The long awaited Ayi Jihu single has finally arrived. The artist referred to as ‘The Chinese Madonna’ has not released a new track for almost a year concentrating and her philanthropic endeavors and her Fear Chaser film. Ayi fans have been waiting a long time to see what this trailblazing artist would do next.
It just would not be Ayi Jihu or Shlepp Entertainment if they did anything anyone expected them to do now would it, and once again they stay true to their history and surprise as all again. Not that we should be surprised from a Chinese artist that coins a word no other international Chinese artist can, Independent. An artist that has broken the rules and made her own path from day one.
The new single is called 'It's Magic'and it includes 5 mixes all together. 'So what's so surprising about that I hear you ask? Well for an artist well known for her provocative lyrics and style, and at a time when music is getting faster and more dance orientated, Ayi has opted to release a love song with pop overtones and under 120bpm. It's Magic is not what many would have expected from Ayi Jihu. There is no effort here to 'Keep up with the Jones's'. This is a beautiful, well crafted song about love, emotion, commitment and loyalty.
The video is a little different too. It’s a mini movie, telling a story, with a twist. In order to get her story across Ayi opted to make two versions of the video, the longer one fleshing the story out a bit more and filling in some of the gaps one cannot fill in 3.30 seconds. A lot of thought and passion has gone into this track from Ayi. The presentation of the music artwork and website all have a distinct movie look. When we questioned Ayi about this she said, She did not want to just make a song and throw it out there, she wanted to make a statement whether people listened to it or not.
You will never get to far away from RnB with Ayi and even with it’s definite pop style, you can still hear and feel the RnB in this track. It’s one of those songs that if you listen to it more than once, you know it and you are singing it, like it or not. We feel quite a few people will like this and we feel even more people will associate themselves with the story and sentiment that Ayi is trying to get across.
For those of you who like their music with a a 4 to the floor vibe, don’t panic. Ayi Jihu linked up with the Trinity Band and their remix of the song takes it in a whole other direction while keeping the sentiment, it goes from a more melancholy affair to a an upbeat dance and sing along happier track. Featuring live music and vocals from the Trinity Band who have come a long way since they almost grabbed the top prize on Sky’s Must be the Music’.
Add to that a sultry Blues and Soul Duet remix featuring Chicago born new comer Rapheal Rar Miller and you have a package that has a little bit of something for everyone.
It’s Magic has a lot going on. The whole project kinda takes you back to the days when singles meant something and artist did not throw one out every couple of weeks as seems to be the trend these days. It even has a trailer!
Whether or not the public will take to the way Ayi Jihu and Shlepp Records are presenting their music remains to be seen, one thing for sure is you get more than value for money here. Do we expect Ayi Jihu to change and do what everyone else is doing in the way they are doing it…..Nope, She never really has, so why should she start now? There is a lot to Ayi Jihu’s it’s Magic indeed, you only have to visit the website to see the whole look and feel is not like any other. You get the story, the making of, find out who did what, and much, much more. See for yourself. Visit www.loveismagic.co.uk we think you will be more than a little surprised again.
Yep it seems that Shlepp and Ayi have thought of just about everything on this single release. There truly is something for everyone here. For those of you who like your Ayi Old skool, there is a really cool video you can watch here called Music Motion Dance. This is for those who like the more raw edgy Ayi of Smak Dat, the Girl who took Macau by Storm and has since gone on to be on the verge of Mega success worldwide. We can only assume Ayi wanted to put this in to remind her fans that As she grows she will never abandon her roots, her love of Ragga, RnB, Hip Hop and all things Urban. Good to know Ayi. Click on any of the Screen shots below to watch the video
It Just would not be Ayi Jihu if there was not some time of Charity of Philanthropy involved. Ayi Jihu is one of the few artist we know that seems to marry her ‘Giving back’ side and her Artist side very well. She has being doing so from day one, which leads one to believe that this is who she really is rather than something she feels she has to do for appearance sake. This time it’s Help for Heroes and once you listen to the song and more importantly watch the promo video (better yet the Extended video) You will understand more why Ayi has chosen this particular Charity to work with on this project.
Yep Ayi is back in the Musical limelight again with a whole new look and swagga. Her new style courtesy of Native Canadian Designer Angela DeMontigny (designer of the new FearChaser® Costume for the FearChaser® Film) suites her well.
You will be able to listen to all the mixes, watch all the videos. You even get to sing-a-long to a Karaoke version if you want. There are great deals on offer on the website, you can purchase from Itunes or your normal online store or you can take advantage of one of the many deals on offer direct from Shlepp which includes bonus singles, wallpapers and lots of other cool stuff.
It’s Magic is released on April the 1st 2013 You can order your copy now on Pre-sale, or you can get the single on the site with one of the many special offers available.
Every Day it seems thousands of people release a single somewhere, every now and then something comes along that grabs your attention a little bit more than the norm and this is one of those things. The whole project from the music to the videos, images, is classy, well thought out and expansive. For once it seems you will get more than Value for hard earned cash. Do yourself a favour and goto www.loveismagic.co.uk You may well get a surprise.
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Multi – Platinum Mega Producer Carlos C-Los Beats Stephens to produce Chinese Star Ayi Jihu on her new Fear Chaser film sound track and album.
After the No Limit army had risen to enormous heights and then just as suddenly found itself in need of reorganization at the end of the ’90s,Master P proceeded to dismiss the ranks of his prolific production team,Beats by the Pound, with the sole exception of Carlos Stephens. Since first collaborating with Master P on his 1996 Ice Cream Man album, and also producing beats for future No Limit soldiers Kane & Abel and Skull Dugrey circa 1996, Stephens quickly found himself a member of the Beats by the Pound production squad, also including Mo B. Dickand KLC. This was just the beginning for Carlos Stephens who has sold over 75 Million records worldwide.
Carlos Stephens Joins other Big Name producers like Paul Wiltshire working on Chinese Star Ayi Jihu’s brand new Album for 2013.
Global News Spoke briefly to Carlos Stephens by phone and asked him how he felt about working with Ayi Jihu?
“I’m Looking forward to it really. She is very talented and what we are going to be doing goes even beyond her album as we shall be working on the her Film ‘Fear Chaser’ Too. She is quite unique in her feeling and understanding of Black urban culture and R&B coming from China I have never quite come across anyone like her. It’s very exciting, and when you have done as many things as I have done in this game finding things to be excited about is not easy.”
Carlos Stephens will be working with Stevie Eagle E on both Ayi’s album and the Fear Chaser film. Shlepp Entertainment Ltd are working with GoConnect in Australia and Germany on Ayi’s first single release for 2013 which will lead up to the Album later in 2013.
Ayi Jihu told is she is more than a little nervous at working with the Carlos Stephens. “He has worked with everybody done so much, from Master P to Snoop Dogg. I have been blessed that from day one I have only worked with the best, Stevie Eagle E, Paul Wiltshire, and now Carlos Stephens. All I can say is I am really excited and humbled and just want to do my best for everyone. There are a lot of people believing in me and I feel a great responsibility. I am going to keep working hard. 2013 looks like being a good year for me.”
After years of work trailblazing the way independently Ayi Jihu now seems destined for greatness with her Fear Chaser alto ego and Brand taking of simultaneously with her own musical career. Ayi Jihu’s Fear Chaser game has already been played by over 25 million kids worldwide on Adventure Quest worlds. Rumour has it a stand alone console game is being planned in conjunction with the Fear Chaser film.
Global News will keep you up to date with developments on this story
Ayi Jihu is known for many things, however, what she has at her core is dancing. If you one goes back to her village in Leibo China and mentions her name, all will refer to the “little girl who was always dancing and singing.” In fact, she has been dancing ever since she could walk and whenever she dances people pay attention.
Ayi Jihu is about to take her dancing to another level as she collaborates with “So You Think You Can Dance?” dancer, choreographer, and director, Ryan Jenkins. In addition to all of this talent, Ryan is also a trailblazer and it was his work with the Vietnamese Musical Theatre that played an equal role, as his unquestioned dancing abilities brought these two together. After many years of searching for the right person to help her develop her dancing style further, Ayi Jihu has finally found someone who understands her, and who she feels can assist greatly in taking her performance to the next level.
Ryan’s resume is impressive, from X-Factor to Grease; working with legends like Michael Flatley and Molly Molloy, he is a man in great demand. He is also a man with his eyes firmly set to the East and the new opportunities it brings for him to expand globally.
“I love working with Asian dancers and artists,” stated Ryan. “I just love their whole approach to things and they seem to like me too. When I was approached by Ayi Jihu’s management, I did my homework and was quite impressed. In fact, I was ‘wow’d’ — this girl is something else! As hectic as my schedule is, and with all I have to do, including working with the Dream Idols who are blowing up right now, I felt I had to work with her. She inspires me. When we first met it was at a nightclub in Cambridge and I thought I would see what she was really made of, so I whisked her away onto the dance floor and put her through some moves right away. Nothing I did was a challenge to her, rather, she made it all look so easy. I knew then and there that I had met someone exceptional. The best dancers make it look simple. Of course, with someone like Ayi, there is much more going on than simply natural dancing ability. She is currently working on a diverse range of projects, all of which are destined to create an explosion. With that in mind, I will be working on her new promo videos and live shows as well as helping her with in her movie debut in ‘As Blue As the Sky.’ where she will be dancing and singing. It is all very exciting and we are equally looking forward to what we will develop together.”
Around the world, particularly in China, Ayi Jihu is famous for her style of dancing. Some call it proactive and sensual, but most just drop their jaws in disbelief. Along with the feel of her lyrics and her independent status in Asia, it has made her a controversial figure; an artist that seems to polarize opinion. “I’m like marmite,” she says. “People either love me or want to kill me, but thank God most people accept and like what I do and the manner in which I do it, even if it is not yet quite understood.”
2013 looks to be a monumental year for Ayi Jihu. She has spent most of 2012 in preparation. “My new album will be released in 2013. It will be my first album for a while and I know a lot of people are waiting to hear what is coming next. I am also blessed to be working on some film and television projects both in the West and China; nothing too grand, but significant steps for me. Yeah, it’s all about 2013 for me and I have been working like a dog to be ready for it all. I face many challenges but have confidence that I can rise to them all.”
“Finding Ryan Jenkins has been a godsend for me. I have had some great Choreographers in the past, like Taz, who helped me get to where I am now, but I wanted to develop in another way and I needed someone who understood where I was trying to go. I looked at Ryan’s work, and was impressed all around. I loved his understanding of the Asian culture and how we think, move, and express ourselves. I love the way he gets the grimmy RnB and dancehall stuff that I love so much and mix with contemporary dance. Ryan just gets me and we get on so well. Too well sometimes — we are a crazy pair when we are together. I am so happy about this. I know I have been driving my whole team crazy with finding the right person for this; I can see them all breathing a collective sigh of relief, but I knew what I wanted and it had to be the right person otherwise, what’s the point?”
Shlepp CEO, Stevie Eagle E, sees this as a significant move for Ayi. “We are very choosy at Shlepp and the process of finding the right people to develop an artist is never an easy one when you are not dazzled by either reputation or money. We are searching for integrity, character, talent, and understanding. Ryan Jenkins means we now have our core artist development team in place for 2013 which is a key year for us and for Ayi. She is moving fast; constantly wanting to try new things and push herself and she has been very selective with regard to filling this position. It is important that the artist is happy. Some would say it is key, but at Shlepp we think differently. We think it is important that the team is happy and the team is very happy with Ryan Jenkins. He brings a lot to the table and will play a significant role in the development of Ayi Jihu along with JR Skeete and the rest of the artist development team. Everyone is looking forward to what these two will come up with together as it is already apparent they have great chemistry. We have a lot happening over the next few months and I can now confidently say we are ready!”
Rising Chinese iconic star Ayi Jihu released a new video today explaining much about her growing Fear Chaser project that has caught the imagination of Millions worldwide. The Online video game of Fear Chaser starring Ayi Jihu and based on her concept was played by upwards of 25 million kids worldwide.
Ayi Clears up many misunderstandings about Fear Chaser in her video while telling us what to expect in the future as the project grows. 2012 is a big year for Fear Chaser with production breaking ground on the Short Movie, As well as her Fear Chaser Album. Also Ayi is expected to be performing Fear Chaser live in a technologically groundbreaking way; We are awaiting more details on that one.
In the video Ayi not only speaks about what Fear Chaser is but how it started and what it stands for. She explains a little about Fear Chaser being more than just a movie, but also a way of life, a movement, encouraging people all around the world to acknowledge and confront their fears.
Ayi also speaks about the ethnic and cultural influences that inspire Fear Chaser and make it slightly different from superhero figures that have gone before. ‘Anyone can be a Fear Chaser’ Ayi says. The different cultural and ethnic influences in Fear Chaser are displayed in the Re-designed Fear Chaser costume for 2012. Angela DeMontigny, native Canadian designer and stylist to Ayi Jihu is a top Fashion designer and she played a real part in helping Ayi and Co expand the Fear Chaser vibe to embrace even more cultures.
Watch the full video below:
Watch the full video below:
For more information on Ayi Jihu visit her official website: www.Ayijihu.com
For more information on Fear Chaser visit: www.fearchaser.com
For More information about Angela DeMontigny visit her website.
Ayi Jihu Feature in ‘Taste of Life’ Magazine March 2012
For more information of Ayi Jihu visit www.Ayijihu.com
In her first in depth interview since landing in the United States Ayi Jihu speaks to Skip Fredicks about her life, her reason for being in America and her work from the tranquil location of Los Arboles Hotel in Palm Springs.
For More information on Ayi Jihu visit her website www.ayijihu.com
Chinese star Ayi Jihu met with Motown Legend Gladys Knight at the Agua Casino in Palm Springs. Ayi Jihu met with Gladys Knight and the two spent some time together before her show at the beautiful Agua Casino.
Some of the biggest names in show business play at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. We spoke briefly with Ayi Jihu after the show. “It was a fantastic show, I have never seen her live before, in fact to be honest I have not seen much of her before, but I found I knew so many of her songs. I was supposed to meet with her in Wales UK around a month ago When James Womack hooked it up with her road management Larry Ward and due to my schedule I could not make it down to her show there. So when James Womack got in touch with us and told us they would be in Palm Springs the same time as me I was so excited. Meeting her was just amazing, it was short but very sweet, she is so kind and giving and she was very nice to me. She is a fantastic performer and singer and the stories she tells on stage are fantastic too. I learnt so much from watching her perform and being around her. I hope one day to be half as good as she is.”
Ayi continued: “The Agua has a wonderful arena for artists, one of the best I have ever seen and heard. I have now seen several desert casinos and they are all very, very nice. I hope I get to perform at these Casinos in the near future. If you come to LA or Palm Springs you gotta check out some of these desert Casinos. I know everyone thinks Vegas is the place and it is fantastic I have been there many times, but there are some great Casinos and shows in the desert too.
I want to say a special thank you to James Womack, Larry Ward and Michael Frydrych for making this happen. I am blessed to have a wonderful team.
For more information on Ayi Jihu visit her website www.ayijihu.com
Find out more about Gladys Knight here
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