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Features 19 T.K. Soul: The Bad Boy Of Southern Soul ... TK Soul began his musical journey at age 10. After every show fans would say “you a bad boy.” Read this interview with Entrigue’s Elias Xavier. 25 NIKKOLE ...An artist that in fact bridges the gap and takes you back with an old skool soul that is oven-fresh and gives you what’s missing in today’s music! 39 Fred The Godson ...In this interview with Mark Bucannah, Fred talks about career, health and a positive attitude. 49 Ywada ...Ywada grew up surrounded by music. A vocalist extraordinaire, so much so she caught the eye of BET’s own, Dr. Bobby Jones at the tender age of 15. 55 Alfonso Blackwell: Talking Saxy...Alfonzo Blackwell¡¦s sound, music and powerful punch-delivery sax tone and lines are instantly identiƒiable.

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16 Model Proles: Tanya LeShea Williams Rusana Yakubova 19 Breje: BREJÉ is a multi-talented entertainer who, at the young age of 14, is an accomplished singer, rapper, dancer, actor, songwriter, recording and performing artist. 32 Cris Cab: Cris speaks to his generation with Echo Boom, the new mixtape containing 12 original songs. 33 Designer Spotlight: Andres Sarda Sacristan 37 Ken Will ...Being a Florida bred artist, he specializes in various genres of music while adding his own touch.

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Model Profiles: Tanya LeShea Williams Tanya Williams is a native of Daytona Beach, Florida. She has always had an interest in the Arts and Fashion. She was in several plays and fashion shows while growing up. But growing up poor, in Pine Haven projects and the youngest of 12, she really didn’t have the opportunity to follow her dreams. People from low social economical backgrounds rarely have time to dream, let alone make it out. She put her dreams of modeling and acting on hold, to do the only thing she knew how to do, and that was to focus on education to make a better life for herself. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from high school and went on to attend Florida A&M University’s College of Pharmacy. There too she graduated second in her class with a Doctorate of Pharmacy, so you can call her Dr. Tanya Williams. Shortly after College she married and started a family. Suddenly, those dreams she had long pushed away came back with force. She was given the opportunity to audition and became a lead in an independent lm. And is currently a cast member of a stage play. Although by other’s standards you can say that she has made a wonderful life for herself, but she wasn’t following her passion, modeling and acting. Tanya is now pursuing those dreams with earnest. This up and coming talent not only has beauty on the inside to match the beauty on the outside, she also has brains!

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Model Profiles: Rusana Yakubova

Rusana Yakubova I’m a Russian model from eastern city Vladivostok, who is now living and based in New York. Since I was a little girl I had an American dream come to New York and become an model. New York - it’s the best city in a world if you are young, ambitious and talented. I came here because I want to pursue and develop my modeling and acting career. I used to work as a model in different countries mostly Asia. China, Thailand, and Taiwan. I love travel so much and open something new in different cultures, meet different people from all over the world and I’m really enjoying my work. After I traveled for a while I decided come to the USA, because it’s a very developed market for models and an interesting country to visit. Now I’m in love with New York and I’m enjoying my work and developing my modeling and acting carriers here. I am Studying in Lee Strasberg school and working as a model.

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TK Soul The Bad Boy of Southern Soul Interview by Elias Xavier

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TK SOUL: BORN TERENCE KIMBLE AUGUST 26TH. HOME STATE LOUISIANA (WINNFIELD). I BEGAN MY MUSICAL JOURNEY AT AGE 10 WHEN I DISCOVERED I COULD PLAY ANY INSTRUMENT I CAME IN CONTACT WITH JUST BY EAR. MY LOVE FOR MUSIC GREW IN MY TEEN YEARS, AS I WAS GREATLY INFLUENCED BY ENTERTAINERS I SAW ON T.V. AND HEARD ON THE RADIO. BY AGE 13 I WAS WRITING SONGS AND PLAYING GUITAR IN LOCAL AREA BANDS. FROM SCHOOL CHOIR TO CHURCH CHOIR JR. HIGH BAND TO HIGH SCHOOL BAND MY TALENTS GREW VERY RAPIDLY. I LEFT HOME AT 19 TRAVELING AND PERFORMING WITH BANDS IN BALTIMORE MD, BATON ROUGE LA, AND ATLANTA GA. WHILE IN ATLANTA MY PROFESSIONAL CAREER BEGAN. I GOT THE CHANCE TO PRODUCE THE SHOW MUSIC FOR THE STAR SEARCH MALE VOCAL GROUP GRAND CHAMPS EBONY.YEARS AFTER THAT I WAS PLAYING KEYBOARDS AND TALK BOX LIVE FOR THE GROUP UNDER 21( WHO LATER BECAME PROFYLE ON KEDAR/MOTOWN RECORDS) AND THE PRODUCER FOR PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST H-TOWN SAW ME AND HIRED HIM ON THE SPOT TO PLAY KEYBOARDS AND TALK BOX FOR H-TOWN. A FEW YEARS AFTER THAT ENDED I CHILLED OUT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AT MY CHURCH AS MUSIC DIRECTOR. SOON I HEARD THAT WILLIE CLAYTON WAS LOOKING FOR A KEYBOARD PLAYER. I MISSED BEING OUT ON THE ROAD PERFORMING SO I DECIDED TO APPLY FOR THAT JOB. I GOT THAT JOB AND MOVED UP RAPIDLY FROM KEYBOARDIST/BACK UP SINGER TO BAND LEADER AND PRODUCER.

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I WROTE AND PRODUCED THE POPULAR WILLIE CLAYTON TUNES “WIGGLE” AND “PARTY LIKE WE USE TO DO” TO NAME A FEW. 5 YEARS LATER I DECIDED TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. SO I STARTED MY OWN RECORD LABEL (SOULFUL RECORDS)AND CREATED THE ARTIST TK SOUL, THEN WROTE AND PRODUCED MY 1ST CD TITLED “ONE WOMAN MAN”. THAT CD SPARKED A SOLO CAREER THAT HAS BEEN NON-STOP SINCE ITS BIRTH IN 2002. POPULARITY GREW AS I RELEASED MY 2ND SOLO CD (THE BAD BOY OF SOUTHERN SOUL) AND LIVE DVD (TK SOUL LIVE IN MONTGOMERY). THE RELEASE OF MY 3RD CD “LOVE GAMES” WAS THE TURNING POINT. THAT CD GAVE ME THE POPULAR TUNES “CHEATIN AND LYIN” “U RING MY BELL” AND “IF U DON’T WANT ME” ALL OF WHICH ARE STILL IN ROTATION WITH MANY RADIO STATIONS TODAY. MY 4TH CD “UNDISPUTED” CAME OUT THE FIRST WEEK # 85 ON THE NATIONAL BILLBOARD TOP 100 R&B HIP HOP ALBUMS CHARTS AND # 9 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP BLUES ALBUMS CHARTS THE WEEK OF JULY 14TH 2007, UNHEARD OF FOR AN INDEPENDENT SOUL ARTIST. NOW A NATIONAL ARTIST, THIS CD GAVE THE WORLD THE HITS. “PARTY LIKE BACK IN THE DAY” “IT AINT CHEATIN TIL U GET CAUGHT” AND “TRY ME”. MY LATEST CD “THE EVOLUTION OF SOUL” RELEASED 2009 HAS THE SOUL HITS “ZYDECO BOUNCE” AND “REHAB”.I BEGAN EACH YEAR WITH MY ANNUAL CRUISE CALLED “THE SOUL SHIP” WITH CARNIVAL CRUISES NOW WITH ROYAL CARRIBEAN.


Interview With The Bad Boy of Southern Soul Interview by Elias Xavier EX: What instruments do you play? TKS: LEAD GUITAR/BASS GUITAR/DRUMS/ KEYBOARDS/ TALKBOX EX: Which musical entertainers inuence your style of music? TKS: ROGER TROUTMAN/JAMES BROWN/PRINCE/ MICHAEL JACKSON/JOHNNY TAYLOR/TYRONE DAVIS EX: You left home at age 19 to travel and perform in various states. How did it go with convincing your parents to allow you to leave at this age? TKS: BY THAT AGE I WAS ALREADY TRAVELING WITH LOCAL BANDS. THEY KNEW IT WAS NO NEED TO TRY TO CONVINCE ME NOT TO. THE DAY I LEFT WAS THE FIRST TIME I EVER SAW MY DAD CRY. EX: How did you come into working with groups such as Profyle and H-Town? TKS: BEFORE THE GROUP BECAME PROFYLE THEIR MANAGER AND I AT THE TIME (DALE LYNCH) GREW UP AROUND EACH OTHER FROM THE SAME HOME TOWN. SO HE CALLED ME TO PLAY KEYBOARDS FOR THE GROUP WHEN THEY WERE CALLED (UNDER 21). AS FOR H-TOWN. TWO OF MY MUSICIAN FRIENDS WERE PLAYING FOR H-TOWN ALREADY. SO WHEN H-TOWNS PRODUCER BISHIP ‘STICK” BURRELL SAW ME PLAYING KEYS AND TALKBOX BEHIND (UNDER 21) HE ASKED MY MUSICIAN FRIENDS (NOW GRAMMY NOMINATED RON JOHNSON AND RON “SLACK’ JEFFERSON) “WHO IS THAT”. THEY SAID OH THAT’S TERRY. THE REST WAS HISTORY AS THEY SAY. EX: How hard did you nd it to write music and lyrics when you rst starting writing for yourself? TKS: VERY HARD TO WRITE FOR MYSELF CAUSE IM NOT A VOCALIST IM A MUSICIAN.

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TKS: NOW THAT IM WITH A MAJOR YES. BEYON’CE, C-LO MY HOMMIE LIL WAYNE. EX: How do you prepare yourself before each performance? TKS: THE MUSICAL PREPERATION IS DONE AT MY REHEARSALS. BUT PRIOR TO HITTING THE STAGE I ALWAYS THINK GOD FOR MY CAREER. I LAUGH CAUSE I STILL CANT BELIEVE PEOPLE PAY MONEY AND PACK THE HOUSE TO SEE ME. AND I CRY CAUSE THOSE I LOVE NOT THERE TO SUPPORT ME. EX: Zydeco is a form of folk music that evolved in the southwest of Louisiana. How do you relate the Zydeco dance you created to this type of music; are the dance moves a form of dance from Lousianas history? TKS: I CREATED THE ZYDECO BOUNCE JUST AS A NEW LINE DANCE. I USED SOUTHERN SOUL MUSIC AND ZYDECO MUSIC TO REPRESENT WHERE IM FROM AND WHAT I DO. NO ITS NOT A FORM OF DANCE WE DO IN LOUISIANA. EX: What made you come out with this dance and this music to it?

EX: In the early part of your career you seemed to be behind the scenes by playing keyboard or writing for others. When was it discovered that you had vocal skills as well?

TKS: JUST BEING CREATIVE AT THE TIME. I WRITE SONGS AS THEY COME TO ME. I WANTED TO DO A LINE DANCE SONG WITH ITS OWN DANCE SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD PARTY AND DO THE DANCE EVERYTIME THEY HEARD IT. THE MUSIC WAS JUST HOW I FELT AT THE TIME. I AM NOT A ZYDECO SINGER OR ZYDECO MUSICIAN. I KNOW THE STRUCTURE AND STYLE CAUSE IM FROM LOUISIANA. EX: How did you come by the title of “The Bad Boy of Southern Soul?

TKS: I ALWAYS KNEW I COULD SING BUT NEVER THOUGHT OF MYSELF AS A SINGER. I SANG AND PLAYED AS A CHILD. AND AS MOST MUSICIANS I SANG AND PLAYED IN CHURCH AT A VERY EARLY AGE.

TKS: MY FANS ALWAYS TELL ME AFTER MY SHOWS “YOU A BAD BOY” THE STYLE OF MUSIC I SING IS CALLED “SOUTHERN SOUL” SO “THE BAD BOY OF SOUTHERN SOUL” WAS BORN.

EX: Did you get to perform duets with any artist such as Willie Clayton?

EX: Which album of yours would you say you are you most proud of?

TKS: NEVER WITH WILLIE BUT I DID A TRIO WITH TWO OF MY ENTERTAINER FRIENDS OMAR CUNNINGHAM AND VICK ALLEN. (A SONG A WROTE CALLED HATERS GONE HATE)

TKS: “UNDISPUTED” BECAUSE IT HIT BILLBOARD AT #85 R&B/HIPHOP ALBUMS And #9 BLUES ALBUMS WHEN I WAS AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST UNHEARD OF FOR AN INDEPENDENT SOUL/BLUES ARTIST.

EX: Are there any male or female artist that you would like to perform a duet with? LIL WAYNE.

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EX: Have you performed any place overseas? If so how well did the fans receive the style of music you perform? TKS: NOT YET! EX: Do you still give the annual cruise “The Soul Ship” and how can folks sign up for this particular cruise event? TKS: YES! THE 7TH ANNUAL TK SOUL CRUISE “THE SOUL SHIP” SAILS THIS JAN 2013 AND EVERY JAN DURING MLK WEEK. TO SIGN ON GO TO GLOBETREKTRAVEL.COM AND CLICK ON MY NAME AND PHOTO. EX: How did that annual cruise come about and what is the importance of giving the cruise? TKS: IT CAME FROM AN IDEA ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAD AND I DECIDED TO TRY IT. AND HERE WE ARE 7 YEARS LATER. THE IMPORTANCE FOR ME WAS TO TAKE WHAT I DO TO ANOTHER LEVEL AND SHOW THOSE WHO WILL FOLLOW THEIRS NO LIMIT TO WHAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH THRU PRAYER HARD WORK EDUCATION AND DETERMINATION! EX: What projects are you working on currently? TKS: JUST SIGNED A RECORD DEAL WITH STREETSCHOLAR WHICH IS DISTRIBUTED BY BUNGALO/UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP DISTTRIBUTION THIS PAST JAN. I RE-RELEASED “THE ZYDECO BOUNCE” UNDER UNIVERSAL NATIONWIDE. SO THAT’S MY CURRENT PROJECT. EX: Other than music, do you see yourself dabbling in another area like acting? TKS: YES IM WRITING A PLAY WHICH I WILL BE CO-STARRING IN. EX: For the last word, what would you like to say to your fans and to Entrigue magazine readers? TKS: THANKS! FOR MORE INFO ON THE ARTIST TK SOUL GO TO. www.thebadboyofsouthernsoul.com HIT ME UP ON facebook.com/terencekimble AND FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @TK SOUL SPEAKS AND @TK SOUL SPEAKS OUT. Also on YouTube tksoultv. I’M TK SOUL BECAUSE YOU TOLD ME SO. THANKS EVERYBODY!

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BREJÉ is a multi-talented entertainer who, at the young age of 14, is an accomplished singer, rapper, dancer, actor, songwriter, recording and performing artist. Brejé puts all he has to offer into every project and has the uncanny knack for captivating people of every age, gender, and lifestyle. Brejé’s musical inuences are diverse. He listened to blues and jazz with his beloved grandmothers (“Nanas”), as well as R&B, pop, rock, rap, country with his mom, dad, and older sisters. Music is an important part of who Brejé is and it’s all good! Brejé rst tasted the spotlight making onstage appearances with his sisters’ band, IQ (Bungalow/Universal, Radio Disney Incubator), as they shared stages with the Jonas Brothers, Ne-Yo and others. When Brejé released the hiphop song, Twist Wit It, renewed interest was sparked in Chubby Checker’s dance, “The Twist”. Shortly thereafter, Brejé teamed up with legendary super producer, Scott Storch, for the song, Glad We Met, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hip Hop R&B single sales chart. This led to many performances and personal appearances with great artists like Ashanti, Bow Wow, Soulja Boy, Omarion, Mario, Fabolous, The New Boyz, and J. Holiday, to name a few, as well as a tribute to Michael Jackson along with the Jackson family. Six Flags and Kellogg’s prediected Breje to be one of the new pop stars in the coming year. Brejé’s not just about the music; he also loves to act. He made his acting debut as “Garrett” in the short comedy lm, My Genie, starring Raven Goodwin, which helped him catch the attention of Disney and Nickelodeon. He is presently auditioning for a role in a new ABC television series and a spot in a new movie. Brejé loves school, especially reading and math. Featured in Scholastic, Hip Hop Weekly, and other magazines, Brejé strives to use the spotlight to get a message across to kids that “hard work, determination and education are essential if you want to achieve your dreams.” He also loves competitive sports and video games. Most important, thanks to the support of his close-knit family and friends, he remains grounded despite his frantic schedule. He’s a great role model--kids totally relate to him; adults adore him. What’s on the horizon? Brejé is in the studio nishing his debut album, Scene 1, which contains great songs written by some very well-known people. Stay tuned! New singles are on the way and, of course, a live concert tour is in the works. Brejé’s energy is contagious and a time-out with him is time well spent. Simply put, he’s young, fun, and very adorable. As Brejé would say, “Come chill on the website, MySpace, Facebook and Twitter so U can get 2 know me & C whatz fresh! Deucessss!” =) brejemusic.com facebook.com/brejemusic twitter.com/brejeofcial myspace.com/brejemusic

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NIKKOLE The Essence Of Soul

Interview by Dwayne E. Butler

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NIKKOLE...An artist that in fact bridges the gap and takes you back with an old skool soul that is oven-fresh and gives you what’s missing in today’s music! Nikkole is an independent musician that has established herself as a true artist within the music world. Among the current crop of rising stars, she is denitely the one who has a complete package that will catapult her to becoming the next legend. Nikkole is a vibrant and universal singer / songwriter / producer / performer with a ve octave range whose performance in the studio and on-stage is lled with emotion, excitement and passion. Critics everywhere agree that not only has Nikkole mastered the art of brilliant songwriting, dynamically powerful live singing with a captivating stage presence, but she has mastered making concert goers feel like they are watching her do what she was born to do - perform live. Nikkole’s immense talent has led her to write, record with and / or share the stage with some of the world’s top performers such as Babyface, Boyz II Men, Macy Gray, Bobby Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Teena Marie, The Emotions, Ambrosia, Jon B, The Temptations, Lakeside, The Commodores, Midnight Star, Gregory Hines, DJ Quik, Melle Mel, Whoopi Goldberg, CASE, Cedric the Entertainer, Everette Harp, David T. Walker, Patrice Rushen, Blood Sweat and Tears, and Norman Brown. On Norman Brown’s #1 Billboard smash ‘’Stay With Me’’ (2007), more specically the radio-friendly cut ‘’You Keep Lifting Me Higher’’, Nikkole was not only the featured vocalist, but she also cowrote and arranged the vocals. The project spent 8 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts. The album remained in Billboard’s Top 10 for over 4 months. Nikkole’s vocal range and writing skills can be heard in many arenas such as on: Soundtracks to the lms; ‘’The Brothers’’, ‘’Biker Boyz’’, ‘’Love and Action in Chicago’’, ‘’Rough Hustle’’, etc. Commercial advertisements, where her song ‘’Beautiful Colors’’ was selected for television and radio campaigns for ‘’Mattress Firm’’, the largest mattress retailer in the United States. Television shows like MTV’s ‘’I Used To Be Fat’’, where her songs ‘’E-X-OTIC’’, ‘’Funky Alright’’ and ‘’Are You Satised?’’ were featured. The MTV Network also licensed 48 of Nikkole’s songs for various television shows, video games, movies and announcements. The indie artist has been featured in Ebony, Billboard, BRE, SCRATCH UK, Riveting Riffs, MediaSearch, InMag, L.A.’s The Place, LA Weekly, and she was chosen by Cosmopolitan Magazine as one of America’s Top 10 Fearless Female Rockstars! Another amazing achievement for Nikkole is that she has been a GRAMMY nominee contender ve years in a row in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The success of her recording career has also led to endorsements and or sponsorships with companies such as: Smashbox Cosmetics, Nine West, True Religion, Joe’s Jeans, Seychelles Footwear, Fiji Water, NIKA Fashions, Rawyalty Clothing, and Minx Nails. Minx Nails is actually one of the hottest trends for Today’s fashionistas! Nikkole joins her industry contemporaries Beyonce, Pink. Lady GaGa, Mariah Carey, Fergie, Toni Braxton, Keyshia Cole, Rihanna and Katy Perry as an endorsee of this hot nail accessory, and she was featured in the May 2010 edition of SCRATCH Magazine, UK in a two

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page interview. In 2001, Nikkole became a trail blazer, and went after her dream of being a recording artist with every ber of her being. Her successful modeling career afforded her the opportunity to branch off into her rst love --- music. She then decided to nance her rst album ‘’Appearances’’ on her own. The CD released on her label SE Entertainment Records, introduced the world to Nikkole’s amazing vocal sound and unique songwriting ability. Her hard work resulted in a Best Pop Album award from Radio Free Virgin, for which she beat out 7800 other independently released albums. Her winning streak continued with another award from Radio Free Virgin with ‘’Over It’’ being named one of the top 20 Best Pop Singles out of 25,000 independent successful songs in 2003. Nikkole further proved her success when she became the #1 independent singer in the US with her debut album via mp3.com, which was one of the rst major music internet websites. Following up and building upon the success of her rst CD, Nikkole released ‘’A Girl Like Me’’ in 2005. This project exposed the world to Nikkole’s ve octave range, and reminded them of the lyrical ingenue’s exceptional skills. The lead off single ‘’It’s Too Late’’ features The Emotions and was added to medium or heavy rotation at over 60 commercial radio stations, including Clear Channel Stations in the US and to numerous radio stations globally. Nikkole struck a chord abroad in Japan which led her to record two songs in Japanese, making her one of the rst American Pop / R&B recording artists to do so. The explosive album generated a second single, ‘’Gon’ Bounce’’ which was added to radio stations at a feverish pace. It debuted at #1 on American Idol Radio on the rst week of release in the US. In addition the video for the third single ‘’Breathe’’, was listed as one of the hottest new videos on Blastro. The Christmas EP, ‘’It’s Christmas’’ / ‘’Wrap Me Up (Special Delivery), was released in 2007, and quickly became a seasonal favorite on radio across the country. In 2008, In 2008, the video for the rst single ‘’E-XOTIC’’ from Nikkole’s third studio album ‘’Creolepatra’’ was certied gold on Blastro, and held a #1 title for four consecutive weeks. The CD contains 17 tracks which were penned by the singer / songwriter / producer. In 2009, the second single from her highly acclaimed record, was ‘’Love Was Made In Heaven’’. Featuring six remixes, two of which showcase sax great, Everette Harp. In its third week of release it was #1 on the R&B digital sales charts in the Los Angeles market according to TuneCore for 35 weeks in a row. In 2010, the ‘’Double Deluxe Vol. 1’’ EP was released containing sizzling remixes of ‘’Are You Satised?’’ from her chart topping album ‘’Creolepatra’’. The EP also includes the fresh smash ‘’I Wanna Be’’, which has a sultry acoustic version in addition to the original version, and was a top ten single in Los Angeles. July 12, 2011, Nikkole hit the music world with her Soulful, Sexy, Jazzy release ‘’Amazing’’ with a delightful video in tow. On this single she teams up with the incredible virtuoso himself, the legendary GRAMMY and EMMY award winning trumpeter and pianist Arturo Sandoval. Combined they accentuate and polish the lovely melody of ‘’Amazing’’; which complements the beautiful song and ts like a glove. With so much on the horizon, Nikkole will continue to develop her expertise as a singer / songwriter, and producer so that she can remain a musical talent who is always at the top of her game.

“I want my music to be something people turn to for an escape or something that soothes their souls.”

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“...seeing the smiles and excitement from the crowd is priceless. My demographic is broad and my goal is to make certain that the audience is thoroughly entertained.�

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DB: Some music sites have you classied under pop & rock others show you under jazz. How would you classify yourself as an artist? N: I think because of my love for music in general, there are many elements that are incorporated into my sound which are reections of all types of music. In terms of classication I would say that it falls under Pop/R&B. DB: Is there an artist from your childhood days that inspired your love of music? N: So many wonderful artists inspired me while growing up. My household was lled with the sounds of Mariah Carey, The Supremes, The Manhattans, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Toni Braxton just to name a few. I always liked how those artists’ sounds resonated with cross-genres and the marvelous songs that they sung from their hearts. I knew that I wanted to do the same things. So I worked hard to hone my craft. I sung all the time and anywhere I could and I always wrote poems, which eventually turned into songs. DB: Have you signed with any other music label as of today? N: No, I have been on SE Entertainment Records since I recorded my rst CD “Appearances”. DB: How soon can we expect another album or new single from Nikkole? N: Well, I am in the studio as we speak working on my next full-length album. It is a very exciting time for me as I am expanding my sound even more than ever. The new project is slated to be released in the rst quarter of 2013. DB: Will you be opening up shows for any major performers or even headlining your own show anytime soon? N: I don’t have any concert dates on my calendar at this time, as I need to have my focus keen and sharp while recording my new project. DB: How is it for you when you have to perform in front of different audiences? N: I sincerely enjoy it…seeing the smiles and excitement from the crowd is priceless. My demographic is broad and my goal is to make certain that the audience is thoroughly entertained. DB: Have you been told you that you are reminiscences of the legendary Teena Marie especially in a song like “Love Was Made In Heaven”? N: Yes, I have been and that is quite a compliment. I have always loved Teena Marie’s voice, and as a performer she owned that stage with condence and boldness. So I have certainly taken a page from her legendary book.

DB: In what way would you want your music to inuence fans and other listeners, what would be the message you would like to drive home to listeners? N:. I want my music to be something people turn to for an escape or something that soothes their souls. In addition, they can listen to my songs when they want to party, celebrate or just let their hair down. The sounds that I create seem to resonate with my fans, and that is the key…to create something that is heartfelt and can evoke one’s emotions. DB: You have an impressive resume in performing with various artists that are already chart-toppers. Is there any performer you would like to do a collaboration with that you haven’t worked with so far? N:. Indeed, I have been blessed to work with such incredible performers, singers, songwriters and producers. There are so many fantastic singers and performers that I would still love to work with…such as Beyonce, Gotye, Adele, Usher and many others. DB: Do you write all of your lyrics and music or are there other writers involved and can you name just a few? N:. On my previous releases I have typically written all of my lyrics. However, on my next release I am changing things up a bit and will have other writers on the project as well.

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DB: Since your third studio album ‘’Creolepatra’’ was released and was certied gold, it continues to be a success on playlist and sales. How has the release of this album been for your career and its success? N: I believe that “Creolepatra” solidied me as a true artist in the industry. I am proud of all of my work, as I put myself into everything I do (body and soul). But with this release, I feel that I explored other sides of my artistry, which opened many doors for me to work with other artists. In addition it has increased my world appeal.

DB: How are family members enjoying and supporting you in your success? N: My family and friends are very proud of me. They know how difcult and tough the music industry can be, especially on women. So the fact that I have maintained and continuously pushed myself to higher grounds, they couldn’t be more pleased. DB: Outside of music and modeling, what interests do you have for fun that gets you away from the everyday things?

DB: Some artist move onto acting or political involvement and many other different things. You have moved from modeling to music. Is there any move where would you like this career to carry you next?

N: My schedule is really very busy, and so I don’t have much time for “fun” these days. However, when I do have time I enjoy interior design and decorating. It allows me to be creative in another area of my life.

N: I feel that I have been fortunate to have hit a lot of the goals that I have set for myself; which have been things like writing songs for other artists, performing with legends, traveling the world singing and meeting new fans and friends. I think one of my new goals would be to help bring the industry back to place where the listeners are getting real music and artistry.

DB: The last word: Is there something you would like to say to your fans and the Entrigue magazine readers out there?

DB: As for personal life, are you married or have a love interest? N: No I’m not married, and my career keeps me so busy that there is no real time for a personal life :-)

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N: Firstly, I would like to thank Entrigue Magazine for supporting my music and being a wonderful source of entertainment. To my fans, I couldn’t have made it this far without all of you; as you have been there from day one. I can’t thank you all enough for allowing me to be -me- and for travelling on my musical journey right by my side. Be certain to visit my website at www.NIKKOLE.com for news and updates on my new CD slated for the rst quarter of 2013!


Jaguar design philosophy is based on the continuous and homogeneous ow of lines that guide the gaze along and around the vehicle. And the stylistic approach that has led to the denition of design of Sportbrake was obtained with the goal of maximizing the convenience. The creation of the Sportbrake was a great opportunity to further improve the design of the XF. The ow and the Union lines that lead the eye around the car give a practical station wagon but consistent with Jaguar’s reputation for elegance and spectacular.

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CRIS CAB Cris speaks to his generation with Echo Boom, the new mixtape containing 12 original songs. The highly anticipated project, presented by Billionaire Boys Club, includes features and production by Pharrell, Wyclef, Melanie Fiona, 88-Keys, Supa Dups, and more. Download Mixtape Free: http://criscab.com/echoboom/

When I was nine years old, I innocently begged my parents for a guitar. As I grew older and realized that I loved to write music and sing, my dream quickly became apparent. I took every record I could nd around my house, from Marvin Gaye to Bob Marley, and began to cover the sounds, adding many of the Caribbean beats I heard so often while I was in the Bahamas with my family. By chance, a family friend introduced me to Pharrell Williams, who gave me my rst career advice. I took it to heart and with the help of family, friends and now my great fans, I’ve begun touring the country and reached millions of you on YouTube. I can’t wait to see where this road takes me and I hope to see you out there soon! http://criscab.com/echoboom/

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Designer Spotlight Andres Sarda Sacristan

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Andres Sarda Sacristan is the creator of the Andres Sarda design brand. Andres Sarda designs are known internationally for its innovations in lingerie that include the addition of Teon, Nylon and Lycra in its designs.

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While attending Full Sail University, Ken Will continues to work on his specied talents as a producer, engineer, and musician. Growing up listening to a diverse mix of music, such as, hip-hop, reggae, Latin, and pop inuenced the combinations of instruments and melodies he produces. As a child, if Ken Will wasn’t glued to the television watching Soul Train you would most likely catch him beating on buckets like they were drums. At the age of nine his mom bought him an actual drum set and keyboard, this is when all the magic began. Being a Florida - bred artist, he specializes in various genres of music while adding his own touch. Ken Will recently signed to Slip-N-Slide Records/Rude Bwoy Entertainment as a Slip and Slide Area Codes (S.A.C) college representative/promoter and Webmaster for music artist, Qwote. He has been on the road touring and performing in different cities and has been to many places, where as a child he could only dream of. He is currently working on several tracks with a wide variety of artists stretching his name and resume from the east coast to the dirty south. Ken Will grew up in New Jersey and attended Burlington City High School, where he majored in music production, played the keyboard, trumpet, drums, and violin. He took advantage of his time and spent it well gigging around New Jersey and playing the drums regularly with drill teams in his high school. In 2007, Ken Will got a phone call from the Queen of Urban Erotic Tales - Noire - to produce six songs for the book sound track “Thong on Fire.” In 2008, Ken Will moved down to South Florida, and gained attention from his mixes and beats. President of M5 Media Group and former VP of Tav Dash Records - Mark Roofe - recognized his unique and creative talent taking him under his wing by signing him to his label. By 2010 Ken Will decided that it was time to branch off and begin a new journey within the music industry.

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Ken Will strongly believes that music should take you on a journey. He is excited about where his musical talents continues to take him and looks eagerly into how far his career will go. Along with all previous achievements Ken Will was also featured in Street Radio & Mr. DreamzMagazine. For more information visit: http://streetradiomag.com/hiphop/ken-willsproducer-imma-video/. Follow Ken Will on Twitter @kenwillmusic www.wix.com/kenwillmusic/beats www.wix.com/kenwillmusic/tracks For bookings please contact: BSB ENTERTAINMENT Mark Bucannah: 609-372-0266 mrbucannah@gmail.com


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FRED The GODSON Still Holding It Down!

Interview by Mark “MDot” Bucannah

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MB: We’re gonna get right into the interview because I know you’re mad busy. You feel me, like you’re getting your career started and everything. FTG: Let’s Do It! MB: Alright! First I want to get to know you a bit, you know what I mean, as Fred. The whole world knows you as Fred the Godson already if not I’m sure they will by the end of the summer. (~Fred Laughs~) I know you got big things planned. I feel it in my bones. I know you’re coming off. FTG: Yeah man! God willing. God is good, we’re gonna keep rocking so yes by the summer it should be real big. MB: Growing up what type of artist did you admire as true lyricists? Better yet, what was the argument in your house between your brothers and sisters.Who did you feel were the true Lyricists at that time? FTG: I mean, growing up I’m the oldest out of six, so my brothers and sisters, those weren’t really the people I was arguing with in my house. The arguments were with cousins and friends that came over. I always took to the artist that was more lyrical in my eyes.A lot of my friends would say, “yo Method Man is the illest rapper out”, and I love Method Man for his energy but I always took to a person like Jay-Z and Nas because of what they were saying and the way they were ipping the words. My attraction was to the lyrical rapper instead of the person that would send off energy and get the crowd crazy. I always took to the rapper that would say things that have me to sit there and it would stimulate my mind. That argument would last forever. You know what I’m saying? That’s the kind of rapper I like and that’s the kind of rapper they like and I would always have my point and they would always have their points too but you know I wasn’t hearing it so I try to always win my argument.

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“I know God put me here to do this.“

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prayer. Its life and it helps. MB: So would you say your life struggles contribute to your style and how you ow today?

MB: Right! So basically your thing is word play. FTG: Yes, denitely. MB: What was one of the biggest obstacles you had growing up and how did you overcome it? FTG: I mean the biggest for me when I was growing up was always health issues. I have high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney failure and asthma. When I use go to the hospital and see people with my illness and my disease that were sitting in the clinic, I would see that they could barely move or they needed help walking or they always had a tank or an asthma machine with them even outside. At one point the doctor said I would need the same treatments. It came to a point at one time when it came to playing football games I couldn’t come out because my asthma was bad and I missed a lot of school. So just me over coming that illness was the biggest obstacle. Even now it was told that I couldn’t do this entertainment thing but by my pushing myself and praying to God every day, God gave me the power to do this. People, even my grandmother and my mother say “I can’t believe I see you on stage and you’re rocking that stage. We know the illness that you got and you just rocking it”. It’s like a miracle. I know God put me here to do this. I mean back to your question. That was the biggest obstacle, me over coming those four illnesses.

FTG: Yeah it’s funny I started rhyming and in the beginning people hear the rhymes but they say you’re rhyming funny. They used to think it was funny and I use to think the same way. People asked me why are you rhyming like that. Why are you going ~uhh~. I was doing that really to catch my breath because I have asthma. One time while I was in the studio the engineer asked why are you not saying ~uhh~. I replied nah I’m good today. My breathing level is good. He said no, that’s dope you got to do that sound. Then when anybody would see me in the streets they would make the sound ~uhh~. I’m like wow that was really from a sickness, my asthma and I was really doing that to catch my breath and now its part of my sound. It’s crazy. MB: Its part of your brand now! FTG: Yep girls see me in the streets, they make that sound. They write it on twitter. ~uhh~ MB: {Laughs out Loud} Oh that’s sick. Wow! OK. Tell us something about you that most people nd hard to believe.

MB: I could relate to that because I was diagnosed with diabetes myself. With diabetes your whole life style has to change and prayer denitely works.

FTG: I’m really super, super laid back. The club thing and everything I do, that’s part of Fred the Godson thing but Frederick Thomas, he’d rather chill and watch basketball. The hanging outside and the night life don’t really get him but Fred the Godson when he got to turn, its like Superman and Christopher Reeves. Frederick Thomas is like Christopher Reeves, he likes to chill and he doesn’t want to be bothered. When it’s Fred The Godson, that’s when the lights come on and theres everybody rolling in four and ve cars and we’re hopping out and taking pictures and everything but regular Fred, as I said, he just likes to chill. He doesn’t really care about that night life like that.

FTG: Yeah denitely I mean people think their too cool for it even in my interviews and when I talk to people I’m always saying your never to cool for

MB: What would you say right now in your career was the highlight or moment that you would never forget?

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FTG: Two things now actually. The rst would be the XXL cover. That was the biggest moment at the time in my whole career because it was like something I looked at and said hopefully I will be working this hard and one day I can get on that cover. The reason why it was such a big moment for me because at the time when I said it, yo Mark I swear to you, it was so farfetched like I was so far away from being on that cover. It wasn’t like things was popping and I said all I need is a little push more and I’m on there. No, I was like a million miles away from there. So for me two years prior and for me to say that and then two years later for me to get on the cover is crazy. I couldn’t believe it. Even to now when I look at that cover I just shake my head and like wow. Like I really made the cover of XXL and now the second one is we just found out I will be performing at the “Summer Jam” and that was something that was farfetched as well. MB: Yo that just gave me the chills right there! That’s big man. Summer Jam! Most artist that’s out right now don’t even get the chance to perform at “Summer Jam” That’s big! FTG: Me just being part of that and hearing on the radio and going and seeing on the website Fred the Godson is part of the festival, it’s just crazy. Seeing my face next to my peers like Pusha T, ASAP, it’s just big man, it’s overwhelming. I know its God working for a positive. I just take it in for what it is. I just keep going man but those two things right there so far are the biggest things that happened to Fred the Godson as of yet. MB: What advice would you give artist, male or female, that’s trying to get into the game right now? FTG: Number one, they have to believe in themselves, they got to know that nobodies gonna believe in them more than they believe in themselves. Not their mother, father, brother, sister, best friend. They have to work harder than anything. They have to know there will be times when they got to skip the clubs, skip hanging out if they want to practice on what they want to do. There’s gonna be times when people want to go outside, they want to go here and they want to go there and you’re in creative mode and your writing and your really feeling it and a

knock comes on the door and their like yo come chill out side and you’re like dam I’m just onto something real special, real nice here.You got to know how to say nah, I’m writing right now I’m trying to build my creativity up so let me nish up what I’m doing. I’m gonna skip on this one. It’s gonna be hard because they’re not gonna understand it because they’re not doing what you’re doing. Then you got to make sure no matter what you’re doing, God is in your plans and prayer every day. MB: We already know that you always put it out there that you’re not just jumping out there, your gonna take your time. What’s the talk now, if you could speak on it, as far as labels? FTG: Well right now we are still in negotiations. We’re just making sure everythings correct. I know so many artist personally that the deal they signed got them all messed up that they can’t even move and they are in a position where it would have been better off if they didn’t even start rapping as crazy as it sounds. It just looks like that because once they started off they had a buzz and now the people are looking at them like what happened to you and it’s not even their fault. It’s just the deal that they’re in. They got lost in the sauce. I’m mean it’s hard to get that buzz back and their lost in that building where

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ever their situation is. Their just lost in that building with a million other artist and their just twisted. MB: So true! I tell these guys all the time don’t rush for no deal. Put that ground work in. Put your feet to the concrete and go hard on your own. I see that’s what you and your team are doing. You’re doing a lot of stuff without a deal bro. FTG: It’s the team man. It’s just me going into that studio doing what I got to do and Prez up there drawing the plays and our TBM Blockward Squad and Takeover. We just trying to bumrush everything. It’s a lot of blood sweat and tears. A lot of hard work, a lot of sacrices but when you want what you want and your trying to get it and got one shot at this, there has to be sacrices and it has to be that you put your pride a side and do everything in your power to possible make it happen and that’s what we’re all doing. I’m lucky to have a team that believes in me and Mark we on it. MB: Besides music is there anything you want to do? FTG: Music is just a foundation. Of course hopefully, everything, EVERYTHING, that generates money, (Fred Laughs) acting maybe, clothes. Everything that generates money so me and my family can eat. Me and my team. Music is the foundation that’s gonna get me in the door and then later on whatever comes up that’s what we on.

years old and you can walk in with like hundreds of dollars $200 , $300 that’s big but if we can keep these kids off the street we can minimize then getting caught up in such negativity. MB: In your closing remarks. What would you like to say to your fans and Entrigue Magazine readers? FTG: Entrigue Magazine readers and fans of Fred the Godson just know I’m gonna keep giving y’all all I got. I’m gonna instill my heart into that pen, my blood is born ya’ll gonna hear me going hard, I’m not gonna stop and I’m gonna make sure I keep giving ya’ll that re and whenever ya’ll think I’m slacking please, if ya’ll see me in person please tell me. If not ya’ll can hit me on twitter. tell me like Fred you falling off and believe me I’ll pick it back up but I doubt if I’ll fall off because I’m so focused but I just want the fans and Entrigue readers to know that Fred the Godson is gonna be y’all champion. People’s champ. I’m gonna keep rocking and I’m going to keep rhyming for ya’ll and I thank ya’ll for really rocking with me and I thank you Entrigue Magazine for really giving me this opportunity. Mark and Dwayne thank you guys for getting me this interview with ya’ll. MB: That’s what it is brother, that’s what it is. Well thanks a lot Fred and may you be blessed and continue to be blessed man and BX stand up yo! Peace!

MB: If you can give back someday, what cause would you give back to like what do you believe in that you would put your money behind? FTG: It’s a couple of things. Like P.A.L.S. That’s the youth center that I grew up in the South Bronx. I would try to give to that or something of that sort. I’d try to open up an indoor basketball court. Anything to keep the kids of the street because it’s so easy to get persuaded to do so much negative especially when you come from nothing. Like you’re out there and you want them new sneakers and your just a kid and a dude that you look up to and he’s just about his money and he wants you to sell things or do this for him and your gonna get money and your mother and father don’t have money and you’re like 13, 14

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Facebook: Fred TheGodson Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/FREDTHEGODSON FOR BOOKINGS: fredthegodsoninfo@gmail.com New Single: Monique’s Room (I Don’t Give A F*ck About You) AVAILABLE ON ITUNES


Collette Dinnigan

Designer Spotlight

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Collette Dinnigan is an Australian based fashion designer. Collette was born in South Africa on 24 September 1965 and her family moved to New Zealand when she was young. She later graduated from a fashion design course at Wellington Polytechnic and then moved to Sydney, Australia, where she worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s costume department. In 1992, Dinnigan opened her rst store in Australia, and exported her fashions to Barneys New York, Harvey Nichols in London, and Hong Kong. In 1995, Dinnigan was the rst Australian to launch a ready-to-wear collection in Paris; she was also the rst to be asked to be in the ‘readyto-wear parade’ in Paris. Her range is now stocked in her stores in Sydney, Melbourne and London, and in David Jones department stores. Similar to Stella McCartney and Zac Posen, Dinnigan released a discount line for Target; a lingerie range titled “Wild Hearts” in April 2008

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YWADA

Vocalist Extraordinaire Interview by Elias Xavier

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Ywada was born the daughter of a songstress and a sound engineer. Ywada grew up surrounded by music. A vocalist extraordinaire, so much so she caught the eye of BET’s own, Dr. Bobby Jones at the tender age of 15. Ywada was granted the opportunity to perform on stage with multi-Grammy award winning artist Yolanda Adams, which would be captivated by her talent. With encouraging words from Yolanda Adams, Ywada vigorously continues working towards her dream. In 2007, Ywada opened up for the hit R&B Group 112. Shortly after doing so, local press started to acknowledge her talented soulful voice. They took notice of her ability to become the character in her songs and her ability to touch the audience with the story she would tell through her music. Ywada went on to become the winner of Sarasota Florida “Singer of the Year” in 2007. With her music career on a steadfast paste, she has appeared on nationally known radio shows as well as featured on Southwest Florida’s ABC 7 News. Ywada has also become known nationally after appearing on 106 & Park “Wild Out Wednesday” in 2008. Her new album would be put to use to encourage women to follow their dreams. Ywada is asked so frequently, “What inspires her to have a love for what she does”? Outside her inuential inspirations such as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Bilge, Faith Evans, Gladys Knight, Kim Burrell, Karen Clark Shear, Cee Cee Winans, and countless others. Ywada response is always the same “I believe that God chose me to do this “music” and has put an anointing on my voice”. bioshot2.jpg Ywada acknowledges that the “anointing” sets her apart from other artist in the industry. She so graciously states “I feel that there’s a great soul that lives within me”, this is why I will keep going no matter what obstacles get in my way, “I have to do this, it’s my calling”. Ywada isn’t stopping there, she plans to have her voice and music around for a long time. She knows she’s more than just a “y by night artist”. Ywada says, in the next ve years: “I want to be on stage in front of millions of people still telling my story”.

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“I always wanna make sure that I put out the best and I give out what ever emotion that is needed in the song.”

“I try to develop my craft as a artist everyday so I don’t follow the masses but follow my heart.”

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EX: There are a huge amount of Rnb singers that have a career that comes and go in a short span. What do you think you need to have to last as long as the greats like Luther Vandross and One of Your aspirations Aretha Franklin. Ywada: Yes there a huge amount of R&B singers but not Artist.I try to develop my craft as a artist everyday so I don’t follow the masses but follow my heart. Because I feel that music has to come from the heart and when it comes from your heart you speak to the masses no matter young or old. Also drive is one of the main elements in this industry and if you lack it at anytime music will move without you. EX: When can we expect anew album to be releaseed. Ywada: Right now we are looking at August of 2012. I will be putting out a EP. EX: Are you currently signed with a label? Ywada: Yes I signed a deal with New Age Production Group for my rst two projects and depending how things goes we will come back to drawing table. EX: What was the deciding factor factor or will be the deciding factor in you signing with a a record label. Ywada: If they believe that I can be that next star but you know the money and biz has to ber right! EX: What artist are you involved with creating the next Ywada hit? Ywada: Well , I have a team of people around me that’s help me get sound so far, so I’m going to stick with my camp right now because when it comes to them, Ywada comes rst in which I like.

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EX: Remember watching an episode of the braxtons and Toni braxton was in the studio , and it toook hours to combine the music they were creating. How much time would you spend in the studio when working tat one song. Ywada: Well no song is the same . Some songs take different technic and different emotions. And also it depends on the producer and how they work. So every thing is different there is no set time.I always wanna make sure that I put out the best and I give out what ever emotion that is needed in the song. EX: Are there any projects outside of music that you want to like to take on? Whether its acting in movies or doing something else. Ywada: There is always room to grow . So yes there are a few projects that I would like to get into. I would deď€ nitely love to get into movies. I love action and drama movies. May be even a sitcom of my own. EX: Are there some causes that you would like to be inolved in when your professional status grows to where you want it? Like artist john Legend who is a activist. Will I am and so forth.... Ywada: Most deď€ nitely; I would like to be apart of several causes, breast cancer awareness, Feeding the homeless cause I do not believe that any one should go hungry. The one cause the is near to my heart would be helping single mothers get back on there foundation back by making them aware of a better life. EX: How much are you involved with creating your own music . Do you write your own lyrics or collaborate with other writters. Ywada: I’m very involved, as well as hands with creating my own music, but I also have a team of writers to help. Because most people may not know with the crazy schedules artist have it gets tough at times to write everything.

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EX: Are you getting the type of support from your family and friends that you need as a artist. Ywada: I truly say I have been blessed with such a wonderful supportive family. They are always there when I need them, in which I would say they are a big part of my foundation. EX: Did your parents explain why they chose to name you the jewish name ywada. Ywada: Yes it’s hebrew because of the meaning they said it t perfectly with me. They thought it was unique and the spelling was awesome. EX: What does ywada like to do for fun?

EX: Some artist are very happy with there music, but some feel that they have much greater to achieve. How pleased are you with your work. Ywada: Like I said earlier there is always room to grow. Yes you can always achieve greater and thats what I strive for everyday. I am pleased with what I have , but I know I can only get better. EX: Would you say your life whether positive or struggles growing up contributes to your music. Ywada: Yes, my life’s up and downs contributes to my music tremendously because like I said when you speak with your heart another heart will listen. So when people listen to my music it’s a direct relation to me I am speaking about what I have went through. An that’s what my supporters can expect to hear with my EP titled “ Me AgAiNsT LoVe”. EX: How is your rising success affecting those around you like your family. Ywada: I have a very supportive family . They understand what I do . They ‘ve seen me do it since I was a kid. But I always make time for my family so that it does not affect them in negative way .

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Ywada: There are several things, but to name a few I am simple, I like to going to the movies, working out, making music, and I like going out to dinner. An chill with my family. EX: In closing what would ywada like to say to all of her fans and entrigue magazine readers. Ywada: I would like to thank everyone who has taken out the time to read my interview and listen to my music. I love people and I hope that my music can help someone and that everyone will enjoy all that I have to give. I want to personlly Thank Entrigue readers for this opportunity to share Ywada with you. If you want to know more about me. Check me out on www.ywadmusic.com Everything is linked together www.facebook.com/ ywadamusic www.twitter.com/ywada3 , and also www.youtube.com/ywadamusic Once again I want to Thank everyone for your time.


Alfonso Blackwell “Talking Saxy”,

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Alfonzo Blackwell burst on the contemporary jazz music scene in May 1995 with his debut CD release “Let’s Imagine” and made his mark on modern American music. Mr. Blackwell broke out of the box of music categorization. With his debut release, instant NAC radio hit “Alfonzo’s Love Theme”; he forged ahead with more Top 10 Billboard charting hits. “Hermina”, the heart-wrenching classic tribute to his mother, which stirred hearts of listeners, “Passion”, “The Time Is Now”, “Funky Shufe”, “Take One”, “Sax You Down”, “Dance To This” and “This Is Real” to name a few. Music video hits, “Love No Limit” and “A Little Bit of Sax” were both nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Video Billboard Awards. His “Funky Shufe” and “Take One (Remix)” music videos also generated heat. His music compositions have been used for movie themes as well as television, having co-written the theme song to the internationally successful television show, “Baywatch Nights” where he was featured every week with David Hasselhoff. Among honing his craft of playing alto, soprano and tenor saxophones, he is a well accomplished bass, drum, guitar and piano player. He has graced the stage and performed with numerous music greats which includes Gladys Knight, The Whispers and Roy Ayers to name a few. He also performed with contemporary soul artists such as Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans and Brian McKnight. Mr. Blackwell’s talent, musicianship and strives for excellence makes him the ultimate entertainer who delivers unprecedented stage performances and rocks the stage with legendary artists to the hottest new artists in the genres of Rock, Pop, R&B, Funk, Hip Hop, Classic Soul, Traditional Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Blues and Country. His music transcends all racial, cultural and age barriers. Alfonzo Blackwell’s sound, music and powerful punch-delivery sax tone and lines are instantly identiable. His songwriting, lush harmonies, arrangements, compositions and top-notch productions and keen sense of phrasing and drama, is what has and continues to set him apart. He can tell a story with his music and it’s a great story to hear about. Spread the word!

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Throughout his musical career, Alfonzo has always made it a priority to pay tribute to jazz greats who came before him, who inspired him and paved the way for his success by recording his own renditions of such classics as Quincy Jones’ masterful production of “Killer Joe”, George Benson’s “Breezin”, John Coltrane’s take on the classic “My Favorite Things” and Miles Davis’ “All Blues”. Growing up, Alfonzo was hugely inspired by all the various musical styles that his parents played in his home. “Every weekend my dad came home with a new record”, Alfonzo says. “The sounds of Marvin Gaye, Barry White, MFSB, well you name it; it was playing on our record player.” He goes on to say, “MFSB’s “Love Is The Message” was always one of my favorite songs from that era, so it was a pleasure to record my rendition of that tune as well.” Born and raised in Queens, NY as a child he taught himself to play the piano by ear at the tender age of six. He then went on to pick up the saxophone at age eleven. Alfonzo instantly fell in love with the sax and then began his intense musical journey. Destined for greatness, this New York native was accepted at the prestigious (Fame) Performing Arts High School in NYC and then continued his advance studies at Queens College and Five Towns College in Long Island, NY.

Utopia Records announces a year-long celebration of Alfonzo Blackwell’s 17th Anniversary recording in the music business. Alfonzo is also scheduled to co-host a new cutting edge contemporary jazz celebrity/news magazine Web-cast titled “Talking Saxy”, debuting in mid 2012.


He performed at all the hottest and legendary jazz clubs throughout the tri-state area and earned a weekly residency at a popular Manhattan music hotspot. “Back in the day, I was playing everywhere, writing music, jamming since I was a youth in middle school until my rst record deal at age 23. My mom drove me everywhere, until I was old enough to travel alone or drive myself to play.” says the consummate musician. “I did it all, played in big bands, jazz ensembles, funk bands, etc. I always showcased my originally material to my growing audiences and I also played traditional jazz standards as well as added a few cover tunes that I was grooving to at that moment in my shows. My passion for performing live was sparked so many years ago. So I’m so excited to nally take all of my experiences and record this concept CD. Touring with my new music, with my amazing musicians will be a career highlight for me this year.” Alfonzo says with enthusiasm. This new CD is betting for his fteenth year career retrospection. Alfonzo Blackwell is a simple yet complex man as is his music. After 15 years recording in the music business, he still feels he has room to grow and to keep on getting better. “I hear music all day, 24/7. I can’t really turn off the switch, nor do I ever want to. I always hear things that I can work on for all of my instruments.” says the consummate musician, that has the constant shedding musically philosophy to his core. He practices all of his instruments for several hours a day. He lives, eats and breathes music. “A song idea comes to me in so many different ways; it could be even from a visual muse like artwork, a single note that I hear, even a scent that I happen to smell. I get inspiration simply from life’s everyday pleasures.” When Alfonzo isn’t spending time with his close family members, practicing, writing, producing and performing, he loves to stay physically t by working out in his gym and practicing Brazilian JiuJitsu and meditation. Both body building and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu takes tremendous discipline and is a lifestyle onto itself. Being the ultimate trail-blazer, this man never slows down, he’s always on the move to what’s next. Mr. Blackwell also lends his time and support to various charities and music education and empowerment initiatives.

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Cherlise Opening for the likes of Ludacris and Bobby Valentino, she can go from a personal, heartfelt ballad to a club banger in the blink of an eye. At the same time, she elevates choruses and hypnotizes with every awless dance move.

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A self-taught musician, KEM was born in Nashville and raised in Detroit, the birthplace of Motown Records. “I wanted to make music all of my life. I started playing piano when I was ve,” he recalls. The rst single on KEMISTRY, “Love Calls,” garnered over 50,000 spins on Urban Adult Radio stations (UAC) which positioned it as the 2nd most played record in 2003 and the most played record of 2004. KEM previewed KEM ALBUM II before audiences during his 20-city Underground Tour for fan feedback. Fans anxiously awaited the rst hit single “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” The CD was certied gold after only two weeks of release in May 2005. http://musicbykem.com

Bridgez Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. The melodic singer/songwriter Bridgett “Bridgez” Roache has had a passion for music from a very tender age. She began writing and singing in a group at church at the age of 11.


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Malika Zarra Malika Zarra thrills audiences all over the world with her jazz fushion style of music. Malika was born in Morocco and is Currently entertaining audiences in New York City. Growing up in the suburbs of Paris as well as Southern Morrocco, Malika was able to fuse these two musical cultures into a sound of her own and the results have amazed those in the musical community as well as her fans.

After managing to write his own songs over the years having been practicing with modern reggae and ragga riddims courtesy of radio Metro (Riddim Base show) .Today he has gone commercial by voicing Kenyan produced riddims which are already recorded and set to be released soon!

Madeleine Twyman Madeleine’s unconventional outlook and experiences deliver her captivating blend of singing, rapping and dancing with a rebellious and empowering in your face live show. Grammy Award Winning Artist Mýa, is celebrating 14 years in the entertainment industry as an internationally known, respected singer, songwriter, producer, dancer/choreographer, actress, designer, model, activist and philanthropist. Washington, DC native Mýa released her self titled, double platinum, debut album, Mýa, in 1998. The album launched the then 18 year old Mýa into the fabric of pop-culture, where she has remained ever since.In January 2011, Mya became Good Will Ambassador for Africare (africare.org) an organization of over 40 years assisting the welfare of over 36 African countries.

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AUDI STAR CREATION 2012 HAS ITS TOP 12 Fashion designers from 7 countries make the cut, including Japan, Singapore and South Korea; scramble to ready collections for the May 14 runway showdown The 12 aspiring fashion stars who will face off on the runway at Audi Star Creation 2012 have been picked from over 250 submissions for the regional fashion design competition. The strongest showing this year came from South Korea, which produced four nalists. Singapore and Malaysia have two nalists each, and China, Indonesia, Japan and Thailand complete the seven countries that will be represented at the nals.

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Albums Available at www.myamya.com

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Designer Spotlight

Juan Duyos

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Juan Duyos, born in Madrid, begun working in 1992 with the designer Manuel Piña whilst he also design his rst collections along with Cecilia Paniagua, known as DUYOS&PANIAGUA. Besides, he colaborate with Antonio Pernas. After several catwalks at Pasarela Cibeles and his presence at 1998 London Fashion Week, Juan goes solo in 1999, with his awarded as best in Cibeles “Recuerda y guarda” collection. Through his career, he has been awarded with many prizes (Glamour, Lancia, Vanidad…). He also design costumes for different theatre companies, such as Rafael Amargo. In 2002, he is named creative director of the rm Don Algodón, combining this labour with his own label and his constant presence at Pasarela Cibeles, making partnership with other companies as Levi´s, Swatch or Adidas, among others. From 2005, Duyos developes some licenses: a glasses range, Duyos Vista, accessories and a second line, FandeDuyos, born happily in 2006. The label also has a wedding gown and groom collection. Duyos design the Christmas lighting of the madrilian street of Velázquez and Azca square. In September 2009, he presented his collection during the New York Fashion Week, within 4Eyes proyect. Duyos keep on presenting his work at Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week, participating in several exhibitions and launching new licenses, as homewear.

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IWC INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO.. SCHAFFHAUSEN SWITZERLAND, SINCE 1868

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Identity Apparel has created the world’s most scientifically sophisticated clothing garments. The first to combine the SCIENCE of biology with HIGH END FASHION garments. What makes us so unique is the fact that we use an individual’s one-of-a-kind biometric and genetic characteristics by displaying them on the very clothes that they wear.

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Multi-talented Entertainer

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