UNESCO Commends Vodafone Ghana Music Awards on National Music Summit Initiative and Promises Support for the Arts in Ghana

The Head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Diallo Abdourahamane, yesterday at the first ever National Music Summit commended the organizer of the ‘Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ and it’s partners for creating the National Music Summit as a platform for the advancement of music through conversation. He said music was powerful and capable of harnessing unity in the society. The National Music Summit was a follow up event to the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and also a celebration of World Music Day in Ghana.

The Head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Diallo Abdourahamane praised the efforts of Charterhouse and partners including Vodafone, for initiating the first ever National Music Summit in Ghana. “My warmest congratulations to the ‘Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ for organizing the first ever ‘National Music Summit’. We are delighted to be here amongst talented musicians and other future creative practitioners to bring attention to the state of the music industry in Ghana. Let me also thank all the partners who joined ‘Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’; the private sector, civil societies, and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture”, he said.

The Head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Diallo Abdourahamane furthermore explained the power of music and why it should be taken seriously. “As we all know, music plays an important role in society. It is the universal language of cohesion. It is an excellent example of the power of ‘living heritage’s to unite humanity around shared values and aspirations. What I mean by living heritage, is the intangible heritage. You see, cultural heritage is not just about the physical aspect of culture such as historical artifacts and buildings, it’s also about the tradition, representation and the practices of living expressions of groups and communities. The intangible aspect of our cultural heritage is important. It is the living form of heritage that is continuously recreated and evolves as communities adapt to their practices and tradition in response to their environment. It is inclusive and community based and helps bond societies together”, he explained.

Speaking to the Deputy Minister – Designate of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Mark Okraku Mantey, The Head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Diallo Abdourahamane, stated that UNESCO will support the Ministry to improve the Creative industry. “During the last few months, we have been witnessing the new dynamism I. The sector, so we wish to congratulate you. Please send our greetings to Minister Hon. Mohammed Awal and be assured of our support as we will be supporting , watching and pushing you to give your best for the culture and creative fraternity in Ghana, for the good of the people of Ghana and Africa”, he said.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, the sciences, and Culture. It was founded in London on November 16, 1945 with present day headquarters in France.

By Jerry Wonder

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