Fashion, February 2013 Comments (0) |

In-spireLS Recommends: T-Redz- A Bag With A Difference

While visiting Pure Fashion Show last week, we came cross the fabulous brand T-redz- a fabulous bag which tranforms the way women carry their personal items.

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Gamu To Debut Single ‘Shake The Room’ On 14th April 2013

When Gamu Nhengu set out to make her debut album, she took her time.  “I wanted to make something that would last,” she says, something timeless, classic and classy – like a Chanel suit”.  Gamu turned to the 1960s for inspiration, mixing it with the mainstream pop and R&B she grew up with to create a sound she dubs Nu: Vintage.

The first single to be taken from the forthcoming album, ‘A Love Like This’, ‘Shake The Room’ provides the perfect introduction to Gamu’s Nu: Vintage sound. This infectious and sassy anthem in the making will be released on 14th April by Scottish based recording label, GSound Records.

Gamu’s life-story is packed full of the stuff films are made of, with a journey that has taken her from the capital of Zimbabwe, where she was born, to a small town in Scotland where she now lives with her mum and two younger brothers. It’s been an eventful first 21 years, and Gamu was singing all the way.

Gamu spent her childhood in Harare. Her father died when she was young, and with the economic strain in Zimbabwe, her mother relocated to Scotland to study nursing, where Gamu and her brothers later joined her in the small town of Clackmannanshire.  The family soon became part of the community and Gamu began singing in church, and performing solos as part of a bigger gospel choir at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

A bright and hard-working student, Gamu planned to go to university to study literature and philosophy after school. She was offered a place at Edinburgh University, but fees were too steep for her newly qualified mum to meet. It was at this point that she decided to audition for the X Factor. Gamu didn’t get far in the 2010 series. There was an outcry when she was sent home after boot camp, but her whole X Factor experience was over in a matter of weeks. Yet when she got home people were camping outside her flat, sending her flowers, letters and record contracts. She eventually signed to a Scottish independent label GSound Records, because it felt ‘like a family’.

It took over a year to finish the album. Working with producers – Jud Mahoney (Usher), Gordy Goudie (Echo & The Bunnymen), and John McLaughlin (Lamont Dozier), she recorded a set of catchy, heartfelt pop songs with a retro twist  that draw on a variety of musical influences that resonate feminine strength, (from T.L.C, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner to The Noisettes, Lianne La Havas and Coco Sumner). From the perky party anthem ‘Shake The Room’ to the lush, emotional ballad ‘Teardrop Serenade’, this is contemporary pop music performed with real soul and total commitment. This is a girl who has always been determined to have a voice, and her real story is only just beginning.

Gamu’s debut single ‘Shake the Room’ will be released by GSound Records on 14th April 2013, followed by debut album (‘A Love Like This’) early summer 2013.

What’s you view on Gamu’s musical return?

 

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Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four – The O2, London – May 10-12

The Euroleague Final Four, which will be held in London for the first time, will be played on the second weekend in May at The O2 arena, with a basketball capacity of over 18,000.  Each ticket will be sold as a four game package, ranging in price from approximately £130 to £480.

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Brevity Cosmetics Review: 3 Step Cleansing and Conditioning System

Deep Marine Collagen, 3 Step Cleansing and Conditioning System

Brevity is a fairly new cosmetic company from South Wales, whose three step skin care regime imported from Japan is designed to rejuvenate skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and diminish pigmentation marks. The main ingredients in the cleansing and conditioning system are Marine Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and Geranium Oil; together they aid the healing and structuring of connective tissue, hydrate and keep the skin supple, and decrease wrinkles. The name Brevity is derived from Polonius’ speech in Shakespeare’s Hamlet where he stated “Brevity is the soul of wit”. Their ethos is “Brevity is the soul of beauty”. Brevity meaning brief, quick.

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Music Matters: MTV Unsigned Winner Ebony Day Reveals Show Date

Thursday 4th April 2013, 7:00 pm | 10:30 pm curfew
Tickets: £6.00 advance

British Singer Ebony Day was recently announced as the Unsigned Winner of MTV Brand New for 2013 .
After spending the last year at her parent’s home in Australia, Ebony is now back in the UK focusing on her music career. With big hopes and dreams for the future she is working hard at writing original music and developing herself as an artist.

At the age of just 19 Ebony Day has racked up over 19 million video views and 150,000 subscribers on YouTube.  By covering a mix of her favourite songs Ebony has grown a huge, dedicated fan base that spreads across the globe. With the help of her loving fans Ebony has had opportunities that every unsigned artist could only dream of such as performing in Nashville, Sydney and London.

Ebony is now well on her way to success and hopes that she can inspire young people into following their dreams by showing that anything is possible with determination and hard work.

 

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February 2013, Film Comments (0) |

Zero Dark Thirty Review

Starring: Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Runtime: 157 mins

Kathryn Bigelow demystifies and unravels the core of courageous conflict and unsung mental fortitude in gripping drama ‘Zero Dark Thirty’; based upon jaded reality of United States-Middle-East tumultuous turmoil, where the never-ending, decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man (Osama Bin Laden) is sternly centralized in Bigelow’s second war outing following acclaimed Academy Award-winning ‘The Hurt Locker’ in 2010.

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February 2013, Hair Comments (0) |

Errol Douglas Hair Special: Mixed Chicks Rocking Their Hair Diversity

SADE, THANDIE, LEONA, EMELI: MIXED CHICKS ROCKING THEIR HAIR DIVERSITY

-Errol Douglas colour master Jasmin Allen’s tips on a hair type all of its own-

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