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Fela Fagbure’s giant strides

Canada-based Nigerian model, Fela Fagbure is certainly more than just another promising model from Africa. With an astute sense of entrepreneurship, Fela is set to take the world of fashion and glamour by storm. Fela started modeling at the age of 15-16, at a time when the industry was still growing. However, driven by his […]

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Canada-based Nigerian model, Fela Fagbure is certainly more than just another promising model from Africa. With an astute sense of entrepreneurship, Fela is set to take the world of fashion and glamour by storm.

Fela started modeling at the age of 15-16, at a time when the industry was still growing. However, driven by his love for everything art/photography, he stayed in it and blossomed to a stage where he can compete with any international male model.

He is so far show strength in the areas of Glamour modeling, Fashion editorial modeling, Fashion catalog modeling, Fashion bathing suit modeling, Fashion fitness modeling, Fashion fit modeling, Commercial lifestyle modeling and Commercial corporate modeling; working with amazing photographers for magazines shoots and adverts.

According to Fela, who is currently studying Arts and Design at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, he is inspired a lot by Tyson Beckford, to do what he does. But says his business sense is inspired by his mother. “She’s a successful business guru for over 25 years now. She inspires and motivates me as well”.  Perhaps it is this driving force that has seen him team up with his twin brother, Fola to create the vintage Alex Folzi brand.

I caught up with Fela to find out more about the business side to him, his journey in the world of fashion, his future plans and aspirations.

Ameyaw Debrah: What else do you do aside modeling?

I consider my self as a young entrepreneur, I own a clothing line with my twin brother called Alex Folzi and in the nearest feature we would be opening more businesses both locally and internationally.

Ameyaw Debrah:What is the inspiration behind Alex Folzi?

Alex Folzi is an elegant brand inspired by vintage looks, and the iconic design styles of the army, air force, navy, sailors and in general the Northern American/European couture. It was established 2010. Our styles allow for the uniqueness of individuals who seek to express themselves through fashion.  We do all sort of designs, ranging from shoes, luggage, accessories and clothes. Our summer collection of the vintage luggage consisting of brief cases and trunks comes out June 30th. Due to some reasons, the other products have been delayed till further notice.

Ameyaw Debrah: Do you have any other ambitions, say acting?

I would love to go into producing and directing sometime soon, be it music or film, I released a short video few months back and I am currently working on more now.

Ameyaw Debrah: What was the title of the short video and what was it about?
The troubled past of the Nigerian rebel.  It was about how a young Nigerian male that was having difficulties with his past over the years. Sometimes our troubled past seems to hold us down, it hunts and torments us as days goes by. Sleepless nights and restless days are all we have left. But one thing we so not realize is we have the power to make a change all we just need to do is to make that decision. “Let it go” I felt this was a really powerful short video and it really meant a lot to me.

Ameyaw Debrah: What have been some of the challenges for you?

School! It’s pretty tough doing all this and going to school at the same time. My previous school year wasn’t that smooth for me as I expected. But school is the most important thing so I have to get it done ASAP

Ameyaw Debrah:Does having a popular name like Fela make it easy for you to have jobs?

Oh everyone loves Fela. Well mostly Africans who knew him and listen to his music while he was alive. So I get a way of getting things. But I must say my personality adds to it though.

Ameyaw Debrah: What’s the fiercest or wildest photo shoot or job you ever did?

Wearing female make up (laughs out loud). I was kind of tense before the shot though. But at the end of the day it came out looking good.

Ameyaw Debrah:How comfortable are you in front of the camera and what has been the transition like since you started modeling?

I have always been an open person, especially in front of the camera. I consider it as a passion, so I just go and give it my best. Nude or not!

Ameyaw Debrah: What a routine day for you like?

I work all day and sometimes at night. For the past few weeks I sleep at most 6 hours at night, because I have been busy lately. As an entrepreneur I have to make sure everything is in place and try to get my hands on as much research I as I can.

Ameyaw Debrah: What is your training regiment like?

I work out 2- 3 hours 4 times a week or at least 1 and a half hour 3 times a week. Be it cardio or weight lifting.

Ameyaw Debrah: Do you have any special diets or habits to stay in shape?

Not exactly, I just avoid eating junk foods and eat healthy. For me, that’s the best diet I would suggest for any one

Ameyaw Debrah: What impact do social networks have on your job? Do you get jobs through that?

Social networking is one of the best ways to get your self out there. People don’t just make good use of it. I consider it as another way of advertising. As an entrepreneur I maximize any opportunity I have to the fullest.

Ameyaw Debrah: What’s the weirdest thing a fan ever told you on these platforms?

I want you because you look good, getting famous and you have a nice body as well. I was like umm ok, thank you.

Ameyaw Debrah: Who are your favourite fashion designers ?

Alexander Amosu because we have so much in common. He’s an entrepreneur and owns a clothing line as well. Ohema Ohene because his collections are amazing.

Alexander McQueen, he always provoked emotional reactions. The collections are just too fresh.  And also, Ralph Lauren.

Ameyaw Debrah:What are the trendiest fashion accessories of the moment for you?

Club Monaco, Paul Smith, Marc Ecko, Prada and J. Crew

Ameyaw Debrah: What’s your favourite Nigerian food

Suya! That’s all I crave for all day, no matter were I’m in the world.

Ameyaw Debrah: How often do you visit Nigeria?
I was born in Nigeria but I haven’t been down there for 2 years now. I try my possible best to go visiting every Christmas break though. I’m looking forward to go back anytime soon to visit. I miss my spicy food especially Suya!

Ameyaw Debrah: What do you hope to achieve with your career?

As much as I can but my main aim is that front cover of GQ magazine and I see that coming anytime soon.

Fela’s Style

Suits or African wear?

Definitely suits as an entrepreneur.

Boxer shorts or briefs?

Briefs because it comes with class and style

Cufflinks or buttons/tie or no tie?

It all depends on my mood

Favourite colour of cloths

I am good to go with any plain color. I love to mix bright colors as well though.

Favorite perfume

Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren

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Comfort Arthur shares more details inside the making of her animated Malaria film, “The Underestimated Villain”

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British-born Ghanaian animator, graphic designer, visual artist and editor, Comfort Arthur, has shared her inspiration behind her new body of work, “The Underestimated Villain” an animated film seeking to provide information on Malaria. (more…)

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Gospel singer QueenLet share how her SOKAAT music genre is making impact on lives

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Rising gospel artist, QueenLet, is gradually making waves on both local and international music scenes with her Soaking and Atmospheric (SOKAAT) music genre. (more…)

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How American tour operator, Rashad McCorey found a creative solution to tourism during COVID-19

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The tourism industry was one of the most affected during the COVID-19 pandemic but for American tour operator, Rashad McCorey it was a blessing in disguise.
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INTERVIEW: From Ghana to Italy and back, Shadowboy Myzic recounts his almost decade-long journey, new single ft. Kelvyn Boy and more

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The Ghanaian-Italian Afrobeat star may not be one you’ve heard enough of, but with his new single ‘Better’ out now, the floodgates are officially open. He’s keen on bridging the gap between Europe and African music; particularly through Afrobeat and his latest release featuring Kelyvn Boy is the plug.
Join us, as Shadowboy Myzic expounds on his enigmatic name and self, all down to a fiery Italian freestyle.
Enjoy.

Thanks for making time for us Shadowboy Myzic. It’s always a joy to host a new face. We can’t help but ask, why Shadowboy Myzic? What’s the story behind such an enigmatic name?
The name Shadowboy Myzic is spiritual blessing from my lovely mother. She used to call me (sunsum) when I was a child simply because my mother is very known in the city of Palermo and a market woman. She owns African shops and restaurants in Palermo. In my childhood, I was the personal assistant to my mother, whenever she goes out of the shop, I assist her until she returns. During that period, being a child growing I need time to play with my friends so as soon as I see my mother returns, I have to vanish to join my friends to play and the old woman will look for me everywhere but will not find me then she will be like you are indeed (sunsum) because you can vanish in a twinkle of an eye. From there I got ‘’sunsum’’ attached to my name.

Looking for a stage name, I felt ‘’sunsum’’ was a blessing from my mother because our shadows follow us everywhere. That’s where I got Shadowboy and Myzic simply means in our own interpretation, (my music). That’s where Shadowboy Myzic was generated.

You featured Kelyvn Boy on your new single, ‘Better’ and some fans may be wondering; “Who’s this new guy?” Mind telling us about yourself and Myzic Empire?
Daniel Kyei is my name, I was born in Ghana and raised in Palermo, Italy. I started writing music at the age of 9 but I got my first opportunity to record at the age of 18 – my first mixtape which then gave me the energy to do more and also set up a record label called Myzic Empire Records. Thanks to my first mixtape that I launched in 2012, I got some attention from my community Palermo where I got lots of compliments but no one was ready to give me a big push so I continued slowly with my friend, Kwamzizy who was the only one who supported me in when I needed to shoot videos for my mixtapes back then. In our little ways we managed to get noticed by some people in our city where we grew up but it wasn’t enough to get to the big platforms.

Despite these difficulties, I continued to push my music 24/7 through the DJ nights and shows I use to play in Palermo. Thank God in 2017 my manager, Mr. Kenneth decided to take me, my music and Myzic Empire to another level. The same year 2017 I released my first single recorded in a professional studio with a music video which revived everything. The single was titled ‘Higher’.

In 2018, I launched an EP titled ‘’Genesis’’. With that EP, the whole Team Myzic Empire and myself went on tour in Ghana for some works and radio tour. In Ghana we managed to connect to some artists and people in the industry where we did some jobs and many other things. In 2019 on our return to Italy, though, we stopped releasing due to studies and some other things, I always continued to work hard for my music and on many other projects that soon the world will witness.

In 2020, I released some freestyles whiles planning on releasing my new projects, all of a sudden Coronavirus shut the world down. The pandemic got me paused, but at the same time got me work harder on many other projects at home. During the pandemic, I was at home with a Ghanaian producer called, Almighty Streetbeatz whom was in my city at that time we worked and created a lot of good music for the world.
This is a little about me and Myzic Empire.

9 years is a long time to be doing music. Any experiences or advice you’d like to share?
Absolutely, yes 9 years is a long time, but as I said in my previous answer the main reason was because, I did not have enough support at that time and I think everything has it’s time and God was still preparing me for the world. My little advice to all my fellow young artist is, do look down on yourself, give you your talent a chance to work though you, be humble and respectful.

Is there any other artist in the diaspora you’re keen on working with soon apart from Kelyvn Boy?

Yes, I would like to collaborate with all the possible artists with whom I can. I’m opened and ready to work with any artist so we can explore the Afro music in Italy, Europe and the globe.

How receptive have Italians been of your music and Afrobeat in general? Enlighten us.

Doing Afro songs in Italy was very difficult back then. The majority of the population of Italians was ignorant about our culture, the rhythm of the Afro songs sounded very wired to their hearing because of the language barrier. Now thank God things are changing, new things are being learnt and the Italians are ready to accept the Afro music in so many ways, that’s why my team and I thought of strategizing the ways of productions by mixing multiple tongues to also make it favorable for everyone to understand my communications with them through my music.

I can gladly say I’m welcomed everywhere I go in Italy especially in my city (Palermo) where this adventure of mine started. The new generation have accepted and embrace Afro music, thanks to our hard work now you can hear Afro music playing in Italian clubs, parties, restaurants, bars, shopping malls etc. I’m so grateful for this day.

We doubt learning Italian was a walk in the park, especially coming from an Anglophone and Asante background. Gist us.

Hehehe :). Oh, frankly speaking, Italian language one of the most beautiful, sexiest and jovial languages I’ve ever known on earth, though it’s difficult to learn, I love and I’m very proud of myself that I can speak, read and write this language. The importance is knowing how to eat and dress Italian will bring your back from the park into an Italian classroom, hahahahahahaa.

Now, the moment everyone’s been waiting for. Mind free styling in Italian for us?

Sputo fuoco come un drago Sono cercato come un ladro Non mi prendi fossi mato Nella moto vado vrom
Con gli amici vroom vroom

Sono il nero siciliano
Suona strano, molto strano Sono il nero siciliano (huh)

Ho visto la morte lo visto sul ponte
Mi ha reso forte c’è scritto sulla fronte

Divina commedia e stato come Dante Non parlo tanto tu sai chi hai di fronte

Haha. That’s a mouthful. Any big plans before 2021 ends? What moves are you making and how can fans keep tabs you?

Yes, I have many projects in progress. I am working on some projects which will be released soon. This one with Kelvyn Boy is one of the first but after that we will fly with lots of other works. Though I still have a long way to go, this does not disempower me because my mind is made up to do good music and my new projects are something new in Italy, Africa and it will be new in the whole universe soon so I invite all my fans and everyone to supporter and fasten their belts, we are about to start.

Listen to Shadowboy Myzic’s new single ‘Better’ featuring Kelvyn Boy here: https://afrisounds.lnk.to/ShadowBetter and watch the video below.

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INTERVIEW: Dove Nicol opens up on her adventure so far, debut single and more

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Dove Nicol, a new and probably the most exciting artist to grace the Ghanaian music scene is confident in winning fans over with her debut single ‘Calm Down’. She’s dedicated to becoming one of Ghana’s most streamed artists and with a voice as authentic as hers, the songbird is all set.

Dove Nicol’s rise from Sierra Leone to Ghana is a unique adventure worthwhile and in this exclusive interview, we take time to explore her very lively character as she updates us on the adventure so far and her debut single, among other gists.

 

Hello Dove and welcome. It’s great to have you around. Like every music fan out there, I’m quite curious. Who is Dove Nicol? Blow our mind.

Dove Nicol is a creative, a pioneer who believes in the power of the African sound, music, culture, heritage and its influence in the world stage. I believe Africa is on the rise and we are living in the era of the African creative industries global domination and worldwide takeover and as a creative blessed by God with the talent of music, I am merely just playing my own part in the fulfillment of this reality.

You’re finally out with your debut single ‘Calm Down’, mind sharing the story behind it?

‘Calm Down’ is a song about love and relationships. The idea behind it places focus on the internal struggles we go through as lovers. It places focus on two sides of a spectrum. On the one hand, you hear the willingness of both partners wanting to love each other and be loved. And on the other, the anxiety and uneasiness that comes with the feelings of mistrust and insecurities that they have both experienced from past relationships which overshadows their ability to fully love and fall in love with each other. The chorus then comes in to serve as a stress reliever telling both parties to calm down, just be at peace and fall into love with each other. The song generally gives a soothing peaceful feeling to the ear.

It seems you were destined to have a career in music growing up. How is it going and what has your greatest challenge since taking it head on been?

Yes, I do believe I was meant for music and it has been the source of my livelihood since I was a child. If I’m been honest, I have received several challenges along the way to getting here. The biggest challenge I believe is getting others to believe in your dreams as much as you do. I can see the vision of where I want to go and who I can become but because I do not have the resources or avenue to get people to see that possibility, it’s hard and sometimes almost impossible to get others to believe in that dream too.

Alot of people only want to be a part of your success, when you have achieved it but are not willing to help you get there. The journey can really be a great struggle for a lot of aspiring artists who have the talent for it but no external backing to let their voices be heard. For me, I was only able to defeat this challenge through perseverance, the Grace of God and my belief in myself to continue going-on no matter the odds.

Are there any Ghanaian artists you admire and hope to work with sometime soon?

There are a lot of Ghanaian artists out there that have really helped shape the future of Ghanaian music and their relentlessness and tireless efforts have paved the way for emerging artists like me to go after our goals. People like Efya, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Kofi Antwi, Bibie Brew, Wiyalaa, Kwesi Arthur, King Promise and many many more talented souls I will definitely see myself working with during the course of my journey in the industry.

Beyond the world of music, where else does your passion lie?

Beyond music I have always aspired to become a philanthropist and a humanitarian. I want to create charitable organizations and help children that are less privileged to achieve a better future. Africa has the largest youth population and majority of them are multi-talented in areas they themselves are not even aware of. If only we had more institutions that can cater to the needs of less privileged children and our youths growing up, our economy will flourish immensely.

What is a day in your life is like?

A day in the life of Dove is typical – wakeup, pray, shower, eat and eat a lot, do my daily routines, some reading, attend to any business calls or meetings I may have during the course of the day and make time to speak with family before the end of the day. Oh, and go to the gym at least 4 times a week to keep fit.

There’s still a lot of ground to cover in 2021. What are your plans? Should fans expect more?

Yes, definitely. Expect a lot from Dove in 2021 but expect a lot more from Dove in 2022. I want my supporters to know that I’m ready and prepared. ‘Calm Down’ was just the ice breaker. I have a ton of creative content ready to flood the market. It’s just a matter of timing. But in due time they shall receive all that I have to offer and will get to know more and more about me as my story unfolds.

I can’t wait to meet the world and for the world to meet Dove. It’s going to be a productive year definitely.

 

Dove Nicol’s ‘Calm Down’ is available on all digital streaming platforms globally here: https://lnk.to/dovenicol-calmdown/

 

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Onyeka Nwelue captures E.T Mensah’s pioneering role in highlife music in controversial biopic, ‘Other Side of History’

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