By Jeffrey Curtis Dyson
The acting President of the Musicians’ Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), legendary musician Bessa Simons has been elected as the substantial President of the Union, ending years of postponed and litigation-prone elections that have marred the recent good legacy left by the past President, Bice of the Union.
The legendary highlifer who had been serving as MUSIGA’s acting president, secured a total of 324 votes, defeating his sole rival, Ras Caleb, who received 66 votes during the election.
The election which saw participation from MUSIGA members across Ghana, on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, brought several other executives into power, including Thomas Yawson as first Vice President, Abena Ruthy as Second Vice President and Samuel Kofi Agyemang as General Secretary.
The rest are Eddie Eyison as National Treasurer, Gifty Ghansah as National Welfare Officer, and Chizzy Wailer retaining his long-term role as MUSIGA National Organiser.
The legendary Highlife musician who hails from a family of musicians, began his musical journey during his days at Aggrey Memorial Boarding School in Cape Coast.
He continued his education at the National Academy of Music in Winneba, now known as the University of Education, Winneba.
He later obtained a diploma from the School of Audio Engineering in London, UK.
Simons is a former member of the pioneering Afro-funk group Osibisa and the current frontman of the Bessa band. He is behind hits like ‘Sii Nana’, ‘Awo Yi’ and ‘Belembe.’
He has also collaborated with big names in Ghanaian music, including Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, Papa Yankson, C.K. Mann, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and the Tagoe Sisters.
Among the ‘Belembe’ crooner’s initial obligations at MUSIGA is the crucial task of re-establishing unity and trust among its members.
While Bessa Simons is a highlife musician, the next three top leaders of the Union- Rev. Yawson, Abena Ruthy and SK Agyemang are all renowned gospel musicians.