Rapperholic 2019: ‘Unstoppable’ Sarkodie fails better


At a Rapperholic concert, every activity that precedes the SarkCess man’s entrée is merely filler — or so it seems. This pretty much goes for performances too.

Therefore, let’s skip the foreplay, shall we?

This year, Sarkodie’s apparition occurred twenty-five minutes into Boxing Day. Glistening like a hip-hop Michael Jackson, the rapper, who has hosted the annual Christmas day gig for seven editions now, emerged to classic Sark Nation glee, and the Jayso and Sway Dasafo–assisted “Lay Away,” one of his earlier hits.

The 2019 installment — like the ones that have preceded it — was designed to be a portrait of his permanence at the lonely top, complete with persuasive intermittent clips that trace his inspiring journey, and celebrate the magnificent ascendance.

This year’s theme is especially apt. Sarkodie has indeed been “unstoppable.” The music practice isn’t child’s play, or there wouldn’t be this few managing the success he has harvested so far.

“It’s not easy to be in this industry for this long,” admitted the man during his vote of thanks; his hypothesis being that though talent and hard work are central in the success equation, there’s a special place for divine favour.

No debate here.

That Sarkodie has kept his place for a decade is a testimonial that he’s unlocked something only a handful of others have. For this, he has built a vast cult that is likely only rivalled by Shatta Wale, or Stonebwoy, the dancehall firebrand who joined him for a surprise performance on the night.

The devoted following beseeches the December 25 event without fail; ready to regale one with Sarkodie history and tidbits, and excuses for even the slightest technical hiccup. (To be fair, the show was largely free of them, save for the nervous, drawn-out pause that threatened the flow of the rapper’s opening set).

Characteristic of Rapperholic is an intoxicating exchange between the “Adonai” man and the section of his disciples before him, revelling in the good fortune of sharing Christmas day with their beloved icon. Equipped with a deep party appetite that has built up over the last fifty-two weeks, they hang on to Sarkodie’s every line with the appropriate gusto — such as attends all addictions worthy of their name.

Aside from its headliner, the concert also delivers a glamorous lineup of the rapper’s friends, especially if they guest on Sarkodie’s most recent releases. On this occasion, the rapper called on Joey B, MEDiKAL, Edem, Kwesi Arthur, Herman Suade, Quamina MP, Kofi Mole, Tulenkey, Kweku Smoke, Coded, La Meme Gang, Sista Afia, Efya, Prince Bright, Nigeria’s Mr Eazi, and Rudeboy.

Source: Gabriel Myers Hansen

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