Brought to you by Liz Ogumbo & Friends

DeniMania Series

Digital Concert| Lock-Down Series

Showing, 30th Jan, 2021, 9pm CAT

The Music

Music takes us all on a journey differently. Sometimes it's the genre and other times it is about the language of delivery. Many times it could be just the hook or the melodies and harmonies, but either way, we get to traverse so far and beyond just through music.

As I sat in lockdown quietly in solitude, I could hear everything in life so much more clearly. almost as if I had been partially deaf in my past life. The birds chirped louder and the breeze brushed though the leaves even louder, but the one thing that did not change was the fact that i was sitting in the same house moving in the same directions and doing the same thing back-2-back over and over again without a change of scenery. Due to no travel, I decided to create this concert to allow you and I to travel virtually through the audio waves I have shared in my performance.  

Live Performance Set List

Oringo Bayoyo, Liz Ogumbo

This a 'Liz Ogumbo Original' fave because it rekindles my childhood memories and brings back so much joy to my soul.

This is your audio wave to Kenya, East Africa, Africa.

Don: Xander Pratt Ft Liz Ogumbo

This is an original collaboration with my brother Xander Pratt. In these new days, there is power in claiming power. I want to Don, he wants to Don and I want you to Don so we can vibrate in our highest. I only share a snippet teaser which we will open up fully on another set.

This is your audio wave to anywhere in the world.

Previsao: Rendition - BussaCucaNova Ft Adriana Calcanhotto

This is my rendition of one of the many Brazilian ballads I fell in love with in my pursuit to discover Brazil. They say language is the doorway to understanding culture and thats exactly how it started. This was the 1 Brazilian (Portuguese) song I learnt during my 1st visit to Brazil to get me closer to the culture and language basics.

This is your audio wave to Brazil.

Reggae mash-up: Frankie Paul, Buju Banton, Barrington Levy, Beres Hammond & Chaka Demus & Pliers

I love reggae music and this is my way of pulling up records I grew up on for a little rendition in my way. On this set, rendition Frankie Paul's, 'Pass the Tu-Sheng Peng,' a little bit of Barrington Levy's 'Too experienced,' Buju Banton's 'Love sponge' Beres Hammond & Buju Banton's 'Falling In love ..'and hints of Chaka Demus 'Bam Bam.' This is just the beginning of these mash-ups with a focus on 'lovers rock' and I will be back with more to pay tribute to my reggae music legends.

This is your audio wave to Jamaica

Latina mash-up: Rendition - Buena Vista Social Club & Groupo Niche

Who would not want to have this beautiful Latina tunes on repeat even if they did not understand the language? On this set, I rendition La negra no quiere by Grupo Niche. I also bring back El Cuarto De Tula by Buena Vista Social Club. It is all about what the beauty and richness of culture brings to our lives. I enjoy salsa and through listening and dancing, I have got to learn so much about the music, the bands and the stories around this rich culture. 

This is your audio wave to Cuba and then Colombia.

The Fashion

As we all know, Fashion coincides with music and vice versa. It is therefore imperative for me to bring to life both elements of music and fashion to visually and audibly stimulate your senses in unison. I am a fashion creative and designer and therefore it only makes sense to curate my fashion statement as often as I can. For this concert,  I curated the fashion, music and lifestyle to highlight everything I love about denim. I carefully thought about each music element of the performance aspect along with the journey it would take you and I through. It is then that I curated a style aesthetic that would be the best representative of the music.  

Although originally denim was made of wool, the trend shifted to cotton. Cotton cultivation and processing has sustainability issues: it requires 1500 gallons of water to grow 1.5 pounds of cotton that is needed to produce a pair of jeans. Denim is usually made with indigo-dyed warp yarn and undyed weft yarn. The indigo dye used was natural and derived from plant source, but later the trend shifted to synthetic indigo dye. Again, sustainability issue arose. The use of metal accessories such as buttons, zippers and rivets such as leather-look labels and composition and care labels used in jeans production makes it difficult to recycle them. This chapter throws light on the denim industry across the globe, the environmental impacts of denim processing, and the major sustainability issues associated with the denim industry."

--Science Direct

"The reason I have highlighted the denim in the series is to sensitise all lifestyle and fashion lovers who love denim on the effect it has on our environment and why you as a consumer should focus on buying less denim and upcycling more of your already existing for some environmental TLC." Denim has a long history and it has been transformed into various forms.

From skirts, to shirts, jeans, face masks, table mats to wine bags as the list goes on, each of these denim fashion and lifestyle items are featuring on my shop this month only. Available at my shop. 

The Art

As I looked around me, I realised that the galleries were still closed while and I had to find a way to incorporate an art element into this story. It did not take long, because on my walls sat these abstract pieces of art that represented street, Africa and the whole world that can relate to doodling, just like denim and it's universal appeal. This art is by Zanzibarian street artists Liyo and Duilya. The pieces were created in 2007 and literally sold off the beach for a great bargain.  What better way to include them into this DeniMania lockdown series of Phoenix Rising.

The food, wine & lifestyle elements

As a winepreneur under my wine label Liz Ogumbo Wines, wine is always an element to pair with the food and compliment the lifestyle experience which is also highlighted by the denim wine accessories and fashion. There were no chefs to feature during the production of this series due to the Covid-19 restrictions at the time and therefore, I had to boast my food enthusiasm remotely. 

Phoenix Rising #DeniMania #LockdownSeries :

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Venue: At Home - Liz Ogumbo

Wine: Liz Ogumbo Wines

Food: At Home - Liz Ogumbo

Fashion: Liz Ogumbo Fashion Brand (DeniMania)

Art: Liz Ogumbo - At Home FT Zanzibarian Artist Lahia

Music Composition | Direction: Liz Ogumbo 

Music live & post production  - Kevin Leicher

Guitar - Kevin Leicher

Video Production : Kgaugelo, Sabeta & Liz Ogumbo

Photographer crew: Jamie Rae & Kgaugelo Sabeta

Make-up: Sydney & Zakiyya Bham 

Wardrobe/Stylist/ Fashion: Liz Ogumbo

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