The music concert witnessed a premium line-up of stars that performed to the high admiration of a drenched audience at the Old Parade Ground, Garki, Abuja. Despite the downpour, the resilient crowd was determined to have an amazing night. Revelers at the Abuja concert labeled the line-up that included Davido, Darey, M.I, Ice Prince and Falz a constellation, a tag that aptly summarized the offerings for the night. Dee Jays Neptune and Big N were not left out from the line up at the concert hosted by Gbenga Adeyinka.
It was definitely a remarkable concert as the best of Nigerian music boomed from the lyrical heavyweights. Star Lager, sponsors of Star Music The Trek had promised mind-blowing performances and engaging conversations with the fans. The evening brimmed with expectations and gradually swelled into an exciting party.
Davido was the headline act for the Abuja concert. The ‘bravado’ synonymous with the Omo Baba Olowo crooner was evident as he mounted the stage. True to his hype of being the archetypal rich kid, he commenced with his “Dami Duro” track-an expected introduction to the Abuja audience.
For a predominantly youth crowd, the audience sang along as Davido bestrode every angle of the stage. The Yoruba lyrics did not disturb their accompanying chants, which continued as he switched to his many popular songs. Not one to pull his punches when it came to stage delivery, he altered the music to more hard-hitting tunes such as “Skelewu” and “Owo ni Koko”. It was energy and talent rolled into one until he left the stage.
Making his first appearance on Star Music The Trek was Darey whose performance closed with his now famous prayer song “Pray for Me”. This ushered in a religious ambience to the venue. The crowd sang along as Darey took control of the stage.
Much has been said about Darey”s mastery of music, and over the years, he has consistently delivered irrespective of the context. The night was no different as he held the audience spellbound. Darey, who once described himself as a lot of things during the day, was simply flawless on the evening that was rife with his songs such as “Asiko”, “Sisi Eko” , a cover of Fela’s “Lady” and “Banikidi”.
Music from Falz ‘The Badt Guy’ at the concert proved his mettle with a mix of music and comedy. His alter ego with bad grammar captivated the audience, and his ability to switch left the audience reeling with laughter as his excellent command of rap delivery took effect. Falz dazzled with tracks that included “Ello Bae”, “Soldier” and “Karashika”.
Chocolate City President M.I wowed the crowd with his deep music and rap skills. Popular tracks such as “Mr. Incredible”, “Anoti” and “Bullion Van” were a recall to his dexterity. M.I also had an incredible moment performing with a fan, Archie, who he spotted from the crowd. Another lucky fan, Young Incredible, got on stage with M.I as he dazzled and won a year’s studio recording deal with Chocolate City proving M.I has good synergy with fans on stage.
Ice Prince’s performance of “Molowo”, “Oleku”, and “Excellency” took the concert fans to an excited height.
For the past fourteen years, Star Music The Trek has entertained and showcased the best of Nigerian artistes across various cities in the country. The multicity music concert has also paved way for budding talents to be discovered through the ‘Dare to Shine’ moment held at the beer village for each city visited by Star Music The Trek.
With conclusion of the Abuja edition of the premium concert, the next stop is Calabar on October 22. The city of Calabar is synonymous with tourism and various high-octane carnivals and Star Music The Trek will add its footprint to the list of attractions that pull Nigerians to the city.