Nana Kweku Osei, popular music producer well known in showbiz circles as Nacee has said that no Ghanaian musician can claim to have been successful from CD sales and they are all hungry. The leader of the gospel music group, No Tribe stated this on Happy FM’s Showbiz Xtra on Saturday that Ghanaian artistes can hardly sell more than a hundred thousand copies, compared to their Nigerian counterparts who sell in millions. Even if the CD’s where given out free, they still might not get up to that number. According to Nacee, Ghanaian artistes are “hungry” because they make peanuts from CD sales. “If you compare Ghanaian artistes to Nigerian artistes, you will notice that no Ghanaian artiste has made it. If our population is twenty-seven million and you can’t even sell hundred thousand copies and the minimum sale of a Nigerian is three million to sixty million copies and you claim to be successful…” he said. Why does everything have to be about Nigeria? Nacee stated that the issue of piracy is still being taken for granted and is making it difficult for artistes to afford a three square meal daily, hence the hunger. “Let’s be truthful. Ghanaians should be made aware that piracy is on the ascendency. It’s worrying because people compile songs from various artistes and put it on CDs and sell. Now empty CDs sell than songs because they use it for compilation. So if I say no artiste in Ghana has got there, it is the truth. If we cannot sell hundred thousand copies of CDs whether you are hiplife or dancehall or gospel artiste, we have got nowhere. We are hungry,” he noted. Many stakeholders have spoken up about the Ghanaian Government’s nonchalance towards the issue of piracy in the music industry. They are wondering if the government is waiting for all the music artistes in the industry to die of hunger before taking measures to enforce the laws that have already made against the act.
By Antwi Odrey|ghanashowbiz.com