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A night of fun, music and food: An honest review of GidiFest 2018

Over the past few years, Gidifest, (a concert some are already calling the Nigerian version of Coachella) has developed a reputation of being a well thought out event where everyone can come out and enjoy the best of Nigerian music. In 2018, that reputation –save for a few hitches– did not change.
In 2017, the rains almost ruined the party as fans were forced to withstand hours of constant downpour all in an effort to see their favorite local and international acts grace the stage
The gods of nature answered prayers as thankfully it didn’t rain at the Landmark beach front event centre venue of this year’s show. Instead, the expected technical faults and a strange penchant for time wasting were the main issue’s organizers had to grapple with.
For a show advertised to start at 12pm, main acts did not begin to perform until much later in the evening at around 8pm. Those stated to perform included Wizkid, 2baba, Tiwa Savage, Maleek Berry, Brymo, Adekunle Gold, Ycee, Show Dem Camp (SDC), Efya, Mayorkun and new school acts like Odunsi, Lady Donli, Pretty Boy D.O, Aye, and Tay Iwar.
Rising star Odunsi hit the stage at around 8pm thrilling fans with his hit song In The Morning as well as an unreleased track. His performance was followed by a number of upcoming acts, and Lady Donli followed showing the audience why she has been tagged as one of the hottest prospects in the Nigerian music industry.
Mayorkun, Dremo and Peruzzi at Gidifest 2018 (Image courtesy Instagram)
Rave of the moment Mayorkun mounted the stage to the delight of fans belting out songs from his impressive body of work. He was also joined by Peruzzi, Dremo and Black Tycoone, all members of his record label Davido Music Worldwide.
Lady Donli at Gidifest 2018 (Image courtesy Instagram)
Soul singer Maka followed delivering a well applauded performance. Bringing out female rapper Muna was a good move on her part.
Many may not know Pretty Boy D.O’s songs but his performance made many become literally aware of his song Chop Elbow. Abuja based singer/producer Tay Iwar followed delivering a forgettable act. The problem being the fans not knowing the songs he chose to perform and him not doing anything about it.
Ycee at Gidifest 2018 (Image courtesy Instagram)
Jagaban rapper Ycee followed thrilling the audience with his old hits as well as his new songs. He also used the opportunity to introduce the world to Damilare, Dapo Tuburna and Bella Alubo all new acts signed to the label he calls home Tinny Entertainment.

Dremo at Gidifest 2018 (Image courtesy Instagram)
Trending musician Brymo gave fans a close up understanding of how live music can be done properly. When he sang his ever green hits Good Morning and Ara, the crowd literally went wild. He was followed by a little known DJ called Aye who gave a commendable account of himself.
By the time all this had happened, was fast approaching and fans were already getting edgy. Rap group Show Dem Camp who have been enjoying a resurgence with their so called palm wine music hit the stage. They brought a number of artistes including Funbi, Tomi Thomas, Odunsi, BOJ and Ladipoe and together, they gave an unforgettable performance.
Efya at Gidifest 2018 (Image courtesy Instagram)
Many had no reaction when Ghanaian songstress Efya was announced as the next performer. But when she was done, everyone was on their feet giving her a loud round of applause. The way she delivered re worked versions of Skintight by Mr Eazi and Daddy Yo by Wizkid was particularly commendable.
Hosts of the night Jess, Spanky and Tosan did a good job of keeping the crowd hyped with Tosan delving into a chant made popular by the Eyo masquerade of Lagos at some point during the show.
At the beginning of Adekunle Gold’s performance, the crowd was lukewarm but as the Ire crooner went on, things literally picked up.
2baba at Gidifest 2018 (Image courtesy Instagram)
2baba showed everyone why his being regarded as an icon of Nigerian music is not far-fetched. He effortlessly rolled back the year with his hits as well as more modern songs like Gaga Shuffle. 2baba’s performance was hands down the best of the night.
Tiwa Savage at Gidifest 2018 (Image courtesy Instagram)
DJ Spinall mounted the stage and managed to ginger the already tired crowd. He was followed by mama in the game Tiwa Savage who together with her dancers didn’t disappoint. She also brought out Reekado Banks and together they performed their hit song Like.
Wizkid at Gidifest 2018 (Image courtesy Instagram)
Her performance of Malo introduced headline act of the night Wizkid who went on to give the audience a stellar performance. When it was time to perform his latest song Soco, Wizzy brought out Spotless, Terri and Ceeza, the artistes who were featured on the song. Finally by 5.30am, Wizzy was done with his performance essentially ending the show.
With better stage management, Gidifest 2019 should be better.

Posted by on 1st April 2018.

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