He may not have entered the game too early, but he has indeed left an indelible mark on lovers of quality highlife music, and crowning his efforts with four individual awards and another for a collaborative piece, at the 2016 Music of Ghanaian Origin (MOGO) Awards, is certainly not out of place.
Out of the ten award categories, the ‘Mansa’ and Brother Brother’ hit maker, had seven nominations going into the event at the Alisa Hotel Ridge Arena on Saturday night.
On the night, he was named the MOGO Artiste of the year, his song ‘Mansa’ was named the MOGO Song of the Year, and he was named the MOGO song writer of the year, as well as the MOGO Best Male Act.
To crown it all, Obrafuor’s ‘Pimpinaa’ won the Best MOGO Collaboration which featured Bisa.
Bisa, who’s on a tour outside the country, had his Business Manager Kojo Akuffo picked the awards on his behalf.
The MOGO Awards, a Citi FM initiative and a subset of the bigger MOGO Festival, seeks to celebrate authentic Ghanaian Highlife music and also reward those whose efforts have kept the genre ablaze.
This year’s event, which was interspersed with great performances from Amakye Dede, Bessa Simons, Ebo Taylor and Bob Pinodo, also treated invited guests to a dinner dance, where there was enough to eat and drink.
The MOGO Festival started on February 29, with the 3 Nights with Music Greats series, which featured Bob Pinodo, Ebo Taylor and K.K Kabobo at the +233 Jazz and Grill Bar.
That event prepared the grounds for the main awards night at the Alisa Hotel.
Full List of Award Winners
MOGO Best Song – Bisa Kdei – Mansa
MOGO Best Song writer– Bisa Kdei MOGO
Artiste of the year – Bisa Kdei
MOGO Best Performer – Amakye Dede
MOGO Album of the year – Sarkodie
MOGO Best Female Act – Efya
MOGO Best Band/Group – Ohia be ye ya
MOGO Best Producer – Kaywa
MOGO Best Collaboration – Obrafuor/ Bisa Kdei – Pimpinaa
MOGO Male Act – Bisa Kdei
MOGO Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Pinodo and Ebo Taylor
The MOGO Festival 2016, is powered by Citi 97.3 FM, sponsored by the National Lottery Authority and Rehoboth Properties and supported by Alisa Hotels and the +233 Jazz Bar and Grill.