Christoph Retzlaff, the German Ambassador to Ghana, has reached out to some Ghanaian musicians for ideas on how they are coping since the outbreak of COVID-19.
He first reached out to Manifest and Sarkodie on Twitter for their ideas.
“I‘m wondering what the great Ghana art scene is doing to keep going in these difficult times. Art is such an important part of our lives but right now it somehow seems to be neglected all over the world. Give us ideas … @manifestive @sarkodie,” he wrote.
Manifest is the first to publicly respond to Mr Retzlaff’s request.
According to M.anifest, there is little infrastructure for artists to earn outside of performing or being physically present in some capacity.
He wrote: “Thanks Christoph. Certainly a difficult time for many in the arts scene. Little infrastructure for artists to earn outside of performing or being physically present in some capacity. Guessing same w/ other non-artists working in the space. Lots of creating still but little earning.”
For Edem, he did not want to make his ideas public. He, therefore, shared his ideas with Mr Retzlaff via direct message.
Edem has been an advocate for Ghanaian creatives during these times. He has started a campaign to voice out the effect of COVID-19 on people in the creative industry. He has also called on the government for support.
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