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Successive govts’ ignorance on music revenue shocking – Ag. MUSIGA President

Bessa Simons, the acting President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has slammed successive governments for shunning the creative arts fraternity.

He expressed his worry over the inability of successive governments to implement good policies to benefit many Ghanaian artistes with amazing talents but unable to make appropriate financial gains from their works.

According to him, the music industry is a gold mine that can fetch the country millions of money, but consecutive governments seem not to see the picture.

Making appearance on the Legends hosted by Agyemang Prempeh on TV XYZ on Sunday, 23 August 2020, he vented his fury at past and present governments for their negligence.

Talking about how to protect intellectual properties of Ghanaian musicians and music royalties, he said logging system is needed and wondered government’s disinterest in the music industry.

“Machines needed to monitor is not cheap. Normally, the countries that has implemented such policies the government provides financial support because the government gets revenue from its implementation. Government generate a lot of money and I’m surprised successive governments of Ghana doesn’t know these simple solutions. They have to put these structures in place.” he said.

Uncle Bessa added, “There are several revenue music generates for the country when you implement these necessary measures. It will solve so many problems because music creates several employement, how can they sit unconcerned to see the industry deteriorate to this day. And that’s why some of us put ourselves out there to see the right thing is done to help the future generation.”

“Government would have to wake up,” the veteran record producer and musician charged.

Responding to the question whether government does not prioritize the needs of the creative sector, the ‘Belembe’ hit singer said, “They have to. I don’t know their plans for the industry but they have to.”

He questioned, “In your right frame of mind how could you sit down and not think about musicians but when it is approaching elections you look for them?”

Bessa Simons is a forty year industry veteran who has played with all the big names in Ghana. He was a member of the Osibisa group during his stay in London and still works with the group on shows, coordinating the musical performances during Teddy Osei’s 80th birthday celebrations.

Uncle Bessa is also a celebrated producer having worked with leading musicians like the Tagoe Sisters, Pat Thomas, Papa Yankson among others.

He is currently the Acting President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and a member of the Ghamro Board of Directors.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams/ Mypowerfmonline.com/Ghana

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