First Ghana Music Week ends with an impressive awards show
The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) in partnership with the National Theater and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts successfully organized the first ever Ghana Music Festival (GMW) at the National Theatre and Accra Sports Stadium from March 4 to March 10, 2013.
The week-long celebration was officially opened by Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. The impressive ceremony was attended by top musicians, key music industry players and other stakeholders as well as some past executives of the Union.
“In all, we did extremely good on our set target of attracting about 20,000 visitors to the 7-day event; considering the impressive patronage of the Ghana Unity Concert at the Accra Sports Stadium on March 6, and the Ghana Music Honours on March 9, aside several other visitors who came to the National Theater throughout the week”, Verus Nartey, a member of the GMW Planning Committee said in a statement.
President of MUSIGA, Bice Osei Kuffour popularly known as Obour added in the statement that: “One key goal that I’m pleased my team and I managed to achieve was creating the industry’s biggest platform that bring together and encourage participation of artists, stakeholders, the media, decision/policy makers etc.
“The importance and value of Ghanaian music forms was recognized, promoted & underscored during the week; and to a large extend, we achieved that goal considering that no single event has been able to attract such heavyweight acts on one platform in recent times.”
On Saturday, March 9, 2013, twelve deserving musicians and key industry personalities were awarded by MUSIGA at the first ever Ghana Music Honours (GMH) at the National Theatre.
Among personalities who received awards include World Bank Ghana Senior Communications Director, Mr. Kofi Tsikata, who won the Music Industry Development Honour; Professor John Collins who won the Music Tutor Honour, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation won the Music Promoter Honour while the Music Band Honour was received by Dan Grahl’s Shabbo Crew.
The President’s Choice Honour was posthumously awarded to late President John Evans Atta-Mills while ReggaeDancehall Musician Honour was presented to Samini.
Highlife Musician Honour went to Nana Ampadu, while Hiplife Musician Honour was presented to Reggie Rockstone. The Gospel Musician Honour was received by Prof. Kofi Abraham, while the Traditional Music Honour went to Agya Koo Nimo. The Music Producer/Sound Engineer Honour was presented to Francis Kwakye, with Rocky Dawuni receiving the International Act Honour.
Performers on the night include Osibisa, Nana Tuffour, Samini, Rocky Dawuni, Nana Ampadu and Amani (Kenya), Tagoe Sisters, Okyeame Kwame, Sonni Badu, Kaakie, J. Martins (Nigeria) and Becca.
The Ghana Unity Concert, held on March 6 at the Accra Sports Stadium also featured over 56 hit songs performed by the crème de la crème of Ghanaian music industry including Sarkodie, Kwaw Kesse, Edem, Kojo Antwi, Nicholas Omane Acheapong, Pat Thomas, VIP, Rocky Dawuni, Tic Tac, J- Martyns (Nigeria) Ras Kimono (Nigeria), Gifty Osei, Rex Omar, Black Rasta, Jupitar, Iwan, Tinny, Eno, Efya, Eazzy, Kwabena Kwabena, and E.L.
Earlier in the week, two Seminars were held as part of the celebration. One was on ‘Growing the Creative Arts Industry, the role of Music’ and the other was on ‘Managing the Business of Music’.
Resource persons who added their expertise at the Seminar include Korkor Amarteifio, Executive Director for the Institute for Music Development, Rev Thomas Yawson, Director of Gospel Music at MUSIGA, Emily Leona Stewart, Naomi Joy Mac Donald and Diane Barbara Widdisson of the British Musicians Union, Mr Sakey, a Film Maker, and Samuel Boateng, a Music Consultant based in the USA, as well as Diana Hopeson, former MUSIGA President.
The Seminars dealt with issues such as health, safety and performance wellness, getting to the top, monetizing a music career, music contracts as well as policies concerning music in Ghana.
Other activities of the week include Sales and Exhibitions and live music performances staged throughout the week on a giant stage at the Forecourt of the National Theater.