Rema Rewrites History, Announces International Superstar Status With O2 Arena Concert
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 marked a memorable day in the life of Nigerian music sensation, Divine Ikubor, better known by the stage name Rema, as he announced himself as a music heavyweight with his landmark sold-out concert, tagged, Ravage Uprising, at the O2 Arena, London.
Two years ago, he made a guest appearance at the O2 Arena in London during a gig by his compatriot, Burna Boy, but this year, he headlined the 20,000-capacity venue.
Aided by a live band, the artiste opened the concert with a rendition of the chest thumping record DND off his recently released EP, Ravage. The up-tempo single set the mood for the night as the Calm Down hit maker kicked off the party in an energetic mode, which he maintained for the over two hours the show lasted. He also thrilled fans, which included over 40,000 people that streamed the show live on YouTube with a collection of his hit songs such as, Dirty and Ginger, before performing Lady to the admiration of the excited audience who were infected by his energetic stage presence.
Before performing his hit single, Soundgasm, Rema addressed the audience whom he encouraged to have fun. He emerged for the second round on the back of bat with glowing red eyes while clothed in the regalia of a futuristic warrior in a choice of aesthetic that won’t help his claims of not being a member of the famed Illuminati.
For his second round of performances, Rema offered the trap version of catalogue, as he dazzled fans with early releases of the Rema EP and Bad Commando EP while also performing captivating trap leaning records Hov, Are You There, Addicted and his verse from Jae5’s Dimension.
For his third and final round, Rema dipped into his pouch of hit songs, and opened with Troublemaker and Holiday before bringing out the Mavin Records crew to perform their hit single, Won Da Mo. Crayon and Ayra Starr performed their hit collaboration, Ngozi, before Ayra blew away the audience with a stunning rendition of her hit single, Rush.
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