March 17, 2017 | D&LIt’s just been over a week since Geestar Empire & Academy Group brought Ashanti’s UK tour to an end at Oxford’s o2 Academy and we’re still reminiscing on the throwback of a night.
With promises to share new music very soon on her own label, we’re keeping our eyes peeled and our ears close to the ground, as the ‘Foolish’ singer plans her 2017 music comeback.
As we throw it back to the final tour night, before the Princess of R&B hit the stage, the likes of DJ Bibs, Stevo and local DJ collective, 2Xclusive Ent nicely warmed up the crowd, ending with RP and Wonder on the decks and DJ Spex acting as the emcee for the night. Playing a varied set with the sounds of current and old skool R&B and Hip Hop favourites (perfect for the occasion), the crowd participation was on top form, as the countdown for Ashanti to hit the stage continued.
As the time neared, special guest singer, Anisa, hit the stage, sharing her own renditions of Shai’s ‘If I Ever Fall In Love’, Jade’s ‘Don’t Walk Away’ and R.Kelly’s ‘Bump & Grind’, which were soon followed by her own original content.
The moment everyone was waiting for had arrived, as Ashanti hit the stage at about 10pm, pleasing fans with performances of hits such as ‘Only U’, ‘Happy’, ‘What’s Luv’ and ‘Rain On Me’, with an added bonus coming in the form of DJ City and her dancers also helping to bring the party and entertainment vibes to the stage. Her energetic presence continued to have her audience captivated and listening to her every note, which included moments to remember the late Nate Dogg, and 2Pac during a snippet of ‘Pac’s Life’.
As she slowed it down for a minute, the vibe for some was lost, (possibly due to the want to hear longer segments of their favourites and see less of the visuals presented on the stage), but it was soon time for three lucky guys to hit the stage. As they were treated to a dance from Ashanti and her dancers, she sung her sultry single, ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’, later followed by the guys introducing themselves to the US star and the audience.
Ending her set with the the US Billboard number 1 single, ‘Foolish’, from her self titled debut album, it was great to see her take time to pay tribute to the Notorious B.I.G., whose single ‘One More Chance’ was sampled for the hit track, and also passed away 20 years to the day.
The night definitely ended on a high and we can’t wait to hear new tunes from the lady herself.
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