Connect with us

Buzz

Mark Okraku-Mantey and arbitrators resolve MUSIGA election impasse

Published

on

musiga

Deputy Minister-designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mark Okraku-Mantey joined a team of arbitrators last week to bring an end to the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) impasse.

Since 2019, the union has not been able to hold elections to elect new leaders after the tenure of Bice Osei Kufour popularly known as Obour expired.

MUSIGA was dragged to court by one of its presidential aspirants, Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi, alleging irregularities regarding the election process.

The plaintiff had served as Accra Regional Chairman of MUSIGA during Obour’s administration.

An Accra High Court in 2019 placed an interim injunction on the national elections by the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA).

Though the case was dismissed by the court in March 2021, Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi was willing to go further to halt the intended elections.

The agitations within the Union led President Akufo-Addo, in 2020, to task Mark Okraku-Mantey, who was then President of the Creative Arts Council, to ensure that the long-standing internal Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) legal tussle gets resolved.

After a number of meetings Mark Okraku-Mantey held with interested parties together with arbitrators, and with the help of Tourisim, Arts and Culture Minister, Dr Awal Mohammed, a consensus was reached.

Last week, feuding members agreed to put aside their differences and tabled modalities ahead of the election.

Present at the fruitful meeting were Bessa Simons, Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi,  Diana Hopeson, Lawyer Kingsley Amoakwah, Perppy Tsahay, Deborah Freeman, Ahuma Bosco Ocansey,
Getrude Boamah and other key members.

The leadership of MUSIGA is expected to announce the date for their election soon.

Ras Caleb sues Obour, 4 Others for misappropriation of MUSIGA funds

SOURCE: MYJOYONLINE.COM

Advertisement

Buzz

Bisa Kdei working on a new song with UK rapper Ivorian Doll

Published

on

bisa ivorian dull

Ghanaian highlife singer, Bisa Kdei has shared photos of himself working in a studio with British rapper Vanessa Mahi, popularly known as Ivorian Doll. (more…)

Continue Reading

Buzz

Showmax calls for pitches for 10 live action films from first-time African filmmakers

Published

on

output.auto
On the opening day of The Joburg Film Festival, Showmax released an open commissioning brief to the African film industry calling for pitches for a slate of 10 live action films.
The African streamer has won the South African Film and Television Awards’ Made-for-TV Movie Award for two years in a row, first with Loving Thokoza and then with Boxing Day, the first two feature films from Mandla N. In addition, another Showmax film, Kelsey Egan’s debut feature, Glasshouse, was the most awarded feature film overall at the SAFTAs last year, with five Golden Horns.
The new brief, in partnership with the Joburg Film Festival, is aimed at finding new talent and opening up the industry. The proposals must have a first draft screenplay and be set in contemporary Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria or South Africa, with a first-time director attached who is a resident or citizen in those countries. All official Ghanaian, Kenyan, Nigerian and South African languages are welcome and the final films should be more than 40m, in line with the SAFTAs Best Made-for-TV Movie Award category.
“Showmax’s audience prefers local content, with seven of the ten most streamed titles in South Africa, eight of the top 10 titles in Kenya and Nigeria, and nine of the top 10 in Ghana last year being African,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of Showmax and Connected Video at MultiChoice. “Making your first film is a key turning point in any director’s career. So this brief is another way we are trying to empower local filmmakers to tell their own stories for their own communities in their own languages. We’re looking for authentic stories that will resonate with our local audiences. Popular genres like romcoms, family dramas and thrillers are always welcome.”
Submissions are now open on https://submissions.mnetcorporate.co.za/channel/showmax; entries close on 1 April 2023. The selected projects will be announced in the second half of 2023 and screened on Showmax in 50 countries across sub-Saharan Africa in 2024.
Pitches should take the form of a video pitch in English of no more than five minutes. This video pitch should include short bios of the writer, director and producer; a concise summary of the story, including the ending; an introduction to your lead characters; and a discussion of your chosen genre and stylistic approach, with visual references.
For inspiration, watch Mandla N’s Showmax x Actor Spaces directing masterclass here:
For more about Joburg Film Festival, visit www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za.
Continue Reading

Buzz

Mr Eazi calls out Bad Bunny over song theft

Published

on

FotoJet 58

Mr Eazi has taken to social media to call out Bad Bunny over a song theft. (more…)

Continue Reading

Buzz

Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu reportedly ‘trapped in rubble’ after earthquake in Turkey

Published

on

Screenshot 20230206 124836 Instagram

Ghanaian Footballer Christian Atsu is reportedly among those trapped after an earthquake hit Turkey. (more…)

Continue Reading

Buzz

South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode win Grammy Best Global Music Performance

Published

on

Screenshot 2023 02 05 at 22.08.45

South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini & Nomcebo Zikode have  won the 2023 Grammy award for Best Global Music Performance for Bayethe. (more…)

Continue Reading

Buzz

Idris Elba attends Akwasidae in Asante Kingdom

Published

on

Idris Elba attends Akwasidae in Asante Kingdom

British actor of Ghanaian and Senegalese heritage, Idris Elba has paid homage to the Ashanti King, Otumfour Osei Tutu II as he attended Akwasidae at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

The Akwasidae Festival is celebrated by the Ashanti people and chiefs in Ashanti, as well as the Ashanti diaspora. The festival is celebrated on a Sunday, once every six weeks.

Earlier in the week, Elba revealed that he and his partners have undertaken some groundwork aimed at facilitating the building of a film studio in Ghana and across West Africa.

Speaking to President Akufo-Addo during a visit to the Jubilee House, the actor explained that although so much can be achieved in the film industry in Africa, facilities are lacking.

Hence, Idris Elba is convinced that the project, when completed, will be robust and competitive to attract filmmakers to choose Ghana for their productions.

“Currently, we call it West African Studios, but that’s a working title. We’ve been working on this for three or four years to raise a plan that puts a facility at the centre of African filmmaking. There’s a lot for African filmmaking, but the facilities are lacking.”

Idris Elba added that although their plans are in place, they believe that there needs to be policies that would encourage filmmakers to make the trip to Ghana and other West African countries.

He stated that in their preparations and research, they put together the parameters for the policy, adding that they sought to understand what international filmmakers need from Ghana.

The ‘Beast of No Nation’ actor stated that without the policy framework, the country can have as many film studios as possible, but it will not attract filmmakers.

“We realized that policy is where the actual groundwork needs to be laid. We’ve studied the models of South Africa, incredible incentive packages, Greece, Morocco and these are all places where they realize the value of the filmmaking and they’ve brought that policy into play.”

“National Film Authority has done the work and put together a very comprehensive plan to propel Ghana into the forefront. It needs to be robust and competitive to the rest of the world. We believe for sure that Ghana should step up in terms of attracting those filmmakers. I’ve come and seen you and presented to you essentially, just the parameters of what we need to do.”

President Akufo-Addo assured Idris Elba that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is developing a policy framework to guide filmmaking in the country.

He advised that the director of the Creative Arts Agency will liaise with the Tourism Minister to look through the proposal presented, in relation to what the Ministry is doing to ensure there are no gaps.

He stated that this will ensure the film industry has a comprehensive document that guides their activities.

Continue Reading

Trending