The highly anticipated event over the past few months in Ghana, ‘PAE MU KA At 20’ Concert, proved that good music can indeed stand the test of time and is worth celebrating. The event, which was a celebration of the maiden and highly lyrically acclaimed album of rap pioneer ‘Obrafour’, pulled an impressive crowd to the Accra International Conference Centre yesterday in Accra to relive the once exciting era of one of Ghana’s most gifted rappers. Obrafour expressed his gratefulness to the fans and also appreciated the people who contributed to his success. There were also well wishes and praises from his colleagues in the music industry.
Ghanaian rap legend ‘Obrafour’ after 20 years of releasing his first album with more than 10 years of inactivity in the main stream music industry in Ghana, surprised critics with an impressive turnout at the ‘PAE MU KA At 20’ Concert in Accra yesterday. With the ticket prices being slashed at the eleventh hour to the show, some critics predicted a flop of the event. Also, with the cancelation of the premiere of the ‘PAE MU KA’ documentary which was scheduled for viewing at the Silverbird Cinemas earlier on in Accra , some people described that as a sign of lack of interest from the public in the former rap icon. But, somewhere into the show, the ground floor of the Accra International Conference Centre was almost full with a handful of seats empty. The fans cheered in excitement especially when the musicians from the ninety’s shared the stage with Obrafour. Some of them were TH4kwagees, samini, Tic Tac, Kofi B, and Cy Lover. A major surprise for the night was the founder of Hiplife music and leader of the mainstream rap movement in Ghana in the ninety’s ‘Reggie Rockstone’. Obrafour described Reggie Rockstone as the genesis of his rap passion. “This man is the reason why I took pen and paper to write”, he said. He also thanked the owner of music distribution company ‘Big Ben Music’ and the Executive Producer of the ‘PAE MU KA’ album for supporting him in the early days of his career.
Despite the absence of some popular artistes who were advertised to perform at the event, the audience still enjoyed other exciting moments as they cheered aloud. For instance, when Reggae Dancehall and Afropop award winning artiste ‘Stonebwoy’ took stage. El, Ras Kuuku, Edem, Sarkodie, also got people on their feet when they performed. The were also performances from some new school artistes namely Article Wan, Posta Boy, Krymi, AK Songstress, Joyce Blessing, Akwaboah, king Promise, and Joey B.
At a point in the show, Obrafour asked the audience to observe a minute silence for the late singer ‘Ebony’ and other artistes who have passed away. “Let’s observe a minute silence for our sister ‘Ebony’ who died on the kumasi road……. And Terry BoneChaka, Ronnie Buk Bak, and recently Dj Seihor, and the rest”, he said as he opened his jacket to reveal his inner t-shirt with a bold illustration of the late singer ‘Ebony’.
A list of important personalities and celebrities were present at the event. A few of them were Chief Executive Officer of EiB Network Kwabena Adisi a.k.a ‘Bola Ray’, actress Yvonne Nelson, Actress and TV personality Nana Ama Macbrown, government official Sammy Awuku, actress Moesha Buoduong, Radio and TV host Abeiku Santana, Shatta Wale, among others.
By Jerry Wonder