Friday, 13 November 2015

XCLUSIVE! Interview with Den Den - The Manipulator! Starring in The Illusionists in London's West End


This week in XCLUSIVE! The world’s best selling touring magic show The Illusionists – Witness The Impossible is a mere few days from its official London première and I cannot wait! 

The show, originally a smash hit on Broadway and which has sold out in 71 cities across 17 countries, is set to dazzle London’s West End - boasting a phenomenal line-up featuring some of the world’s most captivating, mind-boggling magicians. 

 The magnificent seven will take to the stage at the Shaftesbury Theatre from Saturday 14th November 2015 – Sunday 3rd January 2016. With a mesmerizing mix of death-defying stunts, breath-taking illusions and dazzling magic tricks, the show has something for everyone. 

 At the preview launch I caught up with Den Den – The Manipulator and Colin Cloud – The Deductionist who are set to star in this sensational show. Here is part one of this Xclusive series of Interviews.
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Named Magician of the Year (2014) by the Academy of Magical Arts and awarded the prestigious ‘Gold Medal Award of Honour’ from the Society of American Magicians, which has gone to only one magician before him, Den Den is the Master of Manipulation. Now you see it, now you don’t – let’s meet The Manipulator.

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When did your love of magic first start? I first started magic when I was about seven years old. I bought a magic set, which anybody could buy, from a department store. I started out on those magic kits and showing tricks to my friends.

Did you always know this was the career for you? Not at all! When I was little I never thought this would be my profession.

How did you learn your craft and develop your skills? I developed in front of my mirror at home! I concentrated on brushing up my skills.

What was the first trick you ever learnt? The moving handkerchief.

What was the turning point that transformed magic from a hobby into a professional career? I met a ‘professional’ magician in a bar, I saw him doing some magic and he was no better than me. I learnt later on, that he wasn't actually a professional magician!

And it gave you the belief to go for it? Exactly! I was convinced I could do it too!

How did you develop your individual style? From 15 to 23 years of age I performed as an actor in traditional Japanese theatre, such as Kabuki, and I am also trained in traditional Japanese dance. I wanted to develop my style of magic incorporating Japanese harmony and tradition.

Did your experience as performer help you as a magician? It has been very helpful. In Japanese theatre there are a lot of eye movements and that has enhanced my magic too.

In terms of content – is your magic set based on more traditional tricks or is there room for invention? Yes I invent a lot of my show.

Has a trick ever gone wrong live on stage and how did you recover? Am I allowed to say? Maybe I shouldn't reveal my secrets! Well, I was participating in a prominent world competition and I had forgotten to put certain things in place... But how I dealt with it? Now that's a secret!

You've won a host of awards from the industry, how important is it to be recognised in this way by your peers? 
It doesn't mean too much to me actually. Initially of course when I participated in lots of competitions I was really determined to get the best awards but as I was doing more, my motives and objectives changed; I get great pleasure from seeing positive reactions from the audience.


You are one of seven magicians to be performing at The Illusionists show which will be taking up residency at the Shaftesbury Theatre in November – what can audiences expect from your solo set? Well I have included some Japanese cultural aspects in my magic show, so if the audience can feel that aspect of it, that would be really wonderful!

Advances in technology have created even more possibilities in the art of illusion – do you use special effects in your performance? No nothing at all, it's all based on technique.
Would you ever reveal the secrets to your magic? I have never revealed my secrets and probably never will!

What characteristics make a great magician? Great senses are required and consciousness.

In terms of future plans, what’s coming up for you? I have a big show ahead of me starting from November in London (The Illusionists), and I have a great plan to create a new piece for next year.

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THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE™tickets are now on sale from the box Office: 020 7379 5399 and are priced: £15 - £85.  Age guidance: Perfect for the whole family. For more information visit www.theillusionistslive.com / Twitter: @illusionists7

Many thanks to Den Den, his team and translator Mari Yoshida. Catch part two of my Xclusive Illusionists’ Special next week; I’ll be chatting to real life Sherlock Holmes incarnation Colin Cloud - The Deductionist! 

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That’s all for now! Until next time… x Mwah

Friday, 6 November 2015

On The Radar: XCLUSIVE! Interview with singer Eleni C

This week in XCLUSIVE! I caught up with London Cypriot singer Eleni C to find out about her music, love of performing live and her upcoming Westfield Presents showcase in the Music Cube!

How did your music journey first begin? I always loved to sing and I fell in love with performing and then music became as essential to me as breathing. However, it was when I first sang my own material that I first thought I want music to be my life. 

You've performed in many local festivals and events in North London, is it important for you to make a name for yourself in your local community? I love performing in local festivals and events as it enables me not only to share my music but to also give something back to my local community. 

You've been an opening act for Greek ska-reggae band Locomondo and also UK singer Little Boots how did that come about? As the winner of the international Cyprus Music Festival in 2013 I was offered the opportunity to be one of the opening acts for the Locomondo concert. I was thrilled to say the least and I truly loved the experience as it offered me the opportunity to sing to a completely different crowd that I was used to. 

Winning the Westfield presents Music Cube Competition in 2014 gave me the opportunity to be an opening act for Little Boots. Again it was an amazing experience being part of that show. I not only got the opportunity to perform in the Music Cube but I was also given the full VIP treatment, as well as having the opportunity to speak to various industry professionals, including Professor Green and various Kiss FM DJs. 

Who are your biggest influences and what has shaped you as an artist? My biggest influences would have to be Adele, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith because their music is inspirational and the way they convey the emotions of their lyrics is enthralling. I am inspired by meaningful lyrics that make you think and feel. I believe the numerous live performances have enabled me to become the artist that I am today. 

How would you describe your music style? My music is Pop with minor influences from other genres. I like to fuse the old with the new and my own songs always have a message to make the audiences think, dance and feel.

You've had great success as a Westfield Presents artist – being one of the winners of the Westfield Music Cube competition in 2014 and also more recently named Artist of the Month (August 2015) – how did you first get involved in this event? To begin with I applied to become one of the Westfield Present artists and then I was offered the opportunity to enter the competition for the Westfield Presents Music Cube 2014. I was shortlisted as I was one of the artists with the most public votes and then I was chosen as one of the winners by a music industry panel. I also entered a competition, for the Westfield Presents Artist of the Month in association with Sennheiser for August 2015, and I was chosen as the winner by a music industry panel.

Any live performances coming up? My next live performance is in the Music Cube at Westfield London and I will be one of the opening acts for Dionne Bromfield, Stooshe and Foxes. The gig is this Saturday 7th November at 12pm and the tickets are free. You can book them using the link: https://www.musiccube.com I also have a few Christmas shows coming up including several at the Westfield Ice Rink.

What do you have in store for your audience? I have a brand new original song to perform. Also, for the first time I have my own branded merchandise and goodie bags for everybody that will attend the event.

What is your favourite song to cover and why? My favourite cover is “Clown” by Emeli Sande as she explained: "It's about trying to get into the industry, keeping faith in myself when I felt that many of the labels didn't have faith in me. It's about being called a clown or an idiot for wanting to chase after what you want, because people will always say you're rubbish and all the rest of it, but if you don't follow what you want to do then you won't achieve anything fulfilling." 

What keeps you coming back to perform in the Music Cube? Performing in the cube is such a privilege offered to few and I am currently the only artist that has had the opportunity to do so twice. The artists perform in a glass, soundproof cube, and the audiences listen wirelessly through Sennheiser Momentum headphones. This makes the interaction between the artist and the audience more intimate.

Greatest moment on stage so far? When I represented the U.K. in the International Cyprus Music Festival in 2013 with my original song “Leap of Faith” and I was crowned the winner for both Best Original Song and Best Female Singer. 

You also sing in Greek and have performed as one the BBC (British Born Cypriot) Idols with singing duo Martha & Eve - any Greek music aspirations on the horizon? I have a few original Greek songs written for me as well as a half English half Greek song that I am in the process of recording.  I love singing in Greek as well as French, Spanish and Italian but my heart definitely belongs to English music. Who knows what the future holds…
What is playing on you iPod at the moment? At the moment it is primarily Adele but I also love the new singles by Little Mix and Jess Glynne. However, the answer to this question does change every two weeks or so, as I find myself falling in love with different songs. Nevertheless, I forever play Christina Aguilera, Adele and Amy Winehouse on my iPod.

Any plans to record and release a single or album? I am planning to record live a new single that will feature in the Sennheiser music lounge. Also I will be going back to the studio to record new material with the prospect of releasing my first single in 2016. 

 Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years? I hope I will be on tour promoting my second album and having at least one number one ingle under my belt!




For the latest on Eleni C and her music check out these links: 
www.youtube.com/user/EleniCMusic 
https://twitter.com/Elenimusic 
http://Instagram.com/elenicmusic 

That’s all for now ~ More music & entertainment Xclusives next week!
Until next time… x Mwah

Friday, 30 October 2015

XCLUSIVE! Stavento, Parios, Kiamos and more!!!

This week in XCLUSIVE! 

 All Hallows' Eve is nearly upon us and no doubt there will a fright or two this week, but for now let's forget the tricks and focus on the treats! And boo-y do I have the latest lowdown on all your favourite Greek Artists! 

First up, a surprising collaboration… GFR (Greek Friendly Rapper) Stavento, is hooking up with legendary Greek crooner Giannis Parios to create an epic cinematic ballad “Paidi Monoxo”. It begins with a simple ‘music box’ melody that exudes childlike innocence and hope, before being juxtaposed with Parios’ powerfully deep dulcet tones that set the song alight. The initial tentative strings lead into soaring drones that add a darkness to the piece. It isn’t until more than three minutes in, that the hip-hop beat and scratching kicks in and Stavento does his thing– his rhythmic delivery fitting perfectly in the mould of the song rather than overtaking it. Written by Michalis aka Stavento himself, this is an impressive marriage of two very different styles that plays to both artists strengths - a beautiful timeless track that captivates from the first listen.

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Fresh from live performances in Greece, Cyprus and London celebrating his greatest hits to date, Panos Kiamos is upping the ante in preparation for his soon to hit album release! The singer gave fans an exclusive sneaky peak of his upcoming collection of new material at Greek venue; Club 22, where he is currently in the middle of his winter season residency. As well as performing current single “Pos Tha Ti Vgalo”, Kiamos premiered new tracks “Plexame” and “Se Horizo”. A nine minute album preview has also been uploaded online this week to give a taster of Panos’ latest musical effort. 

The new album “Apo Asteri Se Asteri” will delight fans with 18 new tracks and gets its official release on Friday 30th October. Can’t wait! 

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Also keeping fans happy with an Autumn single release is Nikos Oikonomopoulos. The singer unveils the soulful “An Ponas” while Konstantinos Argiros opts for an up-tempo laiko entitled “To Taxidi Xsekinaei”, which I'm willing to wager, will win over the charts in no time!

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That’s all for now ~ Happy Halloween! More music & entertainment Xclusives next week! 
Until next time… x Mwah

Friday, 16 October 2015

XCLUSIVE! New Music from Anna Vissi, Giannis Ploutarhos and Sakis Rouvas!

This week in XCLUSIVE! 

Cypriot superstar Anna Vissi has premiered the first single from her upcoming new album, teaming up with old flame Nikos Kavelas once again on her latest musical effort. The new track “Gia Sena”, takes things back to basics; a big piano power ballad full of drama, showcasing the voice that has made Vissi one of the most successful female solo stars in the Greek music scene, for over four decades. 

The revered singer is also set to embark on a series of winter performances in Athens at “Hotel Ermou” which will see her revisiting past hits as well as performing new material, and also covering songs from artists ranging from Sotiria Bellou to Amy Winehouse. The excited chanteuse couldn’t hide her delight: “I am really happy that this year I will be able to do the type of live performances I have always dreamt about doing…” Vissi’s new album is due for release in November.

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 Things have been a little quiet in the Giannis Ploutarhos camp, but all that is set to change! Ploutarhos has now signed to record company Heaven, and has been working with hit producer Foivos, who has also recently returned to the label. A short teaser of the track “Mia Kalispera” has been unveiled online and provides fans with a mini morsel to enjoy and get their first taste of this new collaboration. 

Aside from this, Ploutarhos has also recently recorded a traditional folky love song entitled “Erhomai” which will feature on the soundtrack to the movie remake “O Klearhos, H Marina Kai O Kontos”. Giannis has definitely arrived! 

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 Sakis Rouvas is certainly feeling the love this year and has no trouble keeping his female fans swooning, further cementing his chart prowess with this year’s sexy serenades “Radiofono” and “Fila Me”. 

Following on from this success, Rouvas is preparing to premiere his next single “Duo Theoi”. With only a 16 second teaser video clip doing the rounds at the time of press, there’s not much to go on but first impressions are of an upbeat, ethnic-vibed and uplifting song, no vocals from Sakis but there are some neighing horses providing backing…

 Confused? Me too! I guess we’ll just have to wait a few more days to find out exactly what Sakis has in store with his latest musical treat!


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That’s all for now ~ more music & entertainment Xclusives coming soon! 
Until next time… x Mwah

Friday, 2 October 2015

XCLUSIVE! Mariah x MAC, New Kiamos Album, Pegky Zina

This week in XCLUSIVE! 


 Singing superstar Mariah Carey is arguably as well known for her vocal gymnastics as she is for her stint as Mrs Santa Claus; who doesn’t recall her festively fabulous video for love ditty "All I Want For Christmas Is You"? And this Xmas Mariah is adding a little something extra on Santa’s list. The pop icon has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics to create a holiday-themed lipstick in a sparkly champagne shade, naturally called "All I Want". Mariah has described the hue as a "beautiful champagne shimmer" that she created to flatter many skin tones. 

If that’s got you excited then you’ll be a very happy bunny (or should I say elf?) to hear that the full Mariah x MAC Beauty Icon collection is coming later in 2016. MAC Creative Director James Gager enthused: "Mariah exudes elegance, glamour, sophistication, and a sense of fun. Her 'All I Want' lipstick is the perfect frosty holiday shade and her Beauty Icon collection will be everything you think of when you think MAC and Mariah."

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It’s not long now until Greek singing star Panos Kiamos will be hitting our shores for his first ever UK concert! On Sunday 11th October the laiko/pop singer will performing live at the London Forum and treating fans to a night of his greatest hits and hopefully a few neebies too! This week saw brand new track “Pos Tha Tin Vgalo” hit the digital airwaves; a heartfelt ballad showcasing Panos’ warm tones and vulnerable side, composed by Nikos Gritsis and Giorgos Sampanis. 

The new single provides a taster of Kiamo’s highly anticipated new album set for release in a few weeks time, courtesy of Cobalt Music. If you would like to see Panos Kiamos live in concert, better be quick to nab those last minute tickets! On sale now and available online from ticketmaster (fees apply) or from local outlets (no fees). For more information contact Prive Productions Direct: info@prive.co.uk. 

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 Celebrated Greek singer Pegky Zina is also teasing fans with the first soundbite from her upcoming new album. The lead single “Ela Grigora” is a powerful, rousing love song which definitely oozes the ‘Aww’ factor. Catch a listen on *Scandalous!

That’s all for now ~ more music & entertainment Xclusives coming soon! 

Until next time… x Mwah


Friday, 18 September 2015

XCLUSIVE! "The Illusionists" Arrives In London! All the latest from Preview Night!

 Summer may be long gone, with T-shirts and flip flops now a distant memory as the woolly jumpers come out to keep the autumn chill at bay, but that certainly doesn't mean any less XCLUSIVES!

 A lovely perk of the job is getting to see events and shows ahead of their big launch, and I was more than a little excited to get invited to the London preview of the world’s best selling touring magic show The Illusionists – Witness The Impossible!  The show, originally a smash hit on Broadway, is now set to dazzle London’s West End! Preview night took place at Café De Paris, a perfect setting for illusion and intrigue with its gothic backdrop and decadent chandeliers. The evening offered a delectable slice of magical fun and an opportunity to get up close and personal with several of the magicians appearing in the main show. I watched performances at the edge of my seat (had I been sitting!). 

Mesmerised by the skill and gracefulness of The Manipulator, staggered by the ‘how did he know that?’ deductions of Colin Cloud, entertained by magician Jamie Raven and transfixed by escapologist Andrew Basso (who freed himself from a padlocked tank filled with water, while submerged upside down). Not for the faint hearted! Magic has that wonderful power of transporting you back to a place of childhood wonder and awe. A great evening of entertainment, intrigue and, above all, magical! Can you tell I'm a fan?  If you are too, here’s a little more on what you can expect from the main show premièring in November:


*The Illusionists – Witness The Impossible boasts a phenomenal line-up - with a cast of seven of the world’s most captivating, mind-boggling magicians who will be on stage at the Shaftesbury Theatre from Saturday 14th November 2015 – Sunday 3rd January 2016. With a mesmerizing mix of death-defying stunts, breath-taking illusions and dazzling magic tricks, the show has something for everyone. So who are these seven stars of the magical world? Let’s get to know them!

Den Den - The Manipulator
The Manipulator, Den Den is the one to watch in the world of magic, regarded as the magician of the moment, The Manipulator’s act combines a truly entrancing, poetic approach to card trickery with brilliant dexterity. His ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ trickery keeps the audience utterly engrossed, mixing visually beautiful performance with mind bending magic.  The master of manipulation was recently named Magician of the Year (2014) by the Academy of Magical Arts and received the highest accolade from the Society of American Magicians. His award-winning act has marked him as one of the best in the World of manipulation!

Jaime Raven - The Magician
 The Magician, Jamie Raven. The runner-up in Britain’s Got Talent 2015, Jamie’s first audition for the smash hit ITV show has been watched by 10 million people on YouTube, to date, and he wowed audiences of over 13 million during the live final last month. This is his West End debut.

The Trickster, David Williamson is known and loved by many as one of the most hilarious comedy magicians … ever. His wicked sense of humour, combined with unrivalled, spectacular illusions has cemented David as a firm favourite and a must-see in the world of magic. With high praise from The International Brotherhood of Magicians, David has also been awarded “Most Wanted Magician” and has previously worked alongside fellow star illusionists David Blaine and David Copperfield and has also hosted hit UK TV series.  The Trickster is not to be missed.

Andrew Basso - The Escapologist
The Escapologist, Andrew Basso. Italy’s star escape artist, Andrew considers Houdini his hero and is fast becoming one of the world’s most popular illusionists. He is the only person in the world to perform Houdini’s famous Water Torture Cell with absolutely no covers.

The Inventor, Kevin James. Known for innovative illusions, Kevin is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. Kevin is one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world and has created some of the most celebrated illusions of the last century.

Colin Cloud - The Deductionist
 The Deductionist, Colin Cloud. Hailing from Scotland, Colin has performed and impressed ever the most skeptical, such as Penn & Teller. 
He is the forensic mind-reader, described by Uri Geller as “one of the greatest thought reader of all time”, is the next big thing in the mind-blowing world of Mentalism.

The Warrior, Ben Blaque. An American master illusionist, Ben has mastered the crossbow and developed ‘The Danger Act’, which mixes magic with target shooting and has to be seen to be believed. Having taken his magic around the globe, Ben leaves audiences truly stunned by his performances. 

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If the taster evening was anything to go by, this is one show you won’t want to miss! Xclusive Interviews with Den Den and Colin Cloud coming soon!

THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE™ - Tickets are now on sale from the box Office: 020 7379 5399  and are priced: £15 - £85.  Age guidance: Perfect for the whole family.
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That’s all for now ~ more music & entertainment Xclusives coming soon!
Until next time… x Mwah

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*This week’s column includes the official Press Release. 

Friday, 24 July 2015

XCLUSIVE! Kourkoulis, Kostas Doxas Plus Greek stars heading to Cyprus this summer (pt2)!

This week in XCLUSIVE!




Nikos Kourkoulis is following in the footsteps of wifey Kelly Kelikidou, and releasing a brand spanking new single for the summer! “Ximeromata” is a mid-tempo, laiko hip-swiveller with a sexy, Arabic feel that would keep any belly dancer on the floor. Despite its uplifting title there is a dark undertone to this ‘I’m over you’ break-up song. Interesting and atmospheric - a great way to say ‘you’re dumped’! 





Kostas Doxas has a sweet little ditty to make all the ladies swoon. “Oso Magalonis” is full of compliments any girl would love to hear from her man, most notably the older you get the more beautiful you become. Brownie points for you Kosta. As well as the main laiko mix, the official remix with an RnB/Pop twist is very easy on the ears.
If you’re heading to the motherland in the next few weeks you will be in good company! Some of Greece’s biggest singing stars are making a beeline for Cyprus this summer and set to perform live on her shores. Here’s the know on what’s on for August 2015: Popular Greek singers Paola and Pantelis Pandelides will be performing in Cyprus on a two day stint this August, together with Cypriot singer Polina Christodoulou. They will be appearing first at the Community Stadium of Agia Napa on the 8th, before moving on to the Stadium of Parekklisia, Limassol on the 9th of the month. 
For more information call: 70003939.
Meanwhile, in the same week Natasa Theodoridou and acclaimed Cypriot composer Giorgos Theofanous will also be in Limassol for a concert at the Pelendri Stadium (8th). Tickets are priced at only €15. Theodoridou and Theofanous will be accompanied by Pantelis Kanarakis. Tickets are available at all Sunfresh bakeries. For more info please call: (00357) 25552410 / 99468236.

You can also catch Antonis Remos and Melina Aslanidou rock in to Paphos Castle square on the 12th of August for a one-night-only concert in this beautiful medieval setting. Tickets are priced at €15-25 and available from Kipos tis Edem, Time-Out Kiosk, Burger King (Kings Ave, Mall) and from the members of the Round Table 7 - Tel: 77776100.


That’s all for now ~ More music & entertainment Xclusives coming soon! Until next time… x Mwah 



Friday, 17 July 2015

XCLUSIVE! Mr & Mrs Andre, Kalomira plus Greek stars heading to Cyprus this summer!

This week in XCLUSIVE!

 Congratulations to Peter Andre and Emily MacDonagh, who have officially become Mr and Mrs! The loved up couple tied the knot over the weekend surrounded by family and friends during a ceremony at Mamhead House in Exeter.  The celebrations were a much more intimate affair than Andre’s first marriage to ex glamour model Katie Price, and were planned in just six weeks! The couple, originally due to take the plunge next year, decided to bring their nuptials forward after Peter's father, who lives in Australia, suffered a health scare. Emily was eager to clear up speculation that the decision to bring forward the wedding, contrary to rumours, was not due to her expecting another little Andre on the way: 
"I'm sure everyone is going to think I'm pregnant - I'm not! Even my friends ask me. I always wanted to get married this year, so I'm so happy, although Pete could have given me a bit more warning!" 
The newlyweds are already proud parents to 18 month old daughter Amelia.Before the big day, it was reported that Andre planned to sing for guests and his new bride during the evening celebrations - I wonder if Mysterious Girl made the set list?

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After taking a break from music to get married and have twins Greek-American singer Kalomira is back and ready for the summer!  
The pintsized performer premiered new single "This Is Summer” at the recent 2015 Mad Video Music Awards performing the track for the first time, in a colourful and energetic flurry of pop fun. 
Antonella, a member of the Greek band Kings, showed her camaraderie, making a special appearance and joining the summer party on stage! 
“This Is Summer” is Kalomira'sfirst release with Panik Records and was produced by Slick Beats. With its catchy chorus and smooth mix of electric guitars and pulsating synths, it's an anthem made for the sunshine! 
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If you’re heading to the motherland in the next few weeks you will be in good company! Some of Greece’s biggest singing stars are making a beeline for Cyprus this summer and set to perform live on her shores. Here’s a taster of what to expect in July 2015:
Giorgos Dalaras, Eleni Vitali and Glykeria will be performing at the Municipal Garden Theatre in less than a week’s time! The magnificent trio will be in Limassol on the 21st and then in Larnaca on the 22nd at the Pattichion Municipal Amphitheatre to share their music magic with their fans. Not one to be missed if you’re in Cyprus! For tickets to these events call the box office: Limassol - (00357) 25582268 / Larnaca - (00357) 24665795
Beloved singer Alkistis Protopsalti will be coming to Cyprus for a concert entitled “The Colours of Greece” at the Curium Ancient Theatre, Limassol on the 26th July. Book Tickets at: www.tickethour.com.cy 
Meanwhile, lovely Larnaca will see a plethora of popular male solo artists ascend this month: Luma by the Sea presents Christos Dantis, in a live performance showcasing all his greatest hits (24th), Thanos Petrelis will be at the Lagoon Baron (25th), followed by Panos Kiamos appearing at the Lush Beach Bar alongside Cypriot singer Eleftheria Elefteriou (29th). 
For more information on these events and to book tickets: Dantis - Tel:70007230, tickets available at Sirocco Larnaca / Petrelis - Tel: 95713156 / Kiamos - Tel: 99996006
That’s all for now ~ More music & entertainment Xclusives coming soon! Until next time… x Mwah 

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Helping Laya - Help raise £25,000 for a new wheelchair for Laya!


 A sweet little girl named Laya Zenonos was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 (SMA 1) when she was only 8 months old. The parents were utterly devastated and completely uncertain about the future as SMA is a life limiting condition.

  Laya is very special as the vast majority of kids with SMA 1 don’t live beyond the age of 1-2 years.  Despite Laya’s condition and the many, MANY challenges that come with living with SMA, Laya has brought those around her immense joy. Her brother and sister adore her too. Laya’s brain is completely unaffected by her condition and so she is very bright, loves to sing, read, tell stories and chat!  Laya is however profoundly disabled, despite this she was determined to go to school like her big sister, so she overcame the challenges and with overwhelming support from the school and her professionals she attends Raglan Infants School. 

 Laya is very special as the vast majority of kids with SMA 1 don’t live beyond the age of 1-2 years.  Despite Laya’s condition and the many, MANY challenges that come with living with SMA, Laya has brought those around her immense joy. Her brother and sister adore her too. Laya’s brain is completely unaffected by her condition and so she is very bright, loves to sing, read, tell stories and chat!  Laya is however profoundly disabled, despite this she was determined to go to school like her big sister, so she overcame the challenges and with overwhelming support from the school and her professionals she attends Raglan Infants School. 

A year ago, her current wheelchair, Wizzy Bug, gave Laya her first taste of independence but this is a pre-school wheelchair for toddlers. Laya is almost 5 and a Snap Dragon wheelchair will completely open up her world and enable her to do so much more!

 We really believe that with the right therapy, the right stimulation and the right support (and a lot of love) Laya will continue to thrive and love life.  This is why we desperately want to raise the money to buy her a Snap Dragon wheelchair. 

 Many different fund raisers have been organised in support of Laya. Each and every event has helped raise money towards the wheelchair and also brought us all closer to friends as we all strive to attain the same goal. From a half Marathon being run in May to bake sales, every event has been a success and will be as we bring this dream a reality. Please help us raise the money by visiting www.helpinglaya.org and donating even just a small amount just to give her the opportunity to live life and enjoy it to the full despite what challenges lie ahead.

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If you would like to donate or get involved in a fundraising event to help raise funds for Laya please visit: www.helpinglaya.org or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/helpinglaya.