Niniola’s Human Radio Concert promised to be great — fans and music lovers got exactly that on November 9.
The concert kicked off with DJ Crowd Kontroller and DJ DIPS warming up the crowd with an impressive mix of old and new school hits.
Shody The Turn Up King and Larry Foreman, the hosts of the evening did an amazing job ensuring everyone’s energy was at optimum level as they introduced act after act.
The opening acts were an interesting mix of voices in the industry such as Tyson Noir, Immaculate, Ric Hassani, Okiemute, GreyC, and others like Slimcase, L.A.X and Reminisce.
Some highlights of the opening segment of the evening were Teni the Entertainer doing a freestyle, Aramide playing the guitar and singing a new song for the audience, Godwin Strings’ brilliant violin renditions of popular songs, and Reminisce dancing on stage with Shody the Turn Up King.
Niniola’s entrance was as dramatic as it was majestic. Talking drums and a short play by her dancers welcomed the Queen of AfroHouse and vocal sensation unto the stage. Niniola started her set by serenading the audience with some of her more famous love songs such as ‘Oyin’, ‘Moyo’, and ‘Akara Oyibo’. She then eased into a fans favourite ‘Start All Over’, the soulful duet featuring Johnny Drille. Following that, the audience was treated to a dance break that paid homage to Nigeria’s famous dance crazes.
Niniola returned to the stage ready to turn up with ‘Jigi Jigi’, cuing a few of her dance hits such as ‘Soke’, and ‘Shaba’, and a surprise appearance by Terry Apala who joined her in performing ‘Bale’. For the finale, Niniola thrilled the audience with a Yoruba ceremony style performance, complete with talking drums, improvised lyrics, and traditional dances from Ekiti as she performed ‘Gbowode’. She followed this with ‘Saro’, ‘Maradona’, and ‘Bana’, inviting fans from the audience to join her on stage.
From the show out, it’s not difficult to imagine why Niniola has successfully retained her spot as the queen of Afrohouse. Her performances showed a clear understanding of her market, and the crowd connected deeply with her, singing along to every one of her hits.