Authentic Ghanaian music "roars" at MTN Music Festival

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Ghanaian music 'roars' at MTN Music Festival
Samini showed why he's a preferred choice for live music performances

THE evening started on a slow note for patrons who thronged the Accra International Conference Centre early for this year's edition of MTN Music Festival organised by Slip Entertainment which took place on Friday, December 6.

For a first time attendee of the MTN Music Festival, which has become a reputable platforms for Ghanaians to enjoy good live band performances, it would probably have been a "no show" considering that as at 8 p.m., two hours after the advertised time, there were many empty chairs yet to be filled.

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The situation however defined the usual "Ghana Man Time" because the auditorium was almost full when the Kyekyeku band set the tone for a good night of music with their eclectic sound.

The Kyekyeku Band

The Kyekyeku band, a vintage Highlife group which appears to be on a mission bring back good old Palm wine Highlife aroused a lot of interest with their performance.

Their stagecraft, engagement with audience, attitude on stage, vocal delivery and composition were commendable and their session, which drew thunderous applause from the audience was the beginning of great dancing moments for patrons.

The momentum was escalated by Angela hitmaker, Kuami Eugene when he mounted the stage. Anyone who has witnessed Kuami Eugene on stage would attest that he was a class act on the night.

Kuami Eugene had a great night and even posed for a selfie mid performance

It was confirmation that the young boy from Fadama has learnt the art of showmanship. Right from when he appeared on stage, the Lynx Ehtertianment signee gave little room for complacency as he got patrons to dance their hearts out with his back to back hits.

His popular songs such as Angela, Wish Me Well, Ohemaa, Never Carry Last and his current, Obiaato were sang word for word by the patrons who did not want to miss out on the exciting moment.

Apart from the fact that he had popular songs, Kuami Eugene got a lot of applause for his energy on stage. There was never a dull moment for him as he got the audience to cheer him on with some of his antics on stage.

Rex Omar

He may not have the energy displayed by Kuami Eugene but celebrated Highlife artiste, Rexford Owusu Marfo popularly known as Rex Omar held his own on stage.

He did not enjoy a lot of attention at the beginning of his performance but that changed before he left the stage when he sang the popular Oka Yen Ho. It was as if the introduction of the song as a popular request by the host, Merqury Quaye was what the audience were waiting for.

With cheers, almost all the guests got on their feet to dance to the tune which has since the 90s been one of the popular Gospel tunes by a secular artiste. Before that, Rex Omar had entertained with songs from his repertoire like Aware pa and Wodo Ne.

Former MTN Hitmaker winner and Lynx Entertainment act, KiDi didn't have such a great show. His presence on stage was just ordinary and he had poor audience engagement.

 KiDi

Notwithstanding that, patrons sang along with him to songs such as Sugar Daddy, Say You Love Me, Thunder and Adiepena.

He has been killing shows since 1999 and after 20 years, Dancehall act, Samini has still got what it takes. His energy, audience engagement, style and delivery was just spot on.

Samini was feeling the music

He brought his experience to bear during his performance and it was little wonder he had the obviously tired audience on their feet.

The "last killer" for the night, Highlife legend, Abrantie Amakye Dede gave a "serious" performance, taking patrons back to Ghanaian music roots with authentic Highlife pieces from his collection such as Odo Da Baabi, Akoko Bebon and Odo Handkerchief.

Amakye Dede

One interesting highlight at this year's MTN Music Festival was the "90s Jam" session hosted by Hitz FM's Andy Dosty which saw the likes of T Blaze of Wo Sisi Y3 Wo Ya fame, Bright of Buk Bak and Ex-Doe taking turns to entertain as well.

Musicians Kwaisey Pee and Nana Boroo were in the audience

It was a full dance session

There was also a comedy session from Ramzy to give patrons a "full package" of entertainment.