Some Artistes Can’t Perform Without Weed
Veteran musician Rex Omar has made a strange revelation about some Ghanaian artiste, who demand marijuana(popularly known as weed) as part of their performance package for shows.
According to Mr Omar, who is the chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), the artistes cannot perform without taking the substance. However, he doesn’t see anything wrong with it so far as they believe the substance is of good use to them.
“There are artistes that if you call on them for shows, it is stated in their contract that you must provide them with weed backstage. That is what will help him do his work so you must provide it.
“I don’t take weed yet I don’t have a problem with anyone who takes weed. We are sometimes too judgemental. If you eat Kontomire and someone likes weed, they are both herbs so what moral right do you have to judge that person?” Rex Omar stated.
Facts About Rex Omar
Rex Omar (real name Rex Owusu Marfo)is a Ghanaian highlife artist. He first rose to prominence in 1989 with the Aware Pa album which also included the track, Wodofo Ne Hwan? Following this, in 1992 he formed the Highlife Supergroup Nakorex together with fellow Highlife artists Nat Brew and Akosua Agyapong, the group’s name being an acronym made up of the first letters of each member’s name. He then pursued a solo career. In 2004 Omar was nominated for a Kora award, and in 2005 he was nominated as Artiste of the Year in the Ghana Music Awards.
Following the break-up of the group he eventually became the head of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), and in his role as an advocate for greater copyright protections for Ghanaian musicians successfully lobbied president John Agyekum Kufuor to withhold asset to the new Copyright Bill in order for protections to be strengthened. He has also called for greater protections for the Ghanaian music market from foreign competition.
In January 2020 he won a copyright infringement lawsuit against Joy Industries, for using a part of his song Dada Di Da to advertise Joy Dadi Bitters without his consent. The company was ordered by the High Court to pay costs of GH₵ 30,000 and damages of GH₵ 200,000 to Rex Omar