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MUSIGA Calls For Support


The Musician Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has called for support for the industry to ensure that radio stations pay their royalties to help the Union grow to meet international standards.

Mr Ahuma Bosco Ocansey, the Director of Communications and Special Projects, said there was the need for concerted efforts, led by the state, to ensure that musicians got their royalties from radio stations to enable them to thrive.

He said non-payment of royalties was affecting the fortunes of musicians, leading to hardships when the musicians were no longer in active service.

Mr Ocansey said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra on Tuesday.

On the assessment of the industry, he said 2017 was successful year as far as the industry was concerned because of the resurgence of high-life.

Mr Ocansey said some of the biggest songs of the year such as ‘Angela’ were released by young people who were high-life oriented, noting that it was refreshing that younger people were following the traditions of the elderly ones in the music industry. 

He urged industry players to exhibit maturity in their affairs and to channel their grievances and challenges through the Union for redress.

On future projections, Mr Ocansey said the industry had introduced the “Future Incubation Project,” which would allow legends to mentor 100 young musicians.

The industry, he added, would start a diploma course aside its certificate course that would equip young people with skills to develop their talent.

The industry would also continue to honour five more ageing musicians just as it did for A.B Crentsil, Nana Kwame Ampadu, Jewel Ackah, Obuoba JA Adofo and C.K. Mann and many other initiatives, which would be officially announced later in the year.

He urged upcoming musicians to get in touch with the MUSIGA and the National Film and Television Industry to register for the programme to enable them to understand the fundamentals of the business since talents alone could not take them to the top.

“Education is important for them as young ones if they want to advance in their career,” he stated.

He advised those already in the business to also learn to enhance their capacity to create good music.

“Improve on your skills because the world we live in is getting more competitive and evolving. If you rest on your laurels you will be overtaken by events,” he said.
Source: GNA

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