The influence of music and musicians in political circles in Africa is becoming largely undeniable. Election season in various countries across the continent sees musicians squaring of with candidates that they support and standing solidly behind them with their celebrity status.
This phenomenon is easily seen when one considers the part that musicians played in the hotly contested Ugandan elections earlier this year.
President Yoweri Museveni actually took to the booth to lay a track in support of his return. The Musicians Union of Ghana is not slipping on this trend as they have plans for the country’s upcoming elections.
General elections in Ghana are scheduled for November and prior to that the Musicians Union of Ghana will embark on a series of walk and host forums.
The walks are to form a part of the union’s empowerment programme which likewise includes calls for the recording of songs that promote peace in Ghana, stage concerts and social media interaction with celebrities. The initiative by the union is called ‘Using Music as a tool for National Cohesion or Election 2016’.
The activities tied to the initiative are intended to alert the public on the need for credible and peaceful elections. To that end, the first of these activities takes place on 9 June in Tamale, capital town of northern Ghana.
Major streets will be covered and at the end, members of MUSIGA, local leaders, security agencies, youth groups, political parties and suchlike will address the people of the town. Following that would be a visit to Bolgatanga on 10 June for a similar session.
Then there’s 14 June when the union will head to Wa and then to Sunyani on 17 June, with the visit to Sunyani concluding the first leg of the series. The second leg of the sessions will kick off on 23 June at Takoradi, Cape Coast- 24 June and Kumasi on 28 June.
Ho will receive the union on 7 July; two days later it will be the turn of Koforidua. The finale takes place in Ghana’s capital city Accra on 10 August.
The second Vice President of the union, Rev Yawson said that they would use the opportunity created by the walks to also hold regional elections for the Musicians Union of Ghana.