Ghana’s biggest music weekend, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, a two day package of musical performances and awards for top rated musicians and related industry personnel, yesterday at the Grand Arena in Accra, had a warm mood as popular musicians and some award recipients, recollected some of their most memorable days of their careers. Among them were multiple award winner ‘Samini’, rapper ‘Edem’, Traditional musician Nii T. Tetteh. The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is an annual platform which mainly seeks to bring together musicians in Ghana to celebrate music made in the country.
Prior to an award presentation, multiple award winning musician Samini, in the company of pioneer music producer Fred Kyei Mensah, spoke about his first encounter in a recording studio. “When I started my career, the first place I listened to myself in a headphone was at Fredyma’s (Fred Kyei Mensah) studio in Adabraka”, he said. His statement received applause from the audience as they appeared to be appreciative of how far Samini has come; comparing where he started.
Another throwback statement came from the winner of the Traditional Artiste of the Year Nii T. Tetteh of the KusuKisi Ensemble. After receiving the award, the musician spoke about how him and his band toured the globe with their form of indigenous Ghanaian music and advised the youth to join forces to be able to reach the global stage. “… I have invited Samini to come and let’s work. The rap that you guys are doing, if we combine it with ours, we will go far. I have toured many international festivals; California music shows, world music shows, etc. If we come together we can go far…”, he explained.
There were also comments on where some of the musicians started from. Rapper Edem was one of them as he spoke about joining the camp of the ‘Last 2’ by music producer ‘Hammer’. Diana Hopeson also mentioned past international shows were Ghanaian made Ghana proud.
The evening was a night to celebrate how far Ghanaian music had come and the technical creative minds that have ensured its survival to this day. Hence, the day 1 of the 2 – day event was dubbed ‘Industry Night’.
It was attended by notable Ghanaian music minds such as pioneer Highlife musician Bessa Simons, Celebrity Music Producer Kiki Banson, musician Qwecy (Dead Buddy), and others.
There were also musical performances by top musicians such as Kofi Kinaata, Celestine Donkor, Wendy Shay, Samini and others.
By Jerry Wonder