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Enforce NFA Law to instill discipline in the creative art industry-actress, Akofa Edjeani called on government!

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Veteran actress, Ms Akofa Edjeani has called on government to enforce the National Film Authority (NFA) Law to ensure that the art industry is imbibed with ethics without adopting foreign culture.

That, she said would promote the creation of a conducive environment for local production, distribution, exhibition and marketing of films as well as preserving the nation’s culture from foreign invasion.
The actress noted that when the law is passed, it would encourage the use of films to project the identity and culture of Ghana and the way of life of its citizens.
“Now actresses and musicians wear skimpy and body appealing clothes that don’t depict our culture, it is destroying the generation and corrupting the fine system we have,” she stressed.
Speaking with degraftpr.co.uk in Accra on Thursday, the actress who doubles as the Treasurer of Ghana Culture Forum and the Convener of Calabash Arts indicated that culture was the soul of every nation and was therefore relevant in every country’s development, hence the need to preserve it to retain the nation’s heritage.
“A country without culture is a generation with no past knowledge of their history, therefore the generation must be reoriented on the past history of the land,” she added.
Ms Edjeani further stated that culture should not be idolised but rather be deepened for people to be able to distinguish themselves and their region from others since each region had its own peculiar and rich culture.
According to her, should the NFA law be passed, it would go a long way to monitor the art industry to instil discipline whilst also refining the content they produced to the outside world.
Ms Edjeani explained that musicians, actors and actresses are followed by the mass and they have the tendency to change trends, shape and preserve culture, adding that the media should supplement the effort by telecasting 70 percent of the local content and 30 percent of foreign content.
She maintained that the art and culture would be strengthened if the key players come together to promote made-in-Ghana goods to the world and urged parents to speak the local dialect with their wards.
By Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

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Ghanaians don’t patronise Reggae/Dancehall music-Ak Songstress claims

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Music lovers in the country barely patronise reggae and dancehall tunes, the vibrant female reggae and dancehall goddess, Ak Songstress has claimed.

She insisted that they only loved the idea of reggae and dancehall music as a genre but did not have any heart for the art.

According to her, that has compelled many dancehall artistes like Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Samini and Epixode to embrace the Afro pop genre in order to respond to the changing demands of the Ghanaian music industry.

The songstress responding to the sidelines of the reggae and dancehall tunes to degraftpr.co.uk in Accra on Friday noted that the genre in reality was relegated to the background as many music lovers did not actually understand the language and the music.

She maintained that the language barrier made the consumers loss interest in the dancehall music, thus compelled her to promote her reggae and dancehall music in the foreign countries.

Ak Songstress

The dancehall diva lamented that radio stations and Disc jockeys (Djs) in the country arranged their play list in such a way that only fix afro beat tracks and not dancehall tunes, adding that “so you will mostly hear them playing my new afro beat track ware me, operation feed yourself, secret admirer among others.”

She indicated that she was breaking crowds with reggae and dancehall genre across the globe and has released uncountable reggae dance hall tracks this year for which she was nominated for international awards.

“My dancehall tracks get more attention in foreign countries but it is opposite in the country, slow it down has been nominated for United Kingdom (UK) Ghana music award as reggae dancehall song of the year,” she said.

The latest reggae/dancehall song from Ak

The sensational versatile songstress expressed commitment to make the industry very vibrant, starting off she said she has released a tribute song for lucky Dube titled “It is not easy” ahead of her upcoming Extended Play (EP).

Chipping the site in her mini album, Ak reiterated that the EP is dubbed “Final burial of critics” which would be released in October and promised that it would be “the mother of all dancehall music ever produced in the country.”

BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE

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Engage ‘our’ aged people in movies-Vincent McCauley calls on movie producers

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One of the celebrated Ghanaian actors, Vincent McCauley has expressed displeasure about the rate movie producers sidelined aged people in movies.

According to him, the act has shifted attention of movie consumers in the country to Nollywood movies, lamenting that it has crippled the growth of the industry.

Speaking exclusively to degraftpr.co.uk in Accra on Thursday, the talented actor bemoaned that the industry was not competitive enough for other producers to present something new thus they all geared towards same direction, repeating same mistakes.

He said the country was endowed with talented elderly women and men with lots of  veteran actors and actresses who could be featured to play the role of grandmothers, mothers, in-laws and other elderly roles to showcase the talents of adults.

That, the ace actor intimated was not what people see in the industry and called on producers to desist from using renowned young actors and actresses to play the role of aged in movies.

He stressed that movie depicted real life story and the content narrated to watchers would back how important the story was if the cast play their role well and right people were used to make watchers have the natural feel.

For the film industry to grow, Vincent McCauley suggested that producers should imitate Nollywood, Bollywood and other great industries to work on the way they cast their movies and urged the citizenry to also embrace new talents when they are introduced in movies.

“Sometimes the producers are also scared that people might not like the new talent introduced, that is why they keep repeating the same people to act the roles,” he said.

The actor underscored the need for the industry to produce contents that would target kids to help curb promiscuity among them.

“It is sad that the industry is saturated with adults movies with little act for kids to watch, kids deserve to have something that will empower them to unleash their talent,” the actor stated.

He indicated that kids were endowed with talents and was time for producers to make stars out of them and also cautioned parents to monitor their wards from watching movies that could destroy their moral upbringing.

Known for his maiden TV series things we do for love, he also stared in Adams Apple and has played major role in lots of Ghallywood movies.

BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE

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Benemma Poetry Network Presents Vibes Under Moon On UCC Campus

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Vibes under moon is a poetry event which is being organized by Benemma Poetry Network and is scheduled to take place on 20th September, 2019 at the forecourt of University of Cape Coast Senior Club House between 5:30pm and 9: 30pm.
The aim of the event is to demonstrate to the Ghanaian community the richness and impactful nature of poetry.

Students of the University of Cape Coast and the entire populace of the Cape Coast municipality will be exhilarated by stunning poetry performances as one of Ghana’s finest poets; Nana Asaase prepares to perform at the maiden edition of Vibes Under moon. Philip Boakye Dua Oyinka, popularly known as Nana Asaase, is one of the sought-after figures in the Ghanaian art industry owing to his established credentials as arguably the best poet the country has had over the past decade.

Nana Asaase (Poet)

He performed at the 2018 edition of the Ghana UK based Achievement Awards and was even presented with an honorary award at the maiden edition of the Ghana Writer’s award in 2016. Nana Asaase is a member of the National Folklore Board and the CEO of Asaase Inscriptions, Ghana’s First Literary Coaching Agency.
His presence will certainly light up the event which is being organized by Benemma Poetry Network, a poetry network in Cape Coast with the aim of igniting the interest in poetry.

There will be other performing artistes at the event including: Soul musician Nene Narh, poets:Enaa de poet Cobbold, Kweku Dallah, Jay Dee, Emstabos, Fritz D Poet, Folivi, Scortia, Rick d biggerMan, Xarxas, D poet, Alexandra Koka, Jason Appiatu, Christmal and Kweku Anamon Taylor.


Nene Narh (Soul Musician)

The rate for the event is GHc5.00 and interested persons can contact 0540260305/ 0554162825 to purchase an advance ticket.
Brands interested in sponsoring the event can as well contact the aforementioned numbers.

Source: Benemma Poetry Network

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