Kanye West illuminates SA

2013-02-05 09:03
Award winning rapper, producer and habitual fashion designer Kanye West delivered an astonishing performance in SA on Saturday when he made the one-night-only freeze over in Johannesburg at the Castle Lite Feel the Beat of the Sub-Zero concert.

When I saw Jo-Anne Strauss' tweet on Friday morning, I immediately sensed a gigging dilemma for many South Africans.

A crowd that was 10 000 strong showed up at the Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, to witness the presence of greatness that is Kanye!

An artist with a Grammy Award-winning catalogue of music production is a definite winning bet; boosted with a consistently honest ego – the man was guaranteed to pull the numbers.

South Africans who are well established in their own right, put everything aside and formed part of a very receptive audience that was eagerly yearning for the Kanye West Experience at the All White event.

YFM and Channel O resident jockey Ms Cosmo - who was a performing DJ on the night - wowed the fans with a creative and mood-elevating set.

"The crowd seemed to be impressed with the line-up. I enjoyed how my performance was received," said Ms Cosmo.

About the star of the night, she mentioned: "Kanye West is ABSOLUTELY INSANE! I loved everything about his performance! He raised the bar by re-defining what it is to be a superstar. I have a new level of respect for him."

Local flavour added balance

The authentically self-titled Louis Vuitton Don came to play at the Dome, and best believe he didn't leave his toys with Kim. From the initial sight of the stage set up, one immediately got the impression that history was about to be made.
"I was excited to witness AKA's surprise performance with a live band, as well as the Major League (Djs) set; that was something epic. Right through the medley that was performed by the local artists. That gave the show balance, as the fans were able to enjoy what our guys had to offer, despite the gig being an international affair," said Ms Cosmo.

"The medley was something of a marvel. I was impressed by how the local artists did not have to perform individual sets, as we are used to seeing them do. The performances were very organic in how they gelled well together from Tumi, to Zeus, Reason, Hip Hop Pantsula and Magesh. That was very beautiful to witness," added Kojo Baffoe, Editor of Destiny Man.

From the beginning of West's career, he's been described as a visionary (by Talib Kweli) and an over-imaginative creative spirit (by Jay Z); Kanye's show was structured with a similar pattern.

'It felt like an art installation'

"The production itself was evidence that Castle Lite made the extra effort to produce a show of the highest quality, which better performer to make use of that facility better than Kanye," said Baffoe.

He added: "The show felt like an art installation, where there's a particular flow, the beginning and the entire transition up until the end. Even though Kanye himself came across as detached from his audience; it was still a good show. But that's Kanye West."

The other half of KimYe blasted out the hits he's popular for, including Jesus Walks, Power, Stronger and Clique, managing to get the long-waiting crowd into the Good Music vibe.

The musician's team has revealed his plans to release a new album to be titled Rich Black American in 2013 which includes collaborations with Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Big Sean and a solo track titled The Perfect Bitch.

All in all, an evening with Yeezy is an evening well spent.

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