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A blast of music in Makurdi


2Baba (middle) performing with his dancers at the Star Music Trek, Makurdi

2Baba (middle) performing with his dancers at the Star Music Trek, Makurdi

Being the first city to host this year’s Star Music Trek, residents of Makurdi, the Benue State capital, were highly expectant. And with the caliber of artistes on parade, including son of the soil 2Baba, maximum excitement was guaranteed.

As from midday, fun loving guests had started trickling into the IBB Square, where the live music concert was staged. One by one, group-by-group, guests thronged the square. As soon as the DJ started blasting popular Naija beats from gigantic woofers positioned at strategic positions, the atmosphere became charged.

Meanwhile, a pre-gig event, which held the previous night to herald Star Music The Trek in Makurdi, featured a surprise appearance from 2baba, as he excited the appetite of fans ahead of the main concert.

Hosted by Gbenga Adeyinka, the gig started on an exceptionally high note with an array of budding music talents, who dazzled audience with their performances. It has become a sort of tradition for Star Music Trek to give young local talents the opportunity to showcase their works and share the big stage with established acts.

During the main concert broadcast live on HipTV, fans in Makurdi witnessed amazing performances from their favorite artistes; Burnaboy, Ice Prince, Cynthia Morgan and Wande Coal.

Wande coal, took his stage craft a notch higher at the Makurdi concert as he gave his fans a thrilling night by performing classic hit singles like Bumper to Bumper, Se na like this, Super woman, Booty call, My woman – My everything and a host of other songs.

Ice prince gave a dexterous performance while singing to timeless singles such as Oleku, Aboki, Excellency and That could be us.

The concert also saw an amazing dance routine from Cynthia Morgan, who performed her new single Bubble bup and scintillated the cheering crowd with songs like I’m Taken, Lead Me On, Popori and the crowd-pleasing-song German Juice, which left the audience yearning for more.

Burnaboy had his A-game on, as he connected with the crowd throughout his 40 minutes set on stage. He serenaded the crowd to amazing songs like Don Gorgon, Yawa Dey, Won da mo, Oluwa Burna and a couple of other songs from his stable.

With the combination of skillful backup singers, music icon and headline act, 2Baba kept the party on a high mode through to the early hours of Sunday morning.

Star Music Trek – the Makurdi concert, which was a homecoming gig for 2Baba was fully packed with tens of thousands of teeming fans, keen to set eyes on their hometown hero. 2Baba closed the concert with a one-hour live performance through which he dished out some philosophies about life.

The Deejays weren’t left out on the night. DJ ‘BIG N’ and DJ Neptune brought incredible life to the city of Makurdi, turning up the mix and gracefully giving upcoming acts a shot at fame during their moments on stage.

Having set the tone for an amazing concert experience in Makurdi, the next city to rock is already warming up. On Saturday October 8, the Star Music trek train heads to Abuja for the second concert in the lineup of its five-city tour.

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