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Davido at 'OkayAfrica: Afrobeat x Afrobeats' at Lincoln Center, 2016. Photo: Oluwaseye Olusa.

Watch Videos From Davido's Epic Performance at London's Wireless Festival

The Nigerian star tore it down over the weekend at Wireless Festival 2018.

Davido was on the line-up for last weekend's Wireless Festival in London and his performance did not disappoint.

In videos he posted to his Instagram page, the Nigerian star can be seen getting thousands of people in the festival's crowd to sing along loudly to some of his hits like "If," "FIA" and "Dami Duro."


Davido went through an energetic set that reportedly also included "Aye," "Fall," and "Assurance." The singer also brought Mayorkun on stage to perform two songs, "Mama" and "Cheche."

In one of the videos, Davido and his crew can be seen angered before he takes the stage again. The singer wrote, "Everyone's emotions were so HIGH at this point! They were trying to Cut our time short ! The Crowd wasn't having it ! We weren't Havnt it! And my God wasn't having it !!"

The Nigerian singer also payed homage to his late friend DJ Olu, who passed away last October, by wearing a t-shirt bearing his name.

It's been a big few weeks for Davido, as recently won Best International Act at this year's BET Awards and, in his speech, urged people to "come to Africa."

Watch the videos from his performance—and the thousands singing along—above. They're truly epic.



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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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