Chris Brown’s show was ok. It was not ‘wow’. There has been enough said about why rlg will spend $1M on CB whose popularity and clout has been as mixed and inconsistent as that of his relationship with Rihanna. Again, there have been questions about why a supposedly middle income state on paper but lower income on the ground will dole out a million bucks to a 23 year old who already has too much money for his age. But hey, you and I have no say in what Roland Agambire chooses to use his monies and his connections to do. For example, he has started that ambitious technology village christened Hope City. That is awesome. But apparently, the idea to bring in bad boy Chris Brown may not have been that awesome. The show itself was ok. CB did his thing; the dude is a good dancer and sings well too. I wont say he mimed. He sang along and did acapellas in between. His five dancers were good too. But Chris Brown disrespected the sponsors, the organizers, his fans, the crowd at the stadium and everyone with the remotest link to yesterday’s show.
I have always detested foreign acts who arrive in Ghana just hours before their shows. I am told he was actually supposed to have been at the ground breaking ceremony for the Hope City which was done by JM last Monday. Of course he didnt show although some members of his crew arrived at least three days earlier. Dude came in about 2pm.
Before Ludacris came to Ghana he sent tweets about it. He said loads of things about Ghana before and after his show. Bow Wow, yes a little famous these days, also did same. Chris Brown did none of these. May be he is taking time off social media bit there were tweets from his twitter handle about some other matters. You can say he does not run his pages himself but it is still no excuse. CB didnt seem to care about his show here.
FOUL LANGUAGE & WEED SMOKING ON STAGE
I have become less insensitive hearing foreign acts using swear words. Too much of it though becomes irritating. We had our fair share of it last night. What on earth though was Chris Brown thinking when he asked the crowd if any smoked weed? When he started a section of us booed. I began asking myself ‘what on earth is this boy doing’. Then when it seemed it was supposed to be some act, I thought, ‘ok may be Chris is on some crusade to change attitudes’. I wish. Then he said ‘ if anyone is tripping cos you smoke weed, fuck them’. As if this was not bad enough, he pulls out a joint, lights it, inhales and exhales away. I was shocked to the bone. Where was security? They were there. Police, Military. I even saw a few Military Police. If they protested to anyone at some point then I am yet to find out. I think we need answers from rlg, Charterhouse, Empire. Who gave CB the weed? Did they know he was going to smoke it to a live audience which included loads of people under the age of 18? If he brought it down from the US then there is a bigger question on the status of our airport security. If he did, then perhaps we should start worrying about just how much illicit drugs come and go through Kotoka.
When Ludacris came to Ghana he attended at least one radio interview with Sarkodie. During the show, it was Ludacris who introduced Sarkodie. And guess what, they did a remix to one of Ludacris’ hots before Sark continued from there. Chris Brown invited Wizkid from Nigeria to dance azonto with him. What kinda insult was that? We own azonto. Our brothers from Nigeria are trying to steal it and we seem not to have a say when this is rubbed in our faces? There was no connection between CB and Ghana. Dude did not even mention the company that signed his million dollar cheque for him, let alone promote the Hope City.
Aside our security people not been able to stop CB from breaking our laws on stage, they seemed not to know how to handle crowds after they have entered the stadium. Thing is, once someone enters through a designated gate, the person is thus entitled to sit at a specific location by virtue of where they entered from. It seemed like the misapplication of common sensej especially when they kept shoving and pushing people as though we were in some jungle.
I just think our local folks should learn how to finish singingvtheir songs on stage. They start and stop midway when they feel like. We have always complained about the stagecraft of these guys. Aside Samini, VIP and Kwaw Kesse, and to some extent 4×4 and Sarkodie, the rest are really awful. They should respect our audiences and learn how to really entertain. Much as Chris Brown may not have awed me, no one can doubt his performance acumen. Can we say some for our local folks?
SO WAS IT WORTH IT?
Perhaps it was. But not for a million bucks and certainly minus the stupid and criminal antics kf smoking weed on stage.
By Kwame Gyan