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You’ve got to see this:::Flash Mob – Naija Style At The Lagos MMA2 Airport

Proudly African, Proudly Nigerian!

Have you heard the saying “Naija no dey carry last” as in …while there is no perfect country, Nigeria has its own great highlights and talents doing the country proud and they would not ‘be last’ doing it.  Let’s enjoy this choreography/dance flash mob (which is getting quite customary in pop culture these days) This will be the first flashmob at an airport terminal in Nigeria.  It consists of a mix of professional dancers, cleaning company staff and the Bi-Courtney Aviation Services employees. The CEO, CEO’s wife and COO of the airport also participate at the end.Great way to close the year and keep the traveling public happy. Try to ignore the background comments of the mobile videographer (which is comic relief in itself) 😀

Enjoy!

If you’ve never been to Nigeria, here is a view of the kind of food/snacks you’ll see on a road trip.

(These pics are courtesy of Dapo Taiwo from his recent trip from Lagos-Abuja, thanks for sharing)

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Suya – Meat and oh so spicy pepper
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More Suya
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Grilled Plantains and Fried Yams (Dodo at Dundun)

Are your taste buds activated? If you are based internationally, Do Visit Nigeria sometime.. All the entertainment celebrities have already seen the light, Mariah Carey, Wyclef Jean and J Moss just left 🙂

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

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‘Ile’ (Home) Music Video gets National Airplay

Hello Everyone,

How is the countdown to the end of 2013 looking like? Remember to always count your blessings and always believe. Never Give Up.  Little drops of water make a mighty ocean.  Realign your mind for even greater things in 2014. I was excited to wake up to a tweet from Pulse Records with the good news that my new music video ‘Ile’ (Home) will be airing on National US media outlets #WorldMusic. How sweet. Pulse Records is dedicated to redefining the modern record label by providing top-tier music opportunities to Independent & Unsigned artists. It’s time to It is time to be encouraged to make more real and fresh music with a real message #Inspiration

“How can they hear without proclamation”

Make music you LOVE, something that represents your mission and pride. Authenticity prevails for fan support – PulseRecords

If you have not seen the video, here it is: “Home is where the heart is”

Click image below to read the news

pulseThank you all for your support so far. Be inspired.

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

CAPTAIN ‘KEZIAH JONES’ THE RUGGED – Audio & Visuals

Hiya,

Have you heard of the  Guitar Wiz Musician Keziah Jones? What?! You haven’t?  Well, now you do, no dozing on a musical bicycle 🙂 The continents are loving his “Afro BluFunk” music, Europe in particular. An eccentric Afro ~ Bohemian, he is very relevant to the new wave of the Afro musical scene even though he has been around for a while. I personally love his branding, the uniqueness and incorporation of Afro elements ( especially on his latest project which depicts him as having superpowers dressed in a simple yet dramatic costume made out of African Ankara fabric) Here are a few picks from his photoshoot,  so distinctly intriguing, a representation of a musical African SuperHero.. His new album ‘Captain Rugged’ is available on iTunes.

Biography

A Nigerian-born rocker heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Fela Kuti, Keziah Jones gained popularity in England and France with singles like “Rhythm Is Love” and “Beautiful Emile.” Jones was sent to a boarding school in London when he was eight, and he started busking in the London Underground when he was in his teens. He gigged up a storm in Covent Garden and Portobello Road, which led to his discovery by manager Phil Pickett. One bassist (Phil “Soul” Sewell), one drummer (Richie Stevens), and many gigs later, Jones found himself with his first album, Blufunk Is a Fact!, in 1992. Several more albums ensued over the next 15 years (African Space Craft, Liquid Sunshine, and Black Orpheus among them), fixing Jones as one of the more prominent blues-rock musicians on the European music scene in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

Less talk, more audio/visual stimulants.

Feed Your Eyes  – Photos by Vincent Thomas (From Keziah Jones’ FB)

Feed Your Ears

Afronewave

The first song of his I ever heard ‘Kpafuka’. Album Version here

And this  one about my hometown : Abeokuta – Egba anthem ‘Oke ati Petele’

For more about Keziah, check out his Wiki or his site here

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

Earth Shift – Egypt’s First Snow in 100+ Years & Some Music

Brrrrrrrrrrr…

It’s a rainy day in Georgia BUT it’s been snowy for the first time in a long time in the African country of ‘Egypt’. The snow that has blanketed much of the Middle East turned Cairo white on Friday – with local news reports claiming it was Egypt’s capital’s first snowfall in 112 years.  Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, some of the holiest sites for for Jews and Muslims were covered in snow yesterday. Early snow has surprised many Israelis and Palestinians as a blustery storm, dubbed Alexa, brought gusty winds, torrential rains and heavy snowfall to parts of the Middle East. (AP (The Associated Press) .

As you and I know, the main reason why large portions of the continent are hot (tropical or desert) is because large sections fall across the equator, as well as two very large sections that fall within the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer. This means (in general) the continent has a very high exposure to sunlight, more so than countries in the northern hemisphere (e.g. Europe) so it’s either hot or dry or wet with rainfall in Africa in general. So this is some shocking NEWS that a part of Africa can not only dream of but see a white Christmas after all… let’s see what explanations environmentalists and scientists will have for this, I daresay, it could be a spiritual earth shift, maybe?.ha!

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Click for more photos and Enjoy some music..

Beautifully Dream, Positively Do..

xoxo

Tosinger

Beyoncé (& Chimamanda?!) – A Flawless Release

Happy Friday…

So Beyoncé shocked the world with a surprise ‘overnight’ iTunes release of a new 14-track self-titled ‘visual’ album (as she calls it) while breaking a few known traditions of the music industry 1. released without promotion 2.  you cannot get the singles, you have to get the whole album 3. complete with a video for every song (plus three additional visuals) i.e there are videos already recorded for each of the songs on the album with  0.30 previews on YouTube. 4. The album graphic has no creative element.  5. Physical CDs not available yet…etc. . Who else can pull that of?

One of the tracks of interest ‘Flawless’ includes a surprise guest, a narrative feature from the Nigerian globally acclaimed author/writer “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie” known for her strong and well delievered views. Plus, as observed, mainstream American pop (or not) artists are favoring a lot of African partnerships in recent times, Bey just did a very unique thing with a literal talent rather than a  musical one. Hopefully, this intellectual property use is generously compensated ;). Other features are Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Drake, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Blue Ivy herself on “Blue.” This feature is not a review of the album so I guess if you are a Beyoncé fan, you can get it here

11. ***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s TEDxEuston talk, ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ is featured on a song on Beyonce’s new album.

It will be nice to hear a public statement from Chimamanda on how she got involved but until then I guess we will wait. I don’t know what to think of the visual below, artistic maybe?

According to a Fuse report: Explaining why she delivered the full album and accompanying visuals without any prior warning, she noted in her statement: “I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it. I’m bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.” Well, that’s a sign of creative dreamer or a publicity stunt?  What do you think?

Apparently, this was of course, well prepared for in advance, it is what I will call ‘A Planned Surprise’. She will be getting, surely enough, major publicity post release, being a major artist brand. Who says things have to be done according to a norm, it’s time to dream and break the rules, you just might succeed doing that, like Queen B…

Beautifully Dreaming… Positively Doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

ARISE O YE YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS!

Arise o Compatriots!..

Here’s sharing an opportunity with young and promising African people of Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

President Obama quote: Africa's future belongs to its young people...we need young Africans who are standing up and making things happen not only in their own countries but around the world.

Applications are now open for President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Only 500 accomplished young leaders will get chosen. You must be a resident or citizen from a Sub-Saharan African country. This means that US Citizens and Resident Aliens are NOT eligible.

“The Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The Washington Fellowship, which begins in 2014, will bring 500 young leaders to the United States each year for academic coursework and leadership training and will create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries”.

Young African Leaders Initiative is an unparalleled opportunity to:

  • Interact with President Obama at a Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C.;
  • Participate in a 6-week intensive academic and leadership program at a U.S. institution;
  • Meet with U.S. government, civic, and business leaders;
  • Access exceptional internship and apprenticeship opportunities;
  • Expand your business or project through access to millions of dollars for small grant funding; and
  • Join a continent-wide and global alumni network to help you seek innovative solutions to common challenges.

The motive is to take this knowledge back home and use for the advancement of the continent (Ile). Please share with others you think may be interested and eligible. Application ends  { on my birthday 😉 } January 27, 2014.  All the best.

More details on how to apply at http://www.irex.org/application/washington-fellowship-application-information

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the ‘Washington Fellowship’, I am just sharing good and worthy information with my African people as is one of the missions of my blog. Please direct all inquires to the contact on the site at washingtonfellowship@irex.org

Together we can,

Beautifully Dream… Positively Do..

xoxo

Tosinger

HISTORY IN BLACK AND WHITE & Some Music

Bonjour,

Pictures and Music … Not a lot of words today..

Music is from Oriri, a young upcoming Afro~soulful artist who also featured in my Ile music video (playing the bass guitar). Unlike the regular incorporation of the Yoruba language prevalent in most neo-afro music originating from Nigeria, he is making his people of the Benin Kingdom of Nigeria proud by incorporating his very own Bini local dialect in his music. It’s beautiful.

Follow on Twitter @oririmusic

More about Oriri here. I have chosen 3 black and white poignant historical {in the spirit of Mandela, South Africa relevant} photos to accompany the theme of 3 of his songs. Enjoy ’em.

Winnie and Nelson Mandela, 1962
Winnie and Nelson Mandela, 1962
Miriam Makeba ~ Kalk Bay Modern: Jurgen Schadeberg - THE BLACK & WHITE FIFTIES
Miriam Makeba ~ Kalk Bay Modern: Jurgen Schadeberg – THE BLACK & WHITE FIFTIES
Ernest Cole (1940 – 1990) Handcuffed blacks were arrested for being in white area illegally South Africa 1960-1966
Ernest Cole (1940 – 1990) Handcuffed blacks were arrested for being in white area illegally South Africa 1960-1966

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

More than Art, More than Ink

Howdy,

If you are reading this blog, you sure are a lover of the arts… And I surely feed your mind with every and anything that is related to the creative arts. Today, a headline caught my attention which made me beg the question – When does a tattoo transcend beyond art and become a factor of judgmental stereotyping? –> Well, when you see a headline like this ‘HIP HOP ARTIST WITH TATTOOS ON HIS FACE KICKED OFF FLIGHT BY ALASKAN AIRLINES’, you sure want to read the full story but here’s a little paraphrased insight into the origin of tattoos culled from CoolQuiz

Tattoos

Whether they are on arms, legs, ankles or buttocks, tattoos are body decorations on bodies and a popular fad among many people.The word, tattoo originates from the Tahitian word tattau, which means “to mark” and was first mentioned in explorer James Cook’s records from his 1769 expedition to the South Pacific. However, some scientists believe that the earliest known evidence of tattooing dates back to markings found on the skin of the Iceman, a mummified human body that dates as far back as 3300 B.C.

Tattooing was rediscovered by Europeans when they came into contact with Polynesians and American Indians through their explorations. Because tattoos were considered so exotic in European and U.S. societies, tattooed Indians and Polynesians amazed crowds at circuses and fairs during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The practice of tattooing has different meanings to various cultures. Decoration was the most common motive for tattooing and that still holds true today. In some cultures, tattoos served as identification of the wearer’s rank or status within a group. For instance, the early Romans tattooed slaves and criminals. Tahitian tattoos served as rites of passage, telling the history of the wearer’s life.

Back to the original story which caught my attention:

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mikeflo (fb pic)

On July 14, 2013,  Hip Hop artist and DJ – Michael Flowers aka ‘mikeflo’ was traveling from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon on Alaska Airlines for a performance when he was removed from his flight because the flight attendant was uncomfortable with the tattoos on his face.  Mr. Flowers, co-founder of the socially conscious hip hop duo Dead Prez, booked his flight with Alaska Airlines, a Delta Air Lines Inc. partner, and travels internationally performing with Dead Prez as an independent artist and DJ.After boarding the plane, securing his carry on, and saying hello to an unaccompanied child seated next to him, the flight attendant came over to the child and said, “I don’t trust the guy with the tattoos so I am going to move your seat.”
Not long after, the flight attendant moved the minor child and placed an adult next to Mr. Flowers. Within minutes, Mr. Flowers was then told by another employee of Alaska Airlines to gather his belongings and exit the aircraft. The only explanation given for his removal from the flight was that the flight attendant did not feel comfortable that he would comply with FAA rules.
Mr. Flowers was not allowed back on the flight and consequently missed the sound check for the performance.
“I was stunned and humiliated. I am a platinum medallion member with Delta and I fly thousands of miles a year. I feel like they violated my freedom of expression. “ – Mike Flowers aka mikeflo
“Mr. Flowers has religious and cultural tattoos on his face as an expression of his spiritual beliefs. We are investigating the incident and considering all legal options.” – says Attorney Mawuli Mel Davis, Davis Bozeman Law Firm. 
The case is being currently visited and mikeflo is using social media to bring attention to it. Twitter hashtag is  #itsartnotacrime.  Voice your thoughts in the comment section below and/or also leave your thoughts at https://www.alaskaair.com/feedback

Are tattoos negatively stereotyped in the United States? Here are thoughts and the overwhelming answer to this debate at this link .

It should be an ‘Ubuntu’ world after all…

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT : TOSIN

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.  ~Berthold Auerbach

Hello Peeps,

Hope everyone is doing alright. There’s always music to make you feel a little better. Right?  The spotlight is on a very good, personal, musical friend of mine, coincidentally a namesake, TOSIN (Tosin is a Nigerian (Yoruba) unisex name, short form of Oluwatosin which means ‘God is enough to be worshiped or God is worthy to be worshiped). Tosin is a songwriter, vocalist, drummer extraordinaire, composer and arranger. He is one of ‘us’ carrying the torch of African music in the US diaspora. He is  a renowned drummer & percussionist (oh I said that already :)) former – Ayetoro band member who has played with who’s who in the industry including Spyro Gyra, Femi Kuti, Andres Levin, Jon Carroll, Antibalas, Julie Dexter among others. More on his site. I absolutely love his sound and vibe, afro feel with a touch of contemporary lacings, and his use of the Yoruba language, just like my music. Keep scrolling. 🙂

Tosinger (Left) Tosin (Right) at AfroDreamfest

I will let this video of his interview with Heather Maxwell do the talking. Enjoy.

Music Time in Africa presents TOSIN with Host Heather Maxwell

Click on Tosin’s image below to learn more about his music, connect with him and get his latest project ‘Life Begins’

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS – A MADIBA PLAYLIST

“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” You were a REAL Leader ‘Tata’

Rest in Peace Pa Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Words cannot describe the global impact Nelson Mandela had.  He came, he saw, he fought, he conquered. Now he is free at last, resting in peace.A life well lived up to a ripe age of 95. He impacted the world and left a legacy. He is an inspiration to everyone.  What more can I say, blessed are those who were in his space and felt his energy, a wish of mine that didn’t come true. I grew up following SA news and apartheid happenings, watched repeatedly Mandela true story films and documentaries.Tributes are everywhere, but I am short of words, and when one is short of words, music does the rest. Here is my personal selection of 7 songs + 1 that affirm his person and his legacy. Rest on Madiba!

This digital artwork of him below was actually done by James Abinibi 2 days before he passed! A premonition you will call it. James has this to say about it.

“I woke up this morning to the news of Nelson Mandela’s death. Coincidentally, I made this digital painting of him 2 days ago after seeing the movie “WINNIE MANDELA”. The movie was about Mandela’s wife Winnie but it reflected a major part of Mandela’s life too. What really moved me to work on this piece was after I saw the part that he became President and had to separate from Winnie because of her public wrong doing but he was still in love with her regardless. Terrance Howard did a wonderful job of playing Mandela in the movie. I got to appreciate Mandela’s personality, his struggles, beliefs and the fact that he was a romantic. He lived a fulfilling life and would always be remembered by what he stood for; freedom. Nelson Mandela isn’t dead, he’s forever in our hearts. He’s forever a true hero. He’s for ever Papa Africa”

It was extremely difficult to make these picks but here goes. Thank you Nelson Mandela

“It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world and with myself” – Nelson Mandela

We will continue to beautifully dream and positively do…

xoxo

Tosinger