On 29 October, Jeffrey Daniel led one of Soul’s biggest groups of all time Shalamar in a reunion concert to a large audience of fans at the O2 arena in London. Joining him were original member Howard Hewett and new member Carolyn Griffey who is also the daughter of Shalamar’s creator Richard Griffey. “We had a wonderful time,” says Jeffrey Daniel, “I enjoy doing my thing on stage and it is always an honour to perform as part of Shalamar.”
At 17, Daniel, the smooth talking Nigerian Idol judge, was already lighting up the dance floor with his brilliant moves on American TV’s Soul Train. He soon joined dance partner Jody Watley and Howard Hewett to form the hugely popular Soul group Shalamar. Shalamar went on to sell 25 million copies worldwide releasing popular hits such as, ‘Night to Remember, I Can Make You Feel Good, There It Is, Take it to The Bank, Make That Move, Friends, For the Lover In You, Uptown Festival and others. Jeffrey Daniel left the group to pursue a solo career as one of the highest profile choreographers and dancers in the business and also as a creative consultant, singer, writer and producer.
Adding a distinct Nigerian flavour to the show, Timi Dakolo first winner of West African Idols gave the expectant audience an appetizer. Yeka Onka who is the first ever Nigerian Idol, also performed at the prestigious event – wowing the audience with her new single ‘Follow You’. “It was an amazing experience I cannot forget,” she says. “Having to perform to a predominantly foreign crowd who do not know you can be very challenging, I was very humbled that they warmed up to me and my music.”