Singer Alexander Bagonza aka A Pass has ordered local music websites who use his music without paying, to remove it from their platforms with immediate effect.
Selling music online is another way an artiste can earn money from his/her work but the absence of a strict copyright law in Uganda has made it easy for the numerous local websites to upload music without the artistes’ consent and even fail to pay loyalties after earning from this music.
This act always leaves artistes to earn from the few international music sites like Youtube, Itunes, Spotify, among others few local websites who pay artistes loyalties.
But A Pass wasn’t ready to take it anymore, and through his Twitter page on Monday, he commanded local music platforms to take his music off their websites.
“All Ugandan websites that upload Ugandan music and don’t pay money to the artists please remove all my music on your platform when you see this tweet. #RemoveAllMy Music,” he said.
On seeing A Pass’s tweet, rapper GNL Zamba came in to support his fellow, saying that he once spoke about this matter but no one took him seriously.
Zamba said that at one time he came out to speak against these websites, but since many of them are affiliated to media houses, they retaliated by not playing his music.
“When I came back to Uganda and did this before the spear album release, most people called me mad and the media houses linked to these websites stopped playing my music and also refused to nominate my works for their awards,” he said.
“Their loss!!! Because real money in bank accounts is better than a spare wooden statue, Glad my brother is also woke to this exploitation.”
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