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 is hoping to work with Choreographer supreme Laurieann Gibson as she puts together her show for America in 2012. Laurieann Gibson who is the star of Born to Dance on BET and The Dance Scene on E！ was introduced to Ayi Jihu at the Bishop Noel Jones Church and the two hit it off right away.
Ayi who is a huge fan of Laurieann Gibson said: “I just hope we can get her, because she is so busy, she does everyone Ga Ga, I mean everyone, she is the best. I watch her shows all the time and I was a bit afraid of her because she is so tough on those shows. If we work together I know I’m gonna have to be at my best, but I want the best and I am not afraid of hard work.”
Ayi, who is already famed for her provocative style of dancing is looking to put together a spectacular show to launch in the USA. More details to follow soon.
For more information on Ayi Jihu visit www.Ayijihu.com