One Africa Music Fest was simply a bag of assorted chocolates. You truly did not know what you were going to get.
At one point Diane Abbott came on stage. I suppose she has now taken the title of ‘Ono ewi of Blackness’. And at another point Ramsey Noah – the Nollywood ex-heart-throb; if you like that sort of thing even came up on stage. That is when I knew that this box of chocolates was going to be quite unique!
Aside from the raspberry fudge moments (an acquired taste), the show started of promising when Mr Longomba came on stage. Awilo’s energy was infectious, and his dancers – mesmerising. ‘Karolina’ is still firmly a national African anthem. Evident as the audience went into a mini frenzy when he belted…
A real star has arrived..
Talaka moina mobali
Moina mobali ko
Moina mobali ko
Zing, zing Soumbouka
Tsha tsha tsha tsha tsha tsha tsha
This was enough to get the crowd into a party mode.
The party mode continued when later came a Tanzania waist whining artist. Man the boy can move that ‘ukwu’. He wants to break someone’s daughters waist.
Then came on Tekno, embarrassingly – the wrong picture of Davido came on the scream. Awkward.com . So I love Teckno’s music. But I just have one question I’d like to ask Mr Miles – did you realise this was a concert, and you had to actually sing? It’s no good prancing around on stage with your jeans sagging low. And dipping in and out of the mic. If you’re going to mime, at least put some effort into it.
It was also obvious, that Tiwa did not get the memo that she also had to sing? I didn’t even realise that Africa music artists mimed. Was I being naive? The whole beat and rhythm of the Afrobeats is about singing live. No?
And somewhere on stage Tiwa decided to walk off when the cut her set short. Why complain dear Tiwa? It’s not like you were singing anyways?
Somewhere in the middle was Sakordie.
Phyno eventually brought the concert back to some sort of normalcy by shock horror, singing live! He tried sha. But his set was quite rather short. I was just happy he sang my…
“Pino Pino follow me follow me, ah ah eh, nwata di mma biazienu solum oh (ah ah eh)”
Ah love that song!!! Mr Phyno closed the show with…
“Fada Fada eeeh (Fada Fada eeeh) A di kwam Loyal o Fada Fada eeeh (Fada Fada eeeh)”
And Olamaide joined that fun by belting…
“I buy moto I dey travel go obodo oyinbo. Na Private Jet remain for me Baba you know. Okwudili biko bia na eba take e photo”
[4685 -pyhno and Olamide]
Olamide had his own a set afterwards. By now my battery was just dying a slow death. So I had to reserve some juice for my favourite – Mr. N’ababia.
Davido Came on stage after Olamide (I think), well at least that’s what my camera says!
Like a theme running through the night, the good artists had short sets. And Davido was no exception, it was extremely short.
The entire stage had to be changed for Ijele One of Africa. Ijele Nwanne. Flavour Flavour.
This lady’s hair is quite distracting. LOL
Chai Flavour is good. Aside from Mr Longoba, Flavour of Africa killed it. He brought on stage his live band. And there was none of that miming malarkey. His set again was cut too short.
He was barely on stage for 10minutes before making way for PSquare to have their almost five minutes set. I frankly couldn’t remember what PSquare sang as it was rather way too short of a set.
It seems a bit perplexing that the relatively lesser known acts had more time on stage, and then the main artists cut a raw deal. The management team really need to look into this unsatisfactory cueing of acts.
My verdict was that the concert was badly managed in terms of timing. The host didn’t arrest the audience, however when he sang on stage, it was rather quite alright. But I can happily cross seeing Flavour in concert of my bucket list. And Awilo – double check.
I would ask for a refund, but firstly I can’t be bothered with all of that headache. And secondly, Ailo and Flavour made it worth it I the end.
The prompter / organisers need a stern talking to. This just wasn’t good enough. I have spoken.
Side note: we were running late, so I didn’t get a chance to take any before photos. Yikes.
Would I go again for One Africa Music Fest. Heck yes to see Awilo and Flavour. But if those two artists are not performing. Then heck NO!!!
Maybe see you next year!