Blakk Rasta Rocks Nsawam Prison
Ghana's multi award-winning conscious reggae superstar, Blakk Rasta, last Friday, May 11, staged a concert at the Nsawam Prisons to celebrated Bob Marley Day with the inmates.
During the concert, dubbed 'Jailhouse Rocking' , the reggae artiste/radio presenter on Hitz 103.7 FM performed a lot of his hit songs with his Herbalist band for four hours, as allotted by prison authorities in the first ever reggae performance in a Ghanaian prison.
The theme for the performance was 'The Storm Will Soon Be Over'.
The prisoners danced and sang to reggae music until the live band concert ended at 4:00pm, when they were asked to retire to their cells.
They lamented the concert had ended too soon but that was all the time allotted by the authorities.
Many cried as Blakk Rasta delivered very inspiring messages to them in-between his set.
Prison officers could not withstand the heat and also joined in the dancing and celebration right on stage.
Toiletries, food, toothbrushes, deodorants, clothes and beverages were donated by the artiste to the inmates, who asked to have the celebration done every year.
Fiifi Selah (formerly of TH4 Kwages), Saba and a prisoner, King Grapha, also entertained the inmates.
Deputy Director of Ghana Prisons, Ackom Gyedu, was so glad to have reggae in the jailhouse and agreed to help make it a yearly affair.
He said the prisoners loved Blakk Rasta a lot, therefore he should never let them down.
It was an emotional moment when the artiste said bye to the inmates, after which he embraced Exopa boss and model, Ibrahim Sima, Goodies Music boss Isaac Aidoo, Ramzy (of Stars of the Future fame) and other celebrity prisoners.
Blakk Rasta won the Reggae Song of the Year award at the just ended Ghana Music Awards. He is also the current winner of the Reggae Radio Host of the Year award at the Radio and TV Awards.