There is a saying that ‘He who climbs a good tree, is given a push’. This saying was given a meaning as the people of Kumasi and its surrounding areas converged at the Golden Tulip Hotel to support one of their own.
The tour is dubbed ‘OK In Your Zone’ and the sole aim is to raise funds to support his ongoing free Hepatitis B screening campaign. The Kumasi show was the first of the three cities tour. The show attracted mostly the youth who seems to have missed their ‘favourite rapper’ and were willing to even pay more than the GHC 5.00 charged at the gate, just to support a worthy cause.
At each venue, the free screening exercises (the clinics) took place in the morning and the musical event followed in the evening. Basically, the idea behind this is to create awareness and educate the people on Hepatitis B through entertainment.
Earlier on in the day at Kumasi, free hepatitis B screening was held at the forecourt of Prempeh Assembly Hall (Fox FM). Over 500 people were screened for the hepatitis virus; education and advice were offered to the affected persons.
The show which was for a seated audience was well attended; Bradez, Mimi, Obour, Agya Koo Nimo, Morris D’Voice, Kofi B, Bertha offered a helping hand to one of Ghana’s greatest linguist Okyeame Kwame.
After staggering performances from the supporting musicians, Stone of Bradez fame exerted lots of pressure on the shoulders of the ‘Rap Doctor’ but then when he came on stage, he conquered his own show. Watching Stone represent both himself and his brother Kunta Kinte, one thing comes to mind: who the hell says, he’s the fastest rapper in Ghana?
Like ‘I-miss-you-fashion’, the audience welcomed the MTN and Coca Cola brand ambassador on stage. His performance on the night could be described as best in recent times. No wonder, he is called Mr. Versatility.
Kwame started with ‘Masan Aba’, a track he did together with his former partner in the rap duo Akyeame. Slowly, he managed to get the audience involved.
Kwame performed with a live band, in what he describes as ‘hybrid’ presentation. ‘Hybrid’ is a CD playback fused with some live instruments. This presentation is believed to be popular with foreign musicians, though not very popular in Ghana.
Performing with a live band was perhaps surprising to many, notably people who thought hip lifers are only good in miming on stage, GhanaCelebrities.com gathered..
Kwame was able to entertain the crowd for over an hour with his live band presentation. The standing ovation offered to him confirms that, indeed, he is one of the best entertainers in his league.
Even before being ushered unto the stage as the next performer, 5 people out of the thousand had earlier on been invited to the stage to imitate the rap doctor. It came out that, there is only one best rapper alive and that is OKYEAME KWAME.
The Hepatitis B screening is the first exercise from the Okyeame Kwame Foundation (OKF) which was launched earlier this year. The foundation is a non-governmental organization that seeks to counsel, create awareness and screen Hepatitis B.
The tour is sponsored by the biggest telecommunication network in Ghana, MTN. GhanaCelebrities.com is proud to be part of this experience and we are following the tour throughout.
Be on the look out, if you see Okyeame Kwame somewhere near your neighborhood then you know it’s all about ‘OK In Your Zone’.
The tour continues in the following towns … Jubilee Park, Takoradi on 3rd December, 2010. Cultural Centre, Sunyani on 11th December, 2010.
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