In a recent interview with Kafui Dey on Ghana Television, the Board Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation boldly hinted at the cancellation of Afua Asantewaa Aduonum’s Guinness World Record Sing-A-Thon, citing specific reasons.
Afua Asantewaa, the seasoned Hi-Life crooner, claims that in order to prevent her challenge from being canceled, she must send a copy of every song she plans to perform that day to GHAMRO.
Rex Omar asserts that she “must do the right thing” because she cannot use someone else’s intellectual property for her challenge without the owners’ consent.
The Ghana Music Rights Organisation is an organization that collects royalties on behalf of music copyright holders within Ghana. It was made in accordance with Act 690 of 2005’s Copyright Law, Section 49.
Section 49 of the Copyright Law, Act 690 of 2005, established the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), which is governed by L.I. 1962 of 2010 and tasked with collecting and disbursing royalties on behalf of writers, composers, and other rights holders.
Similar to all other copyright societies, GHAMRO operates as a non-profit entity, ensuring that all collected fees are equitably distributed among right owners—composers, authors, producers, and publishers—based on the use of their works.
Following the challenge guidelines, Afua Asantewaa Aduonum aims to sing over 3,200 Ghanaian songs in 117 hours, surpassing the existing record of 105 hours since 2012.
Song repetition is allowed after the fourth hour, with each performance limited to two minutes.
Scheduled from December 24 to December 27, 2023, Afua Asantewaa Aduonum’s Sing A-Thon seeks to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest singing marathon by an individual.
The current record is held by Sunil Waghmare, an Indian, who achieved this feat in 2012 by singing continuously for 105 hours.