The Accra international Conference Centre (AICC) will be the centre of attraction today as music lovers gather to announce the ‘overlord’ of Ghana music at the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
This year’s event is under the theme; ‘Celebrating Our People, Our Culture & Our Music’.
Interestingly, one of the artistes would be adjudged Artiste of the Decade, for his or her positive contribution to Ghana music some 10 years ago.
One of the categories to attract all and Sundry, is the ultimate category, Artiste of The Year contest, where, two self-acclaimed dancehall kings, Stonebwoy, the President of BHIM Nation, and Shatta Wale, the ‘Commander-in-Chief’ of the Shatta Movement(SM) will ‘clash’.
In that same category, gospel music dynamo, Joe Mettle would have to rely on miracle to outwit other serious competitors like, Ghana’s great export in rap, Sarkodie, and young amazing talents, Kuame Eugene, and King Promise.
Another interesting category would be the Song of the Year, where Ghanaians would get to know the song which ruled the airwaves in the year under review, out of this list, Kwani Kwani Pt2 by Tic, Sarkodie’s Can’t Let You Go, Kpoo Keke from Stonebwoy,Shatta Wale’sMy Level, Woara, by Kwesi Arthur, Come and See My Moda by MzVee, Yaa Pono’s Obiaa Wone Master , Thunder from KiDi’s repertoire, Wish Me Well by Kuami Eugene, CCTV by King Promise , Do The Dance by Eddie Khae, Evangelist Isaac Kwabena Aning’s, Boboleboboand Akwaaba by Guilty Beatz.
It would be be intriquing to see who is adjudged as the artiste with the soothing voice in Female Vocalist of the Year category, as these divas, eShun, Efya, Cina Soul, Adina, Diana Hamilton and MzVee ‘faceoff’.
In the Male Vocalist of the Year contest,King Promise, KiDi, Akwaboah, and Luigi Maclean, will prove their worth in the music industry.
Clearly, the Rapper of the Year category will be a
hard nut to crack, the likes of
Medikal, M.anifest, Teephlow, Sarkodie, and Obibini, will battle it out for who has the strongest punchlines and style in playing with words.
Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year category, will see the
“Scopatumana man” Patapaa, who would have to prove his uniqueness against
Medikal, Sarkodie, Kwesi Arthur, R2Bees
and La Meme Gang.
To ensure musicians write compelling and inspiring lyrics, Fuse ODG’s Bra Fie, Forgive by Teephlow, Akwaboah’s Hye Me Bo, CCTV by King Promise, Trigmatic’s Where We Dey Go, and Stonebwoy’s – Tomorrow will be competing in the Songwriter of the Year.
One of these wonderful rising stars, Quamina MP, Kelvyn Boy, Eddie Khae, Wendy Shay, La Meme Gang and Dope Nation, would be adjudged Best New Artiste of the Year.
For Album of the Year category, it would not be a straight fight for Reign by Shatta Wale, as he faces stiff opposition from albums like, Rockstar, Kuami Eugene, I Believe, by Diana Hamilton, Samini’s, Untamed and Shay On You by Wendy Shay.
There would be other exciting categories up for grabs by musicians and some industry players who had excelled over the past year.
The awards scheme instituted 20 years ago, by CharterHouse, had rewarded deserving artistes for their hard work, dedication and contribution to the growth of music in Ghana.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme