GIG: Adekunle Gold @ 02 Islington
Venue: Islington O2
Date: 30th June 2017
Adekunle Gold one of the most stylistically unique musician in the thriving Afrobeat music scene offered the best of his ‘Gold’ album in a sold-out show at Islington O2.
Gold who recently became a free agent from the label YNBL founded by rapper Olamide has had one amazing rise to fame, authentic and true to himself, ‘Africans Son’ packaged for the world to share in life experiences through his music. Nothing is truer than the saying that ‘music is an international language’, this night offered medicine for the soul delivered in Yoruba.
Radio personality and Mr Factory 78 Adeshope warmed up the crowd with a DJ set perfect hypeman he had a buzzing energy that nearly made you forget why you were there in the first place.
Adekunle Gold graced the stage accompanied by a live band the 79th Element, Gold bought forth an authentic experience a full live band and African band from the bass to the talking drum this was a touch of Nigeria in London.
He opened the show with the single ‘Ready’ and the crowd went crazy and in the midst of excitement for a second I panicked, he started with his biggest hit but rest assured plenty kept on coming from ‘My Life’, ‘Beautiful Night’, ‘Orente’, ‘No Forget’, ‘Ariwo Ko’, ‘Sade’ and ‘Pick Up’.
He bought through his best friend MoeLogo a talented artist based in the London and they sang their duet ‘Only Girl’, MoeLogo also performed a few of his song from his EP ‘Irete’.
Just when my attention was about to go on a short break Adekunle stepped through with a remix the hit ‘Juice’ by artist YCee and Maleek Berry and it was a smash only he could do it and in that moment we saw the artist as a fan.
This show was a touch of Gold, from the band to the dancers’ everything was delivered to showcase an artist who represents his roots and culture through his music and what more can we ask for all the elements incorporated were just the right dose no over prescribed to cover a missing part. One thing also that cannot go amiss Gold’s style that just has him looking like pure royalty. We cannot wait to see what comes next from Adekunle Gold as for now we await the video for his next single ‘ Call on Me’, of which he premiered during the gig.
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