Nigerians over the weekend incurred the wrath of many Ghanaian music lovers after the videos of their reaction to the performance of some Ghanaian big names like Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale when they performed at the Menzgold-Zylofon concert emerged on social media.
Africa’s rap god Sarkodie, despite the anger many Ghanaians displayed on social media in response to what the Nigerians did, decided to hype Peter P-Square on his Instagram timeline and some of his fans are not happy.
The Musician Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has issued a stern warning to those with ears and willing to hear that soon, the Union would embark on a strike to register its displeasure against television and radio stations operating in the country.
The intended strike according to the Chairman of the Greater Accra regional branch of the Union, Tic Tac, is obliged to prevent television and radio stations from using their works if they (musicians) cannot be paid their worth when their intellectual property is used.
They said even though radio and television stations use their songs to make money on their platforms, what is given to the musicians is too bad and nothing to write home about.
For instance, these stations always adjust their promotion or advertising cards regularly yet the insufficient returns they give to musicians have always been the same and very little.
These stations enrich themselves with monies acquired as the result of using their songs on radio and on tv at the expense of the musicians who own the intellectual property of the songs.
Due to high cost of music production in Ghana, most musicians are living in abject poverty. Some are known to have died as paupers.
Yesterday, the Musicians Union of Ghana launched the first ever Ghana Music Week to be celebrated from October 17 to 21st 2012. The ceremony is expected to attract Ghanaian musicians and lovers of the industry to exhibit and patronize beautifully made Ghanaian music. It will also be an avenue where musicians can launch their … Read more
Since most Ghanaian musicians have identity crisis, changing of names is always anticipated or welcomed.
The process where an artiste changes his/her name is not new. However, it appears that this phenomenon has caught up with modern Ghanaian artistes.
Let me run quickly through some artistes who have been involved in the name changing craze. Efya started her career with Jane Awindor. She swapped to Miss Jane, then to Jane and finally to her present name Efya.