Monthly Archives: October 2015

Do You Speak African?

In the year 2015, there are still narrow minded fools that still refer to Africa as a country. These folks refuse to do their Googles and actually expand their minds outside of their front windows. It’s really one of my biggest pet peeves when anyone refers to Africa as a homogeneous country or nation.

Came across this funny video online poking fun at just that. Enjoy!

 

Adele Is Back To Put You Deep Into Your Feelings

Following right up on that sneaky ad during X Factor last week, Adele has returned after almost 5 years with a new song and video, ‘Hello’. She also announced that her next album, 25, will be released Nov. 20th. This will be the multi Grammy award winner’s third album and keeping with the previously titled albums, corresponds with her age.

Adele’s bombastic voice caught my attention from her first single ‘Chasing Pavements’ off her debut album, 19. It was the way she, at such a young age, could sing soulfully about heart ache as if her heart had lived a thousand lives. Along with a long lineage of UK female singers who poetically sing about love and loss (Amy Winehouse, Sade, Duffy) Adele is a force that is powerful and vulnerable all at once.

And the video is cinematically as captivating as her voice. Directed by Quebec film maker Xavier Dolan, the video was shot in the countryside outside Montreal. The video was released today, Fri Oct 23rd and it has already 8 millions views on YouTube as of 7pm ET.

Side note, this is the second video directed by a Canadian that has premiered this week and has lit up the Internets. Lest we forget the glory that was ‘Hotline Bling’ by Drake that was directed by Toronto’s own Little X. That video came out on a day that saw Canada take over all Twitter time lines with news on our federal election, Toronto Blue Jays defeating the Kansas City Royals and Drake delivering again all types of goodness to live on forever in .gifs and memes (Mon Oct 19th).

Honourable mention goes out Adele’s makeup and nail game. Her glam squad has stepped their game up with each video and album. She’s always rocked the thick eyeliner and long nails, but there’s a more polished and high fashion look to her style now.

Wondering, are you anything like me and excited to hear her new album?

 

New Music From Adele

If this is true, I’m already deep in my feelings. During the show XFactor in the UK, a snippet of what could possibly be a new single from Adele aired during commercial breaks.

No confirmation from her team but the internet is all a buzz. Adele’s last two albums were incredible and scored multiple accolades. She’s been out of the scene lately and gave birth to a son a few years ago. Which makes the words to this new song almost as if they are talking to us, her audience.

I can’t wait to hear from the songstress and this song reminds me of the track ‘Someone Like You’ off her last album 21.

 

 

Quadron – The Hardest Thing

We haven’t seen the band Quadron in a while. Not since their last album Avalanche.

So this new track, The Hardest Thing, is embraced with much excitement. The song is smooth and thick with emotion. With lead singer Coco’s melodic voice, this track is repeat worthy and has me anticipating another album. Enjoy!

Being Unapologetically Muslim During Eid

Despite how the world may want to paint Muslims, each year I see a growing number of young Muslims at Eid prayers stepping out proudly in traditional Islamic and cultural attire. Shrugging off western stereotypes of our faith, this generation effortlessly merges fashion and Eastern tradition to boldly state they are here and not conforming.

Fader magazine article by Ali Suliman profoundly speaks on this and shares first hand what he has experienced growing up in NYC.