ENERGY. If I had to give only one word to describe this show it would that be that one. This Sunday the Southbank Center welcomed MHD, the Afro Trap star, who came in London to defend its double platinum project.
The ground was mainly composed of followers, already real connoisseurs of the movement, even if some curious people were attending the event to better understand this phenomenon. The pit was not so large between the first seats and the stage, which proves that the venue is not really adapted for this kind of show.
It was the first time I attended an Afro Trap concert, and surprisingly, the atmosphere is similar to this music. It’s a perfect mix between Trap, with gangster impressions and loud music, and Afro rhythmic, with very dancing beats and breezy ground. Right from the start, when MHD came into the stage with his two partners, black sunglasses and hood on his head, everybody was standing up and dancing.
The energetic atmosphere did not drop until the end, dotted with multiple interactions with the public. Like this improvised dancing competition between random fans on stage for instance. For few seconds the participants had to make special moves on Afro Trap rhymes acapella.
In front of a captivated public, MHD was running through his show and giving himself fully. To the extent that, after one hour performing and hands on his knees, he asked to the audience with a very French accent: “It’s finished?”. Of course, the public strongly disagreed with this. Then, the artist ultimately performed two last songs and left under a standing ovation, letting the public fully satisfied of their evening.
The M.I.A.‘s Meltdown Festival is running until the 18th of June : https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/meltdown
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