Another 3rd Friday of the month, another edition of Afropolitan Vibes was upon us. Venue as usual was Freedom Park which was already buzzing as early as 6pm. The line up for the night included G’yedu Blay Ambolley from Ghana, Adekunle Gold, seasoned songstress Yinka Davies and of course, Burna Boy himself.
The line outside of Freedom park was ridiculously long, it seemed that everybody and their mama had turned out that night. And majority of them were there to see a certain dreadlocked young lad. Plus it also happened to be Felabration week and Afropolitan Vibes is probably the only event that comes close to the Afrika shrine experience so some people were also there for their Shrine “lite” experience.
The show kicked off with the BANTU band performing a few songs to warm up the crowd and then Yinka Davies took the stage for her performance which was good but not too many people in the crowd knew her songs that well and so couldn’t really sing along but her energy was quite something.
Up next was Mr Ambolley from Ghana who performed some Afrobeat songs and then did this very interesting song with rather graphic lyrics about female body parts that many people in the crowd really got into. But his set got a little too long and quite frankly not many people were interested until Ade Bantu came on stage to introduce Adekunle Gold. He walked onto the stage with massive cheering from the audience. The love was so much and this time everyone could sing along to his (only) two songs which he performed quite well.
After Mr Gold, everyone was ready to receive Burn but apparently he was running late so the BANTU band continued doing what they do best and gave us nice renditions of many Afropolitan faves like the Lagos Jump and Eyo amongst others. Many audience members got on stage and expressed themselves quite well. Meanwhile some of us started to fear that Burna would be a no-show as it was already 10.30pm.
Thankfully God answered our prayers and Burna Boy appeared on stage and the crowd went wild. He started with his very popular hit Don Gorgon and even though the microphone was trying to cramp his style, he continued performing like nothing was wrong, he went on to perform several of his hits such as Like to party, Run my race, Won da mo amongst others. And he did it all with great energy and happiness like you could see him smiling and jumping up and down like he was having fun and so was the crowd. He’d come on stage wearing a denim jacket and a tshirt but before he was done he was shirtless and covered in sweat and definitely had many of his female fans drooling.
The night ended on a high for the many teeming fans of Burna boy who had thronged to Freedom park to watch him. He definitely stole the show. For many people the 30th edition of Afropolitan vibes will be remembered as the day Burna Boy “broke” Afropolitan vibes. This was definitely the largest crowd till date.