Twenty years ago, when rapper Obrafour released his debut album Pae Mu Ka, he could not have anticipated the huge impact it will make not only on the music industry but young boys who would grow up into artistes of repute. It did and inspired a generation of musicians who fell in love with him and his music and who have openly professed his influence on them.
And on Saturday, November 9, as he celebrated two decades of Pae Mu Ka and his stay in the industry at the Pae Mu Ka @ 20 concert at the Accra International Conference Centre, that love was on full display as some of the biggest names in the industry hit the stage to celebrate him.
It was amazing to see the likes of Reggie Rockstone, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, EL, Samini, TiC, Edem, Kwaw Kese, Bisa Kdei and Akwaboah paying homage to Obrafour on stage.
Each of these artistes spoke about how Obrafour impacted their music career. An excited Stonebwoy said it was Obrafour who gave him the chance and featured him on his Ghetto Love song. “This man is amazing and I ask that Ghanaians support music.
Reggie Rockstone said Obrafour was worth celebrating having been around for a good 20 years and still making hits. Samini said Obrafour inspired a lot of musicians including him.
The event started at 9:30 p.m. with performances from Posta Boy, Eva Mariah and Church Boy. The likes of Article Wan, King Promise, Joey B, Krymi and Joyce Blessing all delivered in their performances. Joyce Blessing received the loudest applause from the audience for her energetic performance.
Obrafour’s entry on stage was something else; In the traditional setting of a king addressing his members; a king was seated on stage and Obrafour was brought on stage to explain why he chose to do rap.
Performing Pae Mu Ka as his entry he got everyone applauding for him; he began his performance with three Gospel songs before he sang songs such as Oko, Yaanom, Kwame Nkrumah, Who Born U By Mistake, Kasiebo among others.
While on stage he invited his colleague musicians he had worked with including Kofi B, Cy Lover, Bisa Kdei, Stonebwoy and TiC who all joined him on stage and made the event entertaining and enjoyable.
The climax of the event was when Reggie Rockstone came on stage when Sarkodie and Obrafour had finished performing Okodie. Kwaw Kese and Edem joined them and the whole place was full of screams and applause.
Put together by Execution Entertainment and Kri8 Concert the eight-hour show was superb. The stage set up was simple, the sound was good and it was well organised.
Although the likes of Kofi Mole, Fameye, Shatta Wale, Flowking, R2Bees, Wendy Shay and Fantana could not perform the fact they came to show their support meant that Obrafour has indeed paid his dues in the music industry and deserves to be celebrated.