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Steve Russell a member of the Chart Topping RnB group Troop has written and produced many of the stars we know today including working with the likes of Chris Brown, LA and Face, B2K, David Archuleta, Omarion, Aretha Franklin, Mario, Tyrese and dozens more as well as writing the music for hit films such as Dreamgirls, Kung Fu Panda and Shrek. This Grammy award winning writer, producer, artist and vocal arranger is now writing and producing a duet with Chinese Star Ayi Jihu that will be part of her forthcoming album ‘The Rebirth’.
Steve Russell is one of the most in demand writers and producers out there but he is now taking time to focus his own solo career as Steven Harts as he drops his new single Shelter which is part of his new album So Random
Troop are also on the comeback with their new album Troop The Return expected soon.
We spoke briefly to Steve in Pasadena, California and asked him about the collaboration
‘Im excited to be working with Ayi Jihu she is a beautiful and talented young artist that has a lot going for her. In my career I have always looked to work with as many different types of artists and projects as I can, trying to keep on the edge of what is current, what is happening and what is about to happen. Working on this track with Ayi Jihu has been a pleasure.’
In a written statement to GlobalNewsInk Ayi Jihu wrote:
Once again I feel extremely blessed. Working with someone like Steve Russell is just fantastic for me. He has done it all worked with so many of the greats, worked on so many hits its just a dream really. I love his music and he really understands the RnB I love. In fact we both love the same thing. Real RnB. I have to thank my team for bringing us together and making this happen there must be something about the name Steve that brings magic into my world. The song we are working on I love it so much, It is just such a cool song. I won’t say too much and spoil it for anyone as I am still working on it with Steve Russell as we speak. Real RnB fans will love it, thats all I can say. I am just trying to do my best on it. We are going to be working on other things together too and we have spoken about performing live also. So much to look forward to. I am just very honoured and happy and working hard on this album ‘The Rebirth’ I am doing this album for me, my way with songs and people I really love. Every song on it is special to me and I truly hope the public feel this passion when they hear the songs. It is not easy to find the right producer or songs when you are working on a project like this. I have worked with several and it just did not work out for me with some of them because not everyone wants to work with you, some just want to turn you into what they feel you should be. It’s great that someone like Steve Russell gets me and understands what I am trying to do. I feel it has a lot to do with his experience of working with so many different types of artist, voices and styles. He has such a good understanding of people. He is just a really great guy.
GlobalNewsink have not been given the title of the song but we have been told it is earmarked to be a single from the Ayi Jihu album due for release late this year. Ayi Jihu is collaborating with several artists, producers and writers from around the world on her ‘Rebirth Album’. We will keep you up to date on all developments here at Global News. Before that Ayi Jihu will be hoping for success with a major release in Germany on June 27th 2014.
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Chinese RnB sensation Ayi Jihu has joined with the fashion group House of Ikons part of the Lady K Enterprises run by Fashion guru and producer Savita Kaye. She will be performing at the exclusive House of Ikons fashion show on Saturday 13th of September 2014 at the Hilton London Paddington. The House of Ikons fashion show is the first to be supported by The Princes Trust and the fashion show will aim to raise funds to support the Prince’s Trust.
Ayi Jihu has developed into quite a fashion icon. She started as Brand Ambassador for Young Native Fashion helping to put Angela DeMontigny on the map as one of the worlds foremost Native American Fashion Designers. Her recent collaboration with Maverick Fashion designer Rose Perkins whose brand [Fashionsistas] of Urban Fashion has been catching the fashions worlds attention has seen the singer move even more into the fashion spotlight.
Fashionsistas designed and provided all the dresses and outfits for Ayi Jihu’s historical tour of Brazil and her Carnival performance pushing her Edgy and sexy designs in front of Millions worldwide
In a written statement to Global News House of Ikons owner Savita Kaye wrote:
House of iKons is an international platform for all opening the doors to the world of fashion and entertainment.
There are many un cut diamonds in the world and my personal mission is to discover them, give them the opportunity with this platform so that they can get to the next level.
Working with The Princes Trust is a great honour and the support (second year in a row) has been phenomenal. We will fund raise on the night, as well as donations from guests and my production team, we will be raffling four high couture pieces worth around £3-10k a piece for a minimum donations of only £10.
We are excited and overwhelmed that Ayi an amazing established artist will be performing on the night of the show. Her international following is phenomenal also. She is a true ikon within her own right. Ayi is bringing the music industry together with her ethos of bringing the east to the west which is similar to what House of iKons is doing… Fashion is for everyone anywhere around the world just as music is. Her collaboration with one the most iKonic artists world wide Tito Jackson is a testament within itself. We are all #teamAyi and will continue to support her success always.
In a brief statement to Global News Ayi Jihu said:
These are exciting times for me. I never really saw myself doing anything in fashion several years ago because I thought I was to short and had the wrong build. Now I find myself doing so much in Fashion, modelling and representing fashion brands all around the world and I still find it hard to believe. I really hope the message gets out to everyone everywhere that you should never limit yourself or sell yourself short. Nothing is impossible.
I am a woman so I love clothes and working with Fashionsistas is not like work for me it is fun, pure fun. I love the clothes she makes, she really understands me and I feel she has got a great handle on what young ladies these days want to wear. They want to be classy and elegant, sexy with a hint of the street thrown in and that is what Fashionsistas do so very well.
I am so looking forward to performing at London Fashion Week in the House of iKon fashion show. It’s great to be doing something with the Prince’s Trust, an organization I really respect that does a lot of good things and really helps young people in the UK and around the world. Lady K (Savita Kaye) reminds me of myself, she does so many things and has built a mini fashion empire with her own two hands, but she has done it not just to make money or for fame, but to help others and change the game and she is doing that. She is giving opportunity to young designers from all over the world to show what they can do and several designers she has brought through have gone on to do great things designing for the biggest names in the world. I believe this is why the Prince’s Trust has got behind House of iKons because they are actually doing things to help the community, broaden our outlook. I truly love what she is doing and I am happy to be associated with House of iKons and I will support them in any way I can.
I am really looking forward to performing at the Fashion show and who knows maybe you may see me being a cat walk model. I would love to do that at least once in my life. I will just need some 10 inch heels I can walk in.
For more information on the House of iKons Fashion show at London Fashion Week check Lady K media website
Keep up with Chinese star #AyiJihu also known as #fearchaser on her website.
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Chinese star Ayi Jihu is set to move further into the public eye in 2014 and perhaps make history again as the first true Chinese artist to top the Pop charts anywhere in the West with the release of her new single Ilumina (Shallallaja) which is set to drop in Germany on the 27th of June 2014. The German remix of the song written and performed by Brazilian star Edu Casanova and also featuring Rapper Toni Tuklan has captured the imagination of Brazil and is set to do great things in Germany and beyond?. The song has been linked to several world cup promotions in Germany as well as been taken on by the main Dance and Zumba schools over there giving it a strong platform for success in that market.
The German remix of the original track by producer Peter Doc B Bielig is geared towards the German market bringing in African/German rapper Toni Tuklan who is riding high in the charts over there at this time. We are told the original or a different mix will be released in the UK and perhaps the USA more geared to those markets with the original (more brazilian flavour) mix being released in Brazil and South America.
The success of this track already is a triumph for international collaboration. Ayi Jihu is an international artist working with artists all over the world. Going to Brazil and linking up with Edu Casanova was another masterstroke from this trailblazing Chinese artist and her record company Shlepp Entertainment Ltd. Months of hard work were put in behind the scenes putting this all together. Building a good relationship with the Brazilian people and artistic community as well as working closely with Government.
While many even in Brazil could not initially see the end game the world is now paying attention to this collaboration and effort especially with Ayi Jihu being the first Chinese artist to perform at the Carnival in Brazil with Edu Casanova. They performaned the song to Millions of people in the streets of Brazil at the carnival in Bahia and that translated to Brazilian TV and Radio pushing her and a National Brazilian audience as the Chinese Madonna You can see Ayi Jihu on Brazil National TV here.
The collaboration has helped launch Edu Casanova back into the mainstream and has got the whole Brazilian music industry watching as this type of project has been attempted many times in the past but has yet to be internationally successful.
The campaign will be truly international with several versions of the song and video being released in different markets. The German video will feature Brazilian and Barcelona soccer star Dani Alves seen below recording with Edu Casanova in Spain.
Not only does the project have Chinese star Ayi Jihu involved in it but it was initially produced by German Producer Peter Doc B Bielig, who worked in association with Stevie Eagle E (UK/USA/Jamaica) (Shlepp Entertainment Ltd) Who not only brought Ayi Jihu to the project but also produced and directed the videos (media), but also contributed to the musical production and writing process. This was all tied together by German media company Storz Media GMBH run by Bernhard Stroz in Stuttgart Germany. Ilumina is a truly international project thanks to the efforts made by Ayi Jihu and her team to bring it to the world and take it beyond Brazil and Germany using Shlepp Entertainments powerful PR and Media global and social network.
Ayi you must be feeling very happy about how this project and song is shaping up?
Yes of course I am very happy. We have worked very long and hard on this for almost a year and it is good to see it coming to fruition now. I truly hope it does well and even becomes a hit. It has has all the bits.
Ayi what made you get involved with all of this in the first place?
Well as you know it is my style to do this type of thing, but it was my manager Stevie Eagle E who convinced me to take on this project and work with Edu Casanova. I had never really heard of him before and I am sure he did not know me but I liked the idea of going to Brazil and trying something new and I know that if i get involved with something it usually catches the attention of others around the world, so I went for it. I liked the song too. The idea was really to bring exposure to the project by getting involved and then working it from there. I think it worked out quite nicely really. I can honestly say I worked very hard on this project, putting in a lot of time and effort so it is good to see it paying off.
How do you feel about how the song has developed with the different mixes and versions?
When you have been in the music business long enough you know this type of thing has to be done. This is an international project starting in Brazil and then through Germany. It is being initially released by German Record label Millennium Pearls which is part of Storz Media GMBH. From there it hits the rest of the world we hope and Shlepp Entertainment Ltd will become more involved. The mixes reflect each market. The German version is quite different but it’s good and they brought in Toni Tuklan to feature on the track and do his thing. Again someone new to me, but he has the ears of the German public having had some success there and so it makes sense to bring in someone they are familiar with. Both Edu and myself look forward to meeting him at some point. If you asked me which mix I like the best it would be the original production by Peter Doc Bielig. That has the most flavour of Brazil and is a bit more organic and real but i like them all. The mix for the UK and maybe the USA is kinda heavy too. I have heard it and I think that has a good chance of making some noise over here in England.
Did you enjoy making the videos?
Oh I loved making the videos that was the most fun. Bahia is such a cool place and the people are amazing. We shot over several months in China too. When I went to China to perform with Edu for the Chinese Prime Minister and Brazilian Vice President we did several performances and shot around Macau etc. We tried to keep the flavour of Brazil in the videos as much as possible, especially with the world cup around the corner. There are several versions of the video coming out, again something a bit different. We just shot some scenes with Dani Alves in Spain for the German version of the track and to promote the whole world cup theme and vibe that the song is taking on. It’s all very exciting to start something like this and see so many other people see and feel the momentum and jump on board and get involved. I am very proud of what we have done here on many levels.
What are your expectations?
It may sound a bit weird but I do not have any expectations, I work hard do my best and hope that things go well. I trust in my immediate team. I have worked very hard on this, made several trips to Brazil and done many things to get this going and move the project forward. I loved working with Edu Casanova, I enjoyed the carnival and I learned a lot. I feel we as a team have done a great job on this and those coming in now really only just have to get it out there. Although I had a lot to do with many aspects of the project it is an Edu Casanova song and that means I have to follow the lead of others. My job now is to support the project as much as I can and help it get as far as it can.
What comes next for you Ayi?
Well at the moment we are all focused on Ilumina. As soon as we have that up and running we have to start looking at A Bola Da Vez another track I did with Edu Casanova and Tito Jackson.
We are hoping that this will do well also. Anyone who follows me will also know I am seriously working on my New album ‘The Rebirth’ This album means a lot to me and I feel people will probably get to see how I have grown and developed on this album. So it is all go right now. I am juggling a few things at the moment and it looks like this year could be another big one for me. I am excited and blessed by the opportunities god has made available to me and my immediate team.
Do you have any plans to do more with Tito Jackson or Edu Casanova?
Well a lot has been thrown up in the air in recent months I would like to wait and see what sticks. I love working with other artists it’s the best way for an artist like me coming from China to get a real understanding and feel for music all over the world. I am not sure what the future holds with those two artists. Yes I would love to work with them again at some point. Right now I have some other really fantastic collaborations on the boil with great new up and coming artist and also established great singers and songwriters. I won’t say too much now until everything is fully in place but lets just say I have only just begun.
The future looks exciting for Ayi Jihu who continues to forge ahead on many fronts. Her forthcoming single collaboration with Edu Casanova looks likely to do do good things in the German and Brazilian markets especially with the world cup and dance school tie in’s and hookups.
We are still waiting to get the full information on the UK and USA release dates, mixes etc but for all those that can’t wait and want to get it from Germany first here is the information:
Song Name: Ilumina (Shallallaja)
Artist: Edu Casanova featuring Ayi Jihu and Toni Tuklan
Release date: 27th of June 2014
Label: Millenium Pearls
Published by: Dornberg Musikverlag
Written by Edu Casanova
Original Production by: Peter Doc B Bielig
Original video Directed by: Stevie Eagle E
Director of Photography: Freedom Born
Shot on location in: Bahia Salvador Brazil and China.
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Ilumina will be on a special Brazil themed compilation which will be released on the 04 of July 2014 to be followed by Bola Da Vez and Albums from both Ayi Jihu and Edu Casanova.
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This was not your West End huge blockbuster movie premiere. Rather a more modest affair in South East London at a Boutique art house cinema in Bermondsey Square. However the significance of the event was not lost on many who packed into Shortwave Cinema for the London Independent Film Festival screening of ‘I believe in Monsters’ featuring among others Chinese star Ayi Jihu.
Perhaps many could sense this could be one of those ‘I was there moments’ Or perhaps they just wanted to see the film and support an artist, actress, celebrity and philanthropist who is making waves around the globe. Whatever the reason they came so many came in fact that the cinema schedule had to be changed to accommodate them.
Cast and crew of the film were joined by celebrities, Artists, Actors, fans, friends and followers all wishing to watch the film and celebrate this moment with Ayi Jihu.
Ayi Jihu is no stranger to making history having just returned from her historic tour of Brazil taking the country by storm as the first Chinese artist to ever perform at the carnival Ayi Jihu is used to an osmosis approach to history making.
From the start of her career Ayi Jihu has done, first, after first after first, and made history many times over, but one got the sense that the personal achievement of seeing herself for the first time on the big screen was a little more personal. As the world waits for her own film FearChaser™ to hit the big screens (a project and concept that started as an idea based on her own fear chasing exploits and then grew into an online game played by over 25 Million kids) Ayi is looking to learn her craft and act as much as she can.
She goes from Super Hero (FearChaser) to Victim in ‘I believe in monsters’. We asked her how she felt about her part in the film I believe in Monsters: “Fearchaser is about me even though I am a sort of superhero it never feels like acting so much. I believe in monsters was scary for me. I did not think I was good enough and I was very nervous at first. I got my strength and confidence from working with the young star of the film Tiya Falcon Ellis. It was her first film and she had never acted before, but she just had a good time and did not let it phase her, so I thought I would just copy here and try to enjoy it and not let it get to me too much. I am proud of what I did in the film it is a good start for me and now I know if I keep working hard I can only get better. This was a great start for me. It was such a thrill to see myself on the big screen, something I would have never thought possible several years ago. Life is full or surprises”.
Ayi Jihu held a special celebration event after the film at the GB Grill to thank everyone for their support for her and the film.
Ayi Jihu looked stunning in a beautiful black vintage dress styled by Perkins Rose of Fashionsistas
Prominent Members of the Chinese community came out to support Ayi Jihu at the premiere of her first film.
Ayi Jihu continues to engage a wide demographic as was demonstrated by the multicultural support for her at the her film premiere in london.
Ayi Jihu was joined by members of the cast
Unfortunately Tiya Falcon Ellis who played Ayi’s daughter in the film was unable to make it to the premiere. It was also her first acting role and she impressed all involved.
You can watch the trailer at below:
You can see more pictures from the premiere on Ayi Jihu’s Facebook page.
So a small bit of history has been made. ‘I believe in Monsters’ will undoubtedly not be Ayi Jihu’s last film. We believe it will be the start of many films Ayi Jihu will be involved in including her own blockbuster in the making ‘Fearchaser’. In the future this little film may well become of great interest not only because it is a good little film, but because it signalled the beginning of an extraordinary career in the cinema. Watch this space.
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