Night African Legends resurrected on X Factor

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It was a night of the legends. Indeed a night memories were made of. But before the show began, a video footage was shown in which contestants were asked to identify their major threat in the competition. Interestingly, the majority mentioned Pheel.

However, the lot fell on Princess Pat to kick off the night of African legends as she performed Omo Mi Seun Rere, a song made popular by late Christy Essien-Igbokwe. Clearing the way for her, some children came on stage to add colour to her performance and lend credence to the song title. Decked in the Yoruba ‘owanbe’ attire, Pat sat in the midst of the children as she sang on. Just like a school teacher, she dispensed timeless messages, including the names of her children and the judges in the song, as she admonished them to “seun rere” (do good deeds).

Pleased with Pat’s performance, Onyeka Onwenu said: “I have to thank you for bringing back memories of my late friend. Your outfit, sincerity and passion are unbelievable. I thank you so much. Christy loved children, and your bringing children on stage clinched it for me.”

Next was Vicky who performed Umqombothi by Yvonne Chaka Chaka and she did justice to the song with her smooth delivery. Commenting on her performance, MI simply said: “You keep fighting and you get better every time.”

Reggie, who has lost all his contestants in the game, said philosophically, “Everybody is bringing their A-game on. I have no other contestants left, so I’m waiting to see who’s next.”

On her part, Onyeka she said: “My friend, Yvonne will be so proud of you with your performance tonight.”

It was the turn of DJ Switch to dazzle, and she sang Brenda Fassie’s Voom Voom Daylight. Dressed in a white shirt and orange flavoured trousers, she shook and waved her horsetail as she performed. Pandering to the applause of the audience, she pranced around the stage energetically. In an amazing blend of traditional African music with hip-hop, she did an inspiring synchronisation of Brenda Fassie with homegrown hip-hop.

Reggie said: “I’m a big fan of DJ Switch. I can imagine young folks getting inspired by your performance tonight.” MI also had sweet words for her: “Your story will be told over and over again. You spoke a language you don’t even know the meaning, yet you communicated with us all. You always make us happier every time you come on stage”.

The last man standing in the competition, Pheel, was next as he sang Oliver de Coque’s Ibiri Kam Biri. On why he chose the song, he said: “The song has a strong message and I’ll like to pass it across in my own way.”

And he did just that as he took full control of the song to the delight of the audience. Mid-way into his performance, he switched the style by introducing a hip hop flavour, twisting and turning to squeals of excitement from the ladies.

Apparently referring to her comment last week when she said she wanted to ‘know’ the real Pheel, Onyeka said: “I think I’ve done you some good. At least, I’ve seen the fun side of you now.”

The last contestant to perform was Ghana’s Eshun, who sang Angelique Kidjo’s Ori. Surrounded by traditional dancers, she explored her vocal quality to the full to elicit applause from the audience. Moving ecstatically in harmony with her dancers, she rapped as fluidly as she moved her body. It was a spicy side of her hitherto unseen.

On he her performance, MI stated: “When I was a student in college, Angelique Kidjo came to perform and you reminded me of that moment. You’re going places!” he declared.

“This girl is too much,” Onyeka gushed. “You’re going places…you’re a special talent.”

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