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Davido shows that big is big

Davido performs

Davido performs

This is not the first time Nigerian singer Davido has come to Uganda. Good Friday at Kololo Ceremonial grounds was his third show in Uganda in 10 years, and the Timeless concert came at a time when Davido is one of the hottest-selling African artists globally.

He flew into the country a few hours to the show, but not even the speculation whether he would be a no-show affected numbers. The ordinary section hardly had any breathing space. Some revellers described the I&M Bank-powered show as one of the greatest of all times, with stage, sound and lighting all giving.

Pia Pounds and her Twende Tupaate flagged off the performances at around 8:30pm, before Aaronx came up to perform his Njalwala. The stage was taken up by MCs and DJs until Ritah the Dancer came on with dance strokes and energy that left the audience wondering whether she was human or otherworldly.

As the night progressed, Fic Gaza and Sheebah Karungi pulled off electrifying performances before Jose Chameleone entertained for 30 minutes. At 12:15am, all the lights went out to welcome Davido. Dressed simply in shorts and a T-shirt, Davido’s entourage had the crowds in screams with some looking on the verge of passing out from joy.

It was vibes on vibes as Davido pulled crowds close to the stage, leaving the VIP tents empty. He introduced Pallaso and they performed their collabo Twatoba, with fans singing along.

He then called up Grenade and he (Davido) stayed on stage as the Nkuloga singer performed, which overwhelmed the Ugandan and he prostrated on stage in disbelief that he was sharing a stage with the iconic artiste. But the audience was not as moved by Grenade, prompting Davido to call them out.

“Support your local artistes no matter what; [Nigerians supported me] that’s the only reason I have made it,” Davido said.

On X later, Ugandans were quick to defend their stance on Grenade, saying he never stands with the people on social issues like Nigerian artistes do, and pointed out his controversial political statements of late. He was only lucky they did not throw bottles on stage in the ultimate statement of disrespect.

Davido performed Risky, Assurance, Aye, Fall, Jawo, Blow My Mind, among others, then launched into an amapiano set that tipped the vibe all the way over the top. With no time for rehearsal in Uganda, Davido showed that he is the undisputed African music giant, delivering hit after hit.

As we thought it was a wrap and the lights went off and the band seemed to be parking up, Davido came back with an encore, I’m Unavailable, sending fans home without a single complaint. All grumblings about his late arrival into the country, missed press conference and late arrival at Kololo were forgotten; big is indeed big.

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