HalfEye Multimedia, a renowned entertainment company has announced the official launch of the highly anticipated ‘Pat Thomas Highlife Night’ at the prestigious Alisa Hotel in Accra today.
The event which is dedicated to celebrating the legendary Pat Thomas and the rich heritage of Ghanaian Highlife music, is slated for August 4 at the renowned Accra International Conference Centre.
Pat Thomas, globally touted as the “Golden Voice of Africa” serves as an iconic figure in Ghana’s Highlife music genre and has made magnificent contributions to Ghana’s cultural landscape. The ‘Pat Thomas Highlife Night’ aims to honour his remarkable achievements and recognize the numerous Highlife legends that the country has produced, both past and present. The event promises to be a captivating evening of music, nostalgia, and appreciation for this unique and cherished musical style.
At the launch the President of HalfEye Multimedia, Peter Kwabena Adu-Adjei revealed an inspiring plan for the event’s proceeds. “Pat Thomas over the years has sang mostly in the Fante Language hence many of his fans and Ghanaians at large believe he hails from the Western and Coastal plains but in actual fact he hails from Agona in the Ashanti Region,” he said. “Hence the funds generated from the ‘Pat Thomas Highlife Night’ will be invested in the development of a musical school in Agona, and named after the legend as the Pat Thomas’s School of Music and Arts. This initiative aims to provide aspiring musicians with a platform to learn and nurture their talents, ensuring the preservation and continuation of the rich Highlife heritage for future generations,” he added.
On his part, the Chairman for the occasion, President of the Musicians Union of Ghana, BessA Simons said “Pat Thomas made High life music very popular in the States and Canada. He made Ghana special with the Highlife brand and through his works and also the works of other Highlife greats, we attracted tourists to Ghana.” He also revealed plans of the union in putting together a museum that will honour the works of Ghanaian Highlife legends including Pat Thomas, the Golden Voice of Africa. “Creating the Ghana Music Museum to honour the efforts of the contributions and efforts of our music legends and Pat Thomas will be one of the huge names to be honoured.”
In between the event launch, a minute silence was observed in memory of the late Kwadwo Akwaboah Snr, also a Highlife great who passed a few days ago.
Several dignitaries and personalities from the music industry were present at the launch including the wife and family of Pat Thomas, the illustrious Mikki Osei Berko, who served as the MC, the President of the Ghana Culture Forum, Nana Otuo Owoahene Acheampong and several pioneering figures of Highlife music. Their presence further highlighted the significance of the occasion and demonstrated their unwavering support for the development of the Highlife genre.