Some selected former MTN Hit Maker participants and winners, who are now making waves in the Ghanaian music arena at the weekend made MTN proud when they took turns to rock the stage at the 2020 MTN Nine Lessons and Carols Night held at the Fantasy Dome in Accra.
Back-to-back, Kuami Eugene who is Ghana’s current Artiste of the Year, Mr Drew, Kurl Songx, Lasmid, Adepa, Achiaa, and Gabi Nova sang their hearts out at the event. Wielding different approaches to performance and general showmanship, the talent hunt “products” did well to hold the audience’s attention and, indeed saw them off to an enjoyable Christmas.
The MTN ViVa Voices, which is a group of singers from MTN, also dug deep into their wealth of musical artistry to put the audience into a perfect Christmas mood.
Comedian and MC for the show, Foster Romanus opened the show with a presentation of ‘Iskoki’ a song by dancehall big boy, Samini and he was on point – he sang, danced, and generally entertained the audience as he laced his presentations with clean and humorous jokes that tickled the ribs of the people. He also gave out some goodies from MTN in the spirit of the Xmas season.
Top singer, Kuami Eugene led the rest of the artistes to literally open the gate for the celebration of the Christmas festivities with some effervescent performances.
It was amazing to enjoy the masterful way in which the headline artiste and all the other musicians on the bill presented some of the most popular western Christmas carols in various local languages and also sang some original Ghanaian tunes, mostly in Ga and Akan.
It was the objective of the organizers, MTN, to present a Carols Night with a truly Ghanaian flavor, and they were spot on.
The current Ghana Music Awards best artiste, Kuami Eugene, sporting a red pair of trousers and a long-sleeve white, rocked the show h-a-r-r-r-d as he danced from one point of the stage to another, singing his own compositions and presenting songs from other popular artistes, much to the enjoyment and admiration of the audience at the event venue and the many around the world, who watched the show live on MTN’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
The other artistes on the line-up, Drew, Kurl Songx, Achiaa, Adepa, Gabi Nova, and Lasmid also injected some verve into the show as they employed their individual vocal prowess and singing abilities to ginger up the atmosphere with some good performances.
In the estimation of many members of the audience, especially per the comments of those who watched the show online, the performance by Ebo Whyte’s Roverman Productions was as a pure class act.
The group re-enacted the birth of Jesus Christ with a Ghanaian touch, as the actors and actresses sang, danced, and used trendy Ghanaian catchphrases that easily excited the audience.
Quite understandably, members of the audience at the venue were relatively few due to COVID-19 restrictions, for which reason one could not feel the charged atmosphere that usually characterizes such powerful shows. Nonetheless, the various comments by the patrons online indicated that the event was an exhilarating one for the patrons.
MTN’s in-house choir, the Viva Voices were on stage to give the night the traditional Carols Service touch that comes with choir performances. Clad in yellow and blue identical apparel, the group sang various songs, but the one that hit the audience was “Hallelujah,” which they delivered with passion and style.
The Nine Lessons were read by Theophilus Nuer, MTN Bright Scholarship beneficiary, Dr. Elsie Effah Kauffman, hostess of the National Science and Mathematics Quiz, Jeremiah Nartey, Media Manager, MTN and Madam Olivia Quartey, Deputy Director-General in charge of Managerial Operations at the National Communications Authority (NCA).
The rest were comedian, General Ntatie, Samson Lardi Ayenini, broadcaster, lawyer and the current Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Journalist of the Year, Dr. Tony Aubyn, Executive Member of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Ebenezer Terkpeh, Vice President, Local Staff Association, MTN and Nathan Lee-Winans, MTN Distributor.
This year, 2020, has been a difficult one. MTN and some of you have faced difficulties and we thank you for your patience and loyalty. We are blessed to be celebrating this occasion together. Hopefully, next year, 2021, will be much better,” the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN, Selorm Adadevoh stated.
Acts that have appeared at previous MTN Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols events include Kwaw Kese, Samini, Okyeame Kwame, MzVee, Nacee, Cecilia Marfo, Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Patapaa, and Feli Nuna.