“Politics, Favoritism The Reason Musicians Don’t Make Money From Their Works In Ghana” – Skrew Faze

Ghanaian musician Skrew Faze has lamented over some issues that are keeping the Ghanaian musician poor and reasons they don’t make much from their works. The dancehall artiste points out politics and favouritism, claiming these are major problems in our industry.

Speaking with Sammy Flex on Showbiz Agenda on Zylofon 102.1 FM, he revealed it is possible Ghanaian artistes can receive the right royalties for the works but the politics and favoritism among industry players are not allowing us to work with the right structures for such results. Skrew Faze said it is possible to make money out of your musical works if the industry players will stop the business of politics and favourtism.

“When you sit back and look at the politics in our music industry, it will beat your thinking. Now everyone has his favorite artiste in the industry. So if you don’t have a hit or belong to the favorites, no one pays attention to you. Sometimes instead of promoters billing the right artistes that can pull crowd for the event, they ignore you because of their self interest. Again, an event promoter will approach you knowing you charge let`s say Ghc10,000 for a show, he will come and tell you he will pay Ghc3,000, Then he will selfishly pocket Ghc7,000. Then why don’t you play the show yourself? I hope you understand me?” he said

He added: “Another thing is that the artistes themselves are not united. Because sometimes you will agree to do things equally then later you will have some of these same artistes charging peanuts. So we will always be disrespected. Another problem is this Worlasi copyright issues you were discussing. They will tell you to come see them to iron things out, meanwhile these are some of the reasons you need to have a legal team as an artiste. We need to make the laws work. When you use my works without my permission, I don’t have to sit down with you to address anything. The laws must be applied. The whites don’t do that. If it happens in Europe, it is a jackpot for the artiste. But in Ghana, we always want to sit with the offenders to address the issue. These are our problems but when you voice them out, you become the bad person. But we will all die in the end. So we will voice out and die”.

The artiste who is switching from Dancehall and party songs to more of reggae is out with his new single titled “Reality” and it`s really doing well among music fans.

Story by: Reagan O.O.Osarfo (Nana Reagan)