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The maiden edition of the annual Ghana Gospel Music Awards (GGMA) is slated for July this year.

Though the actual date for the event is yet to be announced, Jaka Events, its organisers, has noted that it will recognize the enormous contributions of stakeholders to gospel music in Ghana, especially gospel musicians, song writers, producers, distributors, and other professionals who have diligently and industriously upheld gospel music in Ghana.

The awards have been necessitated by the organizers’ desire and determination to recognize excellence in gospel music that has won the hearts of fans across Africa.

Joseph Asare Kwabena Adjei, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jaka Events, said: “A lot of gospel musicians have complained that despite the exceptional and diverse talents that abound in gospel music in Ghana, it has not been accorded the attention it needs from the mainstream music gatekeepers, hence the awards.”

He explains that “the awards are unique in the sense that it’s an all-time and the entries for the categories will span 1990 to 2012.”

He emphasised that “it has become necessary because GGMA wants to bring to the fore pioneers who in the ‘yester-years’ showcased their classical talent in gospel music and aroused the appetite of the gospel loving public.”

Among the genres to be considered for the awards are local gospel music that are substantially based on orthodox Christian truth, contained in or derived from the Holy Bible; an expression of God’s worship or praise for His works; a testimony of a relationship with God through Christ and a piece that is prompted and informed by a Christian world view.

Seventeen categories have so far been identified for the awards.

The official launch is expected to take place in due course where organizers will take the opportunity to explain in detail the format the awards will assume.

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