Government institutions using the intellectual property of Ghanaian creatives has been a topic of discussion after the reigning government used clips from multi-talented Ghanaian musician Kirani Ayat’s Guda video.
A similar incident happened about two years ago when the past government used Worlasi’s song Nukata in their 2020 campaign. Worlasi called out the party and asked them to pay up for using his song. Speaking on 3Music TV’s Culture Daily, Worlasi revealed he hasn’t received payment till date.
Detailing the aftermath of the event Worlasi said, “After my tweet, Rex Omar called and told us that he was going to try his best to collect the monies that we need or we want from the song they used and so it was a back and forth with me, him, my previous management that I released the song under and my current manager at that moment Mr Mawuko Kuadzi…I mean including Hammer of the Last Two as well, he also came to help collect these monies.”
“The last time I heard about this issue I think it was more than a year ago my previous manager said Rex Omar hasn’t gotten back to him, till date I haven’t heard anything” he added.
The video compiled by Ghana Tourism Authority and posted by the President of Ghana stated in a press release that they procured the footage Kirani Ayat is claiming ownership of from a creative agency in 2019 as part of a project.
Kirani Ayat has responded to GTA’s press statement.
Find both press statements below:
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