President John Dramani Mahama is expected to open the first-ever Ghana Music Week (GMW) being organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in collaboration with the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA)on Monday 4th March.
The opening of the event will take place at the National Theatre on the theme: “Engaging Music as a Catalyst for Unity and National Growth”.
Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts is fully in support of the initiative. Her Ministry and MUSIGA on Saturday March 2nd urged all radio and television stations including entertainment facilities in the country to play Ghanaian music as part of activities to mark the Music Week.
A released signed by Mr Alphonse Kumaza, a Tourism Officer at the Ministry on Friday, said the celebration aims to create an industry biggest platform to harmonize activities of the artistes, bring key stakeholders together to support the course of Ghanaian music and showcase the values of Ghanaian authentic music and tourism.
The Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Ministry headed by Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, is in full support of the initiative that will be annual affair.
Activities lined up for the celebration include Traditional Music Day on March 4th where there will be artistes’ signature gathering and the official opening by President Mahama. The Minister of Trade and Industry will also open an exhibition. Regional music and dance festival will also be organised across the ten regions.
Day 2 on March 5, 2013 will be for Choral Music, Instrumentals and Live Band day. The spot light will be on stakeholders in advertising, arts, crafts, designs, film, performing arts, publishing, research and development and software and media. Music industry training workshops and national music essay contest will also take place on day two.
The third day is Hip Life and Reggae Day. A stakeholder discussion on the growing industry will be held followed by a mega event dubbed the “GHANA UNITY CONCERT” at the Accra Sports Stadium from 12:00 noon to 12:00 Mid-Night.
Day four comes with the flavour of Jazz and authentic African music for music lovers. A Gala Nite will also be organised fro expatriates at the National Theatre along side film show and drama in partnership with the British Council. Ghana Music Week Talent Discovery for Students and Amateur Performance will also be organised.
The activity on the fifth day will be Hip-Life Music Day. Live radio presentations will also be organised which will be crowned with HI-LIFE ALIVE Concert.
Saturday day six is named Africa Music Day. On that day a clean-up exercise will be held to enable MUSIGA to give back to society. There will also be a concert dubbed MUSIGA ALL – STAR & AWARDS NITE.
The final day Sunday March 10th is christened “Gospel Music Day”. There will be inter-Churches Mass Choir show and Ghana Music Week Gospel Rock Show.
The week’s activities are expected to attract over 500 musicians, bands, industry experts from around the world and representatives of music unions from Africa and United Kingdom.