The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Industry, Madam Dzifa Gomashie has called on performers to ensure that they personify Ghanaian culture in their performances. She said this is one of the ways for our artistes to measure up on the global stage since we the world does not like what appears as imitations.
The deputy Minister made the call at the ongoing three days National Workshop on Capacity Building organized by the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) for its national and regional executives sponsored by the International Federation of Musicians and Union to Union.
The deputy General Secretary for the International Federation of Musicians Thomas Dayan called on government to ratify the Beijing Treaty on Audio Visual Performances which is crucial for the development of the arts. He also commended the government for the merger of the Tourism, Culture and Creative Industries.
On his part, a former President of MUSIGA and former Vice President of FIM, Alhaji Sidiku Buari commended FIM for its continued support for the development of the Ghanaian music industry. He urged the participants to return to their regions and departments and impart whatever knowledge they acquire at the workshop to their members.
The MUSIGA President Bice Osei Kuffour urged the participants to participate fully in the discussions to enable them benefit fully. He also advised them to remain committed to the development of the Union. General Secretary Deborah Freeman also called on the participants to imbibe the essence of the workshop to ensure that their work as union activists improves. She called for a more formal approach to their work as music industry practitioners to ensure professionalism.
The three day workshop is being attended by national and regional executives of MUSIGA. The International Federation of Musicians is a grouping of musician unions from around the world with over 62 countries represented.