‘The Party Just Never Stops’ Me Firi Ghana Representative Adwoa Asiedu tells us her thoughts on the Afrobeats Festival
Envision a lovely ambiance where people are not afraid to smile at strangers, or loudly sing at their top of their lungs when their favourite tunes come on.
Welcome to my world.
The party began as soon as you entered the 02 building. The anticipation of the event could not be hidden as I watched how people hurried to get their last minute tickets. Many dressed to impress, and moreover there was a powerful sense of solidarity amongst the crowd. The majority that came to the event were of African heritage, but it didn’t matter who we were or who we represented. It wasn’t about us. It was about the Arts of Afrobeats and being immersed in the Afrobeats culture.
Credits to the Artists, Dancers, Presenters, DJ’s and the wonderful crowd for making it into delightful night. The show began with superb dancers who brought great energy to the show. It was the perfect way to launch the festival as it got us into the festival spirit. DJ Abrantee never failed to disappoint with his infectious sense of humour. The crowd were magical. I stood next to two talented guys whose moves I greatly admired. They didn’t care who was watching and it was beautiful to see. In that moment I thought: ‘‘That’s what sets Afrobeats music festival apart from other festivals. The party just never stops.’’ There were no boundaries and I have to commend the entertaining crowd for keeping the party going.
My appreciations to DJ Fifi, DJ Sean and DJ Bills who gave us great tunes to dance to throughout the night. The Artists that came to perform were brilliant. Well done to R2bees, The Composers, Moelogo, Mista Silva, May7ven and Jaij Hollands with additional support by rising stars K.Weezy, Ray & Double A. Each act brought their gift to the stage, however there were a few acts that I thoroughly enjoyed watching because I connected to their musical style, rhythm and lyrics. They were R2bees, Moelogo and Miss Banks.
Multi Award Winners & BET Nominated R2bees were so captivating to watch on stage as they sang some of their biggest hits such as ‘Ajei’. When they opened the show with this song, the crowd fell in love and it was as if it was a brand new song all over again. It was evident to see that they have truly connected with the crowd because at one stage, all one could hear was the crowd singing joyfully in unity.
Moelogo had presence. He proved that he is not a regular artist. I enjoyed watching him sing his iconic Tune ‘Baddest’ and it was nonetheless a breath-taking performance.
Miss Banks was a true dynamite. She performed her songs with swerve, charm and passion. She’s definitely one to look out for in the music scene.
I came to the festival with high expectations but I was not in the slightest disappointed. If anything I was deeply touched by the gorgeous harmony between the crowd and the moving performances.
Me Firi Ghana would like to stress that The Afrobeats Music Festival was an unforgettable night. Thank you to all the event organisers who turned this glorious vision to reality on the 30th July 2016.
By Adwoa Asiedu @AdwoaAsiedu777