Record label owner and established music executive Akon has lauded Black Sherif’s stagecraft while ridiculing performances from American artists.
He did not mince words when he described American musicians as poor stage performers who come on stage anxious and high on drugs.
It is no news that Black Sherif is a person of interest to the Lonely hit maker and he salvages every opportunity to praise the 20-year-old winner.
Akon had earlier described Blacko on BBC Radio 1Xtra as a great talent that reminds him of his early days in music.
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Speaking about Black Sherif’s stage performance, Akon said the young entertainer is a beast who is different when performing.
He went on the say no American artiste can perform with such energy and skill unless the person is high on drugs.
The 49-year-old confirmed he was at the 2022 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards and saw Sherif perform just before Nigeria’s Fireboy.
Black Sherif “is a beast!” he praised again, recalling the night with Zeze Millz.
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“He’s African,” Akon shrugged and said when he was asked how much a young boy could move a crowd like that.
“We’re a little different when it comes to staging presence,” he hammered with pride.
“Those [people] will be wobbling with their pants [trousers] hanging half down, bored as hell, half-asleep because they are high as hell on stage,”
“In Africa, we wake up [ready]. Look at all these YouTube clips of all these kids from Uganda and how they’ll be…,” he tried to mimic the viral dance routines. “These kids are performers!”
For “us” Africans, “it comes naturally,” he touted. “Watching the kids from Africa [it’s clear] that it’s in their blood.”
“Performance is like second nature for us,” the record producer and singer-songwriter stressed. “So I wasn’t surprised at all to see Black Sherif [on the MOBO stage, where] he was just a beast.”
“And Fireboy has his other type of swag that comes with him,” he nodded slightly.
Black Sherif held his first headline concert in Ghana at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel and thrilled thousands of fans with great performances.
You can find excerpts of the concert on social media In case you missed it.