As we gradually approach the biggest event on the Ghanaian Entertainment Calendar,Yours Truly Mawuli Pomary takes you down memory lane and brings to you the winners of the much coveted ‘Artiste of the year’ award since the inception of the awards scheme>The bragging rights was initially the sole preserve of the artiste who churned out the ‘most popular song until it was recently changed’…..
2000 – Daddy Lumba ‘Aben Wo Ha’
Charles kwadwo Fosu is his name and one of the most celebrated musicians in Ghana.His song ‘Aben Wo Ha’ that won him the award at the first edition was a song which was made popular by ace presenter Tommy Annan Forson after he declined to play it on air due to its sexually suggestive content.
Listen: Daddy Lumba ‘Aben Wo Ha’
2001- Kojo Antwi ‘Tom And Jerry’
I guess everyone remembers the ‘Mr. Music Man’s’ Hit ‘Tom and Jerry’ back in the days.That song still sounds green when played on any day today.The Maestro,Ladies Man and Silky voice Rasta won the second edition of the biggest awards scheme in GH entertainment.
Listen : Kojo Antwi ‘Tom and Jerry’
2002- Lord Kenya ‘Medo’
The Secular Rapper Turned Pastor was the first rapper to win that award with his tune ‘Medo’ featuring Swanzy B.Despite his beef with Obrafour in his days,he picked up the award and emphasized why he was the rap heavyweight champion.(Was he smoking wee then????)
Listen Lord Kenya ‘Medo’
2003- Kontihene ‘Aketeisia’
‘Aketesia, misi mafa wo la’ was the song on everyone’s lips.Both young and old could relate to Nana Kontihene’s rap.He will be counted amongst the country’s grets on any day.His excellent ‘oh noo’ voice backup has been sampled on Asem’s ‘Bye Bye’ song with kwabena kwabena.
2004- VIP ‘Ahomka Wom’
‘Woanim,Woakyi Ahomka wom.Wo honam bebia anigyie wom’ won the 2004 song of the year and gave the Nima Ambassadors the bragging rights for a full year.This is one of the few Ghanain songs that have been instant hits in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.
Listen : VIP ‘Ahomka Wom’
2005- Obour ‘Konkontiba’
There is no single song this man has brought out that is not a hit.The Philantropist,Vandal,Egalitarian by name Bice Osei Kuffour had it all in 2005 after he survived an accident.President Obour is hiplife’s Rock and he Rocks.
Listen : Obour ‘Konkontiba’
2006- Ofori Amponsah ‘Otoolege’
Mr. All-for-real. A student of Daddy Lumba revamped the highlife genre with his whole album which was a hit.Otoolege was twisted for politics,sports an religion.That was the power of the most popular song at the 2006 GMAs.
Listen : Ofori Amponsah ‘Otoolege’
2007- Samini ‘Odo’
The low tempo song defied the dance trend and won it.Coming from no less a person than the greatest dancehall export from Ghana,The Dagaati Boy from Dansoman. His signature tune ’Kpoi’ was one of his few words when he picked the award.
Listen : 2007- Samini ‘Odo’
2008- Kwaw Kese ‘Odeim’
On the night he received the award,’The Man Insane’ came with a basket to pick all the awards he deserved and true to his words,He won all he deserved including the ‘song of the year award’.
Listen : Kwaw Kese ‘Odeim’
2009- Okyeame Kwame – Woso
2009 had crank music as the craze in town just as we have the azonto now.Kwame Nsiah Appau cashed on his creativity and ingenuity and took GH by storm after 10 years in the game.In the end he was the artste of the year 2009 with ‘woso’ from his ‘m’awensem’ album.
Nobody has won the GMA Artiste of the year award twice and it is believed to be a jinx.The ‘Vision In Progress’ boys (Lazzy,Promzy and Prodigal) took the much envied award for the second time,broke the jinx and treated fans to a wonderful performance.
Listen : VIP – Away
And the winner is……… While we all await , dig into the official OMG! Ghana 2012 Ghana Music Awards Predictions.