Category Archives: Visual Arts

From Russia With Love?

The beauty of the  African people, the culture, the  aesthetically appealing artistry and artifacts  has always been a source of exotic wonder and inspiration for further creativity for other parts of the world, even if with an incorporation – a merge of other elements (from other cultures) . Russia is on the spotlight today, I know there is  crisis going on right now and hope issues get sorted soon. However, I came across a carefully crafted piece of African inspired artwork done with the Headwrap  or Gele as the focal point. Very beautiful and creative  shoot, with the use of well placed  patterns, colors, form, texture done for the Russian Architectural Digest  (not fashion or visual arts), interior design ad campaign for their textile department. The visual art kind of reminded me of Kehinde Wiley and Yinka Shonibare ‘s work , naturalistic and renaissance in appearance while incorporating African elements.

Ironically,  Russia was nos 2 on the list of worst countries for blacks to visit according to a January 2014 Atlanta BlackStar article. (Read for details). I am not sure of the authenticity of this claim since I have not visited Russia to share any first hand experiences. According to the piece:

Black visitors will also have to be extra careful when they venture outside of Moscow into the rest of Russia. In a chilling warning, the Russia expert of  New Republic, Julie Ioffe, said, “There’s quite a bit of violence against people considered to be Black” in Russia, raising new fears about the safety of Olympic athletes, visitors and media attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Ioffe warned that nowhere in Russia is safe for a person of color to visit, outside of Moscow’s city center. – @ATLBlackStar

After all is said and done, there is no doubt that the continent and her people are a source of attraction for aesthetic and cultural inspiration . Here’s the  AD Magazine Russia  photos below- Taking Headwraps and Fabrics to a Whole New Level  for their ad campaign for designer fabrics/textile division. Enjoy!

PHOTO CREDITS

Photographer Olga Volkova Tuponogova-
Stylist: Natalia Obukhov
Model: Keshia Asiedu
Producer: Maria Kuznetsova
Makeup artist: Polina Karpov / MaestroArtExtraordinary
Assistant Photographer: Konstantin Egon
Assistant Stylist: Katerina Konyushenko

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Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

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Monday Motivation of Inspiring Persons

Hi Friends,

Been a minute but I’m here 🙂 . A little bit of  #Blogger’sBlock (?) but all’s falling back into place now.  Thought to share with you some pretty cool trailblazers of possibilities, for their talents, in their different spheres of influence who have most recently been very inspiring …

Amara Enyia

Amara Enyia is a 30-year-old Nigerian-American Chicagoan municipal consultant and community organizer and she is planning to run against  Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February 2015 mayoral race. Read why she is running here and more about her here

AMARA ENYIA is running for mayor of Chicago because she believes in transparency in government, integrity in leadership, and equity in policy.
AMARA ENYIA is running for mayor of Chicago because she believes in transparency in government, integrity in leadership, and equity in policy. For more info, like her FB page here

Lupita N’Yongo

Lupita continues to wow us with her wins (talent), fashion style and personality… Lupita Amondi Nyong’o (born 1 March 1983) is a Kenyan actress, film director, and music video director. She made her American film debut in Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave (2013) as Patsey, for which she received critical acclaim Read more about Lupita here

Lupita
Lupita accepting her Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture award for 12 Years a Slave at the 45th NAACP Image Awards. (Source – Her FB Page)

Yagazie Emezi

Visual Curator at yagazieemezi.com. She shares one of the passion of this blog i.e  dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic. Yagazie is a witty vlogger, visual artist/cartoonist, artsy afro~bohemian who recently relaunched her website to feature fellow upcoming creatives’ work. How cool is that. Gotta love creatives who support one another. Check it out here

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Yagazie Ledi Francisca Emezi was born and raised in Aba, Nigeria and moved to the United States in 2005 where her love and yearning for home led to an intensified passion for Africa and the arts.Check out her youtube channel

Dayo Okeniyi (One to watch)

Oladayo A. “DayoOkeniyi (born June 14, 1988) is a Nigerian-born actor, popularly known for playing the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games. Raised in Lagos Nigeria, he began acting in theatre at his elementary school. In 2003, Dayo, the youngest of five siblings, moved from Nigeria with his family to the United States. Dayo received a Bachelor’s degree of visual communications design in 2009. After college he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting, his true passion. Feb is the month to watch, his recent projects are Endless Love, Cavemen and House of Cards.

 Dayo Okeniyi
Dayo Okeniyi FB page here

Dayo on Camera

As we all beautifully dream and positively do, inspirational stories such as these shine the light of the possibilities, serves as a push to make us  strive to be a better version of ourselves in our callings ( not in competition with others)…and be an influence in our generation..

Beautifully dreaming, positively doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

Progenitors and Proteges: Art Series 1

New Week, New Day, New Beginnings… to everyone
Times are changing and generations are evolving. So is creativity and innovation. While we pay the much deserved respect to talented legends and forefathers (or mothers) who have paved the way, batons are being passed as they continue to inspire, and this should be acknowledged. As it is, what’s with living, without leaving a legacy.  This comic says it all.
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pro·gen·i·tor  
(prō-jĕn′ĭ-tər) an originator or founder of a future development; precursor . a person or thing that originates something or serves as a model; precursor.
pro·té·gé
ˈprōtəˌZHā,ˌprōtəˈZHā/
noun : a person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced or influential person.
In light of this, I got inspired to start a blog series  featuring visuals and audio (if applicable/available) of some admirable progenitors and proteges in the arts/music industry  in Africa and the diaspora, who are so graciously cheering on the younger talented generation in their similar craft.
Here’s presenting  Mrs. Nike Davies Okundaye, Owner and Curator of the Nike Art Centre in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria intervied on  NdaniTV Platinum Standard. She represents the African woman artist, “many of whose realities are now international, though in essence they are perpetuating the living tradition of African Arts and Culture” Nike Davies-Okundaye aka “‘Nike Davies'” aka “‘Nike Twin Seven Seven'” aka “‘Nike Olaniyi'” is a Nigerian batik and textile designer, considered to be the foremost designer on the western coast of Africa
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and here is a recent interview with Peju Alatise who Nike Davies-Okundaye mentioned  in her interview. Peju Alatise born 1975, is a mixed-medium artist and a writer with educational background in architecture. She has practiced as a studio artist for thirteen years.. more on her website http://www.pejualatise.com. See her artist statement below:

Peju Alatise’s Artist’s Statement

I am an alien/sojourner. Sent to this part of the world to work my work. Orun m’eni t’omala agreed with me, master artist to prodigy, that an experience on this planet called earth would be what I needed to find a part of myself.
From where we stood, earth was a magical gem and most wondrously primitive. And that was until…like every good story told must have a perfect antagonist…man. I chose my cloak, and it informed where I would be planted. The most exotic cloak yes! Black, woman and Yoruba. It led me to an understanding that all cloaks are exotic, mine just suits my personality.
I bid farewell to Orun m’eni t’omala, till we meet again we embraced and parted. Now, in an earth world with very many worlds within It’s world, I work my work in a strange land called my home Nigeria, experiencing Her lands and Her peoples. My arrival was in the year 1975, the place I would call home was a young child aspiring to govern itself and remain free from colonial masters. It has been 38 earth years since I got here and this hopeful child underdeveloped into an intellectually immature, self-destructive being that puts shame to shame. Famous for Its corruption-gangrene eating into Its every existing fiber at the most diabolical speed, it remains my greatest challenge, to stay or to leave. I choose to stay because I am not done experiencing who I am not!
As I work my work, I learn the earth name for what I do is called Art and I, an artist. I am introduced to another world called the art world. Like the bigger world the art world mimics, it has its economics, politics, leaders, king makers, producers, consumers, technological influences, plenty sense and plenty nonsense. The most humorous part of this world is the smoke and mirrors conjured by magicians. I stop laughing when the magicians gained illusive powers to decide what Art should be and should not be. As I withdraw my involvement, I am labeled an outsider and made synonymous with ‘difficult’. Soon when the smoke clears we will learn that what is will always be. So to the magicians I salute with my middle finger. This is a greeting habit I have picked up here and must leave behind on my return to mother ship.
The greatest pleasure I find here is discovering other artists who have visited this strange blue planet and many who are still here. I am also influenced by stories of Yoruba ancestors. I have been directed by the works and personalities of giants like David Dale, Bruce Onabrakpeya, Nike Monica Davies and great Susanna Wenger who have left a distinct trail within the Nigerian soil. Lately, Anslem Kieffer, Antony Gormley, Ai Wei Wei, Louise Bourgeois, Motohiko Odani and colossal Do Ho Suh have encouraged me to extend and exert myself the more, for there is still so much to do, many more artists to experience. I am not done living to my fullest potential, I have only dug half a foot into the six feet I am permitted. Now I must dig faster, my cloak is getting older, do not ask me why I’m in a hurry, I have work to do.
Lastly and humbly, if you find my artist’s statement not acceptable with regards to the standard of the art world do excuse me, I am but an alien addicted to the taste of freedom, who knows not better, tired of writing pretentious artist’s statements.

Some of her works

art by peju alatise photography by yinka akingbade still on Art21Lagos
art by peju alatise
photography by yinka akingbade
still on Art21Lagos

Wrapture by Peju Alatise
Wrapture by Peju Alatise . Photo from her FB Page https://www.facebook.com/peju.alatise

Beautifully Dreaming.. Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

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

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

‘Garden of Eden’

Let’s take a walk through a wonder of nature. Have you ever heard of the  ‘Garden of Eden’?

The world's largest cave contains a jungle..!!     Two hundred meters below the earth in Vietnam lies a jungle contained by the Hang Son Doong cave. Because of a collapsed portion of the cave roof, vegetation began to grow and form what would be the largest cave jungle. The jungle is fairly small, but considering its location also fairly incredible. It also has the nickname ‘Garden of Eden.’

The world’s largest cave contains a jungle..!! Two hundred meters below the earth in Vietnam lies a jungle contained by the Hang Son Doong cave. Because of a collapsed portion of the cave roof, vegetation began to grow and form what would be the largest cave jungle. The jungle is fairly small, but considering its location also fairly incredible. It also has the nickname ‘Garden of Eden.’

Isn’t God the greatest Artist?

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Beautifully Dreaming.. Positively Doing..

xoxo

Tosinger

Photos & Haikus III

Happy new year Friends..

Ring out false pride in place and blood …. The civic slander and the spite… Ring in the love of truth and right… Ring in the common love of good.

A verse from “Ring Out, Wild Bells” , a New Year’s poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Here’s Photos and Haikus III with photos that signify new beginnings, the rising of a new dawn. Enjoy and be inspired.

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Photo by Femi Onatuga London, UK

These are works of Femi Onatuga, a photographer based in London, UK known for his scenic and wedding photography.

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Here bursts the  Sun Rise

Calm start to a year of light

Peaceful  beginnings

Sweet red Morning Rose

Fragrant and fresh, nature’s scent

Bloom, beautiful year

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Hand in hand we go

Uncertain of the future

Love will lead the way

Click the photo below to see more of Femi’s work

His instagram is also delightful at

http://instagram.com/femionatuga

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Big Ben, London, UK

Beautifully Dreaming… Positively Doing…

xoxo

Tosinger

RED IS FOR CHRISTMAS

Happy Christmas Eve!

Today’s post is an artsy selection of photos in the red just for your visual  aMUSEment… 🙂 Also sharing with you, my Christmas single ‘Olugbala’ {Saviour} from the AfroSpire Demo. A free download, a gift from me to you.  Have a Merry Christmas and Enjoy the holidays

All Images from Pinterest and Google
Images from Pinterest and Google
 
 
 
 
 
I want a red Christmas tree!
 
 
 
Golden Disc - Kenya, East Africa (by Aubrey Stoll)
 
 
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beautiful heartware
Enjoy my gift to you, my Christmas Single ‘Olugbala’ (Savior) from the AFROSPiRE Demo. 
 
Merry Christmas..
Love, Peace and Beautiful Afro Music ~ TOSINGER
 
Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing..
 
xoxo
 
Tosinger