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Musiga Sets June 28, 2019 For Elections

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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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DopeNation Earmark For ”Group Of The Year” At VGMA 2019

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Popular Ghanaian twin duo DopeNation stands to be potential winners of the ‘Group Of The Year’ category at the 20th Edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2019 per criteria by the prestigious event house Charter House.

The identical twin group DopeNation which consist of Michael Boafo better known as B2 and Tony Boafo also known as Twist made a major impact in the entertainment scene and their career in the 2018 year under review.

The duo with 3 major projects backed up with features to their credit received massive positive feedback from the music lovers and the industry at large.

The duo released ‘Eish’, their first single which topped music charts across borders of Africa and in a short period became an Anthem on streets and event grounds. DopeNation then after unleashing ‘Naami’ with production credit to MOG, which later caught the eyes of African superstar Olamide for him to hop on the remix, also an escalate Jam. Last but not the least they released their last hit ‘Ibi Tins’ which features a host of talented hit makers including Quamina Mp, Eddie Khae,Kofi Mole,Twitch and Tulenkey.

All these to their credits the duo deserves to be crowned Group Of The Year at this year’s edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

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”Daddy Lumba Can’t Be Greater Than Kojo Antwi” – Made In Ghana Ambassador, Okyeame Kwame

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Ghanaian Hiplife artiste cum rapper, Okyeame Kwame has stated, it is impossible to compare music legends Daddy Lumba and Kojo Antwi, as the two are different, independent and creative style of in presenting their lyrics to their purported audience within allocated jurisdictions.

According to the Made In Ghana ambassador, comparing awards winning artistes, Daddy Lumba and Kojo Antwi is rhetorical, explaining that, you determine who surpasses the other in terms of highlife music, as they are both extremely great and talented and possess different characteristics.

Ghanaian born ace highlife artistes, Charles Kwadzo Fosuh, who performs as Daddy Lumba(DL) and Kojo Antwi popularly known as ”Mr. Music Man” have been in the news lately, as music fanatics quiz to determine who amongst the two possess the most positive qualities.

Speaking in an interview the Rap Doctor stated emphatically that, the two legends have different styles of delivery which has pushed them in the music industry for decades, adding that, both highlife gurus have the characteristics to spend hours on the stage to perform without any unforeseen obstacle.

The ”Faithfull” hitmaker stated that, their music is different, indicating that, Kojo Antwi does a Reggae-fusion music and Daddy Lumba sticks to his undiluted highlife music, explicitly expressed that, art cannot be measured.

Rapper Okyeame Kwame indicated that, the two biggest music export have different way of expressing and penning down their own lyrics. According to him, Kojo Antwi uses metaphors, similes and other literary devices in his music and Daddy Lumba uses culture, history, and proverbs in his music which makes them unique in their own world.

Okyeame Kwame is set to release his ablum tagged, ‘Made In Ghana’ which he has selflessly dedicated to promote products which are originated from Ghana.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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Okyeame Kwame’s 10th Marriage Anniversary

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Okyeame Kwame and nicknamed Rap Doctor, took to Instagram to wish his wife a happy Anniversary.

The two, Annica Nsiah-Apau and Kwame Nsiah-Apau have been together for 14 years. They met in the year 2005 but tied the knot in 2009. Blessed with two kids, Sante and Antwiwaa Nsiah-Apau.

Okyeame took to Instagram to wish his wife in style by releasing a couple of new photos of themselves and the kids.

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E.L To Perform At 2019 SXSW Music Festival

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Ghanaian rapper, singer and record producer, E.L has been listed among the artists to be performing at the 2019 SXSW Music Festival, which is slated for March 11-17, 2019. The announcement was made known in November of 2018.

Aside the 2016 ”VGMA Artist of the Year” performing, he was the ONLY Ghanaian Afrobeat artist to be featured on SXSW FM 2019 Spotlight with his song ‘Overdose’. Other artists who were featured include: Adekunle Gold (Nigeria), King Kanja (Kenya), Urban Hype (Zambia), Anatii (South Africa), Stanley Enow (Cameroon) amongst others.

”I think it’s a great opportunity for me to showcase my new music on a world stage. First of all, it’s amazing that, the stage has been set because it’s been a lot of back and forth to establish a platform where Africans can come and do their thing. This is a full set and it’s actually a very big step in our conquest of the world. Also, Afrobeat is taking over slowly in musical circles and our place to show/let the world hear what we have to offer, so I’m excited and we are definitely planning on releasing my new album this year. And I think the platform by SXSW will be a good launching spot to begin that journey”, expresses E.L

E.L will be joined by his Ghanaian counterparts, Samini, Efya, YFM’s DJ Kess and Jojo Abot at the festival which will take plance in Austin, Texas. Other African artists booked to perform at the festival includes Simi, Adekunle Gold, Mayorkun, Vector, Falz, Mr Eazi, Seyi Shay, Yemi Alade, Cassper Nyovest, Victoria Kimani, Khaligraph and Anatii.

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. Each year, the SXSW Music Festival brings together the global music industry alongside film and technology professionals to make personal and business connections as well as discover the next generation of talent. Not limited in genre or regional focus, fans, fellow musicians, industry professionals, and creatives from every discipline can enjoy a variety of musical styles at SXSW.

Listen to SXSW FM 2019 Afrobeat Spotlight here:

Showcases are curated by SXSW in collaboration with record labels, booking agencies, management and PR firms, export offices, publishers, media outlets, lifestyle brands, festivals and more. Performances take place in bars, clubs, parks, churches and hotels around downtown Austin.

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