We were pleasantly surprised to learn the addition of afrobeats artist Fuse ODG at Wireless Festival on Sunday courtesy of the SBTV stage. After only releasing his first single Azonto in 2012 and receiving huge attention, Fuse has fast become the breakthrough artist of the afrobeats scene.
The Ghanaian-raised south-east Londoner became the first Ghanaian artist in the UK to reach the number one spot in the iTunes chart, with several competition videos for the single Antenna going viral on YouTube.
So having reached number one with his latest single Antenna and with about everyone from your grandma singing along, we knew that he was an inevitable choice to add to the line-up.
We missed Giggs’ set to see Fuse ODG perform and were left a little bit disappointed. We were not keen on his profound use of the Azonto competition (pulling people from the crowd to perform the dance craze against one another), that has become a constant part of his performances.
Though hilariously amusing to see some perform it not so well, we would rather see his dancers do it and with the repetitive rewind of the track a total of four times left us feeling a bit like “leave it yeah.”
So if you have seen him before (like so many of us) nothing may have come as a surprise, but if you hadn’t you may have possibly enjoyed it. Overall it’s a step forward for any afrobeats artist.
At short notice, maybe he just didn’t have time to perfect a new stage performance!