Early Sunday March 27, I woke up to a notification from Facebook that it was Edward Nana Poku Osei popularly known as Hammer of the Last 2 Music Group’s birthday and that I should share with him a message to at least let him know I care about him so I quickly jumped out of bed and sat behind my PC.
Instead of writing the usual ‘Happy Birthday Bossman’ message, I scrolled through his timeline on Facebook almost forgetting I was there for a purpose.
Well, there was a purpose and but I also found a reason to scroll through his timeline. Pretty sure you want to know the reason. That is simple. I scrolled though the tributes poured in from many, including fans who appreciate his contribution to the music industry, industry personalities and even musicians he has helped nurture. As I did that, one thing came to mind. There was supposed to be an appreciation concert in his honour some years back. What happened to the much talked about Appreciation Concert which was mentioned in July 2013.
On the 31st of July 2013, I had hint of an intended appreciation concert which was to be hosted by the various artists the beat producer and talent manager, Hammer had nurtured through his Last 2 Music Production house and to ascertain whether the news was true before I shared it with readers, I placed a call to Hammer who confirmed the news.
Days later, a new single titled Y3 Da W’ase which featured Edem Sarkodie, Tinny, Sarkodie and Kwaw Kese was released to eulogize a legend who match is yet to be identified. The song generated a lot of buzz and much was heard about the next phase which was to be a regional tour where all these artists would play in honour of the producer.
Speaking to Hammer back then, he whet my appetite as he explained how he intended to let his fans know how he produced all the wicked beats live on stage during the artists performances. Mehn, that would have been dope. If not for anything, to see Hammer produce beats live on stage for the artists to rap to it.
3 years down the line, it’s sad to say not the slightest whisper has been heard of such a wonderful concept. Is it still in the pipeline, will it ever materialize, what is causing the delay? These are but a few of the questions I asked myself as I typed this piece.
Perhaps sponsorship is major factor and I do agree but how long must we wait for such a concert? This is not to spite any of the artists who gleefully spoke about the concert when the idea was conceived but trust me, none of the artists Hammer nurtured is doing bad at all. From Sarkodie, Edem, Kwaw Kese (despite his recent challenge with the law), Obrafour to Tinny, I wonder why these forces can’t pull the magic.
These are musical talents with a lot of ‘connects’ and I believe with a collaborative effort just as they put on the Y3da W’ase song, this concert could be made a reality.
For real, I know most of these talents keep mentioning Hammer in their interviews and also shower him with gifts but can we move beyond that yet?
Do we wait till the man is gone (not anticipating that for now) before we pour out our heartfelt tribute in 140 characters on Twitter?
Hammer’s contribution to the Ghanaian music industry can never be swept under the carpet. He has worked with several artists especially on his various compilations including Execution Diary(2003), Sounds of Our Time (2004), The Crusade of the Lost Files (2006) and many others.
I don’t know how Hammer will feel about this article but as concerned as I am, I am looking forward to this concert at least in my lifetime.
Happy birthday Hammer as you celebrate 40 years. As they say, life begins at 40 so I wish you the best and may God continue to bless you and keep you stronger.