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‘I will contest Obour, he has failed musicians’ – Ambolley

Despite his failed attempt at the last election, celebrated Ghanaian

musician, Gyedu Blay Ambolley says he will again contest the

presidency of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) as he can offer

better and effective leadership.

In Blay Ambolley's opinion, the current president, Bice Osei Kufour

aka Obour, and his administration has failed and does not deserve

another term.

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Talking to the Graphic Showbiz last Tuesdayin Accra, the Simingwa Man

said thecurrent administration had reneged on its promise to seek the

welfare of musicians, both active and retired, as well as failed to

win the confidence reposed in it when it was given the mandate.

Also, the veteran saxophonist alleges that Obour and his

administration has misappropriated the GH¢2 million government gave to

the creative arts which landed at MUSIGA.

"Do you know what GH¢2 million can do? It could have changed the

fortunes of our musicians, but I can't see the fruits of that money

anywhere because we have poor leadership who also lack vision", he

said.

He said people had been so disappointed that they had called on him to

be the alternative. "I will definitely compete again. I will file when

nominations open and contest the presidential slot when the MUSIGA

elections scheduled for October, this year comes off. "In fact, I

would have no reason notto seek the welfare of my people. "I have

received many calls and it isa sign that people have reposed their

confidence in me. Music is mycalling and it is God's gift to me. I

cannot disappoint those who believe in me," he said.

Ambolley whose music career spans over four decades and has travelled

widely added " I'm in a better stead to leadthe musicians because I

have seen it all in music around the world".

Asked if his desire to be MUSIGA president was for personal

glorification, he replied in the negative saying " I am passionate

about helping to change the fortunes of musicians in Ghana and nothing

else. I have the experience because I was the Vice-President to Ebo

Taylor when he was MUSIGA president before I travelled to America.

Since I came back about five years ago, I've seen the pathetic

conditions of some of my colleagues." "This is what I want to correct.

We can't let those who havesacrificed all their lives to build the

music industry die in such conditions. If the right structures are not

put in place, I could suffer the same fate," he said.

Ambolley also revealed he had been contacted by the Obour

administration to help steer the affairs of the Union but declined not

because he does not have agood relationship with them. " I just think

the right things must be done first. The problem must be tackled from

the roots", he said.

Touching on the state of the music industry at the moment, Ambolley

who says he started rap music in Ghana said that the new crop of

artistes are copying too much of foreign music genres.

" Don't get me wrong, I am not against that but my only worry is how

our highlife music is fast losing its identity. "I know that music is

evolving and the world has become a global village so there will

definitely be exchange of cultures. However, we can adopt and still

maintain that which identifies us. This is what I have been advocating

for. We can copy, yes, but we can change it to suit ourstyle" he

added.

"The Indians, Jamaicans, Carribeans and even ourbrothers in Nigeria

have done it so why can't we do same?" he questioned.

He continued, "It is notabout copying others, it is about how you do

yours well to appeal to others outside.

Ambolley released his first single in 1973 and has shared on the same

stage with some of the world's renowned artistes.

The multiple award winnerlaunched his 28th album African Soul at the

Alliance Francaise in Accra recently.

Source: graphic.com.gh

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Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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