Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) CEO, Mr. Abraham Adjetey, has admitted that Reggae and Dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy, real name, Livingstone Etse Satekla, has been handed GHS2,000 as royalties.
During a conversation in a meeting with Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr. Papa Owusu Ankomah, Stonebwoy intimated that musicians in Ghana receive pittance as royalties.
The head honcho of the Bhimnatives said he recently received GHS2,000 from GHAMRO as royalties, being his first royalties from the organization after he debuted as a Ghanaian musician.
Many Ghanaians have since been wondering why the agency designated to collect royalties within the country give such token as royalties owing the ‘Hero’ crooner has been churning out songs professionally for almost a decade.
Reacting to the singer’s claim in an interview, the CEO of GHAMRO said the royalties collection agency needs to accept their mistake, backtracking on an earlier call on Stonebwoy to cross-check his records because his claims may not be entirely true.
“Stonebwoy says we have given him two ¢2000, and our records show the same,” he said.
Explaining why that has been the only amount paid to the singer, he said when they took over the management of GHAMRO, they realised some of the artistes were not getting any money as royalties.
He said they deployed a system to pay money to some of the artistes even though they were not registered, but the artistes have failed to update GHAMRO with their new works.
Mr Adjetey believes, if those who benefit from the system tell their stories, “it will convince others to come to join, register, and updates GHAMRO on their new works.
“The last time we met Stonebwoy was last year, he came here with the whole team and we told him to come with his updated records, so we will also update our books in terms of how much is owed you.
“As it is today, the updated records have been done about how much Stonebwoy has earned at GHAMRO.”