Just like we already announced in an earlier post, the album listening party was at the Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos. It was Tiwa's own way of bonding with some of her fans, majorly with a few of her support systems, the media and a few of her colleagues.
It was a very well put together event by her management team 323 entertainment headed by her fiance Teebillz & her record label, Mavin Records led by Don Jazzy. The Mavin quartet (Don Jazzy, D'Prince, Dr Sid & Wande Coal) were unavoidably absent has they had to be in South Africa, where they performed to an ovation at the opening of the Big Brother Africa: The Chase reality show. Though they were absent, they sent in a video message that was relayed to all. Don Jazzy thanked all for their support all this while and spoke about the new album in glowing terms.
Then immediately to the business of the day, which was the album listening, though we couldn't stay till the end, the bits & bobs that we heard was quite impressive. It was a little bit of everything, like some would say a flavour pool for everyone, showcasing the incredible writing & the singing talent of the 'sonorously' blessed one. It was a gradual unfolding and majestic journey of excellence. This good-natured and gorgeous, singer-entertainer has come of age and matured. Like they say ''like good wine gets better with age''.
The about 20 + songs were introduced by Tiwa one after the other, each time giving little titbits about the inspiration & reasons behind each song. This particularly endeared the audience to each jam. The lady of the day, was gorgeously garbed (in a Mary Kartranzou outfit, finished off with a silver Jimmy Choo strappy sandals) showing off her legs in her short silk outfit to stunning effect.
Who were those we saw around? Quite a few, Eyo Effiong, Femi Akande, Eku Edewor, Azuka Ogujuiba, Olisa Adibua, Dolapo Oni, Linda Ikeji, Noble Igwe, Jumai & Aisha Shaba, Franka Chiedu, Waje, Latasha Ngwube, Ify Ejikeme, Efe Tommy, Uti Nwachukwu, Banky W, DJ Spinall, Toju Foyeh , Akin Babs-Familusi, Azuh Arinze, Biodun Kupoluyi, Sesan Adeniyi & Toolz Oniru just to mention a few. Illrhymz was the day's MC, the dapper dude looked very on point.
Event itself was handled by No Suprises, where Funmi Okigbo is the Numero Uno. Cocktail started at about 3pm before the event proper began about an hour plus later. Support was given by Pepsi who had renewed Tiwa's ambassadorial contracts for another 2 years. And Bailey's Irish Cream was served for all to enjoy! The album aptly titled ''Once Upon A Time'' would be dropping on June 14, 2013.
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|FRANKA & EKU|
|FRANKA CHIEDU & SESAN ADENIYI|
|DJ JIMMY JATT|
|EKU & ILLRHYMZ|
|NOBLE IGWE & AZUKA|
|EHIZ & AISHA|
|EYO EFFIONG & FEMI AKANDE|
|BIODUN KUPOLUYI, KEMI ASHEFON & AZUH ARINZE|