Photos and Haikus IV

Hi Friends,

It’s been a minute on the Photos and Haikus Series. Here goes feature IV on photos from another London based Photographer Femi Anifalaje of  ShotByFemo whose portraits, street photography and structural captures are one of a kind. His Instagram is quite whimsical too and can be followed here .

This one was originally titled ‘The Imperfect Dance’ so I decided to feed off that.

The Imperfect Dance

Rhythm of love, no color

And the beat goes on

If Jesus was black

With a ‘fro so big as mine

Would he look like this?

The thoughts of a man

Known to him and him alone

Life’s Escalators

For more of ShotbyFemo ‘s Photography like his FB page here

Beautifully Dreaming.. Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

Photos, Music & A Birthday Wish

It’s my birthday, Yeah Yeah! It’s my birthday! January 27!! For those who wonder what my age is, I’ll help you out just by saying I am close to knocking on the 40’s door. I can hear you say “But you don’t look it” I I don’t ‘cos my mom doesn’t look it 🙂  Thanks mom for the genes.. lol and above all, thank God for his Grace, Mercy and Favor all through the years. Without Him, I won’t be where I am today.

So I decided that I was gonna do a promotional pictorial 7 day birthday countdown (on my social media platforms), a countdown also to the release of a new acoustic song  featuring Oriri  titled ‘This Smile‘ recorded at Sound Resort Studios, Atlanta. This SMilE ~ is a song about my famed smile that inspires others to smile because “it’s free therapy” 🙂 And in so doing, also announce a mini launch  of my NGO – Adopt A Guitar, Inc. that will be putting smiles on the faces of young talents.

 ‘Adopt A Guitar’ is partnering with ‘Playing For Change’ for a 2014 drive to donate acoustic guitars to talented underprivileged youth/students in African countries. The vision is “14 Guitars” 2014 Drive. Starting small with 14 Guitars for 14 deserving talents. The 2 selected schools are : Bizung School of Music & Dance in Tamale, Ghana & Ntonga Music School in Gugulethu, South Africa

And here is presenting, my very organic, simple, acoustic, unplugged music offering ‘This Smile’ (from my 2014 musical work in progress tagged #OrganicallySinging) Click here –> http://www.noisetrade.com/tosinger/this-smile to download and kindly leave a tip to support ‘Adopt A Guitar’ . It’s all about talent, heart, music, development, putting a smile on the face of another, by giving guitars to very talented youth who cannot afford it otherwise . I have partnered with ‘Playing For Change’ to give out 14 acoustic guitars this year. I call it the ’14 Guitars 2014 Drive‘ . Dreams can surely come true! This is my birthday wish. Thank you all in advance for your support.

And for those who didn’t catch  the 7 day countdown visuals, do see below. Here goes a big shout out to the very talented and artistic Photographer, Ms Lola Scott of Lola Scott Art, Atlanta

Lola Scott and Tosinger
Lola Scott and Tosinger

And… Thanks to Adebola Oyeku of Boundless Beauty, she does natural make up flawlessly.. highly recommended and the lovely dresses are from Studio D’Maxsi Designs of Maryland and Hair (Makeda Twists) by Xpressyourkinks.

Adebola MuA and Tosinger
Adebola MuA and Tosinger

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And last but not least, here’s thanking all my friends and my family esp my three men who are as solid as a rock in supporting all my creative endeavors. God bless you all.

Beautifully Dreaming… Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

WORD OF THE DAY – Have you heard this before?

Happy end of the week to you all.

I love words, poetry, art, beauty, fashion, music, culture, language, unique creativity so when my sister sent this word ‘‘KINTSUKUROI’  my way, I knew I had to research it some more and oh what beautiful discoveries I found.

Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold – Wiki

It literally means “to repair with gold.”; not to make broken things as good as new but even better than new, this reminds me of a spiritual truth:  God can still make something ‘goldenly’ beautiful out of our broken ‘human nature’ pieces. The Japanese art of Kintsukuroi or kintsugi, which also means “golden joinery,” is all about turning ugly breaks into beautiful fixes. How precious!

“My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9).

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Watch this.

Kintsukuroi and the beauty of being broken | Fanon Fanatic
Kintsukuroi and the beauty of being broken | Fanon Fanatic

All hope is not lost …

Beautifully Dreaming…Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

JOY IKE – ‘ALL OR NOTHING’ – Download Free, Today Only!

Hiya Good People,

I know the internet comes with the good, the bad and the ugly. I choose to embrace and amplify the good, the ugly can slip by, the bad I run away from. One good is the wonderful social (& for me especially) value adding, creative connections I make online, the ones that want to make you look forward to meeting them on-ground, in REAL life. Positive energy, beautiful spirit and light ( yes, you can tell these things on screen too). One of such good connections is a fellow creative (of Nigerian origin also) Joy Ike who I’d reviewed her music on We Plug Good Music. Love her folk-pop sound and endearing persona. We started following each other on social media and when my music video for ‘Ile’ came out, she also blogged about it here. How sweet.

Joy Ike
Joy Ike

Well today, marks the one year anniversary of her latest album ‘All or Nothing’  and to celebrate she is giving it all out today only. A gift from her to you. Enjoy. It’s worth it!

Download here – http://noisetrade.com/joyike/everything-you-have-single

and while you are it please vote for her, she has been nominated as the singer/vocalist of the year in the Philadelphia, Central PA, NY, NJ, DE, MD, and DC area for the 3rd annual Tri State Indie Music Awards! Click here to vote –  http://awards.tristateindie.com/vote-2/ Thank you!

Beautifully Dreaming.. Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

MLK DAY – A MUSIC PLAYLIST

Freedom, Service, Fairness, The Dream, Unity, The Civil Rights Movement ! Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! ‘A Day ON, Not a Day Off’ Let’s not forget what he stood for! “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” – MLK

As is my custom, here’s a personal diverse selection of  a seven song playlist to mark today and always, the journey towards the complete fulfillment of ‘MLK’s Dream’. What is YOUR dream?

Google Doodle Illustration by Christian Robinson

10 Songs Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Songs

and an archived freestyle from yours truly 🙂

Beautifully Dreaming… Positively Doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

The Art & Education of SHUGA!

Hi Friends,

Considering the element of impatience  associated with suspense, I don’t do too well with most TV Series/Soaps and don’t bother starting if I won’t finish it. However I found myself hooked to the MTV Shuga Naija TV series on YouTube after watching the first one and looking forward to episode after episode. The quality and the creative presentation is totally on point. Like a breathe of fresh air, I see a line up of vibrant actors that are well cast for their roles in a Nigerian TV production. They all fit their roles so perfectly like a round peg in a round hole  PLUS the acting is on point, and the message is as clear as water.  Great cast. The acting is so natural, real and believable with the use of everyday lingo/slangs and even some incorporation of Nigerian languages and dialects (with subtitles). Shuga is beautiful Art in film format (kudos to the team), and surely a powerful educational media tool.

MTV Base and MTV Staying Alive Foundation joined forces with the Nigerian government’s National Agency for the Control of AIDS and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to combat a lack of awareness and misinformation about HIV, sexual responsibility and teen pregnancy among Nigerian youth, using this Shuga TV Drama series. It debuted on TV on World AIDs Day, December 1, 2013.

Shuga, MTV’s award winning TV series and multimedia campaign, is part of a powerful 360-degree mass media campaign designed to raise awareness about sexual health, HIV prevention and teen pregnancy in Nigeria relayed with fun, exciting, educative, vibrant and exciting story lines.

Directed by Biyi Bandele and Written by Kemi Adesoye, Tunde Aladese, Omotunde Akiode, Ayoade Adeyanju, Victor Sanchez and
Biyi Bandele. Shuga features quite a number of stars including Maria Okanrende, Tiwa Savage, Okezie Morro, Chris Attoh, Ikubese Emmanuel Ifeanyi, Nick Mutuma, Dorcas Shola Fapson, Leonora Okine et al

Director Biyi Bandele
Director Biyi Bandele
Biyi Bandele and Kemi Adesoye
Biyi Bandele and Kemi Adesoye. All photos in this article are from MTV Shuga FB Page and Google

The week is ending, kick off your shoes, relax your feet, take a break and watch the episodes 1-7 below. Counting the seconds to Episode 8.

For more info on MTV Shuga, see http://www.shuga.tv

EPISODE 1

EPISODE 2

EPISODE 3

EPISODE 4

EPISODE 5

EPISODE 6

EPISODE 7

EPISODE 8 PROMO

Subscribe to MTV Shuga Naija’s Youtube Channel here to be updated. Season Finale is just 3 days away!

Update

And here is Episode 8 of Shuga Naija which rounds up Season 3 of MTV Shuga

Health is Wealth.

Beautifully Dreaming.. Positively Doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

GUINNESS AND THE SAPEURS – The Elegant Persons of The Congo

VIVA La CONGO! and The Sapeurs (The Society of Elegant Persons)!

The Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighbor the Republic of the Congo—are known for the Sapeurs of Brazzaville and Kinshasa  for their fashion consciousness and the clothes they wear. This write up is spotlighting these lovely African people, and is not an endorsement of the Guinness brand.  To each, be responsible 🙂 Guinness launched a new ad that features a group of Congolese men (Sapeurs) who are famous for their sharply colorful suits.  A wise media & advertising strategy, I must say.  Branding these days is all about the visuals and if you observe the waves, Africa, is already rising..

 “Here in the Congo everyone is a Sapeur.” “Sapology is in our blood.” “The president of our nation is our greatest Sapeur.” – Brazza Men

LA VIE EN SAPE | Christian Malala posing in front of his home in Bakongo. Photograph by Jackie Nickerson
LA VIE EN SAPE | Christian Malala posing in front of his home in Bakongo. Photograph by Jackie Nickerson

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The Guinness Ad shows members from the Sapeurs of the Congo getting changed into their tailored suits before gathering around a Guinness branded bar.

Sapeurs – A Short Documentary by GUINNESS (2014)

Viva La AFRICA!

Beautifully Dreaming… Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

SHINNING AFRICAN STARS at The Golden Globes

Wishing everyone a great start to a great week.

All over the news, social media timeline and newsfeed, is a beautiful vision of red and  a glowing pride of Africa at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. Kenyan Lupita Nyong’o the ‘12 Years A Slave’actress, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, looked so wonderfully glamorous Sunday night in a bold red gown by Ralph Lauren. Although these African talented stars may not have snagged the award, they sure got the ball rolling with the nominations. Fingers crossed, I read in a FB newsfeed “sometimes they skip people over at the Golden Globes to reward them at other distinguished awards. So we can just hope that this is what will happen”

lupita nyongo golden globes dress

lupita nyongo golden globes dress
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Our very own (but of course you know, the reference of “of Nigeria origin” is more applicable) “, Nigerian Chiwetel Ejiofor nominated for
Best Actor in a Drama – ‘Dancing On The Edge‘, already has
five Golden Globe Award nominations. Chiwetel is nominated against Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom‘s Idris Elba, Captain PhillipsTom Hanks, Dallas Buyers Club‘s Matthew McConaughey (who won) and All is Lost‘s Robert Redford.Chiwetel Ejiofor was also nominated for his role in ’12 Years A Slave’ .

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Chiwetel Ejiofor and his girlfriend Sari Mercer hit the red carpet together at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday

28-year-old Somali-born newcomer actor  Barkhad Abdi for his role in “Captain Phillips” He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. “Honestly, I’m in a state of shock,” he said of his unexpected acclaim. “I’ve been blessed, it’s a really great feeling, but wow.” he said in an interview with StarTribune. Wishing Barkhad more Hollywood recognition and success.

Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi, a supporting actor nominee for “Captain Phillips,” arrives at the 71st Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday. (John Shearer / Associated Press / January 12, 2014)

Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Mini Series for ‘Luther’ (which he won a Golden Globe for in 2010)  and Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ is the Ladies’ Man himself –  Idris Elba – (Sierra Leone/Ghana) who proudly strutted the runway with his pregnant girlfriend.

Sharp-suited: The British star looked dapper in his navy blue suit and white shirt

Red carpet: Idris and his pregnant girlfriend pose at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the annual ceremony
British actor Idris Elba and his pregnant girlfriend Naiyana Garth joined forces on the red carpet at LA’s Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.
Courtesy – Daily Mail

Worthy of mention and congratulations on their forthcoming baby ::

Pregnant Kerry Washington seen for the very first time with Nigerian  husband Nnamdi Asomugha [via Global Grind]

Wishing all these actors all the best, as they keep representing the African continent, reflecting her utmost and full potential in all ramifications, globally.

For the full winners’ list, click here

Beautifully Dreaming… Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

ARTCOMESFIRST – The ACF Revolving Collective

Top of the Day to you, Yes! You and You, my fellow creatives.

You may have seen them pop up on your screen before if you follow art and ‘creative eclecticisms’ like I do. Anyway, here’s presenting the prestigious looking and artistic  Men’s fashion collective – ‘Art Comes First’ (Avec Ces Freres)

I absolutely love their sharp looking brand and presentation. These ‘vintage yet contemporary, dandy style, creative tailors'( or as Shaka describes ‘digital visual designers’ ) are trendsetters in the Global Menswear Fashion arena. Listen to the founders, my Afro~bohemian brothers 🙂 Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh  speak in the videos  below. We always see their awesome creations in photos, so it’s nice to hear the brains behind ACF ‘speak’ about their Art of Fashion.

Shaka Maidoh is a British artist, known for his impeccable style. Together with Sam Lambert he founded the Art Comes First collective
Shaka Maidoh is a British artist, known for his impeccable style. Together with Sam Lambert he founded the Art Comes First collective
All images from Google
All images from Google

The DJ Technique applied to MensWear

There’s just too many visual goodness from Art Comes First , if you like what you see, I advise you follow them on their very vibrant instagram here

And here is their website http://www.artcomesfirst.com/

Beautifully Dreaming.. Positively Doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

JOIN THE ‘#IAM’ MOVEMENT

Hullo Friends..

You gotta stay motivated, keep the year moving with much needed positivity that is why I totally and instantly resonated with this new campaign started by Lagos based Wiz Design Artist James Abinibi tagged the #iAm campaign. There is surely power in fortifying the mind and professing daily affirmations, albeit via visual tools such as these lovely eye-catching #iAm graphics.

The #iAm icon carries within it the African Spirit. The motifs are a representation of our diverse culture and the different elements represent creativity in the authentic African culture.
The #iAm Campaign is aimed at promoting a self motivating attitude among African youths . The average young African is faced with daily challenges enough to criple every aspiration and hopes they have. Yet, we are strong willed and despite all the odds we face we are still ready to put in our best everytime we have an opportunity to. This kind of spirit is what the campaign aims to encourage; our environment does not define us, we can show the world who we really are through our lifestyle, culture and beliefs.
We believe, as Africans – whether male or female, we have the #iAm DNA in our system which enables us to achieve things beyond our presumed capabilities. We are able to create and achieve the moment we set our minds to it. Everyone of us should confidently proclaim this in any way we can; “I am Talent, Culture, Strength, Style, Hope, Love, Awesome… I am everything positive, I am everything I choose to be!”
The #iAm icon carries within it, the African Spirit. The motifs are a representation of our diverse culture and the different elements represent creativity in the authentic African culture.
“I define myself by my thoughts and words. I achieve because I put my mind to it, I am limitless! My Yesterday has nothing on my Tomorrow, I am the Future. Society doesn’t define me, Culture can never hold me back. I am whatever I put my mind to.”
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For more :: Join the movement and like the page here .
Beautifully Dreaming.. Positively Doing..
xoxo
Tosinger
P:S – Abinibi also does custom digital painting, click here for more info