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What’s On – the hottest gigs and events in the UK this February

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11th: Mica Paris (London)

Renowned jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald will have her classics finely interpreted by UK soulstress Mica Paris on a five-day tour this February. With a career full of hit singles and two classics already released in tribute to Fitzgerald, Ms Paris’ vocal talents will make for a special Valentine’s evening for jazz lovers and anyone who appreciates the beauty of smooth vocals and live music. £16.50, dice.fm 

 

Until 14th: The Brothers Size (London)

From Tarell Alvin McCraney, the writer of last year’s Best Film Oscar-winning Moonlight, comes a dark and deeply moving play following two brothers who reunite after spells in prison. Starring Sope Dirisu and Jonathan Ajayi, the bonds of men are explored through Yoruba mythology and live music. A thrilling and emotional drama, first performed at the Young Vic in 2007, and now directed by Bijan Sheibani of Barber Shop Chronicles – pure brilliance! From £10, youngvic.org

 

15th: Looking for Love – documentary screening (London)

In need of a last minute Valentine’s activity? Why not join Kush Films for an entertaining and thought-provoking night celebrating #ValentinesLove, as they screen frank documentary Looking For Love, all about black love and relationships in the 21st century. With live poetry and a panel discussion to follow, it’s definitely an evening for the romance enthusiasts out there! £12, https://kfb-blacklovevalentinesfilmscreening.eventbrite.com

 

17th: Duckie Family Legacy (London)

Queer people of colour are celebrated through a night of entertainment at London’s Rich Mix; from post-burlesque artist Demi Noire, to hula-hoop expert Symoné, live art and more. With DJs playing the best of Dancehall, R&B and Afrobeats, Duckie Family welcome anyone who wants to enjoy a social, culturally engaging, fun and quirky night. From £4; richmix.org.uk

 

20th: Kendrick Lamar (London & UK tour)

Seven-time Grammy-winning hip-hop veteran is bringing his DAMN album on a European tour. The ‘Humble’ rapper, who is also producing the soundtrack for Black Panther, has added an extra London date in-between his visits to Germany due to popular demand – so don’t miss out on your last chance to see what he has in store for you.

Limited tickets from £50; tickets.axs.com

 

24th: Cottons Winter Beach Party (Vauxhall, London)

If you’re in need of a touch of Winter sun, but don’t quite have the ability to jet off to Jamaica right now, perhaps this fab event is your answer. Hosted at the newest branch of Caribbean restaurant Cottons, this soiree is a food bonanza, complete with dancehall DJs and optional unlimited rum punch a-flowing. There are even flower garlands for those with the most impressive outfits – what better way to inject a bit of sunshine into these chilly days? From £20, bit.ly/Winterbeachparty

 

27th: Lecrae (London)

American star Lecrae makes his long-awaited way to the UK for his tour, with hits such as ‘Blessings’ and ‘I’ll Find You’. This is his only London performance before he jets back to the States, and then to Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda.

Tickets: www.lecrae.com

28th: Daliso Chaponda: What The African Said (UK tour)

Malawian born ‘edgy’ comedian Daliso Chaponda has added an extra date to his stand up tour ‘What The African Said’. Using laughter to cope with seeing horrible events, he talks recent news, old news, fake news and almost news! With nine million YouTube views, a ‘Radio 4’ series and earning the third-place spot in last year’s series of Britain’s Got Talent, you’re almost certain to receive laugh after laugh. £15, livenation.co.uk

3rd March: A Taste of the Congo with Mick Élysée (London)

The exotic flavours of the Congo are coming to London in a special 4-course gourmet dining event hosted by international TV chef, Mick Élysée. For one night only, diners will have the opportunity to experience Mick Élysée’s signature Afro-fusion cuisine at Hoxton’s Open Kitchen Bar and Restaurant. Organised in conjunction with the Wonder Foundation charity, this Congolese dining experience is not one to be missed. £40, www.mickelysee.com 

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Nicole is Pride's Entertainment and Features Editor; favourite topics include Beyoncé, where to get dinner, and musical theatre.

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