Bessa Simons (left), Okyeame Kwame (middle) Richie Mensah (right)
Ghana’s Musicians Union (MUSIGA) has urged support for its ageing and sick members in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in Ghana.
In a statement issued and signed by its acting president, Bessa Simons, MUSIGA admonished members of the Ghanaian public to donate food, medical items and cash in support of ageing, sick and vulnerable musicians during the period of the Covid-19 lockdown.
Some major cities of Ghana including the national capital Accra, are under a three weeks lockdown.
According to MUSIGA, it will be grateful if organizations such as religious institutions and corporate bodies take steps to support the union with food items, medical supplies as well as cash donations for the ageing and sick musicians.
The threat of Covid-19, according to the statement, is particularly strong among the ageing group that constitutes the majority of ageing musicians.
As such, MUSIGA says it finds it important to make the appeal for support.
According to the statement, “Musicians in particular have been hit hard by this lockdown of the Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi areas where religious institutions and entertainment venues provide a form of livelihood to the musicians. This means engagements for musicians have been cancelled and this is affecting them”.