IN spite of the poor attendance at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), when this year's edition of Ghana Meets Naija started, which led to fears that it would be a flop, the show was great.
About an hour into the show's official start, there were just a handful of people in the auditorium.
To make matters worse, the underground artistes who came in as curtain raisers were so boring and one could hear some patrons murmuring to indicate that they were not too happy with what was going on.
One bright spot was DJ Vyrusky, who did a great job entertaining the patrons with a good number of popular songs.
Then came Dadie Opanka, whose short performance was splendid as he entertained with songs like Wedding Car and Tietie.
Highlife artiste Bless didn’t have to stress himself when he sang Chocho Mucho. Almost everyone in the auditorium sang the song word for word. He had to sing Chocho Mucho twice for his fans who couldn't get enough of the song.
By the time artistes like Quamina MP, Krymi, Kojo Cue, Shaker, Tulenkey, Edem, J. Derobie and Kwaw Kese performed, the ground floor of the AICC was almost full.
Reggae/Dancehall artiste, Ras Kuuku had a great night; his entry onto the stage was just great; he was seated in the audience when he was mentioned as the next act and he started doing his own thing with people wondering where he was.
He finally stood up from among the audience and as he walked onto the stage, he started with a freestyle which the audience really enjoyed. There was no dull moment when he finally performed Nwansina and Kpagbum Style.
Fameye was another artiste who was wonderful on stage. He brought on a guitarist to perform his hit song Nothing I Get and he surprised patrons when he performed live.
Last year he rocked the Ghana Meets Naija stage and this year, Patapaa was again a hit with patrons.
His costume alone showed that he meant business as he came on stage clad in a red and gold football jersey and shorts with gold sunglasses whch got patrons screaming.
The performance was okay and the audience enjoyed him. The highlight of his show was when he brought his white girlfriend on stage to dance to his song Scopatomana.
Another great performer on the night was Preye, the Gospel musician from Nigeria was something else. Singing songs like Ebezina and Bulie, it was if God was coming down and he put everyone in the spirit.
Rapper Medikal had a great night as he entertained the audience with hit songs. He had everyone screaming when he brought his girlfriend, Fella Makafui on stage as he performed his Omo Ada song.
R2Bees also did well, performing songs like Over, Plantain Chips, Life, Odo, Yesterday among others.
Nigerian singer Teniola Apata, popularly known as Teni, had huge support when she mounted the stage and her song, Case, received the loudest reception from the audience.
Wande Coal, who was the last act performed to nearly empty seats; By the time he hit the stage, almost everyone was leaving the auditorium.
In all however, Ghana Meets Naija, put together by Empire Entertainment, was good with a simple stage and great sound.
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Patapaa with his German girlfriend on stage
Criss Waddle also joined Medikal on stage
The audience had a lot of fun