Christmas Eve’s T-Pain Live in Ghana concert could best be described as a perfect curtain raiser to a memorable Christmas.
It was a night that unleashed the demons in the man who has over the years carved a niche for himself as the King of Auto-tune.
Per a fan’s reaction after a satisfying night of good music coupled with a masterpiece of a stage craft, “T-Pain is the best foreign act to have graced the Ghanaian stage till date.”
And yes he deserved every inch of that accolade! He was just on point.
Prior to T-Pain’s dynamic entry onto the stage, the night warmed up slowly and while it took a longer time than usual to get patrons to fill a sizable portion of the Dome, DJ Mensah, DJ for the night did not help matters with his choice of music.
In the mist of impatient patrons who had to endure long hours of not getting their money’s worth, the show finally kicked off.
It was Bra Kelvin Beats – the fluid rapper who got the show on the road. He was followed by Gasmilla who wowed patrons with his Azonto antics.
Music duo, Keche, was next. The duo was busy ‘Azontoing’ and grinding their waist to their smash hit Sokode. But it was the King of the streets, Kwaw Kese, who drew the first blood. He emerged onto the stage dressed in a smock on a bicycle.
He roared and the crowd loved it. The madman had been unleashed from his cage in the Asylum. He charged the Dome …he brought the party into the venue after a slow start.
Vintage Buk Bak and V.I.P, two of the biggest and oldest groups in the Ghanaian music game brought their experiences to bear once again.
They each reminisced the good old days of hiplife – when rap was rap. Tune after tune, they kept the crowd dancing. Buk Bak’s Kolom did wonders, that tune swept the now packed Dome like a tsunami coming with it, the almighty Azonto dance.
Nigeria’s finest rap act, M.I. also known as Mister Incredible amplified the tempo at the Dome. He was very crafty with his rap easing his way into hearts of many.
M.I. was gentle on the night but he did serious damages on stage. One tune that electrified the Dome was his One Naira tune, a clear favourite of many. He was overwhelmed by the crowd’s acceptance and with broad smiles, he said Ghana is now his new home.
The Best Yet
T-Pain’s entry was a remarkable one. Wearing a black T-shirt, with the inscription “FLY’S THE LIMIT”, with a yellow cap, white shades and ‘bling blings’ to match, he instantly cast a spell on the expectant crowd. They went gay!
T-Pain’s sheer agility, panache was just enough to say he came really prepared. Interestingly, when it got to his turn, the sound at the Dome was on point.
What didn’t T-Pain do on stage? He rapped, sang, danced …in fact he did everything showmanship had to offer.
Backed by four dancers – two male and two, hot, females – T-Pain was busy mesmerising his elated audience.
From notable tunes such as his smash hit, Buy You A Drink, which he started by saying, “When I say Nappy, you say Boy …When I say T, you say Pain …” to Bartender, All I Do Is Win, 5’O’clock, Welcome To My Hood, All Of The Above, and Get Low, the Nappy Boy got the crowd on their feet dancing and screaming on top of their voices.
T-Pain left the stage with many still wanting more although he had thrilled them for hours, they couldn’t just get enough of him.
In all the 233Connect’s T-Pain Live in Ghana lived up to its billing. It was memorable night that crowned T-Pain as the best foreign act to grace the Ghanaian stage.