Sarkodie – The Ever Shinning Black Star

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To paraphrase a twitter post, “Everybody can organize a a virtual concert but not everybody can host a virtual concert”.

“We’re About To Make History” was Sarkodie’s promise to the world on the eve of the “Black Love Virtual Concert” and I can say without apology that there have indeed been some virtual concerts, but this is by far, the best we have seen from a Ghanaian artiste.

From start to finish, this was a well thought through process with a well planned organization, an inch perfect execution and a once in a life time experience. It was awesome and an eye pleasing exercise to witness and appreciate greatness.

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“I invested a lot in this because I knew what I wanted” was another profound statement by Sarkodie prior to the event and indeed it was worth every cent of the dollar and every pesewa of the cedi.

The “Black Love Virtual Concert” was an epitome of what Sarkodie meant when he said he was a perfectionist. It was magnificent! Epic! Mind blowing and truly Historic!

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Sarkodie had over the years proven to be a master of the Show with event organization in Ghana. From his annual Rapperholic Concerts to This Is Tema Concert in 2019, Ghana’s King of rap had always delivered on his promise of serving his fans and music lovers with the best.

And that was the expectation after the announcement of the Black Love Virtual Concert.

A concert which had become necessary due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It was to make up for lost time, and shows that had been cancelled or postponed due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

This outbreak had halted Sarkodie’s initially planned Black Love World Tour. A tour that was going to see the multiple BET winner travel around the world with his 5th studio album, Black Love, in a well calculated promotion plan.

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It then became imperative to restrategise in the midst of these hard times in what has been described as a once in a century pandemic.

And what better way to serve your fans and music lovers in general than a virtual concert, a phenomenon which has become the new normal for musicians to connect with their fans especially in these times of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Therefore, the Black Love Virtual Concert was a refreshing moment for most music lovers especially for arguably the biggest fan army in the world, Sarknation, who on the day proved too strong for the servers. They virtually crashed the internet. What a fanbase?

Check this tweet from ceek about Sarknation

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But amidst all the controversy in the build up to the event, Sarkodie showed why he’s arguably Ghana’s greatest musical export and one of the very best in Africa if not the best.

Where do I start? In fact, there are lots of talking point and takeaways from the historic event but that conversation will be for another day.

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However just to bring the headline into greater perspective, let’s focus on one of the iconic moments of the night, the artistic message Sarkodie conveyed with the opening act of the concert.

Sarkodie for his opening act chose his recently released slavery emancipation themed song, Brown Paper Bag featuring M.anifest.

To give more meaning to the song, King Sark stood on the iconic and historic Independence Arch at the Black Star Square, beside the huge Black star on top of the ark with the inscription, “Freedom and Justice”.

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This arch is Ghana’s major symbol of Independence in 1957, which is boldly written on the ark.

To complete his message, there was a huge display of Black Lives Matter on the LED display as part of the props.

Now the song, his position and accompanying artistic impressions carried a bigger message than it looked; this is time to make real meaning of our independence. Time for Africa to stand up and be counted. Time for Ghana, the black star of Africa to shine brighter.

Could there have been a better way to send out such a message? Could there have been a better person to send out such a message than Mr. Michael Owusu Addo, A.K.A Sarkodie? I dare ask “Who Da Man”?

Need I say more about what followed thereafter? The stage, lighting, performances and the monumental comeback of the Shatta-Sark combination.

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Sarkodie’s playlist and arrangement, that perfect blend of the old school with the new crop of artistes. The evergreen Yaw Sarpong with the Asomafo band and the ever energetic, Iron Boy, Amakye Dede.

This was not just a concert but an experience that will be a reference point for many years to come. Perhaps like the history of the Black Star Square, this concert might have been the night where Ghana’s music attained its own independence declared by the revolutionary and the shinning Black Star, SARKODIE. Indeed, history has been made and it will be spoken about for years to come. We can only say kudos and big congratulations to Sarkodie,, Sarkcess Music and the entire production team for a good work done.

He remains undefeated and surely there ain’t anybody better than “Obidi”. Long Live the King Sark!!!

By: Qwesi Nabila Zakariah (@qwesi_nabila), Kobby Kyei News.