…the good, the bad, the ugly sides
By James Silas
Tired as a dude can really be, after several hours of standing, I insisted that I must gist you about the Guinness 250 Celebration concert that took place on Thursday, September, 24 at Ocean View on Victoria Island, Lagos.
Media passes took hours to come through and our local media can attest to how annoying event organizers can be when it comes to attending to pressmen at their events. It seems to have become a Nigerian factor but thatâ€™s a story for another day.
According to the organizers (Guinness Nigeria), the concert was being telecast via satellite to other parts of the world where the same concert was taking place. Nigeriaâ€™s TV cast was anchored by ex_beauty queen, Munachi Abii and former Big Brother Nigeria housemate, Ebuka Obi_Uchendu.
The concert which was slated to start for 5pm started a few minutes to 7pm as guests trooped in to witness the historical event.
The crew captain of the concert was ace comedian, Bright Okpocha a.k.a â€˜Basket Mouthâ€™ who engaged the excited crowd through a hilarious interactive session that lasted for 51 minutes before he introduced the prolific, DJ Jimmy Jatt.
Jimmy kicked off with the lead single off the â€˜Definitionâ€™ mixtape â€“ â€œStyleeâ€ and in his usual style steered the crowd with joints from the local and international scene and wheeled off at exactly 8:04pm. Basket Mouth returned on stage at 8:05pm to introduce the first performance of the night â€“ the most incredible â€“ M.I.
M.I stepped out looking conspicuous in his dark shades, white long sleeve jacket on blue jean as fans cheered in a manner that spelt acceptance.
He was â€˜armedâ€™ with a life band to be on the â€œSafeâ€ side as the crowd rapped along completing his lines at every opportunity. Noticing the restiveness of the crowd, he changed to his â€œShort Black Boyâ€ â€“ mode but hey â€“ he didnâ€™t escape cos the ladies noticed him and screamed â€œHiâ€. He took â€œFast Money, Fast Carsâ€ but probably didnâ€™t know that the field was full of â€˜Bigz girlzâ€™. At exactly 8:12pm, he had to call for back_up and you know the â€˜usual suspectsâ€™ â€“ Ice Prince and Jesse Jagz of cos to â€œBlazeâ€ up the place. M.I paused at 8:17pm to request a massive
Basketâ€™ returned on stage, to direct all eyes to the screen where Estelle was performing â€œCome Overâ€ and â€œPretty Pleaseâ€ live in Dublin. At 8:39pm Wande Coal came up with Dr. Sid and K_Switch to set the ball rolling with â€œJeun Sokeâ€ while The Prince joined them at 8:43 to perform â€œTen Tenâ€.
And before the crowd could catch their breath, he compelled them to follow â€œBumper to Bumperâ€ and everybody obeyed as he took a bow.
Basket returned directing everybody to connect to Brooklyn as Natalie Imbruglia performed â€œScarsâ€ and â€œMy Godâ€.
At 9:08pm, Mo Hits Hype_man, Special Ed was given the honour to introduce the self acclaimed â€œAfrican Michael Jacksonâ€ â€“ Dâ€™banj and the crowd welcomed him with a raging cheer. He was dressed in fitted black suit with a touch of red and behind him were Don Jazzy, Wande Coal, SID, The Prince and K_Switch.
First, he reminded everyone that he is still hot â€“ â€œFeli Feliâ€ and then â€œKimonâ€ as everybody joined to sing â€œOlorun Majeâ€ and hailed the â€œIgweâ€ a.k.a â€œOsina nwata buru Ogaranya 1 of Umuahia â€. With all the pretty â€˜kokoletsâ€™ on ground, anybody could have â€œFallen in Loveâ€ and for those that were not sure of who to love, Wande hooks up to do â€œYou Badâ€. Ikechukwu joined the crew later as they â€œSuddenlyâ€ rounded off their session.
At 9:32pm DJ Jimmy Jatt took over again before Basket returned to usher in the dynamic duo of Peter and Paul a.k.a P-Square. The twins were on point with energy as usual taking fans back to the remix and original versions of â€œBusy Bodyâ€ and â€œI Love youâ€ off their new album â€“ Danger. At 9:58pm, words were whispered to them to leave the stage for a reason (unknown at that point in time).
The info apparently stirred up aggression as Peter immediately said â€œI donâ€™t know why, anytime a foreign artiste comes to Nigeria, they (show organizers) wanna treat us like slaves in our countryâ€. They continued with â€œRoll Itâ€ but angrily stormed out of the stage saying, â€œWe are leaving; they donâ€™t want Tuface to come on stageâ€.
This action infuriated the eager crowd who were already tuned in to a performance that was meant to be a jump off! They started throwing empty cans of beer and plastic bottles at the stage as they protested chanting Tufaceâ€ â€“ â€œ2_Babaâ€. Basket Mouthâ€™s attempt to calm the restive crowd at 10pm was replied with several cans of stout and water. Ten minutes later, Jimmy Jatt stepped out with Basket, explaining that â€“
â€œAccording to the production plan, the live broadcast was planned to have Sean Paul perform at the time PSquare was asked to leave. They needed to show the reggae star to the waiting viewers across the globe so as to balance the simultaneous transmission of the concert across specified countriesâ€ â€“ Even with this explanation, the crowd proved that they had not ran out of empty cans as they threw more at them. Jimmy also tried to bring Tuface on stage to help calm the tension, but to no avail.
The stage was empty and the concert devoid of any activity for about 30 minutes before Jimmy turned up the speakers with Tufaceâ€™s â€œOne Loveâ€ followed by Bob Marleyâ€™s â€œOne Loveâ€ and continued with other mind captivating songs for over 30 minutes to ease the angry fans. This move was a step to the solution as Basket returned at 11:04pm to call back P_Square alongside Tuface.
The crowd screamed at the top of their voice as the twin returned with Tuface to perform â€œPossibleâ€ another song, off the â€˜Dangerâ€™ album. After the collabo, Sound Sultan joined the trio at 11:11pm to perform â€œEnter The Placeâ€ with Tuface who then performed â€œOne Loveâ€ to the loud response of the crowd. PSquare took over again apologizing for the mix up assuring peace and at the same time warning that a reoccurring incidence will only warrant â€œDanger â€“ Wahala Deyâ€ as Kaha and UK based, Alaye joined them to close their performance.
On their way out, they introduced Sean Paul who came in at exactly 11:20pm amidst applauds and love from the (now happy) fans.
The floor of the Kingston born, Jamaican star was opened by three very hot dancers that had enough â€˜bottom powerâ€™ to calm the irate crowd.
He tried hard to connect to the crowd â€œLike Glueâ€ and his persistence with â€œBaby Girlâ€ and â€œSo Fineâ€ off his recent album â€˜Imperial Blazeâ€™ impressed the ladies. His next rendition was â€œStill in Loveâ€ with his Nigerian fans and closed the curtain with â€œGet busyâ€. Not a bad performance but nothing compared to any of our local acts that appeared on that same stage last night.
Basket Mouth dished out vote of thanks as the show came to an eventual end at exactly 12:24am.