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Music royalties are at stake as GHAMRO’s operational licence is revoked

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Music royalties are at stake as GHAMRO's operational licence is revoked

Artists in Ghana who are due money for the usage of their works may have to wait.

This is because the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), which is in charge of distributing royalties, has had its licence revoked.

It follows demands for the office’s closure by renowned musician Akosua Agyapong due to legal issues that have stopped the outfit from renewing its licence for some time.

On Thursday, June 1, 2023, the news was revealed at a press conference in Accra.

Rex Omar, Chairman of GHAMRO’s interim management committee, addressed the gathering and said that the royalty collection agency would be unable to release any collections.

As a result, the agency will be unable to carry out its collection mandate until the licence is renewed.

Rex indicated that GHAMRO has met all of the renewal requirements outlined in Section 24 of the Copyright Legislative Instrument.

“In 2010, GHAMRO submitted all the requisite documentation for the renewal of its license in June, 2022. This is against a campaign from notable persons like Madam Akosua Adjepong that the organization certificate has not been renewed and that Users should stop payments for the use of protected music which is regulated under law,” he stated.

Regardless, the Copyright Office has demanded that the organisation agree to postpone its legal cases, re-adopt Prof. Sutherland’s Report, and readmit the disbanded Election Committee to organise new elections in a letter dated May 17, 2023.

Rex Omar added that “it is unfortunate that after the Attorney General’s Office Roadmap has almost been completed with the exception of the apped case yet to be cleared, GHAMRO is being asked to go back to start the recommendation of the Efua Sutherland Committee.”

Rex told GHAMRO members on the sidelines of the news conference that the leadership has filed a petition to the Attorney General to express their discontent with the instruction.

He further stated that, while the organisation is prohibited from transferring royalties, it can still collect royalties and wait until its licence is renewed before delivering them to the proper owners.

Meanwhile, Rex Omar has taken strong exception to the allegation by Mrs Agyapong describing it as a “smear campaign to malign the management and Directors of the organization with misleading information to further their personal agenda.”

Akosua Agyapong has accused GHAMRO of misconduct, including failure to follow numerous suggestions incorporated in the organization’s 2021 report.

One of them, she told Graphic Showbiz, is a mandate for GHAMRO to utilise 10% of revenues for the welfare of rights holders.

Mrs. Agyapong, however, claims that this is not being done.

“From the 2021 report, those who are managing the fund are paid GHC72,000 annually; yet, members in dire need don’t get assistance,” she said.

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Wendy Shay donates educational materials to Weija Presbyterian Primary School

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The acclaimed singer welcomed kindred spirits with open arms, pushing them to band together and make a lasting influence on the foundation's noble cause. Wendy Shay ensured that, in addition to educational contributions, entertainment had a role in the donation ceremony, exciting students with live performances of some of her favourites. For the past three years, the Shay Foundation has been pursuing these humanitarian activities with zeal. Below are extracts from the gift.

Wendy Asiamah Addo, also known as Wendy Shay, provided teaching and learning materials to students at the Weija Presbyterian Primary and Junior High School in the Greater Accra Region on Monday, November 20, 2023, through her organisation Shay Foundation.

Branded exercise books, newly made school uniforms, detergents, and refreshing drinking water were among the kind donations.

This charitable deed, which honoured International Children’s Day, demonstrates Wendy Shay’s dedication to encouraging student access to critical educational resources.

Speaking to the students and staff of the school, the ‘Bedroom Commando’ crooner said, “Shay Foundation is a nonprofit organisation that is committed to seeing to the welfare of both young and old. The organisation aims to support the educational needs of the community. Our main mission is to provide equitable access to quality education for underserved communities. It’s sad to see people drop out of school because they do not have the proper materials. Education is the key to the future, and we must do everything possible to make sure that every child has access.”

The acclaimed singer welcomed kindred spirits with open arms, pushing them to band together and make a lasting influence on the foundation’s noble cause.

Wendy Shay ensured that, in addition to educational contributions, entertainment had a role in the donation ceremony, exciting students with live performances of some of her favourites.

For the past three years, the Shay Foundation has been pursuing these humanitarian activities with zeal.

Below are extracts from the gift.

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Burna Boy named Afrobeats Artiste at the 2023 BMAs

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Meanwhile, Rema's Calm Down remix with Selena Gomez was named Top Afrobeats Song.

Burna Boy, a Nigerian music singer, has been crowned the best Afrobeats act at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards (BMAs).

Burna Boy defeated other musicians Libianca, Rema, Tems, and Wizkid.

Accepting the award on Sunday, the African legend stated, “This is dedicated to Africa and every artiste coming out of Africa now, the future is bright.”This is only the tip of the iceberg, but you’ll see the entire concept shortly. “I salute you, love.”

Meanwhile, Rema’s Calm Down remix with Selena Gomez was named Top Afrobeats Song.

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Ex-husband drags Xandy Kamel on social media again

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"I was still in my wedding gown when the marital problems began." People began phoning to tell me they were having an affair with my husband. In my marriage, I've only felt happy for 5 minutes. We didn't even have sex. "I think we made love about six times in our one year together," a depressed Xandy admitted. Kaninja claims the marriage collapsed because Xandy was more preoccupied with her lesbian lovers rather than their marriage. He added that his ex-wife portraying the victim is merely a front to hide her embarrassment. Kaninja stated that Xandy is unsuitable for marriage since she cannot even arrange her matrimonial bed or clean.

King Kaninja, the ex-husband of actress Xandy Kamel, has reacted to charges that his casual attitude and infidelity spree ended their two-year marriage.

His recent outburst comes in response to an interview Xandy gave on Delay Show, in which she declared, among other things, that she was the family earner, rented their house, and paid all the expenses.

She also said she had over GH30,000 in her account at the time of her wedding, but that amount had been reduced to barely over GH100 in two years.

Xandy also discussed the trauma she faced in her marriage, which cost her two pregnancies.

“I was still in my wedding gown when the marital problems began.” People began phoning to tell me they were having an affair with my husband. In my marriage, I’ve only felt happy for 5 minutes. We didn’t even have sex. “I think we made love about six times in our one year together,” a depressed Xandy admitted.

Kaninja claims the marriage collapsed because Xandy was more preoccupied with her lesbian lovers rather than their marriage.

He added that his ex-wife portrayed the victim as merely a front to hide her embarrassment.

Kaninja stated that Xandy is unsuitable for marriage since she cannot even arrange her matrimonial bed or clean it.

Even routine household duties, he claimed Xandy’s mother was doing.

Kaninja, who had opted not to respond, stated that he felt compelled to clear his name.

He claims he hasn’t spoken up because he doesn’t want to get involved in the dirt like his ex-wife.

“The reason I don’t pay attention to some of this news is that eagles and pigs aren’t natural enemies.” Pigs adore playing in the mud, therefore there is no need to accompany them there. “When you follow them, you become dirty like them,” he grumbled.

Kaninja stated that if Xandy did not stop firing, he would be forced to unleash all of the bombshells.

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