It needed more energy to jam to the tunes of the 90s than to mine diamond in Akwatia yet on the rooftop of the Silver Star towers in Accra patrons dug deep into their energy reservoirs to make the Joy FM 90s jam a hugely successful one.
In the most rollicking fashion, patrons sold out seven long hours of non-stop jamming from Friday night to Saturday dawn with an energy never seen in ages.
And if one thought it was going to be a jam for the youth, they were dead wrong. It was a battle not only of the sexes but of different generations as the young and old kriss-krossed in a night of platinum excitement.
Only few came in their 90s apparel but in the end it proved to be more a case of substance than form as the patrons wiggled, twisted, hipped, hopped and in the case of some women, shook what their ‘mama gave them.’
The patrons were drunk in excitement, thanks to the hottest selections from the 90s by DJs Black and Andy Dosty.
In a typical case of knowing where to touch to set the mood for a scintillating love making adventure, the duo at every point of the jam read the mood of the patrons with such perfection and threw in the most appropriate hit song, to ignite the most powerful response from the passionate crowd.
And there were many to choose from, each with a defining core message and some with a trade mark dance to go along.
Songs like Hip hop hooray from Naughty by Nature, ‘Hit ’em up, Until the end of time, Carlifonia Love from Tupac; others like Ready To Die, and Life After Death from Notorious BIG easily caught the attention of the crowd.
Even in death Tupac and Notorious BIG brought back fond memories of the 90s as the patrons jiggled and flung their hands in the air with high pitched voices that almost drowned the blast from the systems. The adrenalin was high.
Just when the steam was about to die, DJ Dosty introduced ‘Take your Omega’ from Shilo and Castro topped it up with Suujwe suujwe from KK Fosu, Batman and Kokoveli, the crowd hopped along.
No local 90s jam would be perfect without songs from the gods of the time- Reggie Rockstone, Obrafuor, Lord Kenya.
Agoo! Dosty played; Ameen! the crowd responded and it was all Agoo! Amen! Agoo! Amen! Ameen!!!
Then came “chick ye” from Kenya Oy3 Ohene remix from Obrafuor.
And when smooth talking Lexis Bill, the finest MC on the night, introduced Nii Ayi Tagoe, formally of Joy FM, the crowd erupted like that of a volcano.
He was there when the 90s jam dream was birthed and nurtured. Though a man of many words, Tagoe could only manage a few on the night.
Showbiz’ fiercest critics Francis Doku and Nana Turkson had no choice but to drop their critical lenses and move with the tide.
Doku was on point with his dance, Turkson made an attempt.
When couples had enough of the dance, they knocked off briefly and went sightseeing on top of the breezy tower which overlooked some of the greatest architecture of what has now become the Airport City.
They returned to the dance floor with a big bang when their favourite tunes were played.
‘Till your mama calls’ it was christened, and so it turned out to be. Around 3:30 am the patrons knocked off one after the other. Dj Black and Dosty were there and played to the last dance from the last couple to crown a perfect night of bliss.
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