By Peterking Quaye – For the first time in recent times, has Accra experienced a US artiste who has lasted longer on stage to perform . Many Ghanaian faulted the progress by 233 Connect, organizers of Fabulous Live in Ghana Concert.
Showbiz critics have thrown their script away as their stand was changed with the US Rapper’s performance , the lanky artiste stormed the stage with his DJ amidst applaud and cheers from the ecstatic crowd whom had been anxiously waiting for him hours .
At an early in the day Press Conference , American Hiphop star, John David Jackson known in showbiz as Fabolous promised a memorable performance at his first ever performance in Ghana. The multi-award winning star made this revelation at a press conference at the Silverbird Lifestyle store in Accra Saturday afternoon.
The evening show was by all standards as expected but after seven hours of pure GH-Hip Hop –Hiplife, non-stop music, many Ghanaians Easter Saturday night outing became worth it, as they were seen yearning for more at the Dome of the Accra International Conference Centre.
M.C, DJ Abrantee from UK was at it, brought up the art of the night -Fabolous, whether he was in town and was even going to perform.
That was Fabolous’ voice and soon after, he was ushered onto the stage with Rick Ross’ famous track Blowin Money Fast (BMF). Wearing an all black attire with a black cap and snickers to match, one unique thing that made Fabolous stand out was the Ghana Flag hanging around his neck as he entered.
Right from his first freestyle, he knew the crowd loved every bit of his performance. Then the songs started flowing, the ‘Fab man’ and his compatriot from the US, Red Cafe went back into time, dishing out songs that laid the foundation to who he has become today.
Waving a Ghana flag constantly, Fabolous performed his popular tunes such as I’mma Do It, Superwoman, So Into You, Can’t Let You Go, Baby Don’t Go, diamonds on my damn chain, Breathe and Money in the Bank. Sending his fans way back in town hyping – I’ll Never Leave (Uh Oh) You Make Me Better, Say Ah, Throw It In This Bag, and the expected tune You Be Killing Em to end the show.
The maiden 233 Connect Concert was highly anticipated although it will not be the first time a foreign act was gracing the Ghanaian music stage. This one however looked and sounded bigger – that’s why it was highly anticipated.
Joy 99.7 FM’s DJ Black was busy and at his best entertaining patrons to an stimulating selection of mixes behind the turn tables – sending the crowd regularly singing after every pause from him and he got the crowd hyped up for an exciting night.
Several Ghanaian acts took turns to rock the stage. The opening performance by J-Town sent a strong message to crowd that, they were in for some hot and smoky. Young rapper, D-Money , Swagger Boys-Ruff N Smooth ,backed by their ‘mad’ dancers .
Sarkodie showed the reason why he is the fastest rapper in Ghana amidst cheers, the dexterous rapper lashed on the mic sending the crowd gay for all the time he spent on the stage .Despite been silent for the past time after annexing the coveted Artiste of the Year award at the 2010 Ghana Music Awards, but the night was one of his best nights.
Two Nigerian artiste on the bill delivered by all standard, Ice Prince and Whiz Kid, who seems to be cruising with his smash hit, Oleku across the African continent and Ghana in particular incurred the wrath of the organizers of the show for breaching an agreed contract which prohibits him from performing the hit song on any other platform in Ghana except at the 233 Connect Concert.
He had a reputation to redeem after that blunder which elicited an unqualified apology from him. Still, loud cheers heralded his entree to the stage. He got everyone dancing as he dropped the much awaited track, Oleku, the thunderous voice broke deep sending waves over the Dome. Nigerian, Whiz Kid –his entrance was heroic sending his timing fans gay.
Then came Vision In Progress, (VIP) reigning Ghana Music Awards winner -Artistes of the year,, Besin, She Be My Taste, Ahomka Womu, I Think I like Am and Away, .
Many patrons after the concert interview were excited about the event and applauded the efforts of the organizer. A lady name withheld said, “It was great and l hope more big artiste will soon hit the shores of Ghana. A young man from Tema was of the view that “it was fantastic and probably one of best foreign artiste in concert for recent time ever in Ghana,”
Fabolous last words on stage: said, “Ghana, we will be back… Ghana I love you,” before finally walking off the stage.