Tens of thousands fans from Romania who gathered on Sunday evening to see Rihanna in Bucharest’s Constitution Square in one of the most expected concerts of the year turned on their mobile phones and created a show of lights, as the artist asked the public to “light up all of Romania.”
“Bucharest, I want you to light up all of Romania right now,” Rihanna said before performing “Diamonds”, a hit included on her seventh studio album.
The concert performed on Sunday evening in the Constitution Square of Bucharest is part of Rihanna’s Anti World Tour, promoting her latest album, “Anti”, released on January 28, 2016, which became her second consecutive No 1 album with 166,000 first week sales.
The Barbadian artist kicked-off the show 25 minutes later than announced, making her appearance on the stage wearing a black outfit and sunglasses. At the end of the first song, “Stay,” Rihanna took off her sunglasses and waved kisses to the fans charmed with the rhythm of her music.
The concert went on both with well-known hits and with songs from Rihanna’s latest album, such as “I like the way you lie”, “Pour it up,” “Bitch, better have my money,” “All of the lights,” “Umbrella,” “Desperado,” “Man down,” “Rude boy,” “Work,” “We found love,” “Where have you been,” “Diamonds,” “FourFiveSeconds” or “Love on the brain.”
Rihanna also sang “Live your life,” the English version of the Romanian song “Dragostea din tei,” the worldwide hit single of Moldovan band O-Zone, composed by Dan Balan.
The group of dancers who accompanied Rihanna brought an extra flavour to the show, translating Rihanna’s music into image and motion.
A highlight of the show was the guitar solo within “Desperado,” one of the songs on her latest album, a guitar solo resembling a rock concert.
The Romanian fans proved to be a warm public, singing along with the artist both the already famous hits and the songs on the new album, which wasn’t left unnoticed by Rihanna herself, who said: “I’m in love with you, guys! This is epic.”
Romanian artist Delia Matache performed in the opening act of the concert, who was picked for the job by Rihanna’s managers.
Born in Barbados in 1988, Rihanna started singing from an early age, inspired by Madonna, Bob Marley, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey. She became famous in 2007, when her single “Umbrella” became the undisputed No. 1 pop song of the summer, dominating the U.S. pop, urban and crossover billboard charts for 52 weeks in a row. “Umbrella” earned Rihanna her first Grammy in 2008 for best rap/sung collaboration.