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20 years of doing music in Ghana and never got paid any royalties- Kwaw Kese laments



After a successful 20 years in the music business, Ghanaian rapper, Kwaw Kese has revealed that he has never received any royalties.

The “Win” rapper has taken to Twitter to lament the state of the music business in the country, revealing how difficult it is for musicians to get their music out there as sole financiers of their crafts.

“20 years of doing music in Ghana and never got paid any royalties. You rather have to pay Djs to play your music, pay tv to show your videos , bloggers to blog your content and press media to give you press. How can you survive this industry by financing all these by urself ?” he tweeted Thursday, December, 15.


According to Kwaw Kese, elsewhere, people in the music business are doing so well, however, the opposite is the Ghanaian situation.


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“Elsewhere somewhere my friend produced one song for a musician and has made over 2 million dollars for producing the song . Down here you only get paid with insults and disrespect,” he added.

He continued; “Release a song today and tomorrow they’ll be asking when are you releasing a new song. Don’t release a song in a year and they’ll say your time pass lol. Release a song and they’ll say it’s not a hit song.”

Kwaw Kese adds that the situation is the same for his colleagues in the industry and has left the bulk of them “broke.”


“I bet a lot of our musicians are not getting paid but social media pressure, they will smile on social media and cry at home. More are broke,” he added. 

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