READY TO GO: Jas and Delilah
THE STRIKING singer Delilah invited me to see her perform at West London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, her show line-up included acoustic vocalist Josh Kumra and the ever elusive Wiley.
First onstage was Josh Kumra who is an act that reminds me of Ed Sheeran, his celebrity mate Mr Hudson came on with him to perform too.
Josh is very good vocally and on guitar but maybe a bit shy, as we didn’t see much personality onstage. He could blow up with one big hit so he’s definitely an artist to watch out for.
Wiley actually turned up; he’s getting good at this now. He bounced around onstage and did all his hits. He was rocking some very casual jeans and zip up jacket outfit and true to form he had the crowd very hyped. I sometimes think he doesn’t look 100% comfortable in public; he needs to enjoy being onstage more as the crowd genuinely loves him.
I was surprised by the anticlimactic end to his set, he didn’t acknowledge or formally end his performance with a thank you or anything, nevertheless the crowd adored him.
Especially since his track Heatwave had recently been number one. We love you Wiley -now love us back!
Then it was time for the main lady - Delilah. I was initially confused when I had heard others refer to her in person as Paloma, but after questioning this I was informed that Paolma Faith had come out just before Delilah and so she was forced to take another stage name - how irritating must that be! Her real name is Paloma Ayana Stoecker, but a few years down and Delilah is here, it suits her and is inspired by her great grandma.
In the crowd which was very diverse and mixed in age and race, were bloggers and the occasional star like Wretch 32. Delilah did her thing for a whole hour and even bought her sister Tabitha out onstage! She shared the mic love though and also picked members of the audience out to sing onstage with her.
At the end of the show when most of the crowd assumed the night was over, the singer surprised them by turning up in the middle of the crowd with only a lone strong spotlight on the centre of the auditorium, to sing her final number amongst her clearly very excited fans. Right at the end of the song a shower of multi coloured glitter fell from the rooftop and covered her to everyone’s camera delight! This lady’s one to watch!
JAS JOINS THE BIG DEBATE
TIME FOR SOME REAL TALK: (L-R, T-B) Jackie Michaels, Angie Le Mar, Jacqui Joseph and Jasmine with Bonnie Greer
TWITTER and Facebook was a buzz with the new television talk show; Ladies Talk, it’s now three shows in and you love it! On the panel are lead host ladies Angie Le Mar and Jacqui Joseph, joined by resident panelists Bonnie Greer, Jackie Michaels and myself.
The first show saw us discuss sisterhood, Rihanna as a role model, Jimmy Savile, ambitious women and the top 10 excuses women make not to have sex! As if that wasn’t enough fun with the heated back and forth debates, we were joined by actress Ellen Thomas who has had many television and film roles, but is perhaps best known for her recurring role in the Channel 4’s comedy, Teachers.
Ellen looked ravishing and was an inspiring first guest on the show. She revealed that she’s currently starring opposite Pierce Brosnan as his sexy secretary in the new urban comedy film It’s Alot.
Ladies Talk discusses issues that affect us all, women and men of every age and culture and to the current diverse UK make up of society, it’s a lot more connected than Loose Women.
Its unapologetically saucy, serious, articulate and forward thinking. In the same way that the ITV show Loose Women makes no justification for not having a resident woman of colour on the panel, we just happen to be a panel of ethnic women. Watch us on SKY 218 on Friday at 12:15 weekly-we’d love your feedback!
Jasmine Dotiwala is a TV producer, director and broadcast journalist. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow her on Twitter: @jasminedotiwala