Ghana’s evergreen Afropop musician, Royal Tasha has urged legendary Highlife musicians to sue current musicians who are plagiarising and reproducing their tracks.
According to her, the old musicians did not earn much from the songs they composed, stressing that this is the time the industry has to promote their tracks for them to earn from their sweat.
Speaking to spotonnews.net in an exclusive interview yesterday in Accra, Royal Tasha bemoaned that the recent musicians were disrespecting the old ones by not even consulting them and their family members before reproducing their songs.
She condemned her colleagues for removing the meagre meal from the mouth of the legendary singers and called on Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) and Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) to protect the old folks.
The singer also charged those two institutions (GHAMRO and MUSIGA) to organise educational campaign to teach young musicians on copy right laws in order for them to credit music and not steal them totally to make it their own.
Citing musicians who have been making money from the sweat of old musicians, Royal Tasha mentioned Kuami Eugene, Nana Boroo, King Promise, Adina, Kelvin Boy among others and encouraged the old musicians to learn from Rex Omar to by suing the culprits.
She insisted that veteran musicians have to gain royalty treatment and the action of the recent ones, Royal Tasha said would deprive them from those royalties.
“I don’t think Obuoba J.A Adofo, family members of Ewurama Badu and the rest told Kuami Eugene and Nana Boroo to reproduce their tracks with the same lyrics, chorus and beat,” she added.
She regretted that the plagiarised content would rub off the historic values and original composers of some tracks in some years to come, adding that the next generation would give the credit to Kuami Eugene, King Promise and Nana Boroo for the content.
The “ruff rider” hit maker indicated that those culprits were gaining shows for someone’s content and referred to it “as unfair.”
She advised the recent musicians to work hard, become innovative and compose their own tracks which they would be recognised and acknowledged for.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE