Photos: 'Holico' girls' band steals show at 2017 Joy FM Pop Chain

Photos: 'Holico' girls' band steals show at 2017 Joy FM Pop Chain
Source: Ghana||Edwin Appiah|
Date: 01-10-2017 Time: 04:10:17:pm

Sound, saner music washed over an impressive slice of middle-class professionals whose youth began in the 60's and 70's and are now largely accomplished.

They soaked in the live band nodding their heads as they processed the long night over cute bottles of beer and soft drinks.

Ace Ankomah adlibbed the song 'I just want to say I love you' and his fingers mimicked the strings of guitars almost instinctively.

Men and women from the 60's and 70's, this hang-out was perfect for their age which is being drowned out by some of the songs by the current crop.

And so the Joy FM Pop Chain is a 2017 preservation of 1967 music and along with it, the preservation of memories of their youth.

A youth that over 35 years later, now sat in the seats of +233 bar and grill wearing glasses, spotting grey hair and generally slight potbellies as living testimony that life has turned out pretty well.

Based on the blessedness of their own lives, this magnanimous group of accomplished men and women came together to bless the cause of The Sugar Project. It is a campaign by Joy FM Super Morning Show host Kojo Yankson to address one of Ghana's most silent killers - diabetes.

But for now, let's allow the live band stir up the memories and invigorate matured bones to the dance floor.

The ladies were very quick to jump to the floor at the sound of the live band rendition of 'Mr. Beautiful'. They were hearty in dancing as if the song was a personal compliment.

But the men sat back like military commanders sizing up the chances of success should anyone venture onto the dance floor to match up the women.

There was live band music performed by old students from Mfantsipim, Achimota, Augustine's and Holy Child.

Ace Ankomah, would finally get his eager fingers on the keyboard and feel a reunion of lovers - his instruments and him as he joined the MOBA group to perform.

Ben Brako, always spotting a sunny smile, riled up the women with the song 'My Girl'

'I've got sunshine on a cloudy day' so the song goes and an architect Evans performed 'I just want to say I love you' plus ' Stuck on you'. Asked who he was stuck onto in his school days, he laughed ' I got stuck on many', a giggle contained more than 30 years history.

The question remained, what will get the men to dominate the dance? The attempts at a dance had so far been sporadic.

An old man shook almost violently in the front row at the rendition of the song ' Fire will burn you' and 'I feel good'.

But a breakthrough came through when the band fired up the song 'sex machine'.

The response was instantaneous. The women like a train made their way to the dance floor the umpteenth time. This dance machine would know all about sex and machines you would think.

And it was at this point that the spectating men became dancing citizens. Sex - it brings togetherness, doesn't it?.

And as the tempo of the dancing notched up, I genuinely hoped that this sex machine song must have 19 stanzas.

But thankfully the follow-up song - 'She used to be my girl' - still kept this bond of men and women still on the dance floor.

As a faithful witness to events, it must be said some of the dance moves and manoeuvres was ...was....was...well, interesting.

A man's moves momentarily, desperately throws his arms and limbs like one about to fall off a cliff.
And many moves were much like Pentecost pastors - severely sanitised of any real flair.

But the mood inside +233 bar and grill was great. The mothers became girls, fathers played like boys and the young ones must have looked on thinking 'all this went on in the 60's?'

By the time the partygoers were shouting to 'We've got a lot of cocoa and coffee in Brazil' the tables were abandoned and littered with lots of drinks and khebab in Accra.

Talking about women dancing, former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings dropped in to cement her reputation as Ghana's best female party-going politician.

Taking her 'Be bold' mantra along with her, she was soon on the dance floor boldly slugging it out with David Ampofo.

Her absence until late suddenly felt like the event had been robbed of her presence. But seeing her there, it was pretty much no suprise for the former First Lady prominent feature at a Joy FM entertainment event feels like a matter-of-course.

The 2016 show-stealing David Ampofo was back. Everyone loved the songs but David sang like he owned the copyright to the songs.

When he performed 'Let it be', the twitched face and heartfelt movement on the stage told the story of a man deeply in love with what he was doing.

But the show was stolen from the 2016 show stealer by a performance from Holy Child. We were told not to expect much but they ended up delivering so much more.

The leader of this three-woman band explained that in the 70's there was a girl band in Holico that rocked.

And when she proceeded to pronounce the name of the band, it first came across as a quadratic equation or an elective maths formula.

Soulful Psychedelic X + 3 confusion 15, the name went, and it brought quite some confusion that the name had to be pronounced again.

Soulful Psychedelic X + 3 confusion 15. The group was no more as life has happened to them. But these three were here for a throwback into those days.

And this sheer willingness to rehearse and now attempt what only men had been doing all night rubbed well with the crowd.

And of course, Holy Child be Holy Child, their first song was about Jesus who is the whole point about holy child anyway.

So 'Jesus keeps my soul', we danced to an upbeat track that swept the party passed 1 am.

The women besieged the floor in some feminine solidarity and an Agusco old boy, impressed with the feat which their girls' school had chalked slipped four brown notes of 50cedis as a token of his appreciation.

The money was given later to the Sugar project. Kojo Yankson would explain how his own battle with diabetes left him in a two-months coma in the UK and his amazement at the slew of health professionals assigned to keep him alive.

Contrasting this system with Ghana, the yawning gap in quality is self-evident. In Ghana, he said, stories of how someone died after slumping into a chair for a nap could be telltale signs of diabetes.

But where is the aggression to check the populace of traces and laces of sugar in the blood? The Sugar project also supported by the Rotary Club, Airport chapter, is to add to this agression.

Rotary got sponsorship to fly down international guitarist and composer Alfred Kari Bannerman, born in Ghana who later would go to the UK.

His name and work is linked to Osibisa, late E.T.Mensah, late S.E.Rogie, A.B.Crentsil, Koo Nimo, Hugh Masekela, Pat Thomas, Ronnie Laws, Peter Green of Fleetwood Mack. An impressive CV that backed a performance of class.

Soul singer Cuttie Williams- Remember his song Pour sugar? Rub me up? Country living? Yeah you won't make this connection easily if you wrote BECE in 2000. But yeah, he was there courtesy the magnanimity of Rotary club, Joy FM Pop Chain and sponsors.

And as patrons of this fundraising event danced with some aggresion, their monies joined in the cause to save children, mothers, fathers from the disease believed to affect 10% of Ghana's 2.7million citizens.

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