A mix of veteran and present-day prominent acts are on the bill for a concert in support of the Ageing Musicians Welfare Fund (AMWeF) slated for Saturday, December 29 at the +233 Jazz Pub and Grill in Accra.
The artistes include Kuami Eugene, Kwadwo Akwaboah, Adina and Kelvyn Boy as well as Nana Kwame Ampadu I and Naa Amanua of Wulomei fame.
AMWeF was established by the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), under the leadership of the current president, Bice Osei Kuffour popularly known as Obour, for the welfare of ageing and needy musicians across the country.
MUSIGA had been organising an annual Presidential Grand Ball as the main channel for raising funds for AMWeF. According to the association’s president, there will be no Grand Ball this year due to certain factors, hence the +233 benefit concert.
Other activities lined up for the fund-raising night include auctioning of special collections of Ghanaian music and paraphernalia of some popular musicians. Patrons and supporters of AMWeF over the years will also be celebrated with citations.
Meanwhile, AMWeF members in the Greater Accra, Western, Volta, Central and Eastern regions have been feted at the MUSIGA office in Accra. The members also received donations from the fund as part of a Christmas package for them.
Members who attended the programme included Bob Pinodo, also known as Showman of Africa; octogenarian Mike Ofori; the Black Chinese, Obuoba J.A Adofo; ace keyboardist Kwadwo Akwaboah; Rev Sam Cooper from Koforidua and Mama Grace from the Volta Region.
The chairman for the occasion and Second Vice Chairman for AMWeF, Dr. Eddie Soga, of Ramblers International Band fame, expressed the appreciation of the beneficiaries for the brilliant initiative to support ageing and incapacitated musicians.
The AMWeF secretary, J.V Owusu, said the distribution was in line with AMWeF’s aim to bring joy to ageing musicians.
The MUSIGA President thanked corporate Ghana for the support they have been giving to the fund in support of veteran musicians.