Bice Osei Kuffour (Obour), President for the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) blamed financial and organizational challenges as the cause of the massive Ghana Music Week flop.
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As part of the Ghana@60 celebrations, MUSIGA in collaboration with other sponsors were supposed to organise a music festival to celebrate Ghanaian music but it turn out to be a disaster as patronage was very low.
The late start of the event he indicated also caused the low turnout. The original time for the event was 6pm but we started around check around 10pm and by that time, many had gone back home.
Speaking on Rainbow FM, Obour said, "we had a late start yesterday [Friday] and so we asked the musicians not to perform. We took the decision because we wanted them to perform today [Saturday.]"
He said government has so far allocated an amount of GHc 150,000 for the Ghana Music Week despite budgeting for GHc 800, 000.
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Obour revealed that they encouraged musicians not to charge their commercial rate as part of their contribution towards the celebration but ‘’unfortunately we could not receive any support from corporate Ghana.
“We encouraged some of the musicians to sacrifice’’, he added.
“We used social media to advertise because we had little for mainstream publicity. Ghana music week trended on social media. We did our best and managed what we had to organize this event. The event will definitely suffer because we did not have the means [money].”