Highlife music was given the spotlight on the third performance episode of Citi TV’s music talent show, Voice Factory. Dubbed the “Highlife Night,” the contestants performed some of Ghana’s evergreen highlife songs on Saturday.
Highlife is considered as the pride of Ghana; a genre that was created by fusing modern musical instruments with indigenous Ghanaian rhythms. Cleck Boyson opened the show with a highlife rendition of Daughters of Glorious Jesus’ ‘Yesu Fata Ayeyi’, after which Idara came through with ‘Nwa Baby’ by Flavour. This was followed by ‘Gyae Su’, another Pat Thomas’ song which was done by Ayjay Sam. Charisma performed Kwabena Kwabena’s ‘Dadie Anoma.’ There were other enthralling performances from KennieKings who sang ‘Because of Money’ by E.T. Mensah and the Tempos Band.
The second gospel highlife song of the night was done by Oye. She sang ‘Yehowa Behwe’ by Diana Hamilton. One of Ghana’s classic highlife pieces, ‘Medofo Adaadaa Me’ by Awurama Badu was performed by Debbie. After that, Lina followed with Kojo Antwi’s ‘Medofo Pa.’
Red’M was faced with an eviction on the night because he got the least votes (6.09%) for the week.
The remaining 9 singers will battle it out for the top spot, in live performance shows with support from the Musical Lunatics band. The judges for last Saturday’s episode were music producer David Kojo Kyei (Kaywa), gospel musician Edinam Bright-Davies and CEO of Lynx Entertainment, Richie Mensah.
This year’s Voice Factory auditions were held on May 4 and 5, 2019 at the premises of Citi FM and Citi TV. Ten (10) contestants were selected for the main competition which started on July 13, 2019. The winner of the 13-week contest will go home with GHc 10, 000 cash prize.
The 3rd edition of the competition which was previously aired on Citi 97.3 FM is aimed at unearthing music talents and putting them in the limelight. The program which started in 2009 has had artists like Fritz Hehetror, Melody Wilson, Natasha Odoi emerging as winners.
Voice Factory 2019 is hosted by Osei Kwame, co-host of Citi FM’s late afternoon drive, Traffic Avenue and AJ Sarpong, host of Brunch in the Citi on Citi FM and Hall of Fame on Citi TV.
This year’s Voice Factory is sponsored by Beta Malt and supported by Woodin.