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E/R: 2nd Edition Of Brass Band Festival Held At Koforidua

In a bid to revive brass band groups in the country, the Centre for National Culture Eastern Region on Wednesday celebrated 2018 Brass Band Festival at Koforidua.

August 17, 2018

In a bid to revive brass band groups in the country, the Centre for National Culture Eastern Region on Wednesday celebrated 2018 Brass Band Festival at Koforidua.

The 2018 brass band festival which marks the second edition of the said festival saw big guns like C/Supol./Dr. Frank Hukporti (Director of bands, Ghana Police service Accra), The 2IC Ghana Police Service band and a host of others.

This year’s event was celebrated under the theme: “Promoting our cultural Heritage through brass band music”.

Speaking at the event, the Director of bands, Ghana Police Service,  C/Supol./Dr. Frank Hukporti  said brass band has been part of daily lives since time immemorial and had played important roles during festivals, funerals, parties, among others.

He recalled that some years back, most towns and communities had brass bands that were hired to play all sorts of music during private and public events for the admiration of the general public.

Dr Frank opined that, with the advent of contemporary music, the brass band industry seems to be going through challenges since people hardly patronised their services.

C/Supol./Dr. Frank Hukporti therefore commended Eastern Region Centre for National Culture for the initiative as it is a major step that would see a re-birth of brass bands in the country.

Mr Stephen Sedofu, the Eastern Regional director of Centre for National Culture, indicated that, this year’s brass band festival shows that eastern region centre for National Culture is a force to reckon with in Ghana as far as event organization is concerned.

He said, sustaining the said event is never a problem for them. He revealed that as they hit the second milestone of the brass band festival,  he claimed  the sky is not even a limit as far as their flagship programmes are concerned.

He said, the Centre is yet to get a sponsor for the brass band festival,  yet they are at the second milestone with support from the brass band leaders.

He therefore encouraged the leaders to infuse Adowa, Kete and other local rhythm into the music they play.

He indicated that, this year, Eastern Region is hosting the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC 2018). He said the NAFAC 2018 would start on friday 15th November, 2018 to 24th November.

Source: Boateng Evans

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