Since the induction of Bice Osei Kuffour, Obour, as president of the Musicians Union of Ghana, (MUSIGHA), a lot seems to go on with the affairs of the Union in the National capital Accra when nothing can be said of the remaining nine (9) regions leaving one to wonder if the union is indeed national as it is termed.
In line with Obour’s message of “ADWUMAPA” which includes vision to remain accountable and unify musicians which he stressed on prior to his election as president, NY DJ Live can confirm that the leadership of MUSIGHA has so far organized lots of workshops and meetings in the National capital leaving the other regions to their fate.
Kumasi which had until sometime now held the mantle for music only had a bit of MUSIGHA prior to the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Ghana when the union staged a low key peace concert close to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium with almost all the entourage coming from Accra leaving one to think if there exists a regional branch of the Union.
Not to make mention of other regions, no information seems to trickle from there as the communication chain seems not to work. I was thrilled by the patronage and the atmosphere when when I once attended the album launch of one of the fastest growing Northern artists, Stevo with Wanluv Kubolor at the Kumasi Cultural Centre. I was then made to rethink as we had vast diversity with our music and thought MUSIGHA had more to do than it is currently doing.
Following individuals such as George Britton and Ahuma Bosco on social networking site Twitter, I am sometimes informed of the routine meetings of industry players at the Union’s office in Accra but the question then arises;
How many people are on twitter to know of such meetings, Are there regional branches of the union and how vibrant are they? What is the National body doing to keep the regional branches vibrant and functioning or is the concentration on building a Musicians Union of Accra?
Accra might be making all the news but notice must be taken that quality music exists in other parts of Ghana and the earlier MUSIGHA puts their acts together, Obour’s vision of unity amongst musicians will always remain a fallacy