The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has set June 28, 2019 as the date for its national elections with regional elections following on October 25, 2019. This will be followed by its 2nd Biennial Conference in Accra on June 25, 2020. The elections will elect a new leadership for the Union after the term of the current executive under the leadership of its President Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour.
This was announced by the General Secretary of the Union, Deborah Freeman at its 1st Biennial Conference in Cape Coast. The conference was under the theme Building a Vibrant Union for National Development.
Speaking as the Guest of Honor at the conference, the Central Regional Minister, Hon Kwamena Duncan assured the Union of government’s support in its work to ensure the welfare of musicians in the country.
Hon Duncan congratulated the Union for successfully holding its first biennial conference and called on musicians to continue to play a meaningful role in society through music that uplifts, heals and guides our nation.
MUSIGA President, Bice Osei Kuffour called on government to reintroduce music education into our basic school curriculum to ensure our youth enjoy the benefits of pedagogy and also create jobs for the teeming number of musicians with teaching skills.
He also called on government to make the KPMG’s Comprehensive Study on the Music Sector, a focal point of its interventions in the music sector. Obour also recounted the work the Union has done under his leadership.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) Deputy Secretary General, Joshua Ansah said the informal sector of the economy has a huge impact on national development and musicians play a crucial in it.
A former president of the Union, Alhaji Sidiku Buari called on government to reintroduce tax waivers for the importation of musical instruments into the country to create more jobs for musicians. Diana Hopeson the immediate past president of MUSIGA who is also 2nd Vice President of GHAMRO explained the different roles the two organizations play in the music sector.
He noted that since MUSIGA is a member of the Union of Informal Workers Association (UNIWA) which is affiliated to the TUC, MUSIGA it will benefit from the technical support the TUC provides.
The conference was attended by regional executives from all over Ghana with a State Attorney from the Copyright Office, Dorothy Habadah present. Solidarity messages were from UNIWA, the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), the Copyright Office, the Ageing Musicians Welfare Fund (AMWeF), Ghana Actors Guild (GAG) and the Ghana Culture Forum (GCF).
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana Culture Forum (GCF), Creative Arts Council and Samrit Hotel supported the conference.
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Dance-hall Diva, MzVee Revamps With New Single.
Popular Ghanaian Afropop and Dancehall Singer, Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda known in showbiz as MzVee on Monday, January 6, 2020 exclusively previewed her first new single ever since she exited Lynx Entertainment.
With an exclusive interview with Berla Mundi on TV 3 Network’s morning show “TV3 New Day” she revealed her main rational for almost quitting music and cleared the thoughts of all speculations regarding her exit from the label, a depression state that almost took her away from music and she had to fight through with the help of family and some friends. She revealed her relationship with Lynx Entertainment is very good and terms of contract favored each and everyone.
MzVee is currently up to embark on her musical career as she has currently built her team of able workers and ready to reckon. Currently up for release is “Sheriff” which will be accompanied by an official video on its release date. Also, she mentioned a possible album with strictly Reggae/Dancehall and for Afropop.
Kindly listen to the preview below and keep tabs on this page as we bring you the official music of “Sheriff” by MzVee;
British High Commissioner Calls For More Live Reggae Events
The British High Commissioner is concerned about the lack of live Reggae events in Jamaica.
British High Commissioner to Jamaica, Asif Ahmad has expressed disappointment towards the lack of live Reggae events around the island.
According to Ahmad, there are simply not enough live events, especially in Kingston, which is the birthplace of the genre.
“It’s very rare that you hear live Reggae music. Yes, there are Reggae festivals and for tourists in the big hotels… but the essence of creation of the music, the lyrics, the poetry, the rhythm that goes with that music, all of this has to be revived and cherished again,” he lamented.
“People are talking about Port Royal developing, but why don’t we have music cafés? People are talking about food and other places of entertainment, but why can’t we have squares, food courts with a platform where musicians can perform?” he posited.
In the last few months, similar concerns have also been echoed by dozens of musicians.
According to them, there are simply not enough entertainment spaces within Kingston to facilitate growth in the genre.
They claim that the government is also not doing enough to promote Reggae music or capitalizing on its earning potential.
Back in 2015, Kingston was declared a Creative City of Music by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Despite this, however, musicians say they still find it difficult to access spaces for musical events. This is one of the five essential elements of establishing a Creative Cities of Music.
King Promise Claims The Second Spot As The Most Streamed African Artiste In Nigeria.
LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA (www.georgebritton.com) - Ghanaian highlife and afrobeats singer-songwriter, Gregory Bortey Newman, who goes by the stage name as King Promise has, according to statistics from Boomplay Music, been ranked as the second most streamed African recording & performing artiste in the Nigeria (excluding Nigeria artistes).
The annual stats for Nigeria, which showcases the music trends and artistes that defined the year in Nigeria based on facts has it that, King Promise enjoyed constant internet play from indigenous Nigerian music lovers and internet users. He follows the late South African reggae musician and Rastafarian, Lucky Philip Dube, popular christined Lucky Dube who secured the first spot.
However, in the same African Most Streamed artiste, (except Nigerian artistes) category, other Ghanaian musicians also secured a spot in the 10 slots ranking. BET Hip Pop Best International Flow Award-winner; Sarkodie, BET International Act of the Year; Stonebwoy, one time VGMA Artiste of the Year; Shatta Wale and VGMA Highlife Artiste of the Year; Kuami Eugene were also ranked in the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th position respectively.
In the Most Streamed album category (except Nigeria artistes), the media streaming and download service developed by Transsnet Music Limited currently with 62 million ranked King Promise in the 8th position with his album, As Promised, enjoying most of the streams in Nigeria. He was followed by, Kuami Eugene's 2018 released album, Rockstar, that was also placed at the 10th position.
In the most streamed African Song category (excluding Nigeria artistes), King Promise’s Tokyo (featuring Wizkid) claimed the 2nd spot for most-played song while, Jama (featuring Patoranking and Shaker) by DJ Mic Smith, secured the 3rd spot. Do You (featuring Mr Eazi) and Lucky (featuring Rudeboy) by Sarkodie claimed the 6th and 7th most played song respectively, Stonebwoy's Shuga (featuring Beenie Man) secured the 8th spot and Becca latest single, Yes I Do (featuring Tiwa Savage) claimed the 9th spot for the most streamed song, all in Nigeria.
The year 2019 has been an amazing one for many Ghanaian artistes with total music plays rising per user-generated playlist globally, a very significant increase when compared to previous years. Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall, Afrobeats, Afropop and Afrofusion were the most listened-to genre that dominated 2019, but Gospel music experienced a steep increase - with Sonnie Badu being the most streamed Ghanaian Gospel artiste.