Monday, May 31, 2010

15 Worst Logo Fails

1.Logo of Catholic Church’s Archdiocesan Youth Commission
2.A-Style Logo
3.Office of Government Commerce
5.Arlington Pediatric Center
7.Clinica Dental
8.Computer Doctors
11.China Restaurant
12.Kudawara Pharmacy
14.Junior Jazz Dance Classes
15.Olympic Logo of London 2012

Paris Jazz festival 2010 + Sandra Nkaké

The Paris Jazz Festival 12 Jun - 1 Aug 2010 (Weekends only).

The Paris Jazz Festival is an annual summer event which presents a programme of free concerts in the surroundings of the Parc Floral. Concerts take place every Saturday and Sunday throughout June and July.

On July 25 Sandra Nkaké (15H00) and Richard Bona (16H30) will perform on the main stage.

The concerts begin at 3pm and are free to all those who have paid the standard park entry fee. Arrive early to ensure that you get one of the 1500 seats available.

See full program here


And for the jazz lovers the Jazz video "Tribal Thoughts" from the French composer Carine Bonnefoy, who will also perform at the festival.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dave Benton winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2001

Dave Benton was the first black singer to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Dave Benton, together with Estonian rock singer Tanel Padar and boyband 2XL, won Eurovision Song Contest for Estiona in 2001.

Benton was born on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba in 1951 and in his 20s moved to the United States. As a drummer and a backing vocalist, he worked with The Drifters, Tom Jones, Billy Ocean, José Feliciano and the Platters. (Source wikipedia).

This is the last post about the Eurovision Song Contest. It was necessary to set the facts strait. The previous post about black singers at the contest is updated with singers from the UK, Sweden and of course Estonia. You can read the post here.

The Eurovison 2010 was won by Germany by the way, see the video of Lena with the song "Satellite" here.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Black singers at the Eurovision Song Contests

Imaani from the UK singing "Where Are You?"
Black singers at the Eurovision Song Contests. The Eurovision Song is the annual song contest of the European Broadcasting Union and member states of Europe.

Numerous black singers have competed at the contest. And one black singer won the contest in 2001. Dave Benton won the the contest with Estonian rock singer Tanel. The first black singer was probably Milly Scott from the Netherlands who sang at the contest in 1966. In this year’s contest singer Matador competed for France, he finished 12th place.

The competition has been broadcast throughout Europe, but also in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States, even though these countries do not participate. See the website of Eurovision Song Contest here.

Below a list of some of the entries of the Estonia, UK, The Netherlands, France, Portugal and Israel. The ranking is based on a final of 25 countries.


Winner of Eurovision copenhagen 2001

Dave benton & Tanel - "Everybody" - 2001

In 2001 Dave benton performed with budding Estonian rock singer Tanel Padar and boyband 2XL to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 with their song "Everybody". Benton was born on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.


Jade Ewen - "It's My Time" - 2009

The United Kingdom was a part of the "Big Four", so the song was entered directly into the final of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, held on 16 May 2009 in Moscow. The show received an average of 7.8 million viewers. She finished in 5th place.

Andy Abraham - "Even If" - 2008

According to betting site, the odds for the song to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 were 100/1. In the end, the song reached last place at 25th, with 14 points. The last place triggerd a response from Terry Wogan, he blamed "racist" Eastern Europeans for Britain's dismal showing in the Eurovision Song Contest. Read full story here.

Imaani - "Where Are You?" - 1998

"Where Are You?" was the United Kingdom entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, held in Birmingham, United Kingdom. It was sung by Imaani Saleem (Melanie Crosdale), the first black singer for the UK. She almost won. The song received 166 points, placing second in a field of 25. Imaani was born in Nottingham. Interesting detail is that she is one of the regular singers of the famous London Acid Jazz band Incognito.

The Netherlands

Glennis Grace Netherlands – “My Impossible Dream” - 2005

Glennis Grace (born in Amsterdam) won the national contest in the Netherlands for the Eurovision song contest 2005, but didn’t make in to final. She had to leave the contest in the semi-final.

Edsilia Rombley - "Hemel en Aarde" ("Heaven and Earth") - 1998

Edsilia Rombley pulled the Netherlands out of semi-finals to the finals. Only the low ranking countries of the previous year had to compete in the semi-finals. In the finals she came in fourth place in a tele voting contest with the song “Hemel en aarde" ("Heaven and earth"). It was the best placing the Netherlands had seen since their last win in 1975. Edisila was born in Amsterdam and is of Dutch Caribbean descent.

Maxine and Franklin Brown- "De Eerste Keer" ("The first time" - 1996

Maxine & Franklin Brown represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 1996. Their song “De eerste keel” (“The First Time”) came 7th with 78 points.

Ruth Jacott - "Vrede" ("Peace") - 1993

In 1993 Ruth Jacott was the second black female singer for the Netherland. She came in sixth place with the “song “Vrede" ("Peace"). Ruth Jaccot is of Surinamese descent.

Humphrey Campbell "Wijs Me de Weg" ("Show Me the Way") - 1992

Humphrey Campbell performing "Wijs Me de Weg" ("Show Me the Way"), the Dutch entry at the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest. He finished 9th place. Campbell is of Surinamese origins.

Milly Scott - "Fernando en Filippo" - 1966

Milly Scott was the first black singer for the Netherlands in 1966. She finished 15th place. Scott is of Surinamese descent.


Matador - "Allez Ola Olé" (2010)

Matador, born Jessy Kimbangi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, represented France this year. Matador mixes zouk, dancehall, reggae, and hiphop, building on American, African and Caribbean influences. France finished 12th place.

Joëlle Ursull - "White and Black Blues" - 1990

France's entry in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest "White and Black Blues" by Joëlle Ursull who got the 2nd place. Usull is of Guadeloupean origins.

France is one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest and has entered the competition fifty-two times since their debut at the very first contest in 1956. However, in recent years, the French results have been somewhat disappointing. Since 1998, when the televoting was invented, France has almost always been in the bottom-10 countries in the final. (Wikipedia.)


Sara Tavares – “Chamar a música” -1994

Tavares won the Portuguese selection for the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. With the song Chamar a música (Call my music), She achieved an eighth position in Dublin, which is still one of the best Portuguese results in the contest ever. After her appearance in the contest, she went on to become a famous artist in her country, and later on in Europe.


Afro-Dite - "Never let you go" - 2002

Afro-dite is a Swedish pop group made up of three pop singers. The group consists of Blossom Tainton-Lindquist, Gladys del Pilar and Kayo Shekoni. Afro-dite reached the 8th place


Eddie Butler - "Together We Are One" - 2006

Eddie Butler was the Israeli entry for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, with soul ballad "Together We Are One". He finished 23th place.

Butler was born in the Negev Israel. Butler's parents are Americans, and members of the Black Hebrews African-American community that believes they are a lost tribe of Israel. His mother and father came to Israel for a visit 37 years ago and decided to stay.

Black singers Eurovision Song Contest overview

1966 - Ned: Milly Scott - "Fernando en Filippo" (15th)
1990 - Fr: Joëlle Ursull - "White and Black Blues" (2nd)
1992 - Ned: Humphrey Campbell "Wijs Me de Weg" ("Show Me the Way") (9th)
1993 - Ned: Ruth Jacott - "Vrede" ("Peace") - 1993 (6th)
1994 - Por: Sara Tavares – “Chamar a música” (8th)
1996 - Ned: Maxine and Franklin Brown- "De Eerste Keer" ("The first time") (7th)
1998 - Ned: - Edsilia Rombley - "Hemel en Aarde" ("Heaven and Earth") 1998 (4th)
1998 - UK: Imaani - "Where Are You?" (2nd)
2001 - Esto: Dave benton & Tanel - "Everybody" (1st)
2002 - SWE: Afro-Dite - "Never let you go" (8th)
2005 - Ned: Glennis Grace Netherlands – “My Impossible Dream” (semi-final)
2006 - Isr: Eddie Butler - "Together We Are One" (23th)
2008 - UK: Andy Abraham - "Even If" (23th)
2009 - UK: Jade Ewen - "It's My Time" - 2009 (5th)
2010 - Fr: Matador - "Allez Ola Olé" - 2010 (12th)

This may not be the complete list of singers

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jessy Matador will represent France at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest

France will try to win the hearts of Europe in Oslo with a real summer hit this year, "Allez Ola Olé". For that they handpicked the charismatic singer Jessy Matador.

Jessy began his artistic career as a dancer in 2001. His artistic concept is a mixture of several styles, inspired by famous African - Ivorian music ranging from hip-hop, jamaican dancehall and zouk.

He made his debut in the group called Les Coeurs Brisés with which he has performed all around the world. He started his singing career in 2008 and has scored a summer hit with the song Decale Gwada. Jessy is currently in the studio finishing his new album. (source BBC)

Website: 2010 Eurovision Song Contest

Haddy Jatou N'jie will co-host the Eurovision Song Contest in Norway

Haddy Jatou N'jie (1979) will be one of the hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. Haddy is a Norwegian singer, songwriter, author and journalist, and is a member of the group Queendom.

The anual contest will be seen by approximately 120 million views over three days (25, 27 and 29 May 2010). See more information on the blog Black Women in Europe.

An update: Haddy Jatou N'jie singing "Mitt lille land (My little country)". An interesting video which also shows the ethnic diversity in Norway.

Website: 2010 Eurovision Song Contest

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Is World Cup 2010 changing the image of South Africa?

Is the World Cup Football 2010 really changing the image of South Africa?

I am not so sure. In The Netherlands I am not getting any new images of South Africa. So some comments, quotes and images I picked up these past few days.

I have watched three programs on the Dutch TV about South Africa. The first was a football program, the second a journey-trough-Africa program, and the third was program about the legacy of Charles Darwin (the Beagle).

If I had watched one, I probably would have seen the other two. The topics where race relations in South Africa, poor whites, poor blacks, white supremacists, black activists, Nelson Mandela, Robin Island, and images of the Apartheid. So it was the the “regular” view of South Africa.

However there was conversation in a program (the Beagle) which really shocked me. It was the conversation with genetic scientist Himla Soodyall about how she felt during the days of the 'apartheid' when she spoke to a white person."

She said “O yes of course I was born during the day of apartheid. If you spoke to me 16 or 17 years ago I would probably not even opened my mouth because I would have felt so inferior talking to a white person.

The reporter replied: “So now you are not impressed by me anymore, as a white?“

Laughing she answered : “Fortunately these day when I look at people I don't see colour as an item that I used to take in my person with whom I was contact with. There were times that would have been an issue.”

The images

The Apartheid

Poor whites

Translation:Exactly. They would have worked with Forest department. [They have lost their privileges they had under the apartheid regime.]

A youth movement

Translation: We don’t tolerate racial polarisation in our country

The South African creole

Translation: Voice of Himla Soodyall: "That's how it would be here [if there hadn't been apartheid, then creolisation would have taken place], I am almost certain."

10 Hijacked Billboards

1.Stripper v/s church...tough Choice
2.Jet Airways,one of the leading Airways in india announced to their customer that they have changed.
3.This is picture of Billboard in South California.To the left of the picture thier new car.Thier Tag line?A smug,"Your Move BMW".
4.Take that,Fast Food
5.One need come after the other,I guess.
6.Another badly placed Mcdonald's ad.
7.A beer is always worth it.unless you're teen that is.
8.Oh well
9.In 2009,President Obama took a trip to China and was Photographed Sporting a WeatherProof Jacket.
10.Christianity Discipline v/s Adults Games?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

VIDEO: Ty ft. SarinaLeah & Sean Escoffery (UK)

Soul Culture called him UK's Hip Hop legend. And TY is his name. In April he released his new video “Emotions”, featuring Brit Soul singers Shaun Escoffery and Sarina Leah. The single “Emotions” is from the album "Special Kind of Fool", the video was directed by Obi 'wun' Mgbado for the Odyssey Media Collective.

Acording to, TY is a big name in the London music scene, but unfortunately he still hasn't got main stream support. Maybe things will change after this release.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Music: Rox (UK)

Introducing 21-year-old ROX. The half Iranian, half Jamaican singer-songwriter from South London, who is sometimes compared with Amy Whinehouse and Lauren Hill. Her debut album 'Memoirs" will be out June 7.


Black Europeans and the media (Netherlands)

It is always interesting to see how black people in Europe are portrayed in the media, since there are many stories and pictures where black people are portrayed in a stereotype way. Today I stumbled upon a remarkable example.

In the Dutch free newspaper Depers I saw a picture of Rox, the new singer songwriter from South London.

The front page (above) had the following headline: “We are really proud of Europe.” And in the byline: "And that’s why we advise Rox and four other singers."

And there is more

The headline: “New, good, female and European”

I thought great for Rox that she is featured like this. But I had mixed feelings about the by-line.

“An ailing eurozone survives only by substantial investment in the own economy. So buy European products, starting with music.“

When I read the byline it felt as if they are using a black girl on the cover to make protectionisme look a bit friendly. As if they where saying that this appeal is not an anti-foreigner thing.

But maybe I am wrong, and this is just a story of an editor who likes the music of Rox.