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Watch Davido & Bombino Perform at Idris Elba's Wedding in Morocco

Elba personally requested performances from the Nigerian star and Tuareg desert rock guitarist.

Idris Elba tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Sabrina Dhowre, over the weekend in Marrakesh.

The couple exchanged vows on April 26 at the Ksar Char Bagh hotel. The celebrations were held over several days, as Vogue reports: "The celebrations have been spread out over three days. Friends and family attended a "colours of the Souk" themed dinner the night before the wedding at the Amanjena. On April 27, they... attend[ed] an all-white party at the Mandarin Oriental, which will emulate the atmosphere of a festival."

Other details have been coming out from the wedding, like the fact Sabrina Dhowre wore dresses by Vera Wang, while Elba wore a suit by British-Ghanaian designer Ozwald Boateng, and that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sent over a piece of art as a gift to the newlyweds.

One detail that hasn't quite made the rounds is about the music—and the fact that Elba & Dhowre's wedding featured performances from none-other-than Nigerian star Davido and Tuareg desert rock guitarist Bombino.


Bombino's manager Eric Herman revealed to OkayAfrica that prior to the wedding, the organizers never tipped them off as to who they couple were. All they knew is that they would be playing for a wealthy couple who they presumed was from the UK because the wedding planning company was London-based.

It wasn't until Bombino and his band started playing that they discovered that it was Idris Elba's wedding and that the actor had personally requested the Niger-born musician to play it.

Video is also making the rounds of Nigerian star Davido who reportedly was also requested by Elba to perform as a special surprise to his wife who loves his songs.

Efe Ogbeni of the music management firm Stealth Management captured clips of Davido performing and also mentioned how it went down on his social media accounts: "Idris Elba "Efe l want kid bro Davido to come surprise my wife, this CANNOT leak, and we can't have anyone know" my goodness... had to do major operation. Missing luggages, wrong suits, 16 hour flights, pj... OBO did his thing, and boy was Sabrina Dhowore surprised."

Watch videos from the performances below, which features Davido dancing alongside Christian Louboutin.





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