Agya Koo Nimo, a leading folk musician of palm wine music or Highlife music and once a Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA has as the guest speaker at the launch of Atuu Festival of Arts held over the weekend said the organisers of this festival should do everything possible to keep the Ghanaian highlife music alive.
Atuu Festival of Arts also known as ‘AFA’ designed by Joint Committee of the Collective Management Organizations (JCCMO); COPYGHANA, ARSOG and GHAMROwas officially birthed over the weekend at Golden Tulip with a number of the creative arts patrons passing through to support the initiative. David Dontoh, Socrates Sarfo, AkwasiBoadi affectionately called Akrobetu, and a host of other industry people graced the occasion with their presence.
The guest speaker Agya Koo Nimo in his speech recounted the importance of highlife music to the nation; depicting the tradition and culture of Ghanaians. He further spoke about the late Papa Yankson, another legend in the highlife fraternity who sold Ghana to the world through great Ghanaian highlife tunes. He lamented over his sudden death as a highlife artiste.
The legend, Agya Koo Nimo in a way cautioned ‘AFA’ to make sure highlife music doesn’t die since that genre is being taking over by some other genres in the country. There were splendid performances from the Afro and Neo Soul singer Nana Yaa, highlife artiste Bisa K Dei, Rex Omar and some other performers.
The evergreen Anita Erskine was the MC on the night, and as usual was on top of her game with Nana KobinaNketsia V as the chairman of the occasion. Atuu Festival of Arts is designed to enrich the creative lives of the people of Ghana. It is also to put the country on the global map as a major cultural and arts destination and expose and integrate local artistes or rights owners to the international scene of entertainment, arts and culture.
Some of the members of the planning committee include AsareKonadu, Rex OwusuMarfo (Omar), AbeikuSagoe, Richard Prempeh, Ahmed Banda, Augustine Abbey, Dr. K. MensahGanu, brahamAdjatey among others. It would be held biennially at different locations in the city of Accra.
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