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VIP

The journey of music, impact and success of the music group VIP

2023

Group formation
13 July 2023

Group formation

Vision In Progress (VIP), is a renowned Hiplife music group from Ghana. The group's founding members, Abdul Hamidu Ibrahim (Lazzy), Emmanuel Promzy Ababio (Promzy), and Joseph Nana Ofori (Prodigal), along with Bone and Friction, embarked on their musical journey in the early 90s in Nima, a suburb of Accra. Their perseverance, talent, and determination perfectly embodied the spirit of a tough, ambitious Ghetto life.

2023

The Early Days and the Royal Visit
14 July 2023

The Early Days and the Royal Visit

In the late 90s, VIP emerged as a dominant force in Ghana's music scene, performing at various local events. Their breakthrough came when they composed the song "Friends" in honor of the Netherlands Royal couple, His Royal Highness Willem Alexander and Princess Mixima, during their visit to Ghana. The performance led them to a live musical show in Denhaag, Netherlands, leaving a lasting impact on their journey.

2023

Rise to Prominence and Awards
15 July 2023

Rise to Prominence and Awards

VIP's talent and energy earned them a nomination for the Ghana Music Awards in 2002 as the Hip-Life Rap Music Group of the Year. The group garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base due to their exceptional performances, especially at the National Theatre during the Ghana Music Awards Night. They also collaborated with the legendary Osibisa band and gained fame with their hit song "Ahomka Womu," which won multiple awards, including Best Music Video Directing.

2023

Representing Ghana Globally
16 July 2023

Representing Ghana Globally

VIP's fame transcended national boundaries, leading them to represent Ghana at international events and concerts. They proudly represented Ghana at the 2004 Kora Awards in South Africa, sharing the stage with renowned musicians like Salifu Keita. The group also participated in fundraising activities for the 2004 Olympics Games in Athens, Greece.

2023

Evolution and New Material
17 July 2023

Evolution and New Material

As the group evolved over the years, some members left, and new ones joined. Promzy eventually left to pursue a solo career, and Reggie Rockstone, the godfather of Ghanaian rap, joined the group. This transformation led to the birth of VVIP, and the group continued to produce successful singles like "Selfie," "Skolom," and "Dogoyaro." Their documentary, "Home Grown: Hiplife in Ghana," further showcased their journey to a global audience.

2023

Advocacy and Humanitarian Initiatives
19 July 2023

Advocacy and Humanitarian Initiatives

Beyond their musical achievements, VIP actively participated in various social causes and humanitarian initiatives. They joined the "Peace and Reconciliation Concerts" organized by the United Nations and the Liberian Government in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Additionally, VIP played a significant role in the fight against HIV/AIDS through music, collaborating with organizations like Goodies Music Production, Goodies Foundation, and West Africa AIDS Foundation.

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