With a long list of achievements already accomplished in Mavado's incredible career, Gully Gad passed a personal milestone last weekend by performing in Africa for the first time. Mavado performed in front of a 10,000-strong crowd inside the capitol's Accra Sports Stadium, in Ghana.
"Long time mi suppose to reach Africa fi sing fi di people," said Mavado. "But nothing before time. It was a great experience and I felt so at home there. Ghana reminded me so much of Jamaica, I loved it."
From the moment Mavado arrived in Ghana it was pandemonium as crowds followed him everywhere he went, wether on foot, bike or car as he did the promotional rounds and hung out at various spots in Accra. Indeed Mavado had to remain in his car for nearly 20 minutes when he arrived at the stadium, such was the throng of excitement surrounding the motorcade that brought him in. It was triumphant chaos when Mavado finally emerged from his vehicle to enter the Stadium's field, surrounded by highly enthusiastic fans who formed a massive circle around him as he walked.
Promoters Fantasy Entertainment put on a great event inside the stadium, drawing the biggest crowd ever seen for a Reggae event in Ghana. A slew of Ghanaian performers put on great performances, from Reggae and Dancehall, rap, drumming and traditional genres. Samini was the local headliner, who put on a great show with his band before he made way for Gully Gad, backed by his Anger Management band.
The large crowd erupted as Mavado ran out with "So Special" and had the audience captured and singing along for over an hour and a half, singing anthem after anthem with him. It seemed the Ghanaian people identified with the song "Messiah" the most as T-shirts with the words "No Food, No Water," a line from the song, were emblazoned across T-shirts for sale on countless stalls outside. "Hope and Pray" was also greeted with a massive response, Mavado having to sing the song several times to satisfy the crowd.
"I had to give them almost everything," said a sweat-soaked Mavado after the performance. "The people showed me crazy love and made me so welcome since I came here so I had to give them a special performance. I cant wait to return and look forward to performing in other African countries in the near future."
We the Best Recording Artist Mavado is currently back in the US recording his album with DJ Khaled. The Welcome to the Gully Tour, originally scheduled for the US and Canada, has now become a world trod, as Gully Gad will also be performing in several more African countries in December, as well as shows in Central and South America, Caribbean and Europe before the year is out.