Swiftly upon its release, Pae Mu Ka, Obrafour’s seminal 1999 debut became a rallying point for teeming devotees of hiplife (the hip-hop sub-genre founded by Reggie Rockstone).

This year, the project, produced by fellow veteran and longtime creative partner Da’ Hammer (Edward Nana Poku Osei) marks 20 years. Last night, at the launch of activities to commemorate the album’s milestone, nearly every hiplife stakeholder showed up at the Tang Palace Hotel in Accra to express solidarity and celebrate the classic.

Brimming with showbiz practitioners, gatekeepers and a trans-generational assortment of rappers that included the likes of Cy Lover, Da’ Hammer, E.L, Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, M.anifest, D-Black, seasoned video director Abraham Ohene- Djan, actress Yvonne Nelson and a host of others.

Also in attendance was Ghanaian politician and North Tongu MP, Honorable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who pledged GHC 10, 000 toward Obrafour’s Obrafoforo Nti Foundation targetting rural education.

Compered by broadcaster Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD), the night also saw a performance by Obrafour, whom everybody gathered referred to as an undisputed cultural avatar. Opening with the intro to the 10-track class piece, the Pae Mu Ka man performed a number of his best-known offerings over the years. He was joined onstage by Cy Lover for a nostalgic re-enactment of the album’s title track, as well as collaborations with Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, and M.anifest.

Pae Mu Ka @ 20 will be observed over a calendar of activities comprising a symposium, a 12-part docu-series, a cypher, the launch of the Obrafoforo Nti Foundation, and a November 9 concert at the Accra International Conference Centre.

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