As part of the activities leading to the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) this year, the ‘Experience Concert’ , a musical show which featured quite a number of the best musical acts in Ghana, successfully came off last night at the independence square in Accra. An enormous crowd of music lovers gathered at the venue to enjoy what will be recorded in history as the longest outdoor musical marathon with the most celebrated musicians currently in Ghana. Some of the musicians who performed used the opportunity to lay their claims on their desired awards at the VGMA scheduled for this coming Saturday May 18th.
The claims began when multiple award winning artiste, ‘Samini’ began what appeared to be a braggadocio of his past achievements and awards. He stated them categorically by moving from one particular year to another. Then finally, he declared himself as the most suitable nominee for the ‘Artiste of the Decade’ award. He said, “Whatever dem a do, we are the Artiste of the Decade.” Samini took the fans down memory lane with a freestyle that summarized his achievements from his early days with K. K. Fosu till date.
But, Shatta Wale responded to that statement saying “As for us, we are not here to do adverts for ‘Artiste of the Decade’ or ‘Artiste of the Year’. For me, you my fans are my award.” But, he later added that the time is now for him to also win some of the awards from the VGMA. He said that the organizers of the VGMA, Charter House, should give him all the awards because he is going to use them to do business and bring more money to his fans. After that, the controversial Artiste called for unity among the fans of his musical rivals ‘Samini’ and ‘Stonebwoy’. He said, ‘I know Samini and Stonebwoy fans are here but remember that we are all one people.” ‘Shatta Wale’ and ‘Samini’ are both nominees for the ‘Artiste of the Decade’ award at this year’s VGMA.
Other memorable moments during the event was the performance by Gospel singer Empress Gifty. Ironically, for a show dominated by ‘circular music’, Empress Gifty was the first to shake up the crowd after ‘AK Songstress’ and other acts attempted to ‘wake’ the audience. She gave an impressive performance as she intelligently mixed popular phrases from the ‘circular music world’ with gospel songs to engage the crowd in singing along with her. Also, her rhythmic buttocks shaking gave the crowd something to watch as she performed effortlessly with the live band. The religious singer also attempted a freestyle rap and the crowd responded with cheers.
Mr Drew, despite loosing out on the 2019 ‘VGMA Unsung prize’ , didn’t show any sign of sadness as he entertained the crowd with an energetic dance performance by fusing acrobatics and calculated steps with support from his dancers.
Adina also sang to the francophone version of her hit song ‘My Baby’ as the band changed the rhythm to mimic the francophone beat during her performance which also received some applause from the crowd.
One of the pioneers of the Highlife music, Adane best, reminded the crowd that good music never dies as he sang some of his classics with his ‘dancing lion’ mascot.
There were other performances by ‘Stonebwoy’ and his protégé ‘Kelvynboy’, ‘Kwesi Arthur’, ‘Sarkodie’, ‘Tinny’, ‘Akese Brimpong’, ‘Pastor Kofy’ and participants of the ‘Vodafone Icons’ TV talent show as well as ‘Kula’; the winner of the ‘VGMA 2019 Unsung’ category.
At the closure of the programme, the crowd were delighted and some of the fans continued singing songs as the last artiste left the stage.
By Jerry Wonder