When Sarkodie emerges into the packed Chemu School Park, his legion of screaming fans were all over chanting his name seconds after seconds just waiting for their king to spit some bars into the microphone. Hip hop music has been popular in Africa since the early 1980s due to widespread American influence. In 1985 hip hop reached Senegal, a French-speaking country in West Africa. Some of the first Senegalese rappers were M.C. Lida, M.C. Solaar, and Positive Black Soul, hip pop music came from chicago.
There also have been groups in Tanzania and other countries that emceed before 1989, that knows as Kwanza Unit although it is not very well known. During the late 1980s to early 1990s, rap started to escalate all over Africa. Each region had a new type of style of hip hop. Rap elements are also found in Kwaito, a new genre based on house music which developed in South Africa in the 1990s.
The Maiden edition of his Tema fest tour (This Is Tema) celebrates that expansion with a glittering gallery of sound. The maiden edition of the annual event had an accomplished objective of giving back to society and appreciating society for a humongous support given him right from the flamboyant stage of his career (two decades ago) to the fruity era of his musicianship. Security was tight, and the sound and lighting systems were up to standard.
On stage, it’s instructive to note that, Ghanaian Rapper, christened, Michael Owusu Addo deserves his seat at the top of the African Hip pop scene. He’s a magnetic performer. Songs such as Original, Who Da Man, Bleeding, underpinned by snapping instrumentals and jittery choruses, send feet stomping through the arena. Elsewhere, the crowds sway as he croons the softer, more melodic offerings of Can’t Let You Go (featuring King Promise) and and his latest jam off the Black Love album, Lucky (featuring Rudeboy of PSquare fame) together with Party and Bullshit (featuring Idris Elba, and Donae’O)
Throughout the evening, a range of surprise appearances sends raptures through the crowd. Multiple awards winning reggae/dancehall, and Afro-fusion artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla; Stonebwoy enthralls with summer anthem Ololo (featuring Teni), Shuga (featuring Jamaican superstar Beenie Man) and Edem garners a similar reaction with controversial tune, Toto, while Kofi Kinaata tipped the atmosphere towards Things Fall Apart and Confessions.
The evening’s biggest surprise was reserved for the last stretch. Mugeez, Paedae (R2Bees), E.L., Yaa Pono, Kwaw Kese, Medikal, Kofi Mole, Eno Barony, Quamina MP, Kuami Eugene, Kidi, King Promise, Opanka, Stay Jay, La Meme Gang, Darko Vibes,Jupita, Epixode, AMG VimBoy, Strongman, Fancy Gadam, Tulenkey, Kwesi Slay, Dope Nation, Donzy, all got the ecstatic crowd thrilled and stunned at the unexpected union.
With energy at a high point, Sarkodie brings the curtain down with some hit song off his Mary Album, spicing it up with some hit singles.
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