Music of Thursday, 6 October 2005
International soca and dancehall stars, Kevin Lyttle and Wayne Wonder were expected to put up one of the hottest performances on the Ghanaian entertainment stage this year at the Areeba Music Fiesta held last Friday at the Accra International Conference Centre.
In the end, however, it was the home stars who stole the show.
Supporting artistes, Mzbel, Batman and Ofori Amponsah who mounted the stage at different points during the show, put up spectacular performances that made them the toast of the crowd.
The performances by the two international musicians did not appear to rock the fans as was anticipated.
Kevin Lyttle, who many had expected to be the main man to bring the ceiling down, disappointed his teaming fans as he sang only one of his popular tunes Kiss Me and followed it up with songs from Bob Marley’s collection.
Realizing that their hopes had been dashed, some of the fans began to leave the hall before the end of the show.
The media hype was massive and the early arrival of fans, majority of whom were ladies dressed in sexy and colourful apparels, was a pointer to great expectations.
The shouts, screams and whistles that greeted Wayne Wonder were thunderous and the crowd could not help but move towards the stage to catch a better glimpse of the singer.
He tried his best and the initial vibe was good but the diminishing excitement of the crowd was so clear to see as the performance progressed.
If anyone expected the appearance of the main man, Kevin Lyttle, to bail his colleague, his show was no better. He would sing for a while and then disappear backstage to change his clothes, leaving his gang to hold the fort.
What disappointed many was the fact that he sang most of the songs outside his known repertoire.
“If I knew Kevin Lyttle was going to sing Bob Marley songs, I would have bought his CD to enjoy his music in my room,” Miss Sena Gboglah, a staff at the airport offices of Virgin Nigeria said on her way out of the centre.
To her, the organisers, intention to bring the artistes was good but the performance from Kevin Lyttle in particular was nothing to write home about.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Amanor, both bankers who were there with their two girls said “Our children would not allow us to rest after work and we thought we were coming to be consoled by the performances of the two artistes but we are disappointed.”