Immediate Press Release – Sensational Gospel Singer and Grammy’s Academy Award Member Shines

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Immediate Press Release – Sensational Gospel Singer and Grammy’s Academy Award Member Shines  with her Third Album ” Yes You Can” Who is Princess Pat Akpabio? Princess Pat is an Evangelist who has touched the lives of people in her home town of Akwa Ibom and around the world through her message of Hope, Love, and Worship. The Nigerian- American gospel singer, song writer, producer and actress will have her Album Release Party and Concert on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 3099 Breckinridge Blvd, Duluth Georgia 30096.  To know more about Princess Pat Akpabio click here.

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Cocka-Doodle-Doo Before Dawn

Cocka-Doodle-Doo Before Dawn

I hear your cry in the dark, in your form you filled my emptiness,  I bless the day that you were born.

I feel birth pains at the mention of your name, In your absence,   I long to hold your hands.

Like yesterday, I remember the sleepless nights that I held you in my arms.

I gave you, a love that binds, you strengthened me in a world that sets us apart, so I held on.

In your darkest moments, I pray that you’ve courage, in life’s ups and downs, I pray that you’ve patience.

Today, I speak restoration into your destiny, by faith, I proclaim victory in the battles of life as you hear, Cocka-Doodle-Doo Before Dawn.

~ Princess Asha © 2012  AfriQtalk. All rights reserved.

AWARD WINNING NIGERIAN MUSIC DUO BRACKET HONORED BY THE CITY AND STATE OF PHILADELPHIA

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Award winning and top selling contemporary Nigerian-style African-pop duo Bracket, after receiving citation from the city and State of Philadelphia at the African American Museum on Friday August 3rd, 2012, highlighted the exciting stage line up at the 5th Annual ACANA African Festival on Sunday, August 5th, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The festival took place at the River Stage on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, a part of PECO Multicultural series.

Stage performances represented the African countries of Nigeria, Liberia, Congo,  Sierra Leone, and many others. They performed along with the musical sensation Bracket will be the sensational LIB Queen from Monrovia, Liberia, Rafiya, a Congolese artist, and Jay Q from Sierra Leone.

Other performers throughout the day included: Black Diamond, Peter Cole, Chillton Jah James, Rotimi & De Afrophonik Crew, and Sista Rose. Dance is also an important highlight of the ACANA African Festival. Also, taking the stage was the world famous Universal Dance & Drum Ensemble.

In previous years, ACANA Cultural Festival had brought on stage such big name artists like Maxi Priest of Jamaica, Trinidad’s queen of soca music Joan Tigress Rowley, as well as Liberia’s Gebah Swaray of the Safari Band. This year’s event featured Bracket who were set to repeat the success of the previous festivals, until they got rained in during their performance. See the below preview of concert.

Along with presenting sponsor, PECO, the festival is also sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, AfriQtalk, Brown Family Shop Rite, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health, Children Crisis Treatment Center, , Arik Airlines, Western Union, Cozen O’Connor, Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on African & Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, The Welcoming Center, Chester Ave. Business Association, Funtimes Magazine, Liberian United Women In Progress,  PNC Bank, and IT Solutions.

Bracket is one of the top selling contemporary Nigerian-style African-pop musicians. Bracket’s music is a composition of traditional Nigerian rhythms with contemporary pop and hip-hop influences.

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.

 

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.

Ministering Through Music – Falu Phalu

~ Princess Asha Okojie

For more than eleven years now, Christian musician Falu Phalu has been an integral, innovative and uncompromising part of ministering through music. “As a young musician I wonder, where my music comes from?” says Falu Phalu. “I’ve become a bit of a historian of Jazz and World-music genre, listening to music from across the globe. With the gift God has placed in me and the view I have of Him as a pioneer of all things and creator I strive to be like Him in such ways by reforming the known and bringing familiar things together to make the music that I would like to see happen.” He started his musical education learning to play the drums at the young age of seven and picked up other instruments in his later teenage years : the Piano, Guitar, Upright bass, Djembe and other percussions. His native Nigerian formative years found him firmly rooted in many different musical traditions, making him very fond of jazz, soul, blues, Latin Putumayo, and classical music. Right now touring, ministering and performing as an artist with very unconventional musical deliverance, Falu Phalu is out to keep bringing the unusual that we all enjoy to God’s glory. Falu pays homage to God whose masterful works of creation inspired his development as one diverse music performer creating his own style of Acoustic, jazz influenced, pop hint music with Pan African rhythms and soulful singing sometimes fused with rap. Former member of a young Christian group known as O3 (Chosen Okonrende, Miss Ree, Falu Phalu) and a pioneer of Acoustic rap, Falu Phalu reaches back to the primary sources of jazz and soul music to create his personal and spiritual interpretations of classic performers of the past and present. For example, some of his influences are Jim Reeves, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Needham, Mali Music, Sam Cooke, Jason Mraz and Esperanza Spalding. While exploring and expressing himself through music, Falu Phalu acknowledges his own key role striving to carry on these powerful legacies by creating a distinct style to hopefully touch lives.

Falu Phalu will be performing at ATVA Center, Houston, Texas 05/29/2011 @ 6pm-9.pm. For more information email: dreamweaversentertainment@yahoo.com

Sensational DJ OUDY 1er Brings It On

DJ Oudy 1er, one of Decale’s hottest artists continues to fill up dance floors across the US. The West Africa Guinea born moved to France at a young age in order to pursue his love for music. From the beginning, Dj Oudy captured the attention of his audience, filled with people yearning for the beat of Africa. He lead coupe decale movements such as “the black and white”. A captivating performer, he is the pioneer of coupe decale’s popular “the black and white” move. He has sold out shows in France, Italy, London and parts of Africa and is touring the United States with special performances of some of his biggest hits. He kickoff of his Official United States Tour at the African Vibes Magazine 5th Anniversary celebration award on 05/01/2011.

Dj Oudy 1er although aclaimed in Europe, always made sure to travel to Africa. He travelled to Guinea, Cote D’ivoire and many other countries in order to not only share his music but also his experience. DJ Oudy first called ‘The Model of DJ’s’ for his style of dress is always fashionable without doubt. He completed his new album “Kill to Kill ‘in collaboration with DJ Lewis, Philip Bebi, Serge Beno, DJ Gesco, Pat Sexy DJ 5 Stars Vetcho Lolas, David Tayorault etc to create a new concept Tchoumakaya, which was quickly adopted a few months after its release Tchoumakaya was number 1 in Africa hit Trace. His new single “tchoumakaya” is a hit both in Africa and Europe. Dj Oudy 1er is currently on tour all over America.

Love Remains Constant

The feeling of love remains constant, always growing. Sometimes new love can be the most exciting, like meeting that special someone or having a baby, your mind processes them over and over again. When old love fades, you may have drown in your quest for career, money, family, even happiness.  Always, love yourself first, unselfishly! And take some time off, it will allow love to rain in your life again. Otherwise, it wasn’t meant to be.

~ Princess Asha

 

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