Shaping the way forward for West African Music and Arts

The West African Music and Arts Competition (WAMAFest) celebrated its inaugural version with a dynamic four-day occasion.

Held in Accra, Ghana, WAMAFest introduced collectively trade professionals, authorities officers, and inventive sector practitioners from throughout West Africa and past.

The pageant kicked off with a gap soirée emphasizing the significance of supporting and nurturing the West African music trade. It showcased the area’s cultural richness and positioned West Africa as a worldwide music powerhouse.

Day two, graced by Ghana’s Second Woman, Hajia Samira Bawumia, included panel discussions involving trade consultants. The panels explored new sounds, advertising and marketing methods, and the enterprise features of artwork and music. Pan-African collaborations and digital platforms have been additionally key dialogue factors.

On the third day, grasp lessons educated the following technology and highlighted the significance of building strong trade help buildings.

The ultimate day centered on the celebration of Juneteenth in Ghana, in partnership with the African American Affiliation of Ghana (AAAG). The Juneteenth Parade, beginning on the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre and ending on the Accra Vacationer Info Centre (ATIC), honored the struggles of African Individuals and fostered a way of group for these returning to Ghana. The climax of WAMAFest was a music celebration in partnership with YFM, internet hosting a vibrant musical jam that includes rising Ghanaian skills. Dance troupes and musicians representing genres like Dancehall, Hip Hop, and Afrobeats wowed the viewers. Established artists EL, Kidi, Efya, Kwaw Kese, and a shock look by Black Sherif added to the vitality. Dancers Afronitaaa and Abigail additionally graced the event.

Prof. Jasmine Younger, Co-Founding father of the West African Music and Arts Competition, expressed gratitude to authorities officers and trade gamers. She reiterated WAMAFest’s mission of celebrating West Africa’s cultural heritage, empowering the inventive trade, and shaping the way forward for music and humanities within the area.

WAMAFest 2024 served as a beneficial platform for cultural trade, trade discussions, and mental property safety, fostering a thriving inventive ecosystem.

Distinguished visitors included the Second Woman of Ghana, H.E. Samira Bawumia; the Minister for Tourism, Arts & Tradition, Mr. Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer; the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Tradition, Mr. Mark Okraku Mantey; CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwasi Agyeman; Artistic Arts Company’s Frank Owusu Kwabena; MUSIGA President Bessa Simons; Deputy Director of Industrial Arts at GEPA, Nelly Spio-Ababio; and Vice President of World A&R at Warner Recorded Music, Bello.

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