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Afrobeats Twitter set ablaze after the MOBO 2014 “Best African Act” award was presented backstage!


Last night the twitter world ran amok with hashtag #MOBOShunsAfrica trending at a rapid pace. This was as a result of the best African act of this year’s MOBO(shortened form of Music Of Black Origin) 2014  awards, being presented away from the media,  in a glamorous backstage ceremony to Fuse ODG which some considered a travesty. Afrobeats lovers and sympathisers took to twitter last night to register their disapproval, and express their dissapointment! This now beggars the question, “Has Afrobeats not yet attained the recognition status in the UK considering it is the biggest location outside of Africa where the genre is well known?” Why was the award presented backstage away from the media hence not receiving it’s due(or should we say expected) recognition? We are yet to get an official feedback from MOBO Awards regarding this, but we will endeavour to keep you in the picture. Check out a screenshot of tweets with the #MOBOShunsAfrica tweets.

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Interview with Malaysian R&B singer Dasha Logan


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Meeting Dasha Logan, you get that instant impression of a soft-spoken, next-door-neighbour, almost shy-looking young lady. However, once she starts singing, you realise that there is so much energy packed behind her voice, as well as passion! Meet 26 year old Dasha Logan who has caught our attention at Afrocentricity Unleashed and has completely mesmerized us with her almost hypnotic voice(more like sirens beckoning to sailors lost at sea).

Dasha`s musical style can be described as eclectic since it amalgamates genres like Soul, RnB, Neosoul, and Jazz to create a very mature and passionate blend of music. Trust me guys, you want to listen to Dasha while lounging at the end of a hard day`s work, running through the park, walking your dog…EVERYTIME ACTUALLY!

Please enjoy our interview as we get up close and personal with the incredible Soul and RnB singer, Dasha Logan.

 

Afrocentricity unleashed: We would like to say a big thank you for honouring our invitation to this interview session Dasha.

Dasha Logan: My pleasure! Thank you for having me!

Afrocentricity unleashed: Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Dasha Logan: Well, HI! I’m Dasha and I’m a singer/song writer

Afrocentricity unleashed: Where did you grow up and what was it like?

Dasha Logan: I grew up in a little island in Malaysia called Penang. It was a blast growing up by the sea!

Afrocentricity unleashed: You grew up in a musical family since your grandmother was a singer, and your dad as well as your Uncle David were members of the late 70s/early 80s group called The Alleycats. How did these influences affect your resolve to go into singing professionally?

Dasha Logan: My father was always performing around and outside Malaysia and we (my mother, brother and I) always watched him when we could. This made music a very big part of my life. Watching my father practice and perform was always my favourite thing to do. This made me want to sing as well from a very young age and I always knew that I wanted to be a singer.

Afrocentricity unleashed: When would you say your professional musical career finally started and what signified the beginning of this realisation?

Dasha Logan: I pin-point the beginning of my professional musical career when I could charge for my profession, that happened when I was 18 and sang at my very first wedding as a wedding singer.

Afrocentricity unleashed: Did you experience stage fright at the early stages of your career?

Dasha Logan: Yes very much so.

Afrocentricity unleashed: Could you give us a scenario where you experienced stage fright, how it felt for you, and how you overcame it?

Dasha Logan: When I was 14 I took part in a singing competition in a shopping mall. Just as I got up on stage and began to sing, I looked up and saw hundreds of people looking down, watching me sing. Even though I managed to finish the song, I got off stage shaking and telling my family that I didn’t want to do it. I couldn’t do it! And I didn’t want to do it anymore. I was overwhelmed with the fear of embarrassing myself. I had decided to quit singing.

2 years later, it was my mother who helped me start singing again. We were at another shopping mall that was coincidentally holding a talent competition. She secretly signed me up and when the time came, I heard my name being called to stage. Nervous, but not wanting to embarrass myself by avoiding the call, I walked up on stage and sang “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. It was exhilarating being on stage and have everyone (which included some friends from school who were in the crowd) cheer for me. I won, but it was not the prize that got me singing again. It was how happy it made me to sing out loud, to a crowd of people.

Afrocentricity unleashed: How would you describe your musical style?

Dasha Logan: it’s quite a mix of everything, as I have been influenced by many kinds of music. But mostly I like writing songs with an RnB feel, some soul and a little jazz when I can.

Afrocentricity unleashed: Who are your musical inspirations and influences?

Dasha Logan: My music influences are the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, John Legend and my father, Loga.

Afrocentricity unleashed: How would you say the journey has been leading up to now?

Dasha Logan: There have been lots of up’s and down’s. Some think that being in the musical business is just about performing, but it’s not. There’s so much work and passion and emotion put into it. It is not easy, but it’s worth it.

Afrocentricity unleashed: Have you released any singles or albums so far?

Dasha Logan: Yup!

Afrocentricity unleashed: I believe your fantastic single “Cleverly” produced by Triple O Productions( Twitter : @osmoojak) was released on the 12th of October. What does this single mean to you and how do you feel about it?

Dasha Logan: Cleverly is the first single from the forthcoming album and it feels exactly like I thought it would. I am over the moon, cant-believe-it’s-happened excited! And more than anything, it inspires me to write and sing and compose more for more albums to come.

Afrocentiricy unleashed: I am sure some of your fans, our readers and prospective fans would absolutely love to know where and how to purchase your music online. Can you advise anyone interested on where to go and download Dasha Logan`s music?

Dasha Logan: You can find the tunes on iTunes via this link https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cleverly-feat.-paul-johnson/id924014418

Afrocentricity unleashed: Do you have any gigs, shows or performances in the U.K or elsewhere anytime soon that your fans, our readers and prospective fans can look out for?

Dasha Logan: I have some shows in Malaysia coming soon. Best way to follow me while my web site is being built is to visit my blog: www.dashalogan.blogspot.com

Afrocentricity unleashed: I am sure some of our readers will like to connect with you on social media i.e. facebook, twitter and the like. Can you provide your fans, our readers and prospective fans with your facebook fan page, twitter handle and other ways they can connect with you online?

Dasha Logan: Here you go!

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dasha-Logan/60022910933
Twitter :Follow @dashalogan
Instagram: http://instagram.com/dashalogan

Afrocentricity unleashed: Dasha, we at Afrocentricity unleashed are grateful to you for honouring our invite to this interview, and squeezing us into your already tight schedule. We are in no doubt that you have a successful career ahead of you, and we wish you the very best of luck.

Dasha Logan: Thank you so much for having me! Always a pleasure!

Enjoy the video of Dasha`s latest single “Cleverly” featuring Paul Johnson

 

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AFCON 2013 FINALS: THE EAGLES VS THE STALLIONS!!!


Afcon_2013Nigeria plays Burkina Faso in the finals of the African Cup of Nations which is the most prestigious football tournament in Africa (similar to UEFA European Football Championship). This tournament is a FIFA recognized tournament which is spearheaded by CAF (Confederation of African Football).AFCON was conceived in 1957 as a continental tournament and was first hosted in Khartoum, Sudan This year sees the likes of South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Mali , Tunisia , Angola , Nigeria , Algeria , Burkina Faso , Morocco , Niger , Togo , Cape Verde, Congo and Ethiopia divided into 4 different groups A to D(for detailed group stages information,see our blog via http://wp.me/p1WMk8-rP). Today`s final is between Nigeria and Burkina Faso. Check out some known facts about these two teams below:
– The Nigerian Super eagles have won this prestigious tournament twice with the first won in 1980(also as the host),and the last won in 1994.
– Burkina Faso has never been in an African Cup of Nations final

– The last time Nigeria was in the finals was in 2000 when they were beaten by Cameroon in a penalty shoot out.
– If Nigeria wins tonight`s final against Burkina Faso, their coach Stephen Keshi will be the second(after Mahmoud El-Gohary of Egypt) African national coach to lift the trophy as a player and coach.
– Burkina Faso held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw during the group stages.
– Nigeria and Burkina Faso would be playing each other twice in one tournament

Who will be the final winner of this year`s African Cup of Nations 2013? Will it be Nigeria redeeming her football image on the world football stage or will it be Burkina Faso making a grand entrance like Zambia did last year?

THE COUNTDOWN TO THIS YEAR`S AFCON 2013 FINALS BEGINS NOW………………

African Cup of Nations 2013 South Africa – Fixtures,Updated Results, and Table



This year`s African Cup of Nations(AFCON 2013) is being held in South Africa. As part of our continued commitment towards providing you with entertainment information, we will regularly update fixtures, group tables, goals and any other relevant information regarding this tournament. Afcon_2013
***Please note that results, fixtures and group tables will be constantly updated throughout this tournament***
Enjoy 🙂

Saturday 19 January 2013

South Africa 0 v Cape Verde Islands 0
(National Stadium 18:00)

Angola 0 v Morocco 0

Sunday 20 January 2013

Ghana 2 v DR Congo 2
Agyemang-Badu 40′ Mputu 53′
Asamoah 50′ Mbokani 68′ (pen.)
(Nelson Mandela Bay 17:00)

Mali 1 v Niger 0
Keita 84′
(Nelson Mandela Bay 20:00)

Monday 21 January 2013

Zambia 1 v Ethiopia 1
Mbesuma 45+3′ Adane 65′
(Mbombela Stadium 17:00)

Nigeria 1 v Burkina Faso 1
Emenike 23′
(Mbombela Stadium 20:00)

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Ivory Coast 2 v Togo 1
Y. Touré 8′
Gervinho 88′ J. Ayité 45+2′
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 17:00)

Tunisia 1 v Algeria 0
Msakni 90+1′
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 20:00)

Wednesday 23 January 2013

South Africa 2 v Angola 0
Sangweni 30′
Majoro 62′
(Moses Mabhida Stadium 17:00)

Morocco 1 v Cape Verde Islands 1

(Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:00)

Thursday 24 January 2013

Ghana 1 v Mali 0
Mubarak 38′ (pen.)
(Nelson Mandela Bay 17:00)

Niger 0 v DR Congo 0
(Nelson Mandela Bay 20:00)

Friday 25 January 2013

Zambia 1 v Nigeria 1

Mweene 85′ (pen.) Emenike 57′
(Mbombela Stadium 17:00)

Burkina Faso 4 v Ethiopia 0
Al. Traoré 34′, 74′
D. Koné 79′
Pitroipa 90+5′
(Mbombela Stadium 20:00)

Saturday 26 January 2013

Ivory Coast 3 v Tunisia 0
Gervinho 21′
Toure 87′
Konan 90′
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 17:00)

Algeria 0 v Togo 2
Adebayor 31′
Wome 90+3′
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 20:00)

Sunday 27 January 2013

Morocco 2 v South Africa 2
El Adoua 10′ Mahlangu 71′
Hafidi 82′ !! Sangweni 86′
(Moses Mabhida Stadium 19:00)

Cape Verde Islands 2 v Angola 1
F. Varela 81′ Nando 33′
Heldon 90+1
(Nelson Mandela Bay 19:00)

Monday 28 January 2013
Niger 0 v Ghana 3
Gyan 6′
Atsu 23′
Boye 49′
(Nelson Mandela Bay 19:00)

DR Congo 1 v Mali 1
Mbokani 3′ (pen.) Mah. Samassa 15′

(Moses Mabhida Stadium 19:00)

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Burkina Faso 0 v Zambia 0
(Mbombela Stadium 19:00)

Ethiopia 0 v Nigeria 2
Moses 79′ (pen.), 90′ (pen.)
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:00)

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Algeria 0 v Ivory Coast 2
Adebayor 31′
Wome 90+3′
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:00)

Togo 1 v Tunisia 1
Gakpé 13′ Mouelhi 30′ (pen.)

(Mbombela Stadium 19:00)

Saturday 02 February 2013

Ghana 2 v Cape Verde 0
Wakoso 54′(pen), 90+5′
(Nelson Mandela Bay 17:00)

South Africa 1 v Mali 1(added extra time)
Rabtie 31′ Keita 58′
Penalties
Tshabalala 1 Diabate 1
Furman 0 Tamboura 0
Mahlangu 0 Traore 0
Majoro 0 Ma 1

(Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:30)

Sunday 03 February 2013

Ivory Coast 1 v Nigeria 2
Tiote 50′ Emenike 50′
Mba 78′
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 17:00)

Burkina Faso 1 v Togo 0(added extra time)
Pitroipa 105′
(Mbombela Stadium 20:30)

Wednesday 06 February 2013
Mali 0 v Nigeria 4
Echejile 25
Ideye 30
Sissoko (o.g)44
Musa 60
(Moses Mabhida Stadium 17:00)

Burkina Faso 1 v Ghana 1
Bancé 60′ Mubarak 13′ (pen.)
Penalties
B. Koné Vorsah
H. Traoré
Paul Koulibaly Atsu
Bance Afful
Clottey
Agyemang-Badu

Mah. Samassa 21′
(Mbombela Stadium 20:30)

Saturday 09 February 2013
Mali 3 v Ghana 1
Mah. Samassa 21′ Asamoah 82′
Keita 8′
S. Diarra 90+4′
(Nelson Mandela Bay 20:00)

Sunday 10 February 2013
Nigeria v Burkina Faso
(National Stadium 20:00)

GROUP A
Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Africa 1 2 0 4 2 2 5
Cape Verde 1 2 0 3 2 1 5
Morocco 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
Angola 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1

GROUP B

Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
Ghana 2 1 0 6 2 4 7
Mali 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Congo DR 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
Niger 0 1 2 0 4 -4 1

GROUP C
Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
Burkina Faso 1 2 0 5 1 4 5
Zambia 1 2 0 4 2 2 5
Nigeria 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Ethiopia 0 1 2 1 7 -6 1

GROUP D
Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
Côte d’Ivoire 2 1 0 7 3 4 7
Togo 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
Tunisia 1 1 1 2 4 -2 4
Algeria 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1

A Retrospective Review of Afrocentricity Unleashed – 2012


afrounleashed picAfrocentricity unleashed would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our followers, readers, friends, fans, retweeters, colleagues, commenters, critics and everyone who has connected with us at one point or the other in 2012.

The road to perfection is not without its “speed-breakers”, “sleeping policemen”, “potholes” and other kinds of inhibitions and inhibitors; but it also comes with its essential lessons which are learnt along this path.

Please keep your support coming since we simply CANNOT thrive without it. Our agenda, mission and vision statements have not changed i.e showing Africa, Africans, Afrocarribeans and people of African heritage in a good light, celebrating diversity in different endeavours of art, as well as being constructive critics of anything African veering off mark! We earnestly look forward to evolving more next year with newer and more exciting articles, reviews, interviews, blogs and news at your disposal.

Enjoy the slide show below showing a statistical analysis of our achievement in 2012

Many thanks to all and sundry, and do have a prosperous and productive 2013!

See you there 🙂

Dee Ajayi
On behalf of Afrocentricity Unleashed.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Oxfam Launches “Food for all Campaign” To Address Africa`s “Hunger-Stricken Continent” Media Stereotype.


A few months ago(October 15), Afrocentricity Unleashed covered an article called Giving Back! (which can be found here https://afrocentricityunleashed.com/2012/10/15/giving-back/) where we mentioned the negative media depiction of Africa as a hunger-plagued continent. Oxfam`s Cheif executive Dame Stocking released a statement regarding this issue. You can read more on the interview here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20842827. There is also an ongoing discussion section which you can engage in if you so desire.

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