Ghana’s most anticipated and longest running musical concert, ‘Ghana Meets Naija’, did not just thrill Ghanaians on 9th June 2018, but took it a step further in setting a new record and squashing what may have turned out to be the biggest musical beef in West Africa! The excitement at the Fantasy Dome in La – Accra on Saturday, was enough to crown the star studded event a barrier breaker and the je ne sais quois in Ghanaian entertainment.
This year’s edition of ‘Ghana meets Naija’ defied the anticipation of critics as many thought that the new Fantasy Dome, couldn’t be filled by Empire Entertainment; the organizers of the event. But, the odds were beaten when the 20,000 capacity facility was later confirmed full as even the VVIP section was chocked with people. Some Ghanaian celebrities namely singer Efia and soccer player of the national team, Agyemang Badu, were spotted standing on their seats trying to get a piece of the action on stage. There were many memorable occasions during the event that fans enjoyed.
The show commenced with an impressive solo delivery by VGMA 2018 nominee for female vocalist of the year, Nana Yaa as she beautifully and confidently sang the national anthem.
Black avenue music affiliate, Freda Rhymes, made a bold statement that night as she announced that she is best female rapper in Ghana. She performed her usual cocky raps and ended with a theatrical display as she was literally crowned on stage and made to sit on a throne to demonstrate that she is indeed now the queen of the GH rap game.
Wisa Greid had a not too impressive performance as his vocals skyrocketed way above the background sound with absolutely no synchronization or chemistry with the melody and rhythm of his songs. However, he entertained the crowd as he periodically attempted to unzip his trousers; a reminder of what happened some time back when he revealed his genital organ at an event.
There was a little dilution with some sierra Leone musical performances but it did not receive a good response as the audience sat back and watched without cheering.
Patapaa kept the audience yelling in excitement and on their feet for over 20 mins. His comic dance moves and energetic flow was more than entertaining as phones kept flashing as everyone wanted to get a video of ‘the man from the corner’.
Kuami Eugene and Mayorkun did a duet on stage that was quite refreshing. The same can be said for the latter part of his performance when he brought KiDi on stage to do their rendition of Davido’s ’30 billion’ hit track.
Kwesi Arthur and Medikal saved Dice Ailes’ performance from turning the place into a cemetery. King Promise brought on Mugeez to perform CCTV and later knelt down in front of him to receive his blessing. Mugeez put his hand on his bald head to signify confirmation and his endorsement of the central university graduate turned singer. King Promise’s performance can be said to be ‘tramadolized’ as the 2018 VGMA nominee radiated with inexhaustible energy as he danced and sang effortlessly from one end of the stage to the other.
Stonebwoy’s backup dancers were impressive with very energetic movies and accuracy; the empresses in red scarves. Edem joined stonebwoy on stage to add spice to his act.
Nigerian superstar, Wizkid, removed two rabbits from his hat; Shatta Wale and Tiwaa Savage during his performance and this lit up the dome with excitement. Fans kept running on stage to forcefully hug the star. At a point, three bodyguards had to struggle with a female fan before removing her from the stage. Fans went into a frenzy when Wizkid introduced Shatta Wale as the Dance hall king of Ghana, therefore, endorsing the controversial talent as King.
Though the event ended quite late, in fact, it ended the next day at dawn, most of the attendants left in excitement.
By Jerry Wonder