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Me Firi Ghana presents: The Afrobeats Music Festival Experience

‘The Party Just Never Stops’ Me Firi Ghana Representative Adwoa Asiedu tells us her thoughts on the Afrobeats Festival

Envision a lovely ambiance where people are not afraid to smile at strangers, or loudly sing at their top of their lungs when their favourite tunes come on.

Welcome to my world.

The party began as soon as you entered the 02 building. The anticipation of the event could not be20160730_210740 hidden as I watched how people hurried to get their last minute tickets.  Many dressed to impress, and moreover there was a powerful sense of solidarity amongst the crowd.  The majority that came to the event were of African heritage, but it didn’t matter who we were or who we represented.  It wasn’t about us.  It was about the Arts of Afrobeats and being immersed in the Afrobeats culture.

Credits to the Artists, Dancers, Presenters, DJ’s and the wonderful crowd for making it into delightful night. The show began with superb dancers who brought great energy to the show.   It was the perfect way to launch the festival as it got us into the festival spirit. DJ Abrantee never failed to disappoint with his infectious sense of humour. The crowd were magical.  I stood next to two talented guys whose moves I greatly admired. They didn’t care who was watching and it was beautiful to see. In that moment I thought:  ‘‘That’s what sets Afrobeats music festival apart from other festivals. The party just never stops.’’  There were no boundaries and I have to commend the entertaining crowd for keeping the party going.

20160730_221803My appreciations to DJ Fifi, DJ Sean and DJ Bills who gave us great tunes to dance to throughout the night. The Artists that came to perform were brilliant. Well done to R2bees, The Composers, Moelogo, Mista Silva, May7ven and Jaij Hollands with additional support by rising stars K.Weezy, Ray & Double A. Each act brought their gift to the stage, however there were a few acts that I thoroughly enjoyed watching because I connected to their musical style, rhythm and lyrics. They were R2bees, Moelogo and Miss Banks.

Multi Award Winners & BET Nominated R2bees were so captivating to watch on stage as they sang some of their biggest hits such as ‘Ajei’. When they opened the show with this song, the crowd fell in love and it was as if it was a brand new song all over again. It was evident to see that they have truly connected with the crowd because at one stage, all one could hear was the crowd singing joyfully in unity.

Moelogo had presence. He proved that he is not a regular artist. I enjoyed watching him sing his 20160730_211652iconic Tune ‘Baddest’ and it was nonetheless a breath-taking performance.

Miss Banks was a true dynamite. She performed her songs with swerve, charm and passion. She’s definitely one to look out for in the music scene.

I came to the festival with high expectations but I was not in the slightest disappointed.  If anything I was deeply touched by the gorgeous harmony between the crowd and the moving performances.

Me Firi Ghana would like to stress that The Afrobeats Music Festival was an unforgettable night. Thank you to all the event organisers who turned this glorious vision to reality on the 30th July 2016.

By Adwoa Asiedu @AdwoaAsiedu777

R2Bees to headline Europe’s Biggest Afrobeats Music Festival!

The landmark event is timed perfectly as the multiple award winners & BET nominated artists R2bees announce a brand new album and joint venture with Wiz Kid and his Starboy Worldwide Record Label with Paedae, also known as Omar Sterling being made the President of Starboy Worldwide – making the collaboration the most powerful force in Afrobeats globally!!

Taking place the Indigo 02 the much vaunted festival-line up is hosted by UK Afrobeats crooner Abrantee (Capital Xtra) and supported by the worlds most noted and sought after Afrobeats live band The Compozers; including the biggest names in UK Afrobeats Moelogo, May7ven, Mista Silva, Atumpan and Jaij Hollands with additional support by rising stars K.Weezy, Ray & Double A.

The Festival tailored to foster unity and excellence in Afrobeats will be a show-stopping experience that will guarantee festival goers an amazing show; from psychedelic stage and on-screen visuals, cultural dance and a strong lineup of performers headlined by Ghanaian megastar duo R2BEES.

DJ line up include: DJ Fifi, DJ Sean and DJ Bills!

Get your tickets for Europe’s Biggest Afrobeats Music Festival with R2Bees here or here

Date: Saturday 30th July

Venue: Indigo O2 , Peninsula Way SE10 0DZ

Doors open at 7pm sharp!

 

Vote for GH/UK artists nominated for 2015 Urban Music Awards!

The prestigious European Urban Music Awards & the UMA Academy have announced the nominees for this year’s highly anticipated 13th annual awards ceremony taking place on the 21st of November 2015 in London, with a number of Ghanaian/UK artists such as Stormzy, Lethal Bizzle, Kwabs and Fuse ODG among others making it on the nominee lists

 

Each year, thousands of avid music fans decide the nominees for each of the 21 categories in the event, and it is these fans who will decide the winners for the 13th annual European Urban Music Awards ceremony.

 

The Urban Music Awards also announced a five year sponsorship deal with multi-market store, Mokingo.com.

 

Gary McCarthy, Marketing Manager for Mokingo.com commented, “We are very excited to sign a three year sponsorship term with the Urban Music Awards. The UMA’s is one of the most recognisable brands in music worldwide and to be part of this great institution is truly an honour. Good luck to all the nominees and winners at this year’s 13th annual Urban Music Awards”

 

Other sponsors for the UMA’s 2015 include: Luc Belaire (Official Rosé Wine Sponsor) , Hip Pops (Official Snack Sponsor) , Turntable Bar & Restaurant, Beyond Beauty Cosmetic, Cosmetic Surgery Partner, DeChavel , InvestNation and Zuricom (Official Mobile Phone Partner)

 

The televised show will be broadcast on Showcasetv, Freeview channel 254., Sky 261 and FreeSat 402. #UrbanMusicAwards

 

***Ghanaian/UK artists have been highlighted in bold so let’s get voting for them!***

 

UMA Best Newcomer 2015 (In association with Mokingo.com)

Bugzy Malone

Zak Abel

Kelvin Jones

Fluer East

Section Boyz

Nao

Bonkaz

Nick Brewer

George The Poet

J Hus

Snakehips

Sinead Harnett

Yungen

Wstrn

 

UMA Best Video 2015

Lady Leshurr ‘Queen Speech 4’

Stormzy “Know Me From” (Directed by Serious Black)

FKA Twigs “Glass & Patron” (Directed by FKA Twigs)

Rita Ora Feat. Chris Brown “Body On Me” (Directed Colin Tilley)

Lethal Bizzle Feat. Diztortion “Fester Skank” (Directed by Ludovic and Zotto)

Kano ‘New Banger’

Jidenna ‘Classic Man’

Macklemore ft. Lewis, Nally, & Mel ‘Downtown’

 

UMA Best Female Act 2015

FKA Twigs

Fluer East

Lady Leshurr

Little Simz

Ella Eyre

Lianne La Havas

Jess Glynne

M.I.A

Ella Henderson

Melissa Steel

Katy B

 

UMA Best Male Act 2015

Skepta

MNEK

Mark Ronson

Krept and Konan

Jme

Stormzy

Tinie Tempah

Fuse ODG

Giggs

Kano

Kwabs

Ed Sheeran

Jidenna

Wstrn

Gregory Porter

 

UMA Best Single 2015 (In association with Luc Belaire)

Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”

Macklemoore ‘Downtown’

Kwabs ‘Walk’

Wstrn ‘In2’

Jedinna ‘Classic Man’

MNEK & Zara Larsson “Never Forget You”

KDA feat. Tinie Tempah & Katy B “Turn The Music Louder” (Rumble)

Skepta “Shutdown”

Kygo feat. Ella Henderson “Here For You”

Tinie Tempah Feat. Jess Glynne “Not Letting Go”

Jme Feat. Giggs “Man Don’t Care”

Krept and Konan Feat. Jeremih “Freak Of The Week”

Blinkie ‘Don’t Give Up on Love’

KStewart “Ain’t Nobody”

Maverick Sabre “Come Fly Away”

J Spades ‘Nobody’ (feat. MoStack, Cutfather ‘Swift’, J. Hus & Grizzy)

 

UMA Best Album 2015

Krept and Konan – The Long Way Home

Tyrese – Black Rose

Jme – Integrity

Ed Sheeran- X

Lianne La Havas – Blood

Wiley – Snakes & Ladders

Jamie XX – In Colour

Drake – If Youre Reading This Its Too Late#

Cole – Forest Hill Drive

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Dr. Dre – Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre

The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah

Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show

 

UMA Best Grime Act 2015

Bugzy Malone

Big Narstie

Jme

Lethal Bizzle

Skepta

Stormzy

Ghetts

 

UMA Best R&B/Soul Act 2015

Shakka

Lianne La Havas

Andreya Triana

Joss Stone

Melissa Steel

Fluer East

Angel

Kwabs

Zalon Thompson

 

UMA Best Hip Hop Act 2015

Akala

Krept and Konan

Little Simz

Section Boyz

Lady Leshurr

Nines

Professor Green

Giggs

 

UMA Best African Act

Wizkid

Fuse ODG

Silvastone

Davido

Patoranking

Moelogo

Yemi Alade

AKA

Mista Silva

Shatta Wale

 

UMA Best Reggae Act

Stylo G

Chronixx

OMI

Popcaan

Protoje

 

UMA Best Jazz Act

Yolanda Brown

Binker and Moses

Dianne Reeves

Julia Biel

Zara McFarlane

Courtney Pine

David Lyttle

Polar Bear

GoGo Penguin

Sons of Kemet

Polar Bear

Gregory Porter

 

UMA Best Gospel Act

J Vessel

Chos3n

ACM Gospel Choir

Olaedo Ibe

Leroy Johnson

Ni-Cola

Faith Child

 

UMA Best Group 2015

Rudimental

Section Boyz

Wstern

Chos3n

 

UMA Best Radio Show 2015

Breakfast Club- DJ Envy, Angela Yee & Charlamagne (Power 105.1)

Neeve ‘Kisstory’ ( Kiss)

Ricki, Melvin & Charlie (In the Morning – Kiss)

Craig David presents TS5 (Capital Xtra)

Charlie Sloth (1Xtra)

E-Plus ( Capital Xtra)

Marvin Humes (Capital Xtra)

DJ Abrantee (Capital Xtra)

Shortee Blitz & MK (Kiss)

Max (Capital Xtra)

Jamz Supernova ( BBC 1Xtra)

A. Dot – ‘The Dotty Show’ (BBC 1Xtra)

Mista Jam ( BBC 1Xtra)

 

UMA Best Collaboration 2015 sponsored by DeChavel

Sigma & Diztortion ft. Jacob Banks ‘Redemption’

Redlight feat. Melisa Whiskey ‘Threshold’

Shakka feat. JME ‘Say Nada’

R. City feat. Adam Levine ‘Locked Away’

R2bees Feat. Davido – ‘Gboza’

Jesse Glynne ft Tinie Tempah ‘Not Letting Go’

Krept & Konan ft. Jeremih ‘Freak of the Week’

Rita Ora ft. Chris Brown ‘Body on Me’

Macklemore ft. Lewis, Nally, & Mel ‘Downtown’

Nick Brewer ft. Bibi Bourelly ‘Talk To Me’

 

UMA Best Producer 2015

Maleek Berry

Naughty Boy

Diztortion

Mele

Calvin Harris

Disclosure

Mura Masa

 

UMA Best International Artist 2015

Jidenna

Tyrese

Chris Brown

Yellow Claw

August Alsina

Nico & Vinz

Drake

French Montana

OMI

MackleMoore

ASAP Rocky

J.Cole

Weeknd

 

UMA Best DJ 2015

Manny Norte

DJ Charlesy

EZ

Shortee Blitz

DJ Fonti

Mista Jam

Tim Westwood

DJ Envy

Shy FX

Melody Kane

 

UMA Best Music Channel 2015

Channel AKA

Not For The Radio (Online)

MTV

ViVa

Flava TV

Link UP TV

 

UMA Best Clothing Brand 2015

Dench

Boy Better Know

Money Clothing

Trapstar

Mula Cake Clothing

Nike

Puma

DeChavel

 

UMA Best Music PR Company 2015

Dawbell PR

Sticky Toffee PR

Brand Weekly PR

Hudson PR

Outpost PR

Impressive PR

Ditto Music PR

Purple PR

 

UMA Best Radio Station 2015

Bang Radio

Colourful Radio

1Xtra

Rinse fm

Capital Xtra

Kiss

Juice fm

 

Voting for the Urban Music Awards 2015 is live now till the 15th of November 2015 on www.urbanmusicawards.net

Mista Silva drops visual for “Cool It Down” Feat EL

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MOBO Nominee and UMA Winner Mista Silva fresh of a trip to Ghana, hits us with “COOL IT DOWN” feat award winning Rapper and Sarkodie producer EL. This track is yet another taster off his forthcoming EP “Let It Off”.

The fruitful trip to the motherland, which has seen him collaborate with the likes of R2Bees, Bisa Kdei and a handful of other African superstars, has also yielded a fun times video, shot on Ghana’s Ada beach resort, taking influence from Jay Z and Kanye’ West’s popular track “Ottis”.

Both Mista Silva and E.L prove yet again everything is possible and nothing but themselves are a tall order.

Check out the vid for cool it down below

Me Firi Ghana (Me_FiRi_GHANA)

Why is the Ghanaian Musician not Penetrating the African Music scene ?

What do Ghanaian Artists need to do to enjoy the same kind of exposure of their Nigerian and South African counterparts?

Over the years, I have decided to broaden my tentacles and research into why some particular countries in Africa has it artists playing
shows in other African countries more than  others. It is quite obvious that Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana have been rated as countries that are musically active. South Africa’s Angelique Kidjoe,Hugh Masekela,HHP, are just few names that immediately come to mind when talking about stars who have played shows across the continent.

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Nigeria has a long list of artists that has been booked by head of states and cooperate bodies over the years to play big concerts. Ranging from Fela Kuti, Asa and in recent times D-Banj , Wizkid, Davido, Banky W,Tiwa Savage,Timaya and Ice Prince. Burna boy ,Selebobo and Kcee are few of the latest additions to have headlined. However in Ghana the story is totally different as compared to the days of Amandzeba Nat Brew Koo,Osibisa when they also enjoyed some diplomacy, playing gigs for head of states in neighbouring countries.

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In Ghana we can only point out Fuse ODG courtesy of his hit song “Antenna”, R2bees, Sarkodie, Samini, Wanlov and Mensa (Fokn Bois), who at times get invited. It is worth noting that these are the same old names we have heard over the years. Though the Ghanaian dancehall fraternity is gradually creating a buzz for themselves.

The big question here is; what exactly are the South African and Nigeria artists doing that Ghanaians cannot or are not doing to help them penetrate through Africa? Secondly, what is forcing Ghanaian radio presenters and Djs to be playing more Nigerian & South African songs than the songs produced by Ghanaians?.

The system is different in Nigeria and other countries. Ghanaian music does not enjoy massive airplay in those countries like theirs do in Ghana. I don’t necessarily believe that the size of your countries economy matters in this perspective. Good music paves ways to its lovers. I believe Ghana has versatile song writers and sound engineers that can push out a better production that can equally sell across the continent like how Kukere and Davido’s ‘Dami Duro’ took African by surprise.

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If language was truly a barrier, then Cabo Snoops ‘Windeck’ and Mafikizolo’s ‘Kona’ will not be the number one African song for virtually six months to the extent of winning an Award at the 2013 4syte Music Video Awards in Ghana and other Awards respectively? The only way Ghanaians can commercially breakthrough the music industry in Africa is to research properly, write lyrics, invest, be ready to learn how to play shows live and produce songs that are more African than Ghanaian.

Most musicians are scared of branding themselves and that is the comparative advantage others have over them. So why not think of professional branding? That is also not to say they should deviate from the indigenous style. There is a borderline. Afrobeat (African beat) has evolved and has presented itself in a dynamic way and artistes who are digging into it achieves are touching the heart of their fans. Least of songs that can be considered as Afrobeat includes Kcee ft Wizkid’s Pull Over, Sarkodie ft Mugeez “Give it to me, Inyanya’s Kukure,Wizkid ft Fela ” Jaiye, Samini ft Mugeez “Sweet Mistake ,SK Original “Famame, Fuse ODG’s Antenna,R2bees “Kiss your hands and Someone like you and the latest production by Ghanaian group Gallaxy called BokoBoko.

Technically these songs have the feel of the authentic African drums in the instrumentation live and arrangement by the respective sound
engineers. Moreover the languages cut Francophone and Anglophone jurisdiction which is a dominant element of an Afrobeat. This is the
trend which will not fade away. Some known Africans have been tolling this direction over decades now and are still selling commercially
across the continent. Rhythms does not die, they evolve and present themselves in different way to suit the new world. That is what the new generation is calling “contemporary”which quite debatable. Locally we can all testify to the evolution of Ghanaian highlife music.

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EL,D-Black, Sarkodie,R2bees,Castro who came into the industry as Hiplife artistes are producing highlife now because that is what is more commercial now. So it about time they expand their capacity to reach the African Audiences who are waiting to hear them.

If reaching the global community is the focus of the business minded Ghanaian musician then we should restructure our production and marketing policies.

Afia English (@AfiaEnglish)

Itz Tiffany drops EP ‘Press Play’

Itz Tiffany Releases New EP and Unveils Cover Art

 


‘Itz Tiffany’ has released her much anticipated EP titled ‘Itz Tiffany-Press Play’. The title of the EP reflects her current re-brand and also reinforces her new name. Since bursting onto the scene Itz Tiffany has enjoyed massive success with hit singles ‘Fake London Boy’, ‘Last One’, Agyekoom amongst countless features, with the most popular being the addictive ‘Azonto’, which has established her firmly as a global musician.

According to Itz Tiffany, this EP will be a preview of what’s to come next year on her full length studio album. So far, 2 singles have dropped in ‘Akyee Wo’ and ‘Superman’, which have been very well received. The EP features 6 tracks with the main feature being Mugeez (R2bees), who adds his sweet melodies to ‘Forever’, and production being handled by long term collaborator’s Killbeatz, Jayso and ODG. The EP sees Itz Tiffany return to her hip-hop roots on tracks such as ‘I’m Real’ and the title track ‘Itz Tiffany, where you can hear her lyrical skills as she raps about her authenticity and realness as she flips from rapping in English to twi and vice versa. Both tracks were produced by Jayso.

You also have the feel good love track such as ‘Forever’ and the catchy ‘Superman’ where Itz Tiffany is looking for ‘that guy’ to fly her away. Itz Tiffany has promised that the EP will cater for all sorts of moods, whether you’re in the mood to dance, reflect or just express yourself, the message here is there is a track for everyone. Here is the EP artwork along with the track listing. Enjoy and be sure to spread the word! #itztiffanymusic
Follow Itz Tiffany twitter : @itz_tiffany @itzteamtiffany

Check out & subscribe to her channel : http://www.youtube.com/user/itztiffanymusic

Biggest African Music Festival in London

Sarkodie and R2Bees to perform at ‘Africa Unplugged’

 

The biggest African music festival in Europe ever is set to take place in London at Wembley Arena on August 27th. Celebrating Africa through music, dance and comedy, the festival will also highlight issues affecting Africa and will be raising funds to support two charities – WarChildUK and SaveTheCongo.

With an exclusive artist line-up coming together on stage to support real African issues, this is a concert that cannot be missed! The festival will more than cater to all African music tastes, so come along with your friends to enjoy yourself and help raise money for a good cause!

CONFIRMED LINE UP

HOST: the fantastic Eddie Kadie with co host Jazzie Phizzle

DJ: DJ EDU, #Afroboss (‘Destination Africa’ BBC 1Xtra) ‘if you don’t know his show, you’ve been missing out!’

ARTISTS
Cabo Snoop (Angola)
Chameleon (Uganda)
Dj Arafat (Ivory Coast)
Fally Ipupa (Congo)
Femi Kuti (Nigeria)
Flavour (Nigeria)
Iyanya (Nigeria)
Mad Traxx (Kenya)
Mic Inity (Zimbabwe)
R2Bees (Ghana)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Tuface (Nigeria)
Winky D (Zimbabwe)
Zahara (South Africa)
Zakes Bantwini (South Africa)

CONFIRMED UNSIGNED ACTS
Mr Silva (UK)
Skobs (UK/Ghana)
Noeva (UK/Zambia)

Africa Unplugged will educate, motivate and inspire all by shedding light on the plight of Mother Africa and the daily issues she faces. This includes Genocide, Poverty, Corruption, War, HIV, Water Shortage and Malaria. We will celebrate the spirit of Africa through music, comedy and dance. For each ticket sold, £2.50 will go towards our Partner Charities War Child and Save The Congo.

WE WANT TO PARTY WITH YOU THERE, Africa needs you there… so get your tickets now HERE

New music from Phootprintz

Phootprintz – Famame

 

After a successful release of their hot single “Rock My World” which featured Ghana’s best and fastest rapper Sarkodie, PhootPrintz, an upcoming Tema based Ghanaian afrobeats/hiphop duo finally unleashes their much anticipated fast tempo club banging single titled “Famame”, which also features one of Ghana’s finest icons Mugeez of R2bees and produced by KemenyaTvee, one of Ghana’s newest and sickest beatmaker and also brought to you by Walter-Strict Entertainment. According to sources this single is currently enjoying heavy rotation across Ghana.

What do you think? Hot or not? Check it out below:

 

 

GH’s finest female rapper is back…

Itz Tiffany – ‘Akye Wo!’

 

 

After rebranding herself, Ghana’s foremost female rapper Itz Tiffany is back with a killer new single! Produced by Ghana’s finest producer Killbeatz, ‘Akye Wo!’ is the first single to be taken from Tiffany’s upcoming debut EP ‘Itz Tiffany’, soon to drop. Itz Tiffany is currently featured on the hit track ‘Azonto’ which is now playlisted on BBC 1xtra and the dance craze is now sweeping the nation.

Since bursting on the music scene last year with her highly popular track Fake London Boy, Itz Tiffany has gone on to rack up a number of successful singles and collaborated with some of the finest artists in Ghanaian music, including Mugeez of R2Bees, Fuse ODG and Castro.

Itz Tiffany is at her finest on this track, which features a banging beat that gets you moving. And we at MeFiRi Ghana are loving her new image! As soon as the video drops, we’ll be sure to post it here but for now check out the song below. Ebe ‘kye wo’ indeed!

Follow Itz Tiffany on Twitter: @itz_tiffany @itzteamtiffany

Visit her YouTube page for more videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/itztiffanymusic

By Yaa Nyarko

Review: Ghanaian Independence…

GHANA’S 55th  INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION AT INDIGO2

 

A cold, windy and rather depressing Saturday afternoon in the city of London; what could 

DJ Abrantee with UK rapper Tinchy Stryder

have ever possessed me to Google “afrobeats events in London” to arouse my rather dead weekend?  Already in-love with Afrobeats music my Google search results from the top listed DJ Abrantee’s name and as I scrolled further down, it was still only DJ Abrantee, his events and Choice FM the station listed. I continued to search for events he had coming up which lead to over 8 different Ghana Independence Day events in London over the weekend further confusing the situation. All I had to do is make a decision on the best one and get myself there. Without a doubt, The Indig02 Ghana Independence hosted by DJ Abrantee certainly had the most interesting line up with acts that I had not had the pleasure of watching and at the largest venue so a decision was made.

 

R2BEES in performance

Already equipped with previous experience and expectation that it would be a mission to get on the guest or press list at such short notice, I made my way to the Indig02 for 8pm; an hour before the doors were scheduled to open. To my surprise I was the only one there, I even managed to purchase a ticket, went through 20 cups of latté, conversed with the pigeons and watch paint dry for a few hours. At 10:15 a small crowd started to gather and casually walked towards the door. This was not the usual rush and excitement from the last attended event at Proud 2, which left me wondering if the hype had died down. Inside the venue were camera crews; press and sound check still taking place, which meant the event, was nowhere near starting. I found myself in a corner to eaves drop and witness the shenanigans behind the scenes.

By midnight, the venue was still empty and this was the point the excitement initially filled in my belly was slowly oozing out. All of a sudden as if a roll call or blackberry messenger blast had gone out at 12:30am the entire venue was swapped within minutes; full to the brim with excitement buzzing about the artist line up, people eager to start dancing the Azonto and just celebrate the independence in style. I was left with a feeling of “what do they know that I don’t know”? The tickets clearly stated that doors opened at 9pm but I was quickly advised by one of the event managers Mylz Boateng that 9pm Ghana time usually means 12midnight. It seems everyone had come for the show.

I wormed and squeezed my way to the front of the stage to catch the DJ and host Abrantee in his element entertaining the crowd, showing off his cool Azonto moves that left the girls screaming. First act on stage were three boys , Vibe Squad, often referred to as the African JLS – they recently featured in the Guardian and Evening Standard newspapers. They performed their latest single “Wadi Mi Sika” and had the crowd cheering and singing throughout their performance.  Much to be said about the opening act performing at that level, the show could only get better. Next up was Team Ghana UK, which consisted of over 15 different artists who in their own rights had great songs in circulation. Judging by the crowd’s reaction, this performance was full of so many flavours much like Quality Street, you pick and choose the ones you like. The night continued with Ghanaian newest kid on the block Stay Jay, even I was familiar with his single “Shasheewowo” which he performed first along with tracks from his forth coming album. He struggled to hold the crowd’s attention towards the end of his performance however; his effortless freestyle saved him from tomatoes and boos in my humblest opinion.

Following a great introduction by the host, 3 scantily clad dancers marched to the stage to what seem to be opening the floor for a royal. DJ Abrantee has already announced that May7ven, who seems to be the talk of the town right now with her single “Ten Ten”, recently A-listed on popular radio station Choice FM; was to make an appearance. Instead her clear and distinctive voice could be heard back stage commanding the audience to “Click for me” “Move” and as if by magic, I found myself responding to her every command. Chanting “Ten Ten Ten” repeatedly, May7ven strolls out to a stunned audience in the tightest all white blinged cat suite, her trademark brilliant white hair and more bling on her wrist and fingers than BA Barrackas, more than I have ever seen in my life. Wasting no time she starts singing and dancing with such unexpected energy. Midway through her performance 15 female dancers join her on stage and all started booty shaking in such a fashion that I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with my hands, mouth or feet; all I knew is that it was an amazing display to watch with so much creativity and excellence. It was a concert wrapped up in one song “Ten Ten” under 5 minutes. This lady means business, even had fans singing along and screaming to touch her hands. I was left gasping for air.

 

Mugeez and Paedae of R2BEES with Killbeatz

Last up were the main act of the night, Ghanaian superstars with countless hits R2BEES. The entire place went into pandemonium on their arrival on stage. They performed new hit single “Dance” which features Wizkid, followed by ‘I Dey Mad’, followed by “Kiss Your Hand”, a track which usually features Nigerian artist Wande Coal. But out of nowhere UK Rap artist megastar Tinchy Stryder appears on stage and covers the chorus with 16bars and the entire venue went crazy. It was a performance reminiscent of Kanye’s sudden appearance at the Koko Concert in 2011. These guys are actual African superstars and Tinchy’s surprise appearance was the icing on top.  R2bees had the entire venue dancing, attendees screaming then doing the Azonto with more screaming. It was a very great show. Admittedly for an event that started much later than expected it was one of the best shows and nights I have attended in years with quality acts who are all driving the Afrobeats scene and pushing major boundaries. Great job to the promoters and host – the event certainly gets thumbs up from me.

By Julian Baxter