As we step into a year which will best be remembered for the hosting the biggest football events in the year Music lovers are still looking forward to the Ghana Music Awards which is an annual event. Inspite of the euphoria associated with the African Cup of Nations currently going on in Angola the memories of last year’s Ghana Music Awards still lingers on. Last year’s event , dubbed "It's a big deal", was an exciting celebration of the decade, which exhibited both the old and new rich culture of Ghanaian music.
This rich culture of the Ghanaian music comprises Bugger High-Life, High-Life, Afro High-Life, Hip-Life, Hip-Pop and Crank. The GMA has been in existence since 2000.However, the Awards Night received a massive attendance of over 6,000 people, at the 'Dome' of the Accra International Conference Centre last weekend.
The Awards Night, most witnesses would testify, was history in the making.The event showcased various traditional and contemporary fashions, which obviously made the event a colourful one.Performances on the night cannot be ruled out, as each craft on the stage could be best described as electrifying and blazing.The audience could not be found on their seats, but rather dancing, screaming and singing along, while each performance was ongoing.One such performance the audience fell in love with, was the performance of the ailing group Akyeame, alongside Okyeame Kwame and Kofi.The Rap Doctor, who was nominated for several categories, emerged as the most valued Ghanaian musician on the night, as the Best Artist of the Year (2009).It will be recalled that for exactly a decade in the history of GMA, he received an award, while with the defunct group.His expression for being awarded with such prestigious awards was, he was beside himself with excitement for being honoured. Critics of the industry have always described him to be eloquent and hard working in whatever he does.Meanwhile, a song, which gained popularity beyond expectations, and took its share of the awards, by sweeping the best contemporary High-Life Song of the Year, was "Ngozi" by Michael Dwamena, as well as the maestro Kojo Antwi, who won Artiste of the Decade.Obour, who is known for initiative projects such as road safety and empowering the youth, won the Best Music for Development, which was accompanied with $5,000 sponsorship from the World Bank Ghana Office.Other awards winners were, Christiana Love, Paapa Yankson, Praye, Akablay, Hewale Soundz, Kwabena Kwabena, Bernice Ofie, OJ, Josh Laryea, Chizzy Wailer, Abraham Ohene Djan and C'zar.Artistes who performed on the bill included, Samini, Adina, Ayigbe Edem, Ft, Kwaw Kesse and Sakodie, Kwabena Kwabena, Pat Thomas, Lord Kenya, Irene Ft Asem, Tinny, Tic Tac, Becca and Praye.Others included Sway, a Ghanaian based in the UK, Ikwechukwu Nea to C, and D' Banj all from Nigeria.As we enjoy the football season we anxiously wait for this year’s awards. Knowing Charterhouse, it will certainly be a bigger deal.