Africa Day this year couldn’t have come at a more opportune time; placing a demand on our collective humanity.
So, a benefit concert that would not only entertain viewers at home, but would also help raise the needed funds to support food and health needs for children and families in Africa, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic was a natural next step.
The two-hour special tagged, “Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home” presented by YouTube & ViacomCBS Networks Africa, partnered with Hollywood superstar, Idris Elba to showcase the biggest names in African entertainmnt, alongside global superstars to celebrate the heritage-defining Africa Day.
Millions of viewers in Africa and around the world tuned in to the two-hour broadcast that showed the best of African talents in their elements.
Every artistry represented was a highlight of the spectrum of creativity that the motherland is blessed with.
That’s why we curated five of the most memorable moments from the event that we could not just ignore.
THE DIAMOND PLATNUMZ’ HOME TOUR
Tanzanian superstar, Diamond Platnumz engineered an impressive lockdown performance that took us on a guided tour of his entire house, room-by-room, led by the animated dance moves of a video vixen in a red dress.
The song, a high-energy afro pop vibe, was produced by no less than Nigerian beatking Kel B.
As we meandered through the impressive luxury of Diamond’s everyday reality, we are reminded why he is at the top of his game and a confirmed baller.
YEMI ALADE’S CROSS GENERATIONAL VIBE
Yemi Alade is always a vibe!
The queen of Afro-pop was allowed to showcase two songs ( no other artiste had that privilege) but it’s her second performance that got our bloods pumping!
She had the legend, Angelique Kidjoe collaborate with her on their viral feature, ‘Sekere’ and the performance, like well-fermented wine, went straight to our heads.
THE SAUTI SOL CRUISE
There’s something about the mellow assuredness of Sauti Sol that always soothes the nerves.
A calm rendition that soothes while unveiling a torrent of turgid emotion that makes you feel like you are floating face skywards on clear blue waters. Their harmony is fire on this one. There was no need to resort to animated theatrics to get their message across.
It was all in the voice.
TENI’S ‘CRY BABY’ RENDITION
In her down-to-earth, everyday girl way, Teni has no rival. Her choice to go with the heart-warming ‘Uyo Meyo’ is social media gold.
Then she reimagines the song with well-tempered thrills and an unpretentious voice that just wants to make you cry, never mind that she tried to incorporate every colour from the colour spectrum into her costume.
The background visuals she employs of her past stage performances helps give an idea of the message of the song.
No point moving millions of viewers globally to tears without giving them a reason why.
PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA’S ‘CONNECTED COMMUNITY’ ADDRESS.
Oddly, our fifth most memorable take home isn’t Davido’s brilliant performance with Alternate sound or Burna Boy’s calm politically-tainted outro or even Seun Kuti’s rough and unmixed band ‘rehearsal.’ It’s a speech delivered by no less than the President of South Africa and President of the African union, Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Ramaphosa is legendary for his captivating speech and that shouldn’t in anyway surprise anybody. Anyone who is assuming the mantle after the undisputed speech King, Nelson Mandela, had better know his onions.
President Ramaphosa’s speech opens the Africa Day Benefit concert, but long after all the performances are done, his words still linger. A clarion call to come together ( not literally) and help each other.
Two parts stand out. First, the new normal.
“It has reminded us of how fragile we are as human kind but how interconnected we are as an international community.”
Then an appreciation of the performers who gave their time and resources to make the Africa Day special.
“You have lifted our spirits and indeed infused us with strength and courage to continue in this fight.”
If you can, take time out to watch the complete two-hour broadcast on YouTube, but apart from that, hop onto the website link provided and give something to the cause.
That’s the whole reason for the concert in the first place.
This article was written by Henri ‘Yire; connect on Instagram with him here