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When Lagosians defy the rain to party at Gidi Fest 2017


Dr Sid, Derenle and a guest at the event

Inspite the heavy down pour, the annual Gidi Fest 2017 held at the Eko Atlantic, on Saturday night, April 15, 2017, and the rich lineup of acts, local and foreign as expected gave fans the fun they needed on the night.

The festival, had kicked off in the early hours of the day at 12pm, had games and other fun activities to set the tone for the concert that came later at night. Hypeman Jimmie and Folu Storms were official hosts for the evening, while Mavins’ DJ Altims, DJ Obi and DJ Neptune provided the needed tunes.

Female twin duo, El’Vee, opened the show, bringing on stage their energy to warm up the crowd for more exciting performances to come.


Hip hop/soul/reggae international act Nneka, with her voice and guitar refreshed the audience with her inimitable performance, earning resounding applause from the audience at every round of her performance session ending.

Singer, Falana came through with her distinctive stage persona, making beautiful sounds with her signature Cajón. 90s baby, a new rising music group also came and did their thing.

Ma bi mi Jamb Question singer, Simi followed up, performing her popular songs Ole, Soldier, and Mo so rire a song off her feature in Legendury Beatz’s Afropop 101 mixtape.

Her performance was however disrupted when the sound on her mic went off, owing to the rain. Inspite the interruption, Simi went to improvise dancing before exiting the stage.

Wale Turner, Reekado Banks, Pryse, Dremo, BOJ with SDC and Poe, Niniola, Fresh L of DRB Lasgidi, Mayorkun, Ckay, Seyi Shay all gave their fair quota of performances.

Then enter the more anticipated acts, Davido and Burna Boy. While Burna Boy thrilled the crowd with his sheer energy and range of crowd favourite songs, and later joined on stage in surprising welcome fashion by Skales, where the pair got to perform ‘Cool Temper’ remix.

Davido came through singing ‘Dami duro’, as fireworks blazed all over the stage. The self-acclaimed Omo Baba Olowo also performed his classics and reigning song ‘IF’ to the admiration of the fans.

American producer and DJ Diplo of Major Lazer drove the crowd wild with his mixes and was joined by group member Walshy Fire. Both acts giving major respect and shout out to Nigerian music with their mixes. The duo sure left the crowd on a major high of music adrenaline.

A Lazer remix of Mr Eazi’s ‘Leg over’, Tekno’s ‘Pana’ among others was presented to the audience, which was impressive.

Kenyan group Sauti Sol and Tanzania’s Vanessa Mdee made appearances on Diplo’s set, but were unable to perform individually due to organisers not granting them a live band.


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