Ghana host vis a vis show in Accra

Last weekend, Ghana hosted the 10th anniversary of CASA Africa’s Vis a Vis musical event, an initiative that gives musicians from Africa the opportunity to showcase their talent and country in Spain.

The Vis a Vis is a cultural project organised by Spain’s public diplomacy institution CASA África, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC), Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), the Spanish Embassy in Accra and the Ghana Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

The activity forms part of the Spanish Government’s foreign policy as a public and economic diplomacy tool.

65 bands registered into the Ghana Vis a Vis website and decision was taken according to what they think would better fit into their festival line-ups.

The selected teams performed in front of judges made up of Spanish Music Festival directors and their Ghanaian counterparts on the night.

 12 Ghanaian bands were selected among the 65 bands to perform to a large crowd of music enthusiasts.

The 12 selected band for this cultural project included Della Hayes and her Women of Colour, Elom, Fokn Bois, FRA, Gyatabuom and the Lions, Kakatsitsi, King Ayisoba, Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife, Lamisi, Soulstreet band, Weku Kronkron Band and Yibor Afric Band.

Addressing the media at the opening, the General Director of CASA Africa, Luis Padron, said that they were happy to be extending the opportunity to Ghana to also take advantage of the many benefits this will present to the local creative industry.

“In addition to the Vis a Vis music, CASA Africa will in March sponsor film makers in the country to participate in the Ghana Film Week in Madrid. Side attraction would be photo exhibition by Ghana’s legendary photographer, James Barnor” he said.

MUSIGA President, Bice Osei Kuffour believes the event will help propel artistes professionally and help project Ghana as a formidable music powerhouse.

Over the years, countries that have benefited from the initiative include, Angola, Cape Verde, Senegal, Ivory Coast, South Africa, amongst others.


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