The fracas between Nana Poku Kwarteng, father of late Singer, Ebony Reigns (Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng), and Rufftown Records, the Ricky Nana Agyeman-led imprint that managed her, seems to have taken a new turn, following recent public allegations of exploitation by Mr Kwarteng, about how proceeds from his daughter’s tribute concert were shared (Mr Kwarteng, days ago, accused Ricky Nana Agyeman (known across showbiz as Bullet) of giving him a measly amount of GHc 2,000 of total proceeds made from the concert (GHc 39,000).
Via a press release dated August 14, the label boss announced his outfit’s decision to no longer publish unreleased music by the singer posthumously, as earlier promised. The statement also clarified confusion surrounding intellectual property ownership of Ebony’s unreleased material, stating that songs she wrote herself now belong to Mr. Kwarteng, whilst records authored by other musicians remain theirs.
In a related development, Bullet has also issued a 9-pointer detailing Mr. Kwarteng’s greed, including how the late singer’s father has strong-armed him into relinquishing his percentage from the singer’s funeral, tribute concerts, cloth deal, and VGMA prize moneys with endless demands.
He also claimed that Mr. Kwarteng has sidelined partners of Rufftown Records, who will publish their side of the story soon.
Read Bullet’s full rant below:
1.I went round looking for funds to support the funeral Bola Ray is my witness. all the money they donated you took all and didn’t even say thank you Bullet (remember these are people you don’t know from anywhere but my own people who wanted to support cos of me.
2.There was a cloth deal and you wanted more percentage so I gave you 10 percent of my share. You didn’t say thank you.
3.VGMA awards: money I was entitled to my percentage but I gave all to you, you didn’t say thank you.
4.Ohio tribute concert: I didn’t take my percentage I gave all to you, still you didn’t say thank you
5.The funeral: I spent over 5000 cedis being payment of bands men. You didn’t say thank you and I didn’t even ask you to give it back to me from all the cash people donated cos I was doing for Ohemaa.
6.Tribute concert: you brought your men to check the gate proceeds, whatever we made was counted by the bank in presence of your men, Kasapreko and Rufftown. everything was transparent so why come attack me?
7.I wrote and own 95 percent of ebony’s album.by law ebony is supposed to earn between 10-20 percent royalties but I gave her 40 percent
8. Few weeks ago you received 9300 us dollars from online royalties and you still going round saying bullet is cheating when I have given you 40 percent of my own right instead of 10 or 20 percent?
9.You have sidelined Midas touch my partners but they will soon come and talk!
NOW YOU CAN TAKE EVERYTHING.