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WizKid performs on stage at The O2 Arena on October 19, 2019 in London, England.

Wizkid Makes History with Star-Studded Starboy Fest 2019

The Nigerian superstar shut down a sold out O2 arena and it was wild.

Wizkid is having a great year and it keeps on getting better. This weekend, the Naija superstar sold out the O2 Arena in London for his Starboy Fest—all 20,000 seats—making him the only African to have ever sold out the coveted venue twice. From the looks of things, the show was phenomenal and featured almost all the top Nigerian and pioneering Afrowave talent.


It takes a certain kind of star power to bring in other stars, and Wizkid must have it by the bucket loads. Joining him for the event was a long list of current hit makers: Afro B, Skepta, Tiwa Savage, Runtown, Naira Marley, Olamide, Fireboy DML, Maleek Berry, Terri, Reekado Banks, Oxlade and many others.

Read: The 25 Essential Wizkid Songs

Amidst all those heavy hitters, one was able to remain a surprise. The crowd apparently went wild when Burna Boy entered the stage to the sultry piano of "Ye" and then stayed for "Anybody." As a review for the Guardian writes "for a few minutes, two of the continent's biggest stars dance together, the ecstatic crowd thrilled and stunned at the unexpected union."


Some are calling this an important night for Nigerian music history and Wizkid himself opened the night by saying "Tonight isn't about Wizkid or Starboy. Tonight is about African music."


Wizid was living that sentiment as his Twitter timeline in the hours following the show was dominated by him thanking artists who performed, artists he supports and his fans. Watch a fan made video of the concert below and check out some of the reactions to the star-studded, history-making show.


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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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