Top singer, Kuami Eugene on Friday led an array of artistes to literally open the gate for the celebration of this year’s Christmas festivities with some scintillating performances at the 2020 MTN Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols held at the Fantasy Dome, La, Accra.
It was amazing to savour 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 organisers, MTN, to present a Carols Night with a truly Ghanaian flavour, 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.
Yusuf Kuyateh, who was watching online from Sierra Leone, gave the performances on the night thumps up. For Naya Norgbedzi, another online patron, the show was “Beautiful”. And when Kurl Songx hit the stage, the love emojis started flowing for him.
Comedian and MC for the show, Foster Romanus did not disappoint – he sang, danced and generally entertained the audience as he laced his presentations with witty jokes that tickled the people.
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 characterises 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.