Ghana: Music union calls for regulation on obscene lyrics

17 June 2016

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 …

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Ghana: Country profile

6 March 2006

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 …

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Ghana: Controversial copyright law enforced

12 September 2005

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 thru a …

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Ghana: Hiplife under attack

12 April 2005

 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 …

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Ghana: Dialogue on controversial copyright law continues

22 March 2005

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 get authorization …

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Ghana President intervenes in copyright controversy

9 March 2005

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 top Ghanaian composers, …

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