Saturday’s 2011 Fantasy Jam that was headlined by Jamaican dancehall artiste, Mavado and hosted by Ghana’s dancehall general Samani came off finally at the Accra Sports Stadium.
An initial postponement of the concert from October 1 to October 8 due to a last minute football match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko could not deter patrons from filling one-fourth of the 40,000 seater capacity sports stadium.
The show that was billed to start 8pm finally took off around 11:00pm. After some comic performances which at a point nearly got the crowd booing the performers off stage, young dancehall songstress, Kaaki instantly brought life back into the show that was taking an early nose dive.
She looked hot on stage with curves very appealing to the eyes. She was not only well endowed in voice; she was also well gifted physically as her tight cloths exposed every single inch of shape she has been endowed with.
Singing her popular tune, Too Much and as if she was riding an imaginary stallion, Kaaki was already corrupting the naughty minds of patrons – she was a delight to watch.
Quick performances from Nii and Yaw Siki of Wope Dodo fame after Kaaki’s performance psyched up the crowd who were now in a party mood.
But it was the Man Insane, Kwaw Kese the King of the Streets who changed the complexion of the show dramatically. Dressed in camo, Kwaw Kese brought his iconic energy-filled madness onto the stage.
Performing Ma Kwan and some of his latest tunes such as Popping which ushered Daddy Opanka onto the stage, fans were upstanding singing alongside Abodam who was equally trilled to be on stage.
It was right after Kwaw Kese had paved the way for Tamale based musician Sheriff Ghale that the weather decided to take a toll on the show. It started drizzling and looked as if it was going to be a minor drizzle but patrons were wrong! It poured heavily forcing everyone to seek shelter.
For about 30 minutes it poured, finally ceasing maybe through a 911 call to God with a passionate plea for the rain to stop for the show to continue. Right after the rain, Okomfo Kwadee got the round two of the show going.
It was a joy seeing him on stage after a long while. Performing with a live band, Kwadee was back in his elements, the fluidity he was known for was all on display on stage. He got the crowd miming to his songs.
R2Bees followed next. R2Bees’ performance was marred by an unexpected technical hitch that saw them perform without any instrumental. They had no choice but to only rhyme and rap their songs on stage. Tried as the technicians did, they could not resolve the issue. R2Bees left without giving off what they were known for especially their very expectant tune Agyei.
4x4 followed and the technical hitch that bedeviled R2Bees had been resolved. 4x4 were once again proving their Waist and Power on stage capping their performance with their smash hit Yesi Yesi.
Ghana’s fastest rapper and the king of the ever popular azonto, Sarkodie entered the stage in grand style erupting the stadium. The venue was now electrified as Sarkodie began inundating the packed crowd with song after song.
When he finally dropped his You Go Kill track – hell broke loose! Not even Bola Ray could turn down the lust of dancing to the azonto song. Bola had tried earlier to deceive the crowd that he was equally a master when it comes to the azonto dance but now was the time of reckoning and yes he did deliver.
Sarkodie prepared the stage for the ultimate battle of the night. It was arguably an expectant battle between Ghana’s Samini and Jamaica’s Mavado as to who rules dancehall music. While the two artistes had shied away from this alleged competition, the patrons at the stadium knew that was definitely on the menu.
Samini was the first to appear on stage flanked by men who hoisted the flag of Ghana and the spiritual flag of Ethiopia. The little said about his fashion sense on the night, the better – this got some fans angry arguing his costume was not African enough. Samini started slowly with many wondering whether this was the Samini they knew.
Not knowing he was just warming up. Samini can indeed be deadly – he knew how to communicate with the crowd and the manner he went about it was just a delight to watch. One thing that has made Samini an icon is his ability to do free-style virtually about anything and this night was no exception.
He managed to manipulate the fans to remove their cloths – even the ladies at the venue nearly fell for the trick. He also asked fans to pull out their mobile phone with their screen lights on, he asked for the stadium lights to be put off and what a beautiful sight it was – it looked like the sky filled with tinny bright stars – he sang about it too.
Samini dished out most of his popular tunes including Gyae Shi and Sweet Mistake setting the bar high – a record Mavado had to break – it was a tall order for the Jamaican visitor who was playing in an away match.
Filled with high adrenalin, Mavado also burst onto the stage uttering the word, “Ache saaaa,” tickling the excitement nerves of the thousands who couldn’t wait to see the Messiah man. He started his show with his tune, I’m so Special - the stadium was jamming with hungry dancehall enthusiasts.
Mavado kept jamming for several minutes serving several of his world acclaimed tunes including I’m On the Rock, Messiah, Pepper, Gangsta For Life ( Weh Dem A Do ) and Hope and Pray.
While Mavado’s stint on stage was much longer than Samini’s, Samini’s performance was felt more than Mavado’s. Samini connected with the crowd and was very fluid in his performance. Mavado brought to bear Jamaica’s style of show performance where artistes keep pulsing whenever they are performing a track.
In all, the 2011 Fantasy Jam lived up to its billing recording one of the largest crowds in a single show.
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