Davido – Why I Performed at The World Cup Final, Few Weeks After My Son’s Death

The multi-award-winning artist Davido has returned and provided an explanation for his decision to perform only a few weeks after the passing of his son Ifeanyi.

Davido discussed his historic World Cup performance with The Beat 99.9FM, discussing how he had to begin rehearsals just one month after the death of his son, how it affected him, and how the performance went.

In addition to the size of the stage on which he played, Davido’s World Cup performance was historic since it was his first performance after the devastating passing of his son, Ifeanyi, just over two months earlier.

Davido, who just released his Timeless album, has the following to say:

“Crazy. This is like a year ago we did the FIFA draw which we performed the official theme song, and I think they had like 5, 6 official theme songs but that was like the first one. And uhm, you know the vibe was cool then but I didn’t really look at it like ‘oh they’re gonna call me back to do the World Cup’ or stuff like that.

And then later on, when it was getting closer to the World Cup, I think they started talking to my management like you know, yeah we want David to come down. But me I always thought like: is it the main one? Like is the main main one?’I didn’t even know it was like the main main main one till like a week to going to Qatar.

Then they sent like yeah, it’s the actual main event and we have to come a week before to rehearse — that’s like a month after my son passed.

So it was just like ah! Should I do it? But then I was like ah, this is an opportunity that might never come again, and people don’t even get it in their whole career. And I was like man, my son would probably want me to do it. I was like ‘okay, I think I’ll do this one, then probably just disappear again’.

So we went to Qatar, got down. Bro, the production, it was like we haven’t done any work at all. Yo, that performance woke us up like whenever we get back to performing, we’re about to be doing some crazy stuff. Amazing experience. Shoutout to the Qatari people, very loving people. Very loving, caring people. They took care of us the whole time. I feel like that was one of the best places I could have gone after what happened to me.”

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