The Christian Community Microfinance Limited (CCML), a division of the Christian Council of Ghana, has launched the 2013 Christian Community Music Awards (CCMA).
The contest seeks to showcase the best of our Christian artistes and their songs and to tell the world that the Ghanaian Christian artiste is very capable.
The focus of the contest, therefore, is to reward deserving songs and their artistes. The competition is based on radio airplay and winners would be voted for by listeners.
The general public has up to May 16 to vote. The awards ceremony will be held at the National Theatre on May 18.
The overall award winner’s prize would be invested in treasury bills over the next five years to generate some interest for the person.
Ms Jennifer Danquah, a member of the CCMA Trust, said the awards ceremony dubbed The Most Wanted, would be on the theme: Creatively Impacting Lives.
“The Most Wanted contest seeks to showcase and reward deserving songs and their artistes. In Ghana, seven out of every 10 songs sold are gospel songs but unfortunately, the gospel artistes are not celebrated enough,” she said.
According to her, the awards will go to songs from 10 categories which include Praises, Worship, Inspirational, Christian Reggae, Hymns and Choral.
Songs nominated for the awards would be published in the Daily Graphic and also played on some selected radio stations such as Spring 102.7, Sweet Melody 94.3 and Sunny FM 88.7 during the late afternoon shows.
Ms Danquah said readers and listeners could then make their choice by texting to short code 1909 MTN , 1903 Airtel, Vodafone and Expresso ( Prefix text wit MW) or visit their website: http://www.ccmagh.com to vote.
She said the final decision would be based on 50 percent for texting and the rest from the decision of the judges on the council.
Aside giving awards to the overall winner and winners from the various categories, the highest texter would also be rewarded. Listeners will have the opportunity to interact with nominees and sponsors on the airwaves and appeal to the general public to take part in the event to ensure that their favourite song win at the end of the day.
Artistes who would be performing at the awards night would include the 2011 CCMA Award Winner Samsong from Nigeria. O. J, Cwesi Oteng, Pastor Helen Yawson and Koda, among others.