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Updated: April 19, 2011 17:39 IST

A+ for Akon

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Couldn't ask for more: All hands up. Photo: K. Murali Kumar.
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Couldn't ask for more: All hands up. Photo: K. Murali Kumar.

Akon, the showman, was audience's best friend

It was a groovy Sunday night at Palace Grounds when R&B singer Akon gave Bangalore an unforgettable night. The concert gave over 10,000 music lovers a chance to let their hair down to the 120-minute, high-octane performance.

“In my show, everyone's first class,” screamed the singer as he united the crowd that were divided into Gold and Silver enclosures. Akon spilled his guts out, presented himself as a purebred showman and got the crowd hyped up for what was to follow, proving he is a major player in the hip hop world. The singer got the entire floor moving and shaking as he sang the blazing single “Dangerous”.

An incredibly smooth arrival on stage; taking his clothes off for his audience; flying over the crowd using a harness — Akon was the crowd's best friend. The jubilant audience grooved to thumping hip hop numbers including “Beautiful”, “Lonely”, “Right Now”, “I'm So Paid”, “Angel” as well as songs from the latest album “Stadium” which is inspired by Akon's personal experiences of staging international concerts.

If one thing was clear, it's that Akon wasn't afraid to use every single trick in the book to get the crowd to side with him and play his game. He threw his charming persona at the crowd, allowing every single soul at the concert could either touch him or see him at close quarters.

The highlights of the evening included a power packed curtain raiser by newcomer Shrija from India. Akon's friend from India, Aadesh Srivastava, with whom Akon struck an international collaboration, joined him in singing “Party Animal”. “Ghetto”, “Smack That”, “I Wanna Love You” — it was a spectacular finish.

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