P-Square in ‘A Night Of Apology’ at Royal Albert Hall
Not many acts can dare to have a midweek date at the prestigious Kensington Hall that has hosted the likes of Sir Cliff Richard and Adele, except of course, you’re P-Square.
That their fans came out in their numbers and filled almost every corner of the 151-year old venue with huge expectations for the band’s One Africa Music Reunion Tour is testament that the band belongs in the A-listing category. They don’t come cheap, though. “They’re expensive,” DJ Abrante noted, while introducing them to the already charged audience for their debut appearance just after 9:00pm on Wednesday.
The crowd went crazy with screams, as the duo stormed the stage in their typical dance style and moves, prompting them to “put your hands up, put your hands up.”
The crowd responded, accordingly ,to welcome them. They then went straight to business, by whetting their fans appetite with the first number of the night, “l love you, l love you, you’re the woman of my dream.”
The audience didn’t just stand by and watch like spectators, many were up on their feet, singing and dancing along and lapping it all in. That was the pattern for the rest of their nearly two-hour performance for night.
Aside from churning out many of their popular numbers, Paul and Peter Okoye took a few minutes out to apologise to their fans for their much-documented row of 2017. Both knelt on the stage and with hands up in the air, and admitted: “We messed up.”
They said they had to make up and get going again, noting, “blood is thicker than water.” As If that act of humility and putting the records straight wasn’t enough to spike the show, they also gave opportunities for other artistes to share the big stage and occasion with them. They even acknowledged the impact of other afrobeats artistes and also announced that they’ll be back next year, and in collaboration with Tubaba Idibia and D’banj, albeit at a different venue.
Though they made time out to talk to their fans as already mentioned, P-Square went about it smartly, and kept those periods short. Thus, giving more time to serenade their fans with what they came for – music.
With the support of their four backup dancers and singers, P-Square electrified the audience with a dose of some Michael Jackson type dance moves that kept the fans snapping and capturing the moments on their smart phones.
When in the second half of the show, one of the brothers announced that
“I want to sing to the ladies,” they didn’t disappoint with what came afterward. “You don make me fall in love “ was soon to follow. Many of their fans mobbed them when the opportunity arose.
P-Square saved arguably the best for the very last as it wasn’t until they wanted to close the show at around 11:00pm that they performed “Chop my money.” It seemed they and the crowd just didn’t care.