Watch New York’s Barclays Center crowd go wild for Wizkid performing alongside Swizz Beatz

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After months of promotion to Africans home and abroad, the One Africa Music fest finally happened last night at the Barclays Center in New York and boy was it a marvel to behold

The concert was held together by a string of sets helmed by African artists from some of the biggest Afro music hotspots on the continent and even slightly beyond. From a Don Jazzy assisted Tiwa Savage twerking in flayed short dress to Timaya bringing Trinidad and Tobago singer  Machel Montano on stage, fans at the Barclays center were treated to performances from some of Africa’s biggest exports who succinctly delivered the requested goods without leaving room for second guesses.

Though Wizkid shared the same stage as a solo performer with fellow cross-over outliers, Ayo Jay and Davido who also imprinted their presence on the night, all eyes were still on the StarBoy. The singer has been responsible for the reintroduction of a globally mature Afrobeat sound to the rest of the world in recent times. To signal-boost this iconic performance, his set was assisted by American producer Swizz Beatz who like Ghanian Afro-dancehall artist Stonebwoy was  one of the surprise guests Wizkid brought on stage to further diversify the music of the night.

Wiz’ has become a consummate performer who knows how to pull up the right magic cards for the perfect effect on the audience and after opening his set with last year’s breakout single Ojuelegba, he gained the confidence of the audience enough to slink into a rendition of Afrobeat wonder work Jaiye Jaiye.  

Wizkid has so very little blips  in his catalog that when he launched into a  performance of his excerpt from R2Bees Slow Down, he signaled to the DJ to turn off the music while his infectious chorus sailed on a goose-bump inducing crowd control, a similar feature that characterised his performance of Don’t Dull and Tease Me.  At some point, a visibly self-impressed Wizkid told the audience that his biggest problem was having way too many hits.

Fan excitement reached a new peak after Swizz Beatz came on stage to help Wizkid with some classic hip-hop covers from his and DMX’s discography. This, just before the singer belted into classic hits like In My Bed and a premier performance of his contribution to Drake’s One Dance,  was the biggest highlight of the night.

Catch the rest of Wizzy’s  performance below

Swizz Beatz comes on stage

Wizkid closes with One Dance

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