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Gidi Fest 2019… Patoranking, Niniola, DJ Neptune, Moonchild, others on parade

By Chuks Nwanne
09 February 2019   |   4:20 am
Ahead of this year’s Gidi Cultural Festival, otherwise known as Gidi Fest, orgnaisers have announced the first line-up for the festival billed for April 20, 2019.


Ahead of this year’s Gidi Cultural Festival, otherwise known as Gidi Fest, orgnaisers have announced the first line-up for the festival billed for April 20, 2019. According to the list made available to the media, Patoranking, Niniola, Teni the Entertainer, Moonchild Sanelly and DJ Neptune will lead an impressive list of performers at the 6th edition of the annual music, food, art and game fest.

In line with the traditional of the project, the festival will be presenting a carefully curated and diverse line-up of some of the most exciting acts on the continent making waves across the globe.  
Patoranking, who has been unveiled as one of the headline acts for this year’s festival, broke into the music industry, in 2013 and played his first major show at the inaugural edition of the festival in 2014.  After six years in the music industry, with an album, several hit singles and joining Lauryn Hill on her Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Anniversary Tour, Pato is set to return to the Gidi Fest stage as one of the continent’s leading artistes.  

The Nigerian queen of afro-house, Niniola, is a multi-award-winning artiste and has been working with Sarz to establish house music in the Nigerian pop consciousness with tracks including Ibadi, Soke and Maradona. Niniola’s younger sister Teni the entertainer is another clear standout in the Afro-pop world. The uplifting artiste had a big 2018 and won Best New Act at the 2019 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival. The singer, songwriter, drummer, and rapper has it all and won’t be holding anything back for her debut at Gidi Fest. 
Johannesburg-based artiste Moonchild Sanelly comes to Gidi for the first time this year and brings her empowering character and trademarked hair with her. The ghetto funk superstar draws inspiration from a rich background of kwaito, hip-hop, and jazz, and turns it into a colorful combination of GQOM music, fashion, and dance. Gidi Fest is excited to share her unique style with the Gidi Tribe this year.

Completing the announcement is the multi-award-winning, DJ Neptune, who is known for his diverse representation of sounds from across the continent with notable collaborations with Mr Eazi, Maleek Berry and Runtown. The popular Next Gen stage is back for a second year at Gidi Fest and features some of the underground talents moving and redefining the Nigerian sound; Boogey, Mo’ Believe, Tems, Orgaranya, Mich Straaw, Blaqbonez and Dami Duro.

Last year saw the rise of the Gidi Tribe and this year, in the spirit of empowering the tribe, the 2019 theme is Your Voice, Your Choice.“We want to empower the Gidi Tribe to understand the power of their voice and how the choices they make can shape their future,” organisers said. 

The Gidi Culture Festival was created in response to a demand from the local youth culture for live, affordable, and accessible entertainment in Africa. The festival provides a venue for live bands, DJs and musical acts to perform. It also features outdoor activities, local vendors, and artisans.

The main show usually features a line-up of African acts from countries including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Congo, Kenya and United Kingdom. The goal is to encourage the development of African talent and promote artistes both within the continent and into overseas markets.