ANYTIME Ghanaian and Nigerian musicians meet on one stage, no matter how friendly the atmosphere, there is an underlying air of competition and the story was no different at the Glo Mega Music show on Saturday, August 25 at the Fantasy Dome inside Trade Fair, Accra.
And with big names like Sarkodie, Davido, Yemi Alade, Kuami Eugene, Flavour, Tekno and Patapaa mounting the stage, it was an unnofficial battle which the Nigerian acts won with their stagecraft and use of live band.
For the audience, which was made up of Ghanaians and Nigerians, it was one long party where they enjoyed all the amazing music and performances that were on offer but for the artistes, it was a bid to ensure they lived up to their billing which they largely did.
After some underground acts were given the opportunity to show what they’ve got, Yemi Alade kicked off the real show with some energetic choreography with her male dancers.
She wasted no time in dropping some of her popular songs like Johnny, Africa, Want You and Come and See My Moda, the song she did with MzVee.
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Yemi Alade and her dancers gave off an energetic performance
Her interaction with the audience and her stagecraft delighted the audience and there was no dull moment throughout her 40 minutes on stage.
She even had to perform Johnny one more time for her fans, who kept shouting her name, before she left the stage.
Right after her was Flavour whose mention alone got the ladies screaming. Singing songs like Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix), Ada, Obianuju and Finally, he was at his waist wriggling best and he didn’t have to do too much to get the audience dancing and singing along with him.
He left the stage performing Most High which was enjoyed by everyone.
Flavour was on point
Patapaa started for the Ghanaians and although he received loud applause when he came on stage, he could not move the crowd much as most of the songs he sang were unfamiliar to them.
However, when he performed One Corner, the audience got into his show and he had to repeat the song twice before he left the stage.
Kuami Eugene did great for Ghana although he wasn’t on stage long.
Perhaps the hope had been that he would use a live band like Yemi Alade and Flavour but he didn’t although he still got the audience dancing to songs like Confusion, Wish Me Well, Angela, Adwenfi and Fadama Boy.
Tekno did not disappoint when he hit the stage. He knew what the fans wanted and didn’t waste time in performing songs like Pana, Yawa, Only One, Go and Duro while showing off his dance skills.
Tekno was also great
Sarkodie saved the night for Ghana. His performance had been highly anticipated and he didn’t disappoint when he took to the stage.
Performing his hit songs like Baby, U Go Kill Me, Adonai, Pain Killer, Pon D Ting, Gboza, Illuminati and his current track, Can’t Let You Go, he had people on their feet throughout his nearly one-hour show.
Then Davido came to crown it for Naija. He started off with Dami Duro and the audience who were chanting his name moved closer to the stage to get a better look at him.
There was confusion on stage when someone in the audience threw money on him which caused some of the people to invade the stage to collect it. In the rush, a fan who hugged Davido fell off stage with the artiste.
He, however, got back on stage and continued with his own thing. He did songs like If, Fall, Aye, Gobe, Skelewu, Fan Mi, The Money, Tchelete, The Sound and All Of You and there was no dull moment.
Davido rounded up the show for Naija
In all, the Glo Mega Music show, which was hosted by media personality, Nana Aba Anamoah and comedians, Gordons and Basketmouth was thrilling.
Celebrities like Martha Ankomah, Salma Mumin, Prince David Osei, Van Vicker, Lydia Forson, Sandra Ankobiah, Kalybos and Eddie Blay were in attendance.
Sandra Ankobiah and Lydia Forson
The audience had a lot of fun