Here are images from the launch of the 20th anniversary of Obrafour’s Pae Mu Ka album, held at the Tang Palace Hotel in Accra yesterday, May 29.
Made by photographer Paul Addo, the images provide a sublime documentation of a red-letter day in hiplife–a colourful event that brought together a majestic assortment of hiplife devotees across the entirety of Ghana’s social spectrum: veteran and new-age rappers alike, music video directors, broadcaster, actors, politicians among other showbiz tastemakers.
Notable attendees on the night include Cy Lover, Da’ Hammer, E.L, Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, M.anifest, D-Black, seasoned video director Abraham Ohene- Djan, actress Yvonne Nelson, as well as politician and North Tongu MP, Honorable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who pledged GHC 10, 000 toward Obrafour’s Obrafoforo Nti Foundation targetting rural education.
The event was hosted by broadcaster Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD).
Pae Mu Ka @ 20, as the celebration is christened, will be observed over a calendar of activities comprising a symposium, a 12-part docu-series, a cypher, the launch of the Obrafoforo Nti Foundation, and a November 9 concert at the Accra International Conference Centre.
According to management of Execution Entertainment, Obrafour’s label, the celebration, while it’s being held in fulfilment of sustained requests by the Pae Mu Ka man’s varied fanbase, intends to “further document and cement Obrafour’s legacy, which is indispensable to the entire hiplife story, while unveiling the next phase of brand Obrafour.”
Released in 1999, Pae Mu Ka has earned ubiquitous praise for its audacity, lyrical depth, and overall melodic charm. It is widely referenced as the project that best identifies hiplife, and is hailed by nearly every modern Ghanaian rapper, as a pivotal element of works that inspired them to take to rapping.
See the images below: