|SENEGALESE born Multi-platinum hip-hop and R’N’B star Akon on Friday at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam conquered hearts, despite poor organisation and a series of technical hiccups during the well-attended concert.|
Story by: SUNDAY NEWS Reporter
SENEGALESE born Multi-platinum hip-hop and R’N’B star Akon on Friday at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam conquered hearts, despite poor organisation and a series of technical hiccups during the well-attended concert.
The fans had to wait for almost an hour after the curtain-raiser shows at around midnight, for Akon to come on stage.
Masters of Ceremonies were booed as they tried to appease the impatient fans irked by the unnecessary delay before Akon’s stage appearance.
He finally appeared on the stage at around 1:00am and performed for about two hours.
Fans were treated to the American musician’s evergreen hits ‘Ghetto, Lonely, The pots of Gold, Locked up, Believe it’ and many others. In fact he managed to give the fans a show worth their money.
A combination of his sweet voice and inspirational messages in his songs thrilled everybody around to either sing along with him, dance with him or both.
In a rare incident, Akon ordered all security guards surrounding the stage to go behind the stage so that he could have an easy interaction with the fans, who kept pulling him to themselves whenever he came near them.
A section of fans interviewed after the show was happy with Akon’s performance but expressed their reservations over what they called poor organisation of the show.
Fans were especially dismayed by a late start of the show, technical faults, poor sound system and poor choice of some of the artistes who coloured the main act.
Local artistes, who graced the occasion, were Noorah, Ngwea and Suma Lee while from Uganda were Ngoni and Bebe Cool, and from Kenya were Nonini and Necessary Noise.
Members of Akon band, who performed along with him, were Michael Butler, Cury Boyd, Giorgio Tuifort, Jo Jo and Dj Benny D.
SOURCE: Daily News