OLIC – OLAMIDE IS THE GOD OF THE STREET
It may or may not be a question of argument, but just in case the discussion arises in the near future, the just concluded ‘Olamide Live in Concert’ aka OLIC should be enough to clear all doubts about Olamide’s position in Nigeria’s music.
First of all (go down low), we can count the number of artistes that have held a concert of similar concepts in the past. It started with the defunct Mo’Hits Crew, Tuface Idibia, P-Square, D’Banj and EME All Stars. Other concerts are Album release concerts, such as Ice Prince’s FOZ Concert, Davido’s O.B.O and who else? There’s also Darey’s music event, but that concept is quite different.
#OLIC – Timing
The show was scheduled to start at 8pm, but there’s no point over flogging the obvious reasons. People say, it’s the ‘Nigerian factor’ at play; including people that did not arrive on time. The event started at about 10:00pm.
#OLIC – The Host
The host of the concert was comedienne, Princess. She held the show is a way that no other could have done. She was just the perfect host for the event. She was spontaneous and funny. She ranted, criticized, educated, teased, and above all – entertained.
#OLIC – Opening Performances
Each artiste that performed at the event was unique in his or her own way. The opening acts on the night include Janey Krest (Yoko), Tipsy (So’Le), Kida Kudz (Beat It), Tasha, Peppenazzi, Seyi Shay (Murda), Kiss Daniel (Woju), BOJ (BOJ on The Microphone), Emmanyra (Elele), and Ketchup (Koko Banana).
#OLIC – Olamide’s Entrance
Female DJ – Cuppy got a moment to do her thing, before Princess returned to introduce the man of the night.
If you bought Olamide’s last album, YBNL, you would easily relate to the significance of his entry to the stage. He came in a typical Lagos ‘danfo’ bus with passengers and conductor, like in the heart of Bariga. He performed “Voice of The Street” and then took everybody down memory lane, with respect to the late Dagrin. The performance was supported by DJ Spinol and a live band.
The event continued with Dammy Krane (Amin), Skuki (Gbemileke), Skales did a medley of some of his songs, before Oritsefemi stepped in to switch up the tempo of the show. Most people that attend events in Lagos would agree that guests at the table area, hardly stand up when an artiste is on stage. When Oritsefemi stepped out, the hall was flamed up. He performed his monster hit song – Double Wahala. After Oritsefemi’s performance, it would only be wise to keep the tempo up, by bringing on Olamide to continue with his performances.
Olamide performed more collection of his hit songs, including Go Down Low, Yemi My Lover, Stupid Love, and Ko Duro Soke. He surprisingly performed K1’s Consolidation and rounded up the session with Omo toh Shan, off his Rapsodi album.
Ace comedian, Basketmouth had his moment. He got people laughing and falling off their seats. It was five minutes of sheer humour indeed.
Solid Star came up after Basketmouth to give what turned out to be the worst performance of the night. I can’t explain how that happened, but he just failed to impress the audience.
DJ Xclusive stepped on the wheels of steel to put the audience back into the fun mood. He spun some old hit songs, including Olu Maintain’s “Yahoozee”, Mo’hits “Overload”, Wande Coal’s “You Bad”, Shina Peter’s “Ace” and so on. The last song he played suggested the next act of the night – Wizkid.
Wizkid got everybody on their feet, as he performed Ojuelegba, Ginja with L.A.X and In My Bed. Wizzy’s performance was grand; you can tell that the people loved it.
Olamide returned at about 1:15am to perform “Fucking Wiv the Devil” off his YBNL album, followed by Ilefo Illuminati.
Veteran comedian, Alibaba enacted the opening speech on Olamide’s recent album – Street OT, before Pasuma joined Olamide on stage, to perform – “Oga Nla”. Olamide left the stage right after their collaboration, while Pasuma continued with his own performance. He took a bow, and left the stage for Ice Prince Zamani.
Alaga Ibile, aka Reminisce, took over the stage, performing “Te Si Ojue” and “Daddy” with Davido, who joined him with loud applauds from the audience.
Reminisce left the stage for Davido, who was immediately joined by Lil Kesh to perform, “Shoki Remix”. Lil Kesh left thereafter for Davido to perform some featured hit singles, such as Tchelete and “Gallardo”. He rounded up his performance with “Aye”.
Olamide returned at 2pm with Pheels, playing live beats for the performance of “Up In The Club”. They continued with other songs off the STREET OT album – Falila, Real MVP and Skelemba.
An Olamide concert would have been awkward without Phyno, who joined him on stage to perform Ghost Mode. Olamide left him on stage to perform Alobam, Authe and Parcel.
The current recipient of the Headies’ Next Rated prize, Patoranking, showed up in a school boy outfit along with his dancers to do a medley of his songs including Girlie O and Bora freestyle.
AOP and Hype man, Do2tun called on the organizers of the event – CEO, Archivas Entertainment and the owner of Right Entertainment to give their vote of thanks.
Olamide came in at 2:30am for the final lap of performances. The event maintained a high tempo at this point, as he performed, “Turn Up”, “Story For The Gods” and “Goons Mi”.
#OLIC – In Conclusion
The stretch of Eko hotel convention centre was filled in an unusual way, and guests were entertained indeed. The stage, light, and sound was on point. We can’t remember any moment of technical hitch. It was a fantastic show. The live band was on point, the DJs came with their A-game; security and the crowd management were brilliant.
If a proof was needed, Olamide has shown that he is not just the king of the street, he is the god of the street and #OLIC is ‘the show’ of 2014!