Long live Ghanaian music

The Golden Jubilee edition of the Ghana Music Awards (GMA) is finally here with us and the atmosphere is buzzing with speculation about who wins what.

Nominees are keeping their fingers tightly crossed whilst the general public looks forward to a smooth, well-organized three-event fiesta.

Some people doubted if the GMA would survive when it was instituted seven years ago, pointing to other irregular arts awards regimes in the system.

All sorts of criticism, some constructive and others downright destructive, then emerged. The pleasant thing is that organizers of the GMA have tended to be good listeners, often keen to consider useful suggestions.

Categorisation, for instance, has been under constant review. The public concern about the absence of live music was taken on board and the GMA now throbs to some exciting live music whenever it is held.

No matter how we regard the GMA, events like it are necessary for us to appreciate our musicians and others who work in music-related fields.

The Grammys and other high-profile music awards schemes started on lowly notes just like the GMA. They have grown because the people the awards are meant for have been supportive and work out ways all the time for the awards to survive and thrive.

We believe being nominated for an award is an achievement in itself. We therefore say ‘ayekoo’ to all the nominees and wish them luck. Long live Ghanaian music.