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HERO CONCERT: Kuami Eugene Restores Highlife Music On The Event Night.

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As at some point in time, within the Ghanaian entertainment ecosystem, the indigenous Ghanaian genre of music, that is, the highlife music suffered a heavy blow as competing genres such as reggae-dancehall, afrobeat, hip hop, hip life etc. has become more appealing to the Ghanaian entertainment patrons, or fanatics. But the narrative has been changed for the better as sensational musician, Kuami Eugene’s timely intervention salvaged the highlife genre of music from it competitors.

On the 4th of October, 2019, christened Eugene Kwame Marfo hosted legendary highlife musician, Rex Omar and highlife music fanatics, including a section of the traditional mass communication media, writers, and social media commentators to stage the maiden edition of an annual two hour highlife music concert dubbed, “Hero Concert” at the +233 Jazz Bar & Grill, in Accra. The event also garnered the presence of notable Ghanaian personalities, including Okyeame Kwame, Richie Mensah, Stephanie Benson etc.

The event, powered by SLIP Entertainment, in partnership with talent hub, recording and distribution label, Lynx Entertainment witnessed patrons from both the local front and the diaspora who amassed in an overwhelming numbers to be served accordingly. The “Hero Concert” primitively began with an introductory performance from the High School Band who watered the grounds with their artistry prowess and dexterity.

Revelers at the show grooved their sweat off when the Ghanaian celebrated performing act took to stage as he gave a splendid performance on backed by an electrifying and live band music which was virtually enjoyed by all patrons who trooped in to witness the highlife artiste. Kuami Eugene and his band started off from the outset with songs popular here and the crowd was ruptured in ecstasy.  His performance on the night compelled the European folks, to adjust to flamy environment created by the indigenous fans of the music star, as he performed most songs on his album.

The event came in three folds, the indigenous highlife section, contemporary highlife and borga highlife section. Kuami mounted the stage to deliver the first set of highlife music. He performed tunes from some Ghanaian highlife musicians such as, “Damebi”, “Wo da nda”, “Sisi Maame”, “Theresa”, Kwan Kwan eee”, “Highlife time”, “Osobokyere”. His performance was really accurate and intense as patrons were all up, grinding and grooving to the tunes. His vocal dexterity was in synchronization with the environment that cause an uproar on the night.

“Kwani Kwani”, “Ohemaa”, No More”, “Baby Girl”, “Walahi”, were his own composed songs that were dished out from his catalogue. His performance created cool ambiance for most of the reserved fans to jam along. Kuami Eugene’s craft lived up to expectation irrespective of the short minutes he was on stage.

Legendary, Rex Omar was up on was on stage to continue to kindle the burning flames that was lit up by Kuami Eugene. Rex Omar served the audience with some evergreen tunes. The concert goers became excited when the veteran higlife musician performed his “Abiba” tune. The event got thrilling when Eugene joined Rex Omar to perform his “Angela” tune. Well Rex Omar didn’t disappoint though. He was laying the lyrics of the tune according to.

Sensational highlife artiste, Kidi’s presence was felt amidst the ostentatious Hero musical concert. He performed a host of songs with the Rock Star. The show got intensified when Kuami took patrons to church by singing some public domain Gospel Music. That moment left some undying memories on the event goers’ mind. Ghanaian music fans are a forgiving lot. Annoy them all you want for, as long as you deliver what was promised in the first agreement, they will turn up in droves and party until drop, as witnessed at the concert

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REVIEW: Obrafour Thrill Patrons At “Pae Mu Ka” Concert.

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Tonight he plays for the first time with a new band that has their synthesisers, clarinet and double bass creating a warm bath of spectral sound behind him. Opening song lays the template for the hour: soft, pentatonic arpeggios rolling behind lyrics that immerse us in a profound appreciation of nature and life. Wise but playful on stage, his between-song chat is deeply informed by the Christian Religion he’s been practicing, he tells us, for 43 years. There’s also a sweet naivety to his music that echoes his past as a child.

Obrafour is on a mission to remind Africans, precisely Ghanaians everywhere about their roots in the continent, and hiplife is his tool. At a sold-out Accra Internatonal Conference Centre (A.I.C.C.) concert, the triumphant tone is set early: a curtain drops and a colossal gorilla is revealed. Strapped into a harness, he walks on majestically, guided by the King's body guard. Microphone in hand and the crowd screaming, raising their hands towards the stage, he moans the uplifting lyrics to the title track from his 1999 album : Intro

Other tracks from the album are as enchanting as his introduction. Yaa Nom is captivating, the jittery drums and choppy vocal delivery creating mosh-pit circles like craters across the conference centre. When Obrafour screams “Yaa Nom" during the hook, the craters collapse in on themselves, and over 1,000 people vigorously jerk their shoulders to the scattergun percussion, resembling a mass synchronized swimming routine. Obrafour has elegance, grace and charisma, a magnetic aura that follows him like a shadow; he dances as if music vibrates in his bones, and gives his vocals a deep, raspy croon.

‘This is from a twenty (20) year old album, Pae Mu Ka” begins Obrafour, his hands in the air like a preacher, his gorgeous smile wide. “It’s from, er, 1999. The Ghanaian musician’s spiritual blend of minimalism, new-age electronica, folk and lieder-style singing is having a moment, spurred on by a reissue of his album Keyboard Fantasies in 2019. Celebrating this project was a necessity. He paid tribute to the late songstress, Ebony Reigns who died through a car accident on her return from a trip.

Special guests add gloss to the evening and show how highly he is regarded. There is an appearance from Obrafour's fellow Hiplife guru Sarkodie who dished some back -to-back tunes from his catalogue, Stonebwoy was also given a slot to deliver well produced reggae/dancehall songs, including Hero. E.L. who represented as the successor of legendry Michael Jackson, was really onpoint, not ommitting well appreciated performance from Edem, Samini (once again cementing the king of liveband music title. One thing about Samini is, just give any band at all and he will nail it at ease), Joyce Blessing (she took us to church with her soul soothing gospel tunes)Joey B, Bisa Kdei, King Promise, Akwaboah, Article Wan, AK Songstress, and surprise appearance from TH4Kwages and C.Y., they both took us back to the 2000s with their hit songs.

The evening ends with performance from Kwaw Kese, he left patrons yearning for more music after he performed Dondo, the song that has been widely accepted both the cooperate world and the street, its hard, enticing drums and echoing, easy hook digestible for ears from all continents. He finds his groove amid the heated night and leads the crowd into a memorable atmosphere, closing out a historic night for a true giant of African music.

(Photo Credit: Paul Addo Photography and ROB Photography)

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PHOTOS – TEMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: Sarkodie Thrill Patrons At The Maiden Edition Of The Concert.

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When Sarkodie emerges into the packed Chemu School Park, his legion of screaming fans were all over chanting his name seconds after seconds just waiting for their king to spit some bars into the microphone. Hip hop music has been popular in Africa since the early 1980s due to widespread American influence. In 1985 hip hop reached Senegal, a French-speaking country in West Africa. Some of the first Senegalese rappers were M.C. Lida, M.C. Solaar, and Positive Black Soul, hip pop music came from chicago.

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Sarkodie

There also have been groups in Tanzania and other countries that emceed before 1989, that knows as Kwanza Unit although it is not very well known. During the late 1980s to early 1990s, rap started to escalate all over Africa. Each region had a new type of style of hip hop. Rap elements are also found in Kwaito, a new genre based on house music which developed in South Africa in the 1990s.

The Maiden edition of his Tema fest tour (This Is Tema) celebrates that expansion with a glittering gallery of sound. The maiden edition of the annual event had an accomplished objective of giving back to society and appreciating society for a humongous support given him right from the flamboyant stage of his career (two decades ago) to the fruity era of his musicianship. Security was tight, and the sound and lighting systems were up to standard.

On stage, it’s instructive to note that, Ghanaian Rapper, christened, Michael Owusu Addo deserves his seat at the top of the African Hip pop scene. He’s a magnetic performer. Songs such as Original, Who Da Man, Bleeding, underpinned by snapping instrumentals and jittery choruses, send feet stomping through the arena. Elsewhere, the crowds sway as he croons the softer, more melodic offerings of Can't Let You Go (featuring King Promise) and and his latest jam off the Black Love album, Lucky (featuring Rudeboy of PSquare fame) together with Party and Bullshit (featuring Idris Elba, and Donae'O)

Sarkodie x King Promise

Throughout the evening, a range of surprise appearances sends raptures through the crowd. Multiple awards winning reggae/dancehall, and Afro-fusion artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla; Stonebwoy enthralls with summer anthem Ololo (featuring Teni), Shuga (featuring Jamaican superstar Beenie Man) and Edem garners a similar reaction with controversial tune, Toto, while Kofi Kinaata tipped the atmosphere towards Things Fall Apart and Confessions.

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Edem

The evening’s biggest surprise was reserved for the last stretch. Mugeez, Paedae (R2Bees), E.L., Yaa Pono, Kwaw Kese, Medikal, Kofi Mole, Eno Barony, Quamina MP, Kuami Eugene, Kidi, King Promise, Opanka, Stay Jay, La Meme Gang, Darko Vibes,Jupita, Epixode, AMG VimBoy, Strongman, Fancy Gadam, Tulenkey, Kwesi Slay, Dope Nation, Donzy, all got the ecstatic crowd thrilled and stunned at the unexpected union.

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Kwaw Kese
Kidi
Dope Nation
Yaa Pono

With energy at a high point, Sarkodie brings the curtain down with some hit song off his Mary Album, spicing it up with some hit singles.

Kofi Mole
Epixode
Quamina MP
Eno Barony
Strongman
King Promise
Opanka
Jupita
Darko Vibes
Fancy Gadam

(Photo Credit: FelixAnder Photography)

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REIGN CONCERT’19: Shatta Wale Perform Wonders At The Launch Of Wonderboy Album.

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As at 9:00 in the PM, technicians dealing with acoustics for a broadcast or musical performance; sound engineers employed to control and normalize the sound and enhance its beauty at the second annual edition of the Reign Concert and Wonder Boy Album launch were still at post fixing sub woofers and line arrays. Maybe, they know what the output will sound like, because immediately the event commenced and through to the to the end, the venue was soaked with good output that has no obstruction that is capable of impeding the success of the show.

I can't omit the stage laser lighting, in perspective, craft of lighting as it applies to the production of theater, dance, opera, and other  performance arts was so on point. From the switch control and choice of colors. The equipment the technicians used for stage lighting (e.g., cabling, dimmers, lighting instruments, controllers) helped made everything visible.

The event, Reign Concert 2019 and the launch of Charles Nii-Armah Mensah's fourth professional studio album titled, The Wonder Boy was scheduled to start at 8.00 pm but witnessed a 2 hour late start (Officially). The eleven-track album has songs such as Halfcast, California, By All Means, and Melissa, which is already gaining massive airplay.

The concert began with opening performances from budding (Up and Coming) musicians who dished out some tunes to prove their worth, as up and coming, in the industry. There is this unique characteristics of Shatta Wale having a great thirst for helping sensational musicians, because of the struggles in the industry. It also witnessed performances from a long list of Ghanaian artistes including Keche, Criss Waddle, Medikal, Kuame Eugene, Fameye, Wendy Shay and Fantana.

Some lucky fans of Shatta Wale who attended his Reign Concert at the Fantasy Dome went home beaming with smiles. The Infinix brand ambassador stopped midway through his performance to gift some lucky fans Infinix phones and other products.

According to the Shatta Movement boss who pointed out the lucky fans at random, he was directed by the Holy Spirit to perform the act as a way of showing appreciation to his fans who have proven their loyalty by supporting him through thick and thin. Whiles thanking his fans, he entreated them to keep working on themselves as a way to better their living conditions and not depend on government. He also asked his fans to connect with each other and help uplift one another.

Shatta Wale mounted stage at 3 AM after a significant intro was done by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EIB Network, Ghanaian media personality, Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi Bola Ray, and Comedian DKB. A poet also played a role in introducing Ghana's most celebrated Reggae/Dancehall musician. Its amazing how the fans of Shatta Movement are abreast with the lyrics of every song from their president. How did he achieve that?

Shatta Wale tried to change the stereotyped narration of, he, finding it difficult to play along with the band. Well, he tried. He performed three hit songs, Mahama Paper, Chop Kiss with the Patch Bay band. Even though his performance wasn't really encouraging with the band, he pulled some strings after he switched his style of performance. Shatta Movement fans are just music enthusiasts, the only forgiveness they understand is giving them more music and as the artiste is good to go. The attendance wasn't really encouraging because we know Shatta Wale do interms of amassing fanatics. He didn't pull his usual patrons, but the few that represented made the night quite interesting.

The event was geared towards launching the Wonder Boy Album, but other happenings at the event took the shine off the main objective of the album, even though Charles Nii-Armah Mensah performed 5 songs, including Jata Bi, Bad Man off the project. The Reign Concert and Wonder Boy Album launch last till 6:30 am.

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Fuse ODG Defines Africa At The Launch Of His “New Africa Nation” Album In Ghana.

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Ghanaian UK-based Fuse ODG started off with a song off his "New Africa Nation" Album succeeded by his club banger “Million Pound Girl” before a catalogue of his popular hits including "Boa Me" featuring R2bees and Ed Sheeran, "Anteena".

Ghanaian music fans are a forgiving lot. Annoy them all you want for as long as you deliver what was promised in the first agreement, they will turn up in droves and party until drop, as witnessed at the launch of “New Africa Nation” album concert show, Thursday night, hosted at the +233 Jazz Bar & Grill, in Accra and headlined by Ghanaian award-winning Afrobeats icon, Fuse ODG.

The event accumulated the presence of some well defined Ghanaian personalities including, Legendary Highlife musician, Gyedu Blay Ambulley, who collaborated with the Afrobeats performer, Fuse ODG to unleash an escalating performance, leaving an eternal memory on their minds.

Multiple awards winning Ghanaian rap genre of music artiste, Sarkodie's presence was felt amidst the launch of the ostentatious album, "New Africa Nation". He eulogised the Ghanaian UK-based for leading a temerarious and audacious heed to avert the brainwashed African diasporas, conniving it with a suprise performance of the "Down On One" tune.

The show primitively commenced with some distinctive words of poetry from a talented young Nigerian Ghanaian-based Writer/poet, Yom Nfojoh popularly known as Yom The Poet. Yom gave a magnificent taste of true african rich tales and great wise sayings, made to become something spectacular you have neither seen nor heard before.

Musician, Kojo Taylor also got a slot to deliver his artistry prowess, as he kept the atmosphere on a circle while patrons were waiting for the main act, Fuse ODG to mount stage.
Revelers at the show grooved their sweat off when the Ghanaian celebrated performing act took to stage at exactly 22:00 hours as he gave a splendid performance on stage backed by an electrifying and live band music which was virtually enjoyed by all patrons who trooped in to witness the Afro fusion and  African artiste. Fuse ODG and his band started off from the outset with songs popular here and the crowd was ruptured in ecstasy. 

The 31 year old Ghanaian singer's dancers burst onto the stage with such unmatched energy, demonstrating that versatility which has made dancing an essential and remarkable act on the minds of Africans.

Fuse' performance on the night compelled the European folks, including the British nationals to adjust to flamy environment created by the indigenous fans of the music star, as he performed most songs on his new album.

Fuse ODG was on a mission to pacify the storm he caused and one way of endearing himself to his indigenous fans. He educated the patrons on religion, urging them to entrust in themselves to achieve a successful life, as he noted that there is God in every human.

Although the musical accomplishments of Afrobeat pioneer, the Grammy and MOBO award-winning star's special assignment is much bigger than his music. Now a global star, he is using his platform to rebuild the image of Africa, both within the continent and throughout the world.

Amidst his performance at the launch of the "New Nation Album", he explained that, the album’s concept was to provide a platform to showcase Africa in a positive light, to develop a love for Africa, and also develop self-love for Africans and how to take Africa beyond aid and “mobilize the sleeping giant of the Diaspora”.

Fuse elaborates on the need for more events like TINA, explaining that, their mission is to develop a love for the continent, so people don’t just give them handouts, but rather they come and enjoy themselves, they come and see an investment opportunity.

Fuse ODG’s New Africa Nation album artworkAfrobeats musician Fuse ODG released his sophomore projected, titled “New Africa Nation” on Friday, March 8, with Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s Independence Day declaration inspired artwork.

Full of afrobeats sounds, the album features top local and international artistes including rapper and BET award-winner Sarkodie, singer Mugeez, Grammy award-winner Ed Sheeran, reggae superstar Damian “JR GONG” Marley and Jamaican-UK star Sheflon Don.

Click here to stream the full album.

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By: Gerrard-Israel GB

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