Representatives of the Creative Arts Council, led by the President, Mr. Mark Okraku-Mantey, and some media personnel, paid a courtesy call on the Ghana Embassy in Madrid, Spain.
The team engaged the embassy staff on the Casa Africa Vis-a-Vis project and also briefed them on their itinerary for activities on the team from Ghana, while in Spain.
The team further met with the High Commissioner H.E Elizabeth Adjei, who expressed excitement with preparations made so far to push the two bands (FRA & Kyekyeku) in Spain.
Agents of the Spanish government, led by its Foreign minister, Directors of Casa Africa and Vis-à-vis festival, also commended Ghana for the interest in the Casa Africa agenda.
Raquel Morales Martinez, a representative from the Spanish Foreign ministry in Jaen, at the meeting, could not hide her joy but to commend Mr. Okraku-Mantey for leading such a great course and supporting the Casa Africa agenda.
Responding, Okraku-Mantey thanked the Spanish authorities for the opportunity to be part of the Festival.
Making reference to an upcoming performance by Ghanaian bands, FRA and Kyekyeku, he told the people of Jean and Etnosur to prepare for a thrilling event in respect of Ghana’s rich culture, art and music.
“Ghana is like a hub for music and I’m sure most of you can tell, based on the kind of talent we have. I’d want to thank the City Hall, Congress of this place, the Spanish Embassy in Spain, Ghana Embassy, MUSIGA, Creative Arts Council because all these parties that made it possible for us to join you today.
“This relationship means a lot us as Ghanaians, as we already have an ongoing relationship with Spain, but we will like to take this up to strengthen, deepen and reinforce the bond between both countries. Today we are here to support two bands, FRA and Kyekyeku, and we know they will give us the best of the best tonight. God bless us all. Gracias,he said.
The Vis-a-Vis is a cultural project is organized by Spain’s public diplomacy institution, Casa Africa, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the collaboration of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), the Spanish Embassy in Accra and the Ghanaian Embassy in Madrid.
This year’s Ghana event marks the 10th edition of the cultural cooperation project that aims to generate a better knowledge of African music in Spain and has already been held in nine other African countries.
Credit: Doreen Avio (Hitz FM)