Reviews are already coming in for Davido’s back to back mid-month shows in America. The singer went from performing at the Fader Fort opening for headlining artistes like Drake and PartyNextDoor to performing at the South by South West (SXSW) Sounds from Africa showcase. Davido was one of the major headliners of the event which saw other performances like Iyanya, Tekno, DJ Cuppy, South African rapper, K.O amongst others take the stage.
Though clips from the concert already surfaced over the weekend, NotjustOk released a 19-minute long recording of Davido’s full set at the SXSW event and the first thing we noticed was the claustrophobia-inducing arena. The venue located in Austin, Texas is known as Palm Door on the Sixth.
Davido performed at the arena’s measly 169 standing persons capacity western annex of the venue which was clearly insufficient to hold neither Davido’s crowd nor the energy they carried with them as Davido dished out tunes from his nostalgia-inducing early hits to more recent numbers.
The singer himself is seen sweating profusely as he struggles to lip synch his lyrics without passing out from dehydration.
And frankly we were more worried for his hypeman Special Ed in that regard, he is the real hero. Lucky for both of them the stage was small enough to conserve energy that would have been spent navigating the floorspace and Davido kept his usually energetic dancing at a minimum.
We have to admit Davido did deliver a wonderful performance.
For starters, he kicked off his set with Dami Duro setting the pace for an energetic show. Fans sang along every step of the way, swaying into the moshpit of sweating bodies the SXSW organisers probably did not anticipate when Davido was billed for the event.
But it’s hard not to be underwhelmed by small arenas like this one considering Nigerian artistes are constantly bragging about sold out shows abroad.
This is also a call for organisers and event promoters to get their shit together when they invite Nigerian pop stars for concerts abroad. Davido is a national movement for Crissakes. If the arena is not “proper,” invite someone else.