Hiphop/Afrobeats Artist AO Gorman comes back on the scene with a smash record titled Want To Play, it’s the 1st single off his anticipated mixtape/album which he plan on dropping in the summer of 2015
AO has been hush for some time but he promises that he has been in the studio and ready to drop hits again, so far he is on the right track with this record which features Freeman A Nadawo & Ozee B produced by Apya Beats from Ghana
After living in Edmonton for more than 6 months I think without shadow of a doubt I can express my opinion about the Africa scene here.Let me just warn everybody this is a really long post..
Before I moved here I did my research as always its best to know what you are walking into as a party ambassador in Toronto I knew what I wanted when I moved out. First I wanted Deejays that knew to listen to the crowd ,deejays who can tell that the crowd aint feeling the music and immediately changed to keep the audience engaged. I wanted promoters that market their parties and even though its a mirage but dammit you cant wait for the event to take place. Anyways not to dwell on the logistics of what I expected ..
I got on my trusted facebook and went down a rabbit’s hole kinda like Alice in Wonderland, I stumbled first at Club Xo bear with me wont say much but I couldnt stop looking at the pictures. Everyone looked sharp,the quality was good and you know what I couldnt wait to be at Club XO shouts out to Rayhil Ent ,Mr Perry and anyone else who ran XO on Fridays. See the reason Im talking about XO Fridays these men knew what they wanted they put their vision to life and were able to successfully run Fridays for months.
The guys behind XO are Caribbeans,black like us so why are they able to bring quality parties to the whole city and AFRICANS cant do the same?
The first African party I attended was a friends birthday party at Le Zanzibar , I had seen pictures of Le Zanzibar so I had mixed reviews about it anyway I went with an open mind after all when you new in town you gotta try out everything at least once,Lol!! No offense to Le Zanzi owner I know his trying his hardest to wipe away the stigma that surrounds the place but damn an exorcism of some sort needs to be performed there.. I had to take off my white fur coat when I got there coz I was team overdressed coming from Toronto even a trip to the market you have to dress up.. The interior is okay there’s a pool table and a little vip place but again its not the building that brings down the value of the club but its patrons..You know let me sum up Zanzibar its one of those places you go but wont admit that you go to,Dont know if you guys get it ..hhahah kinda like Whispers you knew it was dodgy but you still went lol!!
Now lets delve into the Mothers of all “Hall Parties” If I ever see another hall trust me Im gonna puke .It makes no damn sense every event is in a gotdamn hall that is far as hell ,when I came here I befriended a promoter coz I wanted to have some insights from someone who has been hosting parties in Edmonton and I kept posing the question,”do you really need to have this party in a hall? His answer was there is no clubs to host the events at but im wondering how does Mr Perry get XO or Vince Basement?Like have you tried maybe going around town and possibly speaking to club owners?
Now I’d appreciate if people got creative with these Halls turned into a club scene hire some sofas put some strobe lights ,dancing bottles or hanging chandeliers something to say ,’Hey I the promoter made a phuckin Effort and I appreciate you spending your hard earned money at my event.. The decoration is wedding like red bows and serviettes tucked into glasses like its a phuckin Communion party..Jesus take the wheel we have just come to settle in this city and get butt phucked by these promoters..
The Icing on the cake I’ve actually been to a hall party that the deejay was…wait for it.. A damn IPOD.hhahahahaha and it kept repeating the same awful song the whole night .You know there’s other nationalities you’ve extended the invitation to so why play your country music with no regards to the others that dont understand?Again why market your party to other folks?? There’s so much that grinds my gears about African promoters and deejays in Edmonton..
My advice you might think people are okay with this but hell No..something needs to be done change needs to happen ,people work hard for their coin stop putting out mediocre shit and marketing it like first grade. Ask your fellow promoters in Toronto how they do it, how they make people happy.. Trust me one day people will get tired of the fuckery and just stop coming .As you can see Basement Lounge plays African music,Xo ,Studio 107 so tell us why should one drive all the way to your event to sit on a hard taffeta covered chair with a red bow at the back listening to songs that were good 10 years ago??
How about doing a Q&A with people and finding out what you guys can do to change things up in the city it doesn’t have to be lavish but it can be quality something this city is lacking even though people are being paid way more than anyone in Canada. Hire consultants party managers somebody to steer you to the right direction..
Shouts out to Duplex who until now didnt know I have a blog this is for you….
dont forget White Party May 30th at YEG pheww thank god Courage finally broke free from the slave chains and upgraded ..Lol!!
Toronto Afro Artist P Rhymes has done it again this time featuring MMG’s own Blacko Blaze… Blacko Blaze is signed under MicroBell the man responsible for bringing African artists to Canada like Wizkid,Timaya and Bracket.Many dream of being signed to Microbell but so far the only artist who has proven his talent and drive to want to succeed is Blacko Blaze .Emerging artist need to take a page from Blacko who is dubbed the older bro in the industry.. This song has a coupe decale meets Afro mix. It was recorded in Cameroon. P Rhymes plays around with his style of music which in this day and age means he has the attention of the listeners. His last song I had an argument with a girl who refused that a humble guy like P Rhymes can be the one behind Bend down low… His a sweet heart in person but a beast in the studio.. Check out his track below
Awilo was set to perfom in Edmonton this Friday May 15th but that wont be happening thanks to the amazing people of Congo(allegedly) check out post below…
Upon speaking to the Promoter he told me several calls were made to the police threatening rioting and harm against Awilo and obviously this would be dangerous to the public that is there to support Awilo.. What a shame anyways Awilo will be performing in Toronto.
I remember when I turned 21,this was back in….Yeah never mind but I rented a house had strippers,drugs and alcohol I mean at that age what more do you want?
I had the pleasure of being invited to Cynthia’s 21st birthday and boy oh boy arent I excited this girl reminds me of me when I was that young she is bringing the whole got damn city out now thats G…So in case you live under a rock or out town heres the deets for the birthday shenanigans .See ya’ll there and the camera will be on full effect we gotta show Ontarians what they missing out… Ciao xxxx
Hey ya’ll its 2015 and I thought its a great time to update everyone on whats been happening in my life.”boy my life is one big movie I wonder why I havent done a tv show yet?Something to bring to fruition this year….. Anyways I relocated to Edmonton ,Yes your girl is in YEG(Edmonton) and let me be the first one to say Fuck you to all those people that relocated before us and never bothered to tell us how lovely this city is.. See all we got from people was,”its too cold ,Omg you wont survive its so boring.” All lies I tell you ,its cold but come on this is Canada what do you expect? As for Entertainment there’s plenty to do every weekend just head down to Whyte Ave or down club district.. As for me I’ve enjoyed the attention that comes with having a big booty and being the new girl in town..Hahahahha If I could date I guarantee I’d have dates every single night but eh?! We all know I have a thing for light skin bad boys who’ll break my heart,Cant help It I love living in the fast lane…
Talking about light skin guys there is no shortage of single successful men out here so ladies if you having difficulties in the love department come on down to Edmonton but remember if it quacks like a duck its probably a duck,meaning theres still some bad apples out here who prey on single ladies and make them fall hopelessly in love with no intentions of being with them translations there’s players,bums and all sorts of Shitty ass mofos out here you just gotta check the persons CarFax(Hoefax,files) before your decide to date them.Lol!!
Enough about the negativity there’s work ,people’s quality of life is different out here I see people being nicer and more relaxed maybe because their bank accounts are bit more blessed than when they were back in Ontario lol! I’ve met alot of people and even though some could jump off the Epcor building I’ve made friendships out here that could last..I think I currently have custody of some of my friends hahahaha a story for another day!! Lol!!
In short Dutchess is now solely based in Edmonton and the stories will mostly be about Edmonton .Here is a friendly warning to all my Edmontions nothing is off limit on here so I suggest ya’ll be on your best behavior Im sure if you ask Ontarians they kinda got used to this blog and the owner..