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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Weekend WOW Factor: Pt 2. Women In Music. Simi - One Kain & Seyi Shay - Bia

As a further tribute to Ms Ebony, please enjoy these two fine artists.
Both unique in sound and style.
My girls have dominated the sound waves this weekend

Well... that's just how we roll



Wonderful fusion with Cuban influences
Back to the root.
Africa baby!



Simi Simi Simi, I've had this on reply for so long, so it's a joy to have the accompanying visuals.
Quality music from a quality artist.
beautiful!

Weekend WOW Factor: Ebony Reigns

Ghanaian music suffered a huge loss just days ago, with the unfortunate death of Ebony Reigns, popular Ghanian Reggae/Dancehall Singer.
Condolences go out to her family and friends



A shocking and fatal car crash which cost the lives of three young people, and left many in shock and disbelief.


So today in part 2, in honour of Ebony I wanted to feature some of our finest( and possibly lesser known across the water) female singers.
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Female artists have a lot to navigate undoubtedly, as in life, more than men, yet despite that, they continue to shine, add colour, sassiness, sexiness strength, vulnerability, and balance

Ebony was known as a Reggae dancehall singer. Her raunchy stage antics provoking some criticism, but anyone who know dancehall.. Jamaican reggae dancehall, will know that it's all part of the game.

The impact it has had on Jamican society however, is for another post

But Ebony (like many female artists) had depth. Many use the twerking etc as a route in, as Its popular, attracts attention and can provide a decent income. It's pop culture.

Reggae Dancehall is becoming increasingly popular across Africa, bridging the gap between the continent, and the Caribbean; bringing people together who were cruelly separated, and trained systematically to despise each other.

I liked that she had dreads. Nice to see an African woman rocking her natural hair on the continent. Break the mould a bit.
We've had enough of the 'Kardashian effect'




The American influence on Africa has been great
but the continent is fighting back, and it's artists like Ebony, who are at the forefront of this cultural revolution

So alas, her time was short..
but rest in peace Ebony
Long may you reign.



Saturday, 10 February 2018

Di'Ja Ft. Tiwa Savage - The Way You Are

My girls



The Traveller

So Ti is off for a few months. Currently in Dubai, then heading further. I already miss him. Watching him and his girlfriend board the taxi in the early hours, I felt it. Happy and excited for them both , but a tinge of sadness also.
Ti's my son yes, but he's also my confidant
my resilient son, who always has the best advice
As I lay in bed contemplating how far he's come, and the wonderful young man he is,
all I can say is, he's a joy, and I'm proud of them all

Safe travels to you both, missing you both already x

me last night contemplating the months ahead without my boy..

Signs & Wonders ft Music from Fally, ft R Kelly, & Falz ft Wanda Coal

Now aint that something:-)
Nice shoes!

Is it just me or did you also hear the sound of other feet shuffling feet and a door closing?
God bless that cameraman..

Enjoy



On the soundtrack is a long awaited appearance from one of Congos most precious musical diamonds; Fally, and this time he is featuring R Kelly
They sound good together



Falz ft Wande Coal

Music to drive to, dance to, chill to

Great track



x

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Weekend WOW Factor: Why We Love African Politics

Much anticipated Elections in Sierra Leone are due to take place within a matter of weeks
and it's the talk of the country
Who will be the next President of Sierra Leone?

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Sierra Leone has a $224 million 5-year programme with the IMF and despite the current suspension of funding due to unmet goals, many are yet to see exactly how or where the funds benefit the people or country.
But hey...money is fluid in Sierra Leone

The Red Cross has been citied to have pilfered $6bn from the Ebola Funds, and there remains over $15m unaccounted for within the Government itself.

Reports are that many of the Ebola Health workers were not paid, and despite Ebola survivors being told they would receive compensation, they are yet to receive it.

7000 people were displaced as a result of last years deadly mudslide, and the governments promise to rehouse them all is yet to be realised.

The mudslide itself is believed to have been a result of illegal logging and excessive deforestation, yet it continues.

Kroo Bay , one of Sierra Leone's most populated slum, and other slums across the country, continues to suffer from a lack of sanitation...and poverty, all under the watch of the APC, the party in power.

It's not uncommon the hear Sierra Leonians complain of the governments corrupt practices, and lack of investment in the country, yet... with an election only weeks away, at a recent APC election rally, this happened...








Yes...
Thousands of people came out in force.. to support them

Why?
An election rally is not a carnival where we dress up walk the streets and play mass, but yet.. that's almost exactly what occurred.

Can anyone explain that?


All hail the Cowfoot Prince

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Not to be outdone opposition leader in Kenya, Raila Odinga
Despite first losing the 1st presidential elections in Kenya, insisting on a re-election and getting it, (something that has never happened across the entire continent of Africa) then refusing to take part in said election...
Last week, Swore himself in.....as President

Supported... by thousands of followers

You simply can't make it up
Truth really is the best fiction :)

Raila Odinga, the Peoples President
Uhuru Kenyatta, the rest of the Peoples President