From Dreamville Festival 2022: Wizkid’s Immaculate Vibes For Africa’s National Anthem

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After DJ Tunez warmed up the crowd with remixes of “Love Nwantiti” by Ckay and “Fall” by Davido, Wizkid took the stage in Raleigh for the first time in Dreamville history. He entered the stage slow and steady, taking his time throughout the concert like the seasoned performer that he is. His “Ginger” performance was smooth like honey, accented by the spiced orange flair pants he wore. Wizkid’s four-karat smile reflected off the gigantic jewelry piece around his neck, speckles of diamonds bouncing off his iridescent shades. Safe to say, Starboy’s outfit was expertly curated to be reminiscent of the sunny, carefree quality in his songs.

DJ Tunez served as Wizkid’s hype man throughout the concert, urging the crowd to sing along to his adlibs. Together, they vibed out with the crowd through “No Stress,” and “Grace,” maintaining the serene ambiance throughout their set. The energy was reflected in the crowd, which turned to uninhibited dancing to the sinuous beat. Some festival goers could be heard whistling and clapping to the beat together, tapping into the communal experience that Wizkid’s tracks seek to bring out in listeners.

Wizkid shouted his day-one fans out with a special acoustic performance of “Ojuelegba,” from his sophomore album “Ayo,” which Starboy called the African national anthem due to its symbolism for the Nigerian youth. In singing the heartfelt lyrics “I am feeling good tonight / This thing got me thanking God for life” Wizkid expressed how grateful he is to celebrate his first time at Dreamville with the crowd. Throughout the concert, Wizkid paid extra attention to members of the Pan-African diaspora in the crowd, shouting out the flying flags from Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad, to name a few. He brought all of these ethnicities together for a performance of “Joro,” which is a Yoruba slang word that translates as ‘come, let’s enjoy.’

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