Naija Nite: Flavour Strips for Fans
Cultural Themed Nights
We all need a break in our life from our regular routines and cultural themed nights seem to be the old new way of relaxing. Though the trend is not completely new in the entertainment scenes the recognition it has been accorded in the recent past has given Kenyans and non-Kenyans a chance to celebrate their cultures.
Characterized by the likes of Naija Night ,Kenyan Night and Ugandan Night event promoters have gone ahead to support and encourage people to go back to their roots every once in a while As such there is no doubt that Naija Night has made an incredible mark on the Nairobi nightlife scene.
On 15th October all roads led to Carnivore Simba Saloon magnificently done for the Naija Night show. The show dubbed 'East meets West' where atleast 9 artists were lined up for performance saw a turn out of tens of hundreds Kenyans who illustrated the intensity with clubbing plays in social life. The artists from Kenya Uganda and Nigeria who included Habida, Wyre the Love Child, Jaguar, Omawaumini, Navio,Naeto C,and Flavour treated the fans to a night filled with music performances .
The concert kicked off at around 8pm Dj Creme de la Creme was the official deejay with Shaffie Weru and Debra Sanaipei as the Mcees.The first acts of the nights were Kartel and Alfayo famed for their Katenga song. Then songstress Habida was second to hit the stage backed up by two dancers and Ultimate Band, Habida performed her songs calmly winning the audience’s affection as they sung along with her. She performed Sunshine, Kesho and her latest hit song My Reason a collabo with Ragga star Cannibal
Different from other shows where Kenyan artists perform before leaving the stage to the visiting acts on that night the artists were mixed up. Habida was shortly followed by Uganda’s beautiful, hot sexy Obsessions.
Famous for their hit song Jangu the ladies took the stage with storm and gave the fans anunforgettable performance.Dressed in red and black attire and thigh length boots the they confidently performed one song after the other.
And though most of their songs were in Baganda they used their incredible height and beauty to warm their performance into the fans hearts.
Next on stage was Jaguar a self made musician cum businessman who has tasted both sides of life and has had his share of controversies.
He worked the audience with his tunes and as usual used the chance to urge the fans to always remember to help those in need. He bowed off the stage with his hit song Kigeugeu which has proven to a favourite song to Kenyans and has received massive airplay locally and internationally.
Backed up with by Dj Crème de la Crème Shaffie and Debra who changed their attire at least twice during their emceeing kept the fans engaged every minute sometimes making fun of each other as they introduced the acts.
Dressed in a yellowish short skirt made of material used to make lesos and a matching neclace, Nigerian award winning vocalist Omawumi was next on line. Using her powerful deep and well controlled voice Omawumi proved she has talent.
She however proved her love for Kenyan fans by performing a whole verse of the Kenya National anthem in Kiswahili a trick that worked to her advantage.The newly mother to a baby girl confidently moved across the stage with ease as she delivered her “Afro Pop” songs.
However when the fans though they had it all the newest kids on the music scenes going by the name Campu Mulla took to the stage. Performing their songs collectively, the rap group made it evident that the existing Kenyan hip hop artists will have to revisit their talents as the newest kids are in control.
The three youngsters (two males and a female) who seem to be promising as far as Kapuka rap is concerned received a warm welcome as the fans screamed their lungs out.Camp Mulla currently placed 4th on the ReverbNation "Top hip hop artists" Kenya national charts and barely being in the music industry for a year show cased their uniqueness in every way they performed.
Walkin' on a Dream, Take It to the Floor, Addicted, Low and All Night were some of the songs they entertained the fans with. They also performed their new hit song Fresh All day Long for the first time as a special treat to those who turned for the event.
To give the fans a chance to digest what they had received from electrifying performances the audience was treated to a 20 minutes rib cracking break by the well celebrated Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi. Associated with the 'Hawayuni' slogan Eric who has established an enormous fan base engaged the audience by requesting for funny music which he guided them on how to dance.
Ugandan artist top hip hop artist Navio took to the stage after Campu Mulla making the already energetic crowd more thrilled. The artist who has done a few collaboration with international artists such R Kelly and 2Face Idibia spiced up his performance with a little bit of chit chat about certain artists as he performed.
He was followed by Nigerian artist Naeto C popularly known for the hit song '10 over 10' and 'Kini Big Deal'. Born Naetochukwu Chikwe "Naeto C" a Masters holder in Biotechnology, a Channel O Award winner calmly dropped one song after the other and seemed to enjoy every minute he was on stage.
He threw some of his CD to the fans as souvenier before he made a daring move of going over to the fans but with the high security guards appointed for the event he safely managed to interact with the fans.
And as the party wound up Kenyan leading Reggea ang R&B artist Wyre joined the long growing list of performers. Wyre also known as the love child was ushered in by his two dancers who carried a flag each with Rastafarian colors.
Accompanied by Ian a co judge at the Sakata Dance crew the numerous award winning artist once again proved his ability to entertain. Incorporating his well rehearsed moves with songs Wyre together with his crew kept the fans asking for more.
He sent temperatures through the roof when he unveiled a surprise for the audience by inviting JB Maina and together they performed the newly remixed track Mwanake.
But if other artistes thought they had stolen the show, they had a new though coming their way. As usual the best was saved for the last when the much awaited Nigeria artist Flavour Nabiana, finally appeared on stage in a blaze of glory. The crowd especially women went gaga and one could clearly tell that ‘Mr Asawo’ fame was caught offside by the wild cheers from the women as he stepped on stage.
Immediately after recovering from the shock the Nwa Baby singer went down to business starting with the original version of the hugely popular ‘Sawa Sawale ’ song that has everyone across Kenya and Africa hooked. And although there has been a controversy surrounding this particular song with rumors being that it was once banned in, Kenyans like the rest of his fans rocked to every single lyric of the song.
The more he performed the more the women went berserk and to reciprocate their love Flavour decided to treat the women to a brief strip moment before he gave a memorable performance.
Using a recent tactic that seem to be the in thing for artists to win the fans over he started with his top and threw it to the crowd as the women dared him to strip bare chest which he did.
Being the last artiste on stage that night the controversial Flavour was determined to earn his place in the Kenyan entertainment at any cost. As if stripping was not daring enough, he went to greet the fans hands as they screamed along to all of his songs.
The event did not go without fashion and glamour.Kenyan women as usual were well represented with the female fans dressed to their best.
Not even the cold night could deter them from donning their short dresses and skirts.
Pambazuka models were the ushers for event as well as welcoming the VVIP guests and the fans who had secured corporate tables.These two class of fans were treated to a scrumptious meal, dessert, a bottle of Baileys and Johnnie Walker.
Eric Omondi posed for area254.com before the concert commenced.
The party went on until the wee hours of the morning but majority of the fans left immediately after Flavour’s performance. Naija Night was organized by Taurus group with the sponsors being Kenya Airways, Safaricom Skiza Tunes, Samsung and Bartons Melabloom.