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The impact of COVID-19 on the Ghanaian musicians

To many, Music is the vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, expression of emotion and telling a story.

It is also called the art of souls which means depicting what the soul has to say in an artistry form.

For many years now, there have been millions of songs produced by an uncountable number persons across the world who are called music stars ranging from the likes of Stonebwoy, Samini, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Adina, Efya,  Dunsin Oyekan, Sonnie Badu, Nathaniel Bassey, Beyonce, Jussie Smollett, Davido, Simi, Ken Erics just to mention a few.

These artistes have over the years produced contemporary music to feed and suit the taste of their fans. Almost every year they launch albums and fuse creative ideas together create good music.

Various concerts are held to entertain their fans at bigger arenas across the world, they also embark on various tours to meet up with their fans and entertain them. All these programmes tend to bring them revenue because; tickets are sold to fans to attend the concerts.

However, this year has been different; this is due to the outbreak of the global pandemic and the world’s number one enemy COVID-19.

Just as many businesses and industries have been affected the music industry have also experienced its share of the COVID-19 raft, indeed we are not in normal times.

Some Ghanaian musicians like Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Samini, Kuami Eugene, often host their European tours within the middle of the year but unfortunately, this year has been one of the worse years for them all thanks to COVID-19.

In the early part of this year 2020, Stonebwoy went on his usual Europe tour where he sold out tickets and booked several arenas to host his concert but had to call the programme off due to the outbreak of the pandemic.

Speaking on the impact of the pandemic on the music career, some of the artistes noted that, it has halted their plans and also destroyed so many plans for the year.

“the COVID-19 has slowed so many things which have led to the cancellation of many projects in Europe, I had to cancel my show in America because of the pandemic but we are looking forward and hoping that the pandemic goes away soon so we can get back to our normal lives and have fun,” Stonebwoy said.

The Music business has also made some losses especially with upcoming artistes who greatly depend on concerts and shows for income and revenue. The musicians say, the disease has rendered most of them hungry.

“We are upcoming artistes and mostly depend on local shows and concerts to make many but this year has been a difficult year for us and making many is difficult, unlike the Shatta Wale’s, the Stonebwoy’s and the likes who have already made it and can even survive a whole year without having to play a concert or show, we are not able to do that, we just hope the pandemic will leave soon” they noted.

Meanwhile, various awards schemes and concerts were compelled to move from their normal settings to virtual settings in other to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols set by the government in the bid to fight the fight pandemic.

3music Awards and others were held virtually and the Vodafone Music Awards is also expected to be held virtually.

By Amos Ekow Coffie | talksafrica.com

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