THE Volta Music and Entertainment Industry Board has been inaugurated to reward creativity, fight piracy and protect Intellectual Property Rights.
It is also to boast the music industry of the region.
The seven-member Board has Togbe Edinam Ansah, a veteran musician and a former national executive of the Musicians Union of Ghana as its chairman.
It is also to package the vast array of rich musical forms of the people of the Volta region to boost access to fortunes within the industry to rekindle appreciation for cultural values, norms and practices.
Inaugurating the Board at Ho yesterday, Colonel (rtd) Cyril Necku, deputy Volta Regional Minister, lamented over the situation where the region abounds in rich musical forms but couldn’t access the fortunes of the industry.
He tasked the Board to wake talented musicians up from their slumber and exploit their slumber and exploit the opportunities for their benefit.
Col (rtd) Necku appealed to musicians in the region to collaborate effectively so as to form a Music and Arts foundation to unearth talents and exploit all the rich cultural traditions and practices into commercial opportunities.”
The Board’s Chairman, Togbe Ansah express concern about the attitude of musicians in the region which had resulted in their inability to form an anti-piracy organization and lack of interest in the promotion of cultural practices, values and norms of the region.
He urged the government to complete the regional theater, open a copyright secretariat and construct an Art and Culture Centre to help mitigate high incidence of piracy and plagiarism in the region.
Professor Kombla Amoaku, a former Director of the National Theatre observed that conflict between religion and musicians in the past had resulted in the of live bank music in the region since it was acclaimed devilish.
He called for an effective collaboration between the Centre of National Culture and musicians to put to rest apathy and acrimony to sustain the growth and development of the industry.
Mr Simon Gamor, music maser of Awudome Senior High School, stressed on the need for musicians in the region to bury their egos and differences towards the nurturing of a vibrant, viable, responsive and respected and disciplined industry.
Togbe Sakrafo X, paramount chief of Goviefe Tradition Area, in the South Dayi district, who chaired the function, appealed to musicians, music students and music lecturers and tutors from the region to assist and support the transformation of Ewe music in the country.