The build-up to Wizkid’s #The Night Live With Wizkid can best be described as chaotic right from the time he failed to show up last year. Things even got more heated up after he missed his flight on Tuesday en route to Kampala after confirming he will be performing in Kampala that got a few feathers raffled up especially in the camp of the organisers.
Well, temperatures cooled when the Star Boy finally jetted in the country Wednesday afternoon aboard South African Airways accompanied by Face TV’s Peejay Boaz and with the warm reception he received from the airport getting him emotional, promised to give Kampala the best concert and even felt it could turn out to be his biggest ever in Africa.
Fast forward, Thursday evening, Wizkid who looked relaxed despite all the tension in the build-up delivered what could be his biggest performance at his biggest ever concert in Africa just like he had envisioned earlier.
Stepping on stage at 10:40 pm, Wizkid kick-started his performance with ‘sweet love’ before being rudely interrupted by a commotion in the crowd where a lady was being harassed by some rowdy man. He abruptly stopped the performance and asked for calm and ‘respect for the young lady’ and warned the man not to touch the woman and he asked her to be brought on stage and ‘enjoy the show’.
The award-winning superstar then embarked on a non-stop journey of ecstasy and thrill for the adoring fans with energetic story-telling accompanied by a powerful live band that almost stole the show with their precise arrangements and execution on the instruments that would make one think he was actually performing on CD.
The crowd soon joined in singing along as Wizkid who chose to hit the ground running with his most popular songs (a masterstroke by the way) delivered songs like In my bed, Caro, Pull over, African Bad Gyal, Jawa Yawe and Daddy Yo that got the mostly youthful crowd grooving as they cooled off at intervals by water that the 27-year-old Nigerian kept sprinkling on them.
With the crowd roaring him on with loud cheers after every song, Wizzy got some tears rolling off a few cheeks when he went into story-telling mode with some catchy reggae vibes as he performed ‘Joy’ with some strong inspirational messages that melted a few knees as well.
Wizzy then apologised for that mess which made him not to show up the first time and his love-hate relationship with Ugandan fans seemed to finally be mended and he even promised to come back soon ‘for a free show’ whatever that means, well keep our ears on the ground.
With everything seeming to go on a smooth ride, he woke his fans from their slumber when he announced he was going to perform Ojualegba ‘The national anthem of Africa’ after performing one of his recent hit songs ‘One Dance’ Ft Drake. Much as he performed the song twice before calling good bye, the fans were still left yearning for more as they stayed rooted on the same spot for a few seconds before reality dawned on them.
Well, the Star Boy was so on point that I almost forgot about our local stars who a commendable jobbed while curtail raising with new boy Fic Fameica the man at the forefront. Others included Lydia Jasmine, Nutty Nathan, Michael Ross, B2C, Levixone, Sheebah Karungi, Exodus and Winnie Nwagi. DJ Shiru also did his usual magic on the turn tables in the interlude.