Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Vivien Stephen, a rare combination of Gospel and grit


A rare combination of Gospel and grit, Vivien Stephen has been in the Entertainment industry for nearly a decade. With her strong, beautiful and distinctive voice, she has help groups like Sharp Band and Perception Band to prominence in the City of Lagos .

An only child, Vivien is married to the Fuji crooner of the award winning gospel group ‘Midnight Crew’. Mother of one and firm believer in miracles, Vivien is always quick to acknowledge her talent as God’s gift. Energetic and decisive, this daughter of the Delta was born to lecturer father and travelling businesswoman mother, Dr. & Mrs Stephen. Music seemed to come naturally to Vivien from when she was six. By sixteen, she was leading choirs and getting invited from all around Lagos .

With her coarse and raspy yet silky depth that would make Angelique Kidjo and Yinka Davies turn their heads, Vivien’s voice places her in contention as the next big female act in Africa .

Click the link below to listen to the outstanding track of our time! I mean a track with a touch of difference!
Performed by Vivien Stephen, Written by Michael Abdul, Produced by Wole Oni.----------IJO by Vivien Stephen

Also this remarkable track! GOOD MORNING SIR by Vivien Stephen, Performed by Vivien Stephen, Written by Michael Abdul, Produced by Wole Oni.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

EGBERUN MAILI (One thousand Miles) premieres in Africa & UK from 14th November 2009

Ace cinematographer Tunde Kelani says “If every other movie can at least be of this standard, I can assure you that our movie industry would have been bigger than this.”

Directed by Dotun Taylor,One thousand Miles tells a story of young Omolola Adebayo, an intelligent Chartered Accountant Spinster, who mistakenly sends a text message meant for her FiancĂ©e to a stranger’s phone. This stranger turns out to be a conservative artist who is a Farmer in Osogbo; Iwintunde Kupoluyi. Iwintunde responds to this text, writing one of the best love poems Omolola has ever read. Omolola on the other end gets really curious and begins to speak with this stranger on the phone. She notices that her already existing relationship may be threatened, so she tries stopping her friendship with this stranger but could not. One day she gets too curious and wants to add a face to the voice of this stranger, who is a sworn enemy with the Lagos ’ ‘fast lane’ life style. She made the journey all the way to Oshogbo, and her life turned around.

Subtitled in French and english by MOSUNMOLA AGORO, the movie parades movie stars like Legend and Top Yoruba Actresses in  Nollywood, Bukky Ajayi, Binta Ayo Mogaji, Remi Surutu, Actors like Bayo Bankole and featuring Alhaji Ahmed Abubakar and Funmi Fiberesima as lead characters.

We intend to start our world premiere from November 2009 London, Manchester, Birmingham, Chester and Ireland. As it has to do with VCDs and DVD, that is not happening till next year but we will begin random Cinema shows at about November in Nigeria ” said Dotun Taylor.

The director/producer OLADOTUN ALFRED TAYLOR is a graduate of the University of Ilorin, with a degree in History in the year 2000.  He then went for his NYSC service year in Jos, Plateau and served at Nigerian Television Authority as a producer and presenter, by the end of the service year, he was retained and moved to National production Jos, where he worked in the capacity of assistant producer and at the same period, he attended the Nigerian Film Institute  Jos, and finished his course in 2002. He had a stint in acting when he played the part of a young athlete hooked on drugs in a television series titled Crucible on the Nigerian Television Network.  Dotun Taylor after his stint with NTA Jos moved to Lagos.  He co-wrote and produced a film titled Jeun Soke by Saheed Balogun, directed by Patrick Doyle and featured notable artists like Alariwo, Orlando Julius etc.

Dotun Taylor returned to television, as a presenter –producer on Galaxy Television in 2003 on Be My Guest and Sound of My Land, his love for filmmaking  and independence took him out of television again to set up his own production outfit called Aroba – Aroba meaning oral tradition or history.In 2004, he produced and directed Adewale Ayuba’s Ijo Fuji, which went on to win an award at the 2005 Kora Awards. Aroba as he is known to his peers and colleagues in the entertainment sector, has come to be known as one of the best traditional music video directors, having done the videos of artists like Pasuma, Yinka Ayefele, Saheed Osupa, Jesse King (Buga), Jide Chord, Midnight Crew (Igwe) etc.

Dotun directed the film Halimat in 2007, written and produced by Toyin Aimakhu, and his directorial prowess was put to show in this film, that got reviews for the wonderful camera shots .Dotun is married with a son.  Egberun Maili was shot in October 2008 with the script written by Dotun a few years ago.