How Burger Highlife Reunited 'beefing' Musicians.
It was all joy for Ghanaian music lovers who thronged the National Theatre in Accra to watch their idols perform in last Saturday's show dubbed "Burger highlife concert," that was put together by the Goethe Institut.
For the music fans, seeing two of the greatest burger highlife duos coming together again to perform at the concert was just refreshing. Many people were therefore ecstatic to see performances from the pair of Charles Kojo Fosu, (aka Daddy Lumba) and Nana Acheampong who until the early 90s comprised the Lumba Brothers; as well as, Okyeame Quophi and Okyeame Kwame who before 2004 constituted the group Akyeame.
Indeed, the Lumba Brothers used the occasion to announce their comeback and hinted that their first comeback album will be out soon. But Akyeame gave no hint about their future plans.
The live-band concert itself began when MC for the night, Mr. Fritz Baffour invited the Dance Factory onto the stage. The group stirred up the atmosphere with well-choreographed dances to set the tone for a memorable night.
Then came Akyeame, the first Ghanaian group to win the hip-life song of the year award in 1999. The audience was more than happy to see the two perform Masan Aba, the song that won the award in 1999.
The Lumba Brothers followed with the infamous track "Yereye Aka Akwantuo Mu." Then each member of the group, backed by the other, took turn to perform some of his individual songs.
Besides the performances from the two groups were those of the good old Pat Thomas, George Darko, McGod and Charles Amoah. On the whole, many of the spectators described the three-hour concert as thrilling but failed to single out any of the musicians for praise because they were all spectacular.
Yet, those who went to the National Theatre with their dancing shoes on, basically found performances by Pat Thomas and George Darko as dazzling. The two unquestionably distinguished themselves by dishing out melodies that compelled almost everyone to boogie.
Individual brilliance aside, the audience also gave an indication that the message in a particular song was as important as the rhythm. Indeed, their reaction to George Darko's "Moni Palaver" and Pat Thomas' "Sika Ye Mogya" was indicative of mankind's insatiable quest for money and wealth. They danced endlessly to these two tunes with many shouting "encore."
Perhaps, one could say without doubt that Pat Thomas stole the show. He was the last to perform, and if the organizers intended to save the best for the last, they certainly got it right. Almost everyone in the audience, men and women found their dancing shoes as he performed Sika Ye Mogya, Woma Me Nka Bi and Bisa in that order to climax the show. But all that came after he had performed Odo Masan Aba, Me Gyedi So, Yesu San Bra.