13 Concerts That Shook the Foundation of Nigeria in 2017 – the Crowd That Attended #2 & #9 Is Up to a Country’s Population (With Pics)
Concerts that shook Nigeria: For the Nigerian music industry 2017 resonated with series of melodramatic dynamics which eventually culminated in what could be described as a fun year. And as it wraps up Showtime recalls with nostalgic feelings artiste concerts that rocked the industry. While some artistes are basking in the euphoria of the success their concerts recorded, others count their losses while re-strategizing on how to do it right next time. The piece below is a list of artiste concerts that rocked the music space in 2017
And as it wraps up Showtime recalls with nostalgic feelings artiste concerts that rocked the industry.
While some artistes are basking in the euphoria of the success their concerts recorded, others count their losses while re-strategizing on how to do it right next time.
The piece below is a list of artiste concerts that rocked the music space in 2017.
Sit back & Enjoy!!!
1. Majek Fashek’s ‘30 years on stage concert’
September 10, 2017 was vintage Majek Fashek, at the Grand Ball Room, Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, where he dazzled reggae music lovers who yearned for more as he performed at his 30 years on stage concert; which also doubled as his album launch.
The concert which was believed to be a show that would transform the fortunes of the acclaimed ‘Rainmaker’ after many years of battling with alleged “Spiritual attacks” and his return to the Nigerian music space .
Besides 2face, Ushbebe, Maleke, I Go Save, Sound Sultan, Kenny Blaq, Ade Bantu and his band, the Ibru sisters, Akpororo, DJ Jimmy Jatt and a few others worthy of note, most invited artistes, entertainment stakeholders and corporate Nigeria were conspicuously absent.
Though the show commenced way behind schedule, Majek stunned the crowd with his stage craft. Many would have thought he was out of shape for obvious reasons, but he took everyone by surprise as he dazzled brilliantly on stage.
2. Phyno Fest
Indelible memories of the third edition of Phyno’s annual music concert, ‘PhynoFest’
The Shut Down Reloaded’, still resonate in the hearts of fans who attended the concert which attracted well over 50,000 fun lovers who came out to be thrilled by their favourite music acts.
The concert which held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, kicked off on Saturday 18th November, with a street party held in the Abakpa Nike area of Enugu State, the community where Phyno actually honed his musical skills while growing up.
Riding on the crest of past editions, the main concert held on Sunday 19th with brilliant musical performances from;
Phyno, D’banj, Yemi Alade, Runtown, Zoro, YCEE, Flavour, Timaya, Runtown, Rude Boy of the defunct P’Square, Lil Kesh, Mayorkun, Duncan Mighty and many others.
Hosted by top broadcaster, Olisa Adibua, with appearances from Nedu and hype-man Ehiz, and a post-concert after party, powered by Hennessey, PhynoFest will sure linger on the lips of music pundits for the first quarter of 2018.
11. Wizkid’s concert
After a successful year with major chart topping singles and videos, self styled ‘Star Boy’, Wizkid, decided to crown the year with a concert which has since been the talk of the town and on news headlines.
Besides the mouth gaping performances of his back-in-the-day hit songs and surprise stage appearances which left the Convention Centre of Eko Hotel bristling with ecstatic screams,
worthy of mention was the Child rapper, Hammed, whom Wizkid gave the rare opportunity to showcase his rap skills on stage.
Wizkid was so charmed by the rapper’s talent that he pledged to support the budding child rapper’s music career with the sum of 10-million naira.
The climax of this record breaking concert which still hasn’t left the lips of analysts was the reconciliatory moment when Wizkid shocked everyone by calling his alleged arch rival, Davido, on stage to perform with him.
This alone has been the talk of the town for days and trust me, it won’t end anytime soon.
12. ‘One Night Stand with Adekunle Gold & the 79th Element’
The city of Lagos experienced a magical ‘One Night Stand’ with Adekunle Gold at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, on Boxing Day.
Organized and powered by Bavent Street Live, the concert follows-up successful editions held at the 02 Academy in London and Button Factory in Dublin.
Hosted by Do2dtun, the show kicked off with a soul rending performance by Myoa, while Teni and Fumbi prepared the energy of fans for Adekunle Gold’s performance.
The audience quaked in frenzied excitement when Adekunle Gold stepped out in a black sequin jacket, crowned with his signature golden cap.
He gave a mesmerizing performance of Orente backed up by the eccentric display and dramatization from the dancers.
No one could get enough of the Beautiful Night as Adekunle Gold and the 79th Element brought the 1970’s vibe to the stage with the dancers in their old school outfits putting in the Work while portraying various professions.
Towards the end of the performance, the fans couldn’t be more grateful with Call on me, which was followed by a performance from Seyi Shay.
when Simi joined Adekunle Gold on the second stage to sing No forget; the audience was ecstatic about the breathtaking performance.
Adekunle Gold retreated from the stage to allow Simi deliver a mesmerizing rendition of Joromi and Owambe.
The night got better when a member of the audience proposed to his girlfriend which got the crowd excited. She said yes to the growing joy of the audience who exclaimed and took pictures.
Lufthansa, German Airlines, official sponsors of One Night Stand With Adekunle Gold presented a free ticket to Texas, USA, to a lucky winner
13. Davido’s 30-Billion Concert
2017 has been Davido’s year and it is only right that the Best MTV EMA African Act was saved for the last.
After announcing the ‘30 Billion Concert’ a few months back, it effortlessly became the most talked about 2017 concert in Africa, and it is no surprise the concert attracted attendance and performances from the most celebrated names in Africa such as;
2baba, Falz, Olamide, Niniola, Daddy Showkey, Nasty C surprise appearance by WizKid and the defunct Mo Hits Crew including Don Jazzy, D’banj, Wande Coal, D’Prince, Naeto C and Dr. Sid, just to name a few.
Put together by TE Group, Achievas Entertainment and Pentagon, the concert also recorded a handful of rare feats that solidifies its position as 2017’s biggest concert;
such as the first ever reunion from Mo’ Hits Stars, which was undoubtedly one of the concert’s best highlights – a performance that saw the once label mates perform their hit songs ‘Booty Call’, ‘Closer’, Pere, among others.
Falz thrilled fans with energetic performance of his hit single ‘Bahd Baddo Baddest’ with Davido.
Olamide also added to the fiery ambience of the night, performing one of 2017’s biggest songs, ‘Wo’.
Another awe-inspiring highlight of the night was experienced as popular South African wordsmith, Nasty C graced the stage alongside Runtown; performing their club banger ‘Said’.
Davido went on to invite his newly declared best friend, Wizkid on stage, causing yet another uncontrolled frenzy as both stars embraced.
WizKid went on to perform his street anthem ‘Manya’ with Davido; creating what would be described as one of the rarest musical moments of 2017.
Another segment of the concert witnessed a rare performance from Akpako master; Terry G as he took fans down memory lane with his 2009 single ‘Free Madness’, spurring a sing-along session from the euphoric audience.
Fans experienced every segment of the concert on a high note; spawning hours of undiluted exhilaration as each performing act graced the stage.
The concert brought about the convergence of some of Nigeria’s most respected talents; spanning across an eclectic list of performers which include :-
Olamide, Nonso Amadi, Teniola, Niniola, Tjan, Patoranking, Ice Prince, Dice Ailes, Reminisce, Humble Smith, Wale Turner, Reekado Banks, Mayorkun, Dremo, Sexy Steel, and a host of others