The Downs & Ups of VGMA 2018: A Review

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The 19th edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) was held last night, April 14, 2018 at the Accra International Conference center. It still stands as the only music event which Ghanaians, both old and young stay glued to their TV set to watch entirely. It also doubles up as the most criticized music event in Ghana.

Patapaa on the red carpet. Photo credit: Kuulpeeps

Amidst the trolls, disappointments, hilarious moments, and what have you, we always have a good moment and something worth discussing. Without further ado, let have a quick review of the event, shall we?

Charter House, the VGMA organizers are listeners. They’re learning from their mistakes, and correcting them bit by bit. Last night’s show happens to be one of the best I’ve witnessed thus far. As promised, the red carpet session started some minutes into 7 pm, unlike the previous years where it starts hours later. The main event started some minutes before 9 pm and ended at 1:15 am the next morning. This shows that they did a decent job with the time. However, it can get better.

The programme was handled by the MCs, John Dumelo and Berla Mundi. When news broke out that these 2 would be hosting the event, I had a smile on my face, because some of the memorable moments we’ve had at the VGMAs were when Dumelo presented awards. Berla Mundi had been already doing a remarkable job on the red carpet. The pair was fun. The shared jokes, did freestyle raps, and the famous Akwaaba dance, all to entertain the fans. Dumelo, at some points however seemed a little tensed up, but it still didn’t take away complete fun out of the night.

Mz Forson on the red carpet

VGMAs have been dealing with light problems for a while now, but this year’s was quite appreciable to the eyes. Viewers always complaining about the sound was later revealed to that it is a setback at the end of GTV, because they transmit sound in mono, producing bad sound. TV3 was the official media partner this year, exclusively showing it, so we enjoyed a better sound (hopefully, they transmit it to a better output). The stage was fairly okay.

Performances this year were comparatively enjoyable. Although there were a lot of satisfactory performances, the likes of Sarkodie, Samini and Stonebwoy stood out. One moment we all surely enjoyed was the comeback of the legendary trio, Praye. The performances which I’d say were substandard are that of Kwesi Arthur and Nasty C.

The downs of the night include the break in transmission when Nana Aba Anamoah was to present an award. Viewers quickly linked it to the bad blood between her and TV3 Network. However, they’ve apologized. Also, some artistes being given more than necessary time to perform. Lastly, the boring nature of most award presenters.

VGMA 2018 shall go into the books as one of the best in all the 19 editions since the awards started. I hope the organizers maintain the standard and work on making it better.

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