Of Ammara Brown’s Ammartia Launch

Finally its here:

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Ammara Brown’s album Ammartia is out. It was launched at a colourful event at The Venue in Avondale Harare. This was after a 25 day media countdown where each day the Barefoot Goddess dropped a themed image on her social media accounts to drumming up support for her album.

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ammara brown

Its a creative marketing tactic I havent seen yet, simple and brilliant though it could have done with a bit more tweaking up to keep it interactive and relative to the album, some days it felt like spam, some days I fell in love but hey it worked the tickets to the launch sold out!!!!

Ammartia album sold out

I would probably not have gone to the launch, priced at $10 a pop, because adulting and acting my wage but I randomly answered a Twitter word puzzle from one company sponsoring the launch Zark and I dared and I won.

killer T Winky D Lady Squanda Boom Beto Few kings Jah Signal Freeman  XQ Judgement yard Ammara and John Cole

 

Quick shout out to Zark for the tickets and their support of the Zim local art scene.

#ZarkForTheDaring

The Venue

The Venue Avondale Harare

I love the name of the this place, The Venue. Its hilarious and yet commanding The Venue

I can visualise many conversations along these lines:

“Where will the event be held?”

“The Venue”

“Yes, where?”

“The Venue”

“Yes where is the venue”

“The place is called The Venue”

Its as priceless as a bar in Harare called the The Usual Place. See you at The Usual Place. *cue laughter*

The Venue is really nice spot that’s where we had the WordCamp Harare after party…

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I don’t know why every time I go there the word All-white party comes to mind. I have never been on a boat (not counting those barges you ride on the Zambezi River at the Victoria Falls) A luxury boat or a yacht if you want to be fancy something about the design and decor of The Venue just screams yacht I love it and I dont know why…..

The venue avondale harare

Ammara Brown aced that launch, her dance moves are epic, she has got so much energy where does she get it, and how many hours of practice goes into that choregraphy, *tips hat* and who does that hair though!!!!

Amarra Brown

I didnt stay for too long at the launch because I was going to turn into a pumpkin like in the Cinderella story..

On the way home we took a short left to go see if the infamous Zodwa Wabantu was perfoming at the Private Lounge, for you know research purposes. Most people (in Zimbabwe) had probably never heard of Zodwa(from South Africa) until she was banned from perfoming at the Harare International carnival because her act was deemed too raunchy. Zodwa real name (Zodwa Rebecca Libram) is a self styled au naturel afficionado who has openly confessed to not wearing panties because they are restrictive… *cue runaway imaginations*

Zodwa WaBantu Feathers Award Drama Queen of the year

Well this Friday she cancelled her act (again) maybe because she was busy winning the drama queen of the year award at the Feathers Awards, hate her or love she gets R40 000 per appearance….

And this is still my favourite Amarra Brown track havent gone through the whole album yet

~B

 

Photo-credits

Ammara Brown Visuals courtsey of Ammara Brown

The Venue Photo Courtsey of Tripadvisor

Zodwa Wabantu The Kakaki Africa

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Of Remembering Lucky Dube

Remembering an African Legend

Lucky Dube

It’s been 10 years since the death of African reggae legend Lucky Dube. He was shot and killed in the attempted hijacking of his vehicle on the night of 18 October 2007 in the suburb of Rosettenville, Johannesburg, South Africa. Apparently the carjackers thought he was a foreign national they caught and sentenced to life in prison.

An icon was robbed of his life, a family its father, a continent and the world lost a reggae legend.

I grew up listening to reggae music. My father was an avid fan he had vinyl record collections of Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear and played them on his Supersonic stereo system. He was a conscious man. Reggae music has never been just music it’s the voice for the conscious, it’s the voice for those who have none, the voice  of society’s conscience ……

And then along came Lucky Dube inspired by the likes of Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff he embraced the reggae music sound, he owned it, and used it to tell his story, to tell Africa’s story, the socio-political struggle that was his reality. He spoke against apartheid, racism and discrimination; he sang about unity.

His music was relevant not just to South Africa (where at some point his music was banned by the then apartheid government)  but to the continent, it resonated deep with his fans.

Every where in the world
People are fighting for freedom
Nobody knows what is right
Nobody knows what is wrong
The black man say it's the white man
The white man say it's the black man
Indians say it's the coloureds
Coloureds say it's everyone
Your mother didn't tell you the truth
Cause my father didn't tell me the truth
Nobody knows what is wrong
And what is right

One of his tracks is called Remember Me.

I remembered him the only way I know how. I remember as a young lad watching his music on a TV. Watching this dread-locked musician singing about being a prisoner, singing about different colours one people or why we can’t live together as one? I was not old enough to fully understand the impact of his lyrics but even then I knew there was something profound going on… well we weren’t living together then we still not entirely getting along today; even today…..

His music was breaking barriers, transcending genres and cultures going beyond the realm of simply reggae music, evolving, bridging gaps and unifying different races into one people.

What happens when reggae music meets an orchestra? Symphonic Reggae  that’s what you get. Here is a performance by the National Chamber Orchestra arranged and conducted by Michael Hankinson Featuring Lucky Dube Live in Concert 5/1/98

I wish there could have been more of this.

The University Of Pretoria Symphony conducted by Gerben Grooten performed a touching tribute to symphonic reggae, in the Musaion Perfomance Hall at the University on the 29th of May 2015……

Gallo Records South Africa the record label which he was signed under (initially Teal Records before it got incorporated into Gallo) released a 25 track Commemorative Album titled The Times We’ve Shared

Limited Edition Commemorative Album Lucky Dube

Links to purchase or listen online to the album can be found HERE.

Born on the 3rd of August 1964 his mother named Lucky; because his was a fortuitous birth after several failed pregnancies.

Lucky Dube’s legacy lives on, not only in our hearts but through his children Nkulee and Thokozani who have picked up microphones and celebrate their right to live on a musical stage  ….

We are lucky to have been blessed with this star

Lucky Dube

3 August 1964 – 18 October 2007

 

WE Remember You

~B

Images courtesy of Gallo Records South Africa

 

Of The Voice Of Music

What is music? Beats, bars and notes fused together into a rhythm so much more than its sum total.

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

-Bob Marley

The soul of music

I think man has had music in his life from when he could first talk, before that even; when he could not talk only hum and grunt or even way back from that moment when out of curiosity he clapped his hands for the first time…..

Music was our first voice, our first story…..

Here is a free tip: if you want to predict whether a song will be a hit…. Play it for kindergarten toddlers, if they start dancing, without anyone telling them to dance, you have yourself a chart topper……. simple

Music is the first voice you hear, I don’t mean the words to a song but the song and its story in all its entirety; how it all blends in and makes you feel… that voice….. And then we grow up, we start trying to pay more attention to the lyrics, to make sense of them, or the beat and trying to dance to impress, like someone is watching…

Are you surprised, you willalways look back on music from yester-year and say, that’s when they made good music….?

Music is dynamic, music changes but the voice is always the same you grow up and cant hear it anymore.

I remember this old song barely but my sisters loved it, when it played they danced their little hearts out it. I used to pick them up after school and we would walk home and this one day the song was playing loudly from the speakers outside a shop, we stopped and they danced. A small crowd of people gathered, they even threw money…..

Ndochi by Papa Jose…… shamwari tamba iwe (dance my friend)

No party was complete without this song.

Growing up, waiting impatiently for Thursday nights, because that’s when ZBC TV showed the music program, Mvenge Mvenge; Mutinhimira weMimanzi Ezomugidho (translates to The Sound of Music) My brothers recorded the good stuff on the VCR so we could watch again and again.

James Chimombe and John Chibadura were popular favourites. Years later I am all grown up and I realise some of the songs had a weird touch of melancholy they sang about death, heartbreak and loss and we danced to it on Christmas holidays.

As a country I don’t think we have had a particularly distinct music sound that is ours and ours alone,  the most popular genre Sungura started as a spin-off from the popular rhumba ndombolo music from the DRC.

In the late 90s the government instituted a media blanket which only allowed airplay of 100% local content, partly to help boost and encourage the local music and others less benevolent reasons. It left a void for those who loved western type music hip hop, the rhythm and blues, and the gap was filled by a genre of music called Urban Grooves.

Artists who rose to fame then were David Chifunyise and a collection of artists from his Shamiso records studio and the man who did the beats Delani Makhalima

David Chifunyise – Tauya Naye

And then there Pax Afro a group sponsored by the then Minister of information and publicity who was the writer and composer of the songs too, the jingles were catchy though

Let it play – Pax Afro

One of my all time favourite local songs Chidzoka by Rocquie

I will still dance to this.!!!

And today a new genre is talking over inspired by dancehall music from Jamaica. Zim Dancehall to the world, its fast paced, the new youth culture, the new voice of music….Popular Artists  include Soul Jah love, Tocky Vibes, Bounty Lisa, Winky D

I love music by Jah Prayzah, I don’t know what genre his music is but he has various local award and nominations.

Hello – Jah Prayzah

 

And it my list would not be complete if I did not mention Oliver Mtukudzi, he has been churning out hits from before I was born… and still going strong, now that is legendary!!!

Oliver Mtukudzi

We are born loving music and dancing,…..then innocence is lost

 

~B

PS How could I forget to mention this song, I really loved it and I was gravely crashed while looking it up to find out that’s it’s a cover….

Rusike Brothers – Cecelia

Day 7 Blog Everyday Challenge

photo Credit Oliver Mtukudzi

Of A Day Not Easily Forgotten

Once in your life, you must attend a concert, properly. Not sneaking out and telling lies to your parents that you are going to an all night prayer or a study session and constantly looking over your shoulder to see if any suspiciously parental guidance people are not looking for you.

A concert everyone knows you are going to, whom you going with and how you are coming back home; cause these events have a misleading habit of having posters that say till late but late is usually around two or three in the morning and not a taxi in sight….. And if you love to dance, I recommend a rhumba concert.

I remember the first one I want to. A rhumba outfit that hails from DRC had come to perform their act in Masvingo for the first time, at Charles Austin Theater.

Extra Musica of the Etat Major hit song

Although this is the first concert I admit to going, I confess experience had taught me that beverages at concerts tend to be ridiculously overpriced and they usually wont let you bring your own. So prudence would dictate you imbibe in your beverage of choice before you go and then you only buy one of the outrageously priced ones and sip on that all night, unless of course you come from money…..

being young wild and free

If it’s a concert you planned to go ahead of time, buy your tickets in advance they are usually cheaper and getting in will be easier than trying to pay at the gate or door. It will save you a world of grief and possibly getting robbed at the pressure to get in. Also only carry money that you intend to spend anyway, so if you do get pickpocketed its inconvenient but not the end of the world, and you might want to live your phone behind…..  but who will take the awesome pictures???

Take mental pictures, a phone is a distraction really.

Rhumba music has this vibe, the music plays and you just have to dance, you don’t even know the words but you dance anyway…. There is something primal about the rhythm… and then they perform your favourite song:

Dance like no one is watching

Dance like no one is watching

I don’t how, I don’t know when, but suddenly I found myself on the stage dancing, doing the same routine as the dance ensemble…. It was crazy.

I was Fire, I mean fire is my totem, but  I was on Fire, or as they call it these days LIT, and everyone was cheering. The song was repeated, again not once, not twice but three times….. When I got back into the crowd people thought I was surprise guest performer, I didn’t confirm but I certainly didn’t deny it. I greeted people in badly pronounced French and they thought I was a foreigner….  It was a nightly I can barely remember with people I can hardly forget. .

Going back home was a slight bit of drama since I couldn’t find my particulars and I came quite close to being deported as I tried to explain that I really wasn’t a foreigner until my brother came to the rescue, he had my wallet and ID in his safekeeping, I don’t remember if he said or didn’t say the words “I am my brother’s keeper” or maybe….. it wass only in my head?

Family Rocks.

What was the first concert you went to?

~B

PS That night I had complimentary drinks served to me for being a good sport, and recently I shared part of this story on my twitter feed and it earned me first prize on #GoldenPilsenerGo4Gold share a crazy story challenge hosted by @DannythatGuy

….. Good memories have a habit of staying great.

Day 6 of the blog everyday challenge

Of A WordPress WordCamp

 

The WordPress local community helps host monthly meetups which culminate into a WordCamp annual event, in countries across the globe. The WordCamp event is gaining ground in Africa, its been held in the following African countries and their respective cities: South Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town); Kenya (Nairobi), Zimbabwe(Harare).

What is A WordCamp?

Have you ever heard of one, a WordCamp? I was not aware of them until late 2016, when I came across a link on my twitter feed. It was an invitation to attend the first Wordcamp held in Zimbabwe; Harare.  I searched it up on the internet and I was instantly fascinated.

A WordCamp, is a local WordPress Conference for people from all walks of WordPress. The event is usually scheduled into various Speaker Sessions with interactive question and answer segments at the end of each session.

Who and why should you attend?

The WordCamp conference caters for everyone, from web developers, designers and various professionals to even the occasional blogger…..you get to learn first hand from real people talking about the things they are doing, things you are doing or thinking of doing too…..

There is always something for everyone.

Even outside of the Speaker Sessions, the networking opportunities are priceless, you really never know who you will meet there, or what inspiring idea you will pick up.

And there is always Swag, you can truly say I been there I done that, I got the T-shirt……..

beaton Wordcamp harare 2016 tshirt

Also There Is AN After Party!!! You know what they say about All  work and no play. WordCamps usually conclude with an after party……..

My Experience at one

It was an awesome fun-filled event filled with lots of learning…. you can read my highlights from WordCamp Harare 2016 here

If you get a chance to attend one, do!!!

When and where?

Cape Town, South Africa; The River Club 22-23 0ctober 2017 #WCCT2017

Harare, Zimbabwe; Hellenic Academy 4 November 2017  WordCampHarare2017

Nairobi, Kenya; Michael Joseph Center 4-5 November WordCampNairobi2017

~B

PS If you are attending WordCamp Harare; you just might see me there.

A few pics from WordCamp Harare 2016

WordCamp Harare 2016

 

WordCamp Harare 2016

 

 

Of The Death Note Movie: A Review

 Death Note Live Action Movie

Netflix recently released the Death Note Live Action Movie.

Death Note Opening title

It is an Americanised rendition somewhat based on the Japanese comic and anime series by the same name. You can find my review of the anime series here.

I saw the trailer for the movie whilst still watching the anime series and from that alone I could tell that, there would be changes, and I probably wouldn’t like them……. In exactly the way most movie adaptations are never quite like the books…… there’s always changes.

I watched the movie with a fairly open mind although I had braced myself for disappointment….. and here are my thoughts;

Warning: This may contain spoilers

Death Note is a pseudo-super anti-hero movie that follows the life of Light Turner. A teen who winds up with a notebook that causes anyone whose name is written in it to die…

Death Note rule one the human whose name is written in this note shall die

the human whose name is written in this note shall die

He cooks up a crazy plan (starting with an individual responsible for his mother’s death) to rid the world of people “who make life miserable, make like life dangerous“…..

When he asks his love interest if she thinks he is crazy

death note scene Do you think I am crazy

Do you think I am crazy?

 

and her classic reply is “…..you are not crazy enough…”

if anything I think you are not crazy enough

if anything I think you are not crazy enough

Predictably the authorities try to find and stop him, and they enlist the help of  mad genius consultant trained from age 6 to become a super detective….. I know we should suspend disbelief but …..

anyhoo moving on it becomes a cat and mouse chess game…..

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The lines of good, evil and lesser evil are blurred crossed and recrossed, to a twisted conclusion that ends up in a cliff hanger that can only lead to one thing A SEQUEAL.

As a standalone movie, I think it’s a fairly decent thriller movie, with some disturbing splashes of gore as characters get offed rather graphically, makes me wonder what the age restriction is. If you haven’t watched the anime version you might even get to really like the movie although the plot races by super-fast as they try to develop a plot that’s explained in 37 anime episodes into one feature film, you might get lost here and there.

If like me, you watched and loved the anime…. The sheer incredulity of the makers of this movie makes you want to, write their names in a death note maybe not that extreme but still….

here’s a few changes I noted;

-The original series is based in Japan and the main character is called Light Yagami, in the movie they are in America and the lead character is called Light Turner but in both they use the pseudo name Kira as the killer’s alias. The movie was made a for different audience from the original but it still feels like a betrayal of the original Japanese anime and one can see how some communities would be outraged at it being “Americanized.”

–The back story to the quirky candy-loving genius consultant in the movie is a bit over the top and doesn’t get explained properly maybe that’s why a sequel is coming…… and he just didn’t quite pull off the quirks we had come to love and laugh at in the series…..

–The love interest, was completely new character Mia and her character is under developed, who is she? where is from? what’s her story?, why is she the way she is?……. I rather liked the original love interest Misa Amane and hated Light for the way he manipulated her emotions to get her to do what he wanted….

-They played around with so many of the rules and concepts of the death note and shinigami realm it was hard to keep track…… death note rules.png

They didn’t do the Shinigami eyes and Anyone who touches a death note should be able to see the Death Note God and they tried to make Ryuk a Shinigami death god who haunts whoever owns the death Note, seem like a super untrustworthy devious character who dare care much for Light and I didn’t care much for that…..

text in death note Don’t trust Ryuk he is not your pet he is not your friend’

‘Don’t trust Ryuk he is not your pet he is not your friend’

On a side note William Dafoe plays the strange being oh so well though……..

Ryuk is prononced ree-yook

It’s pronounced Ree-yook

That said if you haven’t watched it and asked me if you should watch it… yes or no

YES watch it……

~B

PS have you watched it… would you watch it…. what are your thoughts?

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All Images screen grabs courtesy of Netflix Channel

Of Death Note: Anime review

Death Note

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My thoughts after binge watching 37 episodes of the anime series Death Note. The series is based on a manga comic written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata

Warning this may contain Spoilers but that’s mostly things you will find out in the first five minutes of the first episode or if you should ever try to find out what the series is about.

If you picked up a notebook titled Death Note and upon opening it discovered the first instruction written in it is:

Death Note Inscription The human whose name is written in this note shall die

The human whose name is written in this note shall die

What would you do, what would you do? I am fairly sure I would be curious and more than a little terrified and just before sending it back to whatever realm improbable realm it came from, I might be tempted to write down maybe a single name and no more but don’t ask me who.

All humans die

All humans will, exception, eventually die

If you are a Game of thrones fan, valar morghulis

Light Yagami a somewhat well-adjusted straight A student, who picks up the Death Note; he reads the first instruction and is naturally skeptical of it but still keeps the book. He witnesses a street gang trying to molest a lady and one of the gang shouts his name, and Light writes down the name in the book and forty seconds later death strikes the gang flees and the lady escapes…..

Light has a strong sense of morality and his father is the police chief, and he easily convinces himself he was meant to find the Death Note and that it’s his duty to rid the world of all evil doers one heart attack at a time. If power corrupts then this certainly goes to his head as he suddenly has designs of creating a new world free of injustice and he will be God of this new world……..

I would have been routing for him had it not been for the little thing that he regards people who try to stop him as people working on the side of the criminals, and these guys are the police, the police are trying to catch him and he kills any who get close enough, but he is still a hard character to hate most of the time I am hoping he gets away with it

It’s a cat and mouse chess game as a special team headed by a quirky genius is tasked to find the criminal killer whom everyone refers to as Kira.

The hero fills like the villain and the villain feels like the hero, nothing is black and white……..

If you are going to watch it, stop on the 24th episode because after that all chill is lost but of course don’t listen to me watch it and then come back and let me tell you I told you so.

Oh yeah and whoever owns a Death Note gets followed around by creepy looking being, A Death God called a Shinigami until you die or forfeit ownership of Death Note, and they may or may not reliably explain or help use the Death Note. To kill someone with the Death Note you need to know their face and real name, which can get quite tricky as you can imagine; the Shinigami can offer you a cool deal Shinigami eyes:

Shinigami eyes

Shinigami eyes

Eyes that let you see as the Shinigami see, you see a person’s Name and Life Span remaining all for the bargain price of  half of your remaining life would you accept that?

~B

PS The movie Death Note is coming to theaters 25 August 2017. I have seen the trailer and there are obvious changes; I have braced myself to be disappointed but who knows…..

 

Of A Lady’s Handbag

If you were having coffee with me; I would tell you how as a guy, I am always; let’s call it “in awe of the things women carry in their handbags….

It’s a whole dimension in itself in there; reminds me of Felix The Cat’s bag….

Felix the cat magic back with universe inside

If I was to ever re-invent a handbag, I would probably include a built in light, similar to the one you find on a fridge that goes on when you open it…. (I have seen ladies struggling to find something they are sure they put in their handbag and I would almost make the suggestion to them; that they should carry a torch, for such moments…. but on account of me rather liking my head firmly attached to my neck and breathing and stuff I just silently watch and make no comment…..)

Vanity light inside handbag

A vanity light inside a handbag how about that….

If you were having coffee with me; I would tell you that my mom’s handbag holds something you can see without ever opening it….

She carries a sermon in her handbag…….

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How does one carry a sermon in handbag you ask? Well, good question and I am glad you asked it, because today is your lucky Sunday….

One side of her handbag is completely scarlet and

scarlet.jpgthe other side has a scarlet part and a white.

Red & whiteA message of His infinite forgiveness:

Isaiah 1:18Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”They say He works in mysterious ways and if something as simple as handbag can carry a message what about His wonderful creation……..

 

Isaiah 53:5 “….By his stripes we are healed…

They say He works in mysterious ways and if something as simple as handbag can carry a message what about His wonderful creation……..

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you if you saw the lunar eclipse a few nights ago and if you stayed up to watch the meteor shower…..

partial lunar eclipse Southern hemisphere

I watched the partial lunar eclipse but on this side of the hemisphere the Perseid Meteor Shower was mostly disapponting maybe because I was somewhat misled by a hoax message that claimed this would be the brightest meteor shower in 96 years (Thanks to Google I knew the message was claim was fake) but still I expected something like a New year’s fire works display….

New Year Fireworks; Harare, Zimbabwe

New Year Fireworks; Harare, Zimbabwe

And all I saw was only one shooting star…

The Perseid Meteor Shower happens every year peaking around July/August …who knew …maybe next year I will have a friend with telescope and an observation deck and we can count the stars….

A starry night is the salt of the universe revealing mysteries the sun hides

Have an awesome week

~B

 

 

Of Way Maker

Lately I find myself playing this track on repeat…. I rarely play songs on repeat but this one, feels like I have rediscovered it, something about it just strikes a chord in my soul…

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Way Maker ~ Sinach

Sinach Way Maker

You are here
Moving in our midst
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Working in this place
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Moving in our midst
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Working in this place
I worship you
I worship you

Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are
Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are

You are here
Touching every heart
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Healing every heart
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Turning lives around
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Mending every heart
I worship you
I worship you

Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
That is who you are
Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are

You wipe away all tears
You mend the broken heart
You’re the answer to it all
Jesus
You wipe away all tears
You mend the broken heart
You’re the answer to it all …to it all..to it all
Jesus

Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are
Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are

You are here
Touching every life
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Meeting every need
I worship you
I worship you

About Sinach

sinach

Sinach is an internationally recognised gospel artist, award winning songwriter, vocalist with over 500 songs.  She is an international worship leader serving in the Christ Embassy Church, and is greatly motivated to see her music help uplift and worship God.

She organises “SINACH LIVE IN CONCERT” a series of worship concerts which has taken place in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Amsterdam, Cameroon, USA, and other parts of the world.

She is Nigerian; her real name is Osinachi and happily married to Joseph Egbu.

~B

 

PhotoCredit: Sinach.org

Song Way Maker; Youtube

Of Now or Never #LeFemmeRemix: A Review

I was scrolling through music channels wondering what happened to the music scene because most music videos seem to be all about the all up in your face provocative sex appeal, skimpy dancers doing highly suggestive dance routines to distract us from the waning mostly inaudible lyrical content and managing to objectify women in the process. Pretty soon people are just going to be naked in hip hop videos… oh, wait, didn’t someone famous do one of those already?  Anyhoo as you were.

I used to really love hip hop, back in the day when Rap really meant Rhythm And Poetry when it was a raw expressive force, lyrical gangsters spitting out verse on the microphones, that would explode the tape decks when they were in rap mode, you feel me?Call me old school but could you throw me back to a time when you could feel the emotion in rap from the love they felt for their mums, loyalty to their homies, and venom unleashed at haters, disintegrating those who would oppose; to the rage against injustice. Now, hip hop is a menagerie of multi-tattooed, chain wearing, expensive drinks sipping, posing artists all about image, they rap about how much money they got, expensive cars they woke up in, sex, and I can barely hear half of the other stuff they mumble out.

I thought perhaps I had lost my love for rap till I stumbled across this track by DJ Switch and Ms Cosmo.

To celebrate the phenomenal creature that is woman; phenomenal woman; Ms Cosmo DJ calls out her favourite female emcees to feature in the #LefemmeRemix of DJ Switch’s Now or Never track.

Ms Cosmo.jpg

Ms Cosmo

The result is 8 minutes of true grit, ten verses and ten of South Africa’s baddest female hip hop artists making a a point in a world where the rap scene is predominantly male….. It’s the rise of the female rappers.

I am hooked to the hook of the song:

What happened to rap?
Yeah, what happened to rap?
Hip hop used to drop bars now we just dab

And I cant decide which is my favourite verse or who slays the most, because its that awesome, but in order of appearance:

Opening verse is Meg Mafia also known as the North Goddess and she’s got purpose just like a pure breed warrior.

Rapping was about the bars but now it’s just a circus

Meg Mafia.jpg

Meg Mafia

Ms Supa is super human and two times a queen with a straight flush.

You got a beat but you can’t use it

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Ms Supa

Nelz wishes rappers rap more instead of talking about rap

The rise of the female rapper
The rap game is full of actors
I see no rappers just wrappers

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Nelz

Representing cape town and keeping it real Miss Celaneous

Shame man they look the same, some are same so uniform
He said if you wanna be part of the clique outchea, you gotta

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Miss Celaneous

Rogue knows what happened to real rap and it aint dead its going to rise like a phoenix.

No longer looking for lyricism
Just give em beat that bumps the bass

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Rouge

Patty Monroe who  is practically a brand unto herself now that’s clever

Now or never was an all male endeavour
You failed to deliver

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Patty Monroe

Phresh Clique repping Cape Town they coming to win.

on stage
I rage,
I blaze,
fans feel
amazed

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Phresh Clique

on stage
I rage,
I blaze,
fans feel
amazed

Fifi Cooper does no metaphors now if only someone would translate for me the rest of her verse so I know what she own about

why you put me next to kids that begs for Ice-Cream

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Fifi Cooper

BK is the one who gots one problem rappers don’t make sense

Some careers born a little pre-mature
These weak raps need to incubate a little more

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BK

Clara T is about clarity and no lies, aint looking for anything she cant get for herself

Until you decide
And when you look in the mirror
You see that look in your eyes
That you aren’t breathing the same air as me

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Clara T

Gigi Lamayne is a serious heavy hitter  she wields her femininity like a blunt force don’t mess with the hybrid

Royal blood on my pad
I’m always Ultra with the bleeds

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This track is what rap is about, standing for something; real, live and raw. Shout Out to all those keeping it real and if  you didn’t know these ladies watch out for them, trust me they making a mark.

If I listen to this song a thousand times I am so going to post the lyrics the way we used to do it back in the day before google when the only way to  get song lyrics was to listen rewind and press play 

~B

PS Happy women’s month and  In case you missed it I am crushing on this song.

And if you into rap what’s your take on the rap game and music scene in general?

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#LeFemmeRemix images and track link courtesy of Ms Cosmo