When I first heard that Kizz Daniel and Wizkid had their shows on the same day (boxing day), I thought to myself that Kizz Daniel was screwed. I also thought that Wizkid was being a big meanie by picking the same day that Kizz Daniel had chosen. Turns out, I was sort of wrong, Kizz Daniel was SO not screwed!
His real fans came out for him and supported him throughout the show. At least 80% of the people at Eko Convention Centre, where the show was held, were on their feet as soon as Kizz Daniel went up on stage, and continued standing till the show ended. The setup and aesthetics of Kizz Daniel’s show were so beautiful and perfect.
To top it up, it was obvious that a lot of thought had been put into arranging how each performer, song and performance was going to flow. From the moment the show actually started at about 1:00 am (instead of 7 pm) till about 3:30 am when it ended, there were no stops or pauses. Each performance flowed seamlessly into the next, each song making way for the one after it.
Kizz new he had to have more than just a sing-along concert, so he made sure to prepare fire sets and give us perfect vocals. Before he came up though, he had four of the biggest comedians in Nigeria right now warm up the crowd for him. So although he was running drastically late, the hilarity of Lasisi Elenu, Kenny Blaq, Broda Shaggi, Pencil and MC Lively made it sort of possible to forgive him.
After the comedy set and a little dance moment, Kizz Daniel had an interesting entrance. Picture this, about 30 dancers on stage, half of them covered in gold and the Kabusa Oriental choir with their remake of Kizz Daniel’s “Baba”, playing in the background. Kizz then walks out in a dazzling white suit and hat, covered in fog and surrounded by golden women. He is immediately belting out the lyrics to the “Baba” song and greeting fans who are literally losing their cool.
A few songs after and his first guest for the night, Mayorkun joins him. After a rendition of their collaboration together, “True”, Mayorkun quickly delved into his “Up to Something” song and gave a short but sweet performance. Adekunle Gold quickly joined Kizz on stage as his second celebrity guest of the night while singing a live version of his “Before You Wake Up” song. But an Adekunle Gold performance is barely complete without going spiritual, so the audience had a moment to enjoy the uniqueness of Adekunle Gold’s voice while he sang “Ire”.
A short while later, Sugar Boy joined Kizz Daniel on stage singing their hit collaboration, “Raba”. They also ended their feud that started after Kizz Daniel’s exit from G-Worldwide to Flyboi Inc on the stage. Kizz sprayed the singer and producer with some money while he performed his hit song, “Hola Hola”, adding some flair to the whole performance.
Kizz Daniel was finally ready to make his concert a ‘Parte after Parte’ so he introduced Big Tril to perform his hit song for about 2 minutes. He was then joined on stage by Rema who brought the fresh boy vibe to the whole show with his songs, “Lady” and “Dumebi”. The night was only about to get better at this point as the official Bad Guy was on hand to take the show to another level. After an energetic performance of his songs, “Bahd, Baddo, Baddest”, “Talk”, and “La Fete” and a quick show of bromance with Kizz Daniel, Falz left the stage.
Falz’s entrance was the beginning of the Big Boys’ appearance with Olamide joining Kizz on stage next. Olamide’s entrance preceded by loud screams and adulations quickly proved to be worth it as he performed “Lagos Boys” and “Pawon”. The biggest and final act for the night, Davido then came on stage singing his hit song with Kizz Daniel, “One Ticket”. He also performed his songs, “Fia” and “Risky”.
Reekado Banks was billed to perform at the show too and was in the building but was nowhere to be found when it was his turn to get on stage. Turns out, he was not at the Eko Convention backstage even though he was at the hotel. He came into the convention centre after the show had ended and fans had exited the hall looking surprised that the show had gone on and ended without him.
In between every performance with his celebrity guests, Kizz Daniel performed his biggest songs, complete with a live band, some DJ assistance and incredibly talented dancers. Kizz’s insistence to sing live added some much-needed flavour to his show and I’m sure it was appreciated by fans. I can tell you this for sure, the entire 2 hours 30 minutes length of Kizz daniel’s show was worth it! Although it definitely can be improved on, it was beautiful, fun and entertaining so I’m looking forward to the second edition of ‘Kizz Daniel Live’ next year.