The National Elections Committee (NEC) of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), has called off the union’s elections to elect new national and regional executive officers scheduled for Wednesday, January 12 till further notice.
This was revealed in a statement signed by the Chairman of National Election Committee for MUSIGA, Mr. Peter Marfo on Friday January 7 and copied to the Nationalistgh.com in Accra.
The statement noted that, after extensive consultations with the Electoral Commission of Ghana, the elections of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) slated for Wednesday 12th January, 2022,has been postponed.
” The decision to postpone the elections is due to a number of factors which have warranted the decision”, it said.
The statement further stated that, a new date would be communicated to the membership of the Union for the National and Regional elections which will take place on the same day nationwide.
The statement apologized to all the members especially the aspirants.
“On behalf of the National Election Committee, we would like to apologize to the Aspirants and members for any inconvenience this decision may cause them”, it added.
It explained that, the committee is feverishly preparing to ensure that the elections are conducted in a free and fair manner for the true choice of members to prevail for the betterment of the Union and the music industry in Ghana as a whole.
By Philip Teye Agbove
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KiDi wins 2022 VGMA Artiste of the Year
Lynx Entertainment signer, KiDi has won the Artiste of the Year at the 2022 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
The event was held at the Grand Arena of the Accra International Conference on May 6, 2022 and May 7, 2022.
The technical awards were presented on the first day of the event, while the Day 2 catered for popularity based awards.
See the winners of the 2022 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards below:
Artiste of the Year – KiDi
Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year – Touch It (KiDi)
Album/EP of the Year – (Golden Boy) KiDi
Best New Artiste – Black Sherif
Record of the Year – Sad Gurlz Luv Money (Amaarae)
Audio Engineer of the Year – Chris V. Rootselaar and Jaap Wiewel
Best Rap Performance of the Year – Lyrical Joe
Reggae Dancehall Artiste – Stonebwoy
Afropop/Afrobeat Artiste – KiDi
Afrobeats Song of the Year – Sefa
Collaboration of the Year – Enjoyment Minister (D Black)
Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year – Touch It (KiDi)
Afropop Song of the Year – Praise (Fameye)
Best Highlife Artiste of the Year – Akwaboah
Highlife Song of the Year – Thy Grace Part 1 (Kofi Kinaata)
Gospel Artiste of the Year – Joe Mettle
International Collaboration of the Year – Forever Remix (Gyakie)
Hip hop Song of the Year – Second Sermon (Black Sherif)
Hiplife Song of the Year – Yeeko (Okyeame Kwame)
Hip hop/Hiplife Artiste of the Year – Sarkodie
Gospel Song of the Year – Ote Me Mu (Ohemaa Mercy)
African Artiste of the Year – Wizkid
Producer of the Year – MOGBeatz
Music for Good – Greedy Men (Stonebwoy)
Instrumentalist of the Year – Joshua Moszi
Music Video of the Year – Bosom PYung – Nyinya
Songwriter of the Year – Fameye (Praise)
Male Vocal Performance – Kwaisey Pee (Amazing God)
Female Vocal Performance – Niella (Where You Are)
Traditional Artiste – Nii Tettey Tetteh
Vodafone Green Award – Stonebwoy
Shatta Wale’s case adjourned to April 19
An Accra Circuit Court has adjourned the case of Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known as “Shatta Wale”, a dancehall artiste, and three others to April 19, 2022.
The adjournment was at the instance of the defense.
Mr Jerry Avenogbo, lawyer for Shatta Wale, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that his client was out of the jurisdiction, and he needed to inform the court.
“I officially wrote to inform the court of my client’s inability to be in present,” he said.
Shatta Wale is standing trial with Kojo Owusu Koranteng, aka “Nana Dope,” Eric Ventnor, aka “Gangee” and Iddrisu Yusif for publication of false news.
They have denied the charge and are on bail.
Prosecute Shatta Wale, others now or acquit and discharge them – Lawyers
Lawyers for Shatta Wale and his accomplices, at a previous court hearing, expressed disappointment in the State for unduly delaying the trial of their clients.
The lawyers, Jerry Avenogbor, Andrew Vortia and Samuel Ofori, told the Accra Circuit Court 4 in January 2022, that the accused persons were arrested with speed and aggression and put before the court only for the prosecution to go back to sleep.
Mr. Avenogbor lamented in court that for the past few months, all they do is to come to court for an adjournment.
While Mr. Ofori told the court they were ready for trial and wondered about the delay on the part of the prosecution, Mr. Vortia prayed the court to begin considering an acquittal and discharge of the accused persons.
GTA, Kwahu Traditional Council launch 2022 Kwahu Easter & Paragliding Festival to boost local economy
The Ghana Tourism Authority, GTA, with the support of the Kwahu Traditional Council and a local organizing committee consisting of the Kwahu West, East, and South Municipal Assemblies, has launched the 2022 edition of the annual Kwahu Easter and Paragliding Festival.
The short traditional ceremony which took place at the palace of Kwahumanhene, Dasebere Akuamoah Boateng at Abene, is focused on improving domestic tourism to boost the local economy.
About three million people are expected to visit and take part in this year’s event which will take off from the 15th of April.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwasi Agyemang, who expressed satisfaction with the work done by the local organizing committee, said the local economy will receive a massive boost with the return of the festival which had not taken place for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In terms of accommodation facilities, a lot of hotels get revenue during the Easter festivities, they also employ more hands during this time, and it also creates jobs in the process. The transport business also has its share as car rental services, taxi drivers, airlines all benefit from flying tourists in and out. Research conducted two years ago on the celebration made us aware that a number of people who came into the country specifically came because of the paragliding so that also contributes to the transport sector as Bolt, Uber and other ride-hailing operators also get more clients and customers”.
“Farmers are not left out because the food people come to consume are cultivated by these farmers, the hotels will purchase a lot of farm produce from our farmers, our brewery companies also benefit a lot from the sale of alcoholic beverages as people buy a lot during the festive season. Again, tourist sites in the Kwahu enclave also get their fair share. Since we began the paragliding some years ago, there has been a lot of infrastructural development at Odweanoma, and we are of the firm belief that by the end of this year the paragliding activity will be an all-weekend activity that people can move to come and enjoy every weekend because the local pilot who was trained is there.”
Let’s commercialize Kwahu Easter
The Kwahu West Municipal Chief Executive, Yaw Owusu Addo, who is also a member of this year’s local organizing committee spearheading the Kwahu Easter and Paragliding Festival is calling for the commercialization of Kwahu Easter.
According to Mr. Owusu Addo, the week-long celebration should not only be merry-making but an avenue to improve and boost the economy.
The Kwahu Easter Celebration is at a level where it needs to be monetized. At first it was all about merrymaking, eating, dancing, drinking, but this time it should be about making money, so I plead with Nananom [Traditional leaders] to help us commercialize the celebration. I have been part of the committee spearheading this year’s event, but because we are working with limited time there is not much to be done in that regard but going forward we can do more.”
“My brother mentioned a number of tourist sites here in Kwahu which have not been developed to the satisfaction of tourists. Easter alone should not attract tourists to Kwahu, we need to build art villages across Kwahu where sculptures can be moulded, drums and other artifacts to attract people who can move from their towns to visit Kwahu to watch how these things are done and by so doing they will end up buying one or two. The government is constructing a number of good roads which will ease the movement of people to tourist sites very soon, so there is the need for us to take advantage of this and build art centers to attract tourists”.
Source: Citinewsroom. com
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