Farmer Nappy pleads for copyright protection in Guyana
Guyana has a lot of musical talent but a lack of copyright protection is preventing them from succeeding internationally.
That’s the view of Soca star Farmer Nappy, who was a headlined performer, at the A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition final rally at D’Urban Park, Georgetown on Saturday night.
Nappy made an impassioned plea to President David Granger for effective copyright laws saying: “Music is one of the things that mine me and take care of my family and the next party took my song and campaign on my song.”
“They take ‘Hookin Meh’ and they say Guyana is not about copyrights. I want you to make Guyana copyrighted in music. You know why? There is some artiste in Guyana that never got the opportunity to go where they are supposed to go. And, if they are talking about copyright is not about Guyana, they are talking nonsense. Because one artiste could emerge from Guyana and make Guyana top of the world.”
Remixed versions of Nappy’s 2019 hit “Hookin Meh” are the campaign songs for both the APNU+AFC and People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).
Nappy had threatened to sue the PPP/C if they continued to use his music without paying for it.