The first Giants of Africa Festival was a week-long event held in Kigali, Rwanda, to commemorate the non-profit’s 20th anniversary. It brought together young people from 16 different nations and used basketball as a means of empowerment and education. On Saturday, August 19, a packed house attended the final concert, which was sponsored by Spotify.
Davido, Tiwa Savage, Tyla, and Bruce Melodie delighted the pan-African audience with spectacular performances in front of a packed crowd. Tyla, a Spotify Africa RADAR artist, took the stage first and sang her Amapiano, which incorporates elements of pop, R&B, and Afrobeats. She began her performance with her Kooldrink duet, “Getting Late,” which, according to Spotify data, is also her most streamed song.
The most anticipated performance of the day came next with Davido, who began with “Over Dem” off his recently released, critically acclaimed fourth album, “Timeless.” Davido then used hit after hit to take the crowd back in time, including “Dami Duro,” “FIA,” “Jowo,” “If,” “Fall,” and “Risky,” among others.
The Giants of Africa stage’s last performance featured Tiwa Savage, the Queen of Afrobeats. Her set began with “49-99,” one of her most-streamed songs on Spotify. Her second-most streamed song, “Ma Lo,” came next, and then a run of other hits.
Tiwa’s performance, which concluded with “Stamina,” demonstrated why she is still regarded as the undisputed queen of Afrobeats.