Two events you shouldn’t miss this valentine
Onyeka Ibeanusi | Friday, 31 January 2014 | 1441 Total Views
Many events are lined up to keep the spirit of lovers at an all time high as February 14th gradually approaches. February is globally seen as the month of love and Valentine's day is that day apart from christmas where the 'Red' colour symbolizing love reigns in its full splendour.
At this time of the year, lovers seek a get-away with that one in a million person that makes their heart beat. In all of the romantic frenzy and the charged up 'Love is in the air' period, a few people may be in dire need of what to do to either spice up their romantic life or re-ignite the fire in a dying relationship.
Like the Afritickets team always do, we are once again lending a helping hand and by that we suggest these two events that will make your Valentine's season an unforgettable one.
LOVE LIKE A MOVIE 2 (15TH FEBRUARY, 2014)
Darey Art Alade's Love Like A Movie concert is gradually becoming one of Nigeria's biggest valentine event. Last year, the event made major headlines before and after it was held.
The debut edition of the event in 2013 saw the gathering of the most sought after Nigerian Celebrities like 2face Idibia, Tiwa Savage, Waje, Kaffy etc.
The top notch event also had as its host, American reality Tv star Kim Kardashian. The event held at the Eko Hotel and Suites was filled with electrifying performances from Nigerian stars.
This February, Darey's Love Like A Movie returns with its breath taking line up of stars that are billed to perform at the concert. Topping the list is American singer and former member of the defunct Destiny's Child music group Kelly Rowland. The former member of the group that had Beyonce and Mitchelle Williams, is billed to host and perform at the event.
MEET KELLY ROWLAND
Born Kelendria Trene Rowland on 11 February 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Doris Rowland Garrison and Christopher Lovett. At the age of seven, Kelly moved to Houston with her mother who left her alcoholic father.
At the age of eight, Kelly met Beyonce Knowles, who would become a lifelong friend, when she joined rapping and dance group Girl's Tyme. R 'n' B producer Arne Frager entered the group into the TV talent show ‘Star Search’, which they ended up losing.
The band finally made their breakthrough when they changed their name to Destiny's Child and were signed to Colombia Records in 1997. The same year, they recorded their debut single 'Killing Time', which was used on the 'Men in Black' soundtrack (1997).
Destiny's Child released their self-titled debut album in 1998, which amassed moderate sales, but the band finally rose to fame with their second album 'The Writing's on the Wall' in 1999.
In 2001, the band won two Grammy awards for Best R 'n' B performance by a duo or group and Best Song. Their album sold 13 million copies and was followed up by the single 'Independent Women Part I' in 2000, which featured on the 'Charlie's Angels' soundtrack.
Destiny's Child went on to release 'Survivor' in May 2001 and it went straight to the top of the US chart. It has sold over ten million copies worldwide and the hit single 'Bootylicious' came from the record. In 2002, the band announced their temporary break-up.
Between 2002 and 2005, Kelly pursued a solo career. She teamed up with rapper Nelly for 'Dilemma' in 2002 and the single quickly became one of the most successful of that year.
She then released her first solo album 'Simply Deep', which was a mixture of R'n'B and rock in 2003, selling 2.5 million copies worldwide. 'Stole' was released from this record and was her best-selling single to date.
Kelly has since sold 82 million records worldwide. She is now appearing as one of the judges on the British X-Factor.
VALENTINE'S WITH BRANDY AND UB40 (16TH FEBRUARY, 2014)
Classic Fm is known for their high 'Star Power' valentine concerts. Last year they brought Grammy award winning American R&B singer Maxwell. The atmosphere was so charged with love that you can almost touch it. The sexy singer didn't disappoint, he seduced the ladies with his soulful hits including 'Pretty Wings', 'Fortunate' and 'This Woman’s Work'. Nigerian stars were also present and the likes of Omawumi, BlackMagic and Bez Idakula were on ground to deliver outstanding performances.
Classic Fm is back with this year's edition and aim to make it bigger. This year, Classic Fm brings multiple award winning American Superstar Brandy and the biggest reggae group from the UK Ub40. This event promises to be super exciting with a line up of top Nigerian stars that are also billed to perform at the event.
Brandy was born in McComb, Mississippi, on February 11, 1979 to a church pastor and singer, she was just 15 when she released her self-titled debut album, which featured the monster hit "I Wanna Be Down." Over the years, Brandy has branched off into acting and producing, in addition to recording several other successful studio albums.
In 1996, Brandy returned to acting, starring in the UPN sitcom Moesha. The series remained on the air for six full seasons. Even with her busy acting career, Brandy continued to sing. In 1998, she released her second album, Never Say Never, which featured the song "The Boy is Mine." The song, performed by Brandy and fellow R&B singer Monica, was a monster hit.
As Brandy evolved from teenager to a young woman, her interests spread into other areas, including modeling. Around this time, her recording career became somewhat sporadic.
She released her third album, Full Moon, in 2003—the same year that she had her first child, a daughter named Sy'rai Iman Smith, with then-boyfriend Robert Smith, a music producer.
In 2004, Brandy released her fourth album, Afrodisiac. She didn't treat her fans to her follow-up record, Human, until four years later. Between recording Afrodisiac and Human, Brandy's life came undone: She was involved in a car accident that claimed the life of another driver. Brandy was never arrested or charged with a crime, but the accident clearly took its toll on her life. According to the singer, 2008's Human (released after the accident) is one of her "most personal and emotional albums." Around that time, Brandy explained in an interview her experience with music's healing powers: "Over the past couple of years I've been trying to get myself together, and I've been blessed to reconnect with my purpose, which is music."
In 2010, Brandy returned to television, performing as a contestant on the hit dance-competition show Dancing with the Stars. That same year, she starred in a VH-1 reality TV series, Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business, along with her brother and parents.
In 2012, Brandy released her sixth studio album, Two Eleven.
The summer of 1978 saw the eight members of the multi-racial outfit, soon to become UB40, drawn together by their love of Jamaican reggae. Taking their name from a notorious British unemployment form, the band played their first local gig in Birmingham in 1979, and spent the rest of the year performing at pubs and clubs around the UK.
British radio legend John Peel was so impressed with the group's first demo tape that he invited them to perform on his Radio One show in 1980. At the same time, the band were also asked to support The Pretenders on their triumphant national tour.
They released a Top 5 single in the UK in February 1980 and, in 1981, released a brace of albums, 'Present Arms' and 'Present Arms In Dub'. Their breakthrough came with the hit single, 'Red, Red Wine'. The song topped the British singles charts in 1983 and, after renewed promotion following the 1988 Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley, the single reached the number 1 spot in the US.
Touring America and Canada in 1985, the group celebrated another hit single with 'I Got You Babe', recorded with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. In 1986 they finished 'Rat In The Kitchen', and further recording in 1987 and 1988 was complimented by a world tour.
1993's platinum selling album, 'Promises And Lies', spawned the hit 'Can't Help Falling In Love', which topped the U.S. pop chart for seven consecutive weeks. The subsequent tour culminated in a series of shows in South Africa, with them dedicating their anti-apartheid anthem, 'Sing Our Own Song', to President Nelson Mandela.
After an extended sabbatical, the band have recently begun recording in their new Jamaican studio, releasing material that seeks to showcase the diversity of reggae music.