Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Cruising With An African Queen!

Nigerian Celebrity and Star!

I was in Royal company last Saturday night. In the same car as Salawa Abeni on her way to a gig!
 Queen Salawa Abeni
Queen Salawa permitted me to ride in her car after making sure I was aware of Yoruba traditions and protocols. She was very gracious indeed.

So, there I was, cruising down the North Circular road, shoulder to shoulder with a Celebrity Singer. A Child Star and now a Queen. I felt privileged and lucky that I happened in the right place at the right time, not only to meet a woman of immense talent and culture, but to be actually in the same car with an actual African Queen.

Queen Salawa Abeni was kind, dignified and courteous throughout the journey. I was pleasantly surprised that we had a lot in common. My love of music and African culture has made me aware of Salawa's career from when she was a little girl and a star on the Nigerian music scene so many years ago.

A massive star in Nigeria, she has entertained fans worldwide. Has performed for the rich and powerful both in Nigeria and abroad. Her powerful voice and vocal range is quite impressive, tailor made for her repertoire.

She will be performing with the Yoruba Women's Choir next month at London's South-Bank Centre.



Tuesday, 20 August 2013

RIP Elmore Leonard 1925 - 2013!

A writer of  hard boiled fiction thrillers!

A writer who proved that there is no set rule or formula to write a good book!

World class writers and prolific readers of great fiction stories are sad, because...

Elmore Leonard died today.

A master (in my opinion), of fiction and dialogue, Elmore Leonard has entertained and informed on life in the US. Other works have been set outside the USA. Books like Djibouti and Get Shorty had an international flavour. 

Many of his books have been made into successful movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Rum Punch which later became Jackie Brown, just a few of his writing that were adapted for the big screen.

For more, visit his website www.elmoreleonard.com. He will be sorely missed.

I will definitely miss his writing.


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