The maiden edition of Central Region’s Abankese Music Festival was held in the last week of 2022 between December 26th & 27th, to celebrate Ghanaian heritage at the year’s end, exceeding expectations with a resounding success.
The festival pulled over ten thousand attendees to the prestigious Chapel square in Cape Coast, Ghana.
Acrobats, cultural performances, and a masquerade carnival were all part of the two-day music, culture, and arts festival dubbed Abankese. The festival featured performances from both established and up-and-coming Ghanaian artists.
Acts that performed included likes of Wanlov The Kubolor, QWECi (Ded Buddy), Afodat, Akatakyie, Pappi Sing, Roy X Taylor, Boggy Wenzday, Ama Nova, Musto lallana, Don Prophecy and Emogy. Other popular Ghanaian acts that joined them were Lil Sheriff, Tally bo, Orkortor Perry, Revlaytion, Kiddian Lyrical Jesus, Saa Boy No, Kojo Vypa and Smelling good gang Minab.
“The success was thrilling, and the event made a landmark in Cape Coast. We expected a decent turnout, but this beat our expectation for a debut event. People had fun, and we are now looking forward to a bigger edition in 2023,” said the organisers to TheAfricanDream.net, which was an official media partner.
The festival will be an annual event of music, arts, and culture in the beautiful, historical city of Cape Coast, Ghana. It will place emphasis on showcasing Ghanaian heritage and music to attendees and the world.
The event also aims to improve a central part of the nation by engaging in long-term socioeconomic initiatives that will benefit the local youths of Cape Coast and its surrounding townships.
Following the festival’s success, major players in Ghana’s Central Region are suggesting more hosting days for the festival to hold so it can include more activities for attendees. They called the festival a positive representation of Ghanaian culture and music.
“Key stakeholders in the Central Region are calling for the extension of the festival as it embodies the people, the culture, and the heritage of the central region in particular and Ghana as a whole. We have promised an extension of the Festival from two days to four days and a host of fun activities for patrons,” said the organisers of the show.