By PRISCA SAM-DURU
The much awaited show featuring Nigeria’s Afro beat legend, Femi and German reggae artist, Gentleman, took place penultimate week at the Afrika Shrine Ikeja, Lagos.
The show which was organised by German cultural Centre, Goethe Institut was graced by top artists, celebrities and music lovers from different parts of the country and beyond.
The show began with a pre-concert performance by co-man band led by Wale Mighty who dished out Juju and Alujo kind of music that stirred up the mood of the audience for close to two hours.
Although the main acts were Femi and the German, the audience enjoyed a presentation of Ayefele’s kind of music which served as appetizer for the show as the tunes set the mood straight for an evening of entertainment.
The concert also featured an inspiring moment with the German reggae star, Gentleman who took time out to share his source of inspiration, disclosing that it came from his lovely and beautiful wife.
He further told the enthusiastic audience that it was a rare privilege for him to perform on stage at the Afrika Shrine with Grammy Nominee, multiple Award winner and Afro beat king, Femi especially when it was his first time in Nigeria.
To pay homage to late Afro beat king, Fela, his old songs were presented and that got the audience on the dancing floor thereby, bringing back his memories and legacy.
Femi Kuti’s band, ‘The Positive Force Band’ stormed the stage and entertained the audience with old African tunes such as “ A stubborn problem, Africa Lady, No Place for my dream etc.
Later, songs by Gentleman were presented by a German DJ to warm up the audience before he German finally came on stage. His performance of heart rendering reggae tunes, thrilled the already excited audience and those who were familiar with his performance sang along while digging it on the floor
Gentleman’s performance was followed by that of Femi who came on the stage and performed ‘Truth Don Die’ which increased the excitement in the shrine. The show came to a climax when the duo of Femi and Gentleman got on stage for a joint performance that elicited deafening shouts as the tunes lured more people out unto the stage.