Friday, October 5th was an unusual night, not that it had anything to do with the multitude of stars gathered in the skies, but anyone who was at the Hardrock Cafe, Victoria Island Lagos, venue of the U-Live Africa concert for American group, Major Lazer‘s visit to Lagos could sense that this was a special night, one indeed best witnessed and one bound to leave lasting memories.
Over the course of their career, the American EDM group Major Lazer comprising of DJs/Producers Diplo, The Jillionaire and Walshy Fire has succeeded in carving its own path through the infusion and mashing together of different genres from reggae, electronica, dance music, dancehall, pop and recently Afrobeats, never one to shy away from experimenting and creating one enormously and at times eccentric ball of musical ecstasy.
The crowd were on an almighty high on the night, with the music providing adequate libation needed to get the party started.
The Major Lazer Soundsystem Live was hosted by the trio of OAP Do2dtun, Bollylomo and Nenny B.
Opening the night was a fire lineup of performances from some of the best disc jockeys both within the country and outside with the likes of DJ Consequence, Crowd Kontroller, Smallz, joining others like DJ Aye, CaliX, Sensei LO and Issimo to let all hell loose on stage with spectacular mixes.
Sound Sultan and Korede Bello were on ground to sensitize the youth on the importance of participating peacefully in the upcoming elections, just before the main act of the night, Major Lazer, took to the stage.
Their live show has been often described as a festival, and in the over one hour set, the dynamic trio unleashed the beastly atmosphere of fun.
The group took the crowd through an interchange of mixes with the audience singing along and responding enthusiastically.
The music was at times punctuated with echoed responses from the fans as Diplo and Walshy Fire moved from one side of the stage to another, cheering the crowd on.
Major Lazer demonstrated a determined zeal to leave an impression with their mixes, synths and infectious energy bringing Skales out on stage at a point.
Another highlight on the night was when they had the crowd jumping from left to right, in a manner similar to a rendition of the famous Mexican wave, but this time with the legs and it was a beauty to behold.
As the night came to a close, they waved the Nigerian flag high and another flag that had the inscription, ”Peace is the mission.” Saturday had crept in and it was telling on the faces in the crowd; sweaty, tired, spent and with some struggling to stay on their feet, but they had come out for a night of fun and the group had fully accomplished in delivering a great night.