Acappella Music for those who do not know what it means is a choral music done without the accompaniment of artificial musical instruments. The question today we ask the industry player and you reading is; Will Ghanaians embrace Acapella Music when talents are discovered?
In contemporary times, Acappella music has moved from just being choral in nature to being an institution of excellence where hand-picked vocally skillful individuals form duets, trios, quartets and more to deliver unique versions of old songs and some new songs. Many choral groups across the world also do have small acappella groups among them.
Modern forms of Acappella Music could be traced to the hold Negro spirituals, where our enslaved fore-fathers, finding themselves in the land of slavery, usually grouped in threes, fours, fives or more and sang songs of sorrow and sometimes of their hope of deliverance without instruments.
Indeed, as slaves, they did not have what it took to acquire expensive musical instruments, but they had their beautiful voices, with which they entertained themselves and sometimes even their slave masters.
Over the years, small-group Acappella Music has grown alongside full force choral music and has become a force to reckon with in other parts of the world.
In the United States, there is a fully-fledged Acappella recording label called the Acappella Company, which is a label that records several Acappella groups both in the West and in Africa. The company holds annual concerts and festivals to promote Acappella Music.
Somewhere 2004, in Ghana, Acappella Music used to be associated with Liberians and South Africans. The reason being that some of the most dynamic acappella groups this country witnessed in the past, came from Liberia and from South Africa.
One can easily remember the Trumpets from Liberia and also the Lady Smith Black Mombassa from South Africa, whose music have stayed with us for a long time. Interestingly all these groups came and passed, but there was yet another generation of Acappella groups rising strongly in the country, who needed to be encouraged to reach the height that the likes of Black Mombassa and the Trumpets reached.
Some of the Ghanaian Acappella groups that come to mind are the Kumasi-based New Era, 3AM, who later become Blacappella, The Shepherds (defunct though), Chief Charles and the Missionaries and the award-winning Alabaster Box.
Disciples, The Kings Jubilee based in the Budumburam camp, The Pilgrims, Mega Voices, Inspirers and more who all had hopes of reaching the top in their chosen field of music, which is acappella music faded of slowly.
The sad thing in this country is, no one is willing to associate with the small beginnings of a thing until that thing has become big and yielding substantial financial benefits. The culture of supporting small things to grow is not part of our national and individual principles. People are more likely to watch a small group with great potential struggle to make it and when they have, then you see everybody trying to associate themselves with that group, apparently with the motive of reaping where they have not sown.
What are the benefits and can we as an industry embrace it since many say the current Music Industry is in shambles?
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