There are several ways artists in Ghana earn money for their artistic work, one of which is the caller ring back tone telecommunication network contract for their service.
However, Dancehall act, AK Songstress feels they are not making any dime from Telecos who use their songs for their own financial gains.
AK Songstress has therefore charged Ghanaian artists to demand ‘accountability’ from these telecos so they won’t be taken for granted.
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She made her sentiment known when she had a chat with Graphic Showbiz recently.
There are virtually no terms and conditions for payment to artistes when their songs are used by the telecommunications companies. At least I am an artiste and I can’t say I’m paid what I deserve.
“There should be a system where even underground artistes can get paid for their intellectual property. Telecommunications companies are making money out of us, which is not right.
“There should be a system where both artistes and companies can access the number of downloads and services and strike a percentage of profits. It should not be left for the companies to decide how much they will pay after using our intellectual property,” she stated.