West Coast X Factor finalist Jackie Thomas is rapt to be back on home turf for a one-off concert in Greymouth. ”I just love the West Coast,” extolled the pint-sized singer after she landed in Hokitika this morning, accompanied by a large television entourage.
It’s the actor’s worst nightmare. The lights go up.They walk on stage.
BETTER TOMORROW Etana (FMR/Universal) While Rita Marley might be the undisputed queen of reggae, Etana has finally made an album that establishes her credentials to be considered a serious contender to the throne. Her blow-away performance at Raggamuffin in Rotorua earlier this year, introduced her to reggae’s second spiritual home and her third album shows a fierce determination to get back to her Kingston roots and exudes a major dose of positivity.
This is the typical day of a relatively typical soul in today’s diversified world. I wake up to the sound of my Japanese clock radio, put on a T shirt sent me by an uncle in Nigeria and walk out into the street, past German cars, to my office.
It’s 4 a.m., and you’re wide awake–palms sweaty, heart racing. You’re worried about your kids.
For all its reputation as the city of tomorrow, a place that will marry capitalism and cool as effortlessly as New York City or London, the city of Shanghai, truth be told, is not a particularly pleasant place during the summer.