Young Artist Profile: Gina Castel

African Entertainment better watch out! Performance, passion and expression have found their embodiment in the unbridled personality of Gina Castel.

Actress

Gina Castel is an actor, on-air personality, model, and fashion designer. Hailing from the Cape Coast, Ghana, Gina is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. A vivacious, mulit-talented persona, Gina works across a multitude of artistic and entertainment platforms, bringing her ‘no-holds-barred’ exuberance to each project.

A queen of the stage and a master of the screen, Gina Castel is a sight to behold when executing her acting skills. Her indepth performances, and often surprising dedication to the creation of her characters, have led to Gina being recognized as one of the next top acts to be on the look out for.

Character portrayal

Gina often works alongside major figures in Nollywood, having to her record titles such as Covert Operations, a flick by Alex Mouth (of Mnet’s Tinsel) where she played a blind woman alongside Patience Nzokwu, Olu Jacobs, Yemi Black; When Is It Enough written and directed by Daniel Ademinokan and Stella Damasus, where she played the female lead; others include Private Lies, Wife, Story Story (a BBC Radio production), Zozanatu, Affiong and a lot of other titles.

On set

As a model Gina is known to rock a signature afro cut which tops off a graceful aura that glides across runways. And when she’s not on the runway, Gina sketches and designs fashion wears.

One of Gina’s biggest passions is being a Co-Presenter for the lifestyle, faith-based radio program THR3E, which airs on Praise World Radio and is powered by In His Steps magazine, and has been featured on Impact Detroit magazine.

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One of the most fun things about this talented lady is her ability to adeptly imitate an impressive array of accents – Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, British, Indian, American, etc. If you ever run into Gina and can cajole her into doing some accents for you, it’ll probably be your most fun experience for the day!

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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.

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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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!

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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

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