According to Prophet Nicholas Osei, simply known as Prophet Kumchacha, “GHAMRO executives should never approach him for royalties because if they do, we will beat them.”
Kumchach has warned executives of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) not to bother coming to his church to collect royalties because anyone who tries that would be physically attacked by he and his congregation.
According to the ‘Man of God’, GHAMRO’s royalties plan is simply a greedy endeavour, and God would strike them dead if they go ahead to implement it, just like he struck down Ananias for greed.
“Me, Prophet Kumchacha, I have told other pastors not to pay the royalties and I have also told musicians not to agree to this move. God killed Ananias due to greediness, so if the initiator of the royalties do not rescind his/her decision, he will be killed just like God killed Ananias in Acts 5.” he said.
“The GHAMRO initiative I must say is a wrong one. I pay as much as GH¢4,000-GH¢5,000 to musicians whenever I organise programmes in my church, so why must I pay additional royalties? It’s greediness on the part of GHAMRO executives to collect royalties from churches,”
Kumchacha’s furious reaction follows plans by GHAMRO to charge churches for royalties if they host shows. President Rex Omar recently explained that the initiative is simply replicating what happens at secular shows at gospel shows. Nevertheless, the religious have strongly kicked against it.