Everything seemed to be going well until Emcees for the night were announced.
Ghanaian actor James Gardiner came on stage first as the main MC and immediately he introduced himself the whole exciting atmosphere in the auditorium and the attitude of the crowd changed.
In spite of his experience on Radio at Multimedia, hosting Television Programs and acting experience, good looking James Gardiner didn’t have the flair to drive the crowd right from the beginning, and this affected the whole event.
He spoke in a very soft tone on a show which is supposed to be a Hip Hop event, and he clearly showed that he was not cut for that kind of function. He mentioned Majid Michel’s name anytime he walked onto the stage, as though Majid was the only important person in the audience.He later introduced his co-MC and it was none other than bad girl Nollywood actress Tontoh Dikeh. Aside the initial cheers from the crowd when she first walked on stage; Tontoh did not add anything to the show.
The Nigerian actress appeared on stage only twice and used every opportunity to showcase her attire. She even went ahead to advertise the name of the Nigerian fashion designer who made her dress.
“I’m going to blow your mind with my clothes”, she told the crowd, as she turned round several times for the audience to better assess her.
The two emcees indeed were very boring on stage and made it difficult for the audience to enjoy the show.
The show had an encouraging crowd of about 70% attendance, lighting on stage were ok, sound was on point, and stage design was great as it was expanded to give the artistes more space to perform.
Everything on the night was great aside the emcees who almost marred the flow of the show.
Kwaw Kese, Edem and Gruru had a three song back to back rotation; dance hall sensation Kaaki, Buk Bak all did their bit to entertain the crowd but the MCs could not complement their efforts.
Bow Wow performed with so much energy on stage, and left fans screaming for more. The rap star was happy to be in Ghana as he said on stage “I am very happy to be in Ghana. This is my first but this is definitely not going to be the last time”.
He interacted with the crowd intermittently expressing how excited he was to be in Ghana, adding that distance is not an excuse for most American artistes to refuse to come to Africa.
Keri Hilson also combined her smooth voice and sexy body to put up a very exciting interactive and intimate performance. Her two sexy female dancers kept the audience watching the performance from start to finish when she finally dropped her smash hit song ‘Knock You Down’, as her last song. Keri Hilson also tried some Azonto dance moves as the crowd screamed in shock. She stated on stage that she had been to over 8 different African countries but Ghana so far has been number 1.
The two International acts and all the Ghanaian artistes performed well to keep the crowd alive, with the exception of Mzbel who didn’t mount the stage for a reason yet to be known, but the emcees were almost invisible and somewhat irrelevant on stage.
One only wonders what factors the organizers considered before choosing James Gardiner and Tontoh Dikeh as MCs.
‘Imajin Advertising’ should consider more appropriate MCs for their future events as they are the face and main driving-force of the events. All in all, the “Stand Up GH” concert was a great show artistically and technically, with two boring MCs.