Ghanaian rapper Kwame Ametepee Tsikata known in music circles as M.anifest has told the BBC in an interview that he has not received any royalties from the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) since he started music.
During the interview, M.anifest wished Ghana a happy 61st anniversary when the host butted in and talked about the defects in the payment of royalties to Ghanaian musicians.
“Shout outs to GHAMRO. I know you people are working but please work hard so I can get my royalties. I haven’t received a single penny from you guys,” he said.
When the host said it was a shame that he not received royalties from GHAMRO, the ‘godMC’ said “it is a shame but there are always people working to correct this and we should also keep ourselves accountable.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of GHAMRO, Rex Omar, has told Citi Showbiz that M.anifest is not assigned his works to GHAMRO – which means he is not a member and cannot take his royalties from them.
He therefore urged Ghanaian musicians to join the organisations as they find concrete ways of managing musician’s royalties.
According to him, they have started distributing royalties for December 2017 which could not be paid earlier to the musician.