VIP Album Launch A Hit

VIPIT WAS a day of unforgettable fun at one of the country’s leading nightspots, Boomerang

Night Club, when Ghana’s salient hiplife trio Vision In Progress (VIP) staged live musical performances to launch its latest album, ‘Progress’.

The affair attracted hundreds of fans who trooped to the Boomerang Night Club last Saturday to witness the official launch of the much-awaited new album.

The event also attracted a number of stakeholders in the music industry as well as hiplife stars like Reggie Rockstone, 4×4, Richie, Mzbel, Mimi, Tinny, and OJ Blaq among others.

The album launch began with a short press session with the members of VIP, namely Abdul Hamidu Ibrahim (Lazzy), Emmanuel Promzy Ababio (Promzy) and Joseph Nana Ofori (Prodigal).  

The members of the group also spent some time with their fans and provided opportunities to take photographs and get autographs.

The night also witnessed energetic performances by supporting artistes, led by Reggie Rockstone, who thrilled patrons with some of their hit songs.

VIP performed creditably, causing the audience to remain on their feet as they commanded the magnificent state-of-the-art stage which also heightened the spirit of the scene.

For over forty minutes, VIP held patrons spellbound with their stagecraft and electrifying dance steps that kept them craving for more all night.

They performed songs from all their albums to the enjoyment and admiration of their fans who were all dressed in white and red.

Even though the night club was packed as at 1:15am on Sunday morning, there were still hundreds of people outside struggling to get in.

Many people have marvelled at their performances on stage, the most current one being the fantastic and unprecedented show they put up at the Accra International Conference Centre on December 27 during the Ghana Rock concert.

Swimming in fame, they have won several awards such as “Artiste of the Year”, “Song of the Year”, “Hiplife Artiste of the Year”, “Hiplife Song of the Year” and “Hiplife Album of the Year”, all at the 2004 Ghana Music Awards.

Their hit song ‘Ahomka Womu’ also won the “Best Music Video Directing” award which went to Felix Dakat.

Having grabbed the esteemed “Artiste of the Year Award”, Lazzy, Promzy and Prodigal represented Ghana at the 2004 Kora Awards in South Africa where they did Ghana proud and performed alongside celebrated Malian musician Salif Keita, among others.

That same year, VIP represented Ghana as ambassadors in Athens, Greece, as part of the fundraising activities for the 2004 Olympics Games.

The members of VIP were also among a few selected hiplife artistes who performed alongside Jamaican Grammy award winner Shaggy when he performed in Ghana during the 2003/2004 Christmas/New Year festivities.

The two-day concert took place at the Accra International Conference Centre on January 1 2004, and at the nation’s Wembley, the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium, on January 2.

The concert pulled one of the biggest crowds ever seen in the nation’s entertainment history.

VIP was then flown to Liberia and Sierra Leone by the United Nations, where they participated in the Peace and Reconciliation Concerts organised by the United Nations and Liberian Government.

A thank you concert was also organised by the United Nations and the Government of Sierra Leone in February 2005. The group again flew to South Africa to accept another award for the “Best Group in Africa” in March 2005.

By George Clifford Owusu