President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has noted that while he will condemn musician Ebony’s choice of clothes, the general public should also be circumspect in their attacks on the singer.
Bice Osei Kuffour (Obour) believes musicians usually dress to suit their acts on stage and therefore should not be subjected to the barrage of insults being meted out to them.
Ebony, 20, who describes herself as the ‘90s Bad Gurl”, has been spotted at various events in revealing clothes and costumes on and off stage.
Recently, the ‘Sponsor’ singer was photographed wearing a ‘swimsuit like’ evening dress revealing some flesh of her private part.
Reacting to the huge criticisms that the musician’s dressing has received, Obour told myjoyonline.com that, that Ebony’s dressing was bad.
“That is very bad… as a Union, as much as we will try to make the public understand the role that our musicians play – that they are acting – we are also always constantly speaking to our musicians that they should be conscious of the moral values of the country that they are operating in.”
“Lady Gaga could wear it and nobody would cry or scream foul about it because maybe the environment and the moral value of the countries that they are in is different from [Ghana’s],” he explained.
The MUSIGA President further noted that “music is an art and dressing is an art and depending on the audience of that art,” the artiste will dress to suit that occasion.
According to him, people wear swimsuits at beauty pageants and they are not criticized.
“Depending on the audience that the person is acting to, if you go and wear a dress that is totally a misfit for the occasion then, of course, there is every cause to worry but again people should understand that is music,” Obour noted.
“That is not to say we should overly chastise and criticise a female actor or actress for the costume that they’ve worn,” he said.
Obour assured that MUSIGA is taking steps to deal with such developments citing instances in the past where photos of a certain musician’s private part circulated online and the Union's role of trying to curtail it.
Obour was recently in Tanzania to join heads of musicians unions from 12 countries to deliberate on ways to promote and enhance gender equality in the music industries of the various countries.
After the conference, which took place from November 21-23, MUSIGA has pledged to introduce the position of a Women’s Organiser and also reserve the Second Vice President position for a female.