Connect with us

Events & Places

Sports cars, Jollof, fur coats & Mama Boss Papa – The 7th Ghana Meets Naija – A PREVIEW

Published

on

May 26, Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana.

8: 45 am – A hundred phones and cameras go up as Davido emerges from the airport’s arrival hall. He sports an orange hoodie and a backpack. There’s little time for anything. Smiling and acknowledging teeming fans, he rushes to Ibrah’s Audi sports car, and is whisked away in seconds. Who’s Ibrah? A friend of Davido’s for sure, very popular, and based in East Legon, Accra.

Falz emerges minutes later, and cameras levitate again. He’s in a white vest and black jeans, and as usual, the frames in his sunglasses are absent. He’s directed to the white Range Rover, and he, too, dashes off in a convoy of six or seven cars. Minutes later, Tang Palace Hotel, Roman Ridge!

Tiwa Savage, the third in the Nigerian contingent arrived a day earlier (Thursday night), and has been lodging at Tang Palace since. Davido’s hotel of choice is Kempinski. A power trio, they face off Ghana’s Shatta Wale, M.anifest, and supporting performers as Kwadwo “Lil Win” Nkansah, B4bonah, and Article Wan at the 7th annual Ghana Meets Naija concert on Saturday May 27th.

Organised by Empire, it has now assumed the stature of “West Africa’s Biggest Concert,” and in the years that it has been running, paraded the topmost acts from Ghana and Nigeria: Whizkid, The Mavins, Sarkodie, Naeto C, KCee, R2Bees, Samini, Kwaw Kese, Guru, 4×4, Timaya, etc.

***

A room is readied for a quick press briefing. Falz is first up. As soon as he settles in his seat, questions start coming, both cliché and new: Who’s going to carry the night? Is a new album in the work? Is he afraid of fans eventually getting used to his style? How much has his starring in popular Nigerian sitcom Jenifa’s Diary helped his career? Does he really have a record with Ghana’s Medikal? Whom are his favourite acts from here? What should fans expect from him at Ghana Meets Naija 2017?

He navigates this interrogation without stress, mostly employing a fantastic corrupted English accent which is now his trademark: not ne-zes-trily (not necessarily), am zo mosh eg-zited (I’m so much excited)… And when a tough question is thrown at him, he exclaims “gen gen”, smiles and strokes his well-kempt beard, before submitting his response.

Microphone after microphone are shoved into his face, for endorsement of this media house or that media house. He gracefully obliges to every single one, repeating his aliases with the same zeal.

He gets up and heads for the door when he’s done. That very second, Tiwa Savage is making a triumphant entry. She’s clad in costume the colour of yoghurt — except for the black stockings on her thighs. A flamboyant fur coat hangs over her shoulders, and her eyes are hidden behind oversized designer sunglasses. They embrace warmly, and whisper pleasantries.

A hundred questions (per minute) are hauled at her, too, and though her voice is soft and delicate, an unmistakable sense of command resounds in her responses. Like Falz, she extols Ghana’s superior hospitality, and promises an iconic set — pure thunder and lightening.

“A minute more,” a rep from Empire notifies from behind. It’s a packed schedule for the rest of the day – mainly media appearances.

Soon, the convoy storms the streets again. We’re heading to Live FM, Adabraka. Men in black are hanging out of the front windows of the black 4X4 leading the fleet. With stern looks, they wave away anything in our path. These men doing the waving do it with the distinct audacity of national security detail. Maybe they are.

Again, the Live FM studio is  crowded than usual, and phones/cameras are in full motion. Falz confesses his fondness for “Ghana Jollof,” which instantly is blogging fodder, considering how significant it will prove in the perpetual conflicts between both West African countries regarding the delicacy. Here, too, he shuffles between his peculiar corruption, decent English, and (briefly), an impeccable British accent.

Rapper M.anifest joins him during the interview (which is being compered by Lifestyle Cafe host Sammy Forson). The exchange is warm and hearty, and there’s resounding laughter when Falz is asked about his ideal woman. Assuming Sege’s “azzent,” he details how he doesn’t discriminate when it comes to “kolor,” yet a fair complexion is added advantage (Sege is whom he plays alongside Funke Akindele Bello in Jenifa’s Diary. He also stresses how this ideal woman must have “meat” at the appropriate places, and finally, her intellectual capacities. “I like a woman with sense,” he explains. It is hilarious, and everybody needs a minute to catch their breath from this round of laughter. Both he and M.anifest praise each other’s abilities as wordsmiths, and announce a forthcoming joint single to massive applause.

Tiwa recomposes the setting with her gentle demeanour when she arrives. She laughs with the pitch of a teenage girl, smiles as she divulges her latest craving for gari and sugar (or while detailing her recent managerial deal with Jay Z’s ROC Nation), and leaves everybody dumbfounded when she admits to having never tasted the famous Ghana Jollof. Sammy Forson is shaken, and there is embarrassment in Tiwa’s giggle.  “Tiwa, you’re joking,” Sammy hopes, worried. She’s serious, and he is left with no other option than to offer to rectify the situation as a matter of urgency — “right this afternoon.”

At Starr, Kwadwo “Lil Win” Nkansah is the man! Both Anita and Giovani Caleb (hosts of the radio station’s drive belt programme) virtually drown in a pool of their own tears — not from sadness of any kind, but from abundant laughter invoked by the Kumawood actor and rapper. A seasoned performer, Lil Win is among the country’s biggest celebrities currently — for his numerous roles in local movies, popular songs as Mama Boss Papa, and ultimately, his personality as a super humour merchant. He’s among named supporting artists on the night, and this radio appearance is to give prospective patrons a taste of what he brings to the stage come Saturday night.

One can’t help but admire the I Cant Think Far man’s humility despite his elevated place in society. Clothed in a green camouflage Channel hoodie and Adidas cap over green pants and boots, he effortlessly unleashes joke after joke, while simultaneously sermonizing on life hacks, and nuggets for living. Our gifts are for the benefit of others. Everybody has an appointed time for a breakthrough. It is important to never lose hope. These are key takeaways from his presence at Starr on Friday afternoon. It has taken him a lot of effort and grace to get here, and it is all very inspirational how he has remained grounded even in stardom.

Tiwa graces Starr, too, this time with the seasoned broadcaster Kweku Sakyi Addo at the La Palm Beach Hotel, emphasizing once more, the need for all to go see her perform at Ghana Meets Naija 2017.  She is later joined by Shatta Wale, who extols Miss Savage’s personality. Both promised to work on a project.

Typically overbooked, Ghana Meets Naija has constantly served as the ultimate platform for the West African countries to execute a longstanding sibling rivalry in the area of music. Ghana and Nigeria have a lot in common musically, and constantly collaborate on projects. The concert has since its institution, provided a unique platform for musicians from both countries to celebrate the diverse sounds which also unify them.

Earlier at Tang Palace, Falz points out that to be named among performers on the Ghana Meets Naija stage suggests that one has achieved great heights in their career. It is why in his opinion, the concert is treated with this much seriousness, as well as what accounts for unforgettable performances every edition.

At the Accra International Conference today May 27, when the trusses go up, and the led lights dimmed or swung far and wide to sync with mood boards and patterns, only one thing should matter; who kills what? The troops (musicians) are expected to come out firing at targets (patrons) in sight. Some may understandably be overly animated, others, will go home not bothered about who did what. It is normal because all they wanted to see was a certain Mr. Mensah, or Shatta Wale as he is known in the streets of Accra.

The 2017 Ghana Meets Naija is powered by Empire Ghana and proudly sponsored by uniBank’s Smile and Mastercard products, Alomo Gold-Natural Herbs and Fruits, Paba Cosmetics, Tang Palace Hotel, Nasco Mobile, Kasi Express, 7Fold, Emerge Ghana and Maaha Beach Resort and ENEWSGH.COM.

 

Images by Eben Yanks/ Sadiq More.

Comments

Events & Places

Sarkodie named for ONE AFRICA MUSIC FEST – DUBAI, November 16!

Published

on

Celebrated Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie (Michael Owusu Addo) will be joined by other music giants from across the continent for the Dubai edition of the widely patronised concert, which comes off at the Madinat Jumeriah Al Sufuoh Rd. on November 16!

The concert has been successfully held in the United States and the UK, witnessing sterling performances from Wizkid, Davido, Tekno, Jidenna, P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Olamide, Cassper Nyovest, Alikiba, Flavour N’abania, Phyno, M.I, Efya, 9ice, Awilo Longomba, Falz, Victoria Kimani, among others.

One Africa Music Fest is described by organisers as ‘ Africa’s leading platform in showcasing the best and brightest musical talents in the continent, with the sole aim of solidifying Africa’s position within the entertainment industry on a global level”.

Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, ,and beloved Kenyan band Sauti Sol have all been confirmed for the Dubai concert.

A multiple-award-winning act, Sarkodie is CEO of his independent imprint  SarkCess Music, which is also home to singer Akwaboah, and fellow rap act Strongman. His fifth album “Highest”, is out now!

Comments
Continue Reading

Events & Places

GADAM NATION CONCERT slated for Bukom Boxing Arena, Nov 26!

Published

on

Popular Tamale-based singer Fancy Gadam takes his annual “Gadam Nation Concert” to the Bukom Boxing Arena this November.

Put together by Sultan INC and 5M Music, the concert is one of the key dates of his ongoing tour of major cities across the country, which has been massively patronised, and seen performances from popular colleagues as Sarkodie, B4bonah, Ebony among others.

Last year, the Accra leg of the tour was held at the National Theatre, drawing thousands to the venue.

Born Ahmed Mujahid Bello, Fancy is recipient of a BASS Award for Discovery of the Year, 2017  VGMA Best New Act, as well as a 2016 JIGWE award for Best New Artist, and has been associated with the likes of Medikal, Wiyaala, Shatta Wale, Sarkodie among others.

Fancy is author of several hit songs including Total Cheat, off his 2017 album “Mujahid’.

Comments
Continue Reading

Events & Places

MOBO Awards 2017: Sarkodie, Juls, Mr. Eazi, Eugy up for BEST AFRICAN ACT!

Published

on

Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie has bagged a nomination at the 2017 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards. The ‘Glory‘ act was nominated in the ‘Best African Act‘ category.

Davido, Eugy, DJ Juls, Maleek Berry, Mr. Eazi, Tekno, Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal and Wizkid are the other contenders in the category.

The awards ceremony will be held at the First Direct Arena, Leeds on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

 

The MOBO Awards stands for “Music of Black Origin” and was established in 1996 by Kanya King and Andy Ruffell. The MOBO Award show is held annually in the United Kingdom to recognise artists of any ethnicity or nationality performing black music. In 2009, the awards ceremony was held for the first time in Glasgow.

Prior to that, it had been held in London. In 2011, the ceremony returned for a second time to Scotland. The awards then moved to Leeds for the first time in 2015.

The Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards were established in 1996 to recognise and celebrate artists who create Black or urban music. The MOBOs may be the most prestigious but were not the first Black music awards show in the country. In Britain, the Black Music Awards (BMA) show ran from 1992 to 1996 in various venues in London.

The first MOBO award was presented to UK trio Baby D, in the Best Dance Act category.

The MOBO Awards are seen as a UK equivalent to the BET Awards and Soul Train Awards for being the main award show in Britain to focus on Urban music.

Comments
Continue Reading

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

Facebook

Recent Posts

Most Shared Posts

Advertisement

First News