Friday, 23 March 2018

Are you stuck in a groove? Then open your mind!

There is one saying that is true to the core- if you keep doing the same thing you get the same result!

Now, I started blogging in 2007 on Myspace just for the fun of it- and daaaaam was it fun. When I started Its Braap I changed the plot and semi-censored what I blogged about in order to fit the positive/inspirational mode. Gone are the days of commenting on anything and everything from public toilets to T-Shirt slogans; which was my true natural impulse. Whilst enjoying blogging and having grand thoughts about websites, competitions and affiliations I have not got round to turning it into a business. Hence it's still a hobby!

Writing is very time consuming when you undertake it seriously, especially preparing bio's and even reviews. You have to make sure your facts are correct and descriptions, clear. This mean that it takes a huge amount of work to generate a very minimal income- not the best use of time and I certainly can't match my working income!

Having been involved quite closely with Facebook friends' ventures over the years I have come to appreciate a wide variety of different genres, music, acting. art; all of which were my original interests. It's a fantastic natural education and one I will continue. I have come to realise how hard people struggle to support their passion, often with limited success. This parallels with my experience and it is something I'm in the process of addressing.

It's so easy to keep up our hopes and do the same thing, but if we don't make changes we will become stale, therefore I have taken the plunge into new areas which are pretty time consuming, so I find myself posting less often than previously and have decided to keep it that way. Sometimes we need to diversify so I am working with Linking UK. This is a company with a vision and currently I'm busy writing directory listings so the site has content prior to creating videos- a blank site is a dead site! Once that's done it will be far less demanding on my time and we will be able to recommence filming episodes of 'Snap London'- and work on project #2!

I love keeping a strong positive vibe. Having attended many different types of motivational events over the years I have decided to throw myself into- something completely new about which I know nothing, and re-invigorate the brain cells. I'm not speaking about it quite yet, obviously my knowledge is currently miniscule- I feel like a 5 year old learning my twelve times table! But it doesn't matter. The more we immerse ourselves in an experience the more we learn and eventually benefit. I genuinely believe that this is an excellent opportunity to expand in many ways- knowledge, travel, finance and self -fulfilment.

What I would say to you is what do you need to do to progress? Ask God/universe to point you in the right direction. Funnily enough my Son's are the springboard to my future. I'm wise enough to learn from them- I believe they are more in touch with current business trends than me so their motivation has become my inspiration, and to be honest, I like it that way.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician   Contact

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Rising pop sensation Aleem heads to the UK- PRESS RELEASE

News Flash Online Press Release
Rising Pop/R’N’B Sensation Aleem heads to the UK for his first ever one-off headlining solo event at the 02 Islington on Wednesday 28th February 2018 to promote his new single 'Stranger Things.' 

Aleem was originally scheduled to play six UK events which would have seen him play London, The North, Scotland and Ireland.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, his management are in talks for all the dates apart from 02 Academy Islington to be rescheduled as part of a bigger UK tour later this year, that will culminate in the release of his first solo studio album.

Aleem with Fifth Harmony
The singer songwriter is no stranger to continuous numerous big UK arena tours having supported the multi award-winning UK Pop Royalty Girl Band Little Mix on their sell out The Glory Days Tour 2017.  Also supporting US Girl Band Sensation Fifth Harmony on their sell out 7/27 European Tour 2016 which came to the UK and London.
In a recent telephone interview with lifestyle/entertainment journalistic reporter and radio presenter Mark Galloway aka Marcus Milla, the Chicago based US singer talked about his musical dreams of who he would like to work with and said; “I’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing writers and producers along my journey but for me the top would be Bruno Mars or John Mayer. Those two are like my idols when it comes to song writing, performing and mastering your craft.  If I ever got a call from one of those two, I would not hesitate for a second.”
Aleem with Little Mix
The single 'Stranger Things' which was released on the 9th February is scheduled to be one of the main tracks from his yet to be titled forthcoming album.  When asked the inspiration behind the song, Aleem said, “Stranger Things is a song near and dear to me, the song is about being in a relationship where you’re entering something new and the other person is scared from their past. Their holding back and scared to give you themselves, scared to be vulnerable.  It is basically me saying hey you can let your guard down, I’ve seen stranger things.”
Speaking about his impending gig at the 02 Academy in Islington, Aleem said; “it’s going to be incredible, for the fans, they’ve only seen me play acoustic or play with a track in an arena date.  They’re finally going to get to see my full music live with a full band.  There’s gonna be a lot of energy and a lot of fun.  We’ve been rehearsing for a very long time coming, so I’m very excited to get out there and give the fans more than they’ve heard from me so far.”

Aleem’s management would like to apologise for the unscheduled cancellation of the UK events, If you have purchased a ticket for any of the five cancelled events, please contact the relevant ticket supplier for a full refund.
The 02 Academy Islington event is on course to be completely sold out due to the other cancellations and there are very limited tickets available.  If you wish to purchase tickets for the 02 Academy Islington event. please click the direct link below.

Listen here to the recorded telephone interview with Mark Galloway aka Marcus Milla and Aleem.  

Don’t forget you can catch Library Sessions with Marcus Mix-Master Milla each and every Thursday from 4pm - 5pm on Verve Radio.  

Online Links to Aleem's catalogue Stranger Things - [Official Video]

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Press Release courtesy of ©CDLC87 - Crème Dé La Crème 87 ‘The Evidence Is The Experience’ on behalf of Deacon Communications


Saturday, 24 February 2018

Turning up the heat & 70's beat at LEGENDS with Errol Kennedy- Imagination


Bling is the thing when reviving the feel of this world's much loved 70's & 80's discotheque era. And here we have Errol Kennedy working his sparkling waistcoat and hat to full effect. Errol did as promised and Flashed us back to a time so rich in popular music that he found it very challenging selecting tracks for his debut DJ set. Errol did a fantastic job and I was ecstatic to hear 'Stomp,' one of my all time favourites- hear that and you simply can't sit down! 123 Shake your body down, yes that's a must. It has to be said that during the 70's and 80's we were constantly instructed to dance instead of acting like wall flowers; which is where the feel-good factor emanates from and this is a huge aspect of the culture Errol aims to revive.

According to Errol, weekends were a time when people dressed up, left their worries behind and hit the dance floor. Many a 'peacock' paraded about strutting his stuff, the girls danced round their handbags and eventually slow music ensued... well, that's another matter. Errol's point is that clubs no longer have the same energy and joyous feel, often the night is more about drowning your sorrows with 'shots' than dancing, alcohol being so rife in the youth culture.

Set up and ready
Clubbers clearly felt the musical groove on this occasion joining the 'Love Train.'  'Word Up,' epitomizes the role call of top tracks that engulfed us including: 'Street Life,' 'Give me the Night', 'Boogie Wonderland,' 'Ladies Night,' and two different versions of Imagination's top track, 'Just an Illusion.' The new version of this classic hit lends itself very well to the current club scene being bang up to date.

Naturally, Errol brought his drums along to give his DJ-ing an extra kick and spice things up even more. When reviewing the night two key words come to mind- FUN and NOSTALGIA, both of which were successfully woven through the set. Errol's passion simply exudes from him to the point where he jumped up on one of the podiums and danced- once a showman!!! People thoroughly enjoyed themselves and think in summary the phrase that said it all is:

Let's go round again and turn back the hands of time!

Legends Nightclub Flashback

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact:

Thursday, 15 February 2018

LEGENDS Nightclub Flashback to 70's & 80's- PARTYTIME!

We all use our Imagination to recreate the Good Ole Days but on this occasion, Errol Kennedy and Team Urban Delight take you there directly! Errol, co-founder and drummer of highly successful pop band 'Imagination' is keen to re-create the carefree vibes that formed the basis of clubbing back in the day. In our next blog we will find out why.

Errol will be launching his DJ career in a bid to excite club goers by recreating the New York Garage and Studio 54 Soul Train club atmosphere- WOW, impressive vibes up for grabs by all on the night.

This exciting party will take place tomorrow at Legends Nightclub, Dorset. All info available by following the link, so book your tickets at a reduced rate online now.

I have been invited to cover this prestigious occasion and will share my experience with you shortly.

Jaz McKenzie ~ The Word Magician

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Love Always- Valentine's Day Special

Love first~ Love foremost
Love beating its rhythm continually
An over-current on special days like today
An undercurrent during the average day
Young love running in the foreground, rich and alive
Its vibration undeniable as happiness exudes, fire in the eyes
Mature love rich as beautifully fermented rum
Its mellowed tones comforting as life's changes ring
Love is always alive, essentially the King Pin
Foundation of humanity and the only substance
That can heal the rifts across our tiny world.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician Contact:

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Quotes To Inspire- Buddah


What we have hear is a partial quote from Buddah which contains 100% truth. 

What are you afraid of? The most common answers are probably things like failure, the unknown, loneliness, old age, poverty, sickness or even major success and responsibility. In fact, there are so many things we could write a long list, but how long our personal lists become is up to us. Every fear we label is a condition of some sort which is good because conditions allow for re-conditioning. We do have extreme fears which are paranoia, but even these can be overcome and we can uncover the cause if we dig deep.

Let's begin with failure. Failure can be defined in many ways and this term can be eradicated according to definition. Failure can be seen as the springboard to success, failure being a brilliant teacher provided we allow it to inspire renewed action.

The unknown- everything's unknown before it becomes familiar. If we embrace the unknown as a space full of potential we will fill it with positive expectations. Yes we need to adjust many things. Here is a minor example but it felt huge at the time. I remember moving right to the edge of London and it took me six months to adjust. Everything was strange having been living in busy Tooting and yet shops, gyms and even the library were a short walk away! For some reason though, I felt lost.

The key to challenging our fears is to break them down into bite sized chunks. There are always actions available to help us work through any situation and these are the solutions. Fear is often a natural extension of worry so many of our fears are groundless or not fully realised.

I believe we were born fearless. Children don't naturally show fear very easily, certainly not regarding  new situations and personal development! Children like the familiar so will often cry when in different situations such as daycare, but they do not fear them in advance. Children learn to walk, talk, feed themselves and so forth as they develop. They do not worry about how they look or how long it takes them, Yes children will cry at the unexpected but that is reactionary fear that teaches caution- not the same as the type of fear we create for ourselves. Fear will usually arise with knowledge and can kick in as a gut reaction, but overall we can take a positive approach to fear as usually it indicates the possibility of a giant leap forwards!

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician  Contact:

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Sister Act 2 (Finale) Lauryn Hill - Joyful Joyful With Lyrics (Ft. Whoop...

As we go from one week into the next we should do so in a joyful frame of mind. This will help us to have another good week as we are building a strong positive vibration.

Just love this song- the incredibly talented young Lauryn Hill singing from her soul in Sister Act which has become an iconic film- and the pre-cursor to Lauryn's incredible career. What a wonderful arrangement that lifts our spirits and, in a way, its structure epitomizes the world today. This version of Joyful Joyful is a song as layered and complex as society, with many strands and musical elements running through it to create an energized, inspired work.

Isn't this how we should be? Infinitely complex but ultimately joyful- complex yet inspired?. 'His eye is on the Sparrow,' another great song from the same movie- I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free is more sober but contains the same message. We are free and whatever our circumstances we can sing and give thanks.

Jaz McKenzie~ The Word Magician