Hits and Misses at Flavour Concert in Liberia

first_imgFlavour at John Gbedze Beach performing in LiberiaHITSFlavour is now in Nigeria, but his just ended concert in Liberia is worth talking about. Splendid performances by the artist, poor planning by the organizer, and a wonderful opening act by comedian Joseph Dean elicited lots of talking points. However, if you never attended, you missed quite a bit of music, and a handful of speeches.Yes, you missed a lot because Flavour thrilled fans with some of the most electrifying performances ever seen in Liberia.Stage-wise, Flavour murdered all the Liberian artists that opened for him, apart from being the best dressed; he appeared dressed in all white.From the first to the last song he performed, which was a tribute to the fallen Liberian musician Quincy B, Flavour definitely kept the audience spellbound with songs like “Ada Ada” and “Ashawo Remix,” before increasing the momentum with “Chinny Baby.”Songs like “Adamma” and “Alcohol” were introduced late to the crowd, who did not relent but happily sang along while Flavour, who also burned down the stage with more of his hit singles.However, apart from Flavour, Young Z and Kobazzie delivered some awesome performances, clearly demonstrating why they are rated as two of the nation’s best up and coming young artists.Post performance talk was that Flavour murdered all the Liberian artists that performed that night, including heavyweights like DenG, Soul Fresh, PCK and L’Frankie, all of whom were not accompanied by a live band.Misses For every good show, the MC plays an incredible role. However, at the Flavour concert, it was the other way around as the MCs’ performances were disastrous. Giving the task to deliver their best, it was soon discovered that media personalities DJ Blue, As a Boy and Weego Zico were not born for this.From bad jokes to missed moments, DJ Blue, As a Boy and Weego Zico seemed to struggle; but, thanks to Master Queen, who managed to successfully host the event, the night was saved.Though the show had the traditional bright lights and blasting speakers (good sound and lighting system); however, the show started seven hours after its advertized time of 12 p.m.Secondly, the backstage, which was meant to keep the artists safe, was not properly protected thereby allowing anyone to walk in and see the artists, which was a violation of international standards when organizing shows.This was due to poor planning on the part of the organizer, Monrovia Liquor Store. As a matter of fact, the backstage was constructed during the day of the show…during the middle of show, the light was cut off for about three minutes.In addition, too many people were on stage whenever Liberian artists were performing, thereby leaving little space for them to thrill their fans. This did not happen to Flavour during his performance.Furthermore, the organizers creating an iron fence between the ordinary and VIP sections, including putting seats on the beach, made it difficult for the fans to respond to the artists during their performances.This situation created a boring environment which resulted in artists like DenG, Teddyride, Royal Busta Pain and the group Soul Fresh sounding like duds.In show business, especially on the beach, the performance stage is meant for the stars, DJ and dancers, if any; and if the crowd remains seated while the artists perform, the show becomes boring. No need for chairs or a fence dividing the ordinary crowd and the VIP.Overall, if it was not because of Flavour’s performance, fans could have leaf the show complaining. Why? Because the show was really boring! But Flavour brought it back to life.And judging by the size of the crowd, it looked like there couldn’t have been more than 200 people in attendance for such a top billing artist and lineup.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Victor: Real Madrid have got complacent

first_imgReal Madrid Out-of-sorts Real Madrid accused of complacency by Victor Joe Wright 23:20 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) cristiano ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Zinédine Zidane Barcelona The former Blancos midfielder believes Zinedine Zidane’s side have paid the price for taking their eye off ball while arch-rivals Barcelona rebuilt Real Madrid have become complacent while watching Barcelona “reinvent themselves”, according to former midfielder Victor Sanchez.La Liga leaders Barca were held to a surprise 0-0 draw by Getafe on Sunday, but still hold a 17-point lead over the champions, who sit fourth.Madrid also suffered a shock Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Leganes and must beat Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League if they are to keep alive their hopes of a third successive triumph in Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Victor, who progressed through Madrid’s youth ranks and won La Liga and the Champions League with the senior team, believes his old club have paid the price for resting on their laurels this term.”Complacency is the biggest enemy of high performance,” he told AS.”Real Madrid were in an uncomfortable place for a few years because they had to try to compete with the best ever Barcelona team. That situation is a motivating factor in itself, it makes you be more proactive and keeps you out of the comfort zone.”In the last two years, Real Madrid managed to achieve their target, becoming the number one team with a quality squad which allowed the coach to put out two completely different starting line-ups capable of competing at the highest level.”What has happened since they achieved that success? Performance levels have dipped. While Barca have reinvented themselves, thanks to their newfound motivation to get back to the top, Real Madrid seem to have let complacency creep in. You need to combat complacency.”Victor feels head coach Zinedine Zidane must do his part to stamp any arrogance out of the squad, having steered Madrid to eight major trophies in two years in charge.”It’s obviously one of the coach’s responsibilities, but the director of football and his staff also share part of that responsibility,” said Victor, who was sacked by Real Betis in May last year.”They need to work within a defined strategic framework, so that everyone is working in the same direction. That’s one of the most difficult and exciting parts of our job. You have to maintain high levels of motivation, effort and commitment…you have to keep those levels as high as possible and avoid the natural human tendency to relax once you’ve achieved a target.”You have to fight against complacency and stop anyone from entering the comfort zone. When you get that right, the players grow and their performances improve and you also help the club increase the value of its most important assets, its players.”last_img read more