With the absence of two of the most popular names in Dancehall music in Ghana: ‘Shatta Wale’ and ‘Stonebwoy’, many people thought that this year, the energy that the Dancehall music genre brings would be a missing ingredient at the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, but this wasn’t so.
On Saturday June 12th 2021, Dancehall acts ‘Epixode’ and ‘Kahpun’ fused live rock music with the indigenous Dancehall rythym to deliver a loud but melodic presentation. Despite being anew face, ‘Kahpun’ took to the stage like he had always been there commanded the attention of the audience like he was the main act for the night.
But, it wasn’t just the music, there was theatre too! Dancehall artiste ‘Epixode’, created suspense during his introduction as the lights dimmed to create a sinister mood in the auditorium. Epixode sat on a throne decorated with skulls and swords with a silvery mask which covered his entire face preventing the audience from seeing him. He sat for a while as the music unfolded and then he got up and began what he does best. It was arguably the best introduction for the night.
In conclusion, leaving the V.G.M.A ‘Xperience Concert’ that evening, though one of the hosts of the show ‘Sika’ had mentioned ‘Shatta Wale’ when she asked inspirational singer ‘Celestine Donkor’ whether she would love to do a song with him, personally, I didn’t hear anyone mention the names of Ghana’s Dancehall greats ‘Shatta Wale’ and ‘Stonebwoy’ as I moved through the audience observing. Why? Your guess was as good as mine. Though they weren’t present, the true Dancehall fans knew Dancehall music never left!
By Jerry Wonder