OK, was reading the Monday Blog Hop, to be honest I kinda hate every weekday except Wednesday, dunno…maybe ’cause I was born on a Wednesday or ’cause a volcano erupted and killed a lot of people on my birth. OK maybe it wasn’t the exact time, with the different time zones & all, but a gal can have a morbid fascination… Continue reading
Since some people have been having issues downloading from SoundCloud especially through their mobiles/their inability to understand the highly visible Download button, I’ll be posting it directly to my blog. Scratch that apparently, I’ve to pay – sorry peeps, you better learn to understand that download button…
Anywho, on this track, produced by Willz, she’s singing about how the Lord is more than enough for her. Verdict: Definitely a grower, although I might have some issues with vocal effects – autotune, how I still hate you, might come off a tad bit overproduced, lyrically & vocally I can’t fault it – simple straight to the point with a lovely voice.
Get to Know Her Bit AKA Profile
Gospel crooner Dubem, born Chidubem Amanda Ikebuego, the fifth child in a family of six hails from Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Dubem’s childhood influences in music spurred her belief that a voice is one of the strongest musical instruments in the world. “My greatest asset is my voice. That is why I like people like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Cece Winans, right from my childhood. But on the local level, I like Waje and a gospel artiste called Efe. Efe is so unique in her delivery and I am moved by what she does with her voice”.
Dubem started singing in church, but only embraced music professionally at the age of 12, due to the influence of her friends who kept reminding her that she was blessed with a gift: “I started with Tim Godfrey and the Xtreme Crew. It was at the age of 12 that I embraced music as a professional when my friends started urging me to do something with my voice. Before then, I was doing shows from one church to another; but in 2005, I met D’banj. His band had just been formed and they were looking for backup singers, so I was part of the original band. From there, I moved on to join Onyeka Onwenu and eventually I got back to Sammie Okposo, whom I have worked with on and off. I have spent eight years with Sammie”.
On working with Sammie Okposo: “Sammie is a unique artiste; that is why he is generally seen as the King of Gospel music in Nigeria and he deserves it. He is one very big force in this whole thing I am doing and a great influence in my career. Our rehearsals are like being in real concerts, Sammie has this attitude that hard work is the only way out and goes the extra mile to enforce it on everyone around him. He is also making sure that this album is completed in good time”.
The dynamic singer-songwriter is currently in the studio working on her upcoming debut album, she has already dropped three promotional singles – Ojija Nma, More than Enough and For Real – were jointly produced by Phat E and Williams. The versatile singer is breaking new grounds and exploring her musical dexterity.The singles come off with a touch of pop, dance, worship and afro-pop vibes are a product of her several years’ experience working at the background with some of Nigeria’s notable music artistes.
While, gospel music artistes seem over burdened with a lot of expectations in comparison with their secular music counterparts, Dubem says that is not a problem for her: “I have always coped with life on the two divides; I do not see it as a problem at all. When you have been in this job for this long, learning from the masters and watching them, you will build confidence to face the challenges that would come your way. That is one way I have handled this aspect of my career”.
Although, Dubem has completed her studies in Business Administration at the Lagos State University, LASU, she is still passionate about studying Mass Communication. She says this will help her galvanise all she has learnt so far in music. “The response to my music at concerts is great, but I am sure it would be better with these singles that are serenading the airwaves”, she stated optimistically.
Dubem’s electrifying voice will make you see how great God is. Be blessed and receive all you need as you listen!
Speaking of Ocean, just listened to her song “My Chi”, which she only recorded 6 days ago, yup that’s the 13th of March, 2013. In fact my ass is so fresh, I got it on the 15th. Anywho, it’s produced by Papa K, with Vhicktoure Bass on the bass. The song means My God, it’s sung in Igbo & English and yes I know what it means. And if you’re wondering, she did it in one take and it’s a freestyle, yup she bad like that…
I just want to hug your cute ass, I call dibs – no one hugs you except me, capish?
I’m so happy for one of my fave YouTubers, VanJess, just noticed this on my facebook homepage, apparently they posted this 10 hours on fb – that’s the closest to freshness I’m ever going to get. Yes, these lovely singer-songwriting siblings have actually done a proper studio version & video of their song, Drumroll. Loving the Caribbean undertones. Sean Fury, this is how it’s done…
MKS – Mutya Keisha Siobhan aka Sugababes 1.0. Seriously, why?! Aren’t the original problems still there?? Yes, I know about good wine maturing with age, but we are human – you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Will Keisha still allegedly be a bullying bitch? Will Siobhan still allegedly be a victim? Will Mutya still allegedly be a….I dunno, I just wanted to type allegedly again…
Oh well, here’s to hoping for some good music, maybe we’ll get some good Sugababes 1.0 vs. Sugababes 4.0 music. I was actually going to write some thought provoking stuff, but bugger it all, I kinda forgot…oops.
…so I Predict a Riot, Catfights & Spotlights style…or maybe, just maybe Kenzi’s version of Succubi fighting – “Slow motion pillow fights? Crotch lasers?”. Geez, I really miss Lost Girl.
Two posts in a day…wow, maybe this one will make more sense. Since, I’ve been receiving a lot of promo singles in my Yahoo! I’ve decided to post them. But, since I’m too lazy to actually be bothered I’ll leave with my new favourite YouTubers, VanJess. Apparently, they went on The X Factor (US), they didn’t get past the first stage.
… yeah. That’s Janet Jackson’s Runaway, oh you nasty noobs.
- Australia – The Shins. Yes, that’s where the title came from. This song’s my new baby, I always play it after Frightened Rabbit’s "Keep Yourself Warm". They just go together. They don’t mention Australia, not even a kangaroo. I finally watched Garden Party & the minute Natalie Portman’s character recommended The Shins, I yelled "I know who they are!"
- The Boys are too Refined – The Hush Sound. With the killer piano, I had to love it. Plus, the bit in the chorus where the guy goes wooah, always makes me laugh, actually the random dude’s bits are my second fave. The odd bit is I haven’t really listened to it much on my iPod.
- Gonna Make You Love Me More – Ryan Adams. Love the music, with the guitars, while the lyrics kinda scare me. That "I’ll come to you like a little girl" line really scares me.
- One Week of Danger – The Virgins. It’s catchy, even though I tried to hate it. Plus, it sounds kinda familiar, I keep thinking Orson’s "No Tomorrow" & some other random dance songs.
- Mixin’ Up Adjectives – Musically yeah, if not predictable, lyrically I…dislike it, especially "the mixing up adjectives like jealous & sweet".
- Didi (My Doe Part 2) – The Matches. Another song that musically sounded like another song. Every single time he stuttered, I wanted to kill him.
Since my team & back up team are effing up at the World Cup, I’ve decided to restart my Manager Mode on Fifa 08 (damn Xbox & their stupid ways, the whole making a new profile for Live, lost all my good stuff, what’s the point if you can’t brag to the world…Now, if I could just log back on). I’ve been reintroduced to the randomness that is its playlist. Sweet…Maxïmo Park, k-os, Santogold (now Santigold), Travis, Noisettes, The Automatic, The Hours, Robyn, Tigarah, The Hoosiers etc…I don tire, yes I like to pay attention to who I’m listening to. Oh well, off to eat.
Now, we’ve got Wimbledon, I can’t leave my telly on before I sleep on BBC1 or BBC2 cause when I finally wake up, I’m forced to watch it…till I find my remote….take the painkiller, cycle on your bicycle, leave all this misery behind. Darn it Emma, I still listen to it (Painkiller – Turin Brakes), infact I AM listening to it right now.
NB: For those who don’t know, Aang is the Avatar, the last airbender.
Random observation: For someone who spoke so quietly, like his sister, Michael Jackson sure liked to do some really suggestive - ok, really suggestive is an understatement – dance moves, like his sister. Don’t believe me the crotch grab, followed by the energetic pumps (there’s a gif out there where he’s wearing some gold number); then the thrusts (from the video with his classic black & white combo with a red shirt). He was bigger than Elvis, go to anywhere in the world & you will find a [great, aspiring or downright crap] moonwalker. He transcended generations, made MTV & music videos epic. I always believed that the "This is It" concerts were not going to happen, sad to say, I was right.
Wish me luck, I have to be at Dudley for my 8am theory test, which means I’ve to get the bus by 6am, to be there by 7am. I better ace it. I’m still to chicken, to actually start my driving lessons, sorry. All this for a fifty something minute test.
"The original all female string quartet", cheeky aren’t they? I was fortunate enough to catch two of their 3 performances yesterday at the Bullring, the first at noon & the third at 5pm (I missed the second at 3pm). Why? I was uploading the first performance on YouTube, my new impulsive buy, the FlipUltra, came in handy. It might have the smallest screen known to man, but it’s fantastic once you plug it to your telly or computer, I wish I had a steadier right hand or the FlipUltra HD. Plus I thought they’d do different encores, I really wanted to hear Scorchio, Fuego, Shine, & Gypsy Rhapsody live. bond have got to be the most energetic, manic, crazy ass non-singing group of all time, especially Gay-Yee Westerhoff* & Eos Chater. *There were times where she was looking dead at me with some smoldering action/crazy, I was praying there was some hot dude behind me with a camera, I was that scared. I chuckled when some random teen (5pm performance) said he "would hit the 2nd on the left", my brain responded "You won’t last 30s".
Anyhoo, here are the 7 pieces (for the purists, songs) they played, exact order (12pm):
Karl Jenkins’ Palladio I, Allegretto
They were just being cheeky with this. Some random dude actually uploaded a crappier version of my own video. Copyright infringement? Whouda thunk?
Antonio Vivaldi’s Spring
The cars are there for a reason. Peugeot hired bond to promote the new 308CC.
Antonio Vivaldi’s Summer
Yes, I know we’re in actual Summer, but today’s (& even yesterday’s) weather don’t think so
Antonio Vivaldi’s Autumn
Short & sweet.
Antonio Vivaldi’s Winter
**In my best Cedric the Entertainer’s voice** C’mon girl, just shake that booty. Random dude strikes again with a shoddy copy of my own shoddy work.
Explosive by bond
I was really chuffed, yes that’s my actual voice. It’s the sound of my own weird ass recorded voice that makes me hate technology. It sounds so much better in my ears. Update: Random dude struck again, I wonder if we’s going to give all 7 videos the jackery treatment?
Samba by bond
They are really a joy to watch. For roughly 20mins, the Bullring was treated to the sights & sounds of bond. It was awesome, the Lower East Mall was crowded, while people kept watching from the two top floors. They definately entertained us & we were truly entertained. The first performance was the best performance cause all their gimmicks (lets be frank, the pouts, winks, screams at almost the exact moments, the eyes, the faux duels, which I really enjoyed, the hair flicks, the booty shakes, which I found a tad bit funny (all my fellow Nigerians & other Africans know why), were all gimmicks) felt fresh, the first time around. Shame, I never saw the original first violinist, Haylie Ecker, in LIVE action, apparently she’s as crazy as Gay-Yee & Eos. But the new first violinist*, Elspeth Hanson, loves a good wink or three. Tania Davis, you were awesome as well.
*Tania played the first violin, while Elspeth played the viola, they swapped, so is Tania now the official first violinist or what?
To the dude who was behind me at the 5pm performance, my head is not your tripod! And finally nice shoes, I can’t believe I just said that. Their feet must have been suffering a rather slow & painful death, now that’s more like me.
Aaliyah said it best "And baby, there is where you messed up". Fake (or not), it’s still funny.