Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Wizkid performs at the 43rd BRIC to celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
Yesterday evening, the 43rd annual BRIC celebrates Brooklyn! Festival at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park sparked an uplifting Afrobeats celebration on the 20e anniversary of September 11, with the GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter, Wizkid.
World famous Nigerian producer, DJ Tunez opened the evening by warming the audience with a mix of afrobeats, dancehall and hip-hop music. As the audience eagerly awaited the headlining act, he gave a very energetic solo that made their country’s flags dance and wave with enthusiasm. He commanded the stage with popular hit songs, while frequently engaging with lively audiences. Before concluding his set, he asked everyone to turn on the bandshell with their camera phones to welcome Wizkid’s arrival.
Fresh off her sold-out Made in Lagos tour, her New York tour date at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! brought out thousands of Wizkid fans. Wizkid opened the show with his 2019 hit song, “Joro,” as the audience went wild. Throughout his performance he showed his charisma and suave dance moves on songs like “Mighty Wine”, “Fever”, “Sweet One”, “Grace”, “Longtime” and “Energy.” He also performed his certified gold tube in the United States, “Get closer” which originally featured Canadian rapper Drake, while the audience sang, word for word. The internationally renowned star has stayed true to her Nigerian roots, speaking in her native language while delivering a range of tempos, haunting melodies and an array of rhythmic patterns. As the night wore on and in honor of the 20eanniversary of September 11, Wizkid interrupted his performance to pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the World Trade Center. He ended the moment of silence with: “I hope their souls rest in peace.”
The performance continued with songs “Jam”, “Smile”, “Blessed”, “Capella Tay” and “True love.” Wizkid would often stop and watch in awe of the energy and audience love he showed him throughout his performance. He expressed immense gratitude and appreciation, as they sang his hits past and present. The energy of the audience was electric, as they lit up the bandshell one last time as they performed their most notable songs including “Ginger,” his track of global breakthrough “Ojuelegba” and the summer anthem of the year, “Gasoline.” Wizkid’s famous friends and supporters were in attendance, including Swizz Beatz, Kehlani, Winnie Harlow, Jidenna, Victor Cruz, Vic Mensa and more. Throughout the night they all showed their love and congratulated him on an amazing performance.
The BRIC celebrates Brooklyn! Festival will continue until September 18e with performances to come, including a postponed date for D-Nice with special guests on September 16e, Mr. Eazi on September 17th and Trombone Shorty on September 18the. The Festival requires either full proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for entry to all shows.
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