By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Slight raindrops from a cloud-less sky blessed a mega concert by Afro Pop sensation Ssue at the Alliance Française in Accra as the young diva turned the stage and its environs into a music fiesta.
Despite a brief interruption by the rain – the concert – ironically dubbed “Commotion”, continued with its superlative fusion of diverse styles including R&B, Soul, Blues, Highlife, Gospel, Jazz and Rock.
Interspersed with joint performances with acclaimed Ghanaian musicians including rap initiator Gyedu Blay-Ambolley, highlife legend Pat Thomas, and saxophonist Steve Bedi, Ssue exhibited a talent that showed her as an astute performer with the skill and charisma that will always light up the faces of her audience.
Together with traditional and contemporary dancers from the Africana Dance Ensemble and the Kassah Dancers, the talented singer showcased a remarkable technique, thoughtfulness and above all abundant entertainment, which resulted in some of the audience heading to the dance floor.
“The concert gradually turned into a mini music festival as one talented musician after the other joined Ssue on stage for renditions that brought old memories thereby rejuvenating the audience”, said Kofi Atiso, a visual artist in Accra.
“It was truly an evening of some of the finest musicians in Ghana – I felt so happy to support the talents of other musicians – and I danced my heart out to all of them”, added Pat Kerkenaar, a percussionist from Australia.
With a great deal of energy emanating from the stage, Ssue continued to charm the audience with further performances with the US based Ghanaian computer engineer / guitarist Nathan Pryce and popular singer Immanuel Emmanuel with both singers delighting the audience with their various styles.
Also on the bill were rappers Baby G, Paa Kwesi and Kurrency alongside acclaimed Ghanaian poet Oswald Okaitei, who treated the crowd to varied performances severally and jointly with Ssue, who won the hearts of the audience with her versatility.
Scratch Studios and Music Publishing organized the concert with support from the Alliance Française and Appraise Music and Media. It was in honour of the veteran Ghanaian saxophonist / percussionist Teddy Osei.