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Culture Minister Promises Support To ACEM 

By Imma Mkong — The Minister of Arts and Culture, Ama Tutu Muna, has promised support to the Cameroon Association of English-speaking Musicians, ACEM. She made the promise on May 7 at the conference hall of Djeuga Hotel in Yaounde during the opening of a three-day workshop organised for musicians.

The workshop, under the theme: “ACEM for Greater Professionalism in Music,” which took place at the S.T. Muna Foundation in Yaounde, was aimed at training ACEM members on professional music production. Ama Tutu congratulated ACEM for the initiative to build the capacity of English-speaking musicians.

She said the music industry was becoming more competitive and only professionalisms could excel. The workshop, she said, would improve the professional and living standards of the musicians. She then promised that the Ministry and Government will engage a more powerful training strategy to empower musicians in Cameroon.

“We promise that next year will be much better,” she said. Minister Tutu also disclosed that musicians will be trained on techniques of song writing, music composition and music marketing. She added that experts in the field have been invited for this purpose.

ACEM President, Francis Ateh aka Ateh Bazore, said most ACEM members hail from the Northwest Region at a time when music is considered a thing for the less brilliant and dropouts.

He said some of the reasons that also contributed to the birth of ACEM include lack of encouragement from parents and absence of music schools in the country, amongst others. Ateh said ACEM was created in October 2008 and designs projects to encourage its members and give them exposure. He also said that one of the problems plaguing ACEM is lack of finances.

He, however, expressed joy because experts from the UK had also come to train over 70 musicians on how to use social networks like facebook, twitter, U-tube and others to market their music. The ACEM President expressed gratitude to the Minister for accepting to patronise the event, promising to transfer knowledge obtained in the workshop to colleagues in other areas of the country.

First published in The Post print edition no. 01342

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