Rapper, actor and performer, Phyno, literally raised the roof of Terra Kulture Arena, Victoria Island on Thursday, March 19 during the TRACE Live gig of Trace TV.
The ‘Beast from the East’ as he is also known, kept the crowd dancing and singing till the show themed ‘Deal with it’ ended as he effortlessly dished out numbers from his albums.
Accompanied by a full band of instrumentalists and backing vocalists, there was no miming or lip-synching from the talented act as he proved his mettle as a stage performer. ‘One time’, ‘Get the Info’, ‘Parcel’, ‘Link up’, ‘Isi Ego’, ‘Alobam’ and ‘Konnect’ among others were some of his popular tracks Phyno thrilled the audience with.
With Kcee, Paul ‘Rudeboy’ Okoye, Yaw and Regional Managing Director of TRACE, Sam Onyemelukwe as his chief cheerleaders, Phyno gave all of himself on the stage. He paused to thank Kcee at a point for giving him one million naira he never collected back to shoot a video at a point when he was flat broke. He spiced up the evening with similar anecdotes about the inspirations behind the numbers he rendered.
It was an enjoyable evening made more so by sponsors including LG, Pepsi, Lord’s Gin and TerraKulture. While the beverage and liquor company ensured that glasses remained filled and throats were not dry to sing along with the artist whose real name is Azubuike Chibuzo Nelson, LG held a raffle draw.
Five lucky guests went home way with units of XBoom Bluetooth boxes at the end of the raffle.
The occasion also didn’t lack light entertainment with MC Pencil supplying jokes. He, however, needs to step up his game and desist from some tasteless jokes that body-shamed women.
TRACE Live celebrates the beauty of music by highlighting a blend of sweet vocals, live instruments, dancers, and an energetic audience.
Having featured Flavour, Omawumi, Falz, Adekunle Gold, 2Baba, Wande Coal, Reekado Banks, Runtown, Simi and Reminisce previously, the TRACE Live event with Phyno was also a roaring success.
Though some of the fans who had expected his collaborator, Olamide to be present and probably jam with him were a bit disappointed, the artist whose stage name is derived from the word ‘Phenomenal’ affirmed his rating as a master entertainer.