Taurus month of birthday celebrations! Helena, a friend since college, and I make it a tradition to do something special for our birthdays. This year was no different. We planned two jam packed weekends to remember! On the May bank holiday weekend, Helena booked a table for us to eat at a lovely Spanish Tapas restaurant. We ate some unusual little tasters but my favourite was sticky BBQ lollipop chicken, which was finger licking good! We ended up catching Saturday night ‘Coco Tang’ fever in an Oriental underground club. Singing various songs including All Night Long. We lounged on the comfy sofa beds looking up at the twinkling star lights. It was a glorious night!
The next day, who knew I’d be singing along to old school tunes with Shola Ama and casually stroking Bobby Valentino’s jeans. I went to Kemet FM’s 10th birthday anniversary party at the Marcus Garvey Ballroom centre. It was lovely to see the Kemet FM crew again! The line up included American star Bobby Valentino, Shola Ama, Kele Le Roc and Gracious K with Kemet FM DJs. I got front row, right in the heart of the stage standing view. Oh from this sight I could see the sweat and smell the cologne in the air. Bobby Valentino was shorter than I imagined and very buff looking. He got the crowd cheering and hyped for his set. He sang classic hits like Anonymous, Mr Officer & Slow Down! Towards the end of his performance he invited a handful of local female singers on stage to do their thing while he sang. He used his camera phone to take a quick video of him and fans in audience to post onto Instagram #bobbyvshow.
Two weekends later in London, Helena and I had morning tea in a coffee shop and had a good natter. We were hyped for the next 48hours. A train ride away, we visited Primose Hill and yes we made our way to the top to see a spectacular landscape view. After some fun in the park (Videoing Hel singing) and Oxford Street shopping, we headed back to the hotel to get spruced up. Hel, a make up artist doesn’t do things in halves, she goes the mile stone. She booked a table for us to wine and dine at Lloyds.
We galloped our way through Trafalgar square to the underground. Dinner and theatre?! Oh yes – The Lion King is a childhood favourite of mine and I’d been meaning to see the performance live in theatre. The show was spectacular and one to truly remember. The little boy playing Simba was so cute. I would have gone back stage, given him a huge and tell him how excellent his performance was if I got the chance. The night ended in the Soho end exploring the nightlife.
The end to a blissful weekend was spending at a Turkish bath beauty parlour near Edgware Road. We booked a Travel Zoo deal to have a steam, Turkish bath with scrub and massage. It did the trick of revitalising and energising the body. Just what the doctor ordered! Thanks for reading.