonebwoy, the only money he has received from GHAMRO was GHS2,000 as royalty. His revelation shocked the Commissioner as they try to lament the problems hindering the agency from performing their duties effectively.
Speaking in an interview on JoyPrime with KMJ, M.anifest has revealed that he does not need to register with the agency before making money from his music.
According to him, he has been earning royalties from other international rights organizations even as an unregistered musician, thus the focus is not on GHAMRO as the main source of income from his music.