IT was at the Radach Memorial Centre in Tamale in August 2011 that a 30-year-old Hiplife star, Bice Osei Kuffuor, also known as Obour, was elected at a national congress of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) to become the youngest person to head the outfit since its inception in 1975.
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He was re-elected at another congress at the Koforidua Oyinka Hotel in October 2015, and that reign ended in 2019.
To highlight the eight years that Obour headed MUSIGA, the union has produced a 10-minute video on the period which will start screening on some television as well as social media channels from today, May 16.
The video chronicles the Tamale elections where Obour beat Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Nana Tufuor and Willi Roi to start his first term as MUSIGA boss.
It also touches on his re-election where he stood against Gyedu Blay Ambolley and Appiah ‘Appietus’ Dankwah. There are references to the swearing-in ceremonies of both tenures.
Other highlights in the video include the Government of Ghana/World Bank-sponsored study into the contribution of the music sector to our socio-economic development, dubbed, “The Ghana Music Industry Research Project”. It was undertaken by the KPMG research firm.
The video also touches on the loan grants to musicians under the AJUMAPA policy, the maiden edition of the Ghana Music Week and the Presidential Grand Ball established by the Union in 2013.
Other aspects of the video include comments by leading personalities in the music industry in Ghana. They include former MUSIGA Presidents, some key players on the music business scene and fellow musicians.
“The video is a tribute to the vital contributions of Obour to the development of the union and the music industry in generral in Ghana,” said acting MUSIGA President, Bessa Simons.
The multiple award-winning Obour, born at Dechemso in Kumasi in November 1981, attended Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast and the University of Ghana, Legon. Albums to his credit include Atenteben, Dondo, Atumpan, Best of Lifes (with AB Crentsil) and Fontomfrom.
Obour is now gunning to be chosen as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate for the Asante Akyem South Constituency in the Ashanti Region, at the next general election.