2020’s finale couldn’t have been better experienced by Hip-Hop fans in the capital without E.L’s annual end-of-year BAR concert. Taking stage at its all-familiar venue – Alliance Française d’Accra, the intense night saw E.L and his company of artists take center stage to thrill fans.
Just like the five iterations before it, 2020’s edition of the BAR was a star-studded fest, boasting of guest acts like: Lyrical Joe, $pacely, Joey B, Tulenkey, Gyakie, DopeNation, Kev & Grenade, as well as Ayisi. Performances were stellar, building the fiery ambience now popular with the concert. Crowning the event with the best from his music arsenal, E.L and this year’s surprise artist, Epixode rocked fans in all grandeur, bringing the eventful night to a resonant stop.
‘’Big love to everyone who showed up at the just ended BAR concert despite the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been an amazing 6 years of BAR with you, and the feeling never gets old, just better. I want to wish everyone of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, 2021 will be a better one for us all. Stay safe’’, E.L. said
E.L had a lot going this year – from bringing Azonto to fans again and debuting a trilogy of tapes, Leaks, to closing off the year with his annual BAR concert.
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Sarkodie, Medikal, Joey B, Thrill Fans At ‘Drive-In Cinema And Concert‘ Headlined By Efya
History was indeed made when multiple award-winning songstress, songwriter and actress Jane Awindor, known professionally as Efya, headlined Ghana’s first ‘Drive-In Cinema And Concert‘ last Saturday, December 19, 2020 at the Untamed Empire, Spintex Road, Accra.
Few days to the event, Nigerian Musician Omah Lay who was to headline the event alongside Efya, got arrested in Uganda for flouting COVID-19 protocols at a concert, hence couldn’t make it.
However, fans who bought tickets to witness the much-anticipated Somewhere In Ghana event powered by Street-Life Entertainment had nothing but pure fun with pleasant surprises.
There were a lot of spectacular performances from the surprised artistes who were not on the bill including a surprise act from Tanzania, Neddy Music.
The concert, which is first of it’s kind, combined the stunning architecture of the iconic venue with impressive lighting and sound to create many memorable moments of live performances to the admiration of a global audience, courtesy CEEK, a leading Virtual Reality platform with concerts from top artist including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, U2, Elton John, Sarkodie and more.
One after the other, the musicians mounted the stage from Saturday night to dish out the people’s favourites; hit songs that caused their fans to sing, dance and partied the night away till the early hours of Sunday, December 21.
CJ Biggerman, who is a household name, pulled up on stage as an opening act, with his artistry freestyles and smash hit “chuku Chuku“. Of course, he didn’t disappoint the teeming fans who jammed to all his tunes back to back.
The Queen of the night‘s apparition occurred few minutes after CJ left stage. Of course, we are talking about Efya. Glistening like hip-hop Michael Jackson, the revered songstress, who is globally known for her musical dexterity, emerged to a classic audience glee and also, assisted by the band to perform her latest single ‘The One‘ featuring Tiwa Savage.
Her communication with audiences was captivating, displaying breathtaking skills in singing and dancing. Never for once did she falter in her steps, her stagecraft or did her voice lose the energy she came with. That woman has one hell of a talent!
Mzvee joined Efya to wow the Somewhere In Ghana crowd with a performance of their song “African Woman“ off the inveecible album. They got the patrons on their feet dancing and singing along with them.
Ladies milk, Kwabena Kwabena took over with his silky voice bringing meaning to the celebration of love with his touchy-feely performance. He soothed hearts with his lyrically genius songs like Mene Woa, Meye, etc.
The cheers became even louder when Medikal and Joey B mounted the stage to perform two hit songs of the moment “La Hustle and Akobam“
The excitement in the auditorium could be felt even outside the venue.
Astonished by the acts, the audience screamed, stood on their cars, pulled out their phones to capture the moment King Promise and Darkovibes hopped on stage to deliver what they do best. They announced their presence with their banger collaboration “Inna Song“.
Symptomatic of him, Promise climaxed his stagecraft with “Sisa“ and other hit songs.
The Highest point surely has to be when Sarkodie joined Efya to perform their popular songs ‘I’m in love with you‘ and ‘Saara’ off the Black Love album which got the crowd crazy.
The Drive-In concert and cinema of somewhere In Ghana also saw incredible performance from artists including Celestine Donkor, Gyakie, Tijani, Kweku Smoke and Bosom P-Yung, Ria Boss, comedian Jacinta, among others.
It was a memorable Christmas night for the hundreds of patrons who thronged the Untamed Empire Saturday night for Efya’s end of year concert.
Ending the show, the Gingham boss thanked the organizers, Street-Life Entertainment, for making such an inaugural concert a mega one and also expressed her profound gratitude to Ghanaians for their prodigious support towards her career for the past 13 years.
Photocredit: Vine Imagery
Stonebwoy Hosts The Maiden Edition Of Bhim Fridays
From the outset, planning was made very simple and on arrival the DJ was amazing. He kept the dance floor full and the atmosphere buzzing right the way through the night. That being said, the “Bhim Fridays” was absolutely fantastic and the event is certainly here to stay. On Friday, November 27, Stonebwoy cultivated a new monthly ‘signature’ event that saw him getting more ‘intimate’ with music consumers, most especially his fan who have been his ‘spine’ in his career.
With an amazing sound system, stage & aerial lighting, state of the art decor that came paired with incorporating the newest technology, ideas, and features, the Accra edition of “BHIM FRIDAYS” premiered at the Enclave Gardens, East Legon. What made the night so special was the plethora of other activities that complemented the music, such as good food, fun and gaming – an activity that saw party-goers winning lot of give-ways from headline sponsors.
This music gathering had a roster of some of the country’s most talented musicians, from up-and-comers to megastars, and the crowd was composed of everyone from hippies to hipsters who reception and reactions were impeccable. Epixode, Fameye, Mr. Drew, Freda Rhymz, Darko Vibes, Larruso, Phronesis, OGee The Mc, among others were highlighted as the guest performers who took turns to deliver overwhelming performances to the teeming music inclinded audience.
Stonebwoy’s performance was acclaimed by other guest of media personalities (Abeiku Santana, Serwaa Amihere, Nana Aba Anamoah, Doreen Avio etc), industry stakeholders, gatekeepers and other critics. His performance reconfirms his skills as a live performer. Performing alongside the Bhim Band, he started his set with a freestyle which later led to an acoustic session of “Only Love” (a single extract off Anloga Junction), and flowed into the delivery of hit higlife single – “Sobolo”.
Stonebwoy went on the perform “Strength & Hope” and “Run Go” which were all delivered in acoustic. He flaunted his supreme vocal and dancing chops throughout the show. The multiple award-winning artiste switched style up when his second set was backed by in-house Disk Jockey, Justice. Stonebwoy delivered jaw-dropping freestyles on riddims dished out by DJ Justice. The music monster made a point, abd his performance was a proof of life.
With epic stages, non-stop music, and wonderful vibes, a trip to East Legon was a psychedelic experience that left an all right memory on the mind of event goers. It will definitely become a global phenomenon.
(Photocredit: Rob Photography)
ASAASE SOUND CLASH: Stonebwoy And Shatta Wale “Clash To Crush COV¡D”
Ever since the whole Asaase Radio created a battle platform wave kicked off, bringing a much-needed spark of joy and excitement to the dreadful pandemic grind, those of us who love and respect dancehall music and Ghanaian sound system culture have been asking ourselves when (if ever) the world would finally recognize that this whole digital sensation was based on the concept of sound clash.
Considering the fact that, Africa systems culture, Ghana as a matter of fact, pioneered the sort of “beat battles” have made the lyrical clash a social media sensation over two decades ago, the creative decision was absolutely more than fitting. By pitting two icons of the genre, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, in head-to-head competition, the maiden edition of “Asaase Sound Clash” did not just showcase two of its most respected lyricists ever to hold a microphone, it also tapped into an epic rivalry that stretches back more than a a decade ago.
When Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale came through Asaase FM days before the performance, they both declared that they would not be preparing for the battle as the art of war should be spontaneous. This has had people on tender hooks as no one really knows what would happen on the night. But of course all celebrities were out in full force for this highly anticipated battle.
On Saturday, September 12, 2020, fans were able to enjoy a “Verzuz-like” battle between reggae and dance-hall greats Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, who decided to switch things up by trading songs from within the same room. Together, the Ghanaian giants were able to perform their biggest classics in front of hundreds of indoor fans and about thousands social media users, all with their cultural flag behind him mid-performance.
Arguably the most exciting and spontaneous edition of Ghana’s version of the “Verzuz” battle, the Stone and Shatta battle was not a “clash” in the traditional Jamaican or Reggae/Ragga a& Dance-hall sense, but it was hardly a conventional beat battle either. The clash, in true ‘yaad’ fashion ran slightly off-schedule according to the anxious social media butterflies and invited guests who sat listening to the mixing styles of the host, Sean B.
Shatta Wale started his set with tracks like Kill Dem With Prayers, Aye Halfcast, Only One Man, Ayoo, Ice Cream, Star Boy, Stinky Mouth, Shatta City, Gringo, Dancehall King.
The proclaimed King of the Dancehall set example by making a punctual appearance clothed in the apparel portraying the orientation of the culture. Africa’s most revered reggae/ragga & dance-hall icon with international presence and reputation first set of tracks in response to Shatta’s set included Blaze Dem (a new song recorded purposely for the clash), Hero, No Sir, Sapashini, Shell Dem, Wicked (featuring Gappy Ranks), Top Skanka, Pepper Dem, People Dey, Name, Pull Up, Something Wicked others.
The chemistry and more importantly the harmony between Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale made it an entertaining show which will be recorded in the history books. With over 40 songs played and performed out of the dancehall deejays’ catalogues combined, the result of the Maiden Asaase Sound Clash battle is still being weighed in the balance.
However, on the morning after the much anticipated dancehall clash between Stonebwoy and shatta wale, social media users have taken to twitter to declare Stonebwoy the winner of the clash. Stonebwoy is trending both at number one and number 2 on twitter with some social media users mocking shatta wale for leaving the stage just before the freestyle battle session which they claim was a clear indication of throwing in the towel.
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Pzeefire has always been an incredible performer with great vocals and energy from day one. Last night, he proved to be a master at what he does by belting out great songs all through his stage performance during his impeccable virtual concert which was aired on ETV Ghana powered by Speech Production.
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