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My night at the Royal Albert Hall

Kenneth Hilton
Kenneth enjoyed more than four hours of music and fashion.
Kenneth Hilton, from London, attended the Africa Rising Festival concert at the Royal Albert Hall with his partner and friends.

The concert featured artists Seal, Christina Aguilera and a selection of African bands like Nigerian performer Olu Maintain.

The event in London was the finale of a number of events which have taken place all over the world to raise awareness of African issues.

Here he gives BBC news his verdict on the evening's entertainment.


It was a brilliant mix of western and African music and fashion and the whole atmosphere was just one big party.

I went with my partner and friends of ours who had travelled down from Bradford for the occasion. We paid 125 for our seats in the stalls.

My partner is from Zimbabwe and I used to live and work there, so we have a special affinity with Africa.

The Golden Circle area of the hall had been transformed into a catwalk and organisers had installed large video screens all over the place.

Kenneth's Africa Rising ticket
Kenneth's concert ticket.

The audience was invited to join in - and responded with gusto.

Given that the event actually lasted almost four and a half hours, it seemed over in a flash.

We arrived at around 7pm, for a 7.30pm start, and it didn't finish until 11.45pm.

And Colin Powell certainly demonstrated that not only does he know how to enjoy himself, but he is a common man who has worked his way to the top.

He gives good sound advice about surviving in the 'real' world.

It was fantastic.

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