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15th November 2011, 08:01 PM
Thousands of music enthusiasts who trooped to the Accra International Conference Center on Saturday for the maiden edition of the Legends and Legacy Ball which was to honour one of Ghana’s highlife greats, Daddy Lumba (DL) were given more than their money’s worth as they were treated to a show of a lifetime.

With performances from artistes like Rana, Mzbel, Kofi B, Kofi Nti, Philipa Baafi, No Tribe, Castro, Kwaw Kese, Praye, K. K. Fosu, Felix Owusu and Daddy Lumba himself, it was one huge party and patrons boogied the night away amid loud cheers and applause.

Ex President Kufuor and Nana Konadu share a dance while Ex President Rawlings admired the dance moves of his successor and his wife: Pix credit: Francis Djaba Photography

A collaboration between Imajin Advertising and Adom 106.3 FM, the Legends and Legacy Ball is an event aimed at honouring Ghanaian living legends and promoting excellence in the entertainment industry.

In what was a departure from the norm, the supporting artistes did not sing their own songs but performed their own renditions of songs from the honoree of the night, Daddy Lumba.

Felix Owusu performed songs like Mme fame Nkogyae Me, Kumepreko and Woho Kyere; Kofi Nti did Gyae Su, Odo Nkoaa, Obi Ato Me So Buo, Mzbel was on point with Akoma and Asie Ho while K.K Fosu sang Odo Mmra Fie, Dangerous.

For the first time, Kwaw Kese was a singer and his delivery of Theresa was quite interesting. Praye did Sika Asem and Sese Wose with Castro doing Adepa Hye Adepa Mu. Nacy, leader of gospel group No Tribe did Bohye and Mesom Jesus from Daddy Lumba’s gospel albums.

The stage had been well primed for Daddy Lumba’s performance which was much anticipated and when he mounted the stage in his all white attire, the cheers were deafening.

For well over an hour, he delighted the audience with some of his hit tracks like Aben Wo Ha, Auntie Ataa, Biribi Gyegye Wo; 111,666; Wose Kete A; Ohiasem Ye Ya; Me Nsei Da; Dr Panie; Woda Ento Wo Pono Mu, Sika, and many others.

Contrary to widely held opinions that Daddy Lumba cannot perform for longer periods, he surprised the audience with his energetic performances while interacting with them.

Pix credit: Francis Djaba Photography

He was also presented with a 24-carat Gold medal worth $ 20,000. The presentation was done by the Director for Central and Western Africa for Voice of America (VOA), Dr. Joyce Ngor; the Chief Executive Officer of Imajin Advertising, Mr. Arnold Asante and Mrs. Acheampong who was Lumba’s teacher at Juabeng Secondary School in the Ashanti Region.

During the presentation, Mrs. Acheampong recounted the beginnings of Daddy Lumba’s career from Juaben when he formed the Lumba Brothers comprising four boys and a lady called Theresa Abebrese.

“I am not surprised to see Charles grow to be a big star in the music industry because he exhibited the tenacity for singing from his childhood,” she said.

The Musicians Union of Ghana, MUSIGA also presented a plaque to Daddy Lumba.
MUSIGA President, Obuor congratulated Daddy Lumba on his honour and commended him for his immense contribution towards promoting the Ghanaian music industry both home and abroad.

He said Daddy Lumba had over the years proven beyond reasonable doubt that he is indeed a true legend and has mentored several juvenile talents in Ghana who have also gone on to become major players in the industry.

“D L is a living testimony that the contemporary Ghanaian musician is not just an entertainer but an entrepreneur, a social commentator, an employer and a critical investor whose works are renewable intellectual assets that can reap great dividends,” he intimated.

Daddy Lumba expressed his appreciation to the organizers of the show, Imajin Advertising, Adom FM and to Ghanaians for the honour bestowed on him and for supporting him to achieve the heights he has reached.

Dignitaries from all spheres of society attended the show including former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufour, Barima Azumah Nelson, Rex Omar, ACP Kofi Boakye, Becca among others.