4 other ways MUSIGA could have spent GH¢ 800,000 of GH¢2m gov’t fund

The President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) Bice ‘Obour’ Osei Kuffuor has revealed to Accra-based Starr FM Radio that GH¢ 800,000 out of the GH¢ 2m given to the union from the government was spent to conduct a research into the Gross Domestic Product of the music sector.

Lets take a moment to believe that. ;)

But the reactions of the Ghanaian public on social media towards the spending of the funds on research is not on the positive side at all.

Here are 5 other things the 800k cedis could have been spent on.

1. Setup a first class live recording studio

Considering the current standard of majority of the live recording music studios in Ghana, it is eminent to invest in and setup a first class LIVE recording studio if Ghana utilizing the latest technologies and equipments in music today and subsidizing the price for Ghana musicians.

2. Launch or Invest in a Ghanaian music streaming service

Till today, there is no online music streaming or download service nationally accepted by top Ghanaian musicians and easily accessible to the general public for the patronage of local music with local integrated payment platforms. This makes it near impossible for musicians in the country to monetize their works.

3. Fund a public campaign for the strict implementation of 80% Ghana music on the airwaves

It still makes no sense in 2017 populating the Ghanaian airwaves with majority of Foreign music if this Ghana is really interested in protecting her local musicians rights, values and music. A campaign was started by George .M. Britton sometime last year calling on all people in the music industry to advocate for the implementation of this but we all know how that went.

4. Invest in multiple music labels in outside Accra

The recent introduction of the Zylofon Music label in Accra and their expanded presence in Kumasi sets a pace and also shows an example to other people in the music business that Accra is not the only place good music must come out from or be heard. Musicians like Fancy Gaddam, Maccacio & others have previously proven to us that numbers are not their problem there.

Now, I'm not saying spending that amount of money on research into the music industry is wrong but there are a lot of unanswered questions.

What was the result of the research?
Whats the implementation of this Research?
What do the Ghanaian musicians stand to benefit from this research?

Whatever MUSIGA does should be to the benefit of the average Ghanaian musician and they should be accountable to the industry on their decisions and actions, if not, I do not see the reason the union should exist in the first place.

Anyway, this is just my opinion as a lover, patronizer, and manager of Ghana music.

If you have any other ideas on how you think MUSIGA could invest money that will benefit musicians feel free to share your opinion too.

Source: David Banjoko

Kobbystone of PressureBois releases "Fame Before Fame" EP creative cover art

Nicholas Tetteh Nartey  popularly known 
In showbiz as Kobbystone is said to release his extended play album  titled FamebeforeFame on 26th of October.

The CEO of PressureBois Inc, and "STEADY" hit maker who is Nationally known  for his contribution to the growth of social media trends on twitter branched into the music industry recently and announced the release date of his EP on his social media platforms. Here is the official artwork  created by one of Ghana's Ace pencil and Digital Artist ( GiftedHands ) with track list as well.

D-Black appointed as Ghana Tourism Ambassador

The Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority has appointed D-Black, one of the country’s most phenomenal Entertainment Moguls as Tourism Ambassador.

This outstanding achievement comes just a few days after the Musician/Businessman launched and unveiled his Record Label “Black Avenue Muzik” in a classic event that took place at one of his locations Oasis Pool and Shisha Lounge in Cantonments.

We believe this is a step in the right direction for Ghana as Creative Arts and Entertainment plays a vital role in portraying a nation to the world. Celebrities have the power to reach thousands and millions of people through their social media platforms and D-Black by far has proven himself to be not just an exceptional entertainer but an incredible businessman as well.

Congratulations are in order to you Mr Desmond Blackmore, shine on and make Ghana proud

Source: GhKwaku.com

Chris Attoh named ambassador for Iflix


Ghana welcomes a new movie distribution channel, as Iflix, a subscription video on-demand platform, is launched.
The platform was launched in Accra with the announcement of popular actor Chris Attoh as its brand ambassador.
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Iflix is a subscription video on-demand platform that allows its users to stream and download legal foreign and local content. Users can use it on five different devices, and two of them can be watched at the same time.
A company who sees its only competition as piracy has come at a very crucial time in Ghana’s film industry
“Piracy is not an ethical question in most emerging markets; it is very much a matter of convenience and accessibility. People don’t actively want to steal; they just want to watch the latest television shows and movies. So, the question then arose ‘What if we could provide a service that was better than piracy?’ Instead of the option of purchasing a single movie, what if we could provide thousands of hours of the world’s best content, with hundreds of first run exclusive titles, current hit and iconic award-winning TV series, blockbuster movies, popular local and regional content, children’s programs, and more…for the same price of a pirated DVD. And so, with this revolutionary idea in mind, Iflix was born,” Abner Briandt, Country Manager of Iflix Ghana, indicated.
The app provides so many good functions like its download and watch-later option. It also has a parental guidance option in order to sieve the content which is available to your children. The app can be accessed on mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs, laptops and other devices that can be connected to the internet.
Local movie producers greeted the coming of Iflix with joy because they believe it also has some local content on its platform in order to boost the local movie industry in Ghana.
Again, Iflix also has plans in the near future to commission its own contents beginning, especially in the stand-up comedy genre.
Iflix can be downloaded on the Google Playstore and AppStore, and is offering a one-month free subscription for new customers. Afterwards, customers are required to pay a monthly subscription of GH¢10.75. A full year’s subscription comes with a 33 percent discount.
The app, apart from movies and series, also provides music, sports, kids’ shows, documentaries and many more.
Source: dailyguideafrica.com

Jo-Quaye drops brand new single Talk n Do

Jo-Quaye _ Talk N Do ft Ojay Cute [prod by Jo-Quaye]

Talk n Do is a love hip-hop banger that talk about the adventures of this era’s youthful relationships. It’s a groovy tune that reveals the usual expectations of both sides in today’s relationships.

It features Nigerian female rapper Ojay Cute adding her humor-style flavor to the tune. The song was produced by the creative artiste Jo-Quaye who always gives his beats that timeless & trendy touch.

This track is released shortly after Jo-Quaye’s recent rap banger “Free” and his stage performance at the recently concluded Chale Wote festival which got many people talking.

Stream and Download free below

Ghanaians have ignored highlife - Bisa K’dei

We are made to believe that high-life music is an authentic music genre of Ghanaian music industry, which has been with us all this while but as the saying goes,’music is dynamic’ and every generation and their choices which is also related to music.

There have been many people who have high life music at heart and have spoken against the fall of the music genre in our music industry, but it seems like Ghanaians have now adopted and liked other music genres that do not originate from Ghana than our own high life music which is a big blow to the music industry.

Ghanaian DJ’s and presenters now play music on their various programs without high-life music from Ghana, which is making high-life musicians in Ghana unhappy about it. Due to this act by Ghanaians, it has even opened the door for Nigerian musicians to reign in our music industry with their style of high-life music and have been bold enough to claim’originators’ of the high-life music.

Moving into this problem, one high-life music guru of our time who is putting Ghanaian high-life music on the world map is the award winning high life artiste Ronald Kweku Dei Appiah popularly known as BisaK’dei has come out to add his voice to this unfortunate experience about the same genre; high-life music. In an interview with Flex newspaper, BisaK’dei revealed that it’s very difficult for an A-LIST artiste to make it with high-life music in Ghana without moving from one media house to the other, to do promotions of his or her song which is absurd as far as the Ghanaian industry is concerned.

He continued to say that, Ghanaians seem to concentrate on other music genres more than what is originally theirs, which doesn’t sink with traditions and cultural values and does not the story of Ghana to the world. The ‘Mansa’ and ‘Brother Brother’ hit maker added that, Ghanaians have ignored high-life music because even when general awards nominations come to the public, high-life music is given just two or maybe three categories only while the others get multiple categories which is bad and disrespectful to the music genre.

“This doesn’t encourage other musicians to do high-life. This is because they believe even after their hard work, they will not be awarded which shouldn’t be so and that is killing many talents among the youth. So I am pleading to Ghanaians to love their own which will be enough to motivate others do high life music” he quavered.

Bisak’dei is currently out with his latest banger ‘Sister girl’, a continuation of his hit song ‘Brother brother has urged Ghanaians to pay much attention to high-life music than hip-pop, dancehall, RnB and other music genres that are from telling the history of Ghanaians.

Source: Flex Newspaper