In the early hours of Saturday morning, October 6, Major Lazer closed their U-Live Lagos concert waving the Nigeria flag high in the skies. We didn't plant it over the moon but it sure felt like it.
While this is not exactly Major Lazer’s first visit to Nigeria with Diplo performing in the rains at the 2017 edition of the Gidifest, the Major Lazer Soundsystem Live is however the group’s debut headline event in Lagos, the city that never sleeps.
The venue was the beach grounds of the Hardrock Cafe in Victoria Island, Lagos and there was excitement in the air, the feeling of something special lurking in the nights and the good cheer as the fans gathered in their munbers.
The stage backdrop and lighting was quite maginificent and even though sound on few occcassions wavered, it was good enough for a world class event.
A number of Nigerian DJ’s opened up the night alongside one of the hosts Bollylomo, as the combination of DJ Aye, Sensei Lo and CaliX showed that EDM mixes was fast catching up in Nigeria.
The matchup of DJ Crowd Kontroller and D.O.T.U.N was electrifying, next was DJ Smallz who livened things up with his crew, while producer Pheelz alongside Guitarist Femi Leye teamed up to synth perfection.
Next was the turn of DJ Consequence, who delivered a largely Nigerian mix with the third host Nenny B having the floor, while Xclusive dished out both old and new songs from local and foreign acts, even though he barely allowed any of the songs last beyond a few seconds.
There was a brief moment immediately after for Sound Sultan and Korede Bello alongside one of the organizers to sensitize the crowd on the importance of participating peacefully in the upcoming elections.
Taking to the stage
A few minutes passed midnight witnessed the arrival of Major Lazer on stage, there was no need for any grand build-up to their entrance, the fans was hyped for it.
The international EDM group, Major Lazer comprising of DJs/Producers Diplo, The Jillionaire and Walshy Fire are well renowned for their ability to infuse different genres into a wholesome sound that becomes the life of the party and this famed ‘legend’ is what the Lagos crowd had gathered to put to test.
Diplo and Walshy Fire took to the front stage, while the third and more silent member, Jillionaire settled at the wheels of steel.
Diplo was like a beast unleashed, climbing unto the DJ stand, hyping up the crowd and from the get-go, Major Lazer never faltered all through their over one hour set.
The group dished out a set of old, some new, and but a large number of EDM interpretations of familiar songs from other artists and also tracks from their catalogue, finding a brilliant mix between songs with African artistes and their international hits.
Songs like ‘Leg Over remix’, ‘Run Up’ which features Skales, and had him joining them on stage for his verse, alongside singles from their recently released ”Afrobeats Mix” including ‘All My Lights’ with Burna Boy, ‘Tied Up’ with Mr Eazi and more made their playlist.
The set closed out with Major Lazer performing their major African hit single ‘Particular’, which features Nasty C, Ice Prince and Jidenna.
It was a night when the trio highlighted the act of performing on stage as a disc jockey at a higher level, outside the minor disappointment of not seeing some of the Nigerian stars they have worked with join them on stage, this was a splendid showing from the group.
Towards the end of their set, there was the Nigerian flag on stage as they waved it high, preaching peace, love and unity.
The energy levels was high all night, the skill on display was a joy to behold, providing a very bright performance on a dark night.
While the night witnessed more mixes than performances, Major Lazer have proven that they were more than just disc jockeys or entertainers, they are indeed the complete package.
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