Read: Obour’s Speech at the Launch of Ghana Music Week

Members of the GMW Planning Committee, our Sponsors, Partners, friends from the media, fellow musicians, ladies and gentlemen; on behalf of the entire membership of the Musicians Union of Ghana, our partners – the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, the National Theatre of Ghana, British Council and the Ghana Education Service, I would like to welcome you to this Press Briefing.

Ghana Music Week

The Ghana Music Week kicks off exactly a week from today, Monday 4th March 2013 at the National Theatre, Accra, under the theme, “Engaging Music as a Catalyst for Unity and National Growth”.

We expect, the President, His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama to officially open GMW 2013 at 11am on Monday, March 4, 2013; and I’m here to assure you that, all is set for the much anticipated festival, the first of its kind in our part of the world.

In the past weeks since its launch on September 14, 2012, GMW has been giving out information about the many entertaining, informative and educative activities expected at GMW 2013; today, permit me to focus on the two major concerts for the week namely;

(1)  Ghana Unity Concert at the Accra Sports Stadium on March 6, 2013 and;

(2)  Ghana Music Honours scheduled for the National Theatre on March 9, 2013.

On the Ghana Unity Concert, fifty-six (56) of Ghana’s very biggest hits would be performed live on, easily, the biggest stage and sound power ever used at the Accra Stadium. We expect Ghanaians in one patriotic parade, in the Ghanaian colours, to troupe the Ohene Djan Stadium on the Independence Day. What’s different about this concert is that, doors will open immediately after the independence parade at the Independence Square.

Artists confirmed for the March 6, Accra Stadium concert include: Daddy Lumba, Amakye Dede, Kojo Antwi, Rocky Dawuni, Samini, Sakordie, Sonni Badu, Becca, Kaakie, V.I.P, Buk Bak, Eazzy, Reggie Rockstone, Tic Tac, Rex Omar, Cecilia Marfo, Tagoe Sisters, Tinny, Edem, Kwabena Kwabena plus 15 other big stage stoppers and some surprise acts from other African countries.

With respect to the Ghana Music Honours (GMH), for the first time in the history of the industry, an awards scheme is being organised by the industry for the industry. We believe it is time to honour people who have contributed to the development of the industry, in a non-competitive manner.

Artistes scheduled to perform at the Ghana Music Honours include Yosou N’Dour, Gyedu Blay Ambouley, Samini, Rocky Dawuni, Sonni Badu, Koo Nimo, Tagoe Sisters, National Symphony Orchestra,Nana Tuffour, Amani (Kenya), Flava (Nigeria),  and Dj Lewis (Cote D’Ivoire).

Students could not have been left out as they were asked to express their creativity, by expressing their thoughts about music and national development through writing. The National Senior High Schools Music Essay and Poetry Competition is being organised as part of the Ghana Music Week. So far, 138 entries have been received by our partners, the Ghana Education Service.

Ghana Music Week aims at providing entertainment, education and a platform for General product sales and exhibition. So in addition to the performances, there are delegations coming from the United Kingdom and the United States of America, to support selected local professionals as resource persons for our seminars, forums, and dialogue sessions. This is in line with the Union’s vision to offer capacity building programmes for members and non-members to develop our industry. Full day-to-day activities of the GMW will be circulated after this brief. Please visit http://www.facebook.com/GhanaMusicWeek, for daily updates.

I would like to use this opportunity to acknowledge some important institutions that are supporting the Ghana Music Week to make this dream a reality – Our three key sponsor are: RLG Communications (Proudly yours) Airtel (Feel Free), Smirnoff (Be there)

Our partners include the National Theater, Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts, the British Council, Eurostar Limousine, Erata Hotel, Hanlord Travel & Tours, Global Access Savings and Loans. MUSIGA would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the Government of Ghana for its support for this event.

Also, I would like to acknowledge the role the media is playing in support of the Ghana Music Week and would like to appeal to you to even do more to help ensure the success of the festival. To kick off Ghana Music Week, we are calling on all radio and TV stations as well as restaurants and night clubs to dedicate Saturday March 2 to Ghanaian music by playing only Ghanaian music and screening Ghanaian music videos. I know we can all help in various capacities to do that to signify our pride in creativity.

I want to thank all musicians who are here and others who are supporting the festival in other forms.  Indeed, the Ghana Music Week is for all; so join me to invite everyone to the National Theatre and the Accra Sports Stadium to have fun and acquire knowledge.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I hereby invite you to support the Ghana Music Week and be part of this historic event. I thank you for coming and God bless our homeland Ghana.

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