Trailblazing ATI outperforms Davido

Bakang Mhaladi

Gaborone – Even the sky is not the limit at the moment for trailblazing Botswana hip-hop artist, ATI, who further enhanced his burgeoning reputation when he outperformed St Louis Fresh Festival main act, Davido, from Nigeria.

The dipping Saturday night temperatures did not deter thousands of revellers from cramming the Duma FM grounds, to catch a glimpse of celebrated Nigerian artist, Davido. He is known continent-wide for hits such as “If” and “Fall” and was expected to bring the house down in his maiden performance in Botswana.

Instead, it was Botswana’s sizzling hot artist, ATI, who outperformed the Nigerian and left lasting impressions.

On the night ATI scooped six gongs at the Botswana Music Union (BOMU) awards, he was in a class of his own.

He literally descended onto the stage, lowered by a crane – in similar fashion to the late legendary pop artist, Michael Jackson’s grand entries.

Clad in all black, ATI (real name Atlasaone Molemogi) was soon belting tunes from his previous works, including “Ke Lekhete” and “Poelo Morago”, as the receptive fans gave him the fitting welcome.

When he played the sizzling “Khiring Khorong” the crowd went berserk, as he proved that as an artist he had come of age.

Davido, despite cashing a reported fat P900,000 to perform at the show, did not entirely mesmerise.

He was expected to bring his A-game and stage a “mother-of-all shows” but he flattered to deceive.

Davido took too long to play “If” and “Fall”, two songs that resonated with the local crowd, as he persistently played little-known tracks.

Clad in a simple orange T-shirt and black jeans, Davido did not appear dressed for the occasion, which, unsurprisingly, matched his below par performance.

Botswana fans are bracing for a flurry of Naija music as Davido’s counterpart, Teckno arrives in Gaborone this week for a show on Saturday. The local fans will hope for an improved performance after what Davido dished out.

Meanwhile, ATI was the toast of the night at the BOMU awards, making it six out of six in the categories he was nominated.

He walked away with the best hip-hop/motswako artist, best collaboration, best single, best male artists, album and song of the year awards.

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