Legendary Gospel musician, Yaw Sarpong has expressed worry over the little music royalties he has been receiving from the Ghana Music Rights Organisation(GHAMRO).
The veteran singer who has been in the music industry for over 43-years says he is a registered member of GHAMRO and the royalties he has been getting is nothing to depend on for survival as compared to what other musicians are receiving in other parts of the world.
Accorinding to him, elsewhere in the world if your songs are played on radio, pubs or anywhere for business purposes, royalties will be tracked and collected to the musician; whereas in Ghana, the radio, pubs, and other businesses which use music for commercial purposes don’t pay anything to musicians, stressing there are not better systems to track and collect those royalties.
In an interview with Foster Romanus on ‘The Late Night Show’ on Etv, Yaw Sarpong bitterly told the host “the money i get from GHAMRO is something small”.
“In Ghana if you are a musician you don’t earn that much in terms of royalties apart from the little you will get from GHAMRO”
He edged that, the Ghana Music Rights Organisation extends its royalties collection and build a resilient tracking system to track and collect monies from all places using music for commercial purposes to increase musicians royalties.
Aside his song with Rapper Sarkodie titled ‘Ahobrase3’, he has also released a ‘Peace song’ featuring Kuami Eugene, Fameye, Akwaboah, Eno Barony and a host of other acts to help preach peace as we gear up for December 7 eclection.
Yaw Sarpong is one of the oldest Gospel musicians in Ghana, having released about 40 studio albums in 43 years, the ‘WO HAW NE SEN’ hitmaker is one of Ghana’s all time favoruite gospel musicians.