Tagoe Sisters @ 40 Concert: A Night of thrilling gospel music celebration
Last Sunday night, the renowned gospel music duo, Tagoe Sisters, delivered a thrilling performance at the Accra International Conference Centre, marking their 40th anniversary in the gospel music industry with an event dubbed the "Tagoe Sisters @ 40 Concert."
This remarkable occasion brought together a diverse audience, including some secular artists who willingly shared their gospel music talents.
Secular artists like Kuame Eugene, Kwabena Kwabena, Akwaboah Music, and Lola X Lali graced the stage, performing some of Tagoe Sisters' timeless hits, such as "Yedi Nkunim," "Fa Bibiara Mano," "Menya Yesu," "Akamafo Jesus," "Anka matete," and "Orekyikye." The fusion of genres added a unique flavour to the celebration.
In addition to these secular talents, there were performances by other gospel artists, including Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Rev. Thomas Yawson, Empress Gifty, Perez Musik, Abena Serwah Ophelia, Mary Ghansah, Ceccy Twum, Kofi Owusu Peprah, and Nacee.
This diverse lineup ensured a spiritually uplifting and musically enthralling evening.
The event also featured Adom Stars, a Korean music group, and Pat Thomas, a legendary highlife artist, who paid tribute to Tagoe Sisters by performing some of their iconic songs. This cross-cultural exchange added an international dimension to the celebration.
The Tagoe Sisters, known in real life as Lydia Dedei Yawson (née Tagoe) and Elizabeth Korkoi Tagoe, have been pillars in the gospel music industry since 1983, performing under the brand name Tagoe Sisters. Their contributions to the gospel music scene were highlighted in a touching tribute.
The "Tagoe Sisters @ 40 Concert" commenced with an exciting rendition of one of their classic songs, which attracted an applause from the audience.
Throughout the evening, they took their fans on their four-decade musical journey, performing timeless classics like "Yedi Nkunim," "Etu be twa," and "Orekyekye," while sharing personal anecdotes.
They revealed their courageous decision to abandon a career in fashion at the Young Women's Christian Association for their calling in music. They also recounted their fateful encounter with their mentor, the late Reverend Francis Amoako, who became their spiritual guide and songwriter.
Unfortunately, they shared how a fatal accident in 1990 claimed their mentor's life during their return from a crusade in Takoradi.
The Tagoe Sisters, dressed in a white attire, to express their gratitude to God for sparing their lives and showcased some of their latest songs, which were warmly received by their fans.
Their emotional tribute extended to Mr. Francis Osei, who played a key role in transporting them to the hospital after the accident.
The President of the Musician Union of Ghana, Mr Bessa Simons, lauded the Tagoe Sisters for breaking gender barriers and paving the way for women in the music industry.
He said, "When we were growing up, it was not easy for women to enter the music scene. Your parents wouldn't allow it. But the Tagoe Sisters broke all the rules, and here they are now. They paved the way for others; they are the pioneers and deserve our applause."
He also acknowledged the impact of their songs, particularly mentioning "Yedi Nkunim" as a testament to their dedication and hard work.