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MAAKYE- MIKKI OSEI BERKO
11 AM GMT
This is one of the oldest and most popular shows on our station. Tune in to discover new hits and enjoy the classics of the genre. Whether you’re learning a new fun fact from the MINISTER FOR FUN or jamming to a one-hit wonder, there’s always something new to discover when you listen to MIKKI on KENTE RADIO.
14 HRS GMT
This show is the perfect opportunity for listeners to wind down and get GET DOWN MEMMORY LANE getting ready to welcome the weekend. this show is tailored around our traditional origins of the genre Whether you’re into music or talk shows,young or old Sikafuturo provides listeners with an opportunity to enjoy original, high-quality Highlife Music from its germinating points across the country every single week. Tune in and discover why listeners refuse to miss Sikafuturo.
Obiba Sly Collins, a veteran Ghanaian highlife musician, songwriter, and producer, has expressed his worry over the growing perception that highlife music is dead. He said highlife music is not declining but the future rather looks bright, adding that it is the only music that truly promotes the Ghanaian culture.
In an interview with BEATWAVES, Sly Collins said, “We need to flood the industry with more highlife songs and I believe it’s time we re-brand highlife to meet the demand of its lovers in Ghana and beyond. I will urge music stakeholders to support the highlife music because it belongs to us.” Obiba Sly Collins indicated that highlife music can gain the much-needed premium if young musicians make conscious efforts to collaborate with other experienced industry players to produce good content.
He mentioned that highlife musicians should be more creative and innovative with highlife music and infuse their songs with elements that appeal to the youth. The veteran Ghanaian highlife musician, however, called on Ghanaian highlife musicians to come together as a team and work tirelessly to promote highlife music on the international music scene. He, therefore, urged all managers of hotels, night club, pubs and restaurants in the country to use their facilities to promote Ghanaian highlife music. Obiba Sly Collins stated that since those facilities are special points of contact for travelers and tourists who visit the country, there is the need to lay more emphasis on it.
YEAR OF RETURN PERFECT FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE INVESTMENTS – TOURISM MINISTER
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Babara Oteng Gyasi has expressed optimism that the interests and investment “The Year of Return” has generated will spill over into the year 2020.
“The year of return is just the foundation and we are leveraging and building on it going forward and we are going to derive immense benefit from it,” she noted. At a durbar held on Tuesday, August 20 to welcome a number of Diasporans who had come to Ghana for the event, the minister reiterated that the commemoration is a year’s program because 2019 marks the 400th year of the beginning of the slave trade so we set out a yearlong program of activities.
“But we are leveraging it as a foundation going forward for the years to come. So you might notice that there are people who may have heard what is going on in Ghana and were not able to visit this year and thus will come next year,” she said. She noted that there are people who want to have activities but they couldn’t fit it in this year so we are looking at programming them for next year.
Activities like the Ghana carnival in November and the Sankofa music festival are expected to be part of the major events that climax the program. The Year of Return Ghana 2019 is a marketing campaign targeting Africans in the diaspora to mark 400 years since the first slaves arrived in Jamestown, Virginia.
‘GHANA HAS NOT MET THE GLOBAL STANDARDS TO SELL HIGHLIFE' - BEN BRAKO
Ghanaian Highlife legend Ben Brako says the international world is embracing his highlife music. He told Fiifi Pratt in an interview on Highlife Paradise on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that although the world was ready to embrace highlife music, Ghana has not shown any readiness towards that. Ben Brako has topped Global Music Charts with his new single, “Shame and Scandal” which featured rapper, Asem. The song has been making waves on the international scenes since its release recently. It has been consistent on the charts as it climbed steadily to No.5 and now No. 1 on Global Music Charts compiled by North Manchester FM, hosted by Sam Brown. Commenting on it, he said the world wants highlife music but Ghana has not realised the need to embrace this opportunity. ‘’I think the world is waiting for highlife but as to whether highlife is ready for the world is another problem,’’ he said. In his view, both the government and the private sector have failed to invest in the arts to meet the standards accepted globally. He challenged Ghana to learn from the example of Nigeria so we could benefit immensely from our creative industry. Ben Brako said we need conscious efforts by both government and private sector in reshaping the industry in terms of our culture and heritage. He believes Ghanaians must be proud of their culture and creative persons including highlife musicians could help in that regard.