Kiki Banson describes MUSIGA’s office as ‘chop bar’

The Chief Executive Officer of EKB Records, Mr Kiki Banson, has described the head office of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) in Accra as a ‘chop bar’.

A ‘chop bar’ is usually an ordinary eating place without the decorations associated restaurants.

According to Kiki Banson, who also manages and produces Ghana’s Afro-Pop female star, Rebecca Acheampong popularly known as Becca, the administrative office of Ghanaian musicians as it is now he says cannot attract any investor, because it doesn’t show the seriousness of the music industry in the country.

Speaking on Citi FM’s Breakfast Show today March 24, 2011, Mr Banson, who was voicing out his worry over the treatment the industry has received from government, said even the ultra-modern studio with equipment that the President of MUSIGA, Ms. Diana Hopson claims were at the office were all old.

“I can tell you that the equipment at MUSIGA’s office are all old and even the internet café at the building is still using the old type of desktop computers”, Kiki told Host Bernard Avle.

He asked: “If may be a Minister wants to inspect your office and know if you function, are you going to show that person these old things”.

Ms. Hopson at a music forum in Accra early this week mentioned that the musicians union now has a music studio.

She said at the same forum that MUSIGA will soon commission a new technological centre in the building.

But who knows? May be the music industry will receive a face-lift when ECOBANK disclosed that they will soon provide some logistics and funding to the union to aid them in their works.

The bank says it is seriously considering a special credit loan facility for musicians in the country.

The musicians need to make a business case for themselves backed with facts and data to make them attractive since they are also competing with the other sectors of the economy, said Ms Hannah Tetteh, Trade Minister.

Ghana has produced some of the finest musicians or musical groups such as Osibisa, Ramblers, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Amakye Dede, Kojo Antwi among others both on the African continent and abroad.


By Ekow Quandzie

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