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Music Tue, 2 Nov 2004

A Night With The Stars Was Something Else

Doreen & Bola Ray
They make the world go round and keep the world guessing with their exciting programmes. On October 23 2004, a crowd of about 2,000 filtered into the 1,500-seat National Theatre auditorium in Accra, Ghana. Why? Joy FM in collaboration with Gordon Spark and supported by Adom FM, City Phones and Charter House organized a remarkable show which paraded over 20 artistes on stage dubbed ?A Night With The Stars 2004?.

After months of preparation and hard work, Joy FM finally shook the walls of the National Theatre with their star-studded, jam packed entertainment show. Before the commencement of the big show, the audience had already anticipated that it was going to be a night to remember.

As the proud presenters of Joy FM walked along the stage, beaming with smiles, they appeared the very picture of what radio presenters should be: elegant and well groomed, dressed in Joy FM attire, equally at home with the audience as they were in front of the cameras. Of course, it did not hurt that they were clearly smart, not to mention drop-dead gorgeous.

Bola Ray of Joy Fm and Music Music fame (the most entertaining show in Ghana) and Sammy B of Joy FM welcomed the audience with a nice choreography and rap performance. Then came the sensational gospel artiste by name Kwaku Gyasi who moved the crowd to their feet with his popular track titled ?Ayeyi Ahye M?akoma?.

Tagoe Sisters  performed next with their dazzling tune ?Fa Biribiara Ma No? after they were introduced by Bola Ray. They also performed other soul soothing tracks like ?M?anya Yesu? and two tracks on the new album titled ?Eto Betwa?. They really shook the crowd. The renowned Ga traditional music group Wulomei came next and performed a traditional song alongside Doreen Andoh and Komla Dumor all of Joy FM.

Afterwards, the theatre lights were put off and within ten seconds, it came on with Doreen Andoh, Kwasi Danso Anim Agyei, Bola Ray and Sammy B all of Joy FM on stage officially welcoming the audience on behalf of the Joy FM team.

Jay Bryan (a new R&B artiste in town) then performed a track titled ?Friday Night?. Everyone thought it was the re-birth of P Diddy since he sang just like him. Ayowa, another hiplife artiste gave a good account of himself when he performed ?Ogbologbo? with his dancers. What even amazed the crowd was when one of his fat dancers did her own thing with the God blessed assets?(Ssh!! let?s stop there).

Another prolific artiste by name Castro performed two tracks on his new album namely ?Toffee? and ?Bone Shaker? featuring Shilo and Screw (a young rag-life breed in town). The crowd could not resist but dance to the tune. Kokovelli dressed in fascinating B Wear attire came next and slapped the audience up, like, boom! with a little bit of his ?Zaa Zaa? track  and a couple of tracks on his new album namely ?Otete Mpoma Mu?, ?Sakplalakpa? and ?African Woman?.

The charismatic K.K Fosu ripped the microphone and thrilled the audience when he performed ?Anadwo Yi Ye De?, ?Na Through Him? and ?Kyere Me?. After the screams and shouts of Batman ?s name he finally came out from the crowd dressed in B Wear attire and sang the ?Do Something? track. He then switched to ?Kokurobotie?  and then to the wall breaking and body moving tune titled ?Linda? which has been on the local charts for so many weeks.

The ladies screamed and swooned as they saw him perform and the guys were grooving to his style. In fact, the auditorium was set ablaze by the ?Linda? track since each and everyone got on his or her feet and sang along with him. After the ?Linda? performance, he did the last but not least tune titled ?Di Wo Line Mu?  which moved the crowd into frantic ecstasy.

Komla Dumor of Joy FM popularly known as the Boss player had his turn  when he had a chit chat with the controversial Mr. Kofi Wayo. It was indeed an interesting interview. It was now time for Daasebre Gyamena to show the audience what he had in store. When he started singing the ?Calling? track, I was astonished to see everyone on his or her feet singing every word without missing any. ?Obaa?, ?Wo Da a  Enda? were also stunning. The formation dance from FBS was something else.

Akatakyie followed with thrilling songs like ?Sinsima?, ?Odo Asikyire?, ?Aware Pa? with Bola Ray and Sammy B helping them out with the dance and later on ushering them out. Once more, the theatre lights went off and within a twinkle of an eye, Buk Bak out of nowhere dropped from the roof of the stage to the amazement of the crowd . They mesmerized the audience with a bit of their old tracks like ?Chingilingi, ?U for Know? and ?Klu Brofo? and then performed songs like ?Gonja Barracks?, ?Muji? and ?Helepu? on the new album. With their normal ?seke gbili? style, it was nothing but dancing in the crowd.

Rag life artiste Mad Fish was also present to grace the occasion with his ?Max Wone Me Baby? tune which won the hearts of many. A show cannot be anything without Tinny. Tinny with the help of Last Page (a new group) unleashed his Ga lyrics performing the popular tune ?Heko Ejorko? which nearly tore the curtains apart.

Obour who came on stage in an aluminium cooking pot last year did something different this year round. He received a lot of acclaim from the crowd as he stepped onto the stage doing ?Menwu Biom? with his dancers in a more dramatic way. He then performed ?Shyne Your Eye? alongside Tic Tac and Papa Shanti which also captured the hearts of the audience. As if that was all, he dropped onto the stage once more and gave the audience a more spicy stage performance as he sang ?Konkontibaa? which has and is still dominating the Local Chart with a formation dance from Bola Ray and himself. His dynamism on stage really hyped the frenzy on the dance floors and made those who did not like hiplife fall in love with hiplife.

The underground cats and stage masters VIP pounced on the audience with ?Besen?, ?Sisi Na Adee Wom? and the love song of the block ?Ahomka Womu?. They are truly visionaries.

It all had to come to an end even though the crowd was still yearning for more. The Joy FM team including the ace Akosua Larbi then came up on stage as they were being introduced to the large crowd by Komla Dumor of Super Morning Show fame. Joy FM did take us closer to heaven. The stars did not only lighten the place but illuminated the hall as well. Indeed, the stars came down to the National Theatre.

About the stage craft, it was marvelous and splendid. The special effects made the stage appearances more dramatic. Come this November 13 2004, Joy FM will storm Stratford City in London on another exciting and entertaining note as they parade over 20 hiplife soldiers to UK for ?A Night With The Stars UK?.

Keep up the good work Joy FM. Kudos to all staff of Joy FM.  Ayekoo!!!!

Click here pictures from the event.



Doreen & Bola Ray
They make the world go round and keep the world guessing with their exciting programmes. On October 23 2004, a crowd of about 2,000 filtered into the 1,500-seat National Theatre auditorium in Accra, Ghana. Why? Joy FM in collaboration with Gordon Spark and supported by Adom FM, City Phones and Charter House organized a remarkable show which paraded over 20 artistes on stage dubbed ?A Night With The Stars 2004?.

After months of preparation and hard work, Joy FM finally shook the walls of the National Theatre with their star-studded, jam packed entertainment show. Before the commencement of the big show, the audience had already anticipated that it was going to be a night to remember.

As the proud presenters of Joy FM walked along the stage, beaming with smiles, they appeared the very picture of what radio presenters should be: elegant and well groomed, dressed in Joy FM attire, equally at home with the audience as they were in front of the cameras. Of course, it did not hurt that they were clearly smart, not to mention drop-dead gorgeous.

Bola Ray of Joy Fm and Music Music fame (the most entertaining show in Ghana) and Sammy B of Joy FM welcomed the audience with a nice choreography and rap performance. Then came the sensational gospel artiste by name Kwaku Gyasi who moved the crowd to their feet with his popular track titled ?Ayeyi Ahye M?akoma?.

Tagoe Sisters  performed next with their dazzling tune ?Fa Biribiara Ma No? after they were introduced by Bola Ray. They also performed other soul soothing tracks like ?M?anya Yesu? and two tracks on the new album titled ?Eto Betwa?. They really shook the crowd. The renowned Ga traditional music group Wulomei came next and performed a traditional song alongside Doreen Andoh and Komla Dumor all of Joy FM.

Afterwards, the theatre lights were put off and within ten seconds, it came on with Doreen Andoh, Kwasi Danso Anim Agyei, Bola Ray and Sammy B all of Joy FM on stage officially welcoming the audience on behalf of the Joy FM team.

Jay Bryan (a new R&B artiste in town) then performed a track titled ?Friday Night?. Everyone thought it was the re-birth of P Diddy since he sang just like him. Ayowa, another hiplife artiste gave a good account of himself when he performed ?Ogbologbo? with his dancers. What even amazed the crowd was when one of his fat dancers did her own thing with the God blessed assets?(Ssh!! let?s stop there).

Another prolific artiste by name Castro performed two tracks on his new album namely ?Toffee? and ?Bone Shaker? featuring Shilo and Screw (a young rag-life breed in town). The crowd could not resist but dance to the tune. Kokovelli dressed in fascinating B Wear attire came next and slapped the audience up, like, boom! with a little bit of his ?Zaa Zaa? track  and a couple of tracks on his new album namely ?Otete Mpoma Mu?, ?Sakplalakpa? and ?African Woman?.

The charismatic K.K Fosu ripped the microphone and thrilled the audience when he performed ?Anadwo Yi Ye De?, ?Na Through Him? and ?Kyere Me?. After the screams and shouts of Batman ?s name he finally came out from the crowd dressed in B Wear attire and sang the ?Do Something? track. He then switched to ?Kokurobotie?  and then to the wall breaking and body moving tune titled ?Linda? which has been on the local charts for so many weeks.

The ladies screamed and swooned as they saw him perform and the guys were grooving to his style. In fact, the auditorium was set ablaze by the ?Linda? track since each and everyone got on his or her feet and sang along with him. After the ?Linda? performance, he did the last but not least tune titled ?Di Wo Line Mu?  which moved the crowd into frantic ecstasy.

Komla Dumor of Joy FM popularly known as the Boss player had his turn  when he had a chit chat with the controversial Mr. Kofi Wayo. It was indeed an interesting interview. It was now time for Daasebre Gyamena to show the audience what he had in store. When he started singing the ?Calling? track, I was astonished to see everyone on his or her feet singing every word without missing any. ?Obaa?, ?Wo Da a  Enda? were also stunning. The formation dance from FBS was something else.

Akatakyie followed with thrilling songs like ?Sinsima?, ?Odo Asikyire?, ?Aware Pa? with Bola Ray and Sammy B helping them out with the dance and later on ushering them out. Once more, the theatre lights went off and within a twinkle of an eye, Buk Bak out of nowhere dropped from the roof of the stage to the amazement of the crowd . They mesmerized the audience with a bit of their old tracks like ?Chingilingi, ?U for Know? and ?Klu Brofo? and then performed songs like ?Gonja Barracks?, ?Muji? and ?Helepu? on the new album. With their normal ?seke gbili? style, it was nothing but dancing in the crowd.

Rag life artiste Mad Fish was also present to grace the occasion with his ?Max Wone Me Baby? tune which won the hearts of many. A show cannot be anything without Tinny. Tinny with the help of Last Page (a new group) unleashed his Ga lyrics performing the popular tune ?Heko Ejorko? which nearly tore the curtains apart.

Obour who came on stage in an aluminium cooking pot last year did something different this year round. He received a lot of acclaim from the crowd as he stepped onto the stage doing ?Menwu Biom? with his dancers in a more dramatic way. He then performed ?Shyne Your Eye? alongside Tic Tac and Papa Shanti which also captured the hearts of the audience. As if that was all, he dropped onto the stage once more and gave the audience a more spicy stage performance as he sang ?Konkontibaa? which has and is still dominating the Local Chart with a formation dance from Bola Ray and himself. His dynamism on stage really hyped the frenzy on the dance floors and made those who did not like hiplife fall in love with hiplife.

The underground cats and stage masters VIP pounced on the audience with ?Besen?, ?Sisi Na Adee Wom? and the love song of the block ?Ahomka Womu?. They are truly visionaries.

It all had to come to an end even though the crowd was still yearning for more. The Joy FM team including the ace Akosua Larbi then came up on stage as they were being introduced to the large crowd by Komla Dumor of Super Morning Show fame. Joy FM did take us closer to heaven. The stars did not only lighten the place but illuminated the hall as well. Indeed, the stars came down to the National Theatre.

About the stage craft, it was marvelous and splendid. The special effects made the stage appearances more dramatic. Come this November 13 2004, Joy FM will storm Stratford City in London on another exciting and entertaining note as they parade over 20 hiplife soldiers to UK for ?A Night With The Stars UK?.

Keep up the good work Joy FM. Kudos to all staff of Joy FM.  Ayekoo!!!!

Click here pictures from the event.



Source: ghanamusic.com