3rd TIME FEELING LIKE THE 1st TIME
Last two years it was one of the biggest shows that brought Accra to one spot, Alliance Francaise d’Accra to vibe with the Ambassador. Last year it was nonetheless a mega show that had a packed audience at the same venue on their feet asking for more after Mr. Bazawule had done a full 2 hour set backed by members of his original band; a crew he had worked with since his breakout days in Brooklyn and toured with around the world, not forgetting a few talented Ghanaian instrumentalists syncing in effortlessly.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity and one can easily mark out all 3 in Blitz‘s works as he treats the stage as his canvas, journey pathway and storytelling ground at the same time exploring his roots, routes and rhythm. He journeys with the audience as the pilot buckled in the Accra plane and rides with us from the start to finish.
That elegance of connecting with an audience by building rapport, making the observers allies, emotionally making them feel they’re part of what’s going on makes them more likely to pay attention and to cooperate with you. That’s exactly what happened unceasingly throughout the about 2 hours live performance.
AFRICA IS THE FUTURE. NO! AFRICA IS NOW!
Blitz had been to Zanzibar and Nairobi as part of his Africa Tour. Accra being his homeland and last stop is remarkably a powerful message. He pauses at some point while performing and dialogues with the people about social issues like ‘dumsor’ and corruption which is making the Ghanaian more and more pessimistic about their country. The audience had to impersonate Seun Kuti and we sang our hearts out!
“Ohh hah, I say (Make you no forget where where you from)
Police Curruption/ they steal election/
Brutality my brothers no get option/ …………..
As the weather dey hot/ na so the hunger dey knock/
Still hating the cops whether they like it or not/
Thats why (You don’t Forget where you come from)
Thats why (You don’t Forget where you come from)”
We waved our hands from left to right! ‘Success’ is that tune that gets all ears sticking out to soak what’s next. The 7-piece thorough Ghanaian-artists-band rocked hard. Eli, the saxophonist jitterbugged agbadza because the music got into his clothes and he had to shake it out! “I got so much trouble on my mind” echoed through the ‘wahala’ song.
WHEN THE CONTENT MAKES YOU CONTENT
The cadence is ever unique when Blitz lays it down with fast tempo stanzas and it’s definitely essential that one puts their ear to the rhymes filled with stories of a past, the present and a future of culture. Identity is not lost on this well-traveled musician and his socially conscious food for the soul makes him one of the best icons to ever do it.
When the brother M.anifest joined Blitz on stage, it was pure musical fire and spirit-charged amusement he brought.
‘Dikembe’ shook the place and echoed that classic boom-bap sound distinctly New York raw rasping melody with distorted guitar riffs running through the spine of the music. It’s essential that a generation does not lose the good sense of music and that’s the revolution Blitz brings to the table. Highlife music was nurtured with the same jazzy horns and multiple guitars that feeds into Blitz’s music, keeping that uptempo, synth-driven sound intact as well.
Blitz brought enough CDs, Accra City Blues T-shirts and even vinyl records for sale. The Yoyo Tinz and Accra [dot] Alt teams were ever supportive throughout the preparation and the event itself. Steloo closed off the show with wild mixes and Blitz stayed to autograph and take pictures with everybody out there who wanted to get in touch. I thought that was so human and practically fundamental. Oya! Blitz ‘make you no forget’ we should see you next year or even earlier oo!
Article by kwame ‘write’ aidoo