Music is for the soul as some musicians and music lovers say. Ghana is also blessed with citizens who compose a song on their own to entertain, advise and sometimes console. Others are used by the various religious group during their worship or service to their God. It unfortunate that a global pandemic, COVID-19 has found Ghana as one of it place of stay. But the government, stakeholders and the citizens have together to take away the pandemic from the country Ghana.
As part of the measures by the government led by Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo to help stop the spread of the virus and to combat it, there had been ban on social gatherings, mandatory social distancing and wearing of nose mask, limited number of people at occasions and others. There have been a lot of awareness on the media on the Covid-19 pandemic.
One of the affected industry is the music industry but regardless the effects of COVID-19, the industry is still trying harder to stay focused.
Helping the government to stop the spread the COVID-19 and eliminate it from the system, the Musicians Union Of Ghana (MUSIGA) which is an umbrella group that unites all musicians in Ghana irrespective of life music genre with over 4,500 members. MUSIGA was incorporated on 19th December, 1975. It has released a song to create awareness about the COVID-19 and to educate people on the COVID-19 pandemic especially regarding to how it can be taken away from the country.
The song features a ghanaian musician and song writer, a 3 times VGMA songwriter of the year award winner Kofi Kinaata. Celestine Donkor, the founder of the Celestial Praise, singer and a song writer also contributed. Paulina Oduro, a highlife musician, actress, talent show judge and a stage performer was featured. Other legends like Amandzeba, Pat Thomas, Rafius Amigo, Samuel Kofi Agyemang and Adane Best was not left out.
This campaign was supported by the Ministry of Information. Support from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) was also welcomed.
Bessa Simons who was elected as the president of the Musicians Union Of Ghana on 18th August, 2011 in Tamale made it clear that the campaign is the MUSIGA’s contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The official video of the campaign song advised that in as much as bans have been lifted and restrictions have been eased, let’s do well to stay safe and observe all stated health protocols.
Writer: Emmanuel Egyir