D’Banj had a rather lackluster night as he failed to perform to expectations of the hundreds of Zimbabweans fans who thronged the Glamis Arena for the Lion Lager Summer Beer Festival on night of Saturday 26th of November. Having been made the headliner of the show alongside Uganda’s Bebe Cool as voted by the consumers of Lion Larger beer, he landed in Zimbabwe a day before the show to the joy of many fans.
From the Zimbabwe twitter chatter to newspaper headlines which all read ‘D’Banj outshined by Bebe Cool’. He had been said to exhaust the songs the crowd knew before his set was over and put up antics only to be booed by them. The Kokomaster alongside rapper and friend Ikechukwu resorted to calling about 10 ladies onto the stage, whom he asked to dance one after another. All these amid boos from the crowd. This dragged on for some time and most people had already started leaving the venue at this point.
Regardless of some of his tracks such as Fall in love, Pop Something, Why Me, Mr Endowed, and Oliver Twist being popular in the country as they received massive airplay on local radio stations and rocked night clubs, the night belonged to his visiting counterpart, Ugandan ragga musician Bebe Cool, real name Moses Ssali.
According to report from sources;“He performed Fall in Love first, followed by Oliver Twist, Kukere remix, Don’t Tell Me Nonsense, Igwe and Why Me. After that, he lost the plot”
Dancehall star King Shaddy put up a scintillating performance as an opening act, showing energy as he belted some of his hits.
The atmosphere became even electric when Winky D(a Zimbabwean reggae act) introduced the popular Tendazvaitwa “Lipsy” Chitimbe on stage. As a closing act, D’Banj found it difficult to match the previous performers who had set great standards. Popularly known as Eja Nla, D’Banj failed to match what fellow countrymen PSquare, did last year at the same event.