Award winning dancehall artiste Samini dealt an uppercut to the contingent of Tema-based musicians as they faced off against musicians from Accra at Joy FM’s Nite with the Stars last Saturday at the Dome.
A major highlight of the night was Tema’s Kwaw Kese’s performance, which tiped the balance against the Accra contingent. Abodam, as he’s called, never fails to disappoint and Saturday night was no exception.
The “Odeim” singer, renowned for his stunning stagecraft, burst onto the stage with seven bikini-clad ladies who were generous enough to show some flesh to the charged audience. As they lined up on stage, the entire auditorium went bananas. Each bikini featured a letter, and when the women stood in a line, these combined to form the word MADTIME!
Kwaw Kese’s entrance was the tipping point as the auditorium rose to its feet, with everyone yelling in amazement at one of the heavyweights of the Ghanaian music industry. Indeed, the showstopper enchanted the audience as they sung along to his hits “Poppin”, “Let me do my thing”, “Nonsense” and “Odeim.”
But as is to be expected, his performance did not go without controversy. The “Nonsense” man brought a placard on stage bearing the inscription “VIP,” which he proceeded to throw to the ground and trample.
The group VIP performed after Kese, registering their displeasure as soon as they burst on stage, but their complaints were brief and the partying continued. The talented trio, backed by dancers in military uniforms, whipped the audience up quickly. The crowed danced as it sang along to hit songs such as “Besin”, “I think I like am”, “Away”, “Ahomka” and others.
When R2Bees who were set to perform, there was a fracas backstage between the Accra-based VIP and the Tema-based Kwaw Kese. It took the timely intervention of security personnel, organizers and some musicians to prevent the confrontation from becoming a brawl.Sarkodie’s waterloo and Samini’s profit In solidarity, Tema-based Sarkodie and R2Bees did the unthinkable, pulling out of the show in solidarity with Tema compatriot Kwaw Kese just as the show was climaxing. What was left were performers Buk Bak and the widely popular Samini.
Buk Bak were first to appear on stage. They did a rendition of some classic songs that had shot them to fame in the late 90’s and the 2000’s. Their songs got the audience singing along. They electrified the audience but it was their newest single that really got the audience “Kolom”ising.
After a night full of events that threatened to mar the beauty of the show, the organizers offered up last act, the Accra-based Samini. The party started as soon as the night’s MC, Bola Ray, announced that Samini was next to perform. Intent on catching every moment of the show, everyone jumped onto their seats in earnest anticipation.
Samini started off slow before falling into a high tempo. The energetic Dagarti man got everyone on their feet and dancing including Adentan MP Gabriel Adu-Asare aka the Honorable Swaga. After songs such as “Sweet mistake,” “Odo,” and “Where my baby dey,” the audience started chanting for an encore, and their demands were so deafening that 2011 Channel O award winner had to make a U-turn.
And Samini really saved the best for the last. As he performed “Girls Everywhere”, the auditorium again went gaga for one of the best entertainers in Ghana. After such marathon performance from musicians on both side of the Accra-Tema divide, it would be fair to say Kwaw Kese tried his best, but Samini nailed it for the capital, Accra!
But it was the winner of the MTN Hit Maker contest, the talented Naterial, who got the show started. As the first act, he had to set the pace for the show, and he did that exceptionally well, letting the audience know what was in store for them on such a beautiful night.
Keche also worked some magic for the crowd, and their performance was not only tasty like “Aluguntugui”, but it was truly “Sorkode” as well.
One of the hottest Hip Life duos, Double and Slim, deserved more than the standing ovation that the audience accorded them. They made it clear why their hit song “Seke” has topped the local charts. Backed by some great dancers, Double and Slim were something else!
As the audience yearned for more, on came D-Black, the Ghana Buoy. As usual, the “Vera” man didn’t disappoint. The energetic artiste was a definite audience favorite. With this, many wonered why “Vera” did D-Black like that.