The Planning Committee of the 60th anniversary has confirmed to Onua 95.1FM that Don Moen, popular international gospel artiste will be performing live in Ghana as part of the Independence Day celebrations.
Don Moen, who happens to be a favorite international artiste for Ghanaian foreign gospel lovers, will take part in an International Gospel Concert that will be funded by an unidentified interest group.
Ghanaian gospel musicians will also participate in the International Gospel Concert.
In an interview with Onua FM Midday News, Mr. Jefferson Sackey, head of media subcommittee of the ‘Ghana 60 years on’ anniversary celebrations confirmed that the committee was approached by a group who have expressed interest in bringing the “God Is Good All the Time”, hit maker to headline the International Gospel Concert on March 7.
It is, however, unclear whether the committee will contribute money to the organization of the Concert.
Moreover, “the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has committed to take responsibility of organizing an event that will celebrate Ghanaian Music, 60 years on from March 10 to 12,” he said.
He noted that musicians played important role in the country and that musicians will have the opportunity to participate in the independence celebrations.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sackey has disclosed that upon a request from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo there will be adequate regional representation at the Independence Square on March 6.
“There will be a trooping of the color segment where all the 10 regions will have the opportunity to display their cultural and its significance to the country,” he noted.
He said a corporate institution had contributed an amount of GHC300,000 to assist in the committee and that other corporate institutions should help the committee to raise the GHC 20m budgeted for the celebration.
“We will be transparent and accountable to the country for people to realize that it was worth using GHC 20m to celebrate Ghana 60 year on anniversary”, Jefferson Sackey said.
Profile of Don Moen
Born Donald James “Don” Moen on June 29, 1950, Don Moen is known as one of the world’s best singer-songwriters, pastors, and producer of Christian worship music.
He produced 11 volumes for the Hosanna! Music series of worship albums. His first album under his own name, Worship with Don Moen, was released in 1992. His music has total global sales of over five million units.
Moen worked for Integrity Media for over 20 years, serving as creative director and president of Integrity Music, president of Integrity Label Group, and an executive producer of Integrity Music albums.
He left Integrity Media in December 2007 to start a new initiative, The Don Moen Company. The Don Moen Company acquired MediaComplete, the church software company that created MediaShout. Moen became a radio host for Don Moen & Friends in 2009. Moen received a Dove Award for his work on the musical God with Us in addition to amassing nine nominations for his songs.
Moen is a prolific songwriter, having worked with Claire Cloninger, Paul Overstreet, Martin J. Nystrom, Randy Rothwell, Ron Kenoly, Bob Fitts, Debbye Graafsma, Paul Baloche, Tom Brooks, among many others.
He has worked with talented musicians, Justo Almario, Carl Albrecht, Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuna, Paul Jackson, Jr., Lenny LeBlanc and Chris Graham. He was a major catalyst in launching the careers of Paul Baloche, Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, and Hillsong United.
By Andrew Nii Okai Tetteh