Even in the pouring rain the spirits of the crowd couldn’t be dampened as loyal Afrobeats fans, mostly made up of females, milled about in the beautiful open air space against the backdrop of the stunning venue.
Sierra Leone’s finest Tyrone The Prince, kicked off the night’s entertainment with his latest tracks including the infectious Dance Like an African complete with dancers performing popular moves from across the golden continent. The model turned artist, who has been performing in his homeland since childhood, said the event preparation had been ‘stressful’ but he was glad his performance ‘was on point.’
UK Afrobeats collective Vibe Squad then took to the stage with the hotly tipped Mista Silva, Flava and Kwamz who gave an energetic performance of their hit Boom Boom Tah and Wadi Mi Sika then sent the crowd wild as Kwamz jumped off stage to shake hands with his adoring fans. Flava later spoke to Pappzd exclusively about their growing international fan-base with a reach as far as Canada, Australia and Germany.
We love performing abroad because our international fans are so loyal. Were proud to see Afrobeats enter the mainstream, the music and dancing is just so addictive its hard to ignore
DJ Abrantee then made an appearance to introduce the next act and only had to utter the phrase ‘small girl’ before Afrobeats favourite Atumpan leaped on stage accompanied by some scantily clad dancers. The mostly female audience screamed wildly as he belted out his hit The Thing and clawed at him as he greeted the front row and even planted kisses on the damp faces of his fans.
Headlining and closing the show was Afrobeats veteran Olu Maintain performing his classic Yahooze, which has over a million Youtube views. He caused a mad scramble in the crowd as he threw his latest CD out into the audience, only narrowly missing my head.
Abrantee wrapped up the night’s proceedings with a set to get the crowd bubbling before the long journey home but before he left he showed us his best Azonto dance and gave the crowd an emotional tribute for their support of Afrobeats, a much love genre which is clearly here to stay.
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