The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), on Friday night actioned some a trumpet flute together with framed photograph of the late Paapa Yankson at a cost of GH¢100,000.
MUSIGA also put on sale a guitar belonging to the late female high-life singer, Awurama Badu at the cost of GH¢30,000 to raise funds for the upkeep of aging musicians.
According to the President of MUSIGA, Bice Osei-Kufour, the auction was to raise more funds for the Aging Musicians Welfare for their upkeep as they become old.
The MUSIGA Presidential Ball is organized every year to raise funds for the union.
This years’ fund raising dinner was successful as the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong offered to place legendary Ghanaian musicians, AB Crentsil, Nana Kwame Ampadu, Jewel Ackah, Obuoba J.A Adofo and CK Man on a GH¢5,000 each subvention till death.
Papa Yankson who died in July this year was instrumental in the formation of the Western Diamonds Band. But two years later, he left to form the Golden Nuggets Band.
Some Ghanaian veteran musicians over the years have complained about neglect by major industry players.
The neglect especially in their old-age, coupled with sickness have greatly affected some musicians sending them into their early grave.
However, MUSIGA appears to be devising more modern approach to cater for the needs of such musicians in their old age.
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