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Afro Hair and Beauty Show – Photo Highlights

14 Jun

On the 30th and 31st May 2010 the Business Design Centre of Islington, London was home to the Afro Hair and Beauty Show 2010.  Here are some photo  highlights from the event!

One of the many stands at the event

The day was filled with performances and catwalk shows of fashion and hair styles

Hair stylist competitor and model

Other hair stylist competitors and their models...which style do you like best?

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Lorenzo Duffle’Bag Designs

10 Jun

Bringing a unique type of flavour into his designs,  Lanré Aluko-Olokun’s Lorenzo Duffle’Bag Designs are perfect for adding statement pieces to your wardrobe collection.  Describing his designs as ‘vibrant, expressive and fun’ he knows which fashion boxes to tick.

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Now That’s What I Call Music

21 Feb

Since its debut last week, the We Are The World 25 video for the Haiti appeal has had mixed reviews.  Questions about the suitability of some of the cast , and whether the song should have been covered at all  have been asked.  Such questioning is a symptom of a greater issue: the music of today.

Now, this post isn’t going to wax lyrical about a time of “great music” before most of us were born but it will reference music before our time.  Say you’re at a wedding or party and a so called “classic” song from the yesteryears is playing.  You look around and the dancefloor has everyone from the oldest people in the room dancing showing ’em how it’s really done and the youngest toddlers…toddling about.

Imagine you are listening to the radio and a song released maybe 20-30 years ago comes on.  Although you may not know all the words to the song, you recognise it’s got a great melody/beat/whatever and is actually a decent song.   Do you think the next generation will be doing the same in 25 years to the music of today?  Really?

Only time will tell.  Yes, there have always been generational debates about the state of music, but music (especially in the latter half of the 20th Century) more often than not has an historical significance.   Perhaps we are thirsting for a bigger musical movement – something that is definitive of the times we are living in.  To illustrate this point, the Exhibit A to end all Exhibit A’s will be used: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyonce.

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It’s a simple enough video – black and white, two backing dancers.  No flashy gimmicks with CGI or anything else music videos have grown accustomed to.  The song also has memorable lyrics- ‘if you like it then you should have put a ring on it’ – and is an infectious tune.  The song is released, and then what happens?  It goes viral.   Dictionary definition viral.  Everyone and their cousin has their own version of the video (shoutout to Youtube folks) from the home-made kind to the likes of other musicians, flash mobs, Glee and even Alvin and his chipmunk pals.  It is a song that has transcended many possible boundaries and as a result of that, people are tapping into a musical moment in time and making it their own.  What’s wrong with that then?  Nothing.  It’s probably what people would have done when they first saw the Moonwalk if they had the technology and the connectedness the interenet can bring to people.

The 60s had revolution – think James Brown’s ‘Say It Loud’ and Motown.  The 70s had all sorts of disco, the 90s had boy and girl groups.  What will be the legacy of this moment in time?

What do you think? Is music more about a song coming out at the right time? Does music need to stand the test of time to be considered ‘good’?  Will we be playing the music of today in 30 years time? Does it even matter?  Why? Why not?  The floor is yours.

Notting Hill Carnival Highlights ft. video

1 Sep
Notting Hill 2009 - By Donna Richards

Notting Hill 2009 - By Donna Richards

In case you missed it here is some new video footage of the event!