This year’s edition of Rhythms On Da Runway was aesthetic, it was in a class of it’s own; the show was delicately hosted by Nathaniel Attoh and Nana Aba Anamoah. Fashion met together with music and the outcome was eventful, trendy and entertaining at the Christiansborg Castle, Osu Accra. The theme which was “the Year of Return” resonated with 400 years slave anniversary, as a matter of fact, the classic event happened on 31st August, 2019. In attendance was the Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Her Excellency Samira Buwumia, a host of other dignitaries and government officials.
Amongst the celebrities who graced the occasion include Claudia Lumor, Dentaa Amoateng, Nikki Samonas, Gisela Gagakuma, Richard Owusu Darko, Kwaku Akuoko Boateng, Elikem Kormodze, MasAiley Dassail (Odenkey), Steven “Tonado” Appiah, Kojo Yankson and a whole lot more. The show was quite amazing, it was exciting to sit in and watch, lots of celebrated creatives and fashion icons rock the runway in a spectecular fashion. James Gardiner, Kalybos, Akuma Mama Zimbi, Regina Van Hervert, Gifty B, Jay Folie, Ruth Quarshie, Akpene Diata and all made a big difference with their favorable moves on the catwalk.
The designers were pretty much on point and appreciated, StepHapp Ghana opened the show with some breathtaking Ghanaian smock apparels (popularly known as “Fugu” in our local dialect) after the opening act which was beautifully performed by Doris Adom Asomaning, Nana Asase the Poet and Paulina Oduro. Abrantie the Gentleman, Ophelia Crossland and Velma’s Accessories did amazing and showcased their entirely new collections to the delight of the audience.
The rest of the crafters came through with lots of attention to details, creativity and craftmanship. Designers like Yartel GH, Palse from South Africa, Mudi Africa, Lumiere Couture, were very alluring and poised. Jesu Segun London took it to a whole new level, his shoe collection was showstopping. Finally, Nineteen 57 by KOD showed class, style and elegance to close the show, and actually bring it to successful end. In all “Ten amazing Pan-African fashion designers shared one big stage as Ghana celebrated the Year of Return”.
It was “an electrifying evening with a hot line up of most dazzling artistes like Cina Soul, Becca, Obrafo, Stone Boy, Nana Boro, Episode, Pat Thomas, Rex Omar, and the rest followed subsequently. The best part of it is where Ghana’s iconic singer and saxophonist, Asabea Cropper was hugely honored (in the company of his dearly beloved brother, the Kenteman) with a thoughtful citation. Ghanaian hiplife artist, Obrafour was not left out of the equation, he was also honored for his scintillating lyrics and wrap; which has lasted for two decades in the music industry.
Rhythms On Da runway was brought to you by Nineteen 57 and Genet Services in association with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts, African Fashion Fund, African Regent Hotel, South African Tourism, Maybelline New York, Synergy MD, World Trade Center Accra, Eurostar Limousine Services, and refreshed by Glenfidich Whiskey. See video and the fabulous style images below!