• Ghana: Music union calls for regulation on obscene lyrics

    The Musician Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has urged musicians to refrain from using profane and obscene lyrics in their songs, asked radio and tv station operators to act as gatekeepers in this regard, and called upon Parliament to step in where the National Media Commission has failed to regulate what music goes on the airwaves, […]
  • World-wide: Calls for censorship of ‘indecent’ songs

    SUMMARY ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## World-wide:Calls for censorship of ‘indecent’ songs Indecency is prohibited by law in many societies around the world, but where to draw the line and when to actually ban a song because it is considered indecent, profane, immoral or offending against the recognised standards of propriety… this is an on-going debate which presently […]
  • Ghana: Country profile

    COUNTRY PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## A brief overview of the history of music censorship in Ghana Music censorship in Ghana over the last hundred years has involved popular artists being censored by various hegemonic institutions that include colonial administrators and police, Christian mission houses, post-independence governments, modern bureaucracies and the Ghanaian national army. By John Collins A […]
  • Ghana: Controversial copyright law enforced

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ghana: Controversial copyright law enforced By Francis Mensah Twum, COCCA Co-ordinator Inspite of a myraid of protests by the Coalition of Concerned Copyright Advocates, COCCA, and a campaign worth in excess of US$ 400,000, the Ghanaian Parliament has now passed the notorious “COPYRIGHT ACT 690” bill. The bill was shot down by COCCA […]
  • Ghana: Hiplife under attack

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ghana: Hiplife under attack The National Communication Authority of Ghana is being asked to ban “profane music” such as Hiplife on the radios Hiplife, the local Ghanaian version of Hip Hop, is under constant attack from “moral groups” in the country. Several comments in national newspapers in recent month compare Hiplife lyrics to […]
  • Ghana President intervenes in copyright controversy

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ghana President intervenes in copyright controversy After months of debate, the President of Ghana has intervened in a controversy between concerned musicians and music lawyers in Ghana and the Copyright Office in the country. The new proposed Copyright Bill in Ghana could violate musicians fundamental human rights, argues the coalition, COCCA, consisting of […]
  • Ghana: Dialogue on controversial copyright law continues

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Dialogue on controversial copyright law continues A new proposed Copyright Bill in Ghana creates controversy and debate. Ghana musicians meet Minister of Justice. A new copyright bill suggested to be inforced in Ghana has created controversy because it intends to forbid musicians to use folkloric melodies and rhythms in their music unless they […]
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