Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
MIMI Mambo Link: Unplugged Soul: Mayaeni
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Nelson Mandela will be 90 soon. "Time for the most impressive painted tribute", says artist Peter Engels. The result is a breath-taking canvas of 78.7 x 39.4 inch (=200 x 100 cm), painted with the pallet knife, which is Peter Engels' unique signature.
Mandela's birthday will be celebrated on Friday 27 June with a concert in London Hyde Park, hosted by Will Smith. Also present will be Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, Keane, U2, Eminem, the 2 of the remaining members of Queen and many other celebrities. Artist Peter Engels hopes to be able to hand over a cheque on probably the most exciting and talked about concert of 2008.
Half of the painting's selling price goes to the Mandela AIDS organisation "46664" (Mandela named his organisation after the number he had in prison on Robben Island). A pretty serious amount because the unique work of art will probably sell for no less than 60.000 euros. Peter Engels: "The buyer not only supports the AIDS fund, he will also acquire an exceptional piece of art: the largest portrait of Nelson Mandela ever painted with the pallet knife."
"In spite of his respectable age, Nelson Mandela has a vivid appearance," Peter Engels says. "Time and a turbulent life have indeed engraved his face, but he still has that friendly look. The stars in his eyes twinkle. His smile is warm and he has a glowing charisma. For me it is a real pleasure and an honour to paint his characteristic head. Putting this painting up for charity is my way of contributing to 46664."
Peter Engels creates his 'Vintage Portraits' in a unique style very much his own, using his sepia colourite to produce astonishing large scale close-ups of well-known characters. For the Mandela portrait he receives many congratulations from all over the world. They say that Peter Engels goes beyond merely painting Mandela's physical features; he captures the man's inner soul.
For details, visit www.peterengels.eu
(Photo Credits: PRNewsFoto/Marathon Art PR)
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
MIMI: As a woman who is known for her beauty, do you ever feel pressure to look a certain way?
Ini Edo: As long as I'm healthy and fit, that's all that matters. I'm very comfortable with my curves. I recently endorsed the MISS PLUS AFRICA Beauty Pageant because I believe that women should be encouraged to appreciate their curves. These days, you find out that women are under pressure to look a certain way. That should not be the case. No matter where you see yourself on the scale, treat yourself like a goddess!
MIMI: What things do you do, or use to keep your body, mind, and soul beautiful and balanced? Any favorite beauty/health products, tips, recipes, or regimens?
Ini Edo: I exercise a lot. Now, I'm trying to go into Yoga because I hear it's very relaxing to the soul. In regards to my make up and skin care, I drink a lot of water.
MIMI Style Links: Menaye Donkor On Beauty; Teiko Dornor's Style Secrets; Dina Fekadu's Beauty Tips
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Last week, on 10 April 2008, at the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2008 winners announcement ceremony held at London's Dingwalls, Bassekou Kouyate was declared "Best African Act" and made a surprise appearance to pick up the award. Segu Blue had already been announced the winner of the "Album of the Year" Critics Award in December 2007 beating strong competition by Andy Palacio's Watina, Orchestra Baobab's Made in Dakar and Tinariwen's Aman Iman. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba were also nominated in the "Best Newcomer" category.
Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba will be performing alongside other winning artists, Mayra Andrade, Juldeh Camara & Justin Adams, Sa Ding Ding and Son de la Frontera, at the winners concert, which for the first time will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London and as part of the BBC Proms on 30 July 2008. For more information and ticket details, please visit: www.myspace.com/bassekoukouyate
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Not one to pick favorites, she says she loves both ends of the spectrum. But something about singing for God and His church strikes a cord in her that not even the most uplifting, stirring pop tune can. “Singing for God and his people, It’s more home for me,” she says. “I’m most comfortable because I don’t even have to think hard. It’s something I love and I’ve been doing it for a long time. It comes from the heart. It touches the heart. I get lost in His will. I guess I have more fun shouting from the mountaintop.”