Hot on the heels of his performance at the Sautisa Bazura festival in Zanzibar and his Diasporadical album listening party inNairobi, Kenya, Blitz The Ambassador, on Saturday night, played his third homecoming concert in the capital of his native Ghana; Accra.
By the advertised time of 7 p.m, speakers at the forecourt of Club 45 had started filling the air with music, courtesy of Ghana’s very own house music connoisseur, Dj Steloo. The music ranged from rap music (of course!) to house music, and somewhere in between all of that, yoyo tinz’s recently released “Oshun” mix was played, too.
A full hour later, turn-out at the venue was still not good enough for the show to begin: a situation what makes one wonder when our society will be rid of the cancer that is the so-called “Ghana man time.”
The show was hosted by one half of the Sankwas Bois, Simpol Tinz. The other half, Mutombo Da Poet, came through, straight from the airport, after returning from his spoken truth tour in the United States of America.
At exactly 9 p.m, Simpol Tinz welcomed the man of the evening, Blitz The Ambassador, on to the stage. Preceded by members of the Accra-based Groove Agents band-his band for the night, the dapper looking Blitz hit the stage. His presence, almost instantaneously, pumped some vibrancy into the air, and mad energy into a hitherto laid back crowd.
He kicked off the party with “Success” off his Afropolitan Dreams album, and went on to perform songs from all his other albums. Blitz also did his own rendition of some classic hip hop joints and a few classic African rhythms as well.
The performances were interspersed with progressive commentary on issues related to the country and the continent at large; the most relevant being the very topical “dumsor” crisis.
M.anifest joining Blitz up on stage midway through the first half of the latter’s performance was definitely a highlight of the night if the cheers that greeted his appearance are anything to go by.
He spent about ten minutes on stage, but rocked the house nonetheless. His rather shortlived stage appearance is quite understandable knowing that his own Block Party was ongoing at that very moment, inside Madina.
After performing for a little over an hour and a half, Blitz and the band walked off the stage after announcing to the crowd that the show had come to an end: a statement to which the house replied with chants of “Noooo” “We want more” and other disapproving remarks. Blitz and the Groove Agents then came back onstage for an encore. Equally entertaining, this second half of the set lasted for close to thirty minutes.
Altogether, Blitz the Ambassador rocked for about two hours (though it felt like twenty minutes, really) and if the positive vibes and the frenzy that lingered in the atmosphere at the end of the show are indicative of anything, then it’s safe to say that patrons had an amazing night and went home satisfied. But then again, it’s an Accra Dot Alt and Blitz the Ambassador collaboration we’re talking about here, and it would be irreverent to have expected any less.
Go hard or go home? How about go home and go hard? Because that’s exactly what the Ambassador did: He came home, and he came hard.
But Blitz, WHY YOU NO perform any joint off the upcoming DIASPORADICAL? Bummer!
By : Moshood Balogun – @thehamzay