Yesterday at the Grand Arena in Accra, 4 distinguished personalities who have stood for excellence in their various fields in the music industry over the years were honored. The honors came off at the ‘Vodafone Ghana Music Awards – National Music Summit’; an event that precedes the grand ‘V.G.M.A Weekend’ and aimed at highlighting the importance of music in Ghana and the challenges facing the industry and stakeholders. The honorees were veteran music and former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) Sidiku Buari, music scholar and Highlife enthusiast Professor John Collins, Musicologist and Composer Kenneth Kwaku Avotri Kafui, and pioneer distribution and music production company Big Ben Music. They became the first recipients of the newly curated ‘Titan Awards’; a scheme to specially honor individuals and institutions of valour for their contributions to the growth and development of the Music Sector.
The four veterans each received a citation and a plaque in the presence of other industry pioneers, stakeholders and members of the Ghanaian press, and simultaneously streamed live across the world to millions of fans of Ghanaian music via social media. One of the most popular living pioneers of Ghanaian music Alhaji Sidiku Buari, expressed his gratitude at the honor done him and his colleagues. “First of all, let me thank Almighty God, for making it possible for us today to come and receive this award. I also like to thank Charterhouse for this award because, this is special to me. I dedicate this award to all the musicians in Ghana and to the International Federation of Musicians”, he said.
Alhaji Sidiku Buari was honored as an Administrator in the music industry for his meritorious service. The award was presented by Deputy Minister Designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture Mark Okraku Mante.
Professor John Collins was also honored as a Musicologist for his meritorious service to the Ghana music industry. The award was presented by the Chairman of the Ghana Music Royalties Organization (GHAMRO) Rex Omar.
Also, the late Musicologist and Composer Kenneth Kweku Avotri, was recognized as a Music Educator for his meritorious service which had significantly contributed to Ghana music. The plaque and citation was received by his Children and was presented by Inspirational singer Diana Hopeson.
Big Ben Music received an honor as an ‘Executive Producer & Music Distributor’ for his meritorious service which churned out a lot of top musicians in the Ghana music industry. The award was presented by popular pioneer music producer Fred Kyei Mensah.
The VGMA Titans Awards is a Charterhouse initiative, partnered by TV3, DStv, GHQR, and made possible by Vodafone Ghana.
By Jerry Wonder