GidiFest 2016: D’banj, Tiwa Savage held music lovers spellbound

GidiFest-D'banjAlthough, this year’s Gidi Culture Festival may have held, the frills and thrills of the unique interactive and music experience that make people feel more alive — experiences tailored at giving passionate music lovers and ‘live-rs’ the opportunity to live the power of their music in more accessible and affordable ways, particularly the aesthetic of the major sponsors’ (Heineken) brilliant glow ambience in the arena and organisational improvements will remain with the festival goers.

With the festival returning to its last edition host venue, the Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos, the organisers believe that growth and improvement are inseparable twins, as both have continued to show up year after year and hand-in-hand, the music festival bigger and better.

Tagged The Takeover, this year’s event saw festival goers ‘takeover’ from the DJ and control the playlists through customised wristbands, allowing them to enjoy a variety of unique music genres such as Pop, Jazz, Afro-Pop, R&B and more.

One quality feature of this year’s event was that it went cashless with an e-currency, which came with easy-to-use system of purchase, balance inquiry and refund managed by NextGen Technology. Also, the VIP section was brought closer to the fold, unlike the last edition when it was flung far into the expanse reclaimed beach land.

Performances on the night were alternated and each act was granted autonomy to either perform with the live band put in place or go with the DJ’s aid. The lineup was peculiar, with upcoming acts interspersed with the A and B-listers.

Hosted by Nigeria’s Sensei Uche and South Africa Nomuzi, who kept the large crowd in high spirits with their combined chemistry and strong humour; David Jones David hosted the Takeover session.

Mavin Records eclectic first lady, Tiwa Savage, was in her usual element of rocking the audience to ask for more as she seamlessly run through her hit songs: My darlin, Kele kele love, Oyari, and African Waist, among others. There dancers added more fun to the performance with their sexy choreography dancing to Tiwa’s every move.

Mr. 2kay, who has had a measure of success with his releases from last year to date live to his billing, performing his songs Count it all joy, and Bad girl special. Baseone worked the crowd with his indigenous rap, just as Dice Ailes made everyone love him with the live band.

Phyno gave a good account why he is regarded as one of the best rappers in town as he exuded stage presence hit after hit with his performance. Dem Mama Soldier commander and egberi papa 1 of Bayelsa, Timaya gave everyone the most engaging performance of the night.

Poe and Funbi put up a formidable appearance, as Saeon gave off her energy, while 2Star General brought old time reggae back. Small Doctor was the most energetic as he came up with high level of energy, which made him climb the stage tower during his time. Adekunle Gold made love becomes tangible and put everyone in prayer mood with his rave making Baba God, while Yemi Alade, proved that she is the new ‘Mama Africa’ with her performance.

South African acts K.O and Ricky Rick brought the Hip-hop sounds that pervade their country, making the audience feel their stage vibes as they danced to their hit songs. Like the Ejanla or Kokomaster that he is called, D’banj capped the event in style, flirting on stage, digging deep into his discography and unearthing songs such asOlorun maje and ‘Suddenly. He combined delightful raunchiness with generosity and dancing to end the night on a high note.

The 2016 festival leaves many with more than they expected, with every turn promising a greater level of pleasure. There were shouts for more of this next year.

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