On the 9th of October 2014, Dubai took a bow when she witnessed the birth of the biggest and best Afro Beat Concert the UAE has ever seen, it was Dance Afrique Dubai 2014.
Dance Afrique Dubai was blessed with the biggest DUOs in African music, Mafikizolo (South Africa) and PSquare (Nigeria), supported by Flavour Nabania (Nigeria) and Fuse ODG (Ghana/UK), with the two biggest African DJs in the UK Abrantee (Ghana/UK) and The Afro Boss himself, DJ Edu (Kenya/UK) on the wheels of steel, hosted by Eddie Kadi (Congo/UK), all on the biggest stage in Africa and the UAE in the hallowed name of the biggest Event and Event Support Services Company on the continent of Africa and the UAE, Solution Media and Infotech LLC (SMIL).
There were over 5000 people in the audience, a rich blend of African music lovers including Americans, Asians,Europeans and even the rarely seen Emiratis. Everybody came out in their hundreds to sing, dance and enjoy the live performances of Afrobeats. It was like the solemnization of the love of African music in Dubai, all on the altar of SMIL at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.
The bows started coming in for SMIL in Dubai in 2013 after the two days “High Impact A2 Festival” concert also held at the Meydan. In fact the bows and wows started from Lagos where SMIL started a revolution of mind blowing, back-to-back concerts that featured all Nigerian A-list artists, bands from across Asia and African countries performing with full live bands, a shift away from the traditional DJ play back mode that had already made music concerts almost un-enjoyable in Nigeria. Live performance is now a culture but Nigeria and Dubai is not enough, SMIL is taking Dance Afrique to London in 2015.