Saturday, June 11, 2011
J.Martins to perform at Drogba’s wedding
As you read this, highlife singer, J.Martins, is already in Nice, France, where he has been contracted to perform at the wedding of Chelsea FC star striker, Didier Drogba, and his wife, Lalla Diakite.
The wedding holds Sunday but the Good or Bad crooner left Nigeria Thursday morning. J.Martins is the only Nigerian artiste invited to perform at the wedding that will feature a constellation of football stars drawn from Drogba’s club side and national team, Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.
Meanwhile, we gathered that J.Martins was not invited on his own strength, but on the strength of his collaboration with Congolese music star, Fally Ipupa, on the song, Jupa Remix. In fact, it was Ipupa that was invited, the source says.
“Drogba really loves the song and he thought it was Fally Ipupa’s. So, when his management got across to Fally to perform at the wedding to sing specified songs, he told them that Jupa Remix was not his. And that for him to perform it at the wedding, his collaborator, the owner of the song, had to be there.”
When Drogba was briefed, he assented because he had seen J.Martins perform at an event in Lagos, the source further says.
Drogba is getting married to his long-time partner, Lalla, by whom he has three kids. Unlike other multimillionaire football stars, the Ivorian goal poacher, who was rated one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2010, is opting for a private wedding bereft of outlandish pomp and ceremony.