Popular Ghanaian Gospel musician, Diana Hamilton has revealed the meagre amount she received as royalties some years ago.
She told Cookie Tee on TV3’s New Day program, that she was given GHS 1,000.
“I was given GHS1000 as royalties five years ago. I cannot say I have gotten anymore but I haven’t checked because it is so meagre. If it was a huge sum of money, I would have seen it and spoken about it.”
“All I will say is guys, let’s make the system work. I am sure there are laws and so many things put in place in our systems can we make it work?”
The award-winning Gospel musician was unhappy about the Ghanaian system—when compared to abroad.
“When I release a song and I hand it over to cedi baby, all I do is sit back and every two weeks I get a cheque through the mail. There is a breakdown of who played your song, which club or church played my sing, which radio and tv station played my song. There’s a breakdown of how much it costs them to play my sing,” she said.
Diana Hamilton added: “I know what every outlet is bringing me. I know what my biggest shop is. Whether it’s iTunes, boom play or Amazon. There is also the royalty’s side. There are systems that are here, can we make them work here too.”
The royalties collection system in Ghana has been subjected to criticism by a lot of musicians in the country.