Connect with us

Events & Places

Of KOD’s Rhythms on Da Runway (#RODR2017)

Published

on

A young man arrives in a convoy of three cars — all black. He looks princely and particularly Nigerian –his agbada (made of golden lace) shining against lighting on the forecourt, and an elegant sky which has poured forth ample rain about an hour ago. As he climbs up the ten steps, cameramen line up to take photos. Click. Click. Click. On cue, his smile widens. A bevy of women join him, and there’s the sound of more clicks as flashlights bounce off their foreheads.

He goes in — the gentleman, in all his glory — through the shiny see-through door guarded by the dark police officer of noticeable build. He comes back out, and gathers the sleeves of his flowing gown which has now fallen down his right hand. He throws it over his shoulder, again, with royal grace. He signals to the man stationed by the first car. The man: a driver conditioned into zealous obedience by a life of service, gets into the driver’s side. The others get in their cars and drive off into the parking area at the end of the stretch. He smiles for more camera, and goes inside again –the policeman holding the door open for him.

More people start arriving, all familiar faces due to their frequency on television, and their pristine standing as society’s very favourite: Lexis Bill, Doreen Andoh, Joselyn Dumas, Stephanie Benson, Akumaa Mama Zimbi, respected legal name Kwame Akufo and so on. Some would climb the runway as celebrity models, others, among the privileged audience, or in plush make-shift lounge far to the left.

Such is the calibre that grace KOD’s Rhythms on Da Runway on April 1 at the Banquet Hall (Osu) — the very creme of the society.

Even more people arrive: some with an arm in the crook of a partner’s, others by themselves. Still, they all make important fashion declarations by their looks –succinctly, or by cuts and folds in strange places.

An art exhibition welcomes you when you walk through the glass door — a series of deeply breathtaking experiences which have found their way unto mere canvas. But don’t be carried away yet… it is still a fashion show you have come to. The ambience there is one of superior calm as patrons look upon the paintings with entranced eyes for significant periods.

 

****

Previously held by the grand pool at Golden Tulip Hotel, and also GH ONE TV’s studios, the 2017 edition of  KOD’s Rhythms on Da Runway is also his biggest, for it has now obviously taken on international repute. It first came off in 2003, and has grown to become a truly artistic melting pot of music, fashion, visual arts and everything in between, gathering in one congregation, prominent fashion heads both locally and across the continent.

Fashion firms which represented at this year’s event are no mean names in the industry: wife Ophelia Crossland, Abrantie The Gentleman, Velma’s Accessories, Bon Collections, NINETEEN57 BY KOD himself, South Africa’s Palse, as well New York-based Kenyan designer Narok all presented breathtaking pieces. These names clearly prove that it is one of the most important gathering for the fashion ecosystem on this side of the Atlantic, if not the most important.

A relative of broadcasting legend and fellow style icon Kwesi Kyei Darkwa (KKD), the Winneba native (who recently celebrated 20 years as a media practitioner) has also designed for respected persons as former presidents Jerry Rawlings and J.E.A Mills, football stars Stephen Appiah, Michael Essien, Emmanuel Adebayor, Jamaican Reggae star Buju Banton, international Gospel singer Sonnie Badu, broadcaster Nathaniel Attoh, and a host of others — clear testament of his superior talent with clothes. His brand, NINETEEN57, is also telling of the philosophies which shape his creation: independence, patriotism, originality –Ghana! The brand name, because of what it stands for, is both weighty and audacious, needing only the steadiest of hands to bear.  KOD (Kofi Okyere Darko) knew what choosing a name out of Ghana’s independence year meant:

“I thought of 1957 because the year really represents something very special to me…not just me, but to all Ghanaians. 1957 is Ghana’s independence year, and our independence represents liberation not just for Ghanaians, but the entire black race”, he submitted to Sound City TV during the 2003 edition. Has he done a good job representing this national moment today? Without doubt!

Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD)

Again, Rhythms on Da Runway is consequence of a deep-seated passion in the soul of KOD. Everybody now knows him as “Mr Classic”, because of what he has come to truly embody in this age –pushing the limits with rare courage, and proving consistently, new and exciting possibilities which are only uncovered by keen eyes as his: “In terms of fashion, I think that I’m very liberated. I’m the kind of person that wears what quite a number of people might not be able to wear”, he pointed out in the Sound City interview.

Only a quarter of the number of performers advertised for the show showed up, but even that was not a light list:  Sarkodie, Bisa KDei, M.anifest, Abida from Zimbabwe, Wutah Kobby, Akwaboah, incredible band “Collectives”,  and saxophonist Okyere.

M.anifest

Among models who walked the length of the runway  that night are admired showbiz figures as actor James Gardiner, radio man Lexis Bill, PY Addo Boateng, Akumaa Mama Zimbi,  Coded (of hiplife trio 4X4), and madman Kwaw Kese. This runway has attracted similar big names in the past, including (but not limited to) Sandra Ankobiah, Reggie Rockstone, Funny Face, Bola Ray, Asem, D-Black, Tinny, Jon Germain, Benny Blanco, Kwaw Kese, Keitta Osei, Kwaku-T, and Sena Gbedawo.

An assembly point of the very best Ghanaian models too, this year’s was graced this year by the likes of Chantelle Dapaah (wife of revered stylist Abrantie The Gentleman), Victoria Michaels, The Ayew Sisters, Prince, Julee Djoulde Bocoum, and Miss Ghana 2015 Antoinette Delali.

Sarkodie’s performance was the ultimate highlight of the night, as it served as precursor (and background music) for the showcase of KOD’s latest pieces. All the excitement happened then: patrons could hardly remain seated, and the cheers just wouldn’t stop. When PY emerged unto the runway, he received a rousing welcome. Beaming, he began his walk, acknowledging Akwaboah, and Sarkodie who were still stationed in the centre of the runway, dishing out  a live rendition of the latter’s recent Painkiller  single which features Nigerian singer Runtown. PY clashed fists with Sarkodie as salutation, and when he got to the end of the strip, he broke into dance. The crowd got even noisier. His colleagues who had agreed to model for NINETEEN57 received similar reactions.

It is not unusual that rapper Kwaw Kese modelled with bare feet (a number of the male models walked without shoes). It is the fact that the “madman” held his black pair of footwear in the grip of his fingers instead. The crowd was pleasantly shocked, and it proved very entertaining –Kese’s act. Even Sarkodie paused in the middle of singing just to exclaim “abodam!”

All the NINETEEN57 models came back out for a final time: in a row, accompanied by KOD, whose head was covered in a cap, and a hoodie he had designed himself. He walked to the front of the row, where Kwaw was standing, shoes in hand. He attempted to snatch the shoes from Kwaw. He succeeded with one, and they both made their way back to the main stage, trying not to laugh. Once more, this love-hate relationship between Kwaw and KOD (also accurately told by at least two of the latter’s videos Killer Bewu Last Show and Mmaa Pe Wu) was reenacted, and it’s all so beautiful what they have made out of this relationship over the years.

KOD walked to the front of the row, where Kwaw was standing, shoes in hand. He attempted to snatch the shoes from Kwaw. He succeeded with one, and they both made their way back to the Main stage, trying not to laugh.

KOD and wife Ophelia Crossland have become a power couple over the years, greatly influencing the country’s fashion situation.

Fashion shows in Ghana continue to grow at a pace where they now commands a decent space in the larger textile and accessories ecosystem. The scene is actively run by persons like Darko, who continues to find inspiration from a situation that could have been better. Ghana has over the years showed the way in fashion in the sub region and has had huge names such as the late Kofi Ansah, lead the charge. Devotees of the industry have remained active despite current floundering statistics. Okyere and his colleagues hope to catch the eye of authorities to at least put fashion on the agenda on discussions bordering on Gross Domestic Product. Ghana stands to gain enormously from initiatives such as Darko’s. In 2013, the World Economic Forum estimated that the country’s Tourism sector was valued at some 2.1 billion dollars with a 5 percent contribution to GDP. The WEF forecasted a 5.4 percent growth by 2022.

Fashion is indeed a magical wand which brings all sorts of people together. Proof? Peoples of diverse heritage all collected under the large roof of the Banquet Hall, beholding with the avidity of children, the very future of style trends. It made for a colourful and inspirational image — this uniting force that fashion has also morphed into.

Rhythms on Da Runway 2017 was hosted by Joy FM’s Nathaniel Attoh, as well as Zimbabwean presenter Vimbai Mutinhiri.

More images courtesy VINE/ Frozzen Second:

 

 

Comments

Corporate

Bola Ray mentors 30 YOUNG BUSINESS LEADERS, October 19!

Published

on

Media mogul Bola Ray ( Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi) will hold a mentoring session with young Ghanaian business leaders on Thursday, October 19.

A renowned entrepreneur and corporate icon, Bola Ray looks to renew the passions of “tomorrow’s business leaders”, taking them through his own experiences, and his road to success.

Recently publishing his best-selling memoire “It is Possible”, Bola Ray is CEO of the EIB Network and the Empire Group, and has been a key media player for 2 decades now.

Bola Ray joined radio while still in university, Bola Ray has grown to become an authority not just in radio broadcasting, but in the entertainment industry as a whole. He joined Accra-based Top Radio after university and went on to The Multimedia Group, where he served a variety of roles, mainly hosting Drivetime on Joy for 11 years. For the past two years, he has been host of Starr Chat and co-host of Starr Drive.

Dubbed “An Evening With Bola Ray – Accra Edition”, the event is put together by Empire Protocol, with support from uniBank, StarLite, RLG World, Allianz Insurance, Dominion Oil, MenzGold, and Special Ice.

Copies of Bola Ray’s book can be secured via bolaray.com

 

Comments
Continue Reading

Corporate

Stonebwoy, LIL WIN perform @ GOtv MAX Kumasi launch!

Published

on

Over the weekend in Kumasi, GOtv Ghana hosted a massive concert to introduce its new package GOtv MAX to the public. The event held at the Kumasi City Mall, attracted thousands of concert goers who defied the heavy downpour to enjoy the music and fireworks display.

The event was nearly marred by the rain storm that started immediately the first set of performers hit the stage. Fans were forced to take shelter within the mall for well over three hours until the storm passed through and the equipment were checked and given the green light for the concert to resume at 10pm.

General Manager, GOtv Ghana, Kingsley Afful performing the launch reaffirmed the commitment of GOtv to bring its subscribers the best local and international TV shows first, hence the introduction of the GOtv MAX package. He explained that “Quality entertainment has always been a key focus on GOtv platform and we are excited to continue building our entertainment options for our customers by bringing them this new package”.

“We understand that times are tough but that doesn’t mean that our customers have to miss out on world-class entertainment. Sports just got bigger and better with the GOtv MAX package which will bring the best football titles in the world, La Liga, along with more entertainment choice for the whole family like CBS Reality, Sony Max and FOX.”

GOtv MAX customers will enjoy access to over fifty channels of the hottest local and international channels featuring everything from the freshest series, music and sport to the latest in fashion reality, celebrity and kiddies programming.  “From 1st October, all active GOtv Plus subscribers have been automatically upgraded onto the GOtv Max package at no cost to them to sample this new package for one full month”, Mr. Afful added.  He also announced a reduction on the price of GOtv decoders to GHs79 and the subscription price cuts on the GOtv Plus package to GHs35.

Fans were entertained by Stonebwoy and the BossNations’ CEO, the pride of Kumasi, Lil Win and crew. Several fans were rewarded with GOtv decoders as part of the launch activities by the artistes. The event was culminated in a huge firework display deep into the night to the delight of the thousands present at the event.

 

SUBMITTED!

Comments
Continue Reading

Corporate

SAMSUNG, Ecobank Launch GALAXY NOTE 8 in Ghana!

Published

on

Electronics giant Samsung has partnered with Ecobank to deliver the much-anticipated Galaxy Note 8 device to smartphone lovers in Ghana.

The two companies jointly introduced the Galaxy Note 8 unto the Ghanaian market with an easy payment plan that can enable Ghanaians to purchase the device.

Described as the next level Note, the Galaxy Note 8 targets consumers who want to do bigger things with smartphones. With Galaxy Note 8, consumers get a bigger Infinity Display that fits comfortably in one hand, the S Pen to communicate in more personal ways and Samsung’s best-ever smartphone camera to capture stunning photos.

Speaking at the launch, Eugene Nahm, Managing Director of Samsung Ghana, the technology manufacturer continues to uphold its commitment to lead the industry in battery safety. The Galaxy Note 8 battery has undergone the 8-Point Battery Safety Check process hence making it the safest smartphone in the world.

Mr Dan Sackey, Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana stated that the partnership with Samsung will give more access to their clients, it will also enable them spend less time in banking halls in order to have enough time to do the things they love.

According to the bank, one can pay GHc14 a day over a 12-month period for the device.

Renowned Ghanaian artist Bright Ackwerh did a live display of the S Pen and gave a testimony of how the device makes it easier for him to sketch his artworks.

SUBMITTED!

 

Comments
Continue Reading

Events & Places

Classics is not a ‘dead’ course – Prof. Olakunbi Olasope

Published

on

Professor Olakunbi Olasope, an associate professor of Classics at the University of Ibadan has stressed on the importance of the study of Classics and stressed that Classics offered a window through which the foundations of modern politics, social and economic life could be understood. According to her, classics shaped our ideas of freedom of speech, the rule of law, democracy, equality, ethics, and human rights.

Citing the example of the sex strike by Kenyan women which caused opposing leaders Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga to reconcile, Professor Olasope referred to the ancient antecedent in Lysistrata, a comedy written in 411BC by Aristophanes, in which Lysistrata convinced women of Greece to withhold sexual favours from men as a means of forcing them to sign a treaty to end the Peloponnesian War.

She said that Ghana and Africa should not imitate the West blindly, but study and adapt or modify the past to suit their unique problems, and added that Classics offered such opportunity to the nation.

Prof. Olasope made these comments at the maiden panel discussion on the topic; “The relevance of philosophy and classics to Ghana’s development” organised by the Association of Philosophy and Classics Students in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Ghana on 10th October 2017. The event brought together over 400 students and lecturers from the Philosophy and Classics departments of the University of Ghana. It also had experts in human resource, accountancy and social enterprise present to share how industry accommodates students with Philosophy and Classics backgrounds.

The event was also attended by graduate and teaching assistants, and lecturers in the department, including the former head of Philosophy and Classics Professor Kofi Ackah, and the patron of the association Mr Michael Okyere Asante. Other lecturers in attendance were Dr Caesar Atuire, Ms Bernice Adamson and Ms Gifty Etornam Kemevor.

 

SUBMITTED!

Comments
Continue Reading

Events & Places

DJ Mic Smith to shutdown Accra with the biggest DJ Concert In Ghana as part of his 10th year anniversary

Published

on

Sunday October 22nd will be etched in the memories of many Ghanaians as a tall list of top stars converge at the Accra Mall food court to party and pay tribute to the contribution of DJ Mic Smith to the Ghanaian and international music industry.

For the past decade, Mic Smith known in real life as Michael Owusu-Smith has demonstrated a monstrous mastery of his craft. His flawless control of the turntables has endeared him to the hearts of many in Ghana and across the shores of the country. So on an occasion to recognize his efforts in putting the country on a different pedestal, “A” list DJS like Andy Dosty, DJ Kess, Nigeria’s finest, DJ Neptune, DJ Mensa, Killa Fingers, DJ Vyrusky are amongst the DJs on rotation to celebrate with him in mega style.

The Shutdown King as he is affectionately called has paid his dues both to the music and Djing fraternity.

So on the night, expect artiste like Mr. Eazi to take things easy as he delivers explosive tunes from his arsenal. E.L, A.I, Magnom, Kojo Cue, are also part of a tall list of performers to thrill patrons at the free concert dubbed SHUTDOWN 2017.

About DJ Mic Smith

Micheal Owusu known as DJ Mic Smith is an event, club, radio, mixtape and artist DJ and also an entrepreneur from the republic of Ghana.

He also currently holds several nominations from Ghana DJ Awards; The Redbull club DJ of the year awardMic Smith is also the official DJ for international Afrobeats star Mr Eazi signed to the highly successful Ghanaian record label Miester Music .

Mic began DJing by “accident” when looking for a job over 10 years ago, where he had an embedded passion for music and allowed this to take more of a forefront in his life than it had previously. At Hot fm (93.9) in the early stages of 2008, he started as a radio presenter who presented the entertainment news on the Drive Time Show hosted by Okyeame Quophi. Within a year of life in the media world. Mic began spinning, his talent was pushed to the next level, when he became resident DJ at one of the most recognised clubs in Accra, Rockstone’s Office known to many as Django. Over the years he was the main focus entertainment at the club and his talent on the decks quickly earned him the nickname ‘The Shutdown King’ exposing him to many opportunities including national and international gigs.

 

 

Comments
Continue Reading

Events & Places

Miss Sabina Awuni is 2017 Miss Ghana UK the Jubilee Queen

Published

on

“This was an exceptional show and a night to remember with amazing memories. As always, our God came through and didn’t fail us and all glory goes to him.  The competition was tight and not easy to call. But in all, we couldn’t have achieved all these without the support of all our partners and sponsors”.

These were the words of Ms Cilla Gyewu, a representative of the Miss Ghana UK Foundation, after this year’s edition of the grand finale of the Miss Ghana UK beauty pageant, held on Saturday 30th September at Gaumont Palace (formerly known as Dominion Centre) came to a successful end.

At the end of 6  rounds of exciting showing, Miss Sabina Lawabea Awuni rose up to the occasion to be counted and was declared as the winner of the topmost award on the night, the 2017 Miss Ghana UK Queen being the edition of the most popular beauty pageant across Europe.

Miss Sabina Lawabea Awuni is a twenty – Three (23) year old a graduate and currently working as an instructor in Training & Development Administrator from Kent in the United Kingdom. She appeared to have impressed the judges with her elegance and smartness to make her won a little bit easier considering the fierce competition witnessed from the very first round.

The first runner-up was twenty-one (21) year old Miss Rachel Osei-Tutu, a university student from Buckinghamshire and the second – runner-up was Miss Francyn Amuah – Fuster who is twenty – five (25) years and an Accounts Assistant from Enfield.

The 2017 Miss Ghana UK was sponsored by World Remit, Blue Rose Real Estate (GH), VLISCO, Ghana Tourism Authority, Konfidence Hair, Sinai Beauty, Ghana Cocoa Marketing Company Limited, Cans Noire, ORS, Elizabeth Arden, Jackie Johnson, Zeeks Concepts and Shea Glo, Laboro, Pam’s Cakes, Uncle John’s Bakery, JD Fitness, Official Media Partner ABN TV and Radio.

Other partners are Ahomka Radio, CTLR World, Fab Photography, Afropulp, Osess, Flash Africa, Ghana Fashion Marketing (GH), Prompt Communication (GH), Eventsgh, Cypress Ghana, Savvy Concierge and On Point Property and Gold, Radiant Foundation, Pen2 Paper, Ghana Youth Day, Malika Sang (Promo Video).

Comments
Continue Reading

Facebook

Recent Posts

Most Shared Posts

Advertisement

First News