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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Singer on shortlist with interesting story to tell SToRIES of lives torn between continents have inspired a young woman to pick up a guitar before being shortlisted in a talent contest.

PLENTy oF PLUck: Lanre has impressed talent judges

Barking-based singer-songwriter Lánre, of Cooke Street, St Ann’s, is to star in a new live music initiative for unsigned acts after she beat 100 other contestants to be shortlisted. The 35-year-old is one of 11 artists chosen to perform at a chain of restaurants across the country over the next three months in the lead-up to the finals just before Christmas. She said: “I’m quite excited about it. I sent in some music which was recorded on an i-phone – and it was not the best recording – but a few weeks later the organisers called me and asked if I wanted to do it.” Lánre was born in Stoke, but moved to Nigeria with her parents at the age of four, where she spent the next 20 years. Upon returning to England in 1999, she settled in Barking and joined a West London church choir, where she met members of her future band – the collective GK REAL. This is her first solo project. When Lánre, an analyst for a mobile phone company, picked up the guitar a mere eight months ago she discovered a whole new

By SUKRAN SAHIN sukran.sahin@archant.co.uk way of expressing herself. Her first album Pen Voyage Chapter 1 combines acoustic soul with a touch of African folk music. But as she is not signed to a label, the self-financed project will not see the light of day until at least the early part of next year. She said: “I do a lot of storytelling in my songs and I write from the perspective of someone who’s on a journey, like so many people from London who are from different parts of the world and from different cultures. “My songs are about the emotions of missing home and missing families, about creating a new home and about identity.” Lánre will be playing at the Haymarket Prezzo in the West End at 7.30pm tomorrow (October 28), and will feature alongside Prezzo’s own featured artist, Dan Crisp. The next performance will be at the grand finale of the Prezzo Live tour December 16 in London, where she will be competing with other artists to win her own ten-date tour of the chain in early 2011. For more information go to www.facebook.com/lovprezzo or visit Lánre’s own website www. lanreworld.com.

Big night of glory for businesses is not to be missed

Competitions SEAL Team VI – Journey Into Darkness is a gripping drama inspired by the heroic and highly secretive missions of the US Navy’s SEAL Special Forces Team. Not to be confused with a sequel, SEAL Team VI is the most elite of the 12 US Navy & Special Forces SEAL Teams. It is the heart-wrenching story of the team’s so-called Black Ops incursion into Iraq four days prior to the start of Operation Desert Storm and the harrowing consequences it ultimately faces when their mission is suddenly compromised. The POST has three copies of the DVD to give away – just answer this simple question: Where did the so-called Black Ops incursion take place? Seal Team IV was released by Scanbox Entertainment on Monday. To celebrate a £1.5m refurbishment, we’ve teamed up with Mecca Dagenham to offer one lucky reader and five friends an exclusive VIP night out at the relaunch party. The bingo hall, at Dagenham Leisure Park, Cook Road, will have delicious food, drinks and a variety of games and live entertainment on offer. The lucky winner will be picked up from home and taken to the new-look venue. Upon arrival at Mecca Dagenham, the VIPs will then be able to enjoy an evening of five-star treatment To be in with a chance of winning this prize, simply answer the following question: Where is Mecca Dagenham located? Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Winner must be able to attend the relaunch party. Transportation to and from the club to one destination is included.

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ThE wait is almost over for hundreds of companies which have entered the London Business Awards 2010, organised by Archant London. Members of the judging panel have spent two weeks sifting through the high-calibre entries to select a shortlist which will be announced shortly. Now in its 13th year, the awards – held in association with HSBC – will take place at Planit Embankment Gardens in the West End on Wednesday, November 24. Other sponsors include Business in the Community (BITC), SPX rail systems, UEL Knowledge Dock, Training for London and MercedesBenz London. The event is also being held with support from London Chamber of Commerce, North London Chamber of Commerce, and Barking & Da-

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genham Small Business Centre. The judging panel included representatives from the sponsors and supporters, and the selection process concluded on Monday. Categories for the awards include the Business Innovation Award, Entrepreneur of the Year, Growth Strategy of the Year and Business of the Year. Businesses to make it on the short-

PLUSh: The awards will be a glittering night list will receive invites to the big event in November. But those that do not make it need not miss out – tickets for this major networking event are still available. Contact the awards team on (020) 8477 3779 for more information on how to book your table. Archant London is publisher of the Barking & Dagenham Post and

33 regional newspapers across London. It is the UK’s largest independently-owned regional media business. It is a community media company active in the fields of regional newspaper and magazine publishing, contract printing and internet communications.

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Lánre has a story to tell