I knew it was time for a master plan!!! I had to see Drake and the rest of the crew.
The next day I called my other cousin Agazi, whom I haven't seen since we were babies (see pic below).
We were having a lil chat and then I mentioned that I was planning to go to the OVO Fest with no ticket. Surprisingly he said that he knows the Promoter of the VIP Party and that he could put me and my friends onto the list. WooooHooooo!
I felt great!! And I was almost sure that I would find a way to get inside the concert.
Do you know that feeling? I mean, I made it to Toronto - I met my super cousins and friends - the weather was sweet - I was just feeling so many positive vibes.
I was convinced that I would be able to get in and so were my cousins, which kinda helped.
Step 1: I went to the Artiste' Entrance and said "Hi" and went through ....Well the Security Man asked me who I was,....etc ...Anyways, ... they didn't let me in as I had no Artiste' Ticket with me, ...daaaah
Step 2: ....U don't wanna know ..lol
Step 3: ...
Step 4: ....There were a couple other attempts but trust me, you don't wanna know.
Besides, I gotta have some secrets - Otherwise you will copy me ;-)
Anyways, while my cousin and his friend were enjoying 2Chainz andthe Weeknd, I was still outside the theatre hall trying to find a way to get in.
There were no more tickets and no more people and I was all alone.
All of a sudden - I had this feeling - something told me to go through the main entrance and to try it that way.
I went in - ........
...........then through security -.......
..................................... and then I saw this nice handsome young man.
He smiles and asks me for my ticket.
I smiled - no I laughed : Ha Ha Ha, (While I was thinking of what to answer)
I started looking for my ticket (as if i had one) ...then I put my large handbag onto the floor and I started taking everything out. The police officers who were standing on the side - smiled at me. I smiled back.
3-4 minutes later, I looked at the guy and said that I couldn't find it. I looked to my right and the police officers were gone - The guy then looked at me and said
"Hunny, just go through and enjoy the concert"!!
I was so happy --soooooo happy!!!
I saw Drake, the Weeknd, Rick Ross, Nicky Minaj, French Monatana, Snoop Lion, Waka Flocka,....etc ....FOR FREE!!!!
Everybody was there - it was sooo good. I never expected all those Artists to be there.
Afterwards we went to the Aftershow party. It was too good and I made some contacts too.
So what have I learned??? Hmmm
YOLO!!!!! You only live once - so do everything you wanna do (well not everything ;-)... ) But what I mean is, if you have a chance to do something crazy, then do it. I mean what have you got to lose?
I feel that my life has become far more fun, as I am not scared to take risks.
Make sure you read "Lidiaana in Toronto - Part 3" ....coming soom
Yeah, sometimes I am lucky.
Not only did I get 2 free Tickets for J Dilla's Rebirth Launch Party , no I also got 2 free Tickets for Gotye's Concert at the Apollo.
I couldn't believe it myself.
I took my friend with me, but we both didn't expect too much. We got there nice and early - and then the shock! It was half empty or half full lol. Nevermind - that just put me really off and all of a sudden I felt tired. I went to a member of staff and asked them if I could sit upstairs. They were very friendly and agreed to that.
That's when I felt double special ;-)
Free Ticket + Seat = Happy Lidiaana
When Gotye came on stage, with his band, I was so confused. He ain't only a singer - He is everything and so passionate. He was a drummer, playing the sythesizer, MPC, singing,....he was doing it all.
...And his Band!!!! OMG !!! I have never seen a band that played this tight - seriously they were amazing.
Yeah, yeah, yeah ...I was in Toronto!
Omg - and it was absolutely amazing.
I am not sure where to start ..well...
...Till 2010 I was a really organised person and so NOT spontaneous. I would never do anything, unless it was properly planned. Well, that was the old me :-)
The NEW me ..is crazy and spontaneous..lol. To keep it short - I called up my cousin (Actor Samuel Mekonnen) to tell him that I am going to buy a ticket to visit him in Toronto. However, he couldn't answer the phone, as he was in St. Louis (USA) at that time - Well, I didn't really care ...so I called up an old friend, who lives in Toronto too and told him that I am definitely coming and that I need a place to crash.
He said yes ;-) - ....and I bought the ticket 4 days before the actual flight date...spontaneous , ...eh?
I knew that I needed to do some shopping (Women always find a reason to go shopping haha), so I got myself a couple of warm jackets, sweatshirts, boots,...you know - All that winter stuff, cause I assumed that Canada is really cold.
Well, it was hotter than Fuerteventura (That's where I was the week before). At the Airport I met my old good friend Aharon, whom I haven't seen for 10 years. The minute we got out of the Airport, I thought that I was going to die - as it was too hot!
I mean , it was really, really HOT!!
Why? Whyyyyy? Did I buy all that Winter stuff??? Why?
Dear Readers, this is to let you know, that Toronto is hot in the summer. Really Hot!
It was 42 degrees Celsius to be precise and very humid.
Please don't think that I went with no plan to Toronto - I knew that I was going to do 2 music videos, a couple of performances, to sell some of my eritrean CD Adey , networking with other Artists, meeting Family members, drive down to New York...etc I knew it would all happen at some point during my stay in Toronto, I just didn't know when and how.
An hour later, finally the Reunion. I met Sam, my cousin after 14 long years.
We laughed, cried, screamed - oh man, it was so good to see him. I had really missed him.
I had a jet leg, so I decided to go bed early, but before I went into my room - Sam told me with a very exciting voice that he was going to go to the OVO.
This is what happened ...
Lidiaana: Eh what? Sam: You know - October's very own?
Lidiaana: No, I don't know. Sam: Drake, the Weeknd , everyone is going to be there. It's a concert Lidi.
Lidiaana: Oh wow - How amazing! Drake? - like Marvin Room's Drake ahhhhh and The Weeknd -- Ufff man - I can't handle that. Wooohooo Lidiaana screams and is totally excited. She then asks Sam
Lidiaana: So, when are we going? Sam: Well, I only got a ticket for myself and Matthew (his cousin)
...and I was like ..
There is more to come ...
.... Lidiaana in Toronto - Part 2 ..is coming soon
Even though I am really busy with my thesis at the moment - I believe, that I deserve a break!
...therefore I decided to go to :
J DILLA's: REBIRTH OF DETROIT TOUR Feat: Guilty Simpson, Frank Nitt & Phat Kat
Celebrating June’s release of J-Dilla’s ‘Rebirth of Detroit’ executively produced by Dilla’s mother, Mrs. Maureen "MaDukes" Yancey, we have a line up of incredible Detroit talent hitting London for this one off show.
Thanks to my good friend Miss Sabina Beatz , I was able to go to this amazing Event at the Paddington Arts Centre. At first I wasn't too sure, what kind of Event it was - I only knew that it had something to do with the Black History Month.
However once I got there I was so happy that I did go.
We watched a documentary about the Black Power Movement, which was absolutely fascinating.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
A film by Göran Hugo Olsson ABOUT THE FILM
The Black Power Mixtape examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the black community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975. The film combines music, startling 16mm footage (lying undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for 30 years), and contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars.
Including audio commentary by: Erykah Badu Harry Belafonte Kathleen Cleaver Angela Davis John Forté Robin Kelley Talib Kweli Abiodun Oyewole Melvin Van Peebles Sonia Sanchez Bobby Seale Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
I'm totally recommending this documentary and if you are interested in buying a copy - then click here