#10 – Jorja Smith ★★★★☆

Good afternoon & welcome back to Eventlife!
I hope you’re well and you’re making the most of this sunny-with-a-chance-of-downpours-every-hour weather – it’s the most beautiful of a summers day and next thing you know, you’re amidst a torrential downpour. Wonderful! ☺

I was lucky enough to go and see Jorja Smith live with my sister at Electric Brixton the other night – the 20th of July 2017 to be exact.

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(Photo credit: thefourohfive)

For those of you who don’t know much about Jorja, she is an up & coming new artist to watch. She has made it onto the longlist for BBC Music Sound of 2017, and FactMag also listed her as one of the 10 pop and R&B artists to watch in 2017. She has released music with the likes of Maverick Sabre and Drake and even toured with him as his opening act. She will be opening for Bruno Mars this coming September around a number of US arenas. She’s been compared to artists like Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill, 2 huge names. Her latest release ‘Teenage Fantasy’ made it to the Radio 1 breakfast show at the beginning of the week as Nick Grimshaw’s tune of the week.

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(Photo credit: @amaloumusic)

It all kicked off at 7:15pm with the opening act, Ama Lou (pictured above), an 18 year old minimalist pop singer. I’d never heard of her before and I’m pleased to say that her performance pleasantly surprised me. Ama performed a number of songs including a new release. She was a shy, innocent character who created an enjoyable atmosphere for the crowd as they slowly piled up for the headliner of the evening…

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…who arrived on stage at around 9:15pm. She brought with her a level of intimacy & purity. Her character is very lovable and innocent and her voice incredible; absolutely flawless. She had managed to captivate the audience from the moment her band (@FemiOnDrums, @AmaneSuganami, @BenjaminTotten & Mutale) began with the opener ‘Something In The Way‘. She made her way through some tracks from ‘Project 11‘ mixed with some unreleased numbers. The crowd sung along with Maverick Sabre, who joined Jorja on stage for ‘Carry Me Home’ and Thea Gajic assisted with the opening interlude to the track. The visuals mingled so well with the clarity of her voice, as they showed innocence within each other. The whole set gelled together seamlessly.

If you don’t already know who she is, I would h i g h l y recommend you listen to her music. She’s got a song to fit your every mood. My personal favourite has to be ‘Beautiful Little Fools’ so there’s a starting point. I can see that Jorja is at the beginning of – what I can only hope will be – a glorious & incredible career.

Have you been lucky enough to see her live? If not, have you had the opportunity to see any other bands or artists live? Who would you recommend I go & see? I’m open to all suggestions!

Here’s a little clip of Jorja if you fancy a quick minute preview.

It has been a pleasure reviewing Miss Smith for you and I look forward to writing plenty more posts for you.

Till next time ☺

 

#9 – The Jewish Wedding

There are many aspects to a Jewish wedding. The ceremonies tend to vary, but the most common factors are:

  • The ketubah which is a marriage contract that is signed by two witnesses
  • chuppah which is a wedding canopy that the bride & groom stand in during the ceremony

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  • The tisch is “a gathering of Hasidim around their Rebbe.” (courtesy of Wikipedia)

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The placement of the Chuppah for this particular event was up in the air for a long time as it all depended on how the weather turned out. We had to keep an eye on the weather prior to the date & luckily, we were able to hold it outside. The sun even came out and made an appearance!

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The bride & groom stood inside the Chuppah & this is where they got married.

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After the outdoor ceremony, guests made their way inside for the drinks reception.

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Once guests were sufficiently watered & fed (with canapes), they were allowed into the main hall for the rest of the evening.

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There was a partition placed in this section of the hall for the more important guests.

When it comes to Jewish events, there are – more often than not – external decorators and caterers brought in to make the event what it is. There are always LOTS of staff around to set the venue up. To put this into perspective, when we would put on our own event for 300 guests, we’d have around 15 waiters for the whole evening. However, during this particular event, there were approximately 20 staff minimum just to serve the food. A Jewish client knows EXACTLY what they want – there is no room for error. The caterers are 100% Kosher which means, when they come in, they cover every surface of the kitchen to make sure it is okay to use. During the food preparation, there tends to be a Rabbi in the kitchen from the initial food preparation to the moment the food is placed on the table. The Rabbi makes sure that everything is done correctly, following their own laws & traditions. They will also bring in their own cutlery and crockery as they have to use Kosher equipment.

A Jewish wedding, from my perspective, was one of the easiest types of events to hold as all I had to do was make sure that the venue wasn’t damaged. As long as there is security, someone to liaise with throughout the day & a rough time sheet that lets us know exactly what is happening, the event should go off with no worries.

If you’d like to know any more information about a Jewish wedding, please leave a comment & I’ll get back to you.

SIDE NOTE:

I’d like to apologise about the lack of posts. But I’m back. And I’m so excited for the future content I have planned.

Till next time ☺