Wednesday, 20 June 2012
D'Banj sings in the rain
In entertainment musical circles, the most popular act is often times the last to perform. As the headlining act, the anticipation of watching the performance keeps the crowd till the end of the show.
One of Nigeria’s most popular hip hop artistes, D’Banj, headlined the Awka leg of Nigeria’s biggest musical in-country tour – Star Trek. And he performed last. The clouds had gathered as D’Banj stepped on stage to the admiration of screaming fans who had gathered to watch Nigeria’s best thrill them.
He dragged hip-hop artiste, Ikechukwu to the Marble Arch, Abakaliki, venue of the concert. Several minutes into his performance the clouds gave way to rain. With the exception of a few who scampered for cover, majority of the crowd did not leave the ground. They had gathered in pockets early in the day expressing doubts about the possibility of witnessing D’Banj and other music stars perform for a N200 gate fee.
The downpour did not dampen their spirits though. Marvelled at the crowd’s defiance of the rain to watch him perform, D’Banj decided to reciprocate their gesture. After handing over his jewellery to a member of his entourage, he left the comfort of the stage for a podium with no cover. The inspired crowd echoed the lyrics to his songs as he entertained them in the rain.
Earlier musical performances were rendered by Flavour, Sound Sultan, Mr. Raw and Diamondz, the 2008 Star Quest winning band. The Star Trek train moved to the Abakaliki Township stadium, Abakaliki, the following day. The crowd was thrilled by MI, J.Martins, Naeto C, Mr. Raw and Flavour. Crystals, the Star Quest 2012 winning band performed at all locations.
The last legs of the Star Trek tour will be staged in Uyo and Calabar. Nigeria’s most popular musical export, Tuface Idibia, is expected to round-up performances of what has been a successful musical tour thus far. He is expected to light-up the Calabar Cultural Centre Complex alongside Wiz Kid, Wande Coal and KC.
The performing artistes at the Uyo Township Stadium are Wande Coal, Wiz Kid, Mr. Raw, Tiwa Savage and Presh.