- Title: GHANA: Ghanaian musicians play for Haiti aid
- Date: 25th January 2010
- Summary: GHANAIAN MUSICAL GROUP PRAYE, PERFORMING ON STAGE WITH A BAND CROWD DANCING TO MUSIC PRAYE PERFORMING ON STAGE WITH A BAND LADY DANCING AND WAVING A WHITE HANDKERCHIEF TWO WOMEN DANCING MAN AND A WOMAN DANCING IN STANDS MORE OF GHANAIAN MUSICAL GROUP PRAYE, PERFORMING ON STAGE WITH A BAND WIDE VIEW OF CONCERT AS PRAYE PERFORMS / AUDIENCE IN FOREGROUND
- Embargoed: 9th February 2010 12:00
- Location: Ghana
- Country: Ghana
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes
- Reuters ID: LVA7WWFSDBJKHTX0Q6AL4WEL4GOW
- Story Text: Ghana's most popular musicians and artists hold a concert to raise funds for the Haitian earthquake victims.
Some of Ghana's best known artists and performers came together on Saturday (January 23) to raise funds for victims of the devastating earthquake that Haiti.
Hundreds of Ghanians attended the event in Accra, organised by the International Red Cross in Ghana and a group called Friends of Haiti.
Fans danced to the sounds of celebrated Ghanaian artists including Gyedu Blay Ambolley Becca, Reggie Rockstone, Praye, Kwabena Kwabena, Black Rasta and the Noyam Dance Company.
Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7 quake on January 12 that killed up to 200,000 people and left up to 3 million hurt or homeless. The population has been pleading for medical aid, food and water in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.
Musician Gyedu Blay Ambolley encouraged everyone to help Haiti's citizens.
"This is a very good cause that needs to be supported by all, not only Ghanaians. Our brothers in Nigeria, our brothers in Cote D'Ivoire, Cameroon and all that because you see we are all one black family, man, and our black brothers and sisters over there, you know are having a hard time. We are one black happy family. We need to lend a hand and support," he said.
The concert featured music performances, messages and film clips of the devastation on the Caribbean nation.
"The aid we are sending is meant for practical things like drinking water, like food, like being able to give the Haitians shelter. These are very, very basic things that every Ghanaian believes that they have the right to. Shouldn't our brothers the Haitians have the right to the same thing?" asked Kofi Blankson Ocansey, head of the Friends of Haiti organisation.
All proceeds generated from Ghana will be sent to Haiti through the International Red Cross.
Ghana has announced a 3 million U.S. dollar donation to the people of Haiti.
Donations in cash and kind have also come from the governments of the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) (1 million US dollars), Gabon (1 million US dollars), Equatorial Guinea (1.9 million US dollars), Morocco (1 million US dollars worth of medical supplies) and Senegal (million US dollars).
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