Keep it un­der your hat: Flavour favours Msanzi

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE - SAMEER NAIK

HAV­ING per­formed in 24 African coun­tries, it’s no sur­prise Nige­rian mu­si­cian Flavour finds it dif­fi­cult to choose a favourite des­ti­na­tion on the con­ti­nent.

“No mat­ter the African coun­try, the love and warmth from the fans is al­ways so strong,” said the singer and song­writer, whose real name is Chinedu Okoli.

It’s clear though that the Nige­rian singer has a soft spot for South Africa.

“My band and I al­ways have such a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence per­form­ing live in South­di­ences are al­ways so re­cep­tive and en­gaged in my shows and con­certs from the be­gin­ning to the end.

“I al­ways look for­ward to the op­por­tu­ni­ties granted for me to per­form in South Africa.”

So when the star heads to the coun­try in two weeks for the BET Ex­pe­ri­ence Africa fes­ti­val, he is ex­pect­ing much the same re­cep­tion.

The fes­ti­val is a sta­ple fea­ture in the US and launches its first African edi­tion at the Johannesburg Tick­et­Pro Dome with the De­cem­ber 12 event.

The star-stud­ded en­ter­tain­ment line-up in­cludes in­ter­na­tional artists such as award-win­ning su­per­star Mary J Blige, Maxwell, Ta­mar Brax­ton, Raphael Saadiq, Young Thug, and US house vo­cal­ist Monique Bing­ham.

Per­form­ing along­side them are African acts such as AKA, Di­a­mond Plat­numz, Nathi, DJ Eu­phonik and Black Mo­tion.

The event will fea­ture mu­sic, com­edy, fash­ion, sport, dance and food.

“I’m ex­cited to be de­liv­er­ing a set that will sur­prise a lot of fans. I’m also look­ing for­ward to see­ing all the acts, as I’m a huge fan of Soul and R&B mu­sic.

“Th­ese gen­res have in­flu­enced and in­spired el­e­ments of my high­life sound. So for me, it will be a huge plea­sure to see all great acts per­form,” the 32-year-old said.

Flavour, whose song Nwa Baby cat­a­pulted him into the spot­light said: “This show is a huge deal which re­quires all my en­ergy, so all my plans cen­tre on de­liv­er­ing a spec­tac­u­lar live per­for­mance.”

● Tick­ets are on sale now at www.tick­et­

Ticket prices range from R550 on the mez­za­nine level, R850 (floor stand­ing), R1250 (floor bleach­ers) and Golden Cir­cle at R1500

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