Last Saturday, at the Fantasy Dome in Accra, telecoms giant, Glo, lined up some of the most influential musicians in West Africa, in a mega concert that drew thousands of revellers.
The event —one of 5 grand nights announced by the outfit for Ghanaian patrons — follows an August 12 comedy show which saw Africa’s top comics in performance: Basketmouth, DKB, Gordons, Jacinta, Bovi, Foster Romanus, Seyi Law, Salvadore among others.
Compered by Nigerian funny man, Gordons, and famed Ghanaian broadcaster, Nana Aba Anamoah, with support from Basketmouth, the show —overflowing with giveaways and thunderous cheers, saw memorable sets from Patapaa, Kuami Eugene, Yemi Alade, Tekno, Flavour, Sarkodie, and DMW frontman, Davido.
A truly A-list cast, the acts turned the venue into a huge dance party, commanding boogie and singalong with their popular tunes from their catalogues, flitting between proficient live band and first-rate dj sets.
To many, Yemi Alade submitted the most consummate of performances. Stylish in shimmering costume that showed the only enough skin, the “Johny” hit maker, who recently returned from touring America and Canada, was a class act, delivering on all fronts; choreography, vocal timbre, band telepathy, audience engagement, and overall effervescence.
The African lover boy, Flavour — a bona fide highlife royal, had no problem inciting tender sentiment, and waist gyration, specifically among his female receivers. Songs as “Ada Ada”, “Finally”, and “Nwa Baby” (which have ensured his solid presence in Ghana over the years) facilitated an airtight delivery for him.
Tekno and Davido, who completed the Nigerian contingent, were more than competent on the night, rousing patrons with their well-known choruses —especially the “Assurance” man, Davido —who closed out the well-put-together gig.
Patapaa continues to silence critics who simply dismissed him as a one-hit wonder, as he once again, emerged a true shining star for the Ghana squad. His set —capped by the historic “One Corner” which keeps on giving— also had as highlight, a rendition of “That Thing” —his Article Wan partnership, as well as other dance -ready records as “One Perma”, and his iconic “Olaley” chant on “Akwaaba.”
Kuami Eugene, the Lynx singer best known for “Angela,” “Confusion”, and lately, “Wish Me Well” dispatched an effective performance to an impressed crowd which also had as special guests, Lydia Forson, DKB, Kalybos among others.
Unsurprisingly, Sarkodie commandeered the most charged Ghanaian-led dance session. Africa’s most decorated rapper, the “Highest”, who was mounting a major stage for the first time since recently tying the knot, had packages for his hiphop die-hards as well as his Afrobeats constituency. Dishing out records form as far back as “Makye”, his debut album, to “Can’t Let You Go”, his recent homage to his wife, the rapper, donning all-black except for his sneakers, was simply untouchable —not merely because he was backed on the turntables by DJ “Untouchable” Mensah, but because his playlist, inexhaustible in a single show, has yet to be surpassed.
Stonebwoy, Diamond Platnumz, Runtown, and Wizkid are all slated to perform on subsequent dates in Glo Mega Music and Lafftafest —the name under which the entertainment marathon project is running.