Nana Yaw Oduro-Agyei, popularly known as rapper Trigmatic has criticized the Ghana Music Right Organization (GHAMRO) for their plans to demand royalties from Churches using songs by artistes.
According to him, the decision in flawed and ‘unthinkable.’
He said if TV licenses and other similar levies have never been successfully implemented, why should GHAMRO attempt to start demanding royalties.
Trigmatic wondered whether there are any efficient systems and structures in place, to ensure that project would go according to plan.
Speaking on GHOne TV, Trigmatic stated: “I think it is a lazy way wanting to take money or extortion… I even feel and this is with no disrespect or anything to anybody, I feel like it is an attack on the church. What about the other places, you haven’t collected from, the other institutions; night clubs, radio stations etc. “
The rapper who describes himself as a firm believer, fumed that the whole project is an insult to his faith, since churches tend to pay gospel artistes more when they are invited to perform.
Trigmatic’s remarks follows the announcement by the chairman of GHAMRO, Rex Omar, of the organization's proposed plans to demand that churches pay royalties for the songs of artistes they use, as this counts as the use of the artiste’s intellectual property.
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