member of the Ghana Music Right Organisation (GHAMRO)
According to him there is absolutely nothing about GHAMRO that attracts him to register or become a member.
The Burniton Music boss however stated that an institution like GHAMRO, working
in the interest of Ghanaian musicians should intensify its awareness creation.
He is certain that when structured policies are made to function and very detailed
accountability is demanded by people at the helm of such institutions, then
the music industry will experience an unprecedented turnover.
“There could be enough laws but if they’re not working or the people in charge aren’t making it work for us then I think we should re-visit and make it work.” He noted in an interview on Hitz FM with Andy Dosty.
When asked by one of the pundits if he has received any royalties from GHAMRO,
Stonebwoy replied no, adding that he had no idea how GHAMRO works.
“Let that not be the new issue, I don’t know nothing over there. I’m not trying to bash or insult but a drive on the interest isn’t really there so I said a big artiste like myself don’t know anything.
But He [My Manager] has actually spoken to me about this whole GHAMRO issue once or twice, but sincerely speaking I do not see any interest.
“This could be my fault because, at the end of the day, I’m supposed to get to know but is there really anything interesting about them.
Nothing interests me to know to say Yes this is what I have to do. Originally there should be steps like you buy a car and you know that DVLA doesn’t have to approach you but you have to.
DVLA does advert to create awareness but in this case [GHAMRO], it has to be attracted and the laws should work.” Stonebwoy said.
Meanwhile, most registered members of GHAMRO have complained bitterly about the
meagre royalties they receive. Other artistes have vented their spleen on GHAMRO
over their unpaid royalties since they became members of the institution.