Acclaimed dancehall singer Shatta Wale, in the early hours of Sunday May 28, more than justified his inclusion in Empire’s Ghana Meets Naija concert for an unprecedented fifth time in a row.
Making a grand entree as usual (on a gurney surrounded by doctors, nurses, and SM soldiers Captan, Addi Self, and Joint 77), he invoked deafening pandemonium which he sustained for something like an hour. Backed by DJ Vyrusky, he dispatched hit after hit from his inexhaustible catalogue of street anthems: Kill Dem with Prayers, Shatta City, Low Tempo (ft. wife Shatta Michy) Enter the Net, Cocoa Season, If I Collect, Chop Kiss, Mahama Paper, Obodorbidi, Hosanna, Ayoo, Take Over…
The Shatta Movement frontman’s act was undoubtedly the biggest on the night, but there were equally laudable performances from college West African giants Falz, M.anifest, Tiwa Savage, and If hitmaker Davido (who closed the show).
Supporting acts as Tema-based B4bonah, Article Wan, Kuami Eugene, Ko-jo Cue, King Promise, Tee Phlow, Kwadwo Nkansah “Lil Win” all gave great accounts of themselves of this much sought-after stage. Ghana’s DJ Nii Aryee Tagoe, DJ Vyrusky, DJ Lord, DJ Obi (Nigeria) who mounted the decks to keep the charged atmosphere at a constant high, delivered this task to perfection.
This is the 7th year that the concert has been running, and once more, it lived up to the billing as West Africa’s biggest concert.
The Accra International Conference Centre was graced, not just by regular folk, but by some of the most important stakeholders in Ghana’s entertainment fraternity: KKD, Yasmin Behzadi (international fashion icon and co-creator of Sark Collection), MUSIGA president Bice Osei Kuffour (Obour), EIB boss Bola Ray, etc.
Ghana Meets Naija 2017 was 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.