Former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Alhaji Sidiku Buari, has called on Ghanaian musicians to stop fighting among themselves.
Alhaji, who was speaking at the first biennial conference of MUSIGA in Cape Coast, stated that unity and peaceful relationships among players in the music industry have a far reaching effect in helping develop the music industry than the negative relationships.
He, therefore, urged members of the MUSIGA in particular to uphold these basic moral values to also help the union.
“Let us bury our differences and forge ahead since what is ahead of us is greater than what is behind us,” he appealed.
Alhaji Sidiku’s call has come at the same time some celebrated musicians have been fighting among themselves. The recent one is Sarkodie and Shatta Wale who have been ‘beefing’ over who a “poor” artiste is.
Shatta Wale described Sarkodie and Kwaw Kese as “very poor” artistes, which infuriated them to reply with ‘diss’ tracks that have caused a lot of controversies in the past weeks.
Sidiku Buari didn’t single out any artiste but urged the musicians’ union members to be a shining example to the entire industry.
His appeal was part of a solidarity message at the first biennial conference of MUSIGA held at the Samrit Hotel in Cape Coast.
He commended the leadership of the union for “performing creditably” despite the various challenges the industry faced and, thus, encouraged them to work more assiduously to make the industry even better.
Sidiku Buari, who is also the former Vice President of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), in his message also highlighted some of his achievements when he manned the office as president of the union between 1999 and 2007.
Sidiku Buari was voted unanimously as the Chairman of the African Committee of the International Federation of Musicians in Malawi in 2002 after Ghana joined the federation barely two years and subsequently, he was made the Vice President of the Federation at a Congress in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2004.
On the local front, the union under his watch championed several humanitarian causes through music. On issues such as epidemic, disasters, among other casualties that hit the country, members of the union would come together to compose songs to send their messages of peace, comfort, perseverance, among other virtues, to the populace.
This, he said, has been sustained by MUSIGA and has been appreciated by Ghanaians, the Ghana Peace Council, religious bodies and other international peace-loving organisations.