By Bakang Mhaladi
Gaborone – Nigeria’s three hottest musical acts, Davido, Tekno and Wizkid will stage separate performances in Gaborone between October and December, as local promoters shift focus away from the traditional South Africa market.
Music fans would be thrust into an early festive season mood, as the
hugely popular trio arrives on different dates to give Batswana a closer, intimate taste of the Naija beat.
Davido, known for his smash hits, ‘Fall’ and ‘If’, will be the first to arrive in the Botswana capital on October 28.
The Botswana tour forms part of the musician’s ‘30 Billion World Tour’ which sees him perform in various countries across the globe.
During the 30 Billion World Tour, Davido is scheduled to perform in 30 different venues across 30 countries. He kicked started the tour in North America, with shows in Canada and the USA. He will wind up in his home continent, Africa, and Botswana fans would be particularly pleased that their country has been included in the itinerary.
The fans will be looking forward to see the Nigerian perform the tracks, ‘Fall’ and ‘If’, which have become the pre-festive season favourites in Botswana.
Davido collaborated with American singer, R. Kelly to produce a re-mix of ‘If’, with astounding results.
The tour, however, comes at a sad time for Davido, who lost a close friend, DJ Olu, who died due to alcohol and drug abuse last week.
Tekno, of the three, has aroused the most interest among fans. The 24 year-old made his way into the hearts of most Botswana music fans with his runaway hit, ‘Pana’. He will perform at the Fables Festive at Duma FM grounds in Gaborone on November 4.
Wizkid, the first Afro Pop artiste to feature in Guinness World Records for his contribution on the hit song ‘One Dance’ arrives in Gaborone for a performance on December 2. The 27 year-old headlines the Diamond City Concert.
He earned international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, ‘One Dance’, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
Botswana music promoters usually rely on South African artistes to draw crowds, but due to the rising popularity of Naija music, they have been forced to look up west Africa.