"Okyeame Kwame Live In Concert" celebrates Highlife music

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Okyeame Kwame celebrates Highlife Music with show at +233
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THE night of Friday, December 27, will be remembered as one of those nights when rapper Okyeame Kwame reinforced the knowledge that he is one of Ghana's best ambassadors as far as music is concerned when he hosted "Okyeame Kwame Live in Concert".

Backed by Dan Grahl's Hi-skuul band, the show, dubbed: "Highlife Redefined," saw the Rap Dacta take patrons through some of his Highlife pieces on his Made in Ghana album launched in April this year.

Okyeame Kwame set the ball rolling with his "Mr Versatile" song to officially introduce himself to guests made up of various nationalities including African Americans who are in the country for the Year of Return commemoration.

Since the beginning of this year, the "Woso" hitmaker has been on a campaign to get Ghanaians to appreciate their culture and regain their national pride and he did just that at the concert which undoubtedly gave the foreign guests a taste of rich Ghanaian culture through Highlife music.

Patrons jammed to songs from his repertoire such as "Sika", "Bra" and "Faithful". Even though it was obvious Okyeame Kwame was fatigued, he didn't allow that to get in the way of his performance. He had great audience interaction and with the able support of the Hi-skuul band, things went smoothly during the four-hour session.

In a chat with Graphic Showbiz after the event, Okyeame Kwame indicated his satisfaction at the turnout and how overjoyed he was to sell Ghanaian music to the foreign patrons.

"Our brothers and sisters are back home not just to know their roots but their culture and traditions that set them apart from other races. As a group of people, Highlife music is surely one of our mass cultures and it is not out of place for our brethren to experience it.

"From their responses and cheers, it was clear they enjoyed our Highlife rhythms and this is what I have sought to do since my Made in Ghana campaign started this year," he stated.

He also disclosed plans to start a campaign to plant one million trees across the country to encourage people not to contribute to poor environmental practices.

Apart from Okyeame Kwame, other acts who hit the stage were Afriyie, Epixode, Tijani and comedian, Nino.

Both Afriyie and Epixode joined Okyeame Kwame on stage on different occasions. Afriyie of Wutah fame was phenomenal and had all the support and admiration from the audience with popular songs including Kotosa and Bronya.

Epixode may not have been as energetic as he has been known to be on stage but he still had his way with the audience.

The "Okyeame Kwame Live in Concert" was a well-patronised event that had guests enjoying great meals and services on order from the +233 Jazz Bar and Grill team while soaking in great Highlife pieces.

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