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    Okyeame Kwame is Artiste of the Year

    by Emmanuel K. Dogbevi, ghanabusiness.com
    posted Sunday, 05 April 2009 09:27| 0 Comments

    At the 10th anniversary of Ghana’s hallmark music awards where the nation’s outstanding musicians are honoured Saturday April 4, 2009, Okyeame Kwame stood out among the equally dazzling stars in the country to win the most coveted award.

    The event itself was set-off with glitz and glamour - patrons and music lovers looked forward to a stupendous night, and it lived up to expectation, despite the usual poor arrangement to cater for the high number of media that usually show up for such high profile events. There were also the security lapses that allowed members of the audience to join the media in attempts to take photographs with their mobile phones, and in the event deny accredited media the space to do their job, the one reason why they were there.

    The stage, the lighting and ambiance was just perfect for the occasion at the International Conference Centre in Accra where the Conference tent was filled to capacity and some patrons who couldn’t get tickets were turned out and others who were able to enter could not find seats.

    There was great music and, international standard sound quality expertly controlled by Sami Helwani.

    In addition to winning the Artiste of the Year award, Okyeame Kwame also won the Hip-Hop Song of the Year and Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year.

    Christiana Love took home three awards – she won the Gospel Song of the Year, Collaboration of the Year with Kwaku Gyasi and Gospel Artiste of the Year.

    The Late Michael Gyamena won the Contemporary Hi-Life Artiste of the Year, Hip-Life Artiste Award went to C-Zar, and the irrepressible Praye won the Album of the Year and Hip-Life Song of the Year Awards. Kwabena Kwabena  won the Contemporary Song of the Year.

    Hewale Sounds were honoured with the Traditional Music Award and Instrumentalist of the Year went to Ackah Blay.
    The evergreen Paapa Yankson was honoured with the MUSIGA Meritoriuos Award and Chizzy Wailer won the Reggae Artiste of the Year.

    Mr. Music Man, Kojo Antwi received the Artist of the Decade Award and Obour won the newly introduced World Bank, Ghana Country Office sponsored $5000 Development Award with his road safety campaign song.

    The Song Writer and Best Female Vocal Awards went to Bernice Ofei and and O. J. won the Male Vocal Award, while Lynx Entertainment won the Record Label of the Year and its owner, Richie won the Best Producer of the Year Award.

    Asem was voted the Discovery of the Year and the Record of the Year went to Josh Laryea.

    D-Banj from Nigeria was adjudged the African Artiste of the Year at the event.

    Samini, Obuor and Dentaa, with DJ Black in the background did the emceeing with Chris Atoh and KOD.




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