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"Smoke the peace pipe and let sleeping dogs lie" - Okraku Mantey to DJs, Musicians

Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mark Okraku Mantey has appealed to Ghanaian Musicians and DJs to resolve their differences and help each other in promoting Ghanaian Music before, during and after this year's yuletide.

He made these remarks while addressing the media in Accra on Thursday.

Speaking at the press briefing, Mr. Mantey said "You need eachother. The DJs and Artists should smoke the piece piepe. The DJs and Artists must respect each other"

Mr. Mantey underscored the importance of collaboration among artists and music producers.

He warned that without such unity, Ghana risked succumbing to the constant influx of foreign music.

On her part, Director of the Creative Arts Agency, Gyankromah Akufo-Addo was bent on garnering support for local music and legislation favoring the broadcasting of local content.

"Today marks the day that we are pledging to push Ghanaian music to the forefront of our audiences, starting at home. The Creative Arts Agency will collaborate with stakeholders and players in the music, film, and broadcasting industries to review our local content regulations."

She stressed on the need for amendments to both the cultural policy and the broadcasting bill, taking inspiration from Nigeria's 70% local content law across music, film, and broadcasting.

Smallgod-Nana Appiasei expressed concern over the decline of Ghanaian music and urged intentional efforts to elevate local content to regional standards.

He said the campaign if taken seriously would not only bolster the festive atmosphere with local sounds but also pave the way for a more robust and sustainable future for Ghanaian music on the global stage.

High-profile dignitaries and prominent Ghanaian artists, such as Samini, Reggie Rockstone, Black Sherrif, DJ Mensah, D-black among others charged all to do away with blame games and called for support for local music before, during and after the yuletide.

Former Manager of Music duo, R2Bees, Gome underscored the need for DJs among others to promote local music during the festive season.

He stressed that little or less airplay of Ghanaian songs this yuletide will not help project the industry to investors.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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