The two-city concert is being put together by Lagos-based events company R28 Events and it will see Bobby and his group performing at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos and the Polo Club, Port Harcourt, all in Nigeria, on March 9 and 11 respectively.
Bobby and New Edition and their 50-man crew arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos to a rapturous reception in Africa’s populous nation.
This is Bobby Brown, born Robert Barisford Brown, and the band’s first ever performance in Africa and it will see them perform alongside renowned Nigerian artistes, 2face Idibia, Mode 9, Duncan Mighty, Banky W and eLDee.
Bobby was the husband of late music diva Whitney Houston who died on February 11. The group have said they will be dedicating the concert, New Edition Live in Concert, to the late singer.
New Edition, made up of Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins, and Ricky Bell, was formed in Boston, USA in 1978. They reached their height of popularity in the 1980s.
Bobby Brown left the group in 1985 to embark on a solo career. That did not really affect the fortunes of group that continued with four members. The four eventually recruited singer Johnny Gill to record Heart Break in 1988.
The group went on hiatus in 1990 but reunited in 1996-1997 to record Home Again. The group’s last studio release, One Love, was in 2004.
New Edition on May 3, 2011 announced that all original six members were reuniting to kick off their 30th anniversary celebration tour.
Some of their hits included Candy Girl released in 1983, Mr. Telephone Man and 1984’s Cool It Now.
– Via Myjoyonline