Alright, I have no option than to do a kpa kpa kpa (quick) review on the Tigo Music Unplugged 15 held last night and here you go.
I’m not one of the many people who have persistently asked that Choirmaster rescinds his decision not to join his former group mates Praye Tietie and Praye Tenten (especially as he’s doing well as a solo artist) but as it stands, I’m pretty sure he MAY be considering his options after watching his former group mates dish out a splendid performance at the just ended Tigo Music Unplugged 15 which took place at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
With a huge uproar and crowd acceptance just by the announcement of the group’s presence, one could only tell that the group had been missed. With a huge collection of songs that every individual in the crowd could cheer to, the group dished out hit songs one after the other with the crowd singing to every song. Quite interestingly, the group brought on stage the two kids (all grown now) with whom they recorded with years ago.
Another exciting moment was the presence of the voluptuous ‘Angelina’ who joined them on stage.
Although adjudged the best on the night, the group looked a big rusty with their moves, something I may attribute to their long separation.
Just like many other shows, upcoming talents were giving the chance to exhibit what they have and Kumasi had a fare share of that. With artists like Nana Kay, Creamy, Nana K and a few others starting as opening acts, Ohemaa Dadaw commenced the main performances for the night.
She was followed by Rudeboy Ranking who is still finding his feet. With a couple of songs that got a section of the crowd singing along, once can only expect a bright future for the artist should he be persistent.
The only major female artist among the men on the night was Lynxx Entertainment signed artist MzVee who thrilled patrons to most of her hit songs. Crowd involvement and participation was indeed great especially as she performed Natural Girl.
Then came the moment for the reunited Praye whom I have written above already. Just like Tigo will say “You For Know (Free promotion for them though)
As a great fan of quality music, Okyeame Kwame, Stonebwoy and Patoranking were amazing on the live band. Unlike many events where live performances had been a mess, the above mentioned artists had a great coordination with the band.
Okyeame Kwame’s entry was epic though dangerous. Carried over a heavy crowd that could have pulled off all his clothing, he managed to be whisked unto the stage finally to deliver. Although a nice performance, the rap Doctor seemed to be losing his voice at a point due to shouting.
Oseikrom’s top rapper at the moment Flowking Stone also brought on stage some nostalgic moments as he performed with Kuntakinte. His rap prowess also came to light as he spit bars from his already released songs such as Machine Gun Flow.
Keche were present to represent and worked their magic with Diabetes and other songs.
What about Kwaw Kese?
Typical of him, the man insane left something with the people as he made a great entry. He was carried in a palanquin accompanied by traditional drums. Just like a king, Kwaw danced his way to the stage till he went ‘hiphopish’. Like he does, the streets went crazy for his performance but not anything new I have not seen.
Guru was an act to surprise the audience. Despite a good entry with a lot of fireworks, Guru was not at his best but with the usual ‘Mente o’ mantra. (I can’t hear you).
With the group that has a man who refuses to grow, VVIP turned up the place merging songs from both camps. The group also performed for the first time their new single Dogo Yaro and oh, the Anas’ dancers as they have been referred to, were on stage to perform the routine.
Stonebwoy’s performance has been heavily criticized by many but myself just for the fact that he did his piece with a band. Although, a wide collection of hit songs, to many, his hit songs were still not appealing as he did it live and would have preferred he mimed. I however hold a different opinion since I did enjoy his performance. As an artist of his calibre and with the experience of playing with Morgan Heritage, Angelique Kidjo, Youssour Ndour, you will only expect him to up his game. (Let’s not forget, he’s been signed unto one of the biggest reggae record labels and that requires of him some level of professionalism)
It must however be said that, a section of the crowd started leaving during Stonebwoy’s performance for reasons best known to them.
Shelele hit maker E.L was not really cut for this show as he failed to impress
In order of top performers for the night, Shatta Wale comes next after Praye. He was indeed a delight to watch. Dropping bangers after bangers, the crowd could only ask for more.
Patoranking closed the show on the night with quite a cool performance.
Ghanaian comedian DKB was on point as an MC and got the crowd hyped up with enough laughter.
The event started with tough security and everything was in order until the latter parts of the show where the backstage area meant for the artists and the media arena were all taken over by a section of the crowd since the security personnel seemed to have vacated their posts. No bad incidence was however reported as of the time of leaving the venue.
It is increasingly becoming obvious that you may never get the BEST sound quality from the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. Everything sounded perfect to me until the sound kept bouncing back to where I stood right in front of the stage.
Moving into the crowd, one could tell, it took some seconds to hear what had been said on stage earlier. (Quite normal)
STAGE AND LIGHT
I’ve heard a couple of people who watched on TV complain about poor lighting quality. Well, that could a problem with TV but it was just superb on the night. (I however think TV stations should be working on that because this complain has been on since the days of Olele).
The usual Ghana man time came to play as the show could not start on time therefore dragging events till early morning. The show started around 10:30 and ended approximately 5am.
It is quite expected that egos will come to play when artists get together.
Flowking Stone was not present as of the time he was supposed to perform per the running order I saw and as a result had to be fixed somewhere. He therefore had a major problem with the stage managers as they kept signalling him to wrap up with his performance, something he did not like therefore uttering some words which I deem unfortunate and unnecessary.
Congratulations to George Quaye and his Charterhouse team, production was quite spot on as well.
How could I almost forget my colleagues DJ Vyrusky and DJ Kaxtro, my hearts out to them. These dudes just knew which songs would get the crowd turnt up and they did just that.
Stay with www.nydjlive.com as we bring you photos and videos from the event soon.