By Ayo Onikoyi
One of the records broken at the 2016 Ovation Green Carol, the ninth in the series, is the fact that the American legendary rock and blues group, Cameo, performed ‘live’ with a full band in Africa for the first time at the event. For over an hour, Cameo took attendees down memory lane with old tunes at the high octane event which brought a galaxy of iconic music stars together under the atmosphere of praise, worship and entertainment to celebrate the Yuletide.
Cameo appeared on the stage singing the 1984 blockbuster “She’s Strange”. Their appearance was a spectacle indeed and Larry Blackmon, the lead vocalist of the group, was quite a sight with his red manhood protector while other members of the group, Tomi Jenkins, Anthony Lockett, Aaron Mills and Charlie Singleton were all palpably excited at being reunited with their roots. Some attendees who could be regarded as “pentagon” danced to the beats asking for more. The group went on to perform popular tunes such as ‘Single’, ‘Attack me with your love’, “Alligator Woman”, “Cameosis” and so on, to evoke fond memories of the good old days.
Guests were welcomed with a panoply of carols by the Jesus Crew which put them in the mood for the season. The compere, Richard Mofe-Damijo and Daala Oruwari, were in their elements as they introduced the various acts.
The first act of the night was a performance by Ruby and Pearl with a cluster of dancers clad in white and a jazzy rendition by Olu Jazz followed in quick succession as he blew monstrous tunes like Grover Washington’s “Just the two of us”, “Oluwa mi”, “Jolomi” and Teddy Pendergrass’ “50-50 love”. Right after the jazz session, wizard on the wheel of steel, DJ Jamsomtyn serenaded guests with popular tunes before Eniola took the stage and Africa’s hottest female group, Shikane, comprising three sisters took the event several notches higher.
After Cameo’s performance, the Publisher of Ovation magazine, Chief Dele Momodu made presentations by inducting the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama and King Sunny Ade into the Ovation Hall of Fame. Chief Momodu also honoured the Family of OJB Jezreel, Cymbals Dance Crew and Mr. Richard McCarthy, a Ghanaian received cash awards.