Promoting Ghanaian Music And Culture in the Diaspora

Wind Afrique is a Ghanaian base band that support gospel musician. They help gospel musicians to be more dynamic in their music role, demonstrating the impact of culture in the Ghanaian music. In doing this they have helped several gospel musicians such as: Ambule, Kwesi Sarpong, Akosua Agyapong, Grace Ashie a value of others. This is to say that the band support gospel music’s more than local music’s. Also the band has launched two albums called Days of Elijah and mallah which means I will praise him.

The band which started 8years ago tour various countries on the grounds of familiarizing what they called ‘the new style of African flavor (Afro fusion) known to foreign musicians.

Their recent tour was made to Europe on the 28th of April to the 24th of May where they projected the rich Ghanaian music in several European countries. They mounted various platforms, performing a variety of Afro fusion music which includes a mixture of Highlife, Jazz, Fuji, Adowa, Agbaja, Borborbo, and others.

Even though the Europeans audiences were not familiar with the Ghanaian dialect, the Band during the tour was able to excite them to the extent that it was branded “the we want more band”. As part of the band’s efforts to promote Ghanaian music and culture they had the opportunity to visit some schools where they gave brief talks to students. Favorably, according to Mr. Nii Darko the leader of the Band, beneficial trends from the tour would help upgrade the work of musicians and individuals who want to know more about Ghanaian music.

Hence in the way forward they recommend that the copyright law will be intensify in Ghana to help acknowledge the source of all music’s.  An effective management on this copyright law will also serve as an avenue to generate income to help the band as well as the music industry.

They also hope that more music schools would be established to help put the industry into a more professional pedestal. Lastly they are entreating the government and all private corporations, and all individuals who have the means to provide financial support to the band and the industry as a whole.

Story: Innocentia Amoako

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