Veteran musician and song writer, Bessa Simons has revealed that he has plans to help members of the Musicians Union of Ghana, (MUSIGA) to expand their horizon in the music business as he and his interim team must work hard for MUSIGA to gain its former glory as well.
Bessa Simons in a phone interview on Cape Coast based ATL FM’s entertainment program, ENTERTAINMENT ZONE, hosted by Danny Blue, a.k.a Barrister Daniels said that he and his hardworking executive board are working assiduously to ensure that members of MUISGA gain adverse knowledge on certain concepts and phenomenon in the music business as he stands in as the interim chairman of MUSIGA after the tenure of then president, Bice Osei Kuffour popularly known as Obuor.
” We are currently bedeviled with a lot of issues at MUSIGA especially considering the barrage of some court cases that has hampered the work progress at MUSIGA. As a result, I had to get all hands on deck, this is because to be successful, all your executive members must work hard. Some of our members don’t really understand the essence of MUSIGA and the benefits they seek to gain as members of MUSIGA. There are a lot of things that the members don’t totally comprehend especially when it comes to copyright issues”.
He further added that there are strategies being put in place in the various regions so that it would equip members to gain a deeper understanding as to what are the core issues that could enhance the business of the musicians. For instance, issues of copyright and welfare would be restructured to give much benefits to the members.
“Most of our members do not understand a lot of things even when it comes to copyright issues leading to a confusion between members and GHAMRO. As a result, we are going to work hard to put some strategies in place to help members. Major among them is regular workshops on how to deal with copyright issues so that no one deceives them. We would also make arrangements for what we call MUSIGA TV, this would afford members to have access to the media and other seven top traditional stations that would provide them with interviews and even play their songs for free. We would also have workshops on how to get very good videos unto very good media platforms”.
In addition he said that sometimes, unknown or underground acts do not even get to perform on some top shows when it comes to the various regions, hence he is putting in place measures to ensure that in the Central Region and Cape Coast especially, the Regional chairpersons would ensure that hardworking artistes and underground artistes are given big platforms outside the region and even during big shows in the region so that they would also demonstrate their talent and artistery to the world.
Bessa Simons is a forty year industry veteran who has played with all the big names in Ghana. He was a member of the Osibisa group during his stay in London and still works with the group on shows, coordinating the musical performances during Teddy Osei’s 80th birthday celebrations.
Bessa Simons, who has served as Obour’s deputy for the past eight years, wants to be in charge of the largest musicians’ body in Ghana even though he is currently serving as the interim MUSIGA President after Obour’s exit.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI