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Akosua Agyapong's Incomplete 20th Anniversary


Akosua AgyapongAkosua Agyapong's Incomplete 20th Anniversary

By Eugene Osafo-Nkansah

The celebration of her 20 years as a singer will go down in history books as the biggest music anniversary ever celebrated by a solo female singer in Ghana, albeit an incomplete one.

The well publicized and carefully packed Akosua Agyapong @ 20 was brought to an abrupt end at the Accra International Conference Centre last Saturday March 27, because of power outtage. The show kick-off at about 7:30pm after the Red Carpet session in the lobby.

Described as the “Highlife Revival Night, brought back memories of great highlife tunes. The Wind Afrique Band set the ball rolling. Then the Police officer turned gospel musician, DSP Kofi Sarpong, set the audience dancing to his Ayeyi Dwom.

Kofi Bentsil then treated the crowd to some unadulterated highlife music from the West, before the “Ayefe notse” singer, King David gave the audience a feel of highlife songs in Ga.

Bessa Simons's keyboard playing skills saw the whole house clapping as he performed his Belembe's song. Amarh Pino took the stage and virtually sent everybody to their feet dancing to Maria and Ozim zim songs.

Sultry twin gospel singers, Tagoe Sisters changed the whole atmosphere in the room as the excited audience screamed and sang along to every song they raised.

Sexy singer Becca, Stephanie Benson, Asabea Cropper and Kente Man then took their turn on stage to entertain the crowd.

Moses- man, A.B Crentsil, and highlife rapper, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, put the audience in the right mood for the star of the night, Akosua Agyapong, to have her day.

A short documentary on Akosua was projected with countless people including his pastor-husband and kids, giving testimonies about her.

Ever graceful Akosua Agyepong finally came on stage at about 11:15pm, dressed in an all white attire and assisted by eight dancers. Akosua who was supposed to appear on four different times on stage, performed only twice.

She first performed her gospel tunes (what she calls "good news" music) and later came back to sing “Frema” and other popular songs.

Her 15 track album titled Its My Time, was launched and auctioned by ace Akuapim radio presenter Odiefour, after which the unexpected power cut happened, to bring a well coordinated show to a premature end.

The intermittent power outages disrupted Rex Omar's performance at about 1:10am. Rex was later billed to perform with NAKOREX, but this could not materialize.

The audience endured and waited for ECG to shine their light on them, and thankfully after 5minutes, the lights came back on.

Rex Omar was called back on stage but he could not even complete his first statement as pronto, ECG did their usual stuff again.

This time, however, electricity was not restored again.

The audience then started trouping out even before the MCs, Mr. David Dontoh and Ekuba Quarmine of GTV, came on stage to apologise to the few people left in the auditorium and officially end the show.

Other parts of the program like the presentation of awards to some selected highlife legends, cutting off the anniversary cake did not see the light of day. Performances by NAKOREX, Akosua Agyapong (her final performance), vote of thanks, closing prayer and the signing of autographs were shelved because of the power failure.

Though it was not the fault of Akosua Agyapong or the organizers of the programme for the show's abrupt end, it was pretty obvious fans who paid GH¢20 to come and watch her perform, went home dissatisfied. That notwithstanding, it was generally a great show.

The event was powered by Media Excel.

Source: Peacefmonline.com/Ghana



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