As at some point in time, within the Ghanaian entertainment ecosystem, the indigenous Ghanaian genre of music, that is, the highlife music suffered a heavy blow as competing genres such as reggae-dancehall, afrobeat, hip hop, hip life etc. has become more appealing to the Ghanaian entertainment patrons, or fanatics. But the narrative has been changed for the better as sensational musician, Kuami Eugene’s timely intervention salvaged the highlife genre of music from it competitors.
On the 4th of October, 2019, christened Eugene Kwame Marfo hosted legendary highlife musician, Rex Omar and highlife music fanatics, including a section of the traditional mass communication media, writers, and social media commentators to stage the maiden edition of an annual two hour highlife music concert dubbed, “Hero Concert” at the +233 Jazz Bar & Grill, in Accra. The event also garnered the presence of notable Ghanaian personalities, including Okyeame Kwame, Richie Mensah, Stephanie Benson etc.
The event, powered by SLIP Entertainment, in partnership with talent hub, recording and distribution label, Lynx Entertainment witnessed patrons from both the local front and the diaspora who amassed in an overwhelming numbers to be served accordingly. The “Hero Concert” primitively began with an introductory performance from the High School Band who watered the grounds with their artistry prowess and dexterity.
Revelers at the show grooved their sweat off when the Ghanaian celebrated performing act took to stage as he gave a splendid performance on backed by an electrifying and live band music which was virtually enjoyed by all patrons who trooped in to witness the highlife artiste. Kuami Eugene and his band started off from the outset with songs popular here and the crowd was ruptured in ecstasy. His performance on the night compelled the European folks, to adjust to flamy environment created by the indigenous fans of the music star, as he performed most songs on his album.
The event came in three folds, the indigenous highlife section, contemporary highlife and borga highlife section. Kuami mounted the stage to deliver the first set of highlife music. He performed tunes from some Ghanaian highlife musicians such as, “Damebi”, “Wo da nda”, “Sisi Maame”, “Theresa”, Kwan Kwan eee”, “Highlife time”, “Osobokyere”. His performance was really accurate and intense as patrons were all up, grinding and grooving to the tunes. His vocal dexterity was in synchronization with the environment that cause an uproar on the night.
“Kwani Kwani”, “Ohemaa”, No More”, “Baby Girl”, “Walahi”, were his own composed songs that were dished out from his catalogue. His performance created cool ambiance for most of the reserved fans to jam along. Kuami Eugene’s craft lived up to expectation irrespective of the short minutes he was on stage.
Legendary, Rex Omar was up on was on stage to continue to kindle the burning flames that was lit up by Kuami Eugene. Rex Omar served the audience with some evergreen tunes. The concert goers became excited when the veteran higlife musician performed his “Abiba” tune. The event got thrilling when Eugene joined Rex Omar to perform his “Angela” tune. Well Rex Omar didn’t disappoint though. He was laying the lyrics of the tune according to.
Sensational highlife artiste, Kidi’s presence was felt amidst the ostentatious Hero musical concert. He performed a host of songs with the Rock Star. The show got intensified when Kuami took patrons to church by singing some public domain Gospel Music. That moment left some undying memories on the event goers’ mind. Ghanaian music fans are a forgiving lot. Annoy them all you want for, as long as you deliver what was promised in the first agreement, they will turn up in droves and party until drop, as witnessed at the concert
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