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Desist from writing profane songs – MUSIGA warns musicians

The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has noted with concern the increasing spate of profane songs being released by musicians.

The musicians body says the trend is worrying and has called on musicians in the country to desist from the practice.

The statement by MUSIGA also called on the various media outfits in the country to play or show these profane songs and videos.

The statement issued by the Union and signed by its president, Bice Osei Kuffour, is coming in the wake of the recent songs released by several artistes, including dancehall artiste Shatta Wale.

The dancehall artiste recently released a song, best known as WMT, which has been condemned by the general public.

Read the full statement below:

The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has noted with concern, the rising incidence of profane lyrics in songs released by Ghanaian musicians.

This current trend is particularly disturbing considering the fact that these songs are played without any radio edits on primetime radio and given wide currency on social media.

In that regard, the Union is calling on musicians and songwriters in Ghana to desist from writing songs with profane lyrics. As much as the Union appreciates the creative liberties of songwriters to freely express themselves, it is essential that artistes appreciate the impact of their songs on the public especially in an era where technology has made it relatively easier for songs to be heard.

MUSIGA is, therefore, urging all musicians to be mindful of the need to provide inspiring and positive lyrics in our songs. In the same breadth, we are also calling on radio and television station operators to be mindful of their role as gatekeepers of society and be circumspect in what they play on air. We are also calling on the National Media Commission to throw their spotlight on the content of music played on air not only on the political content of programmes.

As the nation prepares for elections in November, we of the Musicians Union of Ghana would like to urge all Ghanaians to be vigilant in ensuring that the elections are peaceful and credible.

Signed:

Bice Osei Kuffour

PRESIDENT

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