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Entertainment of Sunday, 24 May 2015


Mavins stand up to the best of GH at Ghana Meets Naija (Photos)

After all the positive rivalry as to which team will dominate at the fifth edition of the Tigo Ghana Meets Naija concert at the Accra International Conference Centre, the Mavin crew from Nigeria and Ghana's triple threat performed equitably to a stalemate.

Thousands of music lovers spent the night of May 23, 2015 with Sarkodie, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy including guest artistes from Nigeria's Mavin Records led by award-winning music producer Don Jazzy.

Heavily attended to the point of choking the aisles of the auditorium due to lack of seats and also threatening the central air-conditioning system of the Accra International Conference Centre, the Tigo Ghana Meets Naija concert 2015 will be a show to remember.

The curtains were raised by Ghanaian musicians Nero X, Ruff N Smooth and MzVee who awakened the mood of the audience towards the main acts of the night. Comedians DKB and Afia Schwarzenegger couldn't be left out of the fun as they put smiles on people's faces with their jokes which they continued off-stage during the performances.

DJ for the night, Nii Ayi Tagoe held the fort with banging tunes from both Ghana and Nigeria with appearances from guest DJs including DJ Vyrusky.

For the first time in a long while, controversial dancehall artiste Shatta Wale started the binational battle with his usual large entourage waving Shatta Movement branded flags. He performed most of his songs with an unending energy ending his turn by stripping his clothes down to his underclothes.

Sarkodie took control and managed to get the sweaty audience in the humid auditorium on their feet as they were taken through hit track after hit track including Illuminati and the most recent 'Dumsor' single. Afia Schwarzenegger couldn't help it but shower Sarkodie with money she collected from the audience as he performed the award-winning song 'Adonai' featuring Castro.

Shatta Wale returned to finish off with 'Megye Wo Girl' and 'Dancehall Commando' featuring Sarkodie. Jupiter also joined Sarkodie to perform their hit collabo 'Enemies'.

VGMA Artiste of the Year 2015, Stonebwoy was introduced expertly by Sarkodie in the middle of his performance. He also joined the stage holding a 'BhimNation' flag which represents his record label.

Drenched in his own sweat, Stonebwoy struggled to keep the auditorium alive as he seemed to have lost the energy he is noted of exhibiting. His numerous small talk on stage in Patois to bond with the audience fell to deaf ears. This changed when Sarkodie returned to support on their hit collaboration, 'Baafira'.

Nigerian songstress, Seyi Shay, who is fairly new to Ghana, had the opportunity of whetting the appetite of the majorly Ghanaian audience who were awaiting the performance of the Mavin crew. She connected well with the audience as she sang her fairly new songs with enormous energy.

The Mavins were ushered in with a video of Reekado Banks, Di'Ja and Korede Bello singing Ghana's National Anthem showing their excitement about coming to Ghana.

Reekado Banks, the first to perform among the group, displayed energy arousing the tired looking crowd. He ended his performance with a wedding skit where he kissed the bride who was in a wedding gown.

The petite looking Korede Bello took his turn singing with an acoustic guitar as the ladies screamed in admiration. The lady in the group, Di’Ja, started on a northern Nigerian note showcasing the dressing and tunes of the area. She changed into a modern look and performed diligently.

D’Prince and Dr. SID, being the most experienced artistes in the group in Ghana didn't falter but execute their moments with their popular songs in Ghana and abroad.

Dr. SID, clad in an all-white attire introduced Don Jazzy, who was also in a white ‘Bubu’ and a fashionable walking stick showed he was the boss on the stage as he flaunts humility and style. Both artistes who had a good time on stage dazzled with their songs Surule, Collabo, Pullover and Eminado. The CEO of organising company, Empire Entertainment, Kwabena Anokye Adisi aka Bola Ray, couldn't help it but to shower the CEO of Mavin Records with money.

The icing on the cake for the night was the collaborative performance of the Nigerian group and their team of dancers waving Ghanaian, Nigerian and Mavin Records flags as they sang their collaborative hit songs 'Dorrobucci’ and Adaobi.

Click on 'Photos' to see all the thrills and fun at the just ended Tigo Ghana Meets Naija concert.