With Gidifest drawing closer, we went into the archives to curate some of the best and most significant performances from the 4 year old festival.
Gidifest has undoubtedly ushered in a new wave of the festival culture in modern day Lagos. Drawing inspiration from pioneers, Lekki Sun Splash & Kennis Music Easter Fiesta, Gidifest serves as a more contemporary interpretation to the taste of today’s festival goers.
Founded by Chin Okeke & Teme Banigo, the owners bring their wealth of experience and knowledge, adapting aspects from worldwide festivals, making Gidifest the premier Nigerian festival.
Enjoy some of the moments that have made Gidifest the significant festival it is.
The revelation of Phyno
In the year 2014, Phyno was undoubtedly the Hip Hop revelation of the year. He came with a unique sonic landscape- the product of true hip hop beats laced and epic story telling in Igbo language. The sound was so infectious. Phyno was on a run, hit after hit. Gidifest incidentally was the rapper’s first festival, and arguably first time performing for the demographic that flocks Gidifest (upwardly mobile youth). The rising star put up one of the best hip hop performances ever seen and a highlight of the night. The performance served as a confirmation that hip hop had welcomed a new major player. Watch the performance below.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtUmROpUjrU&w=560&h=315]
The Making Of Girlie O Remix
Unknown to most, the record which catapulted Patoranking to stardom, Girlie O Remix, was birthed on the Gidifest stage. In 2014 , Patoranking was a rising star to watch out for. Turns out one of his biggest supporters was Queen Tiwa Savage. During his set, Tiwa Savage came out to dance, showing support for the then rising star. To add to the optics, her ex husband/manager, Tee Billz came out to join them, placing a firm kiss to the rave of fans and media present. Needless to say, that moment planted the seed of one of the biggest records that year.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1OFhKRDViA&w=560&h=315]
KING ICE In His Prime
In 2014, Ice Prince was undoubtedly one of the faces of Rap. The artist was arguably in his prime. At the time, Ice was at the time one of the heaviest touring acts, seeing him present in Lagos wasn’t a given. Everybody loves Ice Prince and vice versa, during his set, Ice Prince did not waste time in time shouting out the Gidifest organizers by name and ushering them on stage. The little gesture had significance, the youth of Lagos were about to start making a narrative more suitable to them and change the modus operandi.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0hkn_hRMLk&w=560&h=315]
DRB Comes Of Age
DRB Lasgidi were arguably the hottest Nigerians in diaspora in the year 2014. The boys touched different cities in the United Kingdom shutting down shows every weekend. Being booked for Gidifest signified their arrival to the big leagues.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75JIXF1QNe4&w=560&h=315]