Review of the Empire Mates Entertainment Concert In NYC Featuring Banky W, WizKid, Skales and Rotimi
One of the most anticipated concerts of this year, the Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) concert, featuring some of the label’s famous musicians (Banky, Wizkid, and Skales) took place last night in NYC. While there have been many reviews of the concert already, thanks to the individuals in twitter land, I’m here to give you an exclusive look into the concert. Let’s begin with the positive:
Although the concert began relatively late, (should have started at 10PM, but didn’t start until around 1AM) fans were still more eager than ever to see their “favorite boy” Wizkid. And so it’s understandable that as soon as wiz was called out, there was mayhem. Rotimi, the talented actor/singer took the stage first, as he (serenaded the ladies) warmed up the audience with Mario’s “Let Me Love You”, and despite that fact that the “warm up” performance was short, he promised to be back for more. (AND HE WAS!! SHIRTLES ). Skales took the stage next, showing some of his dance moves while performing his hits, including the crowd favorite “mukulu”. I heard skales harmonizing with banky… dude can sing ooo. Lol
Next up was Wizkid, who of course drove the crowd (especially the ladies) wild, as some fans even had to be held back by security; resulting in Wizkid’s verbal altercation with one of the security members. I’m sure his fans were humbled and please by his rescuing act. Way to go wiz! Mr. Wellington then took the stage to perform a variety of songs, from giving them “strong tin”, and then taking them to the “Lagos party” (well, NY party), and then some. Although some of the songs were performed to their tracks, a few songs were performed with a live band, giving the fans a more direct and interactive feel to their music. In essence, the four artists took the stage and not only entertained their fans, but enjoyed themselves while doing so.
I honestly felt like there was a lot going on (too much noise) and the concert had potential to be better than what it resulted to be. I for one did not appreciate a concert starting hours later than it was supposed to start. This happens with most Nigerian events, but that doesn’t mean it should be acceptable, especially when no apology was issued by the artists’ or the organizers.
Secondly, I know that some fans were very excited to see Wizkid, but come on ladies! I don’t think getting to the point where the security has to escort you out is beneficial to you. Remember: you paid to watch this artist perform.
Lastly, the fights: how is it not embarrassing that in almost every Nigerian event that takes place, there’s always a fight? What happened to just talking things out? The fight even extended into the VIP room. I heard gist about the fight starting because a lady refused a guy her number, and he decided to show her how he felt with his belt. Really? LOL! To conclude, the EME concert was quite an experience! Check out some pictures from below and tell us what your experience was. p.s: to check out more photos, vist Adewest Media on Facebook. cheers!!!