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Music of Friday, 29 October 2004


Nii Okai Makes An Entry With ?Moko Be?

Nii Okai?s maiden album, ?Moko Be?, boasts of eight well thoughout praise songs that uplift the soul of the listener first time round and grow on the listener each time he listens to them.

One song that cannot be missed is ?Woana Na?? The song appears to have been well practiced by the five year old Harbour City Mass Choir which Nii Okai co-founded. With Nii-Okai as the lead singer the group performs the songs to perfection.

The song which is done in Fanti is done in the traditional style of singing. Its asks listeners questions like; who is the shepherd who should be worshipped and adored? Obviously this question has only one answer because the song continues by saying that God who is the author of life is the only one that should be crowned King.

The title track ?Moko Be?, which is a personal favourite, has everything that a worship songs needs. It was done in a solemn tone.

Though the song is done in Ga, not many people will miss the import of the message in the song. The song goes like: ?I worship you, oh! Lord, with you none can compare. In wisdom, in love, in beauty and in strength there is none like you ?? For those who do not understand a word of Ga however, the song has also been done in Akan.

Speaking to showbiz last Sunday, Nii-Okai who is a born and bred Methodist advised his friends who had the same calling to go into music ministration but have been side-tracked by the stresses of the music industry to take cue from his success. ?If I have been able to do it, then so you can, you don?t lose hope because though things are not planned, God has the master plan and he will prevail? he declared.

Nii-Okai who is a professional banker, was born 27 years ago in Tema. He had his primary education at Tema Parents Association School and moved from there to Mfantispim Secondary School in Cape Coast for his ordinary and advanced level education. His first degree programme in Economics and French was obtained from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Since primary school, Nii-Okai has been a member of one choir group or another. In most cases he was either the president, vice-president or choir director. He has also founded a number of choir groups with the recent one being the Harbour City Mass Choir which is a non-denominational group.

His experience with all these choir groups have been put to bear on the songs ?Praise Joint I and  Praise Joint II, which are perfect praise songs for Sunday service. The album features songs like ?Beso Hwe?, ?W?apepa?, ?Afro Chant?, ?Hallelujah? and many others that can keep the listener dancing for a long time.

The song that closes the CD, ?Wontse Bo? another Ga song can be described as a slow jama. It's instrumentation consists mainly of drums, keyboard and whistles. Here too the choir is featured prominently.

When asked about what one should expect from him in the future, Nii-Okai who is the darling of St. Paul?s Methodist Church in Tema, replied ?I am trusting God for the future?.