THREE things stood out distinctly at the recently held Smooth 98.1FM luxury concert. First was the promptness with which the event started, second was the crisp and clear sound production which the musicians themselves profusely commended and last was the caliber of people who attended the event.
At N15,000 per ticket and N1 million for a table, the Zinnia hall at the Expo centre was filled to capacity with people with discerning ears for good music. They were not disappointed as Pamela Williams, Jimmy Dludlu and Asa delivered on point.
The event was preceded by the red carpet and the show started proper with diminutive female saxophonist Pamela Williams who didn’t leave anyone in doubt about what she came to do here in Nigeria. Although relatively unknown before her performance, she ensured that she left an indelible mark on the audience.
The prolific artist who has over six albums to her credit showed that big things sometime come in small packages as she rocked the audience. Her performance finished on a high and as the changeover was being made for the next act to come on, a departure from what happens at such events occurred, a DJ wasn’t introduced or compere trying to crack jokes but a ventriloquist named Bariyu and his alter egos a dog and other characters. This surprising act got the crowd laughing then Jimmy came on.
This was the guitar maestro’s fourth appearance on stage in Lagos in the last two years as he is fast becoming a staple at such events. He showed why. He wore an electric green suit and white shirt to represent the Nigerian Flag and had a watch of similar colour to match. He played for about an hour songs from his three albums and before he left the entire hall in thunderous applause with his dexterous play on the guitar.
The last performance and headline act of the day was of course home girl Asa. Everyone waited in anticipation for this Nigerian International to perform and she delivered. For her it was home coming and for the more than ninety minutes that she performed, people stayed with her and loving every minute of it.
She sang, danced, played her guitar, played a trumpet solo, accompanied by her trumpeter and danced some more. One could see clearly that she is indeed growing to be a mature performer with more confidence on stage and an act worth listening to.