At FFM, we want to highlight new and aspiring musical talent wherever we find it and where better than the many Music Colleges, Universities and Schools around the world. Our new feature ‘Spotlight on a Music Student’ is an opportunity for you or someone you know to step into the spotlight and share your talent, dreams and ambitions with the musical world.
All you have to do is send us your information, pictures, videos, sound clips and links and we will compile your feature.
email direct to firstname.lastname@example.org
Much love and happy music making,
The FFM team
“My first song recorded and released since moving to Lagos featuring the sweetest @idriskingvibes.
Something short and sweet, like me.
Deena Ade is currently releasing a song a month for a year which will be followed up by an LP project, set to be released in November titled “THE FEMINIST”. As her talents and fan base continues to grow, she emphasises on people not to over look as her, as she is the future of the African Music Industry. As she says ” It doesn’t matter what people say, as long as they like my music’.
Every day throughout December, FFM will be opening a virtual advent calendar window featuring a different Christmas song, culminating with our readers’ all-time favourite on Christmas Day. Vote for your favourite by commenting in the box below.
Here is a classic to get you started.
Aria Elan’s peace, one love and social justice lyrics are delivered with her signature smooth vocals. Set to a head bopping beat, the music makes you jump up and dance. Please subscribe to Aria Elan’s YouTube channel. You will receive a FREE download of one of Aria’s song when you subscribe to ariaelan.com
A graduate of College of Charleston and Southwestern University School of Law, she worked as an entertainment attorney, founded Isis Management, representing musicians, producers, and artists, including James Brown, Phred Mosbey, Musical Director for Earth, Wind, and Fire, musical group Bel Biv Devoe; the great South African singer, Miriam “Mama Africa” Makeba, Salaelo Maredi, acclaimed South African director, actor & playwright, and many others.
Ms. Elan later founded Sisi Records, releasing a collection of works, including Motown Legend Sylvia Moy’s hit “Love’s Inside” on the “Universal Love” album. Moy wrote and produced Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amor.”
In 1990 she wrote musical “Amandla Ka Mandela,” which was staged at Henry Street Settlement Theatre in Manhattan, New York, which was followed by her historical fiction book “Missionary.”
Singer/Songwriter: Soul singer Aria Elan dropped debut album “Smile” November 1, 2013. Aria has entertained Veterans and active duty troops at various military bases.
She has spoken and performed for the US Navy, U.S. Air Force, women’s conferences, Veteran’s Organizations, and has received certificates of appreciation from the California Youth Authority, College of Charleston, County of Maui, NAACP, Ventura Self Help Clinic, Watts Legal Aid and numerous others.
As a motivational speaker, Aria Elan presents humorous, poignant and memorable stories about Aria’s ABCs of SUCCESS that resonate with people. Aria performs her “ode to positive thinking” song “Smile” at all speaking engagements.
Vocal Rumbles is a unique collaboration between artists Randolph Matthews and Cleveland Watkiss. This performance battle brings together two heavyweight vocal voyagers. In the blue corner: Cleveland “Thunderbolt” Watkiss, London Jazz Awards Vocalist of the Year, who’s worked with Bob Dylan and The Who. In the red corner: Randolph “Hurricane” Matthews, revolutionary combiner of jazz, blues and folk, who’s worked with Plan B and Grace Jones.
With the theatrical energy of a top-of-the-bill title fight, a deep-rooted musical soul and two truly unique vocal talents unleashing loops, back beats and mesmerising ring craft, Vocal Rumbles is a set to be a Hideaway Box Office hit!
“When Joy Rose joined Sting for a duet she sang with such power and conviction that one could wonder why she did not sing on Sting’s album instead of Mary J Blige. She knocked the audience dead and got a standing ovation” The Current
“Joy Rose… is simply breathtaking” SmoothJazzNow
Joy Rose’s remarkable vocal talents have been surfing the waves of the music industry for a number of years. Moving to London from Birmingham at the tender age of 16, Joy’s talent was immediately spotted by record producer Rod Gammon who recorded her first single “Gimme the Funk” for Savage Records. In 1990 Joy became the lead singer for the group Mocca Soul and was the featured singer on the album Persistence of Memory. In 1991 Joy signed her first major recording deal with Talkin Loud Records. The label released a series of singles ‘Feed the Feeling’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Take U Higher’ and ‘Serious Love’. Joy then went on to record two albums with renowned jazz pianist Jason Rebello – Make It Real and Last Dance.
Just in time for the change of season, green-fingered newcomer William Florelle bares the beautiful blossom of some extremely capable handiwork on his debut EP, Two & Three. Gorgeously sewn and crafted grooves on a soft bedding of r&b, jazz and afro influences, the seven track project leaves others reaching hard for some light from under the shade of its towering bloom. It also couldn’t be in better hands releasing through one of our favourite labels, WotNot.
We’re pleased to be able to share with you the EP’s first track, a shuffling dance floor-ready groove, holding soulful tendencies through tender yet assured vocals from Lua. With even melodic instrumentation employed in only short percussive measures, Florelle keeps things moving throughout. A detail that cutely amplifies the huskiness and almost languid quality in Lua’s voice, refined even more under gritty distortion as she seduces you to the dance floor. Channelling a 22a vibe with distinct r&b flavours, we can’t get enough of this one.
WOT029 is released on vinyl 31st March and digitally on 7th April, grab a copy through all good record stores.