IT has always been refreshing moments and a feel of ‘Africanness’ when highlife music leads the pack at any event.
It is therefore not surprising that on a day when the whole of Africa is celebrating its liberty from colonial rule and unity, great highlife musicians, Ben Brako and Amandzeba will be the centre of attraction at the Accra International Conference Centre for the annual AU Day Musical Concert on Sunday.
The event is being organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in collaboration with RAM Media Concepts and African Union Secretariat.
He may not have such a strong following among the youth now but Amandzeba, formerly known as Nat Brew, has endeared himself to many lovers of highlife music especially the old folks.
Notwithstanding that he has not released new songs in recent times, some of his popular songs like Wogbɛ and Dede still make waves and Amandzeba as he has always been known for will bring out the traditional feel when he hits the stage.
One of the best highlife musicians around, Ben Brako, is known for songs like Anokum, Ntaase, Mawie and Moko Mukrom.
He is expected to bring back nostalgic feelings of the 80s and early 90s with some of his old songs like Siwudu, Adende and Baya.
Other artistes billed to perform on the night are female singers, Sherifa Gunu and Elevava.
The coordinator for the event, Augustine Mark, of RAM Media Concepts told Showbiz that the selection of artistes for this year’s concert was to promote locally brewed music on such an important day like the commemoration of the African Unity.
“Highlife gives us our identity that is why we selected two highlife stalwarts to join us celebrate the success and development of Ghana and other African countries.
There was no better way to celebrate this day than to get these gems to treat Ghanaians to their own kind of music” he said.
The AU Day is the annual celebration of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, presently recognised as African Union, in 1963 to promote African unity and culture.