by Rachel Ogbu
The BBC’S Radio 1 Hackney Weekend where major music stars play the Big Weekend festival sees about 100,000 people attend every summer and this year which took place last weekend was no exception.
Yes Jay Z was there, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Nicki Minaj and even Kasabian – probably the biggest British rock band of the moment were all on stage but when our very own Dbanj performed, the grounds moved.
Introduced as “the Nigerian answer to Michael Jackson”, Dbanj went on to unleash Afrobeat party music on to the marshes, singing other hits like ‘Suddenly’ and it was not just Hackney’s sizable Nigerian population singing along, though. According to The Guardian, D’Banj’s recent breakout tune, Oliver Twist, is a sing along for all.
Screams recorded an all-time high during his performance especially when the white Azonto boy appeared on stage to drop some more dance moves. What about the girls from the music video? It seemed they had taken extra dose of energy drinks chilled with megawatts of electricity, their dance moves got the crowd hysterical.
Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend is being billed as the station’s largest-ever roadshow, a free 48-hour event set across five stages. The show also gave stage to pretty boy, Ice Prince.
See video and photos from the event here: