Monday, February 10, 2014

Fresh Vibes Monday: Aramide (Nigeria)

Aramide, is an independent Nigerian Afro-Soul/Jazz artist. Aramide discovered her talents for singing and writing as a teenager and decided to nurture them. After secondary school, she learned to play the saxophone and guitar, which became instruments that she is most passionate about. (Friday Demola - Fresh Vibes Monday) To Read More Click Link: Fresh Vibes Monday

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Random Thoughts: On Feminism And Beyonce's Beyonce Onslaught.

Random Thoughts: On Feminism And Beyonce's Beyonce Onslaught.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Fresh Vibes Monday

Eniola Badmus, musically known as Niyola (pronounced nee yo lah) is a Nigerian musician who sings within the genre of Pop, R & B and Soul . She is also known as Banky W's first lady, because she is the only female signed under the EME label. This Monday, we introduce you to her newest music video called , 'Toh Bad'.




Fresh Vibes Monday

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fresh Vibes Monday: Cynthia Mare (Zuva Rimwe) - Zimbabwe

Today, we find ourselves in Zimbabwe for our Fresh Vibes Monday.  We will be watching Cynthia Mare's most recent video in which she sings about her late mother.  This song is one of remembrance and appreciation.  It is one in which we are reminded to appreciate those that we have in lives before it is too late.  This is a sober song. Beyond Ms. Mare's soulful voice, we find ourselves captivated by the simplicity of the video and the message ingrained within the music.  This song is called Zuva Rimwe. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fresh Vibes Monday: Mr. O featuring Tim Godfrey and Jedi

Today's Fresh Vibes is called, 'Bless me' and it features Tim Godfrey and Jedi. This is a song that will get you dancing this Monday morning. What happens when Coupe Decale And Gospel meet Afrobeats?

Fresh Vibes Monday

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fresh Vibes Monday: Toni Braxton And Babyface (USA)


Today's Fresh Vibes Monday features a duet from Americans Toni Braxton and Babyface on the song, 'Hurt You'. This song is off their upcoming duet album titled Love, Marriage & Divorce. The song on its own is a beautiful song about love and some of love's shortcomings which includes the urge to hurt when one has been hurt. It is a song about eventual reconciliation. For those who are having second thoughts or who might eventually want to go back to their loved one this song is for you. Now, for those like myself who grew up on music from Toni Braxton and Baby face and are super excited to see them singing together again, then we know we will definitely be getting this CD.




Fresh Vibes Monday

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fresh Vibes Monday: J Martins and DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast and Nigeria)

Have you heard  the song,”Touching Body” By J Martins and DJ Arafat? This song offers a fusion of Coupe Decale and Highlife beats and gets you dancing and grooving this Monday morning. Imagine, my excitement when I found out that this song also has a video on youtube. The video is a very simple one featuring a well groomed DJ Arafat and J Martins dancing with a couple of girls.
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Monday, September 30, 2013

Fresh Vibes Monday: Omawumi - Warn Yourself (Nigeria)

We will be visiting Omawumi's Lasso Of Truth this Monday. Yes, we did an introduction a couple of months ago on the CD when it was so fresh, so clean (hope, I'm not dating myself with this statement) but today's bumping vibe will be on the video that was released a couple of weeks ago. This song is one of my favorites  from the 'lasso of truth' CD and it is called 'Warn Yourself'. It features a dancing Omawumi and her back up dancers doing 'shakara' (flirting by not seeming interested) with a guy who at the end of the day gets her. There are many things that are lovable about this video but let me start off  by listing some of what people might detest:
a) Omawumi's dressing. Multicolored Leggings with a short shirt. Not feeling it.
b) No Wizkid.

What I loved about this video:
a) Omawumi's confidence that she is so sexy.

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Fresh Vibes Monday

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mind Your Mindset




Now before your head explodes from this metaphysical concept, let me reiterate, you define success. You can’t just have dreams and visions and good thoughts that fly out into the ether and make the world a better place. You need a definable plan of action. As a writer, I never felt the confidence to write until the day, I started introducing myself as one. Then, with the pressure on, I had to write something. The blank Word document laughed at me for weeks before I started writing something and then anything. It didn’t matter if it didn’t make sense. I was done letting decades of uncertainty and doubt stand in the face of my destiny. And amazingly, I made up a story and characters I cared about. And the best part, I did it again and again, till it became second nature. I discovered that concretizing my thoughts, plans and dreams made them even more relevant to me. Creating something is unbelievable and amazing and sometimes scary. But we human beings are good at it. Unless you are dead, every day, you create something. You have ideas and thoughts that alter your very physical form. And you are powerful when you mediate and reinforce them every chance you get.


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Mind Your Mindset

Friday, September 20, 2013

Masquerades In Igbo Land - Mmawu

Masquerades In Igbo Land - Mmawu

The Review: Lee's Daniel – The Butler: A Tale Of Invisibility

Forest Whitaker - Cecil Gaines
David Banner – Earl Gaines
Michael Rainey Jr. - Cecil Gaines
Mariah Carey - Hattie Pearl
Aml Ameen - Cecil Gaines
Clarence Williams – Maynard
Oprah Winfrey - Gloria Gaines
Isaac White – Charlie Gaines
David Oyelowo – Louis Gaines
Terence Howard – Howard
Tyson Ford – Elroy
Cuba Gooding Jr - Carter Wilson.
Director : Lee Daniels

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.- IMDB
'The Butler' explores the role of the African American experience during different times of American history. The movie starts off by showing us a young Cecil Gaines who goes through a racial traumatic experience and how this experience shapes his story and how he views race relations. Cecil is able to get out of that environment and move to the city where he becomes a butler and a very good one who gets to work in the white house under several United States Presidents. But, while Cecil is working in the white house, the tide is changing outside in terms of racial relations and his family is getting caught up in the crossfire. Cecil will eventually have to choose a side.
When we talk about the civil rights movement in American History we often get caught up in the story of those that visibly fought for rights.   But, what about those that quietly fought within the system. Those that created change without creating waves but  changed mindsets individually. 'The Butler' celebrates those individuals.
the butler2Beyond celebrating the quiet activist, 'The Butler' also tells the story of the blue collar worker who in many cases has so many negative stereotypes ascribed to him or her. 'The Butler', gives dignity back to the blue collar worker by implicitly stating that their role in society is extremely important. They are part of the chugging wheels of the economy. There is dignity in labor.
This movie also juxtaposes two different forms of activism and its consequences. Cecil's son Louise was one who had seen the effect of race on his life though he grew up in a black neighborhood in which his family was obviously middle class. He was able to understand that the indignities that he saw daily wasn't acceptable because he was someone from the new school. He had not been indoctrinated to understand that as an African American of that time period, he should be grateful that his father had a job in the white house even if he cleans boots all day. He had not grown up on the farms to see the brutal indignities that African Americans at that time had to accept. He knew what he aspired to achieve and he knew that he could only achieve it by being someone who was vocal about his discontent.
His father on the other hand, had grown up seeing brutalities based on race and as such he learnt that his coping mechanism should be one that includes a lot of yeses. His place was never to ask the why questions or dream of aspiring for more. Now, with father and son looking at race relations through different points of views,  home life was a battle zone since they both believed that their way was best. 


The Review: House Of Gold

The Review: House Of Gold

Sister Sister With Rachel Zadok

Sister Sister With Rachel Zadok

Sister Sister With Rachel Zadok

Sister Sister With Rachel Zadok

A Male's Perspective: Should I Move Back To Africa?

A Male's Perspective: Should I Move Back To Africa?