I was finding it so difficult to do this review based on two facts.
One, that people may take it as a misrepresentation and may decided to castigate Darey for even thinking of inviting Kim Kardashian to “co-host” his highly successful theatrical Valentines concert tagged “Love… Like A Movie”. Secondly, for the fear of it going viral online, thereby putting a dent in Darey’s blossoming career.
I sparsely go to Nigerian events lately due to the simple fact that I hardly enjoyed it because of too many ills that could have been avoided especially when it comes to been timely and technical hitches which used to mar the events, but I decided to attend Darey’s Vals concert based on the facts that I owe him one (he voluntarily hosted my first BlackBerry Fever Party for Free) and based on the hype and publicity build up that was excellently done before the event which generated enough interest and also because of the side-attractions of the circus ringers that were announced will be part of the show.
What took the hype and publicity to a frenzy height was the announcement of Kim Kardashian, the top American reality show star to “co-host” the concert. Been a big fan (no apologies, lol), it was a perfect opportunity to see this beautiful reality show stunner which I know many of her Nigerian fans were also hoping to use to see the petite celeb.
This was what turned out to be the biggest mistake the show organisers made. I felt so disappointed that Kim Kardashian announcement to “co-host” the event didn’t become a reality after-all, she only graced the stage for less than a minute and the sad (or good) part was that her appearance wasn’t even felt because from the opening of the show which started few minutes after 8pm till like 10pm Darey mesmerised us, his fans and guests alike with his stage artistry and sonorous voice, churning out various hits upon hits both from his own songs and international classic love songs.
Darey also find solace and support in his fellow Nigerian artistes like, etc who gave good accounts of themselves by jamming to live band throughout the show.
Kudos also to Circque du Soleil an extreme theatre company for their spectacular choreography and displays. The show was so well choreographed. The stage, lighting and sound was simply out of this world. The circus ringers sure added colours and fun to the concert with their gymnastics and acrobatic moves.
I doubted if I’ve seen anything like this in recent times. For that 2 and half hours, Darey held us spellbound! Did we miss Kim Kardashian not to have fully been part of the concert? It’s capital NO! What I was expecting from the organisers was for Kim to have signed autographs for her fans, take pictures with people on the Red Carpet and be in charge of the stage and not just to have eaten dinner with the Platinum Ticket holders and taken pictures with few selected celebrities.
She would have even visited and donated to a charity home since it’s even a season of love and that in itself would have boosted her image. Even considering the staggering $500k been rumoured she collected for the show which to me is false and outrageous (that’s another story entirely, so watch out for my piece “Don’t Believe The Hype” on that).
I think it’s high time our Nigerian artistes learn from issues like these and have confidence in themselves to stage a good show. No harm in inviting foreign act(s) that you know will add values to your event. Darey’s concert is a case study on how a show should be organized. It was a 5 hour of cheerful bliss. From publicity, organisation, technicalities, timing and stage craft. With “Love… Like A Movie” concert, Darey scored A and had taken concerts packaging to the next level. In all, it was an amazing show that worth every penny spent on its ticket. Lol!