Entertainment of 2014-04-10

Amandzeba turned down offer as Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts

Legendary musician, Amandzeba Nat Brew apparently was offered the post of Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts but he turned it down.

Amandzeba, who has years of experience in the music and the creative arts industry, said he turned down the offer by President John Dramani Mahama because it would have interfered with his music career.

According to him, "the reason mainly was personal." He said it was practically impossible to handle a ministerial portfolio while remaining active in the music industry.

He explained that as a Deputy Minister, his post would have also interfered with his work as the Deputy Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organization.

The Deputy Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts ministerial position is currently occupied by Dzifa Abla Gomashie.

The current administration of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) headed by Bice Osei Kuffour (Obour) has come under a lot of flak for allegedly not seeking the welfare of musicians.

Legendary musician, Gyedu Blay Ambolley alleged there is a cancer of 'Mafiarism' in the Musician Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) which is derailing the progress of the musicians' body.

Gyedu Blay Ambolley told Hitz Entertainment News that, "'Mafiarism' is in MUSIGA. It was started a long time ago and [now] to the present Musician Union."

He explained that, "things are going on in a way that [is] not favouring the musicians [or] people [who] have contributed a lot to music in Ghana."

Blay Ambolley contested the MUSIGA presidency but lost to a paratively young musician, Bice Osei Kuffour popularly known as Obour.

Commenting on Obour's impact as the president of MUSIGA, Amandzeba said it is not too satisfactory and believes that he can do better.

"What everybody is actually seeing and observing may differ from what I see so it's quite relative but I think that the performance is not too delightful. This is a young man who can do more so I think that for me it is not too satisfactory," he said.