Away from the usual Boko Haram and MEND threats, residents of Abuja had something to be excited about recently, when notable Nigerian entertainers stormed Thisday Dome for the first leg of the yearly music and comedy concert, Harp Rhythm Unplugged.
An initiative of Flytime Entertainment, the show got a boost this year with the coming of Guinness Nigeria Plc as lead sponsors, through its Harp brand, thereby providing financial backing for the show, which has become a major part of the country’s events calendar.
For fear of insecurity, the organisers initially toyed with the idea of postponing the already widely publicised concert, especially after the decision of Mr. President to mark the country’s 51 Anniversary in Aso Rock, against the traditional Eagle Square parade.
But for the CEO of Flytime, Cecil Hammond, who would not take anything less than success, ‘the show must go on.’ With that spirit, the stage was set for the event, which lasted into the early hours of the following day and climaxed with an after party, with the stars present.
Though insecurity had forced most residents to stay away from night events, fun lovers in the federal capital threw caution to the wind and made their way to the Dome, where the DJ had been blasting heavy sounds from gigantic woofers positioned at strategic corners.
Initially, everyone was afraid to come out, but little by little, guests kept trickling in. And before long, the hall was full of people, including some expatriates, who seem to have become avid followers of the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Anchored by Ik of the Big Brother fame, the stage came alive with comedy performances by some upcoming acts, who actually stood their ground in a show that had some of the best, including I Go Dye, Bovi and Seyi Law, who wowed the crowd with their jaw breaking jokes. Just like with comedy, musical performances at the Rhythm Unplugged started slowly with some up_coming acts, but climaxed with Kekele lover Tiwa Savage, who rocked the stage alongside her new dancer.
No doubt, the returnee singer has stamped her authority in the country’s entertainment industry; her tracks such as Love Me and Keleke did the magic for her in ABJ.
All the way from the Garden City, Port Harcourt 1st Son Duncan Mighty raised the concert to another level, with the audience jumping from one seat to another in excitement. His stagecraft might not be the best, but Duncan, for sure, is not a pushover; his style stands him out any time any day. From Ikebe to Obianuju and the hit track, Port Harcourt 1st Son, the River State native exited when the ovation was still loud, perfect idea.
After Duncan Mighty, the concert turned to Mo Hits affair, with Wande Coal, who took the crowd back the memory lane with tracks from his debut work.
Surprisingly, D’Prince has large followership in Abuja; the reception was massive as the singer belted out song after songs, including Give it to me, one of his popular tunes. Dr. SID took over from Prince, with the ladies screaming his name from the crowd.
From Something about you to Pop Champagne, the groove moved on. Mr. Incredible MI gave account of his rating at the event, as one of the country’s best. The petit rapper took the crowd through a rap journey with his tunes, before leaving the stage for MOBO Award winner, Wizkid, who wrapped up the show on a promising note.