Former President Jerry Rawlings ‘danced’, well, he was caught nodding his head and tapping his feet to the streak of great songs being belted out on stage.
His wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, who is no stranger to showing off her dancing skills to great music, did ‘more’. So was the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Abla Gomashie.
These high profile personalities were just a few of the dignitaries, who joined the thousands that thronged the Accra International Conference Centre Saturday night to celebrate a legend, Akosua Adjepong.
They were there to celebrate a woman who looks 25 but has been in music for 25 years.
The celebration concert, Akosua @ 25, was the culmination of activities, including health walk and breast cancer awareness and screening, marking 25 years of an exceptionally great and enviable music career.
The night was never short of good music. The list of artistes for the event was well thought through and planned and they each came to the party. Whoever compiled the list did a great job because they delivered!
If you missed the concert, you missed dearly. It was one rare occasion that saw music greats such as Nana Kwame Ampadu, Amandzeba Nat Brew, Paapa Yankson, A.B. Crentsil, Rex Omar, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Ekow Micah and Akosua Adjepong performing on one stage.
They each gave a perfect account of themselves. They showed why their names have been etched in history as far as music is concerned.
If the event were a competition, the current crop of musicians including Sarkodie, MzVee, Edem and Becca, who also performed on the night, would have struggled to convince any objective person they deserved to win. The difference between experience and talent was clear.
A.B. Crentsil kicked off the show that had everything on offer – music, dance, laughter and excitement. Before Paapa Yankson took over, patrons were really thrilled by some of A. B’s hits including ‘Juliana’.
Paapa Yankson also came to the party hard! His hits got an already excited crowd dancing. ‘Okukuseku’ and the ever green ‘Awo Twen’ spiced the party even more.
It was like the artistes on the night had signed a contract that saw them promising and pledging never to fail. Nana Ampadu, Rex Omar, Amandzeba, Ekow Micah and Gyedu Blay Ambolley were all fantastic! They each performed hits and patrons could not resist but dance the night away.
Their performances were simply breathtaking, sweat oozing and muscle invigorating. Their performances were just the right dose any doctor would recommend for rejuvenation and providing a heathier life for any individual.
The new generation of musicians, Sarkodie, MzVee, Edem and Becca also did their best when they took their turns in between the performances of the old folks. While the new acts gave a good account of themselves, their solace of at least winning something, if any, came from a rather unexpected entrant.
Their hope came from actress Nana Ama McBrown. The actress was radiant as usual and fully dressed up in her military uniform, she did not act, she sang. She surprised many with her performance of Akosua Adjepong’s ‘Kokooko’. She was just pleasant to watch.
Nana Ama McBrown’s ushered in the woman of the night, who was also equally dressed in a military uniform.
Backed by her dancers and the Immigration Band, Akosua Adjepong dished out an impressive 25 year-old playlist that had every hit song Ghanaians have danced to and loved over the years.
Still looking young and filled with energy, the musician, who is one of the best, if not the best, dancers to have graced the Ghanaian music stage delighted patrons with one hit song after another.
Patrons danced to well-known hits such as ‘Me Ye Obaa’, ‘Frema’, ‘Meni Otawo’ and ‘Kakyere Me’. The night was never short of Akosua’s blessings to the music industry. She performed to the delight of patrons with such agility.
Many had yearned for the glorious Nakorex – Amandzeba, Akosua Adjepong and Rex Omar – reunion on the night. That was never to be. But patrons had something else to cheer about. Akosua and former husband, Amandzeba teamed up to perform ‘First Time’. They did that superbly!
The Akosua @ 25 lived up to its billing at the perfect celebration concert for a woman who has truly paid her dues when it comes to Ghanaian music.