united states – Michael Dorf http://michaeldorf.org/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 23:42:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://michaeldorf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/default1.png united states – Michael Dorf http://michaeldorf.org/ 32 32 LendingArch offers auto loans nationwide to Canadians looking for quick and easy financing https://michaeldorf.org/lendingarch-offers-auto-loans-nationwide-to-canadians-looking-for-quick-and-easy-financing/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 11:28:33 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/lendingarch-offers-auto-loans-nationwide-to-canadians-looking-for-quick-and-easy-financing/ Copyright 2022 PR Newswire. All rights reserved2022-03-07 CALGARY, Alta., March 7, 2022 /CNW/ – Online Fintech Platform, LendingArch, from Canada 4and The fastest growing technology company today announced its continued growth and innovation in from Canada Auto credit sector. With over 600 dealers in its highly sought-after network, LendingArch has the ability that very few […]]]>
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CALGARY, Alta., March 7, 2022 /CNW/ – Online Fintech Platform, LendingArch, from Canada 4and The fastest growing technology company today announced its continued growth and innovation in from Canada Auto credit sector. With over 600 dealers in its highly sought-after network, LendingArch has the ability that very few platforms in Canada have: put consumers directly in contact with their best chances of funding approval and get the vehicle they are looking for.

Farhad Nabian has led LendingArch’s auto loan division since 2015 and is currently one of the most well-known auto loan providers in the industry. “We are pleased to report our continued growth and innovation in the Canadian auto loan market. We are experts in helping consumers find the vehicle they need, regardless of their credit score or personal circumstances,” says Farhad.

LendingArch Platform Is simple. A consumer visits the platform (for free) and requests a no-obligation pre-approval for a car loan. Once that consumer is notified (usually within minutes) that they are pre-approved, they are then matched with the best dealership to meet their needs and requirements. Applicants end up in a new or used vehicle, usually within days of applying to LendingArch. This process takes the hassle out of shopping at multiple dealerships and eliminates the hassle of finding a car they like, only to find out they can’t be approved for vehicle financing.

“What we do for consumers is provide the freedom of choice and a low-stress process for obtaining a car loan,” says Farhad. “Consumers and dealers love using our services because we put the customer first in every aspect. With over 20,000 Canadians apply for a car loan across our division each month, we’ve seen everything from bankruptcies, to self-employed and retired, to prime and subprime clients, who we strive to help through our platform,” says Farhad.

Even in a tight inventory market LendingArch continues to help customers find the vehicle of their choice, uniquely through its extensive dealer network that gives LendingArch access to thousands of vehicles nationwide. LendingArch also provides some of the best leads to car dealerships, as its consumer approach results in a highly-meaning customer with an immediate need to find the vehicle of their choice, whether it’s a SUV, truck, car or van, LendingArch can help you in any case. In Canadacar dealers see LendingArch as the best place to get car loan leadsespecially in a market where digital platforms and online applications are taking over.

LendingArch has proven its ability to provide loans to applicants online since 2015, having helped over 500,000 Canadians through its online platform and continues to work on many new initiatives they have within their extensive business development department. and innovation.

About LendingArch

Established in 2015, LendingArch is part of North America fastest growing loan comparison platforms that allow borrowers to compare rates from multiple lenders, comparing credit card rates, auto loans, personal loans, small business loans and even credit reconstruction services. LendingArch’s platform is free to consumers nationwide. Anyone can apply for a loan through LendingArch, at no cost to themselves.

LendingArch currently serves over 500,000 Canadians, and more than 30,000 new Canadians sign up for LendingArch’s services, including its auto lending division, each month. LendingArch was recently named from Canada 15and fastest growing company by Report on Business TV and the Globe and Mail, and from Canada 4and Fastest Growing Company by Maclean’s Magazine and Canadian Business Journal. LendingArch is owned by parent company Consumer Genius Inc. consumer genius has also recently embarked on United States and Australiaproviding similar services to residents of these countries.

SOURCE LendingArch Financial Inc.

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Music Artist Ara Topouzian Wins 2022 Michigan Heritage Award https://michaeldorf.org/music-artist-ara-topouzian-wins-2022-michigan-heritage-award/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 14:08:40 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/music-artist-ara-topouzian-wins-2022-michigan-heritage-award/ Ara Topouzian EAST LANSING, Michigan – The Michigan Traditional Arts Program at Michigan State University announced that the musician Ara Topouzian is among the Michigan Heritage Awards 2022 annual statewide program honorees recognizing artists, practitioners, and community organizers working in Michigan’s folk and traditional arts and everyday culture. “I want to thank Michigan State University […]]]>
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EAST LANSING, Michigan – The Michigan Traditional Arts Program at Michigan State University announced that the musician Ara Topouzian is among the Michigan Heritage Awards 2022 annual statewide program honorees recognizing artists, practitioners, and community organizers working in Michigan’s folk and traditional arts and everyday culture.

“I want to thank Michigan State University and the Michigan Traditional Arts Program for honoring me with this award,” Topouzian, a Bloomfield Hills resident in Oakland County, said in a written statement to The Weekly. . “I am very proud to be Armenian and to be part of a vibrant artistic community in Michigan. A sincere thank you to everyone who has supported my musical achievements over the years and also contributed to this nomination!

Topouzian, who plays the kanun (an ancient harp instrument), has been recognized for his achievements in performing traditional Armenian music.

The Michigan Heritage Award (MHA) is the state’s highest honor to honor individuals and groups who have dedicated themselves to the teaching, preservation, presentation and growth of their traditional art form. This includes family, cultural, ethnic, religious, professional and regional traditions.

“The Michigan Heritage Awards are modeled on the National Heritage Scholarships awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Similar programs exist in most states, serving to reflect and celebrate the diversity of cultural expressions found in the United States. Since 1985, more than 130 Michigan artists and cultural organizations have received Michigan Heritage Awards,” says Micah Ling, public programs coordinator for the Michigan Traditional Arts Program.

Other winners include:

– Alfred Bruce Bradley of Flint, Genesee County for community leadership in tap dancing
– Drs. William (1933-2017) and Yvonne Lockwood of Chelsea (Washtenaw County) for documenting, preserving, and publishing the traditional art, folk life, and culture of Michigan
– Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of the Detroit Metro Area (Wayne County), for community organizing, support and promotion of Ukrainian bandura music

The winners were selected after a review of the entries by an independent panel of traditional arts scholars and practitioners.

“We receive nominations both from groups with whom we have existing relationships, such as former participants of our apprenticeship program or field documentation projects, and from new relationships,” Ling noted, “ It’s always exciting to see which Michiganders and traditions will be nominated and chosen.”

Michigan’s Traditional Arts Program Director, Marsha MacDowell, agrees that “the program raises public awareness of the breadth and depth of traditional arts and culture in the state.”

A virtual celebration will take place this summer. An in-person celebration will be announced at a later date.

The Michigan Traditional Arts Program is a statewide program “aimed at advancing cross-cultural understanding and equity in a diverse society through the documentation, preservation, and presentation of traditional arts, popular life and daily culture of Michigan”. MTAP is headquartered at MSU residential college in Arts and Humanities and is supported by MATRIX: Center for Digital and Social Humanities SciencesMSU Office of Academic Outreach and Engagementand the Michigan State University Museum.

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SBA EIDL disaster loans estimated at $115 billion still available https://michaeldorf.org/sba-eidl-disaster-loans-estimated-at-115-billion-still-available/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 21:55:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/sba-eidl-disaster-loans-estimated-at-115-billion-still-available/ SAN FRANCISCO, CA/ACCESSWIRE/February 27, 2022/ The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) continues to process and approve COVID EIDL small business loans in 2022. Eligible businesses wishing to apply for increase or a loan modification to their existing SBA loan (up to $2 million), and small businesses that have received […]]]>

SAN FRANCISCO, CA/ACCESSWIRE/February 27, 2022/ The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) continues to process and approve COVID EIDL small business loans in 2022. Eligible businesses wishing to apply for increase or a loan modification to their existing SBA loan (up to $2 million), and small businesses that have received a denial letter in the last six months or less can still access the funds. Recent research indicates that around $115 billion in EIDL funds may still be available.

Good news for eligible small business owners and businesses who can still access SBA EIDL disaster loan funds in 2022. Image credit: 123rf/Rikke.

“After doing extensive research, we have estimated that there may be up to $115 billion in COVID-related SBA EIDL funds still available at the end of February. This is only an estimate based on the data. that we found,” said Marty Stewart. , Chief Strategy Officer Disaster Loan Advisors (DLA).

DLA’s strategic advisory team is SBA Loan Advisors who specialize in assisting business owners with multiple business entities or locations, to help navigate the SBA EIDL loan EIDL maximum qualification program. Businesses that have previously received SBA EIDL loans that require a loan increase or modification (up to $2 million maximum), as well as EIDL loan review applications for companies that have been refused.

Top 5 Questions Small Business Owners Ask About the SBA EIDL Program

  1. Is the SBA EIDL program running out of money?
  2. How many SBA EIDL funds are left?
  3. Are there still SBA EIDL funds available?
  4. How much SBA EIDL funds are available?
  5. What is the latest SBA EIDL funding update?

How much money is really left in the SBA’s EIDL program?

Andy Medici, senior reporter for The Playbook by The Business Journals, a division of American City Business Journals (ACBJ), in a recent article asked this exact question. How much is left in the SBA EIDL program? According to Medici, the SBA one word answer was “a lot”.

“This coincides with research that our DLA strategic advisory team has just completed based on available SBA data and other government data as of February 24. I would say that around $115 billion is still a lot of money available, if that number is correct,” Stewart said.

When Stewart and the DLA’s strategic advisory team did their research to answer this question, there were thousands of pages of SBA and other US government data to sift through.

3 Key Facts Uncovered While Researching the SBA EIDL Program

  • According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), there was a total of $475,000,000,000 in COVID relief funding allocated for Economic Disaster Loans (EIDL).
  • Due to a cancellation of COVID-19 credits by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, $13,500,000,000 has been permanently canceled of the main Economic Disaster Loan Fund (EIDL).
  • As of February 24, 3,905,904 EIDL loans have been approved for a total of $345,562,336,490 by the SBA.

The calculation appears to add up to an estimated funding of $115,937,663,510 that may still be available (as of 2/24/22) in the EIDL Main Fund, which is separate from the much smaller Targeted Advance Fund.

SBA EIDL $2 Million Loan Modification Increase Requests

Even if on 31/12 SBA Deadline passed for businesses that have never applied for the SBA EIDL program before, many small business owners still have options in 2022, as long as there are funds remaining in the program.

“The first option is to apply for a loan modification or increase. This usually has to be done manually and in letter form. Emailing a few paragraphs won’t be enough. If you want to maximize your chances success, and for the most money your business can claim, you have to do it very strategically and with expert help,” Stewart said.

Maximum loan amounts have changed several times since the popular SBA COVID EIDL loan program launched in March 2020. In September 2021, it was restored to the original maximum of $2 million for small businesses eligible for this loan. Size EIDL. . Another positive change to the program included expanding the allowable use of funds. COVID EIDL funds can now be eligible and used to prepay existing commercial debt and loans, and even to make payments on federal commercial debt.

SBA disaster loan options if your EIDL loan was denied

According to SBA, loan applicants can request a review. An applicant has up to 6 months from the date the SBA application was denied to request a reconsideration.

“The second option is to request a reconsideration within six months of receiving a denial letter from the SBA. Or, if you have been denied again after requesting a reconsideration, you have a final window 30 days to file an appeal. Again, sending a short email will not be persuasive enough. To have the best chance of winning an appeal and getting a yes, you need the help of a strategic expert to get the best results,” Stewart said.

Related SBA Program Updates

In related SBA news, several articles by Bryce Covert that appeared in The Intercept, reported on the latest Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Bank of America is refusing to forgive some PPP loans in full, leaving small businesses little recourse. In reality, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of Americaand ANC the banks have all adopted an SBA policy that would allow small business owners some relief through PPP loan forgiveness to treat.

About Disaster Loan Advisors™

Disaster Loan Advisors™ is a team of trusted professionals dedicated to rescuing small businesses and businesses from lost sales, lost customers, lost revenue to help rescue your business from potential financial ruin from the COVID catastrophe -19/Coronavirus, Delta and Omicron variants, and others declared natural disasters.

DLA specializes in assisting owner groups with multiple business entities, multiple restaurants and retail groups, and other complex situations that require expert intervention to assess the situation and create the most appropriate path. strategy to follow.

Has your small business or business suffered financial loss due to COVID, Hurricane Ida, or another natural disaster? Has your SBA loan application been declined for an EIDL loan? Are you looking to increase your existing SBA EIDL loan (up to $2 million) Need strategic guidance before taking your next step?

CONTACT:

Disaster Loan Advisors
Elena Goldstein
Director of Media Relations
877-463-9777 ext 3
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For a strategic exploratory conversation, schedule a free consultation call by visiting:
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THE SOURCE: Disaster Loan Advisors

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“Hamilton” singer to lead class with Valley High School drama club https://michaeldorf.org/hamilton-singer-to-lead-class-with-valley-high-school-drama-club/ Sun, 20 Feb 2022 12:01:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/hamilton-singer-to-lead-class-with-valley-high-school-drama-club/ A member of the touring company who will perform the musical “Hamilton” at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh is set to speak to students at Valley High School in New Kensington on Wednesday. Nikisha Williams, singer and actress, will lead a class with students from New Kensington-Arnold School’s Drama Club, offering singing and acting advice […]]]>

A member of the touring company who will perform the musical “Hamilton” at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh is set to speak to students at Valley High School in New Kensington on Wednesday.

Nikisha Williams, singer and actress, will lead a class with students from New Kensington-Arnold School’s Drama Club, offering singing and acting advice and answering their questions.

He arrives the morning after the first day of performances of “Hamilton” in downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Performances run until March 13.

Valley students are gearing up to stage the musical “Newsies” from April 21-24. It’s the musical that was two weeks away from opening in 2020 when the covid pandemic brought everything to a halt.

“This is a great opportunity,” said Brian Krugle, drama club manager and producer of Williams’ Musical and Arranged Tour. “A lot of times you don’t get the chance to bring someone currently on tour with a show to work with students. That’s going to be a big deal.

The drama club covers the costs, Krugle said.

Krugle hopes an appearance by an artist on one of the biggest shows in years will rekindle the motivation and enthusiasm of students, who have also taken a hit during the pandemic.

“I want them to get a taste of what it’s like to be an actor or actress,” he said. “There is a lot more involved in this than you might think. It’s a lot of work to get there. »

Williams’ appearance at Valley High, through the Broadway Plus organization, was the only confirmed booking in the Pittsburgh area during this leg of the tour. More are likely in the coming weeks as last-minute bookings are common, said Nathaniel Hill, founder and president of Broadway Plus.

The “Hamilton” companies travel with about 35 actors, and Hill said they work with about five to book their time doing classes.

Williams, 32, is a native of Mobile, Ala., who resides in Guttenberg, NJ when not on the road. The “Hamilton” tour companies are named after the characters in the show; Williams joined the Philip Touring Company in October 2018, approximately 10 months after its inception.

She was previously a member of the nationwide Broadway tour of “The Color Purple,” which traveled across the United States from October 2017 to August 2018. Prior to her tour, Williams said her “survival work” to pay Bills worked at Ellen’s Stardust. Dinner in New York, with singing waiters.

With “Hamilton”, Williams is part of the ensemble and studies like Eliza Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler and Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds. She thinks she attended around 600 performances of the musical; the company celebrated its 1,000th anniversary in January.

Williams said she started doing school visits around the start of the tour and made 50 to 60 such appearances. They started in towns where she had connections with teachers.

“I love being a resource for kids trying to be in the field I’m in,” she said. “I just hope I can inspire them to continue in acting and give them tools so they can be successful and continue their personal journey into acting.”

Williams said she didn’t know much about Pittsburgh and was looking forward to exploring the city while there.

“I’m delighted to meet the students,” she says. “I know that in this area there will be very talented children.”

Playing “Hamilton” has been wonderful, Williams said.

“I enjoyed the cast so much. They were so welcoming,” she said. “The show, itself, is so fun to be a part of because of all the diversity, and the music is simply wonderful. I was a ‘Hamilton’ fan before I got on the show.

“Being able to be a part of that is kind of one of the dreams that was ticked off my list.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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Performers Tax Parity Act would provide much-needed relief https://michaeldorf.org/performers-tax-parity-act-would-provide-much-needed-relief/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 14:31:42 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/performers-tax-parity-act-would-provide-much-needed-relief/ The Performers Tax Parity Act, which would provide tax relief to musicians and other performers during these difficult times, was introduced with rare bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. The bill is also endorsed by many major music trade groups, including the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO), AFL-CIO, […]]]>

The Performers Tax Parity Act, which would provide tax relief to musicians and other performers during these difficult times, was introduced with rare bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

The bill is also endorsed by many major music trade groups, including the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO), AFL-CIO, AFM. SAG-AFTRA, RIAA, The Recording Academy and the Nashville Songwriters Association.

If passed, it would change the qualified performer tax deduction, which has not been updated since its inception in 1986, and is currently only available to those earning less than $16,000 a year. New performers tax parity law would raise income cap to $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for married joint filers, allowing many other low-to-middle-income artists to benefit from relief tax for work-related expenses, including manager’s and agent’s fees.

If you would like to support the Performing Artist Tax Parity Act, you can contact your U.S. Representative and the two U.S. Senators here.

Here are links to the House and Senate bills.

Bruce Houghton is founder and publisher of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank and is senior adviser to Bandsintown which acquired both publications in 2019. He is the founder and president of Skyline Artists Agency and a professor at Berklee College Of Music.

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With the resignation of the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. of the Trump era, consumer protection groups see an opportunity to end “rent-a-bank” loans with exorbitant interest rates.

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With the resignation of the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. of the Trump era, consumer protection groups see an opportunity to end “rent-a-bank” loans with exorbitant interest rates.

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In 2019, Sarah Ahmed needed about $2,000. She had just moved from Iowa to Tampa, Florida. And she was renting a new apartment and enrolling her young son in an afterschool program.

“So I was just sort of running a little close to red,” Ahmed says, “between moving, finishing furnishing my house, and getting it ready for my son.”

Ahmed says she tried to get a loan from a regular bank, but with her student loan debt, she couldn’t qualify. So she started looking online. She found a lender called Personify Financial willing to give her a two-year loan of $2,300. She says she sent her pay stubs and financial information. Then the company told him what the annual interest rate would be.

“It was like 98%,” she says.

Sarah Ahmed and her 9-year-old son, Alex, in their apartment in Tampa, Florida. Ahmed found himself stuck paying over $2,000 in interest on a $2,300 loan from an online lender. Consumer groups want the FDIC to stop these “rent-a-bank” loans.

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Ahmed says she was nervous about accepting such a high rate. But she felt a little desperate.

As a general rule, such high interest rates are illegal in most states, including Florida, where Ahmed lives.

“Florida limits interest rates to about 31% on a $2,000 loan,” says Lauren Saunders, an attorney at the National Consumer Law Center.

Saunders says, however, that some online lenders have found a way to evade those state laws. And they charge people like Ahmed 100% or even 200% interest.

“We call it a bank rental program,” Saunders says.

It’s called because online lenders like Personify Financial are not banks. And normally they would be bound by interest rate caps. But Saunders says companies get around those caps by partnering with smaller banks that most people have never heard of.

“Banks are exempt from most state interest rate laws,” Saunders said. “So predatory lenders have found they can find a rogue bank, launder their loan through the bank, call it a ‘bank loan,’ and pretend it’s not subject to the credit limit. government interest rate.

The vast majority of banks do not rip people off with exorbitant interest rates on loans. But Saunders’ nonprofit identified a handful who participate in these bank leasing programs with more than a dozen online lenders. His rough estimate is that together they have loaned over $1 billion in recent years.

Saunders’ organization and more than a dozen consumer protection groups appeal government to step in and ban these bank leasing schemes. She is hopeful because regime change is underway at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., an agency she says “has the power to end risky practices that impact the safety and soundness of the Bank”.

On Friday, Jelena McWilliams, a Trump appointee, resigned as Chairman of the FDIC. His successor will be appointed by President Biden. “With the change in leadership at the FDIC,” Saunders said, “it’s time for the FDIC to stop its banks from being a front for predatory lenders.”

In Ahmed’s case, her loan, with its 97.1% interest rate, was not from Personify Financial, the lender she found online. It was issued by a Utah-based bank called First Electronic Bank.

“Very little went towards the main balance,” says Ahmed. “Most of it was for interest. … I was working hard, and it felt like I wasn’t making any progress.”

A year after borrowing $2,300, her loan documents show she had paid $1,930 only in interest and still owed $1,548 on principal.

Saunders says First Electronic Bank has only one physical bank branch, but makes these high-interest loans available across much of the United States through this bank leasing program.

“He does normal things outside of the branch, but he also has this side business of laundering loans for predatory lenders,” Saunders said.

First Electronic Bank declined an interview. He said in a statement that he is complying with the law and giving people access to loans “whether they have good credit or are shut out of the banking system due to a lack of credit. ‘credit history or previous credit problems’.

Personify Financial also declined an interview, but said in a statement it helps smaller banks extend more credit to borrowers.

For his part, Ahmed feared he would have to keep paying thousands of dollars more in interest on that loan.

“It felt like I had asked for help to get out of this hole and just created a deeper hole that I would inhabit,” she says. “I felt stuck.”

But in the end, she fell apart. Ahmed repaid the loan with the help of a non-profit organization called Capital Good Fund which gave him an affordable loan with a much lower interest rate. So now she can spend more of her salary on her son. She recently signed him up for football and bought him cleats and a uniform.

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Eliel Otote… The many facets of a multi-talented performer | The Guardian Nigeria News https://michaeldorf.org/eliel-otote-the-many-facets-of-a-multi-talented-performer-the-guardian-nigeria-news/ Sat, 05 Feb 2022 02:32:00 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/eliel-otote-the-many-facets-of-a-multi-talented-performer-the-guardian-nigeria-news/ You’d probably have a hard time looking for Eliel Otote in a crowd of mostly fans of the popular sitcom The Johnsons, if you insist on looking for him by his first names. But mention you’re looking for ‘Deputy’, the name of the character he played for years on the show and your fingers will […]]]>

You’d probably have a hard time looking for Eliel Otote in a crowd of mostly fans of the popular sitcom The Johnsons, if you insist on looking for him by his first names. But mention you’re looking for ‘Deputy’, the name of the character he played for years on the show and your fingers will point to the music, drama, filmmaker, practitioner and a University of Nigeria alumnus , Nsukka, who has been active as a practitioner for the past four decades.

Also alumnus of the Royal Schools of Music in London, the Victor Uwaifo Academy of Music, Television and Theater in Benin and the Colorado Film School in Denver in the United States, Eliel is a pioneer actor, screenwriter and director. Nollywood. The star of critically acclaimed films such as Virgin Prostitute, Two Good Friends, Razor Blade, Missing Angel 1 and To Rise Again, Eliel has also directed and starred in a number of plays including Obaseki and Pedro Agbonifo’s Idia Obaseki, Lost Fingers by Meki Nzewi and The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka. A former official of the Directors Guild of Nigeria [DGN]and a member of the Screenwriters Guild of Nigeria, [SWGN]the cultural consultant and researcher who is also a member of the National Association of Nigerian Theater Arts Practitioners [NANTAP]is a published author.

Among his published books are No Baby Food (a play), Silent Talks: A Journey Into Self, which is a poetic prose text for speech training and, most recently, Getting into Nollywood Professionally: The Actor’s Companion. , which is a textbook on acting. and Communication Techniques and Practices and The Psychology of Performance, an audiobook on performance. The Edo-born total theater artist talks about his motivation to publish and also his career….

Motivation to publish
My motivation to publish a performance audiobook is informed by my experience as an actor, director, and acting coach over the past four decades, working with diverse performers. Beyond talent and flair, there is discipline, ethics, standards or professional etiquette.

Unfortunately, many practitioners lack these ingredients in their practice. So I felt that a discourse on such a relevant issue should be as important as the discourse on performance technique and the like. And I treated both areas equally in the audiobook.

And while I’ve set out to educate and inform in all of my books, entertainment isn’t compromised in the process. The response so far is promising, I dare say. The answers inspired me to write more and practice more. The books are available on Amazon. People can watch them there.

born artist
Indeed, I was born into a family of artists. My father was a popular pianist (agidigbo) and my mother was a kokoma dance troupe leader. So all of this clarified my childhood bias.

Honestly, I grew up meeting myself on stage. In 1975, I had won the prize for best actor (junior edition of the pre-FESTAC schools theater competition) for my school. I was also enlisted in my community drum set as a drummer and backup vocalist. All these childhood experiences informed my decision to study all disciplines related to art such as theater, music and cinema.

Growing up and choosing a career
My childhood was a blessing in all its ramifications. I not only grew up in a family that valued the arts, I was also privileged to have grown up in a time when core values ​​were the popular trend in a serene village in the ancient Kingdom of Benign. And that definitely has an impact on my art and my attitude towards it.

In the 80s I had joined Sir Victor Uwaifo’s Junior Orchestra Band, opening shows for the legendary musician himself. And at the same time, I was the lead guitarist of the Black Boys Band, which became the resident band of NTA Benin Music Panorama.

And fifteen years later, I had formed my own band The Mistrels, playing at the monthly Ojez Elders Forum in Lagos, courtesy of Jahman Anikulapo and Benson Idonije. You see… it was fun growing up with your passion.

The journey here

The trip was very impressive and rewarding. Yes, like all pioneers, it has not been too rewarding in monetary terms, until the advent of Nollywood, but has always been a fulfilling passion. Despite everything, it has been my source of income ever since! Yes, I have not earned any income outside of the arts. Believe me.

My pain is that the industry is stunted. There is no significant effort from government and practitioners to develop the industry. No actual structure yet. The guild system is still not strong enough as desired. But there is hope. And as an optimist, I’m happy with how far we’ve come and how far we’ve come as an industry, even if the pace may be too slow. I know we’ll get there in no time. Factors that encourage this arise: cinemas, online streaming platforms, capacity building enablement, etc.

Apart from acting and publishing
When I’m not on set at The Johnsons or any other set, and when I’m not writing, I honor invitations to teach and mentor newcomers.

On several occasions, I have also contributed immensely to arts students as a guest instructor and resource person in many academic and professional institutions both at home and abroad. Thus, I combine performance art with editing, training and consulting.

Career ambition
This may seem unambitious. My professional ambition is to document all my experiences of my artistic stay in books, films, music for the benefit of those who care. The other is to continue to be the best at what I do.

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Across cultures, genres: Congolese singer Emmanuel Nsingani speaks through his music https://michaeldorf.org/across-cultures-genres-congolese-singer-emmanuel-nsingani-speaks-through-his-music/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 10:16:11 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/across-cultures-genres-congolese-singer-emmanuel-nsingani-speaks-through-his-music/ Emmanuel Nsingani What’s that beautiful sound flowing through the bar? You look up and see Emmanuel Nsingani – his tact, his earthy emotional voice that ranges from guttural lows to sobbing highs. The buzz in the bar mellows as his music draws attention. You don’t have to be a jazz fan to be drawn to […]]]>

Emmanuel Nsingani

What’s that beautiful sound flowing through the bar?

You look up and see Emmanuel Nsingani – his tact, his earthy emotional voice that ranges from guttural lows to sobbing highs. The buzz in the bar mellows as his music draws attention.

You don’t have to be a jazz fan to be drawn to Nsingani’s singsong afro-jazz fusion. It’s fascinating to watch and hear.

Although he adds a few covers, most of his music is his own. He writes and sings lyrics in his native Lari, a language of the Republic of Congo, where he was born.

Nsingani came to the United States in 2014, first moving to Raleigh, North Carolina. A friend later told him that jobs were plentiful in the Harrisburg area, so he found work and came to love it here.

Shortly after arriving, Nsingani visited the Guitar Center on Jonestown Road. He was drawn to the wall of bass guitars, but there was a problem. Someone else was already there, holding a bass, ready to try it out. Nsingani took his own bass and the two strangers stood back to back, almost like a shootout.

“I thought in my head – when you go and try an instrument, the last thing you want is someone making a racket around you,” said Andy Alonso, the stranger with his back turned. in Nsingani. “We started playing at the same time. We immediately started playing complementary melodies at the same time.

Nsingani was silent. He finished playing, smiled and put the guitar back on the wall. Alonso, a professional musician, said he stopped him, gave him his card and told him to call if he ever wanted to play. It took a few weeks, but eventually Nsingani called, and the two have been occasional collaborators ever since.

“It was like magic from the first time,” Alonso said.

Since then, Nsingani has performed with many local musicians. He has his own band, the Emmanuel Nsingani Band, which includes drummer Jordan Davis, Sam Brooks on sax and Connor Rohrer on keyboards. Before COVID, the band regularly played together at the SpringGate Vineyard Estate outside of Harrisburg.

Nsingani has performed throughout the region, including River City Blues and H*MAC in Harrisburg, Fenicci’s in Hershey, Babe’s in Palmyra, and venues in Lancaster and York. He has performed at festivals and events, been part of the 2021 Harrisburg Jazz Walk, and won Best Jazz Band honors at the Central Pennsylvania Music Awards, known as the local Grammys. He is nominated again this year.

Although the pandemic has halted live performances, Nsingani is slowly coming back. He and Alonso will perform with drummer Jeff Stabley in early March at the Appell Center in York.

Alonso, d’Annville, said he would often write progressions to start a conversation between the three of them.

“It’s a bit of a roadmap,” he said. “The three of us take him wherever he goes.”

all of himself

Following in his father’s footsteps, Nsingani learned the guitar at the age of 4.

He was self-taught, although he also later learned to read music. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and played cornet in a Salvation Army band. He has been performing on stage in front of crowds since he was 10 years old.

While he will play pop, rock and R&B when performing with others, he writes and performs Afro-jazz music for himself.

“My afro-jazz is a mixture of the music we grew up playing in our country, which has different ingredients mixed in with the jazz I’m learning in the United States,” Nsingani said.

That explains why he and Harrisburg native Shawan Rice bond so well when they’ve played together. Rice, who is now based in New Orleans, said they “both play black American music inspired by everything from jazz and blues to funk and soul.”

“I feel like he’s totally invested in the project,” Rice said of Nsingani.

The pair have performed together on several occasions, including the Kipona Festival in Harrisburg and fundraisers in Lancaster.

Although Nsingani wrote most of his music in Lari, crowds still tune in.

“Music is spiritual, and it’s a language that has no barriers,” he said.

Still, he would like people to understand his lyrics, which is why he writes new music in English. One of the songs on his new CD will feature “Daddy”, whose lyrics include:

“I cry every day when I think of you

Lost in my world where comfort is my guitar

Since you left, daddy, my life has changed

Could you see where you are from

the man i have become

… Dad …”

“I just realized how easily I write about what I’ve been through,” Nsingani said. “Unless I’m asked to write something on a particular topic, I’m usually a storyteller. I tell stories about where I lived.

He finds his identity singing in his mother tongue, although he also speaks French, English and two other Congolese languages, Lingala and ki tuba.

“I’m a very shy person, and I think sometimes it’s through music that I can express myself easily,” he said.

Alonso confirmed that Nsingani’s message is getting through.

“He has this ability to capture an audience,” he said.

Nsingani sometimes sits with Andy Alonso and Friends. But, Alonso said, Nsingani has too much to offer to stay in the background playing on a bass.

“If you’re going to use it, use it to show what it can do,” Alonso said. “Why hire Stevie Wonder if you want him to tickle the ivories in the background for you? You want it front and center.

For more information on Emmanuel Nsingani, visit his Facebook page and see videos of his performances on YouTube.

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Automotive Loan Services Market Analysis by 2029 https://michaeldorf.org/automotive-loan-services-market-analysis-by-2029/ Wed, 26 Jan 2022 15:49:24 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/automotive-loan-services-market-analysis-by-2029/ New Jersey, United States,- A market research report recently added to the repository of verified market reports is an in-depth analysis of the Automotive Lending Services Market. Based on the historical growth analysis and the current scenario of the Automotive Loan Services Market, the report aims to deliver actionable insights on the growth forecast of […]]]>

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This report studies all the key factors affecting the growth of the Automotive Loan Services market, including demand-supply scenario, pricing structure, profit margins, production, and value chain analysis. The regional Auto Loans Services market assessment opens up a wealth of untapped opportunities in the regional and national markets. Detailed company profiling allows users to assess company stock analysis, new product lines, NPD’s reach into new markets, pricing strategies, innovation opportunities and more again.

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ATTRIBUTES DETAILS
ESTIMATED YEAR 2022
YEAR OF REFERENCE 2021
FORECAST YEAR 2029
HISTORICAL YEAR 2020
UNITY Value (million USD/billion)
SECTORS COVERED Types, applications, end users, and more.
REPORT COVER Revenue Forecast, Business Ranking, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors and Trends
BY REGION North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
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Geographic segment covered in the report:

The Automotive Loan Services report provides information on the market area, which is sub-divided into sub-regions and countries/regions. In addition to the market share in each country and sub-region, this chapter of this report also contains information on profit opportunities. This chapter of the report mentions the market share and growth rate of each region, country and sub-region over the estimated period.

• North America (USA and Canada)
• Europe (UK, Germany, France and rest of Europe)
• Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region)
• Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and rest of Latin America)
• Middle East and Africa (GCC and Rest of Middle East and Africa)

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Jorma Kaukonen: tireless rock artist https://michaeldorf.org/jorma-kaukonen-tireless-rock-artist/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 04:05:27 +0000 https://michaeldorf.org/jorma-kaukonen-tireless-rock-artist/ Last December, Jorma Kaukonen turned 81. His band Hot Tuna, formed in 1969, is just over half a century old. And as a solo musician, he still performs regularly live, releasing a wealth of albums, often more than one a year. Kaukonen was also a co-founder of the iconic psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane in […]]]>

Last December, Jorma Kaukonen turned 81. His band Hot Tuna, formed in 1969, is just over half a century old. And as a solo musician, he still performs regularly live, releasing a wealth of albums, often more than one a year. Kaukonen was also a co-founder of the iconic psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s, and in the mid-1990s he and his Airplane bandmates were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, USA. United States. In short, Kaukonen is a legend.

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This year, famed New York concert venue Carnegie Hall plans to honor Kaukonen and another octogenarian legend, jazz bassist Ron Carter, who turns 85 in May. Two concerts are planned. In April, Kaukonen will perform with Hot Tuna, which he founded with bandmate and former Airplane bassist Jack Casady. And, in May, jazz maestro Carter is scheduled to perform with various musicians. They may be of different genres, but both concerts are likely to be memorable events.

Unfortunately, few of us may be able to make it to Carnegie Hall. But for Kaukonen fans, there is no shortage of music to buy, stream or download. Spotify alone owns dozens of his albums, all his 13 solo studio albums, but also countless live recordings whose list keeps growing. Then there’s Hot Tuna’s discography to explore. It’s also a list that keeps growing because Kaukonen and Casady perform inexhaustibly and release recordings of these concerts. On January 17, we had the latest, the recording of a concert they did in Berkeley, California, at the end of December.

Kaukonen’s long career has been interesting. In 1965, when he was invited to join Jefferson Airplane, he was initially hesitant. Describing himself as a country blues singer, he didn’t know how he would fit into a rock band. Country blues is a laid-back genre with finger-picked acoustic guitar accompanying the lead vocals. The Airplane intended to be an electric rock band, and as it happens, eventually evolved into one of psychedelic rock’s most famous vanguards. But young Kaukonen took the plunge, taking up the electric guitar, experimenting with electronic technologies and giving the Airplane its signature groovy, soaring sound.

This sound is best heard on live recordings of Airplane concerts. Like on Bless her little pointy head, an album recorded in 1968 at the historic Fillmore East locations in New York and Fillmore West in San Francisco (neither exist today). On the band’s version of rock me baby (originally by BB King), we hear Kaukonen’s licks, still country blues in spirit but electrified rock in his interpretation. The other memorable Airplane track noted for Kaukonen’s touch is the instrumental Embryonic journey from surreal pillow, the album Airplane from 1967.

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Kaukonen has featured many of his airplane-era songs in set-lists at his ongoing gigs, some of them in alternate acoustic form that showcase his mastery of string selection from his guitar. But what’s most remarkable is Kaukonen’s relentless ability to “keep holding on” (to borrow the title of a song by influential soul singer Curtis Mayfield). He has been recording and performing almost continuously since the early 1960s, no small feat in an industry where burnout, untimely demise and other excesses of the rock music scene often weigh on the career of many musicians.

Last year Kaukonen released The River Flows Vol. 1 & 2 Full Sessions, a set he performs with guitarist John Hurlbut, his friend and collaborator. On this album, Hurlbut sings and plays rhythm guitar while Kaukonen takes the acoustic lead. It’s a comfortable anti-stress album where the duo takes us on a journey of American roots songs and country blues. Kaukonen still plays like a virtuoso and Hurlbut sings in a relaxed and unaffected manner.

In many ways, The river is flowing is a fitting auditory accompaniment to the way we are forced to lead our lives during the pandemic years, as it is the perfect palliative for our raw nerves and stressed lives. The 22 tracks, whether openuh, the ballad of easy rider (originally by The Byrds), Bob Dylan’s Knock on heaven’s door, or Mayfield people are getting ready, are all gently performed by the duo, accompanied only by their acoustic guitars. A much needed balm.

During a recent solo concert, Kaukonen said, “We’re happy to be here, but at our age, we’re happy to be anywhere.” In his 80th decade, Kaukonen is happy to make music. He and his wife run the Fur Peace Ranch, a 126-acre venue run by Hurlbut, Ohio, where guitar camps, gigs and recordings are held. And, of course, it continues to spin tirelessly.

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