There were a lot of exciting things about the BBK Concert. It wasn’t just about music, but also about the cultural heritage on display during the three-day long event that started on the 31st of March and came to a glorious ending last night (this morning) with the Homecoming Live Show. Other major features of the event were the Homecoming Pop-up Show; Jersey Customization, and a Football Tournament hosted by Nike & Native
The Live Show held at the Balmoral Hall, Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos. The lineup was as buff as any music show you can think of in Nigeria, as both the more popular, and alté artistes rocked the stage in front of the audience who filled the venue long before the show began.
While concert-goers awaited the event, incredible DJ, Aye! held it down entertaining with animated gestures, and some of the best music mixes and transitions I’ve heard in a while. Aye! spun heavy funk and afropop jams alongside DJ Smallz who catered to the needs of the trap music savvy lots in the crowd. The performances of these sets put the crowd in the mood for the madness that was to come.
The show opened when Naomi Campbell got on stage. Ms.Campbell opened the show by bringing out the viral Ikorodu Dance Group, Dream Catchers on stage. Following Rihanna’s acknowledgement of their video, Dream Catchers have become worldwide sensations, and they did not fall short of expectations with a breathtaking dance rendition that showed why they deserve the accolades they are getting.
Photographer and singer, WavyTheCreator came up right after with a mellow and trance-inducing performances of singles, Stay & H.I.G.H. Her voice held the audience in a way they never expected. Following Wavy, was Kida Kudz to perform Issa Vibe alongside Straffitti coming out to support. They keep up the pace set by the other performances and it slowly began to look like the show was going to live up to expectations at this point.
At this point, world record-setting disc jockey, DJ Obi took over and would run the show for most parts of the remainder the night. Ajebutter22 brought out BOJ, his long term collaborator after performing tunes like Ghana Bounce, Bad Gang. BOJ’s set was supported by Teezee, as they performed Toyin from the DRB Lasgidi collective got a shot too. BOJ and Teezee performed “Toyin”, a major throwback jam from the DRB group, before YCee and Dice Ailes performed singles from their collection of hits.
Odunsi The Engine is always a delight to watch. He wastes no time and gets straight to performing the people’s current favourite, Alté Cruise. He rightfully brings out Zamir and Santi and the performance brought refreshing energy in the room. Both Santi & Odunsi then go on to perform, “Gangsta Fear”, before calling up Prettyboy D.O. for his performance of Footwork which did good to keep the energy in the building on a high level. It was a night for indie musicians to shine, and for most parts they took the chance with unsettling eagerness. In case anyone needed a reminder that they were no pushovers, their showmanship last night made a bold statement to the world, so much that a notable music icon in the industry describes them as ‘ready-made superstars’.
The madness didn’t stop, as UK Grime star, Skepta finally came up on stage, donning the Nigerian Super Eagles jersey. The whole place went mental at this point. He goes on to perform cult tunes, That’s Not Me & It Ain’t Safe during his set before bringing out Olamide. The energy at this point felt like the ceiling was going to come down. The two performed their duet, “Sheevita Juice” and it was one hundred percent all right, with both artistes doing their thing. Olamide went on to thrill the audience with some of his big singles like Wo! & Issa Goal with Lil Kesh and Naira Marley.
Kiss Daniel followed up with commendable performances of hit singles: Mama, Good Time, Yeba & No Do, before Reekado Banks comes up to perform Jeje & Like alongside label mate and Mavin first lady, Tiwa Savage. Her set was a big turning point of the event as starboy, Wizkid comes out to perform Ma Lo alongside her, quickly followed by performances of Manya with Mutay, Nowo with DJ Spinall and classic record Ojuelegba, before bringing out the Dream Catchers to perform a dance choreography.
An unlisted appearance was made by South African rapper, Nasty C. He performed Hell Naw, and bangers, Said & Coolest Kid in Africa which transitioned to a lively Davido set. Performances from Not3s & Niniola preceded the well awaited J Hus who closed the show with performance of hit songs: Bouf Daddy, Plottin, Friendly. The atmosphere was great, the vibe was right, the lineup and performances were incredible, and it was the perfect ending to the Easter holiday for Lagosians who came out. Homecoming is a show to remember.
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