The race for the presidency of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) is on and quite expected, contestants have already carved their campaign messages.
With very little heard from incumbent President of the union Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour who announced his interest in contesting for a second term at the Ghana Music Awards, his competitor, Appiah Dankwah well known as Appietus has kicked off with his campaign message.
Key among his campaign message is the drive to put in place structures for young musicians who seem to be struggling to make ends meet despite passionately following their dream, something he believes Obour’s administration has failed woefully to address.
Speaking to Amanda Jissih on E-Talk, Appietus explained Obour’s administration (of which he is a part) has done enough for the older folks but has refused to look at the other side of the coin.
Answering a question on why his focus is on the young musicians, Appietus said;
“We already have a ball for older folks, we have welfare which takes care of them so the aging musicians are sorted.”
He however stated the young ones have no pillar to hold on to.
“The young ones have been completely left out of the frame. If you see any of them successful, it is by dint of their hard work and it shouldn’t be so. There were plans to build a recording studio so members of good standing could pay 20% and have access to the best producers to work with but what happened?”
Appietus believes he will work better should he be voted as President of the union and has also called for an amendment of the union’s constitution that allows only 150 out of over 5000 registered members to vote on relevant decisions.