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Music of Saturday, 30 June 2007

Source: ghanamusic.com

Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Ofori Amponsah, Daasebre Gyamena & More Nominated For ACRAG Awards

Gyedu Blay AmbolleyThe 20th Art Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana (ACRAG) Awards is scheduled to come off at the National Theatre in Accra on Saturday September 1.

The awards, which is to honour individuals who have excelled in the arts industry, is also to commemorate Ghana?s 50th anniversary by giving special golden jubilee awards to distinguished persons whose achievements for the past 50 years had impacted positively on Ghana.

Among the recipients of the awards are Prof. J.H Nketsia, Prof. Ephraim Amu, Dr. Kobina Bucknor, Dr. Efua Sutherland, Mr. Kofi Antubam, Prof. Kofi Awoonor and many others whose names are already in the history books of Ghana.

Generally, the ceremony itself would honour individuals as musicians, actors, poets, producers, radio and TV personalities, fashion designers and others who are not aware their works are being noticed by society.

Some of these nominees are Kweku Sintim Misa, Kweku Sekyi Addo, Anita Erskine, Kwesi Owusu, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Ofori Amponsah, Daasebre Gyamena, Kofi B, Kwabena Kwabena, Agya Koo and many more.

These personalities would receive various awards from categories as the ACRAG star, Cultural Ambassador, Outstanding performance, Talent and special honour.

According to a statement signed and issued by ACRAG president, Emeritus Prof. J.H. Kwabena Nketsia, the ACRAG star award is the highest of all the awards and is subdivided into Flagstar, Music star of Africa, Black Music star and Cultural Revival awards.

Awards in this category shall be received by creative artistes and performers who in addition to their distinction had made significant contributions to cultural development.

The Cultural Ambassador Awards, which is the second category goes for individuals with distinguished track record of business promotion and support for the art industry, while Outstanding Performance awards, the third category, also with sub awards, goes for persons who have consistently distinguished themselves in special fields such instrumentals and designing.

Up and coming contemporary stars would take the Talent awards, with special honour going to institutions that have made notable contributions in promoting the arts in Ghana and beyond.