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Silvy De Bie Bridging the Cultural Gap

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AfriQtalk Welcomes! Silvy De Bie, Belgian Music Billboard top 10, pop dance recording artist to Atlanta. The Belgian singer is best known for being the vocalist for the dance band Sylver. With them she eleased five studio albums and 20 singles. Between 1990 and 1994 she also released over 10 singles with band “Silvy Melody”.

Silvy became a Flanders child star when she was nine years old. She sung Ben, a song of Michael Jackson, in the Flemish showbizz TV Show De Kinderacademie (child academy). This show was not a contest, it was just an entertainment program where children between 4 and 12 years could perform an act (sing act, dance act, telling a little fairy tail or poem,…) Silvy’s performance was so good, an independent recording studio gave her a contract. Under the name “Silvy Melody” she recorded some songs (including a Dutch version of Ben) as solo-artist and also some numbers together with other famous Belgian singers. Many of her songs were in top 10 charts. Her career as child star stopped abruptly in 1994 due to Belgian law. She did too many activities, performances, and broke the law regarding child labour which is forbidden in Belgium.

In 2000 Silvy became the female vocalist for the dance band Liquid feat., later in 2001 the band’s name was changed into Sylver. Alongside the successes with Sylver, she started also solo.

In 2001 she worked with MNC, with him she covered the Eurythmics song Sweet Dreams. She also worked with the dance formation Milk Inc. (she is friends with Singer Linda Mertens). In 2004 the Track I Don’t Care came out, the single reached the Belgian Top Ten. In 2007 the Single Time alongside with 4 Clubbers in Belgium, she composed and wrote the song “Lovesong” from the Crossroads album.

In my conversation with Silvy, I find her to be somewhat adventurous and intellectually engaging. Do you see yourself working with Artiste from Africa? I asked, she replied! “I am ready to collaborate with artiste of different genre” including artist from Africa. Now that’s what I call bridging the cultural gap.

 

ATL Host Nigerian Promoters Association 2nd Annual Summit!

Atlanta is set to host  Nigerian Promoters Association 1st business award summit (NPA) This event is planned to be unique and huge. Bringing celebrities around the world, and guess who is coming to town?  Belgian’s Music Billboard top 10, pop recording artist, Silvy De Bie with the group Sylver.

The Annual summit is an annual meeting of Nigerian Entertainment exponents coming together to meet and deliberate thoroughly on how to better improve the standard of the Nigerian Arts and Entertainment industry as a one point agenda by the year 2015.

While the Arts and Entertainment Business Awards is to recognize, celebrate and to further promote the Nigerian Arts and Entertainment exponents based in the United States of America and in the Diaspora and to preserve Nigerian cultural heritage by providing a space for Business opportunities.

EVENT INFO

FRIDAY–(DAY 1)
MEET & GREET MIXER
(Pool Party Affair)
(Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport)
1900 Sullivan Road Atlanta GA 30337
Date: September 2nd, 2011
Time: 8.00pm-11.00pm

SATURDAY–(DAY 2)
NPA 2ND ANNUAL SUMMIT MEETING
Date: September 3rd, 2011
Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm
Dress code: Corporate & Classy

TOPIC
How Nigerian & African artistes can get Published & Publishing money in America.
Hosted by: Femi Ojetunde, Grammy Chapter Atlanta, ASACP Publishing, BMI Publishing, Entertainment Lawyers, Artists
Speaker: Manuel Seal Jr
* Entertainment Business 101 Discussion Panel
Time: 4.00pm-5.00pm
Hosted by: Bishop A.
Speaker: Taiwo Lawrence

MOVIE PREMIERE
Comedy Movie ( Okoto the Messenger)
Produced by: Pascal Atuma
SEPT 3RD, 2011
(Movie Premiere & After-Party)
Time: 9.00pm-11.00pm
* After-Party—Time: 11.00pm-3.00am

SUNDAY–(DAY 3)
PRE-AWARD PRESENTATION
Red Carpet photo shoot/Media
Date: September 4th, 2011
Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm
SEPT 4TH, 2011
(Award Ceremony & After-Party)
AWARD PRESENTATION
Date: September 4th, 2011
Time: 8.00pm-11.00pm

FAREWELL PARTY—Time: 11.00pm-3.00am
Dress Code: Upscale, Classy Native wear, GQ & Sexy

OTHER EVENTS
* Artists Showcase
*Respect The Dee Jay BBQ & Pool Party
* Dee Jay Battle
*Fashion Showcase

For tickets visit http://wwwnpa.ticketleap.com/npa-awards-atlanta-2011/. An experience you don’t want to miss! Africa Let’s Go! or visit: www.npa-usa.com for more information.

2Face Idibia “The Unstoppable”

2Face Idibia,  again has proven to be ” The Unstoppable” in his career. His award winning hit track “African Queen” was used as the sound track of the 2006 comedy film, Phat Girlz. This made him even more recognized internationally. He first announced on AfriQtalk on October 28, 2010 that he was ready to take on America. Take a listen to my candid chat with 2Face a.k.a., 2baba.

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2Face was recently, nominated for BET AWARDS 2011 Best International Act (Africa). He appeared on the Monique Show and Lola Ogunnaike interviewed him on BET,  FM V103.1 radio station, just to mention a few.  He is reported to have ongoing projects and collaborations with big name artiste in the U.S.  Stay tuned! We’ll keep you posted. Not only is 2Face “the Unstoppable”, I’ll like to refer to him as  “The Come Back Kid”.  2Face Idibia BET Awards Celebrations Party will be held Live @ the Valley Nite Club, Saturday, Aug. 6th, 2011. Atlanta, GA.

TuFace is currently one of the most popular artistes on the African music scene. 2Face Idibia was born Innocent Ugah Idibia in Jos, Nigeria. He started calling himself “2Face” in 1996. “The name to me just refers to the outside and inside: when you first see me you see the outside but when you get to know me, you see the inside,” he said in an interview with the BBC.

Tuface recently, released two lead off singles from the international version of his Unstoppable album and is the first Nigerian artist to have an appropriately priced international album. He is also reported to have recorded a single with Mary J. Blige.

In 2010 with his Unstoppable Album(The Intl. Edition) won 2 awards at the 2010 SMVA. He also, won the Channel O Most Gifted Western African and the MTV African Music Awards (Best Male and Artist of the year) making him the most successful pop singer in Africa. He is the lead vocalist of the Sony All African 08 Project alongside 7 other stars across Africa recording their first singles with R.Kelly and Prince Lee titled “Hands Across the World”.

Aside from running his own record label known as Hypertek after leaving Kennis Music, the artist has established the Tuface Idibia Foundation, which is into charity. In December 2010, the foundation collaborated with the Hands Project International for an Aids charity dinner. His show held at the expo center was the best of its kind, as it featured all the notable Nigerian artists, particularly 9ice, Dbanj and P-Square. Other awards include:

  • Best African Act MOBO – London (MUSIC OF BLACK ORIGIN) 2007 AWARDS
  • CHANNEL “O music video AWARDS a) Best Male Video, b) Best African Video of the year, c) Best     African Act.
  • Best African Act KORAall african AWARDS 2005
  • NIGERIAN ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS New York a) Africa Break Through Artist of the Year 2006 and b) Best Album of the Year 2007
  • Best Musical Artiste AFRO NOLLYWOOD AWARDS 2005,
  • Song of the Decade NIGERIAN MUSIC AWARDS 2007
  • African Song of The Year (Non Ghanaian) GHANA MUSIC AWARDS 2005,
  • Music of the Year EXCELLENCE RECOGNITION AWARDS 2004
  • Special Recognition Award HIP HOP WORLD AWARDS 2005
  • 1st NIGERIA ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS 2004 a) Song of the year African Queen b) Best Album of the year c) Best Hip Hop and R&B Artiste
  • The Outstanding Musician of the Year 2005 BLACK HERITAGE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
  • Musician of the Year 2004 CITY PEOPLE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry 2004 AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
  • 2Face Idibia Wins MOBO Award for Best African Act
  • Best Song Of The Year 2005 G.C.E INTERNATIONAL AWARDS,
  • Musician Of The Year 2006 THE FUTURE AWARDS,
  • A.M.E.N AWARDS 2004 a) Best Male Vocalist, b) Song of the Year c) Best New Act Male d) Best Video.
  • Best Male Vocalist 2002 AFFINITY AWARDS.
  • Song Of the decade 2007 African Queen THE NIGERIAN MUSIC AWARD
  • Best African Act 2007 MOBO (MUSIC OF BLACK ORIGIN AWARDS) UK
  • HIP HOP AWARDS a) Best R&B album b) Best R&B male
  • Best African Act Australian African Awards 2008
  • Best selling Nigerian Artist – World Music Awards 2008, Monaco, Spain
  • Youth Ambassador for peace- Universal Federation for World peace
  • Nigerian International Youth Award- National Youth council of Nigeria.
  • Best R&B: 2face Idibia MTV Africa Music Awards 2009
  • Artist of the Year – 2Face (Nigeria) MTV Africa Music Awards 2010
  • Best Male – 2Face Nigeria MTV Africa Music Awards 2010
  • New Champions For An Enduring Culture 2011 16th edition of the Annual THISDAYAwards presented by President Bill Clinton and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • World Music Awards 2008 world’s best selling Nigerian artist
  • Best International Act: Africa (BET Awards 2011)

2Face Idibia has been named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ world food programme, joining other Nigerian icons like Wole Soyinka, John Fashanu etc. who are also working with the UN to fight different causes across the African continent. First non-Liberian to become an honorary member of the Liberian music society in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the growth of music in Africa.

What’s next for this young man? It’s everyone’s guess but what I do know is that 2Face is one artiste that will continue to break the barriers and boundaries with his style of music.