Ghanaian hip-hop artiste Nana Yaw Oduro-Agyei popularly called ‘Trigmatic’ has described as an attack on the church, a move by the Ghana Music Right Organization (GHAMRO) to charge churches royalties.
He questioned if GHAMRO has been able to collect royalties from collected from night clubs, radio stations and other institutions; describing the latest development as a lazy way of extorting money from the churches.
‘I think it is a lazy way wanting to take money or extortion… I even feel and this is with no disrespect or anything to anybody, I feel like it is an attack on the church. What about the other places, you haven’t collected from, the other institutions; night clubs, radio stations etc. I know churches even pay gospel musicians more when they are coming to perform in the churches. It shouldn’t have been thought of in the first place. I am a believer as well. It is an insult to my faith,’ he pointed out.
The ‘Motromodwo’ crooner also wondered if GHAMRO will be able to collect royalties from the churches after the country failed to collect TV licenses.
‘If Ghana has not been able to successfully collect TV licenses and other things, what shows they would be able to collect royalties? Which systems and mechanisms are they going to use in the first place?,’ he said on the celebrity Fanzone on GhoneTV.
He described the decision by leadership of GHAMRO as airheaded.
“I think that it is an airheaded decision, it is something that shouldn’t even be a thought,” Trigmatic said.