Mavado gives first African performance

Singjay Mavado passed a personal milestone last weekend by performing in Africa for the first time. Mavado performed in front of a 10,000-strong crowd inside the capitol’s Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana.

In a release sent to The STAR,Mavado commented, “Long time mi suppose to reach Africa fi sing fi di people. But nothing before time. It was a great experience and I felt so at home there. Ghana reminded me so much of Jamaica, I loved it.”

From the moment Mavado arrived in Ghana it was pandemonium as crowds followed him everywhere he went, whether on foot, bikeor car as he did the promotional rounds and hung out at various spots in Accra.

Mavado had to remain in his car for nearly 20 minutes when he arrived at the stadium, due to the throng of excitement surrounding the motorcade that brought him in. It was chaos when Mavado finally emerged from his vehicle to enter the stadium’s field, surrounded by highly enthusiastic fans who formed a massive circle around him as he walked.

Promoters Fantasy Entertainment put on a great event inside the stadium, drawing the biggest crowd ever seen for a reggaeevent in Ghana. A slew of Ghanaian performers showcased their talent in areas of reggae, dancehall, rap and drumming. Samini was the local headliner, who put on a show with his band before he made way for Mavado, backed by his Anger Management band.

The large crowd erupted as Mavado ran out singing So Special and had the audience singing along for over an hour and a half, to his different songs. “I had to give them almost everything,” Mavado was quoted as saying after the performance. “The people showed me crazy loveand made me feel so welcome since I came here, so I had to give them a special performance. I can’t wait to return and look forward to performing in other African countries in the near future.”

We The Best recording artiste Mavado is currently back in the US working on his album with DJ Khaled. The ‘Welcome to the Gully’ Tour, originally scheduled for the US and Canada, has now become a world trod, as Mavado will also be performing in more African countries in December, as well as shows in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Europe before the year is out.