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Hiring Songwriters does not mean one is not a true musician – Adina

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Ghanaian songstress, Adina, has discussed the value of songwriting and its place in the music business.

The “Too Late” hitmaker in an interview with Elsie Lamar on GhanaWeb TV, said that she thinks all people who contribute to a song should be given credit and paid for their labour.

“I work with a lot of songwriters. Sometimes there’s somebody in the room when we are doing the song who will probably say, “let’s put this there”. That person is still recognized when we are doing the split sheets.

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“If anybody contributes to a song, they should be given props. And then when it’s royalties, they also get some money or whatever it is because they put in work,” she said.

Read also: Adina advocates for stronger support for women in the music industry

In response to the widespread belief that musicians who don’t write their own music aren’t true artists, Adina referenced well-known global performers like Beyoncé, who also works with songwriters to produce hit songs.

She further emphasised that writing songs shouldn’t take away from one’s identity as an artist.

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“People need to be educated that it’s normal. Songwriting doesn’t mean if you don’t write your songs, you’re not an artiste. We all have different gifts.

“Someone’s own is to play the beats. Someone’s own is to sing. Someone’s own is to write. Some people can write and sing, great, but it doesn’t make one person better than the other. We all have our unique gifts that God gave us,” she added.

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