The much-anticipated premium music awards in the country came off over the weekend with all its pomp and flurry.
Prior to the day, various entertainment critics and analysts spent lots of time on media platforms to educate the public on the categories under which the individuals were nominated for the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards as well as why they merited them.
Having hosted the event for almost two decades, patrons were optimistic that the organisers, Charterhouse Ghana Limited would deliver a grand show. That being the case, tickets were sold out 24 hours to the programme.
Activities at the entrance of the Accra International Conference Centre, venue for the VGMAs nearly marred the occasion for the early birds as patrons despite possessing tickets were refused entry to the premises for almost an hour, much to their chagrin.
Unlike previous years where the programme always obeyed the ‘Ghana Man Time’ syndrome, Charterhouse decided to make a statement by starting the programme on time, the first in a long time.
They were however not able to meet the stipulated timeline of 4 hours as the event ended after 2 AM Sunday morning.
Despite putting up an elaborative stage setup, the nicest in the awards event’s 19-year history, some Ghanaians took to social media to troll the efforts of Charterhouse.
Perhaps one of the most sought-after sessions during the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards since it offers the opportunity for the players of the various industries to flaunt their fashion sense and styles.
Emceed by Citi FM’s AJ Sarpong and Media General’s Johnnie Hughes, the Red Carpet was well coordinated by the duo.
Quite a number of celebrities and ‘slay queens’ were absent to the disappointment of many. Some Ghanaians attributed it to lateness while others also averred that they had been affected by proclamations by actress Moesha Buduong during her CNN interview on the Sex and Love Series.
Pictures that were taken by some of the stars on the night still trended on social media; some of them becoming the subject of trolls.
Berla Mundi-John Dumelo collaboration
The event hosts for the night were GhOne’s Berla Mundi and actor, entrepreneur and livestock farmer John Dumelo. Despite starting with low energies, the pair did a splendid job emceeing the event.
Patrons could not have enough of Mr. Dumelo particularly as kept captivating the crowd with his gimmicks and hilarious performances.
As has become custom in every Ghanaian event, the programme started with a gospel delivery from the 2017 Artist of the Year Joe Mettle.
He ministered the crowd’s favourite and what has become the most common worship song in recent times, ‘Bononi’. The response was good as he got to take many of the patrons to ‘church’.
Setting a new standard, majority of this year’s performances were done with a live band.
Dancehall artiste Stonebwoy left patrons yearning for more with his performances. Preceding with the introduction of his protégé, Kelvyn Boy, the latter did his bit to give an account of himself with a few of his songs.
Lynxx Entertainment trio Kuami Eugene, Kidi and Adina were each present to give some thrilling displays; well except Kidi who has come under criticism for his stagecraft.
Energetic injections from Samini, Sarkodie, Fancy Gadam and Kwesi Arthur were enough to send patrons grooving all night long.
International acts billed for the night included Nigerian diva Tiwa Savage and South African rapper Nasty C.
Tiwa’s team showed their love for Ghana by dancing while waving the flag but the singer herself was a shadow of her normal vibrant self.
South Africa’s Nasty C was perhaps the performer with the worst feedback from patrons. Coupled with a technical glitch with his sound, the audience didn’t seem to know the songs he performed.
Though solemn and reflective, the creativity and style of all four ladies was definitely played up in the short tribute medley dedicated to the late Dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns at the 19th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).
Efya, Akosua Agyapong, MzVee and Adina each took a song of the deceased star and made it theirs, blending in at the end in a beautiful melody.
Ebony’s ‘Date Your Father’, ‘Hustle’ ‘Sponsor’ and ‘Maame Hw3’ were highlighted in the brief tribute session dedicated to the memory of the fallen dancehall artiste.
The late dancehall artiste Ebony made history by being the first individual to win the Artiste of the Year posthumously as well as the first woman. Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and many others won awards as well.
‘Our Leaders Are Utterly Stupid’ – Sarkodie, Yvonne Nelson, Stonebwoy, Others Express Support For Kwaw Kese’s Ambulance Rant
Rapper Kwaw Kese has received backing from colleagues in the Ghanaian entertainment industry on his rants about the state of leadership in the country.
A video posted via his Instagram account finds the self-professed crazy rapper lashing out at the New Patriotic Party government over its failure to improve health care issues in Ghana.
Kwaw Kese couldn’t believe that with all the stories of people dying due to lack of ambulances, the stories of hospitals without enough beds to take care of Ghanaians, the NPP is wasting money buying 275 buses for the party.
“It is stupidity and foolishness that a political party can buy 275 buses for its activities when the country is currently struggling with just 55 ambulances. God will continue punishing Ghana and our leaders must start dying one by one.” stated a visibly angry Kese in the video posted early this week.
His comments were supported by many including Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Yvonne Nelson, Captain Planet and D Cryme.
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