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Music of Monday, 5 April 2004

Source: ghanamusic.com

Tagoe Sisters: The Gospel Twins

Tagoe Sisters
The Tagoe Sister ? Lydia and Elizabeth are Ghana?s Gospel forerunners. They were the musical force behind the ?Great I Am Church?, which toured the expanse of the country in yearlong conventions and for the past decade have reigned as Ghana?s queens of contemporary Gospel Music.

In July of 1965 saw the birth of the twins. They had their early primary education at Alogloshie Primary and Middle School, near Achimota in Accra. They continued to YMCA to learn dressmaking but abandoned it to answer their destiny call which was gospel music.

The parents of the sisters were against their singing. At the age of 13, the Tagoe Sisters started using empty milk tins on sticks as microphones in their hometown ? Dunkwa-on Offin. The twins, with hope and confidence, displayed an independence that set them apart.

Tagoe Sisters: when it all began
They performed nightly shows during the 1982-83 Open church Crusades and came to be recognized as the first duo or group, male and female rendering contemporary gospel music to a nation that is predominantly Christian.

When they turned professional, they vault far ahead of the musical style they themselves introduced and started exploring new horizons.

Their exciting music has travelled the world over, transcending Culture and Political Barriers, leaving joy and inspiration in the hearts and homes it touches.

Their style of singing in unison with occasion injections of the two-part harmony has carved a much-envied niche for them in recently highly competitive gospel music market.

Imitation, they say, is the highest form of flattery. If so then the Tagoe Sisters are greatly flattered by the multitude of musicians and young talent striving to sound or look like them.

Tagoe Sister during a perfomance
The 1994 Megastar release Manya Yesu, confirmed the Tagoe Sisters as the Hottest Gospel duo Ghana has ever produced. The sensational Tagoe Sisters have imparted positively on the Ghanaian society, and have lent their talents and wealth to the needy in society.

Discography

1996  -   Anka Matete
2000  -   Watua Maaka   

Collaborations

The Tagoe Sisters have lent their talent to over 20 musical projects of other artistes including the critically acclaimed Gospel songwriter Rev. Yawson, Willie Roy, Koby and Felix Bell. They have toured almost half of the world already.

The Tagoe Sisters are very well travelled. They have toured the world many times. Amongst the countries toured include:

1997 - United Kingdom
1997 - France / Australia
1997 - Germany
1998 - United States of America
1999 - Canada
2000 - 10 cities in Germany / Holland / Belgium
2001 - Canada / United Kingdom
2002 - United States of America / and many others

Awards:

1990 - Entertainment Critics & Reviewers Association of Ghana (ECRAG)
          Awards ? Best Gospel Album (Stay in Heart)

1994 - Entertainment Critics & Reviewers Association of Ghana (ECRAG)
          Awards ? Best Gospel Album (Manya Yesu)

1995 - National Christian Awards Committee
          (Most Consistent Gospel Group)

1996 - Ebony ? Best Gospel Artistes

1997 - First Ghana Music Awards
          Best Female Artistes (Konkoma Awards)

1997 - First Ghana Music Awards
          Best Gospel Album ? Anka Matete (Konkoma Awards)

1998 - Friends World Awards
          Female Music Group of the Year

1998 - Friends World Awards
          Music Video of the Year ? Anka Matete

1998 - Friends World Awards
          Female Performer of the Year


In a few days they would be finishing work on their latest album with one of Ghana?s Best Technical Producer, Kwame Yeboah in the U.K. This album is expected to be a chart topper and would make a lot of waves.