Remember the concert I mentioned I was attending in my last post? Well...it was a blast. MI, Tiwa Savage, Wizboy, Waje, King Sunny Ade and Weird MC all for the sum of 30 pounds, roughly about N7,500. I won't even be able to see King Sunny Ades fila for N7,500 back in Lagos much less an entire performance supported by other amazing artists.
Our Nigerian concert promoters need to fix up and drop that ridiculous 1 mill for table nonsense they keep pulling back home. Yeah I know they have cheaper tickets but the seats are usually so shitty its never worth it.
But I digress....the concert was amazing, went with my friends Erenma and Adanna.
It was hosted by Segun Arinze, a much maligned Nigerian actor. For years with the way people talked about Segun Arinze's eyeballs you would think they were weapons of mass destruction, I honestly believed the poor mans eyes were nearly falling out of his head, they are literally a standing punchline on twitter. I saw him in the flesh on Monday and I swear his eyes are not that big, they're a bit larger than the regular but its nothing to be afraid of.
Nigerians are hella mean.
First up was Wizboy who I'd never heard of before that day but who delivered a stellar performance, he was totally giving me Flavour lite (nobody can top Flavour) but with his own spin on it. I thought he was really good and unfortunately tweeted my opinion and 3 days later I'm still getting mentions from his fans and management team (I think), retweeting the stuff I said about him.
Then Waje who was phenomenal. I've never heard her sing live and I think I only know one song shes done but baby girl needs to hurry up and deliver an album because her voice is fantastic. Bags of talent there.
She introduced one of the musical loves of my life "omo Savage from Isale-Eko", the one and only Tiwa Savage, who I realised is also yet to release an album. What is up with these people short-changing their fans. Waje and Tiwa did a duet to 'Missing You' and it was bee-yoo-tee-ful.
Then T.S did her thing and she brought it. She started out singing all these old Nigerian songs "If You Marry Taxi Driver", "Oni Dodo Oni Moin-moin" (sp), other ones that I don't know the titles to. My highlight of her performance was where before my very eyes Tiwa did the Azonto in slow-mo. I mean I haven't even finished pulling off the regular Azonto it is now to be so arrogant in my ability as to slow that ish down.
I love Tiwa Savage die but MI was my favourite performance of the night, it was amazing. Everybody knew all the words to all his songs, the energy was cracking, my man can get a crowd HYPED. He had people out of their seats and he brought the house down when he did "African Rapper Number 1" (I think thats what the song is called, the one with Flavour sha) and Ice-Prince, Wizboy and some other dude came out and did the Atilogwu to the song.
He also brought this fan on stage and performed "One Naira" to her at the end of which he took off his watch and gave it to her. In these hard times when owu is blowing with impunity if that had being me I'd have been at a pawn shop first thing the next day or on Ebay. That girl better act right and not keep that watch on some "let me treasure something MI gave me" p. Retail that ish guuurrrl.
King Sunny Ade was quite the experience, after his performance I totally got why he's the King of Owambes, my guy is tireless. He's probably pushing 70 or so but dude was bending low, giving them butterfly, energetic to the teeth and I thought the crowd was hyped when MI came out, it was nothing compared to the madness that ensued while KSA was performing. He has a massive following, I really had no idea.
All the performers were really nice and came out and took pictures with fans and stalkers (me) and mingled with people. Got photos with Waje, Tiwa Savage (whoop!), MI and Ice-Prince.
Love and light xx