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    Music is a potential revenue earner

    by George Clifford Owusu, Daily Guide
    posted Monday, 26 January 2009 14:04| 0 Comments

    Photo: Ghana Music.comOne of Ghana’s music icons, Bice Osei-Kuffuor, aka Obour has indicated that music is a potential revenue earner, which when properly developed, could create more employment opportunities for the country.

    He noted that music holds the key to unlocking economic wealth and could also be used as a tool for social change.

    He urged various organisations that are interested in investing in the music industry to put in packages that have the potential to grow the industry, the individual musician and the economy as a whole.

    He also appealed to the Government to incorporate the economic importance of copyright into the national development agenda, saying it would bring more earnings to the country.

    Obour noted that Ghanaian music had the potential of earning million of dollars from the world market for the country, adding that if the necessary structures were put in place for effective administration, promotion and distribution, the benefits would be significant.

    He indicated that countries like Jamaica are making huge economic gains through music and Ghana could learn from that. He confirmed his admiration for the people of Jamaica for using music as a major tool for tourism development.

    “Millions of tourists visit Jamaica every year to partake in reggae sound splash and that brings into their kitty hard currency.”

    He said musicians are inspired by the very environment they live in and get their lyrics and drive from happenings around them.

    "When we, therefore, see something going wrong and raise our voice, we should not be mocked or ridiculed but rather listened to", apparently referring to his latest passion for issues bothering on the development of the youth.

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