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In the aftermath of Kehinde Lijadu’s death, PAM celebrate their unique music which rocked Nigeria and beyond in past times.

Kehinde Lijadu, one half of the legendary Lijadu Sisters duo, has died following a cancer battle. Aged 71, she was said to have suffered a stroke, after a long battle with illness. The news was announced by her twin sister and bandmate, Taiwo, who expressed deep sorrow, writing that, “A tree has fallen! Kehinde was my light, my love, my soul mate… my everything. I am bereft and will miss her dearly.” A GoFundMe has been started to crowdsource for her Memorial Service. 

This great loss has drawn condolences from the public, amongst fans and friends alike. Tee Mac, the renowned flautist who made music with them wrote on social media, that “Kehinde Lijadu left us and sings in heaven now.” Others, like the writer and movie director Biyi Bandele have also shared heartfelt tributes. 

Anyone remotely familiar with Nigerian music of the 70s must have come across the name Lijadu Sisters. Made up of identical twin sisters Taiwo and Kehinde, the group found massive mainstream success, making music that incorporated varying genres like reggae, soul, disco and psychedelic rock. Their themes were politically-charged, though they did make music that was socially relevant, and engaged in the trivialities of their time.

They earned international acclaim in 1976 when their hit single, “Danger,” saw them touring in the UK and made them the first female exports out of Nigeria, with no male retinue or male band mates. Around this period, they would work with musical royalty: King Sunny Ade and Jimi Solanke. They also performed with Ginger Baker & Salt at the World Music Festival during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

The Lijadu Sisters, who grew up in Ibadan, were highly popular in Nigeria in the 1970s and mid-1980s. Their faces were constant features on radio and TV at the time. In the mid 80s, they relocated to the US and lived in seclusion, and almost never made music again. They would later become priestesses, but not before there was some renewed appreciation in their music this decade. This brought reissues of their music and performances alongside stars such as David Byrne, Damon Albarn, and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor. 

Mellow Mark has been a pioneer of the reggae scene in Germany for 20 years. He among others has helped to build up the conscious and revolutionary movement. He has been traveling the world with his music and lyrics in German and is now presenting his first English tune intentionally not in Patois but in his natural English voice.

The music was produced by the Austrian group House of Riddim, who play often with Anthony B. The video was shot in Tenerife and edited by Lukas Kellner, Berlin shooting was coordinated by Raùl Gonzales and the final cut was made by Ring-a-Ting. The story of “Stay Humble” is a story of success and failure, with the message being, that even in life's ups one should never lose humbleness as this is one of the teachings of wisdom. It’s also Mark’s personal story and that of the beautiful Nadja Benaissa, starring in the video.

 

Toni-Ann Singh aged 23 has been crowned the 69th Miss World by her predecessor Vanessa Ponce de Leon at the grand final hosted by Peter Andre and Megan Young. A tearful newly crowned Miss World 2019 said: “So honored and grateful for this opportunity but most of all I’m thinking about the work that needs to be done and that I have the platform and the means to do it. I’m ready to get out there and work. I’m excited!”

Singh is a women’s studies and psychology student at Florida State University who aspires to be a medical doctor. Previously she has worked as president of the Caribbean students association on campus. In her free time, Singh enjoys singing, cooking, vlogging, volunteering, and singing. Her special talent is that she can sing classical opera. The most important thing in Singh’s life is her mother who has facilitated her dream by supporting her in every way possible. Lulu, one of Britain’s most iconic singers, with an internationally renowned voice performed a very festive ‘Run Rudolph Run and closed the show performing ‘Shout’, The show opened with Kerry Ellis, a West End and Broadway star singing ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’ with other performances by Andre singing ‘Mysterious Girl’ and Misunderstood, an all-singing all-dancing duo from South London who performed ‘Girls in London’ with the final 12 contestants.

Miss World France, Ophely Mezino was the runner up, and Miss World India, Suman Rao was placed third after the culmination of a month-long Miss World Festival that saw contestants from 111 countries competing in a number of fast track challenges. These included Multimedia, Sport, Talent, Top Model, Head to Head Challenge and Beauty With A Purpose.


The highly anticipated final was broadcast live in the UK on London Live, streamed on www.missworld.com and 150 countries. Across all social media, the festival and final has received more than 2 billion hits. Miss Sierra Leone, Enid Jones-Boston however was unable to make it to the top 40 of this year’s Miss World beauty pageant.

Miss Sierra Leone, Enid Jones-Boston however was unable to make it to the top 40 of this year’s Miss World beauty pageant.

Miss World is the oldest and largest international pageant first created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951. Julia Morley is the Chairman and CEO of the organisation which has representatives in 140 countries. Today, Miss World is a platform for women from across the globe to raise awareness and funds in aid of humanitarian causes. The organisation prides itself on its philanthropic focus with millions of dollars being raised for good causes every year through ‘Beauty With A Purpose’. The competition has the largest international broadcast audience with more than a billion people watching on TV, in the media, and across its social media channels. Each year contestants from 140 countries enter Miss World. Reigning Miss World is Vanessa Ponce de León from Mexico. 68 Miss Worlds have been crowned.


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