Written by brokencool writer Ngozi
Since finding out about his recent contractual agreement with Kanye West, I wondered what exactly could G.O.O.D. Music expect to gain from an Nigerian-based artist with traditional african dance sounds and mainly homegrown fans worldwide. However, seeing him in action this weekend proved he may have a chance if Kanye does it right.
Coming off of a critical interview, the KokoMaster, also known as, D'banj entertained a nearly sold out crowd at Irving Plaza in New York this weekend. With about 80% of the attendees to have African heritage I can't say this was too much of a U.S. debut, but everyone has to start somewhere.
He kicked the show off with a brief tribute to Whitney Houston. A skilled harmonica player since he was very young, D'Banj performed "My Love is Your Love" via the wind instrument and the crowd instantly sang along. Eventually he got to the hits that made him BET's Best International Act of 2011and showed much love to his female audience, whom he refers to as Kokolettes.
The outlandish Yoruba Man who speaks native Nigerian languages Igbo, Yoruba, and Pidgen, took us through a whirlwind of his past work and three different flashy outfits. He proved to anyone who hadn't seen him live before that you're guaranteed a good time, even if you're not familiar with his catalog. To wrap up the 2 hour set, he referenced his new boss,"With Kanye's touch, I'm going to ball so muthafuckin' hard!" he yanked several ladies on stage to show himself and the crowd their best "Oliver Twist" while performing the Kanye-produced cut.
View pics of the show here.