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Emmanuel 2013

♫ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ♫

Thanking God for the gift of his son ‘Jesus, Our Savior’ (‘Our Olugbala’  in Yoruba)  as we celebrate another Christmas, we must all remember to focus on the reason for the season – ‘Emmanuel ~God With Us’. Thanking God also for the gift of music and for blessing ‘Yours Sincerely’ with the gift of ‘Voice’. 🙂  I am particularly honored and blessed  to be continually recognized over time and afforded diverse platforms of expressions to share my talent. I love Christmas carols. As a teenager, I caroled with groups in my neighborhood and loved every moment of it. I sang with my Grandma in Catholic church choir and also witnessed various cathedral type music concerts. I believe these experiences contribute to my place on a larger stage today.

Afro /African, Folk, Jazz, Soul, Gospel, NeoSoul, Gospel, Reggae,I sing ’em all , well maybe not ‘Hip-Hop’ lol but I will be swimming in a not regularly chartered waters this coming Sunday, on an operatic and classical  note 🙂 as I appear as a Guest Soloist on the classic version of a song ‘Ise Oluwa’ which is also on my AfroSpire Demo project here . So if you are based in Atlanta, come out to the Emmanuel Cantata 2013 organized by The Maboush Group. Its a formal dress code event and its FREE with registration here

Hope to see you there. Come see your ‘Dreamer Girl‘ climb some glorious notes 😀

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

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OCEAN DRIVE 1995

“I just want to go to Ocean Drive, where the sun shines on everything I do……….”

Music that takes you down memory lane and gives you the best of good feelings.  I present to some and introduce to others (depending on your age / music taste 🙂 ) , Tunde Baiyewu, the unique voice of the ‘Lighthouse Family’ group who has now gone solo. He still remains, undoubtedly, a music crush of mine and I am so happy to know he is still very active musically.

Right now, my situation is – I can’t get enough of ‘Ocean Drive’, calming .. dreamy…. hopeful …Yes!

“Ocean Drive
Don’t know why you’re so blue
Sun’s gonna shine on everything you do
And the sky is so blue
Sun’s gonna shine on everything you do”

Read more about Ocean Drive The Album.

From his latest project,  here is the official music video for “Move” the first single from his DIAMOND IN A ROCK album

Worth of mention, a live version of another of a Lighthouse Family fan favorite ‘High’

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Check out more  on Tunde Baiyewu on his site at http://www.tunde.co.uk/

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

Photos and Haikus I

Light and Love on your Sundays Beautiful People..

Once in a while, I’ll put together a few captivating shots I come across and use my gift of words & poetry to complement them while drawing attention to the work of these wonderful artists/photographers . I’ve always had this nifty idea and with the blog, I can now put it to expression..I tag the ongoing series “Photos & Haikus”

I started writing haikus as a pre-teen up until my post-grad college days at the University of Nottingham, UK. The creativity involved eased those lonely, melancholic moments of the life of an international student 🙂

hai·ku
ˈhīˌko͞o,ˌhīˈko͞o/
noun
Haiku poetry -- scroll about 5/6 of the way down the page to find this

Haikus – I call it a lightweight form of poetry, but its not as lightweight as it seems. It’s actually, mostly full of depth as it takes a lot more creativity/ thought process to put together due to the structural  limitations re-syllables, word count while wanting to maintain depth and meaning as much as possible

So my pictorial muse for today’s post is Daniel Emeka’s work (Digital & Graphic Artist).  Male Model: Daniel Emeka himself, Female Model- Merit Iwute, Photography by Timmy Davies.Art Direction: Daniel Emeka.  And these are 3 picks from his project titled ‘‘THE HUSTLE”

I will let my haiku {for each of the three photos I selected} speak for them.

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High heat in Lagos

Pure water like soul music

A cool refresher

She sees the future

through dreamy eyes of beauty

 tomato hue lips

As the sun sets low 

He sees as her eyes drops so

to love or to hold

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Hope you enjoyed it. For more of Daniel Emeka’s work. Click here

And  I’ll leave you with this joke 😀

Haiku. Every morning.

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

(Disclaimer: this is not an official endorsement  but an outlet to foster and appreciate  creative expression and talents. Endorsement posts will be categorized as so)

RIP AFRICAN LEGEND, KING OF SOUKOUS : Tabu Ley Rochereau

You know I have a bias for ‘African World Music’ and of course being that the music that I make could easily fall into that category ( musically/lyrically) . So I follow the music and the news in that category of the entertainment industry closely.  We will surely miss a legendary musician who paved the way and passed the baton of good African cultural music to the rest of us. Congolese Tabu Ley Rochereau made beautiful Afro-Highlife, Jazz, Africando music with Papa Wemba et al. It would be awesome to meet these legends and glean from them before they leave us, above all, the musical legacies they leave behind, live on.

Tabu Ley Rochereau (November 13, 1940 – November 30, 2013 ) was a musician from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was the leader of Orchestre Afrisa International and one of Africa’s most influential vocalists and prolific songwriters. Along with guitarist Dr Nico Kasanda, Tabu Ley pioneered Soukous; he internationalized his music by fusing elements of Congolese folk music with Cuban, Caribbean, and Latin American rumba (Source – Wiki)

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As published on Standard Media –

“At 72 years Old, the legendary Tabu Ley passed on today while in a Belgium Hospital where he was undergoing treatment for a stroke that he had suffered in 2008, but had often been affecting his health. The performer, whose popular hits like Muzina, Maze and Sorozo rocked millions of fans in Africa, is a celebrated musician, whose songs continue to enjoy airplay years after they were released. Thanks to his massive contribution to African Music, Tabu Ley was recently in in Kinshasa to accept an award for his contribution to the country’s rich heritage and cultural diplomacy and was set to perform at a Gala Night today. News of his demise has thus left his fans saddened but despite the loss many still have tons of praises for his contribution to the African culture and Music. Having launched his career in Kinshasa in 1959 both as a composer, singer and dancer, in Joseph Kabasele’s African Jazz, Tabu Ley was one of the few of his generation of musicians, who included Joseph Kabasele, alias Grand Kallé or Nicolas Kasanda, alias Nico. When asked about his health state in a previous interview, Tabu Ley had said : “I feel very well as you can notice. As per my doctors, my health conditions are improving every day. The thing is that I have to accept my current condition with good-naturedness. I am 72 years old and find it normal to face some physical weaknesses. I am a Christian and trust in God,” . At the time of his death, Tabu Ley composed around 2,000 songs and produced 250 albums.”

His Music

Rest on Tabu Ley, The Dream Goes On…

xoxo

Tosinger

TODAY’S “THANKFUL” PLAYLIST

Hi Hi Hi Beautiful People,

As Thanksgiving is being celebrated in the U S of A today, I thought it timely to put together just a few “thankful mode/mood” songs that I would choose for a playlist  and share ’em with you.

So Here Goes a list of 7 Songs

A mix of Thankful To God, Thanks to Family/Friends, Thankful to be ‘Home’ with those you love and who love you  😉

Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin – Thank You

Blessed and Highly Favored – The Clark Sisters

Don Moen – Thank You Lord

Frank Edwards – I Made It

Ziggy Marley – Friend

Dido – Thank You

Tosinger- Ile (Home)

In Everything Give Thanks

In Everything Give Thanks - AlwaysVery
Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…
xoxo
Tosinger

LET ME HELP YOU SET YOUR DINNER TABLE

Hello Friends…

To those who live in the US, you know what time of the year is. Yep! It’s Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, goes without saying we all know everyday IS a day to be thankful; but here goes the history of Thanksgiving.  To everyone in general, well this may serve as a useful info for you especially  if  you like to be prim and proper in your hospitality/presentation.

Here’s a graphic on how that dinner table is really supposed to be set if you ever wondered what the correct way is. I am guilty of random placement in the past 🙂 . Click to enlarge.

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As for the  menu,  I almost always don’t really do (some things) as the Romans do when I’m in Rome, I tend to do things that the Romans will find intriguing and interesting enough to maybe, copy.  In that light, so as to be not much of a rebel, my thanksgiving menu this year will be about 85% a deviation from the norm, I will of course be cooking  the  proverbial turkey, dodo (fried plantain – my fav), Jollof Rice, sauteed vegetables, tossed salad, rolls, stuffing, pad Thai shrimp, sweet potato casserole, pan roasted brussels sprouts,  with sides of spring rolls, meatpies, fruits & pumpkin pie as dessert and/or cheesecake (my fav), and any other spontaneous item that pops up in my head tomorrow {self confessed Queen of Spontaneity } 🙂 . It’s really a simple and intimate one this year. So what’s on your menu?

Above all, I am thankful  for you, me & mine and  all of God’s blessings..

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Happy and Enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Cheers

toast

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

Weirdly Beautiful Art : Yinka Shonibare MBE

Top of the Day to you Dear Friends..

Let’s talk about Art that evokes feelings, out of this world concepts that speak volumes of  inexplicable depth. That’s Yinka Shonibare MBE ‘s work for ya . I came across his interesting and intriguing work online a few years back and can’t wait to have the opportunity to behold in person the magnificence of his artistry.  Although it comes across initially as weird and of shock value,  the more you look, the more you’ll see. I love the way he incorporates African elements (fabric/prints) into his installations and  general work. Underlying messages of political flavors, “exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization” are strangely expressed in his works which range from Sculpture, Photography, Installation, Painting, Works on Paper, Film, Public Art . A lot of them to feed your eyes on.

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All images from yinkashonibarembe.com

A little insight into Yinka Shonibare, the Artist

Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art first at Byam Shaw College of Art (now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) and then at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA, graduating as part of the ‘Young British Artists’ generation. He currently lives and works in the East End of London.

Over the past decade, Shonibare has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation. Shonibare’s work explores these issues, alongside those of race and class, through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and, more recently, film and performance. Using this wide range of media, Shonibare examines in particular the construction of identity and tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories. Mixing Western art history and literature, he asks what constitutes our collective contemporary identity today. Having described himself as a ‘post-colonial’ hybrid, Shonibare questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions.

Shonibare was a Turner prize nominee in 2004 and awarded the decoration of Member of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”. He has added this title to his professional name. In 2013 he was elected Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts. He was notably commissioned by Okwui Enwezor At Documenta 10 in 2002 to create his most recognised work ‘Gallantry and Criminal Conversation’ that launched him on an international stage. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and internationally at leading museums worldwide. In September 2008, his major mid-career survey commenced at the MCA Sydney and toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York in June 2009 and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC in October 2009 . In 2010, ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ became his first public art commission on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Click here to view a complete CV.

Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle 2013

He gives real meaning to the tag ‘Global Artist’. Click on his photo to hear him speak…

Yinka Shonibare, MBE, is a British-Nigerian artist living in London. He is best known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisationhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Yinka-Shonibare-MBE/103098046576

There’s so much to look at on his site here if you want to explore him/his work the more..

He has the talent, and it started with envisioning that dream of expression…He realized his dreams….#BeInspired

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

Now Available On CDBaby ~ The AfroSpire Demo ~

Hello Friends,

How is the weekend going for you all? It’s a quite and laid back one on my  end.  However, on a buzzier note, I am excited to announce that my ‘AfroSpire Demo’ is now live on CDBaby for everyone who’s been asking.  These are a collection of 2013 songs I released to showcase the sound/style I am aiming for in my music.. ( thus the ‘demo’ tag)

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In the mix, is a perfect one for the Christmas season tagged ‘Olugbala’ (means Saviour in Yoruba) I am sure you will absolutely love it.  A perfect Christmas gift this collection will be for family and friends just &7.99. Click here to purchase. I have gained a new  stream of followers/fans over time who are not familiar with my previously released songs so this is a great opportunity to own a musical showcase of mine.

‘The AfroSpire Demo’ is nos 2 on CDBaby’s new release home page. How cool is that?!

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Don’t forget to drop your reviews after the download. It means a lot and goes a long way. Thank you for your support. 2014 promises to be better. As you know, as it is with creativity, when used and shared, it gets better like old wine.

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…,

xoxo

Tosinger

P:S If you haven’t seen the video for ‘Ile’ (Home). Now is the time! 🙂 Like, Share and Drop your comments…I read them 😉

Thank youuuuuuu!!!