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Volta musicians need to raise market share


Volta musicians need to raise market share

imagesContemporary musicians in the Volta Region need to work painstakingly to find strategies to raise their share of the local and international music market, says Mr Emmanuel Quao, Regional Director of the Centre for National Culture.

Speaking to Ghana News Agency on Friday in an interview, he conceded that the music scene is complex but said those challenges are surmountable.

Mr Quao said essentially, musicians in the region are coming to terms with the current “generational shift”.

He said it should be possible for one to be distinct but yet move with the times.

Mr Quao suggested musicians in the region deepen networking and draw expertise from the masters and mistresses on the production chain, in order to be of relevance to the music market.

Mr Quao, with a long experience in the Ghanaian showbiz, said staying relevant in music making is a huge challenge and that the hemmed-in approach would not achieve results.

He advised the youth interested in music to be innovative, adaptive and resilient.

The interview was occasioned by concerns raised by Togbe Edinam Ansah, a local musician about the low-key cultural and musical scene in the region, as well as the inability of the authorities to complete the Regional Arts Theatre.

Mr Quao said the theatre complex started in the 1990’s and presently houses the regional offices of the Centre for National Centre (CNC).

He said works is about 60 percent complete and the project has been on-and-off.

Mr Quao said the contractor and the consultant are on site and that with a little more effort the building could be completed.

He said the capacity of the theatre is 1,500.

Regarding the cultural scene, he said the CNC is alive to its core job of promoting culture from district to national levels but is being limited by multi-faceted problems.

Mr Quao said he wished that government allocations of funds to the CNC would be regular.

He said CNC has the technical capacity to impact society through drama and other forms of productions on national issues, such as sanitation, malaria control and behavioural change needs.


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