HE has never shunned his Dansoman links; in fact, Dancehall artiste, Samini, has always expressed his love for the suburb and the people who have cheered him on through his musical journey.
And that love was reciprocated more than Samini could imagine when he took his Saminifest concert back to Dansoman where it all started on Saturday, December 21.
The Dansoman High Street was packed with people from all walks of life who came to witness what Samini and his supporting acts had in store for them and the cheers and screams throughout the concert showed that they had missed it.
The programme started off with performances from some underground artistes who did justice to the opportunity given to them to showcase their talent.
Mea artiste Kelvyn Boy followed and he had an amazing show. He was excellent with the live band and his flow with them was very entertaining as he performed songs including Coffee, Yawa No Dey, and Toffee which the crowd sang along to beautifully.
Music duo Keche also brought back memories as they performed some of their hit songs such as Sokode, Pressure, and Diabetes.
However, just when the show was getting hot, the duo abruptly ended their performance. According to them, they had to bring their performance to an end because some people were disrespecting them.
All that did not stop the show from going on as Samini brought back the energy as he took the stage. Clad in an agbada with a touch of Kente, he came on stage doing a freestyle as the crowd screamed his name.
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Arguably the best live performer, Samini was in control of the band from start to finish and he had the crowd eating from his palm as he freestyled on why he had been in the music business for more than two decades and was still making waves.
Afterwards, he performed songs such as Obaa, My Own, Ye Ko Papi, Linda, Iskoki, Obra, My Baby among others and the crowd sang along word for word.
After doing his songs for a while, Samini introduced other acts such as KiDi and they did Reggae versions of the young man's songs including Mr Badman, Adiepena and Thunder while the crowd cheered.
He also brought Kuami Eugene on stage to also perform reggae versions of Angela, Walaahi and Wish Me Well which also went great.
For the second time, Grammy nominee Rocky Dawuni, mounted the Saminifest stage to support Samini and it was beautiful seeing the two music legends entertaining patrons.
Prince Bright of Buk Bak fame did a reggae rendition of his verse on Sarkodie’s Oofeetsɔ track. If anyone was hearing it for the time, it would have sounded like a new song because it was beautifully crafted.
One amazing thing about his performance with Samini was the bond they shared; the love and respect they have for each other was very evident.
In all, Saminifest 2019 dubbed: "Year of Return" edition was great and Samini made the right decision to take it back to Dansoman.