Anybody who thinks High Life music is dead, got to be kidding and any one, who still shares the opinion that, Abrantie Amakye Dede cannot express himself well in the Queen’s language, should rethink.
Earlier on, in a week or two ago, Abrantie Amakye Dede was reported to have announced to Ghanaians, especially his fans that, he will perform beyond his known 20 minutes that he has always been allotted whenever he is invited to a show.
As his own show, he made it categorically clear that, he will perform for hours and do some magic. Abrantie Amakye Dede lived up to his words and performed at the show “Abrantie Amakye Dede Live In Concert’ for hours, this show has been tagged by those who witnessed it as the “best show of 2010”.
The show was put together by E-Volution International with support from Adom FM and rLG Phones to celebrate 25 years of Amakye Dede in the musical realm. The High Life maestro turned 53 years began his music career in 1973 with Kumapim Royals led by the late Akwasi Ampofo Agyei, then as a composer and a vocalist.
After sojourning in Nigeria for a while, he formed his own band called Apollo High Kings in 1980. He has since dominated the high life genre in Ghana. If magical performance and loud sounds coupled with good and thought provoking lyrics could cause fear and havoc then, by now Accra International Conference Centre building would have been crumbled since 27 December 2010 was a “bomb”.
I’m short of words to describe Amakye Dede’s performance. It was an engaging, action-packed, captivating and glittering show. Normally, I don’t ‘party’ when I go to assignments but I find myself doing the opposite whenever Amakye Dede is on the bill.
Before Amakye Dede came on stage, Kofi Asare Brako, a sports presenter at Adom FM read his biography to welcome him. At 53, age is fasting catching up with him but he jumped from one end of the stage to the other. At certain times, he pointed out the microphone to the patrons to sing along with him.
Former President of Ghana, His Excellency, J. A. Kuffour and Professor Badu Akorsah were among the people who were offered to sing and dance with the high life dynamo.
Abrantie occasionally shouted ‘Serious’ and ‘Yieee’. Anytime he does that, the crowd responded. Getting to perform the popular hit song ‘Iron Boy’, a track Amakye had said is the only English song that he’s done, when in actual fact, the only English word in the song was the title ‘Iron Boy’.
Amakye took the audience to a laughing spree when he tried explaining the concept of the song and asked the audience if indeed ‘Iron Boy’ is not English. This drew more laughter and cheers.
This is one of the few shows I have attended that the patrons making up of high profile personality and virtually all of them danced for the entire duration of the show, especially when Amakye was on stage.
The show drew variety of personalities such as politicians, ministers, lawyers, actresses, movie makers, radio presenter, musicians such as Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa of the CPP, former Finance Minister Kwame Peprah, rights advocate Ursula Owusu, Bola Ray, Nana Asante Bediatuo, Shirley Frimpong-Manso of Sparrows Production, Samini, Papa Sly, Akorfa Adjeani Asiedu, Nana Oye Lithur and Lydia Forson.
You heard it here! Amakye Dede rocked it hard! Wulomei, Kwabena Kwabena and Daasebre Dwamena also made staggering performance. The show was organized by E-Volution International in partnership with Adom FM and supported by RLG Communications.