The fourth edition of the Ghana Meets Naija concert was held at the Accra International Conference centre with over 10 artistes gracing the stage from Nigeria and Ghana.
Tickets were sold out days before the concert explaining the huge attendance at the auditorium which seats 1600 people, yet teeming fans had to be part of the experience from the aisles due to inadequate seats.
The amalgamation of popular music from the two familial nations with so much rivalry opened by Mz Vee and AK Songstress with a splendid dancehall performance reassuring the industry of a bright future for the music genre especially with the involvement of women.
The stage was illuminating with beautiful designs notably a replica of Ghana’s Independence Arch with the black star on top.
Double, gave a short performance which ushered in DJ Black, the headline DJ for the night as Nii Ayi Tagoe held the fort at the forecourt of the auditorium concurrently.
The MC for the night, actor Chris Attoh, in the midst of beautiful ladies took charge while dispelling a connotation of competition between the two countries emphasizing the objective of the concert which is for the love of music.
Guru took the stage with a rousing applause and sing-along as he introduced Lil Win who was ushered onto the stage by macho men while performing his part of their popular Azonto Boys song. They rocked the night especially Lil Win who couldn’t help it but dance his heart out.
Selebobo from Nigeria opened for the Nigerian acts with his track, Yoyo, getting the crowd off their seats. He finally sang a piece of his new song Selfie which should gain the attention of VVIP.
Wizboyy got the Wizolingo going as the party mood was set. DJ Spin from Nigeria and DJ Solo from Ghana locked horns on the turntables as the crowd got a taste of both nations.
The mood was charged when Edem surprisingly joined the bill and performed his new song Koene after Castro had taken over the stage with his songs from the past to present.
The ‘Limpopo’ man, Kcee took his turn creating a rapport with the audience gaining a positive response. He worked the crowd to a dance marathon including a short dance competition he organised on stage rewarding the winner $200 in between his performance.
Then came the arguably best rapper in Ghana, Sarkodie who literally added heat to the already warm auditorium as the audience got ecstatic. A lady fan jumped onto the stage, as he performed with Castro, just to touch his feet to which he gave her a hug that almost got her collapsed to the ground in emotions. Sarkodie got emotional but wiped his face and the music continued.
The excitement was so intense during Sarkodie’s performance that it got Bola Ray, CEO of organisers, Empire Entertainment, to shower him and his DJ with money during his performance as a display of appreciation.
The concert got to another level of hyper when Sarkodie performed Adonai with Castro. Symbolically, Castro passed a basket around to the audience for offertory as expressed in the song, surprisingly the audience responded to it and dropped money into the basket which was later showered on Sarkodie by a fan.
The final act from Nigeria was Davido who had his song, Aye, sang back-to-back by a seemingly worn-out crowd.
The concert came to an end with the final act, Shatta Wale who was ushered onto the stage with a very formidable security team made up of over a dozen military personnel, private security men in uniforms, personal bodyguards and a huge entourage with four huge dangerous looking guard dogs.
He performed his usual as his fans trooped to the front to take photos at close range. He shouted: ‘Free Bull Dog’ in the middle of his performance and asked the crowd to repeat after him in a show of solidarity to his Manager, Bull Dog, who is in Police custody as a suspect in the murder of Fennec Okyere, another artistes manager killed some weeks ago at his home.
This year’s Ghana meets Naija concert organised by Empire Entertainment would go into the history books as one of the best shows ever organised in Ghana.
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