The Royal Albert Hall is a concert venue on the northern edge of South Kensington, London with a capacity of 5,272 seats. Since its opening by Queen Victoria in 1871, the world’s biggest names such as Seal, Stevie Wonder, The Spice Girls, Jimi Hendrix, Janet Jackson, Sir Winston Churchill and many more have appeared on its stage. Recently joining the list of superstars to not only grace the stage, but sell out,
Nigeria’s the world’s very own Wizkid.
The orange-haired superstar armed with a band of 5, Dj Tunez and Wande Coal had the entire arena spellbound whilst performing hit after hit from his catalogue in a carefully orchestrated braid with his more recent (you guessed it) hits.
AINT NOBODY GOT HITS LIKE WIZKID.
In perfect sync with the crowd, Wizkid performs the classics we know and love like – Wine it, Holla At Your Boy, Caro, Soweto Baby, as well as the more recent internationalized sounds from the other side. Being what are evidently his biggest tracks, Wizzy performed Come Closer an unbelievable 4 times, and Ojuelegba an innumerable amount of times. He referred to it as the African Anthem, and I say he could not have named it better.
True to his haughty self, he made performing look effortless with his calm demeanour, and smooth intermissions. His supernatural level of performance and mastery of his art was perfectly balanced with a complimentary amount of physicality with him missing and mixing the lyrics to a few songs, more times that one.
As he has promised to sell out the 02 Arena come this time next year, I cannot not help but appreciate this significant step taken in globalizing Afrobeats Africa to the world, with Wizkid being the main ambassador.