Simi Thrills Fans At #SeeMeLive Headline Concert
X3M songbird Simi, in collaboration with Eclipse Live Africa, headlined her first concert at the Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday, November 26, 2017, nearly three months after the release of her latest album Simisola.
The concert, which featured top artists like Falz and Adekunle Gold, was her way of appreciating her fans, giving them an energizing and intimate live experience.
The night started with the host OAP Osi Suave guest appearances from Funbi, Maka, Chike, and Jeff Akoh who performed Shokolokobangoshe from his debut album Lokoja.
Accompanied by two dancers and an energetic 9-man band, Simi performed interesting and engaging mixes of her songs. She kicked off with a medley of Soldier and Tiff, then sang Angelina, Original Baby, the chorus of Lady by Fela, Owambe, Ijo Fuji by Adewale Ayuba. She didn’t leave out hit songs off her album Simisola, with fan-favourites like Joromi, Aimasiko, Smile and more.
The songbird, who has been criticized multiple times for her fashion choices, first performed in a sequined jacket over distressed dungarees and sneakers, and later changed to an oversized sports jersey.
She taught the audience a hilarious version of Despacito, which she mixed with her own song Hip-hop Hurray, with lyrics that talked about killing mosquitoes, eating biscuits and “the way the thing go”.
Although the singer showed and admitted to being a shy person, she punctuated her performances with strong comments and jokes that had the audience laughing with her easily. Like the part where a member of the audience screamed that she loved Simi. Simi replied with, “I love you more,” and then added, “Seriously, I do. You’re paying my bills.”
Falz joined Simi on stage to perform hit songs from their joint EP like Love Something and Foreign. During their performance of Foreign, the two musicians had a friendly banter over whether Falz was foreign or not, with Simi telling the crowd not to believe his lies.
Adekunle Gold also joined Simi in a seamless duet of No Forget and Take Me Back, making the crowd go completely ecstatic. At one point, Simi dropped on one knee in mock proposal.
Simi showed a carefree and fun personality that automatically had the fans loving her from the beginning of the show until the very end.
Her album Simisola hit the Billboard World charts at number five and debuted at the top spot on the iTunes chart and Apple Music for three weeks.