D.A.S. Audio with Davido in concert in Niamey (Niger)
American-born Nigerian artist David Adeleke, better known as Davido, recently landed in Niger’s capital city of Niamey to bring down the house with a combination of some of the world’s best afropop and a flawless performance by D.A.S. Audio professional sound systems. Fans descended on the Stade Général Seyni Kountché, the city’s largest stadium, to see the artist perform live in a concert organized by the charity “Ased Bonza” with help from a number of big-name sponsors, including telephone and internet provider Orange Niger.
Event organizers called in local company Media Services Audiovisuel (MSA), with French engineer Olivier Thillou at the helm, to handle the concert’s sound and audiovisual installation. The company has recently purchased a complete and powerful D.A.S. professional sound system that includes the cutting-edge Aero 40A ALAS™ (Advanced Line Array Systems), high-level line arrays perfect for events like the Davido concert.
After analyzing the unique characteristics of the audience area, the technicians opted to deploy 16 Aero 40A in two 8-unit hangs on opposite sides of the stage. These powered line arrays were matched by 16 high-performance D.A.S. LX-218CA subwoofers set up in an arc to ensure superb bass delivery for the entire audience.
Out fill was handled by another six Aero 40A, which were groundstacked in front of the stage in two groups of three to guarantee superb sound for the fans in the lateral areas of the audience. The technicians also rolled out six D.A.S. Action M12A powered monitors and a D.A.S. DSP-2060A digital signal processor, which controlled and managed the signal for the entire system.
According to Olivier Thillou, both the artist and the event organizers were thrilled with the result and thanked Thillou and his team for the exceptional sound. The set up for the Davido concert was particularly powerful: initial estimates put ticket sales at 15,000 but only 6,000 people ended up attending the concert.
The peculiar way the stage and audience area was laid out proved a challenge for the local technicians, who explained that in Niger it is customary to work in front of the main stand and not in the longer part of the stadium, the new set-up requiring extremely wide coverage to reach every point in the 160º audience in front of the stage.