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Review: Sarkodie / Amakye Dede Live in London – 24/8/2014

The Highlife legend and the “Rapperholic” set the Dominion Theatre Ablaze!

Bank Holiday Sunday saw the much-anticipated joint live concert of multiple award winners Sarkodie & Amakye Dede take place at the Dominion Centre in London’s Wood Green.

Hosted by the hilarious Simply Andy & the sublime Ohemaa Ghana, this was an unmissable event which was to showcase two of the grandest and greatest artists of Ghana’s past and present. Ghana national coach Kwesi Appiah took his seat amongst the capacity crowd in anticipation of what was to be an incredible night.

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And the concert did not disappoint. Sarkodie showed himself to be already a true giant of the Ghanaian music scene at just 29 years of age, brooding with effortless confidence as the crowd rapped and sung along to every hit tune – even then, it was impossible at times to keep up with his blistering rap speed! A particularly comedic moment showcased Sarkodie’s stunning skills of improvisation and quick thought as a security guard came onto the stage to pick up cash which had been thrown upon the artist and Sarkodie told him that he didn’t mind if the guard failed to collect all the notes as for him ‘money no be prablem!’ It’s fair to say most of the raucous crowd was slayed by that line!

Sarkodie’s powerhouse performance was dotted with some special guest appearances. Popular actor John Dumelo & international football star Emmanuel Adebayor jumped onto the stage with Sarkodie to display their azonto skills, while a rendition of ‘Down on One’ triggered a special surprise appearance by UK’s very own Fuse ODG.

However it was undeniable who truly owned the Dominion Centre stage. This was Sarkodie’s night, and he had the crowd eating out of his hand with every move and every lyric. There was no greater example of this than when the super smash hit ‘Adonai’ finally dropped, and all composure was lost amongst the crowd in the arena. Obia nto ne collection! It was a particularly poignant performance in light of recent events concerning the co-artist of this remix track, but Obidi Pon Bidi powered through with sheer heart & talent to deliver an unforgettable rendition which sealed off an outstanding set.

Ghana’s premier urban artist then gave way to one of the greatest legends of Ghanaian music, the incomparable ‘Iron Boy’ Amakye Dede! Backed by an awesome live band, the ‘Abrantie’ himself fizzed and crackled with electric energy, which transmitted across the capacity crowd. Jumping across stage and along the aisles with more vim than men half his age, Dede produced a masterclass of a live performance which would put many artists of today to shame. If he could bottle what runs through his veins and sell it to the masses, he would be even richer than most!

images83SBMQTJ Only the dead would have been able to keep completely still as Mr. Dede rolled back the clock and got the audience dancing to his irrepressible highlife. Some female fans couldn’t help themselves and even breached the stage to shower Amakye Dede with cash and compliments! You couldn’t fail to be manipulated and moved by the breathtaking vibrancy and colour of Amakye Dede and his live band. As far as legends go, there aren’t many out there greater than this giant of an artist, and he didn’t disappoint here at the Dominion Centre.

As the night drew to a close and the curtain finally fell upon the Dominion Centre stage, you couldn’t deny this had been an awesome & successful event. Ghana came to London this night. On this late-summer’s evening, a stunning live meeting saw two phenomenal Black Stars of Ghanaian Music shine brighter than ever in the capital.

Dr. Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)