Entertainment of 2014-04-22

GHANA meets NAIJA: Star performers profile unveiled (part 1)

The biggest musical concert on the event’s calendar, “GHANA meets NAIJA” returns in its fourth year, with an even bigger and more exciting package for music fans in both Ghana and Nigeria.

Over the years, “Ghana meets Naija” has been known as the platform for the biggest artistes in both Ghana and Nigeria to share one stage and thrill music lovers from both countries.

This year’s edition slated for Saturday 24th May 2014 at the Accra International Conference Centre is set to feature performances from Nigeria’s finest acts like Davido, Kcee and Wizboyy; and from Ghana will be represented by Sarkodie, Guru and Castro.

With these set of artistes, the story of a preempted success is already getting the nation grip. We bring to you an in-depth profile of the acts for the night.

SARKODIE: He is also referred to as ‘Obidi Pon Bidi’. He is arguably one of Ghana’s finest talents on the bloc. He is a recording artist, entertainer, and brand ambassador. In 2012, he won the BET Awards for "Best International Act Africa". Many Ghanaians recognize him as one of the Ghana’s leading hip hop and hip life artiste in the country.

He is considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre. Sarkodie often raps in his native language; Twi, and is considered a "multifaceted rapper" due to the various musical styles he possess.

In 2010, Sarkodie received many awards and nominations ranging from "Artist of the Year" to "Album of the Year".

His sophomore album, Rapperholic, was the recipient of 3 Ghana Music Awards from 12 nominations. He is a brand ambassador for Samsung Mobile. In 2013, he signed an endorsement deal with FanMilk Ghana. Sarkodie is currently in partnership with Tigo Telecommunications Ghana, a brand that sponsored the 2013 Rapperholic tour. He has his own clothing line called "Sark by Yas clothing line".

He was ranked 8th on Forbes and Channel O's 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest African Artistes. He is the first ever Ghanaian to win the "Best International Act: Africa" at the BET Awards. Sarkodie has had the privilege of performing on the same stage with international musicians such as T-Pain, Movado, Trey Songz, and Ludacris among others. He has a large fan base in Africa and is considered one of the most celebrated musical icons to hail from Ghana.

He has to his credit three albums: 2009: Makye, 2012: Rapperholic, 2014: Sarkology, and a collaboration album with Jayso in 2013 titled: T.M.G.

We are very sure that Sarkodie will surely be performing his hit collabo ‘Adonai’ with Castro on the night.

KCEE: Afro-pop star, Kcee with birth name Kingsley Okonkwo will also be making his first appearance on Ghanaian stage, and will be expected to thrill with his numerous hits churned out over the years including “Limpopo” and “Pull Over” which is currently a dance staple.

Kcee who got into the music scene from way back in the early 2000s have never looked back till date. He has released so many hit singles even as a member of a group, with fellow group mate Presh. Some of the hits then included: “Segemenge” and “Shokori bobo”.

But come the night of 24th May, he will be rocking the audience with his “Limpopo” tune which became an instant hit in its first two weeks of release. His charming stage craft and beat will no doubt hold the crowd spell

As it stands now, the stage is getting ready as this would therefore mean an equal platform to decide ‘WHO IS WHO’ between Nigerian and Ghanaian artistes, taking place at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The 4th edition of “Ghana Meets Naija” is brought to you by the nations’ leading telecommunication network; MTN with support from Unibank- the official sponsor of the Black Stars, and other sponsors such as Smirnoff- World’s no 1 Vodka, Africa World Airlines, Oak Plaza Hotel and Atlas Rent A Car.

According to information available to us, the tickets which are already available at strategic places across Accra goes for GHs 150, for VIP tickets and Regular at GHs 100 from MTN Stores (Osu, Accra Mall and Tema Community), Unibank Branches (Kokomlemele World Trade Centre, Accra Mall and Tema Community 1), Joy FM, Koala in Osu, Empire Entertainment, or Krew Mens Grooming Dansoman.