Written By Mofiyinfoluwa Okupe
Photos by Toby Kun
Walking into the dimly lit and mysterious atmosphere of the O2 Academy Islington only to have my ears blessed by DJ Femo delivering pure madness and amazing tunes on the deck. She kept the vibes flowing and had played jams back to back creating the hype and ginger before the performing artistes emerged.
First of was the soul and magic that is Lady Donli. She kicked off with ‘Mr Creeper’ and moved on to ‘Ice Cream’ where the audience gave as good as they got chanting the catchy lyrics and swaying to the smooth and enticing vocals of Lady Donli. Her stage performance ended with a slow and sensual performance of ‘Kashe Ni’ with her hitting just the right notes and providing eargasms.
The stunning Tomi Agape took the stage next. A natural born performer; complete with her own dancers delivered two singles ‘Take Time’ and ‘Higher’ and the crowd ate it up like hot puff puff.
Juls took over the deck for another musical interlude once again blessing us with jams leading to the jiggling of numerous backsides.
Juls came through for the second music interlude once again baptizing the crowd with waves of mad vibes and the ecstasy of moving music. Finally, the moment came, the stage was about to be graced by the man himself; the magic that is Nonso Amadi. Shy and bashful, he informed us of Odunsi’s absence encouraging us to sing his parts and boy, did we come through! He kicked off with ‘Don’t’ off the ‘War EP’ closely followed by ‘Don’t’ and finally Ocean’ and it was so beautiful because you could feel the love pouring off the crowd as we chanted lyrics back and forth, carrying melodies and feeding the atmosphere with our voices. It was breathtaking.
His performances included renditions of his single ‘Radio’ once again with countless reiterations of lyrics. Nonso heightened the whole experience with appearances of two surprise guests. First was Eugy Official who hit it off with the afro beat sensation of ‘Dance’ featuring Mr Eazi much to the delight and excitement of the audience.
Maleek Berry electrified the audience with performances of his hit singles ‘4 Me’ and ‘Kontrol’. ‘Early’ from Jul’s EP ‘Leap of Faith’, a collaboration of all three artists was next and the audience jammed to it and felt the vibes. He ended the night with his ultimate banger, the breakthrough single, the phenomenal work of art that is ‘Tonight’. It was the perfect song to end the night, witnessing the exchange of art as we gave back the same passion he blessed us with in the single. It was for me, the highlight of the night, seeing the astonishment and pleasure on his face as we screamed his lyrics back to him, showing just how much his music lived inside of us. It was such an amazing moment.
He took a bow and thanked the audience so much for coming through and being such amazing people. More music flowed form the decks and we jammed, vibed and laughed until we all found our ways and left. It was a beautiful night to witness and appreciate the future of Nigerian art and culture surrounded by wonderful people with all the right vibes flowing and its definitely a night i would relive if i could.
Art came alive, I felt it in my heart and I know I wasn’t the only one.