The organisers of Ghana Music Week Festival have directed that all radio stations in Ghana to play strictly Ghanaian music on Wednesday, March 2 as part of the Ghana Music Week 2016 Festival.
This follows discussions between the President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) Bice Osei Kuffour, aka Obour and the Executive Director of the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), Gloria Hiadzie.
In a statement issued in Accra, the organisers said the Ghana Music Day is part of the activities lined up for Ghana Music Week 2016, adding, “To mark the day, radio and television stations in Ghana are expected to play Ghana music exclusively that day.”
The statement said the decision to set aside the day is to herald the good music made in Ghana and is also due to the absence of the Information Bill which will regulate the amount of both Ghanaian and foreign music that can be played on Ghanaian airwaves.
Ghana Music Week 2016 Festival opens on Monday, March 1 with a media launch on selected radio and television stations followed by the Ghana Music Day on Tuesday and the Ghana Music Business Forum.
Other activities lined up include an International Music Expo & Ghana Music Honours at the National Theatre on Friday, March 4 where a number of foreign missions are expected to showcase their music and a two-day musical explosion on Prof John Atta Mills High Street on March 5 & 6.
The theme for the festival is ‘Music, A Catalyst for Tourism’. Sponsors for the festival include the American Embassy, British Council, Gold Coast Fund Management and Kasapreko. Others are the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, EIB Networks and Radio Gold.