Rapper Desmond Blackmore known generally in the music circles as D-Black has marked the outgoing MUSIGA president, Bice Osei Kuffour’s [Obour] performance as below average.
The Rapper who is a member of MUSIGA stated that there was a lot he wanted to see which was not done, especially the royalty collection system which would have created a positive impact on not just musicians, but the whole music production including instrumentalist, songwriters amongst others who also contribute to the making of music.
“The most important thing for me was the royalty collection system or the royalty collection society for musicians but not just the vocalist. You know royalties are paid to people that contribute to making the music including songwriters, instrumentalists, others
“So what happens to instrumentalists who have created music for artiste like Osibisa, and then the band members either disband or pass away, how do they make money to take care of their families and their kids? Because if it’s just a one-off payment and the body that’s supposed to be collecting these royalties is taking the money but are not paying them, then it’s wrong. “ D-Black further explained.
D-Black strongly disagreed with Obour’s method of taking care of the aged musicians and disregarded it as an achievement because according to him, that was not the right way to go about things as the acting President of the Union.
“That’s not how it’s supposed to work. Pay the royalties; whatever they do with their money let them do with their money. And it’s not just the elderly. There are so many producers, so many instrumentalists out there that are young, that are still coming up.”
“I mean that’s nice, but do the right thing. There’s probably a producer out there that just played the gig on maybe Sarkodie’s ‘borga borga’, and he hasn’t had a hit song again. So why not give him his royalties from now so that he can survive on that?”.
The CEO of Black Avenue Muzik disclosed that Obour may have lied to him concerning the issue of the royalties and that made him give his support when he first resumed office.
“He personally promised me that we were about to set up a royalty collection society in 2011. When he came into office, he told me. He took me to the ministry of finance to go have a talk with the minister. I remember, at that time the minister was Duffour. They gave them 2 million Ghana Cedis and he told me some of this money is about to set up the royalty collection society. So I supported. I went with him to that meeting and they had already taken the money. And he said they used that money on research which is nonsense.” – D-Black told OKD on Starr FM
D-Black rated Obour’s whole presidential performance as 40%.