Entertainment of Saturday, 13 December 2003

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Kojo Antwi & Co Show Class

Music critics who still think that Ghanaian contemporary music has no place on the international scene may not be listening and watching closely enough.

The steady rise of Ghanaian music in Africa and beyond was substantiated at the KORA Music Awards held last weekend at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Ghana made a strong showing throughout the entire ceremony.

The Ghanaian celebrated events hostess, Miss Doris Akosua A. Puni, was in the centre of affairs as one of the MCs for the show, The Don Dada of Hiplife music, Reginald Osei a.k.a Oseikrom President, Reggie Rockstone teamed up with the current number one musician in Ghana, Nana Kontihene, to pour out performances that moved the august crowd at the awards night.

To top it all, having been nominated in the West African category, Ghana’s Mr Musicman, the Maestro Kojo Antwi, won the award for Best Male Artist, making it his second time of picking an award at KORA. This further gave Ghana some prominence at the event and on the African music stage.

For the first time, an exclusive medley performance saw Kontihene singing his “Aketesea” hit song with Reggie Rockstone’s “Keep Your Eyes On The Road’. At the request of the KORA boss, Mr Ernest Adjovi, Reggie repeated the “Wheelchair” act that he performed at this year’s Ghana Music Awards ceremony, to the thrill of the audience, He used the opportunity to send out a message about need for society to support the disabled.

Two awards were also presented by Reggie Rockstone and Charter House event Director, Mrs Theresa Ayaode. “Wow! This platform is much bigger than I expected”, exclaimed Reggie Rockstone, after he received an overwhelming response from the frenzied audience during his performance.

With this exposure, the Ghana Music Awards has proved to be more than just an award event but an institution that is giving people with talent great exposure to further their careers at the international level.

Next year’s awards, which will be the 5th anniversary of the event, promises to be bigger and better, and will have even greater opportunities for all participants; presenters, performers, nominees and winners.