Traditional singers Kwame and Kpodo have emerged winners of the 2020 EU/GESP eliminating child labour song contest.
As part of activities in prepartion for UN’s 2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, the EU Delegation in Ghana and its partner, Ghana Employment and Social Protection (GESP) Programme launched the campaign against child labour song contest in August.
In August 2020, Ghanaian musicians were invited to submit songs themed around child labour in Ghana.
Over 50 song submissions were put up for public voting during the months of September and October 2020.
The public vote identified one winner per song category:
Category 1: Traditional, Ethnic, Classical
Kwame and Kpodo:
Category 2: Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Folk
Category 3: Highlife, Hip-hop, R&B, Soul
Category 4: Pop, Rock, Electronic
The four category-winners became finalists for a final vote by a jury to determine the overall winner.
On 12 November 2020, the finale took place at the Zen Garden in Accra. Ghana’s Afro-pop singer and song-writer Wiyaala was among the jury members for the finale. The “Rock My Body” singer is also a goodwill ambassador during the 2021 campaign against child labour in Ghana.
At the end, Kwame and Kpodo were ajudged winners of the competition. As winners, they will be invited to compose the theme song for next year’s EU/GESP campaign against child labour and walked away with other great prices.
See photos from the finale below.