Composer of popular gospel song, ‘Awurade Di Masem Mame’, Mark Quainoo popularly known as ‘The Blind Messiah’, has said he has not benefited financially from his song which was released some 17 years ago.
He told GH Entertainment show host, Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome that, although the song is well known and was a hit, people rather made a lot of money from his sweat.
He revealed on the show that although he released cassettes, he did not benefit due to piracy.
‘The Blind Messiah’ said he recently received GHc300 from GHAMRO as a token but he has not received any royalties from the copyright organization.He also revealed he once took a loan from GHAMRO and was not sure if it formed the decison for him to receive the token of GHc300.
‘’People pirated my work and so I could not benefit financially from my hard work. The song was a hit song and because of that, people pirated the work without my consent. I once caught someone who had pirated over 6,000 copies and was selling it in Kumasi.’’
According to him, he is not financially sound as he is expecting. When told his song is still being sold, he said, ‘’I am not aware about this. For so many years, I have not manufactured any copies of my song and so, I am shocked people are pirating my work without my consent.’’
Meanwhile, Afia Papabi, female entertainment critic described the situation as sad and wondered why GHAMRO could give the musician a token. She also spoke vehemently against piracy and has appealed to producers to help the musician to rebrand the song so it will generate some revenue for the musician and his family of four.
''I will appeal to producers to assist the musician to rebrand the song and sell it so the musician can make some money. He has not retired from music and so I will encourage people to assist him,'' she stated on the show.
Reacting to the story, Agya Abraham, the administrator of GHAMRO said it was not best for him to discuss the issue of the money on radio because it is against the rules and regualtions.
He however apologised and indicated that if the musician took a loan from GHAMRO and he was to repay, he would be informed if the deduction is done. GHAMRO he explained is on course to serve members despite the challenges confronting the organization.
GHAMRO he added have a welfare scheme that is mandated to assist members who are faced with serious challenges. But aside that, we have a system called royalty advance where members are allowed to receive loans and are allowed to pay later.