The annual ThisDay Music Festival rolled into town some weeks ago. BN was on the scene for the opening night of the concert in Lagos. Unlike previous years where a plethora of musical stars performed, this year it was just R Kelly. As great as it was experiencing ‘the R’ perform live, as we have come to expect the logistics issues were a huge turn-off! The show was held in a marquee at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos and was billed to start at 8.30PM…Guess what time R Kelly hit the stage? 1.20AM! Note that ticket prices for this VIP performance were over a 100,000 naira. Just before R Kelly began his performance, Basketmouth did his best to entertain the crowd with some jokes while D’Banj and Wande Coal worked the crowd (they did not perform though). Overall, R Kelly was a good performer. Each one took us back to some moments in our past – maybe your prom, maybe the first party you ever went to, perhaps your last birthday. The clouds of R Kelly tumultuous past (as in his alleged tape with a minor and subsequent trial) hung over certain aspects of the night though – I felt very uncomfortable during some of the crotch-grabbing, tongue darting moments of the performance – many ladies in the crowd seemed to lap it up though and there were screams of encouragement from around the audience. Overall, R Kelly’s his greatest strength is his portfolio of hits and he showed that off well.
Any feedback from anyone else who attended? Let us know. R Kelly also performed in Abuja and an encore performance in Lagos – Sauce Kid and Ikechukwu opened that show.
Now that we are done with the show. How about the fashion? Check out BN Red Carpet Fab at the ThisDay Music Festival 2009 (VIP Performance Night)