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Jasmine (let it show)

Toyin sings Jasmine in Mandarin

Jasmine (Let it show)
The International musical and visual collaboration bringing together Chinese Opera Star Jane Maria and Reggae Legend Toyin Adekale with a new take on a Chinese classic 'Jasmine flower' fusing Reggae and Opera with a hint of Bhangra.

 

Also featuring Bhangra Legend Tubsy Dholki Walla, Saxophonist Maureese Itson, The TalithaVoices Choir and the CEC Choir along with the Sam Driz ensemble and a host of international musicians from the USA, Philipines, China, UK, and Africa with Reggae Legend Toyin Adekale being Nigerian, this track is truly representative of the global vibe of peace and love we all wish to see hear and NEED right now.

 

Jasmine is dedicated to Bakari Tashan (Fofana) Cross. Toyin's son who died before the song and video where completed. His wish was for his mother to continue to fly and she flies high on through Jasmine (Let it show). RIP Bakari.

 

The concept was brought together by Stevie Eagle E and produced by Stevie Eagle E For Shlepp Entertainment Ltd/Shlepp Records. Written by Stevie Eagle E and Toyin Adekale. Jasmine was recorded in 4 different countries France, UK, China and USA and the video shot in 4 Different Countries.

 

The project has taken almost a year to complete and there are many stories within the story of Jasmine yet to be told. It has changed lives and continues to do so, such is the power of music and love. 


Jasmine brings together the vibe and sound of reggae with the power and beauty of Opera in a unique, simple and compelling way. Let it show!

Jasmine is an international musical and visual project bringing together Chinese Opera Star Jane Maria and Reggae Legend Toyin Adekale with a new take on a Chinese classic fusing Reggae and Opera.


Also featuring Bhangra Legend Tubsy Dholki Walla, Saxophonist Maureese Itson (Talithavoices), The TalithaVoices Choir and the CEC Choir along with the Sam Driz ensemble and a host of international musicians from the USA, Philipines, China, UK, and Africa.

The concept was brought together by Stevie Eagle E and produced by Stevie Eagle E. Written by Stevie Eagle E and Toyin Adekale. Jasmine was recorded in 4 different countries France, UK, China and USA and the video shot in 4 Different Countries.

 

The project has taken almost a year to complete and there are many stories within the story of Jasmine yet to be told. It has changed lives and continues to do so, such is the power of music and love. The single is set for release on the 10th of December 2018.

 

Jasmine brings together the vibe and sound of reggae with the power and beauty of Opera in a unique, simple and compelling way.

Jasmine is dedicated to Bakari Tashan (Fofana) Cross. Toyin's son who died before the song and video where completed. His wish was for his mother to continue to fly and she flies high on Jasmine.

Jasmine - In the News

Jasmine - The cast

Jasmine is an international collaboration.

Produced by Stevie Eagle E for Shlepp Entertainment

Starring - Jane Maria (China)

Toyin Adekale (Africa)

 

Dholkii and Tablas - Tubsy Dholki Walla (India)

Sax - Maureese Itson (USA)

Bass - Marcel Sarmiento (USA)

Guitar - Ronnie Sarmiento (Philipines)

Brass - Chris Fernandez Sr (Philipines)

Drums /Piano/Organ - Stevie Eagle E (UK/Jamaica)

Violins - Yeline Cerezo (USA)

Latifah Sarmiento (USA)

Regine Cerezo (USA)

Jasmine Cerezo (USA)

Kendra Stauffer (USA)

 

Additional vocals - Sam Driz (USA)

Talitha Voices Choir (USA)

CEC Choir (USA)

 

Original recording In France and China, Additional recording in London and Seattle.

 

Produced at Shlepp Studios in London and Seattle.

 

Adaptation and additional writing by Stevie Eagle E and Toyin Adekale (Taken from the original Chinese folk song Jasmine Flower.

Jasmine - The history

Jasmine is closely connected to China culture and history.

Jasmine Flower ( Mo Li Hua ) is a popular Chinese folk song. It was created during the Qianlong era (1735–1796) of the Qing dynasty. There are several regional versions of the song, this well-known one from Jiangsu Province which we have adapted. It uses the five note (pentatonic) scale developed in China. In 1804 a British diplomat, John Barrow, noted that the tune seems to be one of the most popular songs in China.

 

It has been used during events such as the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics ( Beijing) and 2010 Shanghai Expo opening ceremony by an orchestra with the pianist Lang Lang., and controversially during the 2011 Chinese protests,  Chinese pro-democracy protests the song [which?] became associated with the Jasmine Revolution, as organizers instructed protesters to play Mo Li Hua on their cell phones as a form of anti-government protest. The song was then placed on the authorities' list of online censored materials.

 

The song became one of the first Chinese folk songs to become widely known outside China. In 1896 the song was used as a temporary national anthem by the Qing Chinese officials in Europe. The melody has become well known among Western listeners as it was used by Giacomo Puccini in his opera Turandot (1926), where it is associated with 'Turandot's splendor'.

 

It appeared in a 1934 Hollywood movie The Good Earth (based on a novel by Pearl Buck). It has been adapted by many artists around the world, for example by Kenny G.

 

When China regained sovereignty of Macau and Hong Kong, in 1999 and 1997, respectively, this music was played in the ceremonies. The song was said to be a favorite of China’s former leader, Jiang Zemin (it was at his request that the song was played during the transfer ceremony in Hong Kong).

Now it has been adapted once again by Stevie Eagle E and fused with the reggae vibe giving it a whole new twist and bringing it to a whole new audience. Bringing together Chinese Opera star Jane Maria and Reggae star Toyin Adekale.

Jasmine - The video production crew

The video for Jasmine was shot on locations in:

London

Seattle

Birmingham

and China

Produced by Stevie Eagle E for Shlepp Entertainment.

Co-Producer Mike Pineda

Directed by Stevie Eagle E

2nd Camera - Tray Dingle

Directors assistant Michelle Fernandez

Best Boy - Trevor Peters

Sound and Equipment - Mike Pineda

Lights - Sol Epistola

Logistics - Devon Ellis

Gaffer - Matt Newman

2nd Camera Assistant Joshua Pulido

Toyin's Make up by Maria Eby

Toyin's hair by Gabby from Glamorous Designs - Hair

Make-up - Maria Tulare

 

Choir members in the video:

Leonora Sarmiento

Minister Lee Rice

Alexa Niez

Narcissa Hodges and Maria Eby

Sam Driz

Lynn Driz

Nigella Fernandez

Jaerrah Garcia

Judy Larson

Chinese production team

Head of Production – ID Yellow

DOP - Jimo

Jasmine - The music

Jasmine - The artists

Jasmine - Jane Maria and Toyin Adekale

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Welcome to the official Jasmine website.  The international collaboration fusing Opera, and Reggae,  with a new adaptation of the chinese classic Jasmine flower.

Jasmine reaches no 21 in the charts on its second week!

Jasmine - The story