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My West African performance, the best-Kirk Franklin

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 The Perez Dome  Hall at Dzorwulu, Accra
The Perez Dome Hall at Dzorwulu, Accra

At 40 plus, Kirk Franklin satisfied over his performance in West Africa, pronounced at a five hour program and said: “I have traveled all across Africa but this is the best.”

In a joint-collaborative stage performance with Ghanaian Cecilia Marfo, Cwesi Oteng, No Tribe and Cece Twum, Saturday August 4, 2013, pulled a massive Gospel streaming crowd to be remembered in Accra.

The venue was a 14,000 seater Perez Dome at Dzorwulu, Accra where an awesome scream of Ghanaians greeted Kirk Franklin and his team as they took on the stage.

Smart, Franklin seemed to  have taken inspiration from  Ohemaa Mercy, the typical African style of stage and performance and approach did not prophesy but  combined with his typical American fashion, he exhorted with songs like "Imagine M"’and "Something about the name Jesus".

He said Ghanaians should not worry about a tough summer- he had no idea we were going through fire-outbreaks in the rainy season and a suspected arsonist presumably on the loose.

An African gospel award nominee for six categories, Cecilia Marfo changed the mood like a Multi TV channel.

A flood of sober worship washed throughout the auditorium. Beautiful young ladies soiled their make-up with tears in careless abandon.

Prayers rumbled off several lips. Of course, women show their attachment to God faster than stiff men. Prayer rose up like incense. 

The occasion was organized by the Adom Praiz Team, who is thinking on organizing another record-breaking festival.

One of the striking things about Kirk Franklin’s performance was his legendary energy.

At 40 plus, he danced like mincemeat on a chopping board.

In the midst of his songs, he asked everybody to say to the person seated next ‘I love you’ and you can imagine us.

Guys fired off proposals to the next lady and the ladies mouthed the beautiful words to another guy in a plethora of proposals that had an expiration date with the superstar’s performance.

And if you were flanked by the same sex you ought to say it with emphasis that no gay was intended.

It was at the peak of his performance, that he stood on the very edge of the stage, opened up his arms wide and pronounced his sentence on the five hour program, “I have traveled all across Africa but this is the best”.

The audience fired off one last screaming outburst of energy like sightless Samson’s last strike on his enemies. They knew he was right.

The physical effect of a worshipful act from Cecilia marfo was that energy was stored for another animated act from the tribe-less duo "No Tribe". Na Cee made the stage his own.

Her voice was silky.

It was really much like a white linen covering neatly tucked into the four corners of a bed for Saturday inspection.

It was soft and floated tenderly into the deep seats higher up the pavilion. She stood on a highly technological platform under about 24 overhead lights and cameras staring helplessly at every performer and performance.

And when she sang "Se wo hunu se me ko menimaa na efre Nyame" (meaning any progress I make is due to God).

It struck a deep affinity with the audience and they showed it by joining instinctively into one beautiful but unplanned orchestra.

If you want to court the loudest response at any gospel performance, just tap into Ghananian fixation to prophetic utterances- and inject it into your act. Ohemaa Mercy knew this.

Her act was a mixture of prophetic murder of all spiritual enemies, at work and at home. It was a bad time to be a demon around the Dome.

The 14,000 audience in unison turned to the left, right and roundabout shouting "Jesus" as the lethal weapon for the unexpected late night raid against evil forces. The "Edin Jesus" song did the trick.

But she was not finished. We had to do christo-aerobic exercises which involved lifting the knee to the left to receive prophesied marriages a year by this time.

If you wanted a new car, job or six-digit salary, you had to lift the knee to the right. So you choose.


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