It was one of the few shows where tickets were completely sold out, leaving late buyers stranded.
Harp Rhythm Unplugged, it appears, got more than it bargained for, with a lineup of artistes that seemed too irresistible for music lovers.
Traffic in and around Eko Hotel and Suites, venue of the concert, last Sunday night, posed great difficulty. The several packing slots at the venue were completely occupied, leaving many more at the mercy of ‘hustlers’ who sourced space for guests at a price, thereby filling up all sidewalks and roadsides.
Organised by Flytime Promotions in partnership with DataBox Technologies, the show, which was streamed live on MeetOrbit.com, was anchored by Nigerian comedian, Bovi, and visiting American artiste, Wyclef Jean.
As many continued to make their way into the hall, the show began with Bovi, treating guests to situation comedy that resulted in tears-induced laughter.
I Go Safe, another stand-up comedian, complemented Bovi’s jokes with a one-off session, which he used to advantage.
Interestingly, the show, which featured a potpourri of activities, introduced another set of entertainers. This time, it was the energetic dance group called Dance Na De Main Thing (DNMT). A sight to behold, the group’s creativity went from beautiful choreography to snippets of hilarious dance drama carried out with beautiful attires.
Never- say-die artiste, Sound Sultan, rekindled memories of 15 years ago, when his hit song, Jamgbajantis held sway. The popular song, with its satiric video, had criticized bad governance of both the military and civilian leaderships.
From Jagbajantis, the artiste went into Ajo dabi ile, a song which decries incessant migration of the country’s productive youthS to foreign land. With his six-man band and skillful dancers, he had used his usual graphic illustrations to had verve to his act. Sound Sultan, it could be said, led the way for a proper live performance at the event, ushering Wylef to the stage, amidst great cheers from the crowd.
A few minutes of banters between Bovi and Wyclef added to the fun, as the American tried a few words of Pidgin. It was obvious how much the visiting artiste cherished entertainment. He confided in the crowd on this, saying, “Politics is not sexy, so I’m back to my entertainment business.” The entertainer had tried his luck in the American politics, but could not find headway.
He wanted to know more about Tonto Dikeh whose music, he observed, made 4.5 million downloads on the Internet. But Bovi didn’t think that the downloads amount to fame. He told Wyclef that the actress cum singer could also get as much deleting as her number of downloads in a day.
Next on line, Tony Tones, a photographer, surprised many with her music and dance prowess. She soon departed the stage for one of the finest female acts, Waje. The sonorous-voiced diva opened her session with a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela. Thereafter, she did her regulars, wrapping it up with the dancehall hit track, I Wish.
Acclaimed queen of hip hop, Sasha P, came up next, as the first artiste to mime her songs. The rapper was coming back on the music scene after a while, and she tried to teach the crowd the chorus of Recognise, a new song she just dropped last Monday. It was obvious she has lost grip on her fans base-the crowd did more of listening than reacting to her performance.
Bearing the new nickname of Eja Nla, D’banj’s slot began with his look-alike brother, K Switch, storming the stage with a backup singer. With same mannerism, he whetted the appetite of the eager crowd with three songs before the Kokomaster, as he (D’banj) is fondly called, got on stage.
Spotting a blazing red jacket, red shoes and a pant laced with red, the ovation for the showman got louder as he sang his hit track: Top of the World. He closed his act, singing the daring song, Don’t Tell Me Nonsense.
When Tuface Idibia came on stage, everyone knew live music had resumed. Without the complement of erotic dancers, Tuface held sway as the foremost live music performer who does not require a Dee Jay’s playback from his CDs. The crowd went wild for his True Love track, with which he started his show.
Other artistes, who performed at the show, included P Square, Wizkid, Davido, Banky W, Burna Boy, Iyanya, Olamide, Dr. Sid, Omawumi, KCEE and DJ Jimmy Jatt.
Other artistes, who also performed, were I Go Dye, Gordons, Seyi Law, Buchi and Apororo, among others.
It was the longest show of the year, wrapping up around 5:30am, the next day.