Merqury Quaye, the brain behind the #PayTheDJ, a campaign to galvanize support for better remuneration for DJs is not happy with the stance of the Musician’s Union of Ghana (MUSIGA).
According to the Union, the campaign to call for musicians to make such payments unacceptable and unfortunate.
“MUSIGA condemns in no uncertain terms the call for the institutionalization of unofficial back door payments (Payola). The practice is both illegal and unethical, in fact, it is an endorsement of corruption which is a problem the nation is vigorously struggling to battle and kick out,” portion of the Press Release by the Union and signed by Ahuma Bosco Ocansey said.
Merqury Quaye in a press release available to GhanaGist.Com says the campaign is not to glorify payola.
Read the full statement below …
It has come to my attention that the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has described the ongoing campaign #PayTheDJ as a call to glorify payola. This is an unfortunate development since my intention is not to call for payola but rather for musicians and those who employ the services of the DJ to compensate the DJ adequately.
Our movement is about fair pay for work done. My argument stems from the fact that musicians sometimes adopt crude and unrefined methods of promoting their works and I am calling for a more professional approach.
I am of the opinion that when musicians or their managers engage DJs to promote their music for them as consultants, that would give them more mileage since the DJs can leverage their network of DJs to achieve a more effective promotion which would give the musicians more bang for their bucks.
Another issue I raised has to do with the ingratitude of certain musicians who virtually beg DJs to promote their music and their brand and when they attain stardom, they forget these same DJs who supported their ascent.
It is essential that there is mutual respect between DJ and musician since we are like Siamese twins, each needing the other for survival.
Once again, the #PAYTHEDJ well campaign is not a call for payola.
Bice Osei Kuffour
Ahuma Bosco Ocansey
George Mensah Britton
Ebenezer Nana Yaw Donkoh