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

MUM KNOCKED DOWN BY DRUNK DONEGAL DRIVER DEMANDS NEW SAFETY MEASURES ON BEACH

first_imgA mother, who was knocked down along with her four-year-old daughter by a drunk driver from Donegal, has called for a safety review of the beach in County Derry where it happened.Paul John Doherty, 31, from Ballynahone in Fahan, Donegal, was sentenced on Monday to 21 months in prison. He pleaded guilty to seven motoring offences on Benone beach and at Seacoast Road on 21 July 2013. Diane Wilkinson’s daughter Abbie sustained a broken collar-bone in the incident.Mrs Wilkinson and her husband, Richard, have asked Limavady Borough Council to review safety measures on the beach.“Everything happened so fast,” Mr Wilkinson told BBC Radio Foyle.“We were down at a caravan and we went a walk on the beach before we went home.“He just missed another child. Our Abbie had a black eye and was badly shaken. She lost consciousness in the ambulance too at one stage.”Diane Wilkinson told Radio Foyle: “You don’t expect this to happen on a beach. You don’t think it will happen to you.“Our other son witnessed the whole thing and he had nightmares. He had to go to counselling classes and was wetting the bed at one point.“We have been back to the Magilligan end of the beach since but it was at a quiet time.“It took Abbie half an hour before she get out of the car. It was horrible.“When she did get out, she didn’t want to walk on the beach, she had to be carried.“I don’t mind cars being on the beach but someone needs to be there watching them. A safety review is needed.“It’s one of the best beaches on the north coast but it needs to be patrolled better. I wouldn’t want this happening to anyone else.”Mr Wilkinson said of Doherty: “The man wasn’t a young inexperienced driver. He’s 31. He should’ve known better.”MUM KNOCKED DOWN BY DRUNK DONEGAL DRIVER DEMANDS NEW SAFETY MEASURES ON BEACH was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:benoneDohertydrink driverFahanlast_img read more

Report Woori Bank Disposes of Four Hanjin Tankers

first_imgzoom South Korea’s Woori Bank has sold four tankers owned by bankrupt Hanjin Shipping for USD 58.6 million, aiming at recovering KRW 36.8 billion (around USD 30 million) of uncollected ship financing debt, The Korea Herald reports. The ailing shipping company filed for court receivership on August 31, 2016, after its creditors said they would no longer financially support Hanjin.Following Hanjin’s filing for court protection, the company handed over its 44 vessels, acquired with the help of the borrowed money, to the creditors.The four ships, between eight and nine years old, are the first among the 44 vessels to be disposed of, The Korea Herald cited the bank as saying.The tankers were put on sale in September on public bidding and the bank selected a Hong Kong-based shipping company as the final buyer.Subsequently, the sales agreement between the two parties was reached on November 24, 2016.The four tankers are expected to be delivered to the buyer by the end of December.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Croatia Ratifies Wreck Removal Convention

first_imgzoom Croatia has acceded to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks. This brings the total number of states to accede to the treaty to 37.Ivan Grdešić, Ambassador of Croatia to the United Kingdom, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim to deposit the instrument of accession on July 11.The convention, which entered into force in 2015, provides the legal basis for states to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment.The treaty was adopted in 2007 and its contracting states currently represent just over 70% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage.Under the treaty, shipowners are financially liable and required to take out insurance or provide other financial security to cover the costs of wreck removal. It also provides states with a right of direct action against insurers.last_img read more