Hyping The Crowd? Why Not Create A Connection?

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Hyping The Crowd? Why Not Create A Connection?

I have always been the kind who attend concerts and shows (though rarely) hoping to come away with something mind blowing and some form of emotional imprint.

I have always been the kind who attend concerts and shows (though rarely) hoping to come away with something mind blowing and some form of emotional imprint. In recent times, I have develop this penchant for watching live Ghanaian shows and I must say I don’t know who to be disappointed with the most-the audiences mellow or complete lack of response or the artist inability to connect with them. It appears some of these artists lack stage presence. Hopping from one end of the stage to the other like a kangaroo, while screaming like a banshee is enough of a torture personally. Honestly given how loud some of them become, I have come to the honest conclusion that they do not even need a microphone-their voices are beyond capable of carrying across.

Some artists have talked of hyping their audiences etc but what most failed to understand is to have that stage presence you must connect with your audiences. How? Well, having a good or powerful voice or being abundantly talented does not automatically translate into a commanding stage presence, but, from a performer’s ability to incorporate some honesty to their performance. What do I mean by honesty? The ability to present yourself, integrate your personality off stage, confidence and be emotionally open (no acting or hypocrisy). For instance, once I watched this live show in which an artist sang about wanting to get back with an ex after cheating on her blah! Blah! Blah! However, during the performance, the artist behavior suggested otherwise. I got the impression he was more into the girl in the front roll in mini skirt than he was into getting back with his ex.

The mistake most performers make is once they get on stage, they try to be something or someone else, for instance, once on stage an artist transitions from Kofi to Qouphi, Kwame to Quame-you get the drift? “They come turn yankee ooo.” Even the lyrics become slanged, for example beautttiful turns into “beaurrrifool,” third becomes “thiiirrrrrrrrrrd” etc.To have a commanding stage presence is to have the amazing ability to make the audience feel the true emotion and raw passion behind a song. Showing off, and turning yankee all of sudden takes away from an artist presence and make them come off as phony. Please people (artist) be yourselves, be spontaneous and put more effort into your shows-make it more vibrant and lively gosh. I can’t even remember the last time I got goose bumps from watching these bootleg “yankee” performances.

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