Dear Artists, Stop Cheating Our Veteran Artists Through Sampling
Stealing music sample is old school. Creativity through sampling is the new thing in Ghana but do you pay for sample clearance?
I just love creative music. But what I love more than creativity is timelessness. Timeless music is all you need to validate your mood. Good mood unlocks an Osibisa tune. Date night unlocks Kojo Antwi. Intimate moments releases some Paulina Oduro and Paapa Yankson. The beauty of timeless music surrounds our life daily.
Sampling music is a problem with our new artists. Sampling simply means taking a fraction of someone’s music, instrumental, beats or line and putting it into your music. And fortunately for music lovers some of our producers and artists are accepting the sampling culture but how many of them are paying sampling clearance?
A few years back, Robin Thicke got sued millions of dollars for using a drum line from Marvin Gaye without in his track, Blurred Lines featuring Pharrell and T.I. Same happened to Jay Z on Big Pimping, LMFAO on Shuffling and even Mac Miller on a free mixtape. What does this teach us?
PEOPLE DON’T JOKE WITH THEIR MUSIC!!!
Songwriters, artists and producers go through the effort to create beautiful music and they expect others to respect their crafts. That’s why many artists get rejected during sampling clearance process. But in Ghana, I wonder if that process is even working. I listen some beautiful and some trashy music that have samples from our veteran artists and don’t know if they have been duly paid for that.
Ebony’s poison clearly samples a line from Daddy Lumba. Kevin Boy samples Daasebre Gwamena in Na You. Even Mz Vee samples some, Joey B, Sarkodie, Akwaboa and others. Sadly, the revenue system is only based on Shows and Album sales which makes is very difficult for artists to eat from music. But publishing rights are very strong even in Ghana, when enforced well.
Dear artists, get creative with sampling music. Make use of the unlimited vault of timeless music. But please pay the due fee to clear these samples. The best thing about sampling Ghanaian music is that most of the artists are independent and not signed to major labels so you can deal with them directly. Pay something small for this big investment. Keep timeless music alive and give our veteran artists hope of their timeless music effort.
Dear veteran artists, give our artists the chance to use your masterpiece creatively. And sign up to publishing rights so you can reap the efforts of your timeless music.