AWARD-winning singer, SSUE, has responded to the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) appeal for help for ageing, sick and vulnerable musicians by donating a variety of items to the union.
The items, which included toiletries, cooking oil, rice, canned fish, hand santisers, face masks and branded SSUE souvenirs, were received on behalf of MUSIGA at its head office in Accra on Wednesday, May 6,2020 by Acting President, Bessa Simons.
MUSIGA, through the Acting President , last month urged members of the public as well as religious institutions, corporate bodies and all well-meaning outfits to support the union with food items, medical supplies and cash donations for ageing and sick musicians.
SSUE said during the presentation that she was happy to contribute something to our veteran musicians who worked hard to entertain us over the years.
She said contemporary artistes like her were able to pick up the mantle due to the illustrious work done earlier by the veterans.
“I take so much inspiration from the pacesetters. That’s why I have worked closely with Bibi Brew, Osibisa, Pat Thomas, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Hugh Masekela and others.
“Without them setting great standards for us, we might not have found our way clearly enough on the musical highway,” SSUE said.
The MUSIGA Acting President said COVID-19, due to the general ban on social gathering, had seriously affected the music business, making hit-makers, the up-and-coming, sick and vulnerable and even those who cleaned the microphone for the performers, to suffer.
He pointed out that SSUE was the first musician to make a donation and that it was good for musicians to help themselves even before the corporate world and others came in with whatever help they had.
He thanked SSUE and her team and said whatever came to MUSIGA through the appeal, would be shared to the ageing, sick and vulnerable musicians in all the 16 regions.
Members of SSUE’s team at the donation event were her Business Manager, Paa Kwesi Holdbrook-Smith; Dr Cann of Happy FM and music producer, MoBeatz Bangr.
SSUE hit the music scene in mid-2018 and has since worked hard to establish herself. She had a busy 2019 with performances in Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria.
She ended the year with two awards: Outstanding Afro Nu Soul Songstress at the 3-G Awards in New York in November and the Discovery of the Year honour at the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards in December.
Her latest single is a collaboration with Pat Thomas called Nkomode. She is also at work on collaborations with some of her Ghanaian peers.
Apart from Bessa Simons, other MUSIGA officials at the items presentation were National Organiser, Chizzy Wailer; National Treasurer, Rev Samuel Agyemang and Director of Communications and Special Projects, Ahuma Bosco Ocansey.
Date: 07 May 2020By: Kouame Koulibaly