Government has been asked to reintroduce education to basic schools in the country to boost the development of the music industry in the country.
The call was made by panelists at the first ever Black Star Fest in Ghana organized by Habesha Inc and facilitated by Dejazmatch Kwasi Bonsu of the Jamaica Music Conference. The panelists also identified the lack of discipline as one of the most crucial challenges confronting the music industry in the country.
The panel discussed the state of the reggae and dancehall music business in Ghana today, identifying the challenges and suggesting solutions. The issue of quality recordings; the absence of knowhow on how to access digital markets, and how to monetize the work of our musicians were discussed across the various platforms available were also discussed. There were recommendations that players in the music business should constantly update their knowledge and skills to take advantage of the many opportunities the creative industries offers and the central role of music in the creative industries.
Panelists for the discussion on Reggae Music in Ghana were Lawrence Asiamah aka Bulldog an artiste manager; Kwesi Ofei Nyarko aka Root I, Director of Reggae at the Musicians Union of Ghana; Emmanuel Fiifi Botchway aka Fiifi Selah a musician and presenter with Pluzz FM, Titus Nana Ankomeah of Creative Business Alliance and Ahuma Bosco Ocansey, Director of Special Projects and Communications at (MUSIGA).
A second panel discussion was on Repatriation in Ghana. Panelists agreed that it was important that the government of Ghana should walk the talk of welcoming Africans from the diaspora by enacting laws that would allow facilitate the return of Africans from the diaspora without the current regime of immigration hassles they face.
The panel also advised Africans in the diaspora considering repatriation to prepare and plan adequately for the trip by equipping themselves with appropriate skills for their stay. They also advised them to join the Black Star Line Cooperative Credit Union as a vehicle to facilitate repatriation and the development of our people.
The panelists were Dr Obadele Kambon, a senior research fellow at the University of Ghana; Donovan Cover, acting manager of the Black Star Line Cooperative Credit Union; Ras Ariel, a businessman and Ahuma Bosco Ocansey, the President of the Rastafari Council of Ghana.
Habesha Inc is a U.S based organization with local operations led by Imara Solwasi. According to the organization’s Executive Director Cashawn Myers, the Black Star Fest is an annual event. The organization is into organic farming, organizing visits to Africa and activities aimed at the upliftment of African people.