The CEO of Dugix Company Limited and GH Youth Choir Choral Music, Mr. Stephen Ekow Dougan, has expressed satisfaction at this year’s GH YouthChoir Choral Festival and believes without any skepticism that, it has come to stay.
The event was put together to give the youth choirs the opportunity to learn more about choral music and its associated arts through seminars and interactions with renowned music professionals.
The second edition of the awards event which took place at the College of Physicians & Surgeons in Accra over the weekend saw a number of choral music gurus and some industry people like Nii Ayitey Hammond of Charterhouse, Pastor Anthony Melkisadech, Tonyi Seneyah, Patrina Quaye (Mrs), among others. Some of the senior musicians who were invited include Mr. Kweku Acquah-Harrison and Mr. Ben Amakye.
Sylvia Tetteh, Theophilus Osei Sarfo and some amazing choirs like Gramophone Ghana, One Voice Choir and Harmonious Choir thrilled the audience with splendid performances. Comedians OB Amponshah and Foster Romanus were the MCs on the night.
The honorary award (Lifetime Achievement) went to Mr. Kras Arthur, a choral music legend and a composer of the famous song ‘Nyame Ye Osahen’ and a journalist/promoter of choral music on radio and TV, Mr. Bright Ahetor was also presented an honorary award.
Choirs like Glorious Chorus, Divine Chorale were awarded the Discovery Choir of the Year and Humanitarian Concert of theYear respectively. The Album of the Year went to Divine Choral with the Institution Concert of the Year going to Pax Choir KNUST. Sam Asare Bediako picked the Choral Song of the Year with the song M’asedaNdwom. Gramophone Ghana also picked the Easter Concert of the Year at the event among other categories with the overall award, Choir of the Year going to Harmonious Choir.
In an exclusive interview with Flex newspaper, Stephen Ekow Dougan as part of the reasons for this festival was to bring all these choirs together to exhibit their talents and to announce to people the number of choral groups we have in Ghana and to fade out the perception of having just one or two choral groups in the country.
It is important to note that all these choirs are not only based here in Accra but from other regions competing for different awards.
He continued to say that the festival/event also creates a platform for the choirs to display their talents by making known books they have written and albums they have produced themselves.
The CEO of the festival expressed fulfillment and confidence about the sustainability of the event and believes it has come to stay and also pleaded with all and sundry and the necessary stakeholders to support choral music in Ghana.
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