Archive for March, 2010

Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

After watching Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire I have to say I was left feeling very sad. I only watched the film due to a friends recommendation and have never heard of the book.

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No Limit Project

The No Limit Project is massive! Today I came across the movement which is growing out of East London and reaching audiences as far as Russia. Continue reading

Join the Glee Club!

Ever wanted to perform a song but forget the lyrics?

Ever wanted to perform a song but had no instrumental track?

Ever wanted to perform at karaoke but couldn’t find one to go to?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then this article is for you. Continue reading

A Work Of Art

Ever heard of Mona Lisa?


What if I told you that she was not the creation of Leonardo da Vinci What would your answer be?

How about 1996 recording artist ‘Mona Lisa’

Well that’s who I’m talking about! The first single ‘Can’t Be Wasting My Time’ featured The Lost Boys and was taken from the album “11-10-79” . ‘Can’t Be Wasting My Time’ was recorded when this young lady was only seventeen years old. This song was just a small introduction to the vocal capabilities of this young diva!

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Radio GaGa!

Ever found your self searching through the music television stations looking for your favourite jam but in the process felt like giving up because all you seem to find is Lady GaGa music video’s!

In the UK we have a free digital television service called Freeview. For those of you who do not know: there are only two music video channels on freeview which predominately play pop music. Continue reading

Love Hurts!

Inspired by my previous blog titled ‘R&B is Dead!’ I went off on one of my youtube never ending journey’s flicking through clips of R&B artists trying to establish which were in my opinion credible and authentic.

On this trip I faced a further dilemma. One of the artist on my list of authentic R&B artists, was receiving a lot of criticism on the youtube blogs. I couldn’t understand why people were being so rude!

The artist in question is Nivea. But what was all the fuss about? Well she had a baby after a divorce. Yeah that’s it really!

Ok maybe that’s not the full story!!

Nivea’s Ex-Husband is the R&B singer and super producer The Dream. And if you did not know well now you do. He is the man behind Rihanna’s Super-Hit ‘Umbrella’ and has also produced some Nivea’s music. Yes Nivea was married to The Dream and they have three children together. After the split The Dream moved on to Christina Milian who gave birth to his fourth child.

After Nivea’s divorce with The Dream. Lil’ Wayne and Nivea recently became proud parents of a healthy baby boy. Lil’ Wayne had another child in the same year by another women and is now in prison.

SO thats all the B.S! Out of the way.

I think the critic’s need to grow up. People get together and sometimes split-up. Thats life! What that has to do with the quality of the music they produce is NOTHING!

Nivea’s new music video ‘Love Hurt’s’ is quite self explanatory if you ask me. I think it highlights the dynamic to the word love. The video is an emotional roller-coaster and compliments the lyrics. Watch the video below. And look out for the cameo. Continue reading

R&B is Dead!

Today while I was visiting The Singersroom I came across an interview with an up and coming artist from Southern California called Havana. In her interview she was asked “Do you think R&B is dead?”

Havana did not answer yes to this question but I did sense a negative vibe from her when referring to the state of the music industry. In response to this question I feel like the music industry has many innovative and original artists in existence.

Many of the real R&B artists in my opinion are overshadowed by the commercial market but that does not mean R&B is dead!

R&B is all about community, heart and soul. R&B is all about lyrical content and the effect it has on individuals, families, communities and nations. Most authentic R&B artists exist without the accolades and awards that many mainstream ‘R&B’ artist get in the music industry.

Chart positions play too much of an important role in the fate of many talented R&B artist, but hardcore R&B audiences understand this and still show support in the artist they like even if the artist is not longer in rotation.

The commercial market is unforgiving in the way is reproduces songs and extracts what is popular from soulful sounds. Artists like Beyonce, JLS and Alexandra Burke may be selling for the masses but also contribute to the future of R&B as they give unsigned and underdeveloped talent something to reflect upon in terms of establishing art that is more authentic and soulful.

This is just another form of capitalism and the legacy of the imperial structure of society from the eighteenth century. No matter how you look at the situation its all down to the listener to educate themselves on what is real R&B!

I have put together a list of artist’s past and present who I think deserve recognition for the role they have played in creating, innovating and progressing R&B music;

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