- Wande Coal, Ice Prince, 2face Idibia, Tiwa Savage, Dr. SID, others steal the night
There’s no doubt that the grand finale of Star Music Trek will go down in the 12 year history of the event as one of the most exciting and flamboyant ever.
Amidst promises from the organizers that this year’s grand finale would offer massive surprises to music lovers, thousands of fans trooped to the venue, hockey pitch of the National Stadium Surulere, on August 10 to watch their favorite headline acts take their final bow from the event.
Crowd favourites, 2face Idibia, Tiwa Savage, Ice Prince, Wande Coal, Dr SID, Sound Sultan, Waje and Crystals with surprise performances from Seriki, Zaina, Konga, Mr. 2kay, Laff Up, Ajebutter and many others set the tone for the night and ensured that music fans were glued to their feet cheering one captivating performance after the other.
Don Jazzy’s sudden appearance on stage as beautiful diva, Tiwa Savage performed her hit song Eminado sent the crowd reeling as the taciturn mogul is rarely seen performing on stage. The popular producer and C.E.O of Mavin Records was the cynosure of all eyes on stage as he sang along with Tiwa Savage.
Don Jazzy also graced the stage during Dr Sid’s set as the two performed a duet of the crowd favourite Lady Don Dada.
Crystals, the 2012 Star Quest winners chose to sign out of the Trek with a captivating performance of some of their hit songs. The band, which has gained an enormous fan following since the Trek began, is obviously poised to conquer new vistas as shown by their exhilarating performance.
Waje’s captivating voice will still be the talk of many Treks to come. The songstress who debuted on the Trek with an amazing outing in Surulere, made sure fans enjoyed every minute of her 45-minute performance with her live band.
One of the major surprises promised was Sound Sultan, who has just released his 6th studio album. The organisers brought him in to the wild delight of fans who provided a suitable chorus to his every song especially his hugely popular classic ‘Jagbajantis’.
Tiwa Savage is fast becoming a performer’s performer, with her deft dance moves and expert choreography. Also, the talented singer has perfected the art of anticipation and makes every performance stage worthy of numerous encores.
Ms Savage and Don Jazzy’s surprise duet on Eminado electrified the crowd and left many marveling at how committed the producer is to his artist’s act.
In October, Lady Don Dada crooner Dr SID will celebrate 10 years in the Nigerian music industry. The artiste who is responsible for some of Nigeria’s favourite hits almost stole the show again with another duet with Don Jazzy on his Lady Don Dada hit.
There isn’t a crowd that JMartins can’t captivate. The infectious singer who is something of a polyglot was obviously thrilled to be performing again and fans reciprocated the enthusiasm and made sure to show their massive approval.
Wande Coal, The Black Diamond continued to weave his magic, first stepping in as yet another surprise act at the Trek and also completely captivating his die-hard fans through out his 45-minute performance, no mean feat for any artiste before a highly expectant audience.
There’s no doubt, it’s the year of Ice Prince. Back to back concerts, numerous awards and of course the never-ending adoration of his teeming fans. Ice Prince who had only hours earlier arrived the country from Amsterdam from a concert in which he performed, took time to thank his fans profusely for supporting him strongly right from the early days of his career.
It will be recalled that the hit maker recently won Best International Act (Africa) at the BET awards, beating industry heavy weight 2face and four other African acts to win the coveted award. His mentor M.I, who discovered him, was the last surprise performance of the night- storming the stage to perform in a most fitting set.
2face, like fine wine, keeps getting better with age and fans who waited patiently from late noon of the previous day to early morning of the next to watch their favourite performer were certainly not disappointed.
Together with his live band, 2face dished out an exciting medley of his greatest hits that kept the excited crowd on its feet. Idibia engaged with fans, having a musical conversation that lasted until the early hours of the morning.
Star Music Trek kicked off on June 8 2013, combing FESTAC, Lokoja, Owerri, Enugu, Aba, Asaba, Abeokuta, and Agege with a scintillating Grand Finale at the National Stadium Surulere Lagos on Saturday August 10.