Nana Kwame Ampadu Next President of MUSIGA
I want all Musicians to eat
By Charles Amoah
MUSICS legend PSK Ampadu, the man whose philosophical lyrics, placed a national crown on his head in the 1970s as the undisputed king of music and gave him the title, Odwontofohene nana Kwame Ampadu, wants to be president of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA)
If he succeeds in his bid at the union’s November congress, Nana Ampadu would be taking over a union which today has been rendered factitious over copyright and related issues. If he succeeds, the one-time MUSIGA general secretary would be stepping into the big shoes of Alhaji Sidiku Buari, a man whom industry observers and critics gave no chance in his bid to become MUSIGA president but who has in his time, has succeeded, largely in winning respectability for the union.
In an exclusive interview, Nana Ampadu, leader of the once famous African Brothers International said although there are flaws and anomalies in the music industry, he is very optimistic that if musicians put the past behind them in the spirit of comradeship, with a single goal of seeking prosperity including the welfare status of all musicians, the industry could make amends.
He said having held the position of a general secretary of MUSIGA he was quite familiar with problems confronting the industry.
He said lack of unity and cohesion primarily especially among popular and resourceful musicians, has been a problem. Often, he said, these famous musicians distant themselves from the union’s activities.
However, he said, it is not too late to make amends.
Nana Ampadu disagrees with the stand that things are so bad that the union should be dismantled and totally restructured.
He said since musicians would go to congress the need for dismantling would be seen in the perspective where by each member of the union would have to exercise his or her franchise in a democratic process. The congress would empower the new executive to do something about the structure.
What is Nana’s vision” Simple, he said a body respected not only locally but in all international circles; a body which works towards ensuring that Ghanaian musicians enjoy the fruit of their labour by virtue if the intellectual properties being free from inimical effects of money.
If elected president, he said he will as a matter of urgency and priority help to tackle zealously all copyright issues and all those clauses which not to be in the interest of the musician.
Another area which he felt was long overdue is the syndrome of divide and rule which has affected relationship between music producers and musicians.
One the “Union Scale” and its technicalities, he said fees payable to musicians for usage in public places such as the electronic media (both radio and TV) hotels, places of entertainment and on airlines, auto should be vigorously pursued by all means with the support of legislation.
The Spectator Page: 12 Saturday, August 18, 2007