Events & Places A KING’s Charm over his subjects, a concert of many colours, A Legend LIVES ON … THE FIFTH RAPPERHOLIC Published 3 weeks ago on December 28, 2017 By Gabriel Myers Hansen Heightened and impatient, the growing crowd begins to grumble loudly now. For hours, they have waited to be let into the large auditorium in which the concert is scheduled, but the gates have remained firmly shut. Circumstances thus fester disturbing thoughts. No one is anticipating a stampede, but… 2017 marks five editions of Sarkodie holding his annual Rapperholic concert. Also, it crowns an extensive tour of major destinations across Europe, UK, and the US with his latest album. Now bearer of the accolade “Highest” as a result of the album’s title, Sarkodie is expected to curate nothing short of that adjective. The venue has remained unchanged in the past couple of years, and to a large extent, his biggest hits haven’t either. But he bears in his hand on this occasion, an exceptional new body of work, and a sturdy desire to engrave it as a classic in the hearts of patrons gathered here tonight. Sarkodie performs at Rapperholic 2017. IMAGE/ SADIQ MORE Once inside, the crowd is much relaxed, but also very alive with debate, legend, and gossip. Tonight, everyone is a GH rap expert…Sarkodie serving as the primary reference. Across the hall, numerous zealots are already drenched in their own sweat. Attired in Sarkodie merchandise, they have significantly been roused by music being spun by DJ K Krack ahead of performances on the night; flaring their hands and chanting along to songs as performers would, as if it is they who penned them in a modest home studio that quiet morning. There’s something to be learned from this sight –the marvelous power of the well-crafted spoken word. Things escalate quickly –a rapid succession of riveting acts (mainly emerging stars) ensures this. If there lingered anywhere in the venue, any remaining shadow of monotony, the opening round of performers dispels this outright: Article Wan, A.I, Kwesi Arthur, B4bonah, energy machine Epixode, Sariki, Teephlow, and Yaa Pono have proven true revolutionaries in this new chapter of Ghanaian music. Their offerings in recent years have served as party staples as they have facilitated soul-searching. That Rapperholic brings them all together on one stage is commendable. DJ Mensah, and UK band The Compozers constitute Sarkodie’s corner tonight. It’s not an unfamiliar team, and their aptitude is impossible to question. As has been the situation with the Rapperholic franchise over time, we are on the verge of something momentous. Rapperholic has always been about a lush atmosphere. Everybody is there with a jollification mindset, and when people are united in this purpose, very little can hold them back. So intense is the vivacity in the realm that it thickens the very oxygen circulating in the room, making it tangible to the naked eye. In Ghana, only a handful of names are potent enough to summon such spirit –the name “Sarkodie” is one of them. Since his 2009 debut Makye, Michael Owusi Addo (as he is privately called) has remained the darling of music lovers in these parts. With superior wit and delivery, ingenuity and simply an innate desire to rap, he has risen to the foremost echelons in the country and beyond. In the past decade or so that he has practiced music professionally, he has been a key contributor of songs which constitute our top picks. Furthermore, Sarkodie’s magnificent stage charm, fostered over the course his career, has made him a true performance icon. Whether singlehandedly, or in the company of the notable contingent of surprise acts that supports him each year, he has always held his own. That is why Rapperholic sets in particular, are always keenly anticipated. “The hunter ages, but not his skill”, translates a popular Ga adage. Legends will always remain legends. There is not a dull moment at Rapperholic 2017, and every performance is important for a reason; Jayso, Strongman, and Teephlow reecho the essence of pure rap, Feli Nuna, Freda Rhymes, and Eno boost our confidence in the female rapper’s competence, Kwaw Kese typifies brazen originality, King Promise, Kurl Songx, and Akwaboah are antidote for the ladies, Koorede Bello and Yung L augment the West African feel, and BBNZ boys Shaker and Ko-jo Cue ooze the worth of the pen and paper. But Obrafour’s appearance is undeniably the most significant on the night. The rapturous reception which meets the Rap Sofuo’s triumphant entry unto the stage is the sort of thing that shatters glass ceilings. As he performs alongside Sarkodie, not even he can hear himself. The crowd takes over, roaring well-received collaborations from the pair: Saa Okodie No, and Life, as well as classics off Obrafour’s unequaled catalogue including Yaanom, Kwame Nkrumah, and Ohene (which Sarkodie impressively recited with perfection). In many regards, Obrafour is hiplife. The genre may have been originated by Rockstone, and properly established with the input of a hundred other pioneers, yet, Obrafour has embodied that sound more effectively than anybody else. Starting with Pae Mu Ka (1999), his approach has served as both soul and blueprint for hiplife, while operating on the everlasting “Last Two” pulse. The model apprentice, Sarkodie has, since the beginning of his career, always deemed Obrafour as a godfather. Their performance, and Sarkodie bowing to him in a remarkable act of reverence and gratitude is simply heartwarming to behold. Both rappers are reportedly brewing a joint album following a passionate appeal by veteran producer Da’Hammer some weeks ago (who is producing the work). Judging by the distinction achieved on everyone of their collaborations so far, the project is bound to be emblematic. Sarkodie bows to Obrafour at 2017 Rapperholic Concert. IMAGE/ PULSE Maybe it is the December spirit, but recent days have witnessed images of great solidarity and mutual admiration that normally is infrequent in a fiercely competitive terrain as showbiz. At his December 22 concert, Stonebwoy genuflects before guru Samini during their performance. In neighboring Nigeria, archrivals Wizkid and Davido seem to have patched things up, appearing on each other’s concerts. Davido’s recent 30 Billion concert witnessed a Mo’Hits reunion, with D’Banj, Don Jazzy and other original members of the once supreme music label all performing side by side. At Rapperholic, Sarkodie is Nas, and Fela, and Bob Marley. He’s Marvin Gaye, and Kojo Antwi, Daddy Lumba, and Paa Dogo. The stage is made for him, and affords him opportunity to explore the many extensions to his creativity than he normally would. No limitations exist. Rapping or singing, backed by a band or DJ set (or both), Sarkodie simply reigns. Over highlife, hiplife, hiphop, Afrobeats, or reggae, he shines brilliantly.In an era where rappers particularly are constantly berated for their obsession to mime onstage and nothing else, Sarkodie proves that an all-round performance can be achieved by a rapper too. His image as a performer is highly boosted by the Rapperholic concert, and serves as necessary springboard for the subsequent year. So, even in spite of RuffTown’s Ebony, Sarkodie will make a more than decent showing at the 2018 VGMAs. The mere mention of this name causes deafening cheers, and when he finally surfaces onstage, dressed in black, and performing Light It Up amidst fearsome fire breathers, he does render a performance worthy of the applause and long standing ovation that characterises his sets. Other songs follow, off Highest as well as previous offerings, and the cheers remain constant. Beloved colleagues join him: Samini, Joey B, Magnom, Captain Planet, Efya, Becca, Kwaw Kese, Adina, R2Bees, Big Shaq…This party just goes on and on. By the time he performs Glory, his inspirational new single featuring Nigeria’s Yung L, it is unanimously agreed that he has tucked yet another successful edition neatly in the annals of history. His swan song for the night, and indeed, a great 2017, the number causes him to shed a joyful tear. His story is a deeply moving one, and for anyone who has followed his journey over the past 10 years, it has been one big blessing. A ‘Sark’ FULL OF Glory… Sarkodie – THE ‘Highest’ ALBUM REVIEW Glory, the Jayso-produced joint, sums up Sarkodie’s new album and life too: no matter where you are, dreams do manifest if you keep at them, and are patient and resilient enough to see them come to pass. “King Sark till I die/ nobody can ever pull me down”, goes a line in the song. He can afford to say that now because he has come from far, and remained alive. And when accounts of an artist now frequently takes the form of a tribute, maybe they have really become legends. Thoroughly thrilled and content, the crowd files out of the conference centre leisurely now. Pockets gather here and there, conducting their postmortem. For hours, they have truly jammed to some of the biggest songs of 2017 –the fatigue in their bones, and their sore feet are testament to that. The reviews are generally positive, and nobody seems to even remember the poor crowd control by organisers at the beginning of the show, or its late start. Rapperholic 2017 has ended well. A multiple-award-winner, Sarkodie is author of five albums in all: Makye (2009), Rapperholic (2012), Sarkology (2014), Mary (2015), and Highest (2017). Compered by Dancehall singer Shatta Wale, this year’s Rapperholic concert is a joint collaboration between the rapper’s SarkCess Music, and A Team Productions. More images from the concert courtesy Sadiq More: Sarkodie at Rapperholic 2017. IMAGE/ SADIQ MORE Sarkodie bows to Obrafour at 2017 Rapperholic Concert. IMAGE/ PULSE Comments Related Topics:enewsObrafourRapperholic 2017Sarkodie Advertisement You may like Sarkodie partners Samini for “My Own” (Remix) – LISTEN 2017 SoundCity MVP Awards Festival – WATCH LIVE Sarkodie wins “Best Collaboration” at #SoundCityMVPAwards Festival 17 Sarkodie details plans to foster budding talent! I’m threatened by neither Shatta Wale nor Sarkodie – King Ayisoba Asamoah Gyan names top 4 acts of 2017 Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Events & Places “The Green Experience” With Deon Boakye Slated for African Regent, JANUARY 26! Published 14 hours ago on January 19, 2018 By Gabriel Myers Hansen Budding singer Deon Boakye, will on Friday January 26, stage a live musical performance at the African Regent Hotel in Accra dubbed “The Green Experience”. Deon’s career has been on the rise since debuting his solo hit single ‘Allewa’ (featuring Cabum). That was followed with other singles like Dubai, New Year and Babiaa Awu. He will be performing songs off his recent Green album which was outdoored in September last year. The HardBoy Music Group artiste, noted for his lively and stage craft, will be joined by the World League Band, a unique group that blends multiple genres like highlife, Afrobeats and jazz, as he performs joints off the album as “Ooosh”, “Yellow Sisi” and “Genevieve”. Speaking in a recent interview regarding the Green LP, Deon explains that the project is “a symbol of fertility, happiness and progress toward attaining your goals.” The 2017 VGMA unsung nominee since bursting onto the music scene has been consistent and has enjoyed massive coverage in the media for his exceptional vocals and composition of songs which led to his nomination for the unsung category in the VGMA’s. Consisting 17 tracks, the Green LP features Strongman, Cabum, Medikal, Joel Orleans, Cabum, FlowKing Stone, Akitiwrowro, Kofi Kinaata, Eno, Jason EL-A and a host of others. According to organizers of the event, ZoneThree6, the Green Experience will be an opportunity for the general public and fans to have a first-time experience with Deon performing live. The Green Experience will be hosted by Dzifa Grey (Metro TV), with the green carpet being hosted by ZoneThree6 VJs, VJ Quabena Kevin, VJ Koko & VJ Eleanor. It is sponsored by ALSALE SERVICE LTD. SUBMITTED! Comments Continue Reading Events & Places Patapaa HEADLINES 3 -Day Concert in Liberia Published 23 hours ago on January 19, 2018 By Gabriel Myers Hansen “One Corner” hitmaker Patapaa Amisty will headline a three-day concert in Liberia from January 19 – January 21. Put together by Havana Lodge & Executive Inn, the marathon will see the Swedru- native rock the West African nation alongside rapper Stay Jay, and a host of Liberian acts including Soul Fresh, Nuchie Meek, Revoluxon, Eric Geso, and Teddy Ride. “One Corner” proved to be the biggest song in Ghana in 2017, and hugely influential across the sub-region, earning Patapaa widespread acclaim, and an appearance on many stages in Ghana, and neighbouring Nigeria. Produced by Morgan Beat, “One Corner” shot to nationwide prominence along with its accompanying dance after Patapaa first performed it at the Akwambo Festival in the Central Region sometime in 2017. Comments Continue Reading Events & Places Droves sign up for “Happy FM Dream Wedding” Published 2 days ago on January 18, 2018 By Gabriel Myers Hansen Happy FM, Ghana’s number one Sports Station continues with its mission of giving back to society. This time, the station will be fulfilling the dreams of many would-be couples to experience an unforgettable all-expense paid wedding ceremony. The most sort after event dubbed ‘Happy FM Dream Wedding’ slated for February 14 at Cleaver House in Accra, is a continuation of the Happy FM Valentine Mass Wedding event with a more classy touch and feel. According to Kwasi Sarpong, Programmes Manager of Happy FM, since ‘Dream Wedding’ was launched last year February 14, 2017, a lot of people have been trooping in to sign up. Couples that signed up for this year’s ‘Dream Wedding’ are currently undergoing counselling sessions from some renowned pastors and marriage counsellors. “People are extremely excited about the event and even though we closed registration of couples on December 31, 2017, quite a number of people keep coming to us for registration. The Happy FM ‘Dream Wedding’ will take on a new exciting twist which will leave a lasting memory in the minds of the couples, their family members and friends,’’ Kwasi Sarpong stated. Mr. Sarpong also said that as part of the activities leading to the 14th, the grooms to be will engage in a cooking contest at the forecourt of Happy FM at Asylum Down on Saturday February 10. He added that Happy FM is committed to helping couples desirous of getting married by taking on the responsibility of organising the classy event and providing all the necessary resources needed. SUBMITTED! Comments Continue Reading Events & Places British Council launches Duapa Challenge “THE CAMPUS DUEL” Published 3 days ago on January 17, 2018 By Pep Junia The Duapa Challenge is a social innovation support competition providing seed capital and business support for the early-stage viable social enterprise. The programme, as part of our contributions to the social enterprise ecosystem, seeks to promote economic growth, private sector development and youth employment through enterprise. Over the past two years, the competition achieved its aim in identifying and supporting brilliant social enterprises like Trotro Tractor and CowTribe who are in operation and growing. The aim of this competition is to: identify and support idea and growth stage social enterprises from tertiary institutions in Ghana. generate and support student entrepreneurship with a focus on social entrepreneurship. bring together idea and growth stage social entrepreneurs to connect, learn and develop synergies. provide seed capital and support to the winning social enterprise from ideation to prototype/market entry phase. create general awareness about social enterprises in Ghana. CORE TARGET AREAS This edition of the Duapa Challenge seeks to draw social entrepreneurs in tertiary institutions from the following sectors: Social focused Fintech Green & Renewable Energy Agriculture Ethical Design & Manufacturing Healthcare Education THE APPROACH In this edition dubbed “The Campus Duel”, the competition will focus on student social enterprises in the following 10 Ghanaian tertiary institutions: University of Ghana Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration Ashesi University University of Professional Studies Knutsford University College Lancaster University Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Central University College University of Cape Coast Catholic University College Each of these institutions will have a team each of three or fewer students representing them at each stage of the competition. The teams will be required to develop and pitch their business ideas. The winning team will be awarded seed funding for their business, business incubation, training and support by the British Council and social enterprise partners. Comments Continue Reading Events & Places 2017 SoundCity MVP Awards Festival – WATCH LIVE Published 1 week ago on January 12, 2018 By Pep Junia The 2017 edition of SoundCity MVP Awards Festival is currently underway at the Eko Suites and Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. The prestigious awards ceremony is steered by the larger than life Ebuka, as Soundcity VJs – Adams, Moet and Pearl host the red carpet. Ebuka sure yields star wattage to anchor the show and set the diverse audience alight with fun, laughter and wisecracks as the African music industry honours its finest talent. Among the several performers who have been announced is multiple award-winning rapper Sarkodie. Watch the event live here: Comments Continue Reading Events & Places Sarkodie wins “Best Collaboration” at #SoundCityMVPAwards Festival 17 Published 1 week ago on January 12, 2018 By Pep Junia Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie has won the Best Collaboration at the ongoing SoundCity MVP Awards Festival at the Eko Event Center in Lagos. His hit single “Pain Killer”, featuring Nigerian singer Runtown, secured him the laurel. He beat off stiff competition from Tiwa Savage, Tofan, AKA among other African giants. The prestigious awards ceremony is compered by broadcaster Ebuka, with Soundcity VJs – Adams, Moet and Pearl hosting the red carpet. Comments Continue Reading Facebook Tweets by @Enewsgh Recent Posts “The Green Experience” With Deon Boakye Slated for African Regent, JANUARY 26! 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