2 February 2013 marks the date of the one night only Kanye West concert sponsored by Castle Lite in Johannesburg,South Africa. This concert was the most brilliant concert I have ever attended in my entire life.
Because I arrived late-ish for the Breezy concert which took place a month before this one, I told myself that for Yeezy I would be hours early. That sure did pay off. Upon arrival, my sissy, Lesedi Moli, and I arrived looking crisp in our all white outfits, got our green tags and waited to be invited inside The Coca-Cola Dome at Northgate which was the venue for the concert. Little did we know that because we arrived early, looking smashing in our all white gear, our general tickets were upgraded to Golden Circle without our knowledge. This was the biggest surprise of the entire evening simply because we never made it on time to purchased our own Golden Circle tickets even though we arrived at Computicket hours before tickets went on sale. But because we love Yeezy we settled for General access and for being loyal fans, we were treated to that well deserved upgrade.
The dress code was all white which tied in perfectly with Yeezy theme for his show. A lot of people followed the dress code but on the other hand, some people thought they would “rebel” to this request and come dressed in all kinds of funny colours. I even spotted two girls dressed in all black, I do not know what statement they were trying to make but they sure stood out and not in a good way.
The opening line-up consisted of Female DJ Ms Cosmo, Castle Lite Performers, Tumi & The Volume, Zakwe, TKZee, Major League Twins, HHP and AKA (who was the surprise act) . To be brutally honest, I think that some of the performances were unnecessary or could have been shorter. But nonetheless, each performer put in the necessary effort and tried to keep the restless crowd entertained as we patiently waited for Mr West. Personally, I think that AKA and HHP’s performances were the best of the local talent. As an artist AKA truly brought the house down, at this point of his career I really do think that he could easily entertain international crowds confidently.
This was not my first time seeing Kanye West performing live. Kanye had come to South Africa some few years back and gave us an equally mind blowing experience during his ‘Touch The Sky Tour’ in 2007, I was not a fan but after the show I was converted and I have never looked back since.
After waiting for what seemed like forever, almost 6 hours, the lights when out and the music was turned up. I knew that this was the moment we had all been waiting for. It was now around 11pm and FINALLY we were about to witness Kanye West live on stage. Kanye performed a few songs from each of his albums and also performed some songs which he is featured on. What I loved the most is that Kanye performed the hell out of each song and truly entertained the crowd. From the opening song, I was taken in by Kanye. Yeezy’s entire show was a very spirtual experience, Kanye was literally pouring out his heart and soul for his fans. Each song had a specific theme linked to it which I loved.
We saw a different side to Kanye West with this concert, he too wore all white which made us who were wearing white in the crowd with him feel like we were part pf his entire show. We witnessed humble and grounded side of him which is not a side that is often expressed by the media. This show was not about him but purely for our entertainment. Every peny paid and hour spent standing was worth it.
This concert confirmed that Kanye Mother-fuckin’ West is a musical genuis and I could not have been happier to have experience such talent in my lifetime.
I can die now *faints*
Yeezy Taught Me!