Calabar Agog, As Stars Trek Canaanland
IF there’s a city in Nigeria that has carved for itself a natural environment for fun and entertainment, that must be Calabar, the Cross River State capital. Aside from the yearly colourful Christmas carnival, which has but the city on the world tourism calendar, the Calabar remains one of the most peaceful and conducive cities for showbiz events.
Little wonder Nigerian Breweries Plc selected the city for the kick off of Star Music Trek 2015. Staged at the Municipal Garden, on Saturday May 2, the gig, which was hosted by comedian Lafup, who set the tone for the evening with jaw breaking jokes, recorded a large turnout of guests.
With the likes of Wande Coal, KCee, Burna Boy, Chidinma Black Magic, Oritse Femi and Cynthia Morgan, who took their turns on stage to entertain the large crowd, there was no dull moment.
In line with its tradition of creating opportunity for young talents to hit limelight, the evening began with amazing local talents thrilling the crowd with music and the open roof arena could not contain the excitement.
The local acts were given the stage as part of Star’s commitment to showing that everyone can shine no matter what. Black Magic was the first to mount the stage and the crowd didn’t stop cheering as he performed hit songs like Rainbow, Repete, Africa and Pass You By featuring Oritse Femi.
Fans went gaga, as Oritse Femi, who later took charge of the stage, joined Black Magic in performance. The Double Wahala hitmaker went back to his first hit Mercies of the lord, and became very emotional recounting on how much God has blessed him over the years.
Quickly, he bounced up with Redi, Sexy Lady, and Double Wahala to crown it all up leaving the crowd lit with excitement. “I’ve been looking for a way to be part of the Star Music Trek, my fans have been complaining, messaging me on social media to confirm if I’m on the trek this year, God time is the best, I just shut down the stage of the very popular Star Music Trek,” Femi said after his show.
At about 12:30am, petite singer Chidinma, whose birthday coincided with her performance, took over the big stage; she summoned the crowd to sing her a birthday song, which they did. With that, she set the mood for her performance.
From Oh Baby, Kedike, Shoki Remix, Emi Ni Baller and others, the Imo State native got the crowd dancing and singing along. Shortly after, a DJ Battle ensued between Mavins Record DJ Big N & DJ Snoop Da Damaja, which shook the arena to its foundations. Following this battle was Burna Boy’s performance.
The reggae dance hall artist delighted the crowd with hit songs such as Don Gorgon, Kush, Like To Party, Check & Balance, Gba Gbe and others.
The big surprise for the night was an appearance by Limpopo hit maker, Kcee who surprisingly appeared on stage to the delight of the capacity crowd.
Kcee performed Limpopo, Turn by Turn & Pull over. He further surprised a fan on stage with a whooping sum of N50, 000, after emerging winner of a mini dance competition organised by him on stage.
Following Kcee’s Performance was undisputed queen of Nigerian ragga/dancehall Cynthia Morgan. The energetic singer with her trademark red hair stormed the stage with her excitement visible, this being her debut on the Trek.
She performed hit songs such as Shoki Rmx, Run Their Mouth, Don’t Break my heart, Lead Me On, German Juice and I’m Taken. Speaking after her performance, Cynthia Morgan said, “Right from the airport it has been all love, and what happened out there was love. I felt the crowd all through my performance.”
To put an end to all performances and bid Calabar a farewell was an exhilarating performance by Wande Coal, who went far back to perform songs from his debut album M2M including You Bad, Bumper to Bumper, Taboo, Pere in addition to his newer songs including The Kick, Baby Hello and Wake Up.
“I’m glad with what Star is doing, helping us to reach out to fans out there and also inspiring those upcoming acts in different city that look up to us in different state.
It’s a good movement,” Wande said. Corporate Media & Brand PR Manager, NB Plc, Edem Vindah on his part, affirmed that Star would continue to support music in Nigeria on a large scale.
“Over the years, Star beer has demonstrated its support for Nigerian musical talent, and we have brought the best artistes from around the country close to the fans.
We keep on doing this because it is a way of giving back – the artistes enjoy the opportunity to tour the country and please their fans and even win new fans, and the fans are inspired to follow their passions and never give up. Incidentally, this was the thinking that inspired this year’s theme My Superstar Story.”
The nationwide concert tour which has thrilled Nigerian music fans for nearly two decades has a tradition of bringing the country’s biggest artists together to thrill fans around the country and this year’s theme, My Superstar Story, aims to inspire the youth to view their situations as a work in progress and to always keep their goals in mind.
Meanwhile, the Star Music Trek will today hit Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi State. Holding at the Abakiliki Township Stadium with Gnega Adeyinka as host, the gig will parade MI, Wande Coal, Naeto C, Seyi Shay and Burna Boy, while DJ Neptune and DJ Snoop Damanja will be in charge of the beat.