Bessa Simons, a veteran highlife artist, has recommended Ghanaian musicians to record their own tunes.
According to him, it was common practice for bands to own albums in addition to making versions of other people’s songs in the past.
Bessa Simons, a former member of the famed Osibisa band and current head of the Bessa Band, stated on Joy FM’s Showbiz A-Z that by publishing and marketing their own songs, these bands will be eligible for accolades like as the Vodafone Ghana Music accolades.
“You know what the VGMA stands for. They look out for recordings, promotions, you putting yourself out there, making sure you are in the digital space, making sure you do things extra-ordinary that need to be awarded,” he told the host Kwame Dadzie.
Bessa, who is a board member of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) and the President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), said he will present the concept of introducing a category for bands, which Sita Korley, a member of the Lipstick Queens, has proposed.
Sita of Showbiz A-Z urged that bands be given particular attention in the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards even if they do not have original songs.
“Because they [the bands] don’t have albums, are they saying they are not going to be recognised at all? I would suggest that a different criteria be made out for the bands that are performers and not because they are composers and bring out albums,” she said.
She went on to say that while though individual artists are normally recognized in the system, not all of them write their own songs, so it’s not a huge thing if a band doesn’t have one.
“For me I would say there should be a criteria for bands that bring out their own albums and those that play as performers and play covers because there are so many events in the country they perform at so at some point they should be recognized,” Sita said.
Some bands in Ghana that have their own records are Kwan Pa, Fra, Santrofi, Nkyinkyim, among others.