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Trigmatic Pushes for Music Archive to Save Ghana’s Musical Heritage

“If care is not taken, we risk losing all the works of people who have toiled and done so much for our culture," Trigmatic said

Ghanaian rapper and radio personality, Trigmatic, has called for the establishment of appropriate archive storage centers to preserve the country’s musical history.

In a conversation about the current state of the music industry with Graphic Showbiz, Trigmatic expressed his reservations about the lack of proper archiving of Ghanaian music history. According to him, there is a high percentage of losing valuable information concerning the contributions and achievements of musicians who have impacted the Ghanaian music scene.

“If care is not taken, we risk losing all the works of people who have toiled and done so much for our culture, vanishing into oblivion maybe in the next 10 or 20 years.

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He said due to the lack of record keeping facilities, people seeking to acquire information about Ghanaian music heritage receive minimal or no details at all.

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“In addition to that, it is very worrying that people interested in exploring the country’s music heritage receive very little or no information because there are no well-resourced facilities to cater for such needs,” he lamented.

Citing South Africa as an example of a country with well-resourced music archiving facilties, the “Nobody Knows Tomorrow” rapper said there were street housing recording stores where people could walk in to purchase old records or make inquiries about them, whereas it is difficult to access such information in Ghana.

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“When you go to other places, you have streets where you know you can get all the records. In a place such as Cape Town in South Africa, there’s a whole street housing record stores where you can walk in and get whatever you want from the 1950s, 60s, etc.

Although he admits that such facilities exist in the nation’s capital, they are however only accessible to a limited number of people who are affiliated with certain groups or communities, which should not be the case.

“It is happening here in Ghana, but it’s in Accra Central. Sometimes, you have to go to the Arts Centre to find some of these records. However, it shouldn’t be a culture where you have to belong to a certain community to get access. We should open it up for people to begin to tap into some of this information,” Trigmatic stated.

Trigmatic stated that access to adequate archival facilities would serve as a valuable hotspot resource for researchers, artists, and students, noting that it will inspire new generations of creatives and solidify Ghana’s position as a hub for African music and culture.

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