MESSAGE BY BICE OSEI KUFFOUR, MUSIGA PRESIDENT
Fellow musicians and lovers of Ghanaian music;
On behalf of the Musicians Union of Ghana, I wish to draw the attention of our great country to the 2014 GMW Festival, a very important development-oriented event coming off from 3rd March to Saturday,8thMarch 2014.
GMW Festival is primarily about Education, Arts, Culture, Tourism, Awards and more. It is the official meeting ground for those leading and shaping our industry; bringing together and encouraging participation of artistes, stakeholders, the media, policy makers and music users. GMW seeks to be recognized as the biggest music festival and conferences in Africa within the next 5 years.
In its second year, GMW Festival seeks to help find lasting solutions to the myriads of challenges confronting the music Industry. We strongly believe that the Union’s relevance should not be reduced to providing only entertainment but creatively engaging to help boost the economic fortunes of Ghanaian musicians and also to support the national development agenda of our great Country. The GMW Festival remains one of the many programs put in place to achieve this goal.
As President of MUSIGA, I am happy to invite all Ghanaians and the world at large to GMW Festival, which seeks to observe a week by celebrating Ghanaian music and rewarding those who have in diverse ways contributed to its growth and development.
Fellow Ghanaians, friends and users of music, although this event is championed by the Musicians Union of Ghana, I wish to state that it is a national project which goes to the very heart of our lives as a nation. You would agree with me that our entire life as a nation finds expression in music. As our great motherland prepares to celebrate its 57th Independence anniversary, I can confidently say that music would be the major driver bringing Ghanaians together into a mood of celebration and merry making.
We the Musicians Union of Ghana believe that to achieve our noble goal of positioning Ghanaian music as the heartbeat of tourism,the theme of the celebration for the next three years, we acknowledge and concede that the total support of all industry players remains paramount in achieving the common goal of helping improve the general Ghanaian music fraternity. We are therefore calling on all our partners in development, especially the media to own GMW Festival by giving space and airtime in promoting and advancing the good cause of the weeklong celebration of Ghanaian Music. For one week, let us put aside all other topics- politics, even sports, and focus on Ghanaian music.
On behalf of Musiga, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts and GIBA, I wish to humbly urge all radio and TV stations in Ghana to dedicate this week (especially, Monday, 3rd of March 2014, which we refer to as Ghana Music Day)to only Ghanaians music.
Let us dedicate this day to honor our hard working musicians who spend sleepless nights in the studio just to ensure that you and I have something to drive whatever mood we find ourselves. This is a passionate and humble appeal we are making and hope we would do this to honor our hardworking musicians.
The key highlights of the 2014 GMW FESTIVAL are:
MONDAY, MARCH 3- Ghana Music Day (On the Air)
We begin activities of TUESDAY MARCH 4 with a major Rollcall of Ghanaian musicians at the National Theater at 9am.The Official Opening Ceremony of GMW Festival comes off at the National Theater at 10am on Tuesday.
On the Same day, Tuesday, March 4, at 1pm, we will have our Stakeholders Forum at the National Theater- a review and validation of KPMG’s comprehensive study of the Ghana Music Sector, commissioned by MUSIGA and Funded by the Government of Ghana.
Ghana Music Honours 2014 comes off at the National Theater on Wednesday March 5, 2014. An awards show by musicians for musicians, we will honour 15 deserving musicians and personalities in the music Industry.
Join us for quality Live Band Music at +233 Pub on THURSDAY MARCH 6.
We will have a Music BUSINESS Workshop at the British Council at 10am on FRIDAY MARCH 7. The workshop will focus on ways to market and promote Ghanaian music and musicians in this modern era.
SATURDAY MARCH 8 is the GH. ALL-STAR LIVE Concert, which comes off at the Accra Stadium; where we celebrate Ghana’s 57 Independence Anniversary with 57 Ghanaian hits plus two Jamaican Stars.
I would like to thank our key sponsors for sharing in our dream and supporting this project. Airtel Ghana and Accra Breweries Ltd. Also, thanks to Kasapreko, Ashfoam, Fiesta Condoms, Tecno Mobile, Ideal Finance, Goil, Channel O, Eurostar Limousines, Indomie, Traphix Catering, South African Airways and Arik Air.
Special thanks to our organizing partners- National Theater, British Council, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, TV3, GH-One, Citi FM and Fantasy Entertainment,
I wish to sincerely thank all Ghanaians especially entertainment review hosts on TV and radio, and writers of entertainment columns for your commitment and dedication to supporting not only the Music industry but the general entertainment industry. Let us work together to make this dream a reality.
Once again I wish to invite all Ghanaians to all our events for the week.
God bless our homeland Ghana.
BICE OSEI KUFFOUR
PRESIDENT, MUSICIANS UNION OF GHANA