South Africans have been enjoying "Nka u fa ngwana," wherein the chorus praises "A BABY BOY!" But on Friday, May 3, 2019, the favorite boy was DJ Speedsta. In celebration of his 27th birthday, Speedy hosted what is to be an annual birthday concert. While guests were hosted at Zone 6 Venue, we can't be sure that this will be the location of every birthday concert in the years to come. However, the set up of the venue fit Speedsta's catalog of music perfectly.
Given his work as a DJ, getting people to come together on different tracks is part of the job, and the Zone 6 Venue provided the perfect stage to do just that. Upon entering the venue, guests mindlessly gathered among themselves and curated their tables. This being the downstairs area, that is. Upstairs, on the other hand, VIP's were gearing up for a good time. The lineup for the evening had long been presented to the public although there were a few surprises here and there.
For instance, one of the first to take the stage was Windows 2000 (also known as Nokana Mojapelo). As he continued his set, movement on the side of the stage, as well as the song "Skellies," alerted guests that 45 Degrees also known as Didi Monsta or LIFE WAS NEVER THE SAME) and uSanele were joining his set. K.O. also showed up with a surprise set. One of the best sets had to be that of Kiernan Forbes, better known as AKA. The Touch My Blood maker had huge stage presence while rocking a simple black tee, denim jeans, and a white Reebok windbreaker. With his interactive nature on stage, the man brought big energy to Speedsta's birthday party.
Another one who brought big energy was Nadia Nakai. Decked out in her neon green hair and a matching neon colored jacket with sparkle boots. Speedsta joined Nadia on stage and was nothing but smiles. The moment truly was memorable, to say the least. Seeing artists joining their friends on stage and enjoying their sets was equally sweet. For instance when Kly was getting his whole life during Zingah's set. What was surprising, however, was how short Riky Rick's set was. If you've seen him perform at all this year, then you've become accustomed to his zealous and over the top set. Nevertheless, he gave guests a taste, and in all honesty, the venue didn't accommodate his "WHICH WAY? WHICH WAY? THAT WAY!" performance. Overall, the function, from an entertainment point of view was enjoyable for the average event goer.
Nevertheless, because this was their first event, it's equally understandable that there were a few hiccups along the way. There were a few performers that never made it to the stage on account of scheduling. While this isn't something that was necessarily felt en masse by event goers, it is something important to note. However, given the commitment of Speedsta's team to this function, one can only hope that the same fate will not befall next year's guests.
In a turn of events, Sjava ended up closing the concert, and maybe it's because we saw him close Major League Gardens, but the man knows how to close a show. Overall, the venue was enjoyable, the mood was happy, and Speedsta looked like the epitome of a happy birthday babes. From the SlikourOnLife fam to you, happy birthday Speedy!