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Harlem resident Azania featured on Essence.com New and Next

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ESSENCE.com’s “New and Next” column spotlights the brightest new talents Essence thinks we should know.

New and Next recently featured jazz and soul singer and Harlem resident Azania. Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa but raised in Geneva, Switzerland, the classically-trained singer’s sound takes from her multi-cultural background—she calls it a “mix of 70s soul, some gospel and some jazz.”

Azania (pronounced Azanya) was born in Boston but grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, where her mother worked for the United Nations. She started singing professionally at the age of fourteen working with many different bands traveling Europe.  She won the French TV competition, ‘Graines de Star,” an American Idol-style show, and was heralded as “the next Whitney Houston.”  Later, Azania decided to make her way to the US two years ago. “The US is the ultimate challenge, and the biggest market. I love the spirit here.”

Azania is also very involved in All As One (allasone.org), a Sierra Leonean charity that is dedicated to providing the orphaned children of Sierra Leone a loving home, medical care, and schooling.  AAO provides shelter, medical care, education, meals, clothes, social activities and love for the children. A dollar a day can literally save a child’s life.

Her advice for aspiring musicians is “No matter what your circumstances or problems are, instead of worrying about what’s wrong in your life and your challenges, focus your energy on what you do have, be deeply grateful for it and do the best you can with those things to move forward.”

Recording artist and producer Jeremiah Abiah who has worked with Azania’s says: “Azania has quickly garnered the kind of tenacity one needs to be successful here. Not only is she beautiful but she is a talented songstress aiming to make a difference.”

Below, watch her perform her single, “All of My Life.

View Azania’s official web site.

via: africandiaspora.com




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Harlem Lounge Vol.I and Vol.II Podcast by RhythmDB

By HarlemHouse

HarlemCondoLife is proud to present two new podcasts for your enjoyment this Winter.  Harlem Lounge Vol.I and Vol.II featuring remixes and songs by various artists.  Mixed exclusively for HarlemCondoLife by RhythmDB.  Playlists below.

These and all previous podcasts are listed on our home page and available for download via  iTunes (iTunes required) or web via Podbean (streaming only).

Harlem Lounge Vol.I

1.  Wayward Saints
2.  Sade
3.  Nneka
4.  Mary J. Blige
5.  Angie Stone
6.  Snoop Dogg ft. Jazmine Sullivan
7.  J. Period ft. Nneka
8.  Diana 7addad
9.  Vieux Farka Toure
10. Mariah Carey ft. Oj Da Juiceman & Big Boi
11. Anane/ Louie Vega
12. Maxwell
13. DJ Duke
14. Michael Jackson
15. Whitney Houston/ Frankie Knuckles
16. Wayward Saints/ GIT Beats
17. DJ Rylo
18. Angie Stone

Harlem Lounge Vol.II

1.   The Dining Rooms
2.   Gaelle
3.   Eric Benet & Faith Evans
4.   Missy Elliott/ The Clark Sisters
5.   Alix Perez ft. Ursula Rucker
6.   Mary J Blige & George Michael
7.   Sis n’ Jones ft. Isac
8.   Marie Joly
9.   Clipse ft. Pharrell & Rick Ross
10. Basement Jaxx
11. Jaheim
12. Quentin Harris ft. Margaret Grace
13. Mariah Carey
14. Whitney Houston ft. Kelly Price & Faith Evans
15. Brooklyn Friends
16. Black Joy/ Kerri Chandler
17. Nickodemus
18. Christian Prommer/ Nickodemus