Honestly we loved every single second of Darey Art Alade’s ‘Love Like a Movie’ concert so much that picking out some of the moments that stood out is one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. Still we’ll try, just so you wont have to.
1)The red carpet kicked off right on time at about 5pm when celebrities began to trickle in. A sharp contrast from the regular event scene where endless delays and blatant tardiness have been accepted as the norm rather than the exception.
2) Darey’s stunning entrance from a set prop that just popped open to let him out has set the standard for superstar entrances. Good luck to anyone trying to top that.
3)The performance where Darey was backed by a quartet of the finest vocalists to grace the pop scene in recent times. We are talking Banky W, Timi Dakolo, Praiz and Tolu (he of MTN Project Fame season 3). For a while there we thought we were in vocal heaven.
4) Where do we begin? The costumes, lights, dancers, choreographers, stage craft. Divine
5) Darey’s duet with Waje. Theirs was a match made in heaven. Some may have liked ‘A whole new world’ better than ‘Endless love’ but none can deny the magic of two fine singers doing what they were absolutely born to do. Indeed we were transported to a whole new world.
6) The guy who did his thing with sand, creating vivid images using sand and dust. Talk about art pop.
7) The circus dancers. Two words: Show stopping.
8) It was Darey’s show throughout. Yes there were guest appearances from some of the biggest stars working today but the arrangement was such that Darey remained the star of his own movie. As it should be.
9) ‘Love Like a Movie’ brought out some of Nollywood’s notoriously reticent leading men; Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme and Emeka Ike were all spotted having the time of their lives. Event groupies confirm that these gents are not as party hopping as their female counterparts so it was quite the pleasure having them around.
10) Darey has made a career attempting any genre of music he takes a fancy to and while the results don’t always work for us, LLAM’s set list was a welcome variety. There was pop, highlife, soul, jazz standards and every other genre in between. Name it and Darey’s tried it. This time to superb results.
And an extra one:
Kim Kardashian. Yes say what you may but the young man succeeded in drawing the globe-trotting reality tv star to Nigeria. Reports of her exorbitant appearance fee and her relative under-appearance notwithstanding, from a publicity stand point, one could argue that she worked her magic and drew in the crowds.