I came over from my hometown London to New York for One Africa Music fest “The Return NYC”. I was present at the London show in Wembley and thoroughly enjoyed myself so I knew there was no shadow of doubt that I had to be in attendance for the next show.
One Africa Music Fest came together again for the “Return NYC” to create another spectacular show, with a huge array of artists from all over the African continent.
With the huge success of the shows in New York, Houston and London the “Return NYC” was nothing short of a movie. We don’t see a huge lineup of different African artists come together everyday, but when they do they produce magic. After attending the London show, I was able to see the vibe and crowd reaction in both cities. Although I am a proud Londoner, the New York crowd brought a completely different energy altogether. The turn-up was real. New Yorkers sure do know how to have a good time.
I was particularly impressed with the schedule and how smoothly the show went, each artist had a great amount of time on stage to perform their hits. The crowd was HYPE. Seeing what was going behind the scenes briefly, the team worked so hard and tirelessly for the show to flow flawlessly. Backstage, rules were tight as performers got ready to prepare their magic on stage.
Shatta Wale from Ghana was the first performer I saw and he brought so much life on that stage, the audience went crazy. Performing his “Dancehall king” and “Chop Kiss”. He did his thing and represented
for the Gold Coast.
Timaya was also another crowd favourite that had all the ladies shaking their bum bums. But before he did he was kind enough to stop and take a picture with me.
Queen Tiwa Savage’s performance was definitely one of my favourites of the night. I loved her dancers choreography which reminded me a of the huge dance scene in coming to America. She performed some her best hits such as “My darling” and “All over” as well some songs we know her on like “Girlie O” and “Romantic”. I also had the privilege of meeting Tiwa herself for the second time. She was extremely humble and down to earth. She is a true professional.
Another highlight was the dynamic duo P-Square who burst on stage with their popular hit do me and the Amphitheater went wild. They entertained us with many of their hits and impressive dance moves. It was definitely a performance to remember.
A great performer was Falz aka Falz the bahd guy. I also managed to have a little chat with him congratulating him on all his success. He was also very down to earth, humble, friendly and so funny of course. I know so much lies in store for him in the near future.
Flavour wooed the crowd with his traditional highlife sound and he was definitely a favourite for the ladies. He is also a great live vocalist and all round performer and I thoroughly enjoyed watching his art.
To the audiences surprise, Nigerian American hip hop superstar Wale came out and performed a few of his classic songs. It was a pleasant surprise and it was greatly appreciated by the American crowd.
Last but certainly, not least OBO – Omo Baba Olowo Davido closed off the show in an epic way, falling on us with 30 billion in his account. He took us through a timeline of all his greatest hits. He is definitely a crowd pleaser.
The show and the whole experience in itself was one to remember. I hope the One Africa team continues to grow from strength to strength and I’m excited for the future of it.