Tobe Nwigwe took the stage on Friday night with a recipe of comfort, confidence, and energy. Dressed in custom Nigerian garments, his wardrobe was completed with a comforted choice of footwear, Nike slides, which a few of his band members also had.
Nwigwe made it clear to his fans, or ‘distant cousins,’ as he calls them, that this would be an interactive show. He announced to the crowd, “Tonight, what you give is what you will receive!”
After finishing the first group of songs, a tour assistant approached the stage with a note for Nwigwe. He took the note that read “SOLD OUT” and presented it to the crowd as they cheered ecstatically.
Nwigwe reminded everyone why his group’s musical success is such a special thing. They’re doing it independently with no label support. He said, “It’s me and the people I came up with and then it’s you, the people.”
Later in the show, Nwigwe mentioned how they performed at the BET Awards and were able to celebrate reaching 100k social media followers. He said before that celebration they had their own way of celebrating with the creation of his song 100k. Nwigwe’s wife, known as “Fat,” came out to perform with him and the band.
After Fat left the stage, Nwigwe announced to the crowd that she would normally help perform the next song as well, but she’s 7 months pregnant with their first child. The crowd cheered!
Nwigwe’s Producer/MC Lanell Grant took the stage, performing her own lyrics before producing live beats as Nwigwe recited more than 5 of his songs, non-stop, as the beats changed. He ended that portion of the show by reminding the crowd, “I came…to rap…HARD!”
A highlight of the night came in the form of tribute to Fat, as Nwigwe described how they fell in love and how he proposed to her. Nwigwe was accompanied by his outstanding background singers David Michael Wyatt and Luke Whitney. As a group, they performed a compilation of old school r&b hits, including Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Of course, the Minnesota audience joined in. What a night!