Evangelist I.K Anin, composer of popular gospel song, ‘Bobolebobo’, has threatened to sue the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for making a rendition of his hit song without his consent.
This follows the virtual relaunch of the repackaged version of his song, which was hugely played over the weekend at the party’s national delegates congress, held at the Fantasy Dome in Accra, and which had since gained traction in sections of the media.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Publisher yesterday, he said he was giving the party ample time to perform the needful, and threatened to sue the party if it fails to contact him.
“Before your music is played at a public even, such as a political rally, it is necessary to obtain a license for the musical composition (words and music). It is not right to use a person’s composition (lyrics and beat) without contacting the composer’, – he said.
He has, therefore, asked the NDC to either contact him (Evangelist Anin) or his managers, or face his wrath.
”On this note, I am just relaxing, giving them time to respond to me. If the party fails then I won’t hesitate to escalate the matter to the courts” – he added.
Asked whether he would mount any political platform and perform with any of his songs ahead of the 2020 general elections, he answered in the negative.
He said unlike Nigeria, where politicians and musicians move along after elections, Ghanaian musicians tend to suffer whenever they support a political party and the party fails to win power.
Available records in Ghana suggest that whenever politicians ‘take over’ artistes’ songs for their political activities, the composer eventually suffers in terms of sales and patronage.
Lucky Mensah, Lenny Akpade and the late Jewel Ackah are a few examples of artistes whose songs were snatched by politicians and were negatively affected.
By: Justice Dzido