The Lagos International Jazz Festival 2015 (30th April – 2nd May)

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The Lagos International Jazz Festival 2015
‘Jazz In The Megacity’
Tomorrow Thursday April 30th 2015 – May 2nd 2015<-
At Freedom Park Lagos
Tickets 1000Naira ONLY

Leading the pack are Nigerian-born United Kingdom-based two-time Grammy Award winning mega-percussionist Lekan Babalola; United States-based multi–instrumentalist Adeniji the ‘Heavywind’; Bass virtuoso and director of the Span Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music, Bright Gain; veteran musician and classical clarinetist Tee Mac; vocal sensation Ego and neo-highlife musical icon Nomoreloss amongst a long list of other accomplished and upcoming musicians.

Various genres of music ranging from traditional Jazz, Naijazz, Afrojazz, Fuji, Afrobeat, Apala, Highlife and Naija-Hiphop will all be represented on 5 stages named after prominent Nigerian musical icons of blessed memory namely the Fela Kuti, Elder Steve Rhodes, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Osita Osadebe

Maitisong Festival 2015: Interview with Donald Molosi

“Africa does not tell her stories enough. The fact that this one man who saved the lives of millions of Africans is largely unknown is a problem. I tell this story now because it does not exist in the stories we tell of Africans solving their own problems…”

The Maitisong Festival 2015 is an arts and culture extravaganza that’s taking Gaborone by storm for the rest of this week (22nd – 26th April). Among the amazingly talented performing acts is the unstoppable Donald Molosi who leads a stellar cast in the production of his award winning play Today It’s Me on the 25th. We were lucky enough to steal Donald away from his hectic schedule for a little chit-chat. Enjoy!

Donald Molosi's TODAY IT'S ME hits Gaborone

Tell us about your participation in the Maitisong 2015 festival? How did you get involved? Was it a contest, special selection?

I am elated to be performing at the Maitisong Festival 2015 as a headline act. I submitted my work like any artist and then the Director later informed me that they would be leading the theatre aspect of the festival with my show, Today It’s Me.

How has the public’s reacted to the festival?

The public loves this festival and its staying power 30 years later stands as testament to that. Batswana love seeing many different arts in one place so Maitisong festival provides exactly that. In a way, my show Today It’s Me is a microcosm of the festival in that my show has movement, dance, theatre, acting and live music.

You’ll be performing your award winning play Today It’s Me on the 25th of April, tell us about it.

Today It’s Me is a biographical story I wrote about Philly Lutaaya, the first prominent African to declare that he was living with AIDS. The play explores his courage, musical legacy and struggle from a humanist angle that leaves the audience very inspired and encouraged.

Why this play? What informed its choice for this festival?

Africa does not tell her stories enough. The fact that this one man who saved the lives of millions of Africans is largely unknown is a problem. I tell this story now because it does not exist in the stories we tell of Africans solving their own problems without the problematic intervention of the West. I have not performed in Botswana since three years ago when I performed Sir Seretse Khama’s story so this is an opportunity for me to show what else I can do.

How challenging has it been embodying Philly Lutaaya?

This is so far the hardest role I have taken on. I had to learn Luganda, both language and culture, and also do research in languages I did not know before. I spent years looking through photographs of his, listening to and dissecting his music, speaking with his family and truly beginning to embody him before I wrote the play. It has been a wonderful 5 year journey with his story so far and I look forward to it getting out more.

Molosi Maiti (2a)

In performance actors always seek to reveal layers of truth about their characters. Is the pressure to do this amplified when the character is a historical figure?

Pressure is not what I call it. I just call it basic work. Every character must be given the privilege to exist off-stage so that whatever you perform is a slice of a full life. With real historical characters, that work is even more crucial because you are more consciously creating an oral or performative archive about a people’s story. I enjoy every bit of it and it makes me a better human being to know so intimately the legends on whose shoulders we all stand on.

Your body of work reveals an affinity for historical African figures in your dramaturgy, and we must say it is always brilliant to see someone representing an aspect of the African continent that doesn’t get enough mainstream exposure. How has this focus on historical figures affected you as an artist and an African?

Thank you for seeing value in my obsession with African history and having it color my acting work. Too many Africans self-hate without realizing and those are the ones who ignorantly ask me why I tell African stories. So, it is refreshing and encouraging to hear you call my choice “brilliant.” Through my niche I have created a unique identity for myself in Hollywood, Broadway and at home in Botswana. I am a brand that is lucidly understood because the thread of African history runs through all my work. As a human being I have evolved a lot from learning about our communal human ancestors and seeking to live my life in honor of their efforts that in the 21st century I can be on Broadway telling an African story.

How impactful are events like the Maitisong festival on Botswana’s arts and culture scene? Would you say they demonstrate the economic potential of arts and culture in Africa?

Maitisong unites artists that ordinarily don’t cross paths so the networking aspect of the festival must be stated. It is a hub of activity that university students can use for internships and the like, so the festival goes beyond just thrilling audiences. It takes its social responsibility seriously as a gateway to international arts markets. Maitisong does not demonstrate our potential. Rather, it demonstrates our excellence in its fullest glory. I am past the days of celebrating potential and I celebrate excellence because excellent is what I want to always be.

Molosi Maiti (10)

The festival is only a few days away and preparing for it must have been a challenging but exciting journey. What has left the biggest imprint on you, thus far?

I have been fortunate to be working with amazing actors. I will always be grateful to be in such good company and to perform alongside Kgomotso Tshwenyego and Donn Swaby, both of them international actors of note. I am truly grateful and inspired especially that I am doing what I think is the hardest role of my acting life!

Molosi Maiti (6a)

Official Press Release: Mc Bluetooth Presents Resurrection Laughter On Easter Sunday

The Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) Our Lady Queen of Nigeria pro-cathedral Abuja in collaboration with Bluetooth Entertainment storms the city of Abuja with a Night of comedy, music and dance “RESURRECTION LAUGHTER ON EASTER SUNDAY”

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DATE: easter sunday 20th of April 2014
TIME: carpet opens 4pm prompt
VENUE: The lawn tennis court Area 3 pro-cathedral, Abuja, Nigeria.
TICKETS
REGULAR: N1,000
GOLD: table for four (4) N7,000
DIAMOND: table for six (6) N10,000
PLATINUM: table for eight (8) N20,000

For ticket details visit:
http://www.olx.com.ng/resurrection-laughter-on-easter-sunday-iid-613746329
http://flingnow.com/category/274/Events/listings/9967/Resurrection-Laughter-on-Easter-sunday.html

Or call:
Pius 08069465625
Lucy: 08172886116
Martins: 08057715136

Tickets can also be purchased at the venue

GET MORE INFORMATION ON:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mcbluetoothccfr
Twitter: @Mc_bluetooth
And McBluetooth’s blog: http://www.mcbluetoothccfr.blogspot.com

CURIOUS ABOUT RESURRECTION LAUGHTER?

RESURRECTION LAUGHTER is a comedy, music and dance show organized in celebration of the season of Easter. A celebration of life with family and friends in an entertainment packed environment. RESURRECTION LAUGHTER ON EASTER SUNDAY features the best of all worlds, with hilarious stand up comedy performances from the best in the industry, dance moves to rock your world, music to soothe the soul, not forgetting the additional health benefits that comes with the programs partnership with health organizations such as SCAF (sickle cell aids foundation) and the state department for public health. The event will provide free genotype and blood group test and general health awareness

RESURRECTION LAUGHTER is Proudly supported by:

African Renaissance Theatre & Entertainment
Elixir entertainment
Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF) of Nigeria
100 Majik Monkeyz
MOTA
647 Concept

New Music from Naija: LSMK in “LoveLove” and “Welcome to the World”

LSMK is an up and coming artiste of the R&B, rap and alternative genre. A Lagos based crooner of eclectic music. His previous works include the self produced All The Women and Roll Up produced by Fiz (@_Fizzz_).

Follow him on Twitter ( @_lsmk_) and Instagram (LSMK)

Welcome To The World is a ballad/rap hybrid about a child’s destiny unfolding as he or she is brought into the world. This is produced by LSMK and Fiz. LoveLove is a graphic interpretation of Love and Obsession exploring contextual themes such as fashion, drugs, regret, lust and so on. Produced by LSMK. Be sure to be enlightened as you listen. ENJOY!

Click here to listen to or download LoveLove

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Click here to listen to or download Welcome to the World

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Download African Hip Hop: HENCH

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Sornen Ukoh is HENCH. Born and raised in Jos,Plateau State, this budding hip hop, spoken word and freestyle artist chose a career in music and liberal arts after graduating from Lead City University Ibadan where he studied Politics and International Relations. Inspired by top notch Nigerian acts such as MI Abaga, Mode 9, Jesse Jags and Ice Prince Zamani, Hench carves an artistic path for himself fusing golden age rap styles with imaginative poetry rendered over moving rythimic instrumentals. Hench is an avid reader, movie buff and art enthusiast who describes his artistic influences as “too many to list and forever evolving”. Currently focused on a mixtape project titled “Escape From Jay Town”, Hench lives in Lagos city.

Hench received recognition following his feature on MI Abaga’s Illegal Music 2’s hit track Ridiculous. Respected for his incisive lyrics and smooth flow, this is the dude who gave us the epic line: “if you ain’t tryna be rich then you ain’t broke enough“. The mixtape album’s title has gotten us curious and utterly excited!

Download and enjoy his new singles!

DOWNLOAD: Coming Soon

DOWNLOAD: U No Sabi Rap

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Hip Hop from Africa: HENCH

Hench rap artist

Nigerian hip hop… Scratch that! African hip hop, get ready! HENCH is coming for ya! On the 8th of June, this young hip hop artist, acclaimed as one of J-town’s finest, will be releasing 2 NEW SINGLES: Coming Soon and U No Sabi Rap, from his upcoming mixtape titled Escape From J-town.

Hench received recognition following his feature on MI Abaga’s Illegal Music 2 hit track Ridiculous. Respected for his incisive lyrics, smooth flow and intuitive freestyle skills, this is the dude who gave us the epic line: “if you ain’t tryna be rich then you ain’t broke enough“. The track titles have gotten us curious and utterly excited – and how about that mixtape album title, huh? We can’t wait to hear what this emcee has cooked up.

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.

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