Vera Ephraim storms South Africa with “Transformations”

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Showing on Friday 1st of March Photo:Kok/topkok.com
The Dancer in this combined art piece explores the positive and negative sides of her life, shows her doubts and fears, her submission to a strong African tradition, to finally discover her true colours and creative abilities. She pours them out over a giant canvas, thus painting new possibilities and sharing her victory with us.

La Danseuse, dans cette oeuvre d’art combine, explore les cotes positifs et négatifs de sa vie, expose ses doutes et ses peurs, sa soumission a une forte tradition africaine, pour finalement découvrir sa vraie personnalité et ses aptitudes créatives. Elle les verse sur une toile géante, peignant ainsi de nouvelles possibilités et partageant sa victoire avec nous.

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Resurrection Laughter! An Easter Day event.

ABUJA! This Easter something hilariously spectacular (how’s that for hyperbole?) is coming to you.

A.R.T is proud to announce that as part of our Theatre Support Program (TSP) we will be working with the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) to bring you: RESURRECTION LAUGHTER! on Easter Day.

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Ressurection laughter on Easter Day is going to be a fun-filled event hosted by Mc Bluetooth® and Co-hosted by D2® – both guilty of cracking ribs since 1990 (True story! We once testified against them in Comedy Court).

TOP TALENTS of Abuja will be out for this one, with special guest appearances and performances by: Willywilly and Yaks Man of Wazobia fm, Onome di Saint cfr., Wahala cfr., (that’s Comedian of the Federal Repblic for una wey no sabi) Fred Bright, 6 Foot Plus, Gully Ryder, Maggic Steppers, G-Next, D Elevators and a ton of others. (For real, we put them on a scale and they actually weigh a ton.)

If you’re spending Easter in the FCT then you have to be there! If you’re not spending Easter in the FCT, then you better start changing your plans.

Ah but we hear you asking Where? When? And how much e go cost?

VENUE: THE LAWN TENNIS COURT @AREA 3 PRO-CATHEDRAL

DATE: MARCH 31s

TICKETS:
N5000 – FAMILY (Table for 6)
N3000 – VIP (Table for4)
N500 – REGULAR (Table for… erm…)

It’s going to be non-stop laughter and fun at the Resurrection Laughter show (seriously, if you no gree laugh we go fine you!).

There will be FREE recharge cards to be won and Barbecue (go ahead and lick your lips) as side attractions. Also, the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF)will be providing FREE Genotype testing, so if you don’t know yours (abi you don forget) this is an easy opportunity. Knowing your genotype can save lives, relationships and marriages.

Resurrection laughter is POWERED BY:

A.R.T – African Renaissance Theatre & Ent.
@ART_ent

SCAF – Sickle Cell Aid Foundation
@SCAF_nigeria

URBAN REALITY TV

and

@justnation5 Graphics Design

To find out more about our Theatre Support Program check here and here.

Lagos Theatre Festival, 2013

Good things happening for African theatre! Follow this link:

http://www.britishcouncil.org.ng/british-councils-lagos-theatre-festival-holds-this-february

Keep in touch with the festival: @lagostheatre13

L.P’s P.O.V tha Mixtape, 14th Feb, 2013

THE BEST OF J-TOWN’S ARTISTS ARE COMING OUT FOR THIS ONE!

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TIME: 2pm – 8pm.
GATE FEE: <Regular N1000. VIP N3000.

PERFORMANCES BY:

Naydo, Grandsun, Joleeta, Lucase 2, Extol, Anchorman, Deep Thought , Funny G, BaruQ, Remarkable, Darkie, Illmasta Chif, E Prince, Black Skills and lots more!!!

If you are in Jos city you cannot afford to miss this one!! (And if you aren’t get yourself over there!) Hurry over to any razor sharp outlet and buy goods worth 5K and you get a free regular ticket. Buy goods worth 10K and get a free VIP ticket.

Come let’s have fun together in this festive season of Love!!!!!

Presenting “Da Praxis”

From the dusty streets of the cold city Jos emerges another artistic maestro: Leonard Pizat Lepdung a.k.a Pizzo da Lyrical Praxis.

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Photo by Flames da Critic

This young rapper, singer, song writer and actor is a product of the prestigious Open Air Theatre, University of Jos, Plateau state. Coming from a city famed for the production of such talent as MI, Asa, Desmond Elliot, the Amatas and Helon Habila, among many, we are most definitely excited to see what ‘J-town’ has got in store for us with Pizzo da Lyrical Praxis.

Over time Pizzo has been critically acclaimed as one of the best to ever put pen and paper together as a young writer in Jos. With a fast growing fan base, Pizzo’s first studio effort is set to be released on the 14th of February 2013.

20130212-214920.jpg The Mixtape is a collaborative effort with various Nigerian artists whom are passionate about the arts.

Pizzo over the years has recorded with Nigerian Hip-Hop heavy weights such as Terry tha Rapman, Pherowshuz, Hench, Grandsun of the Faculty, and his long time friend and collaborator Tommy Shieldz.

As any in which the artistic drive is passionate and true, Pizzo expresses himself through various art forms. Apart from playing a lead role in a short film shot by Umar Turaki of the Weaned Child film company, The Praxis is set to take the lead role in the upcoming TV series J Town Hustle, directed by Nollywood’s David Uro and slated to play key roles in upcoming theatre productions – this dude is the complete package!

rapper, rap artist

Photo by Kureng Dapel

A people oriented person, Pizzo’s major influences include Nelson Mandela, Fela Kuti, Huey P Newton, Malcolm X, Mahatma Ghandi, and Ojukwu Odumegwu. He listens to Bella Fonte, Tupac, Nas, Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Asa, DeadPrez, Corinne Bailey Rae, Shade Adu, Freshly Ground, Proverb, MI, HHP, Kendrick Lemar, Hench and lots of local music.

A traveler, lover of experience and cultures. His hobbies are cooking, writing poems, site-seeing and listening to good music. Hit up Pizzo on twitter @Pizzo_Da_Lp and get chatting with this lyrical maestro.

Pizzo’s management can be contacted via the following:
Email: critique.entertainment@yahoo.com
Mobile: +234 803 372 2839, +234 818 943 1734
Twitter: @Flames_dacritic

Theatre is indeed an empowering thing!

Wayfarer

I have a confession to make. I was a theatre major in college (yes, complete with the snooty but appropriate “re” spelling). I’ll wait for you to stop snickering. Judson University (it was Judson College when I attended), the small liberal arts college outside of Chicago labeled the major course of studies as “Communication Arts” which is what I tend to put on resumes and bios because I realize that “theatre major” tends to elicit thoughts such as “Do you want fries with that?”

When I chose my major, I had no pipe dreams about becoming a professional actor. I did it because more than one wise adult had advised me that my actual major in college would have less impact on my eventual job search than having the actual degree. “Study what you love” I was told, “not what you think will get you a job.” I listened for once…

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Marty Major on BBC Radio

British Nigerian talent Marty Major, whom we once featured on our site, had an interesting interview and showcased the diversity of her talent on BBC radio. Check it out: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21373506

King Sunny Ade

Nothing like a good old African classic! Enjoy folks.

World Music - the Music Journey

King Sunny Adé, born in 1946, is a popular nigerian performer of jùjú music. He had many comebacks in his career and is maybe one of the most influental african musicians ever! Listen to his great one called “Mo Ti Mo”:

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