Last night, Brixton’s O2 Academy was host to thr much anticipated Africa Unplugged concert. As I’m sure you can imagine, it didn’t go on without its glitches. However, the redemption came from the two headlining acts, Nigerian Superstars Tiwa Savage and Davido.
Tiwa Savage’s performance was out of this world. She gave a performance that can easily be held on the same calibre as Beyoncé.
Her intro to the stage was well choreographed with the support of the ever talented CEO dancers and their crew. She sang most of her hit songs during her set, which also included a tribute to deceased popular Africans such as Goldie, Nelson Mandela, Dagrin amongst a host of inspirational Nigerian entertainers who have left us. To say that everything was on point, from Tiwa’s stage presence, performance and costume, is an understatement.
Davido and his gang performed his ever growing list of hit songs that had the crowd chanting “DA-VI-DO, DA-VI-DO”.
Having already received a warm reception from the London crowd during his concert last year, it was no surprise that Davido would come and give the people what they want for a second time. Now with a longer list of hits, his high energy and live band proved once again why he has been sweeping every award cermony he has been nominated in this season, further solidifying the fact that Davido isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Tiwa and Davido gave strong examples of the kind of first class preparation from Africa artists and attention to small details that the fans want.
Kudos to organisers of Africa unplugged, despite some few lapses, they should be given a standing ovation for putting this together. You can see that there was lots of effort that went into the stage performance.
The time of African artists coming on stage and putting little to no effort whatsoever is dead and gone. Davido and Tiwa have set the bench mark for others to follow