Monday, November 13, 2006

Stars On Parade To-night

By Stephen Kwabena Effah
Saturday, 11 November 2006(Times Weekend)

THE stars will to-night shine like never before at the posh Accra International Conference Centre.

The auditorium, if not set on fire, would certainly be close to that experience when over 13 Ghanaian music stars, stage what could be described as a spectacular musical performance expected to be second to none in the recent history of the industry.

Mr. All 4 Real (Ofori Amponsah), Batman, Obrafour, Lord Kenya, Akatakyie, Praye, Obour,Tic Tac, Ewura Esi, Wutah, King Ayisoba and Kwaku Gyasi are the stars billed to perform.

The rest are the evergreen celebrated highlifers: A.B Crentsil, C.K.Mann and Papa Yankson.

Christened: "Joy FM Nite with the Stars", it will be no other’s business than the stars’ showing off their stagecraft, creativity, lyrical and musical powers.

All eyes will undoubtedly be on Batman, Obrafour and Ofori Amponsah who have been nominated from the lots to be voted for by the public as the Best Joy FM artiste for the year 2006.

This year’s contest is expected to be a keen one because all the nominees have carved a niche for themselves for the period they have been in the music industry, and the fact that their latest albums have been a hit.

Last year, it was the contemporary highlifer, Ofori Amponsah, who beat Obour, K.K. Fosu, Castro and Kofi Nti to be crowned the Joy FM Music Star of the year 2005 at the event which gave the audience exactly what they had come for.

For his prize, he took home ¢60 million worth of air time, a plaque, three months supply of Gordon’s Spark drink and three boxes of Lux beauty soap.

Tonight’s event will be no exceptional as it promises to be fun and excitement. Some of the artistes will be pairing with some staff of Joy FM, the organizers of the annual event.

The host of the Cosmopolitan Mix, Doreen Andoh will pair with Ofori Amponsah to perform his hit song "Emmanuella" while the Mr. Tumtum (DJ Black) pairs with Obrafour to remix his finest "Heavy" and Ato Kwamena Dadzie, a member of the morning show team joins Rootsman King Ayisoba to sing the hit song "I want to see my father".

Bola Ray a.k.a Bolex, the host of Joy Drive Time will perform "Samini" with the MOBO Award winner, Batman while Kwadwo Oppong Nkrumah pairs with C.K Mann to do Adwoa Yanki.

Speaking to Times Weekend, the Events and Promotion Executive of Joy, Gabriel Appiah said the Nite with the Stars was introduced in 2000 with the aim of promoting Ghanaian music.

He explained that the nominees for the Joy Music Star Award were selected based on their standings on the Joy Local Chart Show adding ,"It is the public who will be those to choose their star through voting by SMS on a Tigo short code."

Voting will end today at exactly 12 noon.

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