'Lagos Loves Damini': January 1st was Burna Boy's Nigerian leg of his global album tour through which he has sold out arenas across Europe and America.
Fans wait over 8 hours for a 1-hour performance at Burna Boy's 'Lagos Love Damini' Concert [Pulse Review]
The show was meant to be an electrifying start to 2023 as Nigerians turned out massively to watch Afrobeats biggest export open the year with his flattering catalogue. However, the reverse turned out to be the case as thousands of fans were left in Lagos' windy harmattan cold while they awaited the arrival of their beloved megastar for over 8 hours.
The regular tickets sold for 30,000 Naira while the VIP and VVIP sold for 70,000 and 100,000 respectively. There were also platinum tickets that required fans to fork out between 3 - 10 million naira.
The concert was slated for 6 PM and it was held at the spacious beach ground of Eko Energy City.
Where's Damini?: The show which was meant to start by 6 pm didn't start until past 10 PM when it was opened by an explosive performance by the DJ and the MC.
The DJ performance ran until past 12 AM warming up the crowd and preparing them for the entry of Nigeria's Grammy-winning megastar.
Circa 1 AM, the DJ stopped playing and fans expected that this indicated Burna Boy's impending arrival. However, things couldn't have been farther from expectation.
The concert simply entered a lengthy period of inactivity as the thousands of fans who turned out couldn't tell what was going on or if Burna Boy was even at the venue.
Sound Problem: The speakers began experiencing some issues some minutes past 1 AM with the sound ceasing in between. This was followed by an abrupt stop in the performance of DJ Lambo who at this point was entertaining a gradually frustrated crowd.
Fans become restless: As at 2 AM, there was still no sight of Burna Boy and the DJ was not playing either. It was radio silence from the man of the hour and the organizers, and this inevitably led to restlessness in the crowd some of whom started throwing bottles on the stage.
At 3 AM, the MC came on stage to announce that Burna Boy was ready to perform and his band needed to set up their instruments, therefore, asking the now livid crowd to desist from throwing objects at the stage.
The MC even went ahead to state that the band won't set up unless the crowd stopped throwing objects at the stage and this only made them angrier.
Burna Boy shows up unremorseful, unapologetic, and unbothered: Burna Boy's first act at the event was from backstage where he announced his presence by stating that he had been around since 9 PM but some technical difficulties had stopped him from performing. The Grammy winner then curiously delegated the task of fixing the situation to the crowd and whoever cared to do something about it.
At 3:27 AM, Burna Boy eventually emerged from backstage in all his glory while his band delivered a rousing entrance tune.
He was received by boos and he didn't attempt to calm the thousands of fans who had turned to see him or tender an apology for keeping them waiting for over 8 hours. Instead, he stated that he had been around since 9 PM and he could have walked away from the concert if not because he loves his fans and because Seyi Vibez pleaded with him.
Burna Boy didn't fail to remind the thousands of people present that he has watched on while they accused him of murdering someone at Cubana night club and also that his mother was a backup dancer for Fela. He concluded by stating that in spite of all these, he still loves them and God will punish whoever doesn't love him.
8 hours wait for a 1-hour performance: After delivering what was more or less an anathema on his long-suffering fans, Burna Boy opened his performance with "Tell me what you see when you look at me?" and the crowd thunderously replied the famous line of his hit collaboration with Asake. And with that line, all was forgiven.
Burna Boy's performance started around 3:30 AM and he performed till 4:42 AM which was just over an hour.
He took the now-placated fans on a journey of his timeless hit songs and they sang along with vigor and delight.
While he performed, thousands of fans began to gradually make their way out of the venue.
One hour and a few minutes into his performance, Burna Boy delivered his international smash hit 'Last Last' and the heartbreak anthem brought the show to an end.
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