The leader and founder of Heaven’s Gate Ministry, Nicholas Osei better known as Prophet Kumchacha has threatened to beat up some leaders of Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), if they dare set foot at his church over music royalties.
According to him, he will personally join his congregation to physically assault them if they make any attempt of collecting royalties from his church.
The leadership of the music body have hinted of their intention to collect music royalties from Churches soon.
But the self-styled Prophet speaking on a Kumasi-based Abusua FM served notice that, he and his church will not spare GHAMRO members who will demand royalties from the Church.
To him, he pays honorarium to musicians who perform in his church during programmes, therefore he doesn't see the need to pay additional royalties to GHAMRO.
“I have told other pastors not to pay the royalties and I have also told musicians not to agree to this move. God killed Ananias due to greediness, so if the initiator of the royalties do not rescind his/her decision, he will be killed...”
The GHAMRO initiative I must say is a wrong one. I pay as much as GH¢4,000-GH¢5,000 to musicians whenever I organize programmes in my church. So why must I pay additional royalties, it's greediness on the part of GHAMRO executives to collect royalties from churches,” he fumed.
Kumchacha prophesied doom for initiators of the royalties’ collection, insisting they would be struck down by God just like Ananias in the Bible.
Prophet Kumchacha also argued that many gospel musician do not compose their own genuine songs like other circular singers do, therefore they cannot demanded for royalties from the public.
“Majority of our gospel singers have only remixed old hymnal songs belonging to churches such as Methodist, Anglican, Presbyterian Pentecost and others. What would become of God’s work if these old churches decide to collect royalties from these fanny gospel singers or sue them in law court”? Kumchacha questioned.
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