Aided by Idris Elba and Popcaan, the Nigerian singer underlines his global credentials by tying together US rap and African pop
Considering the anticipation attached to this gig, which has been talked up as a significant event for Davido – he’s nearly sold out the O2, a considerable leap toward the mainstream – and for Afrobeats itself, it’s poor form for the Lagos-based singer to turn up 65 minutes late. It’s remarkable how quickly that ceases to matter, however, when Idris Elba arrives to introduce him. Having the stature to corral the actor into serving as his hypeman and, a bit later, to inveigle dancehall superstar Popcaan on stage for two songs, hints that Davido’s transition from Nigerian pop’s favourite son to global commodity is under way.
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