Working with Muntu Valdo was a rare pleasure. This veteran oozes an air of timelessness and cosmic awareness that translates into vivid concepts and soundscapes enriched by his visceral melodies and a hidden understanding of the unknown.
“Vocalist, guitarist, harmonica player and percussionist, Muntu Valdo was first discovered alongside some of the great names of world music including Ali Farka Touré, Manu Dibango, Lady Blacksmith Mambazo Richard Bona, Lokua Kanza, Eko Roosevelt, Lionel & Stéphane Belmondo, Keziah Jones, Alpha Blondy. His music is rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions with striking modernity and technical mastery; his mesmerizing solo set juxtaposes his raw, passionate voice and intensely emotive melodies with an ingenious use of loops, samples and effects.” – SERIOUS http://www.serious.org.uk/artists/muntu-valdo
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH – THE ONE & THE MANY – CD REVIEW ***
Backing his sensitive guitar playing and dreamy, voice with distinctively textured, self-created loops and rhythms, London-based, Cameroonian one-man band Valdo translates a compelling live sound successfully to disc. The best tracks have an airy, poetic feel that’s a bit Brazilian, a bit Cape Verdean, while keeping a toe in the world of international busking folk.
“Using a box of tricks to double-track his guitar and voice live, Muntu added layers of sound to create full-textured, soft songs about peace, love and Cameroonian witchcraft and charmed the audience.” The Financial Times
To listen to the hypnotic sounds of this Blues Maestro, Visit:http://www.myspace.com/muntuvaldo
I had the pleasure of discovering this enchanting singer in the summer of 2008. Betty Steels lures you into her dream world with an inviting gaze that leads you to the shores of wonderland. This photo shoot was such an organic experience that truly gave me insights into capturing the soul of an Artist.
‘As Betty confesses, some of her favourite things in life are going in to my own mind and daydreaming up the most uplifting and imaginable things possible and, playing out films in my head that and big hot bubblebaths, lying in late afternoon sun…’ This refreshing singer songwriter has a radiant, infectious tone that is as original as it is surreal.
‘Early comparisons have seen her likened to artists such as Jack Johnson, Sia, early Bjork and even the more random accessible moments of Coco Rosie. However, in truth Betty and her music would be more at home cycling in tandem through the cobbled Parisian streets of a Jean Phillip Jeunet film set as she is inspired by the idiosyncrasies of every day life in particularly people’s shy, awkward and quirky traits, having crushes, love, annoying people and being frightened. Therefore, it is no surprise that her main musical ambition harks back to the quality that is abundant throughout her music and that is simply for people to like Betty for Betty.’
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Model -Samira Hashi, Designer -Deenola,
Model -Samira Hashi, Designer- Zed-Eye Tribal Romance http://www.zedeye.com/
Model – Black Valentine- Artist
Models – Marsha Fontaine | Ngozi **Afro Hair and Beauty Show**
Designers Lanyero | AfroChique http://www.afro-chique.com/
MUA – Stacey Okafor | Yasmina Bentaieb