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

HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS SAY FINAL FAREWELL TO HARRY BLANEY

first_imgHUNDREDS of people said a final sad farewell to former TD and county councillor Harry Blaney in his native Fanad today.The Fianna Fail hierarchy including party leader Micheal Martin, and former ministers Mary Coughlan and Mary Hanafin, joined family members and the wider Fanad and Donegal communities for Requiem Mass at Massmount.There were at least 2,000 people following the cortege from the Blaney family cottage at Rossnakill to the chapel, or along the route to 1km route to the church. They heard Father Patrick McGarvey speak of a man who dedicated his life to his community.Mr Blaney, who was 85, passed away on Sunday after taking ill at his home last Wednesday.He had, said the priest, a huge passion for football – having being given a trial by his beloved Glasgow Celtic in the 1950s.He went on play for Swilly Rovers, reaching the Junior Cup Final – captained by current independent councillor Ian McGarvey – in 1953; and Mr Blaney had gone on the help when Fanad United were established. A wreath from Celtic Football Club were among the floral tributes at the church as his widow Margaret was comforted by daughters Noreen, Catherine, Breideen, Patricia and Noelle, sons Liam and Niall, sons-in-law and partners, brothers Liam, Teddy, Paul and Kevin, grandchildren and extended family.Father McGarvey said Mr Blaney, who was a TD from 1997 until 2002 and a county councillor for 40 years before that, didn’t have to know you to help you.“He was a genuine person who became your friend and your neighbour,” said Father McGarvey.“He will be forever remembered for the bridge between Fanad and Rosguill which opened three years ago, but he was also a bridge builder.“He crossed over waters, over the oceans and over the politics of life to build and unite and to build hope. “He did all he could with his famous shopping list and God help God today because I’m sure he has a list for him too.”Mr Blaney’s eldest daughter Noreen, paid a wonderful eulogy to her father, detailing his passions for his family, for farming and for football.She said that his last words before he took ill were: “I’ll be all right if you get me out to the barn a run.”He detested modern farm machinery, preferring a scythe and a wheelbarrow. HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS SAY FINAL FAREWELL TO HARRY BLANEY was last modified: May 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS SAY FINAL FAREWELL TO HARRY BLANEYlast_img read more

Stars Attend BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party 2018

first_imgThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) celebrated the 2018 Awards Season with their annual Tea Party on Saturday, January 6, 2018.Emilia Clarke Attends BAFTA Los Angeles Tea PartyThe BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party is one of the most prestigious events in the annual awards calendar, celebrating excellence in the craft, and wishing the best of luck to all nominees for the awards season ahead.Awards Season Nominees along with leading executives, celebrities and BAFTA members enjoyed British tea and scones, and cocktails in the uniquely relaxed surroundings of a traditional British Tea Party.Among the stars who attended were Sean Baker (The Florida Project), Claes Bang (The Square), Jacqueline Bisset (Amant Double), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread), Graham Broadbent (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Lisa Bruce (Darkest Hour), Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid’s Tale), Guy Burnet (Counterpart), Carter Burwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Naomi Campbell, Robin Campillo (BPM), Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, EE BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominee), Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Pete Czernin (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project), Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water), O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale), Feras Fayyad (Last Man in Aleppo), Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale), Peter Fonda (The Ballad of Lefty Brown), James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Mimi Polk Gitlin (The Breadwinner), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), Gordon Greene (The Choir Director), Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name), Liz Hannah (The Post), David Harbour (Stranger Things), Justin Hartley (This Is Us), Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya), Erik Hemmendorff (The Square), Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Downward Dog), LilRel Howery (Get Out), Isabelle Huppert (Claire’s Camera), Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Nick Jonas (Ferdinand), Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, EE BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominee), Elliot Knight (Life Sentence), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Diane Kruger (In the Fade), Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman), Anthony Leo (The Breadwinner), Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery), Tom McGrath (The Boss Baby), Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird), Marco Morabito (Call Me By Your Name), Ramsey Naito (The Boss Baby), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Dave Neustadter (The Disaster Artist), Scott Neustadter (The Disaster Artist), Lawrence O’Donnell (The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Ruben Ostlund (The Square), Amy Pascal (The Post), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project), Issa Rae (Insecure), Sarah Rafferty (Suits), Dee Rees (Mudbound), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Steven Rogers (I, Tonya), Andrew Rosen (The Breadwinner), Howard Rosenman (Call Me By Your Name), Lois Smith (Marjorie Prime), Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game), Sebastian Stan (I, Tonya), Taura Stinson (Mudbound), David Thewlis (Fargo), Charlotte Tilbury, Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman), Lotte Verbeek (Outlander), Diane Warren (Marshall), Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast), George Waud (Ghosts of War), Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project), Erin Westerman (The Disaster Artist), Bradley Whitford (Get Out/The Post), Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World), Edgar Wright (Baby Driver), Joe Wright (Darkest Hour), and many more.As well as honoring the year’s nominees and winners, the Tea Party also raised awareness of BAFTA Los Angeles’ wider work including its Access for All campaign, a commitment to ensuring that talented individuals are offered a clear pathway to careers in the entertainment industry, uninhibited by background, demographics or personal circumstance. The campaign drives funds towards BAFTA LA’s acclaimed scholarship, education and community initiatives, allowing the organization to discover, support and nurture talented professionals.The BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party was presented by BBC America and the GREAT Britain campaign. Event sponsors included Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Heineken, and American Airlines.last_img read more