Entertainment of Thursday, 12 March 2015
The annual Citi FM Music of Ghanaian Origin (MOGO) Festival is set to take over Ghana from Saturday March 21 to 28 with a series of events to celebrate authentic music of Ghanaian origin.
Some of the best music moments would occur during the festival with the biggest names in authentic indigenous Ghanaian music lined up to perform throughout the week. The MOGO Festival begins with the Accra Music Expo at Mantse Agbonaa on Saturday March 21, with some of the best indigenous Ga bands and musicians as well as a hotly contested ‘Jama’ Competition.
The Accra Music Expo would be a huge open air party with the likes of Tinny, Adane Best, Dzajeloi and a host of others taking their turn to thrill patrons at Mantse Agbonaa – Jamestown. On Sunday March 22, ten deceased musicians would be remembered and honored at a special MOGO Memorial Service.
The event is to immortalize the musicians and honor them for their contributions to Ghanaian music. Songs composed by one of Ghana’s short-lived musicians Terry Bonchaka will feature prominently.
The late musicians to be honored at the Memorial Service are Dr. K. Gyasi, Dr. Paa Bobo, P. K. Nyamoah, Rev. Kusi Berko, Terry Bonchaka, Mac Tontoh (Osibisa), Jerry Hansen (Ramblers), Ampofo Agyei, Michael Dwamena and Alex Konadu.
Some living legends will also be honored at a special event dubbed the 3 Nights with Highlife Greats. An exceptional musician will be hosted by 97.3 Citi FM from 23rd March to Wednesday 24th March at the plush Alisa Hotel.
The legends will take turns to tell their life stories, with a band in the background performing their hits intermittently. Nana Kwame Ampadu, Ben Brako and Paapa Yankson will take turns each night to tell their stories and be honored.
On Friday March 27, Ghana will get groovy with the African Jazz Jamboree (Jazz’in the Citi). The event will bring together a host of Africa’s most captivating jazz musicians – Gyedu Blay Ambolley, George Spratz, Aka Blay, Kollaboration, Constant Boty and B.B. Blues – to give patrons a night to remember.
The MOGO Festival will be climaxed on Saturday March 28 with the MOGO Awards at the Accra International Conference Center. Paapa Yankson, Adane Best, Pat Thomas, Nana Kwame Ampadu, Okyeame Kwame, Samuel Owusu and the Ramblers International Band.
Ten individuals or groups will walk home with one of the prestigious MOGO Awards 2015 on the night. The MOGO Festival 2015 is powered by 97.3 Citi FM.