Saturday August 8 2015 was tremendous in the history books of New York and the Apollo Center as BET Award winner Michael Owusu Addo aka Sarkodie and a number of top notch performers from Ghana, Nigeria and the USA including Lighter Tod, Jadiluc, Banky W, Bisa K.Dei, Kwaw Kese, E.L, The Compozers and Shatta Wale delivered to a sold out crowd.
With artists taking turns and delivering wonderfully to an energetic crowd that responded to almost every line of songs being performed, one could only tell that the concert was indeed history made.
Ahead of the concert, Jesse Weaver Shipley, a professor of anthropology at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and the author of “Living the Hiplife: Celebrity and Entrepreneurship in Ghanaian Popular Music” in an interview with the New York Times said described the event at the Apollo as a test for Ghanaian artists to reach a broader audience;
“The Apollo is really like a test in an exciting way for the Ghanaian artists to reach out to broader audiences and to enter into the American mainstream musical consciousness.”
The Apollo Center takes up to a 1500 capacity and has hosted several top class events including a concert with The Jacksons, A Night With Barack Obama and many others.
Sarkodie, after the concert has taken turns to express his appreciation to fans who turned up to the venue and colleague musicians who joined for the concert.
The surprise artist on the night was Shatta Wale.
Sarkodie, History in the Making Concert was organized by TM Entertainment owned by a Ghanaian born New York based Terry Masson.