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  • Writer's pictureAnthony Turner



Nigerian superstar Burna Boy may have been the big draw at his Labour Day concert, billed Unforgettable, in Georgetown, Guyana. However, Jamaican dancehall stars Nigy Boy, Busy Signal, and Tanya Stephens brought the heat, igniting Guyana's National Stadium in Providence, East Bank Demerara, with intense performances.

 The event was described as the most expensive concert ever held in the South American capital, with VIP tickets selling for as much as GYD$ 50,000. In the audience were Guyana's president Irfaan Ali, former president Bharrat Jagdeo, and dancehall stars Skeng, Chronic Law, and Jigga D. 

Rising sensation Nigy Boy, who fans have proclaimed the blind saviour of dancehall, proved to be a one-man wrecking army. The visually impaired singer delivered the first major spark of the concert with a scintillating rendition of the popular gospel favourite ‘Goodness of God’ that brought out the lighters and a seismic singalong from the 18,000-plus fans in attendance.

"Goosebumps!!! God, you are indeed awesome. I am so happy for this young man and the many opportunities coming his way" miz_k_adorable9 posted on Instagram.

"Vocals for days. This is how you open a show" 1lady_____M wrote.

More fireworks were to come as Father Blind continued the musical onslaught, delivering hits songs ‘Judgement’ and 'Waterfalls,' his latest single Nomad,’ before closing with ‘Continent,’ which featured two scantily clad dancers, Shelly and Nozella, who thrilled fans with their onstage antics.

"I am so, so thankful for all the love I have been getting from Guyana. They have accepted Father Blind as their own, and I am loving them back with great performances. I look forward to returning here very soon in the future," Nigy Boy told Riddim Style in an exclusive interview after his performance.  

Tanya Stephens, a last minute addition to the bill was in fine nick, delivering a barrage of unending hits including  ‘It’s A Pity,’ ‘These Streets,’ ‘Yu Nuh Ready Fi Dis,’ ‘Handle The Ride,’ ‘Boom Wuk’ and ‘Goggle’ while Busy Signal entertained with ‘Bad Up Who,’ ‘Full Clip,’ ‘Unknown Number,’ ‘Nah Go a Jail Again,’ ‘Bedroom Bully,’ ‘Stamma,’ ‘Hustling,’ ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Stay So.’

Busy created a viral moment when he accidentally fell off the stage just five minutes into his set. The video clip was captured and is now a funny meme that is making the rounds on social media platforms. Without missing a beat, the Full Clip DJ was back on his feet and on stage, where he continued the hit parade.

After a brief intermission, Burna Boy, who had travelled 9 hours by private jet from Nigeria, made his grand appearance on stage, embellished by colourful fireworks in the night sky.  

"Guyana...If you ready, say Guyana," were his first words to the crowd which had swelled to over 20,000. He then segued into hit songs 'Last Last,' 'City Boys,' 'For My Hand,' 'On the Low,' 'Gbona,' 'Alone' and 'It's Plenty.

 Sholunge 'Shelly' Grenada had a fantastic time seeing Burna Boy for the first time.

"It was a great performance from Burna Boy although some of the songs I really did not know," she confessed.

Not all concertgoers, however, felt Burna Boy's heat. Nesta, a local Georgetown artist, was enthralled by Jamaican stars Busy Signal, Nigy Boy, and Tanya Stephens. She felt Burna Boy did not deliver as expected.

"Yuh burn me out then make me feel sleepy," Nesta said of the Nigerian superstar. You be the judge see concert below.



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