The fourth edition of the Dublin Ankara festival, organised by Redwood Entertainment Ireland was hosted by Fabu-D and Dj Poison on the 31st of August 2012, at The Redcow Hotel. The event featured a “mini” fashion show, comedy by Fabu-D and performances from Joe Representer, Tosyn(UK), Tejay Tray+ a south African Artist. This year’s Ankara festival was unbelievably SOLD-OUT! Venue could not accommodate the number of people that turned out for the event but yea….the night rocked with top DJ’s behind the wheel of steel. Dj Hamed did what he knows how to do best, he brought the house down with a selection of R&B and Hip Hop, while Dj Poison and Dj Redwood dished out good selection of Afrobeat. See pictures below:
Will be back shortly with faces of Celebrities at this year’s Dublin Ankara Festival….
Sematecino was recently spotted by our paparazzi in Lisbon, Portugal. The Dublin based Nigerian artist who just got back from Nigeria in july, has been in the studio working on his new single “GRIND FOR ME” which is due to drop before the end of the year. Sematecino who is currently on vacation is due back before the IAMA Awards, where he was nominated in four categories. The event is scheduled to take place on the 7th of September 2012.
BEST VIDEO-Try my love- Semtecino
BEST COLLABO-Gbasibe Remix – Sematecino & Kas
BEST MALE ARTISTE-Sematecino
BEST AFRO BEAT-Gbasibe Remix – Sematecino & Kas
Enjoy your vacation!
The old-Skool Nite organized by Ademokun Aderire Eyo in conjuction with Dj Flavor has come and gone but it’s a night i will not forget in a hurry! I have been longing for an event like this because i belong to the skool of old Gbagaun!…..don’t ask me my age! I felt so comfortable with the age group that attended the event and the turn-out was impressive. It just goes to show that “this age group” have been looking forward to an event like this in Dublin. There was so much fun and laughter as the two Baddest DJ’s did what they know how to do best! It was indeed a night of “BLAST from the PAST” read more from, http://poddesk.blogspot.ie/2012/08/primmys-old-skool-v-afrobeat-battle-oky.html?spref=fb
Surprisingly, we had an Artiste (Sexy Steel) in the house, who currently, is on holidays in Dublin. A perfect night for Sexy Steel to be in the house, as his new single ‘BEBEDI ALHAJA’ clearly tallies with the theme of the event “OLD SKOOL NITE”. BEBEDI ALHAJA, is an high life music from the 70’s with a blend of modern day hip-hop from Vector the “Viper”, the rich melody and sound from Sexy Steel takes you back to the good old days. Sexy Steel dazzled us all with his performance. Yours trully, the one and only HOSPITALITY GODDESS in the Republic of Ireland, had an exclusive backstage interview with the South African girl crooner, below is the excerpts of the interview:
VRH4Celebs:Why the “SEXY” in your name?
Sexy Steel: Ladies call me Sexy, maybe i’m sexy, i don’t know….
VRH4Celebs: Tell us a bit about yourself
Sexy Steel: I’m an actor, model and CEO of Niddles n Stitches a clothing line i have had for over 13years in Lagos with a concept to clothe Celebrities.
VRH4Celebs: Can you name some of the celebrities you have designed for?
Sexy Steel: Olu Maintain, Wizkid, Psquare, AY, Aki &Pawpaw, Pasuma, Kwam1 , omotola Jelade Ekehinde.
VRH4Celebs: Did you attend a fashion school?
Sexy Steel: No, i studied Fine Art from Ibadan Polytechnique, i am now applying the ART to fashion and i ‘m a fast learner. My dad is also an artiste, i think i got all my artistic skills from him. My dad was responsible for all the visual effect of a yoruba movie by Baba Sala “oru moru”
VRH4Celebs:You mentioned earlier that you are an actor, what movies have you featured in?
Sexy Steel: Funke Akindele’s movie “Awa okurin” i played the lead role in the movie. I’m also featuring in an English movie along side other actresses,Tonto Dikeh, Ini Edo.. I played the role of Ini Edo’s husband. The movie will be premiering in London and Dublin soon.
TYREEDS OTANO is Nigerian born Artist based in Dublin. He hails from the Royal family of Ashipa town in Osun state ife North local government. As a strong music lover he started singing, miming and dancing at birthday parties all around Lagos and most especially in is childhood area where he was born, Ikotun Egbe Agodo in Alimosho local government area inLagos. He was part of a group made of 4 boys called, [BLACKAMOOR] in his teen age. He fell out of the group after his secondary school and later joined another group of upcoming artists called[ NEXTDOOR], where he met the current MAVIN CREW member, WANDE COLE. They were together in the group including some other members like LALA ALAYANDE aka lala nla,NOTLE-T,P CLEF,BANNY[faster-fosto] SHEDRACK[SDK] FEMI aka MORGAN,JUNIOUR aka J-POINT. He later gained admission into the FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC EDE OSUN STATE to study Bussines Administration. Tyreeds keept representing in his institution where he was best known with dancing and singing and became popular as the school dancer with the name [T-BOY]. After his National Diploma, he decided to pursue his dream by going fully into music, he recorded his first three singles at BEAT BOX STUDIO owned by his colleague, YUNG KURT. He featured the likes of NOBLE-T and YUNG KURT in his tracks, OMOGE and COMMON HERE. Tyreeds is currently signed to a record label named AKASHICK RECORDZ. Tyreeds has a new single with a video, the track is an afro R&B song which is tittled, ITS YOU [iwo ni mofe].
The Hospitality Crew is an important part of VRH. When an individual comes to an event or concert, they might not see VRH crew but that does not mean that their impact will go unnoticed. VRH crew are responsible for providing the backstage area/hall with a neat and orderly appearance this includes decorating and stocking the rooms with all that will be used by the artists and tour managers. Another, and probably the most important job of VRH, is making sure that the artist performing has the most enjoyable and comfortable visit as possible. Before the artist arrives, we are given what is called an HOSPITALITY RIDER and in it, are the specifics of everything the artist would like in his/her dressing room, on the tour-bus after the show, on the stage. Anything else you can think of, is usually covered in this. It is very important that this is followed as closely as possible. Artist Hospitality can get stressful at times, but it is very rewarding with all the different Artists from various backgrounds that you get the opportunity to interact with.
Music is the fastest growing sector of the Hospitality industry. There is an increase demand for Hospitality packages for concerts in today’s music industry. For every show, people want Hospitality of some description to tie in with the event. Music caters for every single taste, from classical, Jazz to urban, hip-hop and Afro-beats and there’s plenty of flexibility among the different VRH hospitality packages. Backstage Hospitality It’s more of a friendly environment than a formal client dinner. It’s a brilliant relationship builder, especially for long-term relationships. VRH Top-Notch bespoke hospitality is not only becoming more widely available and easy to book, it also promises a return on your investment.
VickieRobert Hospitality ensures Artists are made to relax and enjoy an awesome experience. You will be met at a secret location at the venue half an hour before the start of the show/event by a member of our staff who will then escort the Artist to the exclusive Hospitality lounge area where your host the promoter will be waiting to meet you and take you through to the event/show. Once inside you will get comfy, sit- back, meet other artists, get your vital signs checked after which you can then enjoy the experience of VickieRobert backstage hospitality Servicess Unplugged!
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When it comes to hospitalsing for an Artist, first thing i ask the promoter bringing in the artist for a concert or show, is the artist’s Hospitality Rider request. Hospitality rider is a list of requests for the comfort of the artist on the day of the show.
A rider typically consists of 3 parts: Technical, Stage, and Hospitality.
A technical rider outlines for the event’s sound man, which piece of equipment’s channel goes to which location on the sound board. As a promoter, one is not expected to be able to understand how to read the tech rider. The promoter however is expected to have someone in the team that understands it. This person can then clarify with the artist/representative any lingering questions before the day of the show, to ensure that there are no problems during the soundcheck or performance.
A stage rider or plan is a diagram that shows the sound man and the technical support of the venue, where you need each instrument, sound monitor, guitar amp, mic stand, etc. This is to ensure that when the artist arrives for sound check on the day of the performance, you have everything ready in the place it needs to be.
The hospitality rider would consist of items that would be expected to be set up back stage in the green room to entertain the Artists, or spoil them before they go on stage e.g fruit, Cola products, tea/coffee, nuts, chips, maybe some beer or wine (depending on the policy of the venue). It is always important to remember, little treats backstage, makes the artist feel more welcome and generally speaking, it increases their performance level. It never hurts to make the artist feel special before they get on stage to bring down the house!
Perod foundation and Miss Nigeria Ireland (Ewoma Ogoro) in collaboration with Kingsley Ogoro supported by Nollywood actress Funke Akindele, osita Iheme a.k.a paw paw, Okey Bakassi, Rowland Igbadumen a.k.a Youngest Oldman special guest Senator chief Stella Omu, recently held a charity in aid of st.John’s ward at our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Cancer Centre, General Hospital Lagos Nigeria. It was an evening of song, dance, music and fashion show. The event was Top notch with VRH4Celebrities contracted for the event’s hospitality. As an Hospitality Creative Director, it is my job to make sure the needs and wants of every Artist, guests,models at the backstage area VIP/regular sections are met. From ushering to assisting with fund raising at the event. hospitality is an important part of the experience at VickieRobert Hospitality 4 Celebrities.
The next day after the event, VRH -Celebbuzz had an exclusive interview with Okey Bakassi and Youngest Oldman, both of them had similar things to say regarding their choice of career, ‘commedy is my talent and it’s a gift from God, rather than let it die, i choose to develop it’. From the medical point of view,Youngest Oldman said comedy is good for your health! Okey Bakassi had this to say…”comedy has always been in me, it comes naturally” when asked about the disadvantages of being a comedian, Okey explained that comedy is like every other job that has it’s advantages and disadvantages, comedy is not exempted! ‘ people expect high standards from comedians’. Another disadvantage is loss of privacy. He also pointed out that comedians are not ROBOTS, they have their HIGH and LOW moments too! The night ended with a dinner at Mr Felix Yusuf Pwol’s residence.
Putting an event together as we all know can be hectic,stressful, time consuming and financially draining which has left most event promoters to see Hospitality as a luxury rather than necessity. It often breaks my heart when as an hospitality director, you try to convince event promoters about the importance and the advantages of hiring an hospitality service for an event/show and the promoter tells you “i have Moet &Chardon champagnes arranged for my artist and guests” i mean….like seriously, it baffles me when event promoters feel hospitality is all about expensive wines! The promoter themselves on the day of the show, double up as the host, event planner and artist hospitality director! as the popular saying goes, “jack of all trade, master of none” at the end of the day, the artist or guest invited to perform is not well looked after in terms of hospitality at events. This problem of promoters, dj’s, event planners failing to hire professional services of www.vickierobert.com has become a torn in the flesh and it looks like it’s going to be a persistent ocurance in Afro-tainment events.
We all know what Hospitality is, let me not bore you with definitions from the oxford dictionary! I cannot over emphasize the importance of hospitality at every event! I have been and seen a lot of lapses at events which actually made me start an hospitality outfit (www.vickierobert.com) to lay more emphasis on the needs and importance of hospitality services. One of the most important elements of a successful event is the “first impression” created by the events promoter. The hospitable nature in which the promoter deals with the artists or guests at his/her event is essential in making a fantastic impression, building & maintaining a relationship and leaving a lasting memory.
Welcome to my blog! My blog is all about Celebrities,entertainment and Event First Aid Hospitality at events/concerts or shows. I am passionate about Event First Aid Hospitality at events, most especially for celebrities. My friends in the industry call me the “hospitality Goddess” I will be blogging about attended Events by VRH crew, Event First Aid Hospitality for celebrities before an event. I will also share some tips about Event First Aid hospitality for an outstanding Event! I am as excited as you are, as this is an area that “AFRICAN” event planners/promoters of Concerts often pay least attention to!
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