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    Adom FM organises Gospel Industry Awards

    by Daily Guide
    posted Monday, 06 June 2011 20:00| 0 Comments

    Without a doubt, one can boldly say that gospel music has had a massive impact on the Ghanaian music industry.

    From pioneers like Kofi Ani Johnson, Professor Kofi Abraham, through to Tagoe Sisters, Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Esther Nyamekye, Yaw Sarpong, the late Rev Michael Osei Bonsu, Amy Newman, among others, to the current crop of the Cecelia Marfos, Ohemaa Mercys, Christiana Loves, Ernest Opokus, and the many others, it is clear that the industry has come far and helped to shape the music industry.

    The rhythms were a bit simplistic in the beginning but as the times have changed, so have the people changed and the rhythms have become more sophisticated through the help of technology, with the lyrics more inspirational and a shift from the lamentation that used to be popular before.

    Although the gospel industry can arguably be said to provide the biggest chunk of the revenue cake for the music industry, its players unfortunately do not get the recognition that they deserve, especially when it comes to awards.

    The industry is home to many players but it is only the musicians who are always singled out for awards and even then, they are pitched against their secular counterparts who enjoy far more recognition than they do. In many of the award schemes for music, the categories for gospel are just a few.

    That obviously is quite worrying and the musicians, especially, have not been too happy with that. In order to fill that void and show them the recognition they deserve, Adom 106.3 FM introduces the Ghana Gospel Industry Awards.

    According to Lawrence Tamakloe of the Events and Promotions Desk of Adom FM, the awards are aimed at celebrating and awarding excellence in the gospel music industry in Ghana.

    'The GGIA seeks to celebrate the works of the gospel music industry; to showcase the talent, innovation and success of the nation's gospel artistes,' he said.

    The event is billed to come off on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the National Theatre in Accra and about 17 awards covering a whole range of gospel musical activities like songs, videos and albums will be honoured.

    An Awards Academy, made up of industry experts like musician and sound engineer, Bessa Simons, who is also the Chairman; Abraham Ohene-Djan of OM Studios; showbiz personality and critic Prince Tsegah; Carlos Sakyi, a musician and copyright activist; Kwame Apau, an arts patron and lecturer at the Regent University; Ernest Ennin, who is the Greater Accra Chairman of MUSIGA, and a producer and celebrated musician Akosua Agyapong, is currently reviewing songs, videos and albums already submitted by artistes and producers.

    The Academy, after its reviews and voting, will publish the final works/entries for each category for public voting.

    The Academy's vote will constitute 60% of the total vote while the remaining 40% will be determined by the general public vote (via txt).

    The categories shortlisted for acknowledgment and awards include Gospel Discovery of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Male Vocal Performance of the Year, Female Vocal Performance of the Year, Gospel Group of the Year, Artiste of the Year, Male Backing Vocalist of the Year, Female Backing Vocalist of the Year, Choral Group of the Year, Best Video of the Year, Popular Video of the Year, Alternative Gospel Video of the Year, Record Label of the Year, Gospel Sound Engineer of the Year, Best Gospel Song Writer, Collaboration of the Year and Honorary Award of the Year.

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