For the second time, One Africa Music Fest took a ton of artistes for an African takeover of the Western country.
Last year, it held in the United States and this year,
small Lagos London played host to the finest artistes on this side of the world to takeover that city.
Every body was billed to be there: Banky W to Ali Kiba to Tekno and Awilo.
The tensioning wasn’t small: every Instagram post leading up to the event promised a show of a life time.
Even WAGS who didn’t have much to do than to support their boos were flown into the British capital for One Africa Music Fest.
Except that to most of the fans in attendance, it was a waste of time and precious £25.
Let’s examine the show through the eyes of people who actually attended.
First like any Nigerian show, it started way behind schedule. Newly engaged Banky W who doubled as performer and host, took to the stage at 8:20 – later than the advertised 7pm.
For us who are used to Eko Hotels being open all night, it’s not a problem. But for British people whose time is literally money, such a thing is never a good idea; because when your time is over the authorities will shut you down.
But fans weren’t worried initially. They waited to see their favourite Nigerian artistes.
And having seen Awilo, Casper Nyovest and Ali Kiba’s impressive sets, it was definitely finna be lit when Naija stars got on stage.
I just want to see Phyno & Olamide. https://twitter.com/kingwole/status/863512538683781121 …
It didn’t happen. By the time our biggest stars took the stage, time was running out and they had to be rushed.
Of course it rubbished the performances. We’ll never know now if it was the rush that made Tekno seem like crap or the crap was in him beforehand.
Some good performances were in there somewhere though; even if they had five minutes or thereabout to perform.
MI had a good set.
Falz is always a delight.
And Phyno definitely knows how to carry a tune.
They couldn’t help the overwhelming disappointment of the night though as people who had waited all these months to see them went away feeling shortchanged.
Like decorators at a Nigerian wedding that removes drapes and tablecloth while the couple is still dancing, the owners of the venue shut down while fans were still in the arena.
P-Square & Flavour yet to perform, and it’s almost midnight.
That’s a few more zeros out of Paulo’s pocket to the nice folks at Wembley.
Our man Rosanwo was so pissed that he swore off pop shows and promised to only watch fuji and juju concerts.
Who can blame him? Those ones seem more dedicated to their craft than these urban music types.
One is sure in a few hours, the organizers would shout from the rooftops how it was a successful show and how it was sold out.
Truly it was but it was the artistes who got a free paid vacation to London and the owners of Wembley who got the better part of the deal.
For most fans, it was a letdown.
This post first appeared on NET.