Last night, popular three-member production and disc jockey group Major Lazer gave their first Nigerian headline performance in a festival-esque event dubbed ‘Major Lazer Soundsystem Live’ as part of their ongoing African tour which has taken them to South Africa and Malawi.
At exactly 12:45 am, the trio made an entrance, receiving praises from fans who had been waiting all night. The trio took turns on the turntable, stimulated guests and spun heads throughout their one-hour set, performing a slew of local and international hits, mixing, bending, speeding up the pace and hyping fans all at the same time. Some Wizkid stans who were present at the event, however, took into account, the fact that no Wizkid record was slammed throughout their set.
As we all made our way out of the venue after the exhilarating show, an unhappy fan of the Starboy began to vent. “So Major Lazer get mind perform for Lagos without playing one Wizkid song. Asin, out of all those many many songs wey dem play, them no jam one Wizkid song (Translated from Pidgin: So Major Lazer had the gut to perform in Lagos without playing any Wizkid record. How could they have played so many songs without slamming at least one song by Wizkid)”, he lamented.
To better articulate his sentiment, how could the group have done a concert in Lagos that saw them perform an array of songs, featured and non-featured without playing at least a song by arguably Africa’s biggest pop star? Sort of like; how do you explain coming to Wizkid’s home without acknowledging him?
The disgruntled fan went on to express his displeasure over the fact that the Starboy also made no appearance at the event despite haven worked with the group in recent years. “Upon say Wizkid don do official song with them, they still no play him song”, he opined. On a song titled Naughty Ride off his 2017 Sounds From The Other Side album, Wizkid enlisted the contribution of the EDM group.
Also to the surprise of many, Nigerian international pop star, Skales was the only guest who got to share the stage with the EDM group, performing a verse from his African remix of their 2017 smash hit ‘Run Up’.
Major Lazer has recently dropped three singles (Tied Up ft Mr Eazi, Loyal ft Kizz Daniel and All My Life ft Burna Boy) and a number of guests came hoping to see a guest performance from one of their recent Nigerian collaborators. The absence of guest performances is proof that the EDM group came to deliver a ‘Major Lazer Experience’ and this was well executed.
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