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Spain-Ghana vis-a-vis musical contest starts Friday

BY: Kate Baaba Hudson

Twelve Ghanaian bands are taking part in the Spain-Ghana Vis a Vis Competition which started yesterday, Friday, March 15.

The groups which were selected among 65 others will perform in front of the Spanish Music Festival directors and Ghanaian musicians.

Two of them will tour some of Spain’s most important summer festivals next July.

They are Della Hayes and her Women of Colour, Elom, Fokn Bois, FRA, Gyatabuom and the Lions, Kakatsitsi, King Ayisoba, Kyekyeku and Ghanalogue Highlife, Lamisi, Soulstreet band, Weku Kronkron Band and Yibor Afric Band.

Disclosing this to the Daily Graphic in Accra, the Spanish Ambassador to Ghana, Madam Alicia Rico Pérez del Pulgar, said the Vis a Vis Competition was a cultural cooperation project organised by Spain’s public diplomacy institution Casa África, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

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She said the project was in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Accra, the Ghanaian Embassy in Madrid and the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA).

10th edition

Madam Pérez del Pulgar said this was the 10th edition of the project that sought to generate a better knowledge of African music in Spain and had already been held in nine other African countries.

So far, she said Vis a Vis had visited Senegal twice, Ethiopia, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania and Angola.

In each country, the ambassador noted that Spanish cultural promoters had the opportunity not only to listen to the live performances of twelve selected artistes, but also to maintain professional meetings with them.

With this cultural cooperation project, Casa África sought to contribute not only to a greater presence of African artists in the Spanish scenarios, but also to the development of the cultural industries of African countries.

The ambassador said the Spanish Music Festival directors had made their decision after voting for their 12 favourite bands among the 65 that registered in the open call for this cultural project.

She said the Spanish promoters highlighted the “incredible quality” of the bands presented and expected that the experience in Accra would allow them to know deeply how the music industry was going on in Ghana. “All the directors have listened to all the 65 bands registered into Ghana Vis a Vis website and took their decision according to what they think would better fit into their festival line-ups,” she stated.