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REVIEW: Wizkid at London’s Royal Albert Hall

REVIEW: Wizkid at London’s Royal Albert Hall

October 1, 2017 | D&L

Friday night was penned as being a great night for live music and a historical moment for the artist in question, naturally leading to big expectations for all. Let me know tell you, the results surely didn’t disappoint.

International, Nigerian born artist, Wizkid, is well known for sharing the genre of Afrobeats on a huge scale and to be performing at such a prestigious location in London was no doubt an honour for the Disturbing London artist.

The pleasure was all ours, as he truly brought a party vibe to the venue, keeping everyone on their feet for the duration of the night, as he performed his classics for his day one fans, as well as including content from his latest album release, Sounds from the Other Side.

Prior to the man of the night taking the stage, fellow Disturbing London artist, Yxng Bane, was the support act of the night, representing for the UK rap scene. Performing follower favourites such as ‘Shape of You Remix’, ‘Rihanna’, ‘Fine Wine’ and ‘Dun Talking Remix’, this up and coming artist with a cool, and confident presence certainly has a bright future in music ahead of him.

Adding another gem to his crown after officially becoming the first African artist to sell out the venue, Wizkid entered the stage to the harmonious sounds of ‘Sweet Love’, (the opening track of his new album), much to the delight of his screaming supporters. Many were in awe at the mere presence of the man himself, so his voice and top of the range talent as a performer were an added bonus.

I love it when an artist sounds just like their recorded project, and clearly born to perform, Wizkid and his band sounded spectacular live. They were certainly bigger and better in person, delivering a great show for spectators.

Filling the venue wall to wall with the sounds of ‘Come Closer’, ‘Naughty Ride’ and ‘Daddy Yo’, Wizkid also took it back with the classics, as he affectionately referred to them, including ‘Love My Baby’, ‘Don’t Dull’ and ‘Tease Me’. He even brought out Wande Coal to the stage, his day one supporter, to perform tracks such as ‘My Woman My Everything’ and ‘Iskaba’.

With too many classics to hear in the space of an evening’s set, Weezy boy did a great job of capturing the main hits that ticket holders wanted to hear live, including the one we were waiting for, which he referred to as the African national anthem. Requesting the house lights to go down and for everyone to shine the lights on their phone for a memorable moment (and also creating an awesome view from where he was standing), the sounds of ‘Ojuelegba’ came in, making for the perfect penultimate track of the night.

After several wheel ups of the anthem, the Starboy ended the night with a medley of the tracks performed throughout the night, with a couple ladies joining him on stage to end the party vibes on a high. Previously playfully stating that he can see a few of his girlfriends in the crowd that night, these super fans won’t be forgetting the night they danced with Wizkid on stage at The Royal Albert Hall to a sold out crowd any time soon.

With a wish to take his show to the London o2 stage, we’re 100% behind Wiz on this one.

Sounds from the Other Side, is out now.