In a recent interview with Kafui Dey on Ghana Television, the Board Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) openly hinted at the possibility of Afua Asantewaa Aduonum’s Guinness World Record Sing-A-Thon being cancelled, stating specific reasons.
If the legendary Hi-Life singer Afua Asantewaa wants to save her challenge from being cancelled, she has to provide GHAMRO a copy of every song she plans to play that day.
“She must do the right thing,” Rex Omar says, since she cannot use someone else’s IP for her challenge without their permission.
A Ghanaian body that collects royalties on behalf of musicians is the Ghana Music Rights Organisation. Copyright Law, Act 690 of 2005, section 49, authorised its creation.
Act 690 of 2005, section 49, created the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) to collect and distribute royalties on behalf of authors/composers and other right owners. L.I. 1962 of 2010 regulated GHAMRO.
As a non-profit corporate body (limited by guarantee), GHAMRO follows the same model as other copyright societies.
As a result, all fees collected are distributed proportionally among the right owners whose works have been used, in this case, composers, authors, producers, and publishers.
Afua Asantewaa’s Sing-A-Thon
According to the rules of the challenge, Afua Asantewaa Aduonum has 117 hours to perform 3,200 songs from Ghana, with the previous record being 105 hours set in 2012.
There is a two-minute limit on the length of each song she plays, and she is only allowed to repeat a song after four hours.
December 24, 2023, to December 27, 2023, is when the Sing A-Thon for the Guinness World Record for longest singing marathon by an individual challenge is set to take place.
The record for the longest singing marathon by one person now belongs to Sunil Waghmare of India, who is a citizen of that country.
By singing continuously for 105 hours in 2012, Waghamare became the first person to ever finish the longest singing marathon.