Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Barbados contingent heading to West Africa for 2019 Ghana Music Awards

Culture, Creative Economy and Sports Minister, John King

Culture, Creative Economy and Sports Minister, John King

In a few days, a number of Barbadian entertainers will be making their way to the Republic of Ghana in West Africa, to take part in one of that country's biggest events- the Ghana Music Awards which will be held from May 11 to 18.

Minister of Culture, Creative Economy and Sports, John King told LOOP NEWS, the initiative forms part of ongoing efforts to bring more people to Barbados, to participate in the Crop Over Festival which officially kicks off on June 8 and runs to August 5.

“There are some people who probably never would have thought about coming to Barbados before, but we are having those engagements.  Hopefully, when we are finished all of the negotiations, for the next year 2020 we should have a very large contingent and artistes from Ghana in this country for Crop Over 2020 and this will be reciprocal.  We are actually going this year.  We have a number of artists who are going up to Ghana.

“They will be performing at the Ghana Music Awards and also at a concert called Ghana Meet Naija . . . it is 60 million people who will be exposed to via television. In addition, we [Barbados] is also sponsoring the winner at the Ghana Music Awards for the best Afro-pop song and they will get the opportunity to do a collaboration with a Barbadian artiste,” he revealed

According to its website, the GMAs, now in their 19th year, is considered the biggest, most anticipated, patronized and significant social event on the country’s calendar and is organized in partnership with the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), under the auspices of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Meanwhile, Ghana Meets Naija started back in 2011 and brings together to the stage, the biggest acts in Nigeria and Ghana for one big show.

King added that his ministry was also “working hard behind the scenes to ensure that we spread this wonderful talent that we have to the rest of the world, and we [are using] Ghana as that gateway to the African continent.”

“We are going to be going all out to make sure that the rest of the world knows what Barbados has to offer in terms of entertainment and we have been doing this for a very long time. There was a time when you talk about entertainment in the Caribbean … everybody spoke about Barbados and having all the live bands all over the place, great performances, great performers and I want to see it get back to that, I want us to be the hub for entertainment and not just music. 

“It should be theatre; it should be spoken word; whatever you can think about.  This is part and parcel of our mission in the ministry and we have got the buy-in from the promoters, from the musicians from everybody and we are just going to do this because as I have always said, whatever we do we have to do it at a level that the rest of the world wants to come and enjoy.” the minister noted.

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