Ghanaian musician Yaa Pono expressed his disappointment and frustration today, October 1, 2023, after learning that his popular song “Obiaa Wo Ne Master” featuring Stonebwoy was used without his consent in the political campaign of Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central and aspiring flag bearer for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The song, which has a line that mentions the name of the outspoken politician, was played when Kennedy Agyapong mounted the campaign platform after his successful walk exercise in Kumasi, which was aptly named ‘Kennedy For President.’
Taking to Twitter, Yaa Pono vented his concerns, tweeting, “Why my song being used for campaign without my notice, @honkenagy this not kul.”
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— YAA PONO (@ponobiom) September 30, 2023
This tweet clearly indicates Yaa Pono‘s displeasure at the unauthorized use of his music for political purposes, especially without his prior communication or consent.
As the incident gained attention on social media, fans and followers of Yaa Pono rallied behind him, expressing solidarity and urging politicians to respect artists’ rights. Many emphasized the need for politicians to obtain proper licenses or permissions before using copyrighted material for their campaigns to avoid legal disputes and uphold the integrity of the creative industry.