Nigeria’s Wizkid, and “One Corner” man, Patapaa, shined brightest at the just-ended Ghana Meets Naija concert, which came off hours ago, to over 15000 music lovers at the Fantasy Dome of the Trade Fair Center in Accra.
The 8th edition, the concert, which has habitually paraded Africa’s most influential acts, was graced by such melody masters as KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Yaa Pono,Stonebwoy Fancy Gadam, Kurl Songx among others, and saw the audience frequently on their feet, jamming to choruses that have dominated radio over the years.
A late start, and recurrent sound hitches, were the night’s main challenges, otherwise, it was a huge success.
Wizkid, who led the auditorium through a deluge of classics he has authored over an outstanding career, proved without question, his mettle as the continent’s foremost performer today, attracting roaring cheers with every tune. Considered a son of Ghana, the singer was full of gratitude to the fanbase here, for their relentless support; pausing at various points in his set to reiterate this sentiment.
Swedru native, Patapaa, also made a great showing, with many applauding his introduction –a charming spoken word piece delivered by an admirably eloquent young girl clad in regal cloth and ornaments. He went further to serve of his flowering g catalogue, which includes “One Corner”, ” Kumchacha”, and “One Perma”, as well as guest vocals he offered on Article One’s ” That Thing”, Guilty Beats’ “Akwaaba” among others.
Other performers deserving mention include Stonebwoy, who gave a good account of himself despite sound challenges, King Promise, who crowned an energetic set with the widespread “CCTV”, Mayorkun, Dice Ailes, and Mr Eazi, who more than creditably showed up for the green-white- green, NanaYaa, Sista Afia, artists from D Black’s Black Avenue Muzick, and Zylofon acts Obibini and Kumi Guitar.
On the turntables, Grandmaster Nii, Vyrusky, K Crakk, and Vision DJ proved true experts as they held the crowd with masterful routines and selections.
Other key highlights of the night imclude Wizkid bringing out Shatta Wale and Tiwa Savage during his set, and Medika and BET 2018 nominee, Kwesi Arthur all mounting the stage as surprise guests.
African football icons Adebayor and Asamoah Gyan, were not left out of the historic night –Asamoah Gyan to perform his verse on ” Enemies”, and the Togolese international, to exchange felicitation with Wizkid as he was on stage.
Put together by the Bola Ray-led Empire, the 2018 Ghana Meets Naija concert’s sponsors include Kasapreko Alomo Gold and Storm Energy Drink, Allied Oil, Somoco Ghana Ltd, Nasco Mobile, Kirusa, Point and Play, Rova Surveillance, Dame lashes, Pernod Ricard, Tang Palace, Fix Consult, EIB Network (Starr FM, Live FM, Gh One TV, Kasapa FM, Empire FM, Ultimate FM, Abusua FM), Graphic Showbiz, Y FM, Aftown Music, Muse Africa, Ghana Music.com, West Hills Mall, Achimota Retail Centre, Accra Mall, and Timepiece Gh.
Below are pictures which sum up proceedings: