THE CITY of Accra came to a standstill on Farmers Day, December 2, when Citi 97.3 FM brought Ghanaian highlife music to life once again at the Music Of Ghanaian Origin (MOGO) concert held at the National Theatre in Accra.
This year’s show, like the previous ones, sought to continue its efforts to chart a pathway in promoting highlife music in Ghana. Severally described as the life source of highlife music in Ghana, the Music Of Ghanaian Origin (MOGO) concert, an annual event organised on Farmers Day, is a renaissance of Ghanaian musical heritage and seeks to track Ghanaian music in transition.
The concert featured Ghanaian music legends Nana Acheampong, Dada K.D, Adane Best, C.K Mann, Pozo Hayes, K.K Kabobo, K.K Fosu, Wulomei, Nana Yaa, among others.
Indeed, K.K Kabobo, the ‘Nyati Nyati Girl’ hit maker, virtually sparked the excited music fans into frenzy when he took the stage and treated patrons to an unforgettable performance.
He proved his critics wrong when he made a historic comeback to the musical stage at the National Theatre after years of a long break from the music scene.
Kabobo, who used the MOGO concert to re-launch himself, held expectant fans spellbound with a 40-minute bouncy performance of songs from his old album.
Fans sang and danced along with him throughout his act. It was indeed not only emotional, but memorable.
Kabobo threw all his skills onto the stage as he performed before business tycoons, music fans as well as people from all walks of life. Known for delivering mid-tempo songs that always bring out the best in him, Kabobo possibly challenged himself at the show when he sang most of his popular hit-songs.
Everyone was simply in tune with his decades-old household songs and they naturally tapped their feet to the rhythms. His great vocal versatility, dynamic movements, and general stage charisma was applauded nonstop during his performance.
Adane Best, who also won the hearts of many music lovers with an unforgettable performance, treated the excited fans to some serious dance moves on stage.
He was at his best as he took everybody by surprise; thrilling music lovers onto their feet while they danced and sang alongside him.
He did demonstrate his stage craft, singing and dancing skills, which left no doubt in anyone’s mind that Adane Best is truly a force to reckon with.
Acts on the night included Pozo Hayes, who was like a breath of fresh air because he had not performed on the big stage for a long time. He performed to the satisfaction of all music fans present at the event.
K.K Fosu was a blast. He performed his heart out to the expectant fans. He guaranteed a place in the hearts of the audience members as the best Ghanaian act of the night, without a doubt.
Dada KD, George Darko, and Nana Acheampong’s performances were excellent. They rocked the crowd to some of their old time hits. Song after song the crowd could not help but dance their hearts out to show appreciation.
The show, which featured some selected seasoned high life musicians, witnessed remarkable performances from C.K Mann, who charmed the music fans with his ‘Adwoa Yankey’ hit song, taking fans back into the late 70s.
Nana Yaa also entertained the packed house with renditions of ‘Serwaa Akoto’ and ‘Anadwo Yede’. Kwame Yeboah and the ‘Ohia Be Ye Ya’ band and the Wulormei group were great on stage as they kicked off the show on a smooth start and treated listeners to good authentic Ghanaian music.
By George Clifford Owusu