Afrobeat musician and businessman D-Black has expressed his dissatisfaction with how the Ghanaian music industry is being managed.
He believes that the mismanagement of the industry has led to many musicians facing financial difficulties and exiting the showbiz scene in poverty.
Speaking on JoyPrime entertainment, D-Black points out that institutions like MUSIGA (Musicians Union of Ghana) are facing leadership issues and legal challenges, making it difficult for them to effectively represent and protect the interests of Ghanaian artists and also criticizes GHAMRO (Ghana Music Rights Organization) for its lack of accountability in distributing royalties to musicians.
“MUSIGA as a body is in court. There’s no leader. It’s just a mess. I feel like those systems need to be put in place to overlook the rights of Ghanaian creatives not only in the music scene but also in the movie industry as well.”
“If I’m to speak bluntly, I will say that the structures that are in place for our music industry are terrible. GAMRO is a terrible organization. There’s no accountability. I don’t know how much I’ve made from GAMRO in my 13 years in the music industry.”
He suggests that there is a need for better structures and systems to oversee the rights and welfare of Ghanaian creatives, not only in music but also in the movie industry.
D-Black highlights the importance of accountability and collaboration with right-collection agencies to ensure that artists receive their fair share of royalties.
The Black Avenue Music boss, calls on the government to address the challenges facing the creative industry in Ghana urgently while encouraging fellow musicians and artiste managers to stay informed about industry changes and adapt to remain relevant and profitable.