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23 | THE VOICE JUNE 28 - JULY 4, 2012

CHANGING LANES

Craig David joins Capital XTRA

MUM’S THE WORD

Vanessa Simmons’ baby Joy

FUSE ODG The fresh prince of afrobeats


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STELLAR SUPPORT

Giving is the new getting. Here, we list a selection of celebs who do just that 



JAY Z

Campbell founded two charities; Fashion Relief, which raised over $5 million for victims of hurricane Katrina and We Love Brazil, aimed at fighting poverty through supporting local artists





NAOMI CAMPBELL

The American rapper supports underprivileged students through his Shawn Carter Scholarship foundation

SHIRLEY BASSEY

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The Goldfinger singer raised ÂŁ250,000 for the Dame Shirley Bassey scholarship at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital Appeal



The rapper’s hit Booty On The Floor has benefited the victims of the tragic Boston bombings and the proceeds will go towards helping them with essential care and the help they will need



JADEN SMITH

ALEXANDRA BURKE

The American actor and son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, is part of Project Zambi, which provides direct services to children orphaned in Africa



The British singer took part in an 80km charity hike in memory of her aunt, who died as a result of breast cancer, and to raise cash and awareness for Breast Cancer Care







ROBIN ROBERTS

LENNY HENRY

BARACK OBAMA

The Good Morning America host teamed up with BeTheMatch.org to spread awareness about bone marrow donations, following her own personal battle

Henry is a proud supporter and sponsor for Comic Relief, choosing to donate and entertain the millions of people watching the annual fundraising drive





LEONA LEWIS

BEYONCÉ

The former X Factor winner donated the proceeds from her single Footprints In The Sand to Sports Relief. She visited Africa in 2008 with the charity

Her Survivor Foundation helps victims of natural disasters. She invested $1 million (ÂŁ623,158) into a housing project that created 43 permanent homes in her Houston hometown





NICKI MINAJ

The rapper donated a pair of expensive pumps to Doctors Without Borders, a group of volunteers who provide urgent medical care to victims of war regardless of race or religion

THANDIE NEWTON

The British actress was awarded ‘The Voice of a Woman 2013’ for her hard work on the One Billion Rising campaign to prevent violence against women and girls



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The American rapper stopped by the Hospital For Sick Children in his Toronto hometown and made a lucky girl’s dream come true when he hit speed dial and let her talk to Justin Beiber!

By Dami Fawehinmi

DAVID OYEWOLO

David’s life was dramatically changed as a teenager when The Prince’s Trust funded his dream to be an actor. Eventually he got into National Youth Music Theatre, which is one of the best acting schools

London School of Economics (LSE) student Richard Serunjogi boasts a stellar background, becoming the first-ever first year student to be elected as one of the university’s Court of Governors. His victory was somewhat of a landslide: he defeated 16 candidates and gained more than 20 per cent of all votes. Serunjogi, 21, has also been the

co-chair of the National Participation Forum and the head of Third Sector and Faith Groups for Oona King’s 2010 Labour Party mayoral campaign. Outside of his political achievements, the social policy student became the youngest ever recipient of Churchill Fellowship and wrote a report on the lives of disabled children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Obama launched ‘Obamacare’ last week, which provides Americans with access to affordable health care, while improving and regulating the healthcare industry



ORITSÉ WILLIAMS

JLS member OritsĂŠ was awarded by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britian with the ‘Inspiration Award’ for his work with the charity



BRUNO MARS

Bruno and his band performed at the Hilarity For Charity event, which raised money and awareness for Alzheimer's among a younger generation


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OCTOBER 10 - 16, 2013 THE VOICE ! 25

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Afrobeats star Fuse ODG talks to YV’s Dionne Grant about helping put the genre on the map, working with Wyclef and MOBO love

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ZONTO. THE G h a n a i a n dance craze that has swept through every corner of the UK, reaching as far as Australia. Regardless of age, race or religion or whether you’re at a wedding, wake or living it up on a wild weekend, the energetic routine will, at some point, make an appearance on the dancefloor. And Fuse ODG, the man credited with ‘single-handedly bringing Azonto to the world’ with his track of the same name - says even he’s shocked by the response. “It’s crazy to be known as someone who is taking Ghanaian music to different territories,� says the London-born, Ghana-raised, musician. “I had a show in Suriname recently – a country next to Guyana – and when I arrived at

the airport, Azonto was playing. I had never heard of the country before I was booked there, yet everyone knew who I was. I’m overwhelmed. “But what makes me really happy though,� he continues, “is how perceptions of Africa are changing through music. It’s cool to be called an African nowadays. It wasn’t always that way.� He explains: “I was born in London, but was schooled in Ghana. When I came back to England for secondary school, I came back with an accent and had loads of fights in school because of it.� As a result, the 25-year-old developed This Is New Africa (TINA), a movement he hopes will showcase the Africa he knows and loves – a vibrant and self-sufficient continent. “I want TINA to be a platform that we can use to showcase the other side of Africa the

media doesn’t show. When I was younger, all they showed were children with flies around their mouth. I feel like as the children of Africa, we are starting to move the focus away from the negative. For me, I’m doing it through music, but for someone else it might be by running their own business. Africa is a successful and vibrant place. It inspires me.� And it was his Ghanaian hometown, which inspired Fuse’s follow-up single Antenna. Equally as catchy and addictive as its predecessor, Antenna shot straight to No.5 in the UK charts, selling over 200,000 copies and also caught the attention of former Fugees star Wyclef who asked to ‘jump on’ a remix of the hit. “That’s a funny story actually,� Fuse, real name Nana Richard Abiona, starts.

“A promoter in the Ivory Coast had booked myself and Wyclef. When Wyclef got there, he saw the billboards of me and he was wondering who I was. We were touring across the continent and I was letting him know about what I was trying to do with TINA and he said, ‘that’s exactly how I felt about Haiti [his hometown]’. Later at dinner, the DJ played Atenna and everyone went crazy. Wyclef was going mad, he didn’t even know it was me! He was asking, ‘who’s that?’ He kept asking the DJ to play it again. The DJ played it a total of 50 times. Wyclef was dancing, sweating and took off his shirt‌ it was crazy! And then he got on the mic and said, ‘I want to do the official remix to this.’ It’s Wyclef, so I was like, ‘ok, cool’. The following day, Fuse explained how Wyclef arrived at his hotel room ready to record his addition to the track in the mobile studio they had set up. “When I opened the door, Wyclef was standing there barefoot, wearing an African outfit and ready to go,â€? he laughs. “I had given him a TINA hat and he was wearing that too. I couldn’t believe Wyclef was in my hotel room! We shot the music video the next day. It was a crazy experience.â€? Antenna has also earned the star three Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Award nominations in the ‘Best Newcomer’, ‘Best Video’ and ‘Best African Act’ categories at the upcom-

ing ceremony on October 19. “It’s crazy isn’t it?� He says simply. “Even though we’ve put in a lot of work this year, it still hasn’t sunk in. And the fact they didn’t try and box me solely into the African category, but actually recognised me as someone in the running for ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Video’, means so much. It’s an honour and pleasure to be nominated.� The recognition at one of the UK’s most prominent music events tops off a successful year for Fuse and his camp, while also providing muchneeded confirmation to his parents that his decision to forgo a degree in business studies in favour of music, was worthwhile. “Yeah, my parents are happy now,� Fuse says. “[When I made the decision]

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it was crazy. They didn’t want me to take on music full-time, but I knew this was something I wanted to do. Plus, I knew my end goal was to run a business. I was doing it before and I’m doing it now with TINA.� So what does the future hold for the rising star? “My album is an outro away from completion and is testament of all the hard work we have put in. There are a lot of bangers and good music on there, I can’t wait for people to hear it. He adds: “I’m in this for the long run. We’re here to change lives. We’re here to push the continent. We’re here with a message. We’re here to push good music. I haven’t even got started yet!� Azonto is out now. For more information, visit: www.fuseodg.com or follow @FuseODG on Twitter

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25 BUSTED? F F U B

Dear Kat,

I broke up with my man four months ago because I met someone else who I thought was a better match for me, but I think I’ve made the wrong decision. My new relationship was great at the start, but as time has gone on, I realise we’re not as compatible as I once thought and I’m missing my ex more and more each day. I think my ex is with someone new and although I’ve never been one to break up a happy home, I know he still loves me and I want to ask him to give me another chance. Is that wrong? Nat, Birmingham

JLS:

Hi Nat,

No, it’s not wrong to miss your ex or long for what you once had, although I would question your motivation. The fact that you orchestrated the break-up on the grounds you believed you had met someone more compatible, only to realise you had made a mistake when your ex moves on, sets off alarm bells. Why now? Your ex, I assume, gave you the opportunity to explore your new relationship. I think he deserves the same grace. If he wants you as much as you apparently want him, he’ll let you know in due course. In the meantime, I would advise you to concentrate on your relationship with your current squeeze. If you no longer want to be in a relationship with him, call it a day. Don’t drag it on because you’re scared of being single. It’s not fair on the both of you.

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