Accra, April 7, GNA – The Second African Choral Festival dubbed: ‘Africa Sing Aloud’, has been held in Accra, with the call on Ghanaians to appreciate the importance of Ghana’s culture, which if properly promoted would yield far reaching dividends.
The festival aims at using choral music to position Ghana’s tourism on the world scene and seeks to provide a platform to share experiences with other sister countries and beyond.
Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, said the festival since its introduction last year, had showcased the identity of African and brought Africa and indeed the world together.
She said choral music brings people together through the common love of singing, and through language, people irrespective of their musical preferences, got the chance to get together and connect in a very passionate way.
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare noted that at this time when the Ministry had been realigned to include culture and creative arts, the festival fits into the sectors policy of promoting Ghana as a quality non-mass destination.
She said, ‘as we continue to expand the array of tourism and cultural products using the creative arts to drive such an agenda, we believe that the relative peace and stability presently enjoyed coupled with investment promotion efforts, rapid development of infrastructure, the promotion of culture and historical heritage would guarantee us a fair share of the booming tourism business worldwide’.
She indicated that the festival was one of the activities that get people together irrespective of their ethnic diversity, and could be used as a social tool to foster national cohesion, harmony and understanding and ensure peace and tranquility.
The Minister hoped that the festival would encourage the younger generation to use music as a universally understandable language to close ranks, discover the connecting power of singing together and the fact that music would be able to give them a more open minded and tolerant future.
Some of the choral groups that performed at the festival include the STARS Group from the United States of America, the Dansoman Youth Choir, the Adehyemma Sacred Group, the Winneba Youth Choir and the Jesus and Mary Choir in Achimota all in Ghana. GNA