Individuals of all economic strata are shedding their jobs, hometowns, and lifestyle to embrace a wider experience and a more meaningful existence.
Salma Sky is a Zambian born Singer-Songwriter that was confident about what kind of contribution she wanted to make to the world.
While growing up, Sky had a strong passion for singing, her talent and ability was evident from an early age.
Along the way she took a break from music to pursue a modeling career - a career that proved successful.
Even while her modeling career was blossoming, Sky knew her first love was always going to be music, and so this talented singer-songwriter decided to go back in to the studio.
So she teamed up with Zambia's legendary singer JK on his single Kapiripiri which made it clear that she was not only a fresh voice on the music scene, but one that was going to be around for a long time.
Sky has since gone on to produce music that has won the hearts of a large fan base. Consistently producing excellence in every song, her music has been quite diverse - a trait that can be credited to Sky's passionate creativity and a diverse cultural background.
Sky's musical versatility has allowed her to produce hit records such as the following to mention but a few:
Wonderful World (an R&B record with a Caribbean style influence)
Folo Folo ( A song with a perfect fusion between Kalindula and Rhumba influences)
Ruby Ruby ( A fun Afro Beat accompanied by a lyrical content that exhibits the fun side of Zambian 'Boostele')
10 years (A smooth ballad with an extremely heavy message)
Overtime (A fun song with a fusion between a modern Zambian club sound and R&B)
On her quest to deliver this caliber of hits Sky has collaborated with many of Zambia's top musicians and entertainers including Zone Fam, O.C, Cactus Agony, former Big Brother house mate Sulu and many others.
Already nationally celebrated, the reputation of Salma Sky is growing in stature on the African continent. Her work in the entertainment industry has made her face instantly identifiable.
In Zambia, Sky's image enjoys an exceptional position amongst the general public. In November of 2012 she won Zambia's highly viewed Born & Bred Award for Best R&B video.
In September of 2013 Sky represented Zambia at the Grand finale of Africa's most viewed television show, Big Brother, and performed while sharing the stage with some of Africa's renowned artists such as R2Bees and Ice Prince to name but a few.
This performance was Sky's second appearance on the Big Brother stage following her performance in 2010.
In February 2014 Sky was nominated in the Best Female category for The Zambia Music Awards - a nomination that is initiated through popular votes of fans and music lovers. By virtue of this nomination Salma was rated by fans as one of the Zambia's top three female singers.
Last year Sky released her debut Album; Fine Tuned is a diverse collection, one that music lovers with different tastes will find something undeniably satisfying as each song brings either refreshing twists or the pleasant reminiscence of more familiar sounds.
True to its title, this project represents the experience of nurturing the different facets of Sky as an artist in the creative process of birthing this album.
Sky's new single from the forth coming album is called Non Stop and features Cactus Agony, the song has this far received good review from critics and pundits. The song in its first week received massive air play in Zambia and is already playing on some major radio Stations in Nigeria.
With Ghanian dancehall queen Kaakie alongside Ghanian lyrical Prince Adi Virgo the album is international musical royalty packaged in an edgy offering called Zambezi. It was released on the 8th of April, 2016.
Sky has three children and asked what it's like to balance motherhood with her singing career she stated:
"It's unfathomable the amount of strength I've beeen given as I've carried princess and brought her into the world through a whirlwind of a pregnancy that was physically challenging."
"It had me releasing music and doing promo from a hospital bed attached to drips and monitoring devices trying to make it to full term safe and sound."
"It has changed me. This journey of mother and music, in an endless dance where one without the other would be incomplete because in my expression of art, I tap into who I am and I am both."
"When everything stops and I can feel that little heartbeat in her chest, hear the pitter patter of his feet and enjoy the conversation of a preteen, somewhere in the distance is a radio playing my song adding to the already beautiful soundtrack of my life."
Her first big break came when she was featured on JK's song Kapiripiri.
"You know it's funny we had a very easy time in the studio getting Kapiripiri done. It was a project that was effortless, from audio to video."
"J.K approached me to collaborate with him on the track and I agreed and that's pretty much how it went. I think from the beginning it was evident that it would be a hit! I'm glad it was!"
When asked what sets her apart from other artists she replied:
"I don't really believe in being set apart so much because I think all artists add a certain dynamic to the industry - its more about how we are different at expressing ourselves from what inspires us in our art.
I'm consciously trying to break boundaries, I think that would be something that you could say is different about me.
I know for a fact that I'm not afraid to step outside the box and take the blows and praises like a true Zambian trooper."
"If I were to describe my sound in 3 words they would be: from the soul."
"The video for the song Wonderful World was an amazing video. The song was written and prouced by Grant Mutema under So'Good Entertainment."
"Its a song about how love can make the world seem nothing less than wonderful. That was the concept for the video. Wonderful people. Wonderful scenery. Wonderful feelings."
"Tivo Shikapwashya is an amazing director. He mobilised a crew who worked so hard and I'm so grateful to him for doing so, because the outcome was well worth it."
"If I could open for any artist on tour that I would base on them being great performers. Beyonce is definitely one of those people. She is an amazing performer - so that would definitely be something I'd want to be a part of."
"The best moment in of my life has got to be more than a moment, it'd be more like several moments: becoming a mother, finding love and connecting with the world through song."
In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room: Travels Through Indian Medicine
BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week India defies definition, and the story of medicine in India is similarly rich and complex: shaped by unique challenges and opportunities, uniting cutting-edge technological developments with ancient cultural traditions, fuelled by political changes which transformed the lives of millions and moulded by the energy of forceful individuals. Here, Aarathi Prasad investigates how Indian medicine came to be the way it is. Her travels will take her to bonesetter clinics in Jaipur and Hyderabad and the waiting-rooms of Bollywood's best plastic surgeons, and introduce her to traditional healers as well as the world-beating heart surgeon who is revolutionising treatment of the poor around the globe.
LIKE A VIRGIN
Exploring the Frontiers of Conception
Sexual evolution is a slippery business. Like all mammals, we humans seem to have been left no choice in the matter: even though it is costly, inefficient and dangerous, if we want to reproduce we simply have to have sex. Yet most human cultures tell the tale of a maiden who gives birth untouched by a man; and in the wild there are plenty of creatures – such as turkeys, komodo dragons, sharks and the ‘Jesus Christ’ lizard (which walks on water, too) – that take various approaches to reproducing without sex.
In LIKE A VIRGIN, the biology writer Aarathi Prasad discusses how reproduction without sex is achieved in animals and explores why evolution hasn’t made it an option for humans – yet. In doing so, she provides a quirky, entertaining and perceptive overview of the mysteries of evolutionary biology, sex and reproduction – past, present and future.
It’s a remarkable story that ranges across Greek mythology, natural history, agriculture, conservation and medicine; takes in some of the most exciting areas of developmental genetics and molecular biology that other popular science books largely ignore; and is packed full of a cast of amazing characters, be they obscure animals or eccentric scientists such as the respected geneticist Dr Helen Spurway who in the UK in the 1950s unwittingly sparked a nationwide search for a virgin mother.
There is now a plethora of strategies being developed in reproductive medicine that could ultimately keep our species going in a world of embellished sex: the creation of artificial eggs and sperm from bone marrow, labs-on-chips on which eggs are fertilized, silicone wombs and artificial wombs (where fetuses can spend their full nine months), and even research to prepare us for reproduction in space. What’s more, we are finally beginning to understand what genetic modifications are needed to allow for the creation of women who could have babies without having sex. Now that we have the competent hand of science in our lives, will girls still need men?
Yabanci is a book by a Dutch woman who moved from Holland to Turkey to start a new life in a Turkish village overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A great read for those who are considering a move abroad or have lived in a different culture. Available in English as an ebook or in Dutch in both print and popular ebook formats...
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