Wizkid made history last weekend, becoming the first ever Afrobeats artist to headline at Royal Albert Hall. His sold-out concert was as part of the Albert Sessions, which saw over 5,000 dedicated fans gather to see the Grammy nominated artist perform live.

The show, at the landmark venue, opened with UK rapper ‘Yxng Bane’ who recently gained wider acknowledgement with a remix of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You,’ along with his latest single ‘Rihanna’ and his Yungen featured track ‘Bestie.’ The London rapper adorned fans with his hit songs and certainly set pulses racing with his strip-tease antics.

It wasn’t long before Wizkid, also known as Ayodeji Balogun, emerged onto the stage with a five-piece band including a talking drummer which added an authentic African touch to the overall show. Hailed by a sea of over screaming concert-goers, the 27-year old opened the show with songs from his sophomore album Superstar, which he released in 2011, before performing tracks from ‘Ayo’ released three years later.

Donning his signature bright coloured hair and quirky sunglasses, the Nigerian-born singer invited fellow afrobeats artist Wande Coal to share the stage. Before closing the show, the BET award-winning artist thanked his fans who had supported him from the beginning, citing the penultimate song as his national anthem as it changed the life of his whole family and team, he thrice performed ‘Ojuelegba’, the song that gave him global recognition.

The singer ended the show with the smash-hit ‘Closer’ featuring Drake, though the Canadian rapper was not in attendance this did not affect the performance and proved to be a crowd favourite.

Wizkid has proven that the genre of music is no longer just for the beloved African continent but, in his words, “he’s taking afrobeats to the world.”

Affirmations of his strong ethnic roots were visible in its entirety during the concert and with continuous hits and unique sound it won’t be long before Wizkid headlines O2 Arena…and Team Curtains will be right there when he does!

Wizkid is supporting Future later this month in the O2, London Arena, on October 23rd.

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