Tuesday, 19 March 2013
“BABA” IS BACK IN NIGERIA WITH MASSIVE NEW SINGLE “BABA DE BABA”
It is my pleasure to introduce to you BABA, a hip-hop artiste/producer based in the United Kingdom. Son of jazz legends Fran & Tunde Kuboye, and grandnephew of the late Afrobeat King,Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Baba grew up surrounded by celebrated jazz & afro-beat musicians, often times performing with his parent’s band at the popular Jazz 38 in Lagos, Nigeria.
BABA is hitting the music scene with an infectious, feel good hip-hop song for your listening pleasure titled "BABA DE BABA" released on his self-owned label DOWN 4 WHATEVER. Brilliantly produced by Baba Kuboye & Ozzie Ojo “Baba de Baba” is sure to get you bopping your head & on your feet.
Baba delivers a superbly produced up-tempo & infectious track, coupled with witty & catchy word play on Baba de Baba.
The video for Baba de Baba was shot & directed in Florida, by Marcus Small.
Watch it below
WATCH “BABA DE BABA” ON YOUTUBE HERE >> https://www.youtube.com/
You can also learn more about Baba Kuboye on his official website DOWN 4 WHATEVER & following him on Facebook (HERE) & twitter (@baba_mr)
He graced the stage of the just concluded Copa Lagos event with the likes of Wizkid and others, the crowd felt a new wave of sensational delivery from a great talent and the fact that good music had come to stay.
Some people mistake his vocal depth for EME's Wizkid, others say he'll definitely give him a run for his money. A similar revolution begins as an anticipated young –groomed talented JPX releases two new “Must listen-to” singles!
Signed under Movibez Records, Joshua Praiz Xpressionz(JPX) has performed alongside some of Nigerian’s finest including J Martins, Puffy T and LKT amongst others
His recently released hit-banging singles “Mr Lover” and "Swap" are currently enjoying massive airplay at various radio stations; Ranging from Radio countdown to song of the week!
As the next big thing in the industry, JPX is certainly and truly here to stay!
JPX – Mr Lover: http://hu.lk/wwca2it3hj40
JPX ft Puffy-T – SWAP : http://hu.lk/c6cpk8wbat4w
Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/jpx
Inspiring the Future of Fashion! Photos of Emmy Collins, Kelechi Amadi-Obi & Budding Fashion Designers at the Abuja Fashion Workshop
If you weren’t at the Abuja Fashion workshop, where were you? On Saturday 23rd February 2013 in the suave ambiance of Tucano, the Abuja version of the Fashion Workshop took place. Post the Lagos edition the workshop was a huge hit and largely attended.
According to its founder UK based Fashion designer and Creative Director of the eponymous brand Emmy Collins London this project this workshop is one aspect of a bigger vision. It has the view of establishing a one stop location where aspiring fashion designers can be given the opportunity to learn manufacturing tricks, source fabrics, trimmings and produce 1st grade samples at subsidized rates. He believes that a good sample can break or make a designers career.
In the course of the workshop he laid importance on the quality of tailoring which is absolutely paramount in the business of fashion all over the world. Emmy also explained that other aspects of fashion such as merchandising, product placement, branding, PR, good relationship with the press, photography and much more are imperative and their importance cannot be overemphasized.
In attendance top veteran photographer kelechi Amadi-Obi came to inform attendees on the essence of talent. He explained the importance of passion and confidence in any creative industry especially the fashion world.
PR specialist Elizabeth Alebiosu of Lagos London PR spoke extensively on PR and branding. She reiterated that packaging is very essential as it helps you stand out and send the right message to your audience. She also noted that you must have a unique selling point (USP) to be able to survive in a very competitive creative industry as fashion.
Are you willing to go into debt for love? If you are ready to pop the question, but haven’t saved for the ring you want to buy, you may be tempted to finance the purchase. But do that, and you may find that already pricey engagement ring costs a lot more than you planned.
The average engagement ring cost
A general view of the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair in London, England.$5,200 and about 12% of couples spent more than $8,000 for an engagement ring, according to the XO Group Inc. 2011 Engagement Engagement & Jewellery Survey. The average ring was 1 carat for the centre stone, and 1.4 carats total stones.
If you haven’t socked that much away, don’t worry. All of the major jewellery stores offer financing, with many of them promoting interest-free financing for six to 12 months. (No interest, no payments is no longer allowed thanks to the CARD Act). But there’s a catch: miss a payment or fail to pay off the balance and you’ll pay a lot more.
For example, here is what some of the major jewellery stores are currently advertising*. With all of these plans, if you make one late payment or fail to pay the balance in full during the promotional period, interest will be charged from the date of purchase — not from the date the promotional period ends.
Jared: 0% interest if paid in full within 12 months; up to 24.99%.
Kay Jewellers: 0% interest if paid in full within 12 months; up to 24.99%.
Shane and Company: 0% interest if paid in full in 6 months; 27.99%
Zales: 0% interest if paid in full in 6 months; 23.73% to 28.99%
While interest-free financing may work out fine if you are able to pay off the balance, it is risky if you aren’t able to come up with the cash to pay it off.
One more potential trap: Applying for one of the accounts will create an inquiry on your credit reports. Plus, if you accept the financing, you’ll have a new account with a balance listed on your credit reports, and that could potentially have a negative effect on your credit scores. That’s something to keep in mind if you hope to buy a home together soon, for example.
[Related Article: How to Keep Your Wedding on Budget]
Avoiding Engagement Ring Debt
If you don’t want to wait much longer, you may want to consider more affordable options:
- Buy a less expensive ring and start saving for an upgrade on, say, your fifth or tenth wedding anniversary.
- Use interest-free financing for the initial purchase, then use a low-rate balance transfer to pay off the balance before the 0% store financing ends. I am not recommending this, since you can run into traps here too, but if you pull it off, it’s better than paying 25% or more for long-term store financing.
- Get a part-time job in a jewellery store and save substantially on your purchase. Put all of your earnings toward a ring.
And when you do choose a ring, shop carefully to make sure you are getting the best deal. Jennie Ma, TheKnot.com fashion editor, offers these tips:
- Buy Shy and Save: Shop for diamonds that weigh just under certain weight thresholds. For example, if you want a 1.0 carat diamond, you can buy a .90 carat diamond and save more than $1,000. And buying shy will hardly affect the diamond’s outward appearance (the diameter of a 1.0 carat diamond is 6.5 mm, whereas the diameter of a .90 shy carat stone is 6.3 mm — the difference is the thickness of a piece of paper). The price difference between a 1.90 carat diamond and a 2.0 carat diamond can be as much as $5,000!
- Hit the Internet: There can be some great deals found on the Internet — i.e. BlueNile and Union Diamond allow you to compare the going rate of loose diamonds and ring settings based on their grades and styles.
- Buy Loose Diamonds: Don’t be dazzled by the pretty setting, the fancy box or the clever advertisements. Most jewellery ads are selling you on settings, not diamonds, even though the stone is a whopping 90 percent of a ring’s cost. It’s important to buy the stone loose, not mounted, so you can inspect the entire stone.
- Don’t be Afraid to Negotiate: There’s always room for negotiation, so don’t be afraid to go after a deal. Never settle on the sticker price unless you've shopped around and you know it’s already a fair price.
Keep one more thing in mind before going into debt for an engagement ring: You've got a much bigger expense coming up soon — a wedding.