It was a gorgeous blend of colour, movement, spoken word and rap, precise production and above all, good singing when Ssue presented her Commotion concert last Saturday, December 1 at Alliance Francaise Accra.
The general mood was a convivial one. The lead act and all others there to support her offered a package of total entertainment to the highly receptive, sizable audience who lapped up everything with delight.
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The audience were excited with what they saw and heard
The young lady’s repertoire was broad. Coupled with her ability to communicate well with the audience, she managed to turn the show into a pleasant evening of bonding for all.
Oswald the Poet did his touching, evocative renditions and the Ananse Band was tickling with their danceable Sikyi Highlife-inspired pieces.
Immanuel Emmanuel said he was there to share a few beautiful songs before going on to do five pieces, three of his own and two cover versions of some popular well-loved tracks. He is a good singer in every aspect of the game.
The ever-bubbly Nathan Pryce also treated the crowd to his Smooth Jazz and Highlife blend on guitar. He featured Kwaku T on an energetic rap piece.
Nathan Pryce on stage
Gyedu Blay Ambolley carried himself like a real boss on the music scene when he came on stage.
He was calm, effectively carried the audience along and showed his simigwa dance steps have not left him.
Ambolley was in full flow
Ssue has worked out a presentation plan that embodies a variety of theatrical elements and her introductory, stylised adowa dance steps elicited applause from the audience.
She offered material that made her easily integrate rappers like Paa Kwesi and Kurrency.
She has almost perfected her acts with Immanuel Emmanuel, Steve Bedi and Pat Thomas and she shined in the company of those gentlemen.
Pat Thomas and Ssue performed a duet
A slight drizzle interrupted proceedings for a short while but Ssue was still in good form as she sang Fire and praised Teddy Osei and Osibisa for the inspiration she had sourced from them.
No wonder the show ended with a spirited rendition of Osibisa’s Music For Gong Gong with all the dancers and other performers on stage for a cheerful finale.
Ssue proved she could hold audience interest for hours. She is definitely one of the exciting things happening to popular music in this nation at the moment.
Steve Bedi and Ssue always gel on stage
Ambolley showed off some simigwa moves
Dancers in colourful costume helped enhance the show
It was a big night of fun for Ssue and her colleagues
It was an intense affair
Rapper Kurrency showed his skills
Rappers Baby G and Paa Kwesi were also in the house
The dancers enjoyed themselves