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    Tamale selects bands for New Music Ghana

    by John Owoo, Daily Guide
    posted Friday, 05 June 2009 16:06| 1 Comments

    Three music groups from the Northern and Upper regions comprising Youth Home, New Ghana and Agbeyeye Borborbor last week qualified after a keenly-contested competition in Tamale to participate in the next round of contest for the New Music Ghana project.

    These groups will on Saturday, June 20 lock horns at the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi with Y.B. International Band, Power of Praise and Super 07, all from the Ashanti region.

    A total of seven groups, namely All Stars, New Ghana, Youth Home, Naa Sigli Gonje, Abgeyeye Borborbor, Evans Atsu Group and Centre for National Culture Brass Band took part in the competition, which was handled by a panel of judges led by Selom Kudzo Agra, a music director at the Bagabaga Training College in Tamale.

    The scene at the Youth Home Theatre where the contest was held turned hilarious as supporters of various groups cheered amidst calling of names and whistles. Some members of the audience including some tourists and aid workers could not help but dance at the open-air theater.

    “It is a great moment for the youth in the North, they need to work hard to develop and popularize our rich musical resources – I wish them the best of luck with the inter regional and national competitions,” said Abubakar Seidu, a music enthusiast in Tamale.

    New Music Ghana, which was launched in March 2009 by Korkor Amaretiefio, co-director of Institute for Music and Development, organizers of the project, is among others meant to encourage young musicians to embrace the use of Ghana’s rich traditional musical reserves to create a new sound that will help catapult music from Ghana onto the world market scene.

    Another competition involving twelve bands from Accra, Ho and Cape Coast would be held at the MUSIGA Hall on June 27, while the finals would be organized at the Alliance Francaise in Accra on Friday, July 3, 2009 .

    The winner of the competition would be offered a recording contract and a chance to participate in the Music Crossroads Festival, which would be held in the Zambian town of Livingston.

    Musicians Union of Ghana, Centre for National Culture in Ho and Kumasi and the Music Department, University of Cape Coast are collaborating in the project, which is being sponsored by the Danish Centre for Culture and Development in Copenhagen.

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