As a fan of alternative Nigerian music and artists that are fearless enough to walk their own path, Show Dem Camp’s Palm Wine Music was a breath of fresh air. After receiving my entire life from the EP, I knew I couldn’t miss the opportunity to see SDC and their uber-talented squad live.
The house was absolutely packed at Bogobiri on Sunday. IdrisKing was the opener and he gave the crowd a special kind of energy with his anthem “Squad”. Even when the lights went off, he continued to command the crowd and keep the energy going. Next up was one of the highlights of my evening, the delectable Lady Donli. She embodied soulful, new school vibes with singles including “Alice” and, my personal favourite, “Ice Cream”. After these two got the crowd going, Show Dem Camp hit the stage. They started us off with “Up to You”, featuring the golden voice himself, Funbi. Next up was one of my favourite rappers, Poe. Between Poe, Tec and Ghost, we definitely got all the lyrical greatness we had been looking for.
The charismatic Ajebutter 22 gave us “love song” realness with his latest single “Ghana Bounce”. He went on to perform Independent Ladies off of Palmwine Music. Tomi Thomas, who played the drums throughout the show, showed off his versatility as he performed my favourite song off Palmwine Music “What You Want”. Next up was the amazing Boj who teamed up with Odunsi the Engine and SDC to perform “Popping”. To the delight of longtime fans, SDC took us back to Clone Wars Vol. 2 with “Sweet Love”. And of course, they closed out the show with their hit “Feel Alright” featuring Poe and Boj.
Everything about this Palmwine Session was authentic. From the performers to the crowd you could feel genuine energy. Zero pretension, zero stress, just good music and great vibes. It was also incredibly refreshing to see performers actually PERFORM! To be able to actually hear their voices and feel them connect with their crowd was honestly, revolutionary. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that this generation of artists are going to revolutionize the way we see, consume and create music and I am so excited to see what they have in store.
Photo Credits: @mannyjefferson @ministercairo