The Chairman of the Ghana Music Right Organisation (GHAMRO), Rex Omar, has said educating the public is not the mandate of the organisation.
Speaking in an interview with Nana Kwesi Asare on The Big Show on 4 July 2020 on Class 91.3 FM, Rex Omar, who is also a veteran highlife artiste, said: “You cannot ask GHAMBRO to go around and educate the public, it is not our mandate; we do not have that capacity and money to do that”.
“We can do it in pieces as I am doing now but educating all Ghanaians who want to do music is not our mandate, it is based on the individual who wants to get into music. People must understand, that is why we call it showbiz, so, before you get into every business, even if its pure water you want to sell, at least, the most sensible thing you have to do is to find out how many brands of pure water do we have in Ghana and which one is selling. What am I bringing out to make mine stand out? At the end of the day, it’s branding or whatever I am doing; why should people stop buying this brand and come and buy mine? And at the end of the day, how much am I putting in and how much am I getting? People have to do all these things”.
According to the Abiba hitmaker, individuals who want to go into music must understand that it is business and learn before investing in it.
“Therefore, if you do not do these and you just get up and be throwing money away and at the end of the day you get up and complain, then it is a problem. Education is all over the place in this day and age. During our day, the internet was not even effective as it is today but we were able to learn. Now on the internet, every information is there, Ghana is not reinventing the wheel, some other countries have run some collective management for 150 years”.
“PRS, CIFA is all over the place, so, if you want to understand how it works, go on the internet, Google, you can find out. The thing is people are not ready to educate themselves but it is easy to complain than to accept their own negligence and at the end of the day you want to find people to blame. I started from Kumasi, a form four leaver, I dint know anything but it got to some point I realised I was working but was not getting anything in return so I decided to learn
Source: Class FM