Kano Showcases ‘Not 4 the A List’ at ILuvLive

I Luv Live hosted their biggest night of the year so far on Monday night, with Kano performing an exclusive set to promote his new EP, ‘Not 4 the A List’. It looked like it was going to be a promising night as I approached the XOYO venue in East London to see a queue was already spilling out onto the street – at 8pm.

I Luv Live was held in a smaller room that I imagined; or maybe that was because it was so heavily rammed to the brim. Holding onto our belongings tightly, we were skanking as soon as we hit the door, with a great mix of funky house, Hip Hop and Garage on spin.

First up, presenter DJ Ras Kwame introduced Manchester bred Ruby Ann Patterson to the stage. The 18-year-old used her soft, calming vocals to sing a song dedicated to her ex called ‘Goodbye’, describing it as a ‘big f*ck you’. After the jump, Rose Gabor grabbed the mic and literally tore up the stage performing her featured track with producers Redlight, ‘Stupid’.

After another skanking interval, Ghetts came out of nowhere and started spitting his verse from Wiley’s ‘She Likes To’. Finally, the several guys who had been leaning against the wall all night regained consciousness; the venue was buzzing. He then dropped ‘Who’s On the Panel’ and ‘Artillery’ – looking back at the whole night, I can definitely say that the audience connected with Ghetts the most.

Myself and others have noticed that Ghetts has recently adapted a smoother flow; whether that is because he is trying to evolve or become more versatile, I don’t know. However, that night, he was Ghetto again. Maybe that was because he was drunk; therefore he let go and did what he does best.

Kano soon joined his friend on stage for their collaboration ‘House Of Pain’ (cue the screaming ladies). They were also accompanied by Kano’s musical sidekick Mikey J. Kano then performed some songs from the EP, which were, in honesty, slightly above mediocre. I say this because I wasn’t the only one who pulled out their phone to fiddle with during this time.

However, when ‘ET’ came on, it changed. The crowd went nuts again and I lost my view of the stage with all of the chaos around me. I started jumping manically when the screams became deafening and as the crowds shuffled I saw why – Wretch 32 was on stage, spitting his verse on the track.

After ‘ET’ we got taken back to the early noughties with some classic bars being dropped. The crowd got more hyped with every wheel up; gunfingers were all over the place. It was clear to see that Ghetts and Kano have a great chemistry; after the performance many people were talking about the 2 of them doing a joint EP.

After about 10 minutes of wheel ups, I got a bit fed up with waiting for the drop; I guess you could call it an anti-climax. In honesty, it looked as if the crowd would have screamed at them doing the alphabet and I think they knew it; therefore, they were just having fun towards the end of the set.

Therefore; it was time for me to go home. Kudos to the ILuvLive team; the event ran on time and it was well executed. I will definitely be attending the next one.

Make sure you don’t miss the next event by checking out their event listings here.




Screen Nation Awards 2011

The Screen Nation awards returned this year during Black History Month to showcase the best in film and television in the UK and around the world.

Held at the Indig02 on Sunday, the red carpet was bustling heavily with our favourite faces from TV and film and there was a strong edge of excitement in the air.

The awards were founded by Charles Thompson MBE, who has been involved in the film and TV industry for over 20 years. He said of the event: “It has been an honour as always to host the Screen Nation Film and Television again this year. The winners in each category reflect the wealth of talent that is embedded in our industry. By rewarding such individuals my hope is that this platform is used to showcase excellence on a global scale.”

The night was hectic, so it kicked off a little late. As we sat in our seats we were entertained by comedian Kevin J. It was mortifying to watch him attempt jokes related to the London riots, because they did not go well.

A few members of the crowd began to boo and even throw stuff at him, which even I thought was a bit harsh. As a comedian, I would expect the dude to laugh it off – instead he went on the defensive, saying things like “I can see your tracks from here” (referring to some poor woman in the audience) and then started preaching about God before offering to “to take it outside.” Ew, and cringe.

Swiftly and thankfully, the gorgeous and very pregnant Angellica Bell and her husband Michael Underwood came to the stage to present the awards.

Winners on the night who couldn’t make it down the event included the legend in broadcasting, Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, who won the Edric Connor Inspiration Award. Tinie Tempah gained the Favourite Music Video Performance award and Tyler Perry won the award for the Favourite Male Screen Personality.

The vibrant and funny Tameka Empson, who plays Kim in Eastenders, won the award for Favourite Female TV Star whilst the ground breaking film ‘Mirror Boy’ won two awards; one for The Best West African Film and the other being the Independent Spirit Film Production award which went to Obi Emelonye, the film’s director.

‘Anuvahood’ won the prestigious award of Favourite Urban Movie where an ecstatic Adam Deacon jumped on stage to grab the award but was slightly miffed with the lack of physical awards, saying: “there isn’t an actual award – I’ll have to post it on Twitter!”

As the night came to end, the after party went into full swing. I went to catch a few words with Kano and Asher D, but I was only able to get a small dance in with the pair before they insisted they had to go as Asher D admitted “I would stay and talk but I’m tipsy.” So an interview could wait, I decided.

My Flavour homie Catherine spoke to soap’s officially sweetest couple, Devon Anderson and Nathalie Emmanuel. Together they were so funny and charmingly endearing, albeit slightly intoxicated at the time.

We also spotted Akala, Shanika Warren-Markland, Arnold Oceng and Shystie, who was having a good time helping Adam Deacon celebrate his night of victory.

I learnt an interesting lesson whilst at the award show – intoxicated celebrities are a lot of fun. Unfortunately, The Screen Nation Awards were not as well organised as I would have hoped, with a few late running’s. But the show went on and it was a great night celebrating the accomplishments of many respected actors, writers, directors and other highly talented people in the media and arts.

Check out the full list of award winners below:

Honorary Awards
Edric O Connor Inspiration            – Sir Trevor McDonald OBE
Outstanding Contribution               – Clarke Peters
Classic Film (UK)                                – Burning an Illusion
Classic TV (UK)                                   – The Real McCoy
Vanguard in Stuntwork                   – Amanda Foster

UK Screen Achievement

Male Performance in Film             – Clint Dyer: Sus
Female Performance in Film        – Sherrie Silver: Africa United
Male Performance in TV                – Nonso Anozie: Stolen, Outcasts, I am Slave, Occupation
Female Performance in TV           – Wunmi Mosaku: I am Slave, Vera, 32 Brinkburn st
Favourite Male TV Star                  – Arinze Kene: Eastenders
Favourite Female TV Star             – Tameka Empson: Eastenders
Emerging Talent                                – La Charne Jolly: Holby City
Young Shooting Star                       – Daniel Kaluuya: Chat Room, Skins, Psychoville, random
Comedy Performer                         – Andi Osho: Stand up for the Week, Mock of the Week

Screencraft Achievement
Diversity in Factual Production                   – Saving Africa’s Witch Children: C4
Diversity in Drama Production                     – Luther: BBC
Favourite Urban Movie                                    – Anuvahood
Favourite Music Video Performance         – Tinie Tempah: Pass Out
Independent Spirit Film Production           – The Mirror Boy: Obi Emelonye
BME Channel                                                         – OH TV
Achievement in Cinema Director                – Thomas Ikimi: Legacy – Black Ops

People’s Choice International Screen Achievement
Favourite International Film (US)                                       – Why Did I Get married 2
Favourite Male Screen Personality (US Film/TV)            – Tyler Perry
Favourite Female Screen Personality (US Film/TV)        – Mo’nique
Favourite West African Film                                                    – The Mirror Boy
Favourite West African Actor                                                 – Majid Michel
Favourite West African Actress                                              – Omotola Jalade