Music trio, VIP, has disclosed it will kick start a much anticipated world tour, dubbed the Vision Tour, in the US on March 10.
The trio – Addul Hamidu Ibrahim (Lazzy), Emmanuel Ababio (Promzy) and Joseph Nana Ofori (Prodigal) – has over the years remained one of the country’s finest music groups. They were crowned with the Artiste of the Year award at the 12th edition of the Ghana Music Awards festival held on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Dome of the Accra International Conference Centre.
The tour will start in New York and it will see the group together with their Boogie Down Nima label mates, FOI, and other yet to be named artistes performing for their fans.
The New York show will be followed by similar concerts in Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles and other big cities and venues in the US. The trio is expected to be in the US till the end of March.
After the US tour, VIP will head to Canada, and then to London and some other parts of Europe before performing in some selected African countries. They will end the world tour in Ghana with a nationwide tour.
Prodigal told Myjoyonline.com in an interview that the rationale behind the world tour is to enable the group touch base with their fans, who have been very supportive of them across the world.
“Giving back to our fans and also afford us the opportunity of getting close to them worldwide. We will be promoting our new joint, 7-11, to the world market,” adding, they will also use the tour to spread word of hiplife music to the world.
VIP emerged on the Ghanaian music scene in the late 1990s during the genesis of hiplife music. From an original group of four and now three, they have grown from strength to strength releasing a total of seven albums in the period. Their latest – seventh – 7/11 was released in 2011.