Friday, September 30, 2011

Women Of The World – performing LIVE in Boston – October 02, 2011

Please join Women of the World on Sunday, October 2nd 2011, for an evening of unity, sharing, and celebration.

We are proud to present our concert in collaboration with ZUMIX, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) cultural organization dedicated to building community through music and the arts. Located in East Boston, MA, ZUMIX provides top-quality cultural programming as an alternative way for young people to deal with frustration, anger and fear, and as a method of building cultural understanding and acceptance in one of Boston's most diverse neighborhoods.

ZUMIX is located at 260 Sumner Street, just a few blocks from the Maverick Square Subway Station on the Blue Line. (

Doors open at 4pm
4.30pm - Multicultural presentation
5-6pm - Women of the World concert

Entry is free!
Please bring family and friends!
Do help us spread the word.
We thank you for your continued support.


Women of the World is an international vocal ensemble that came together three years ago to bring musicians from all over the world onto a common platform.

Led by four women vocalists, the group was founded by Ayumi Ueda (Japan) who was joined by Ali Rapetti (USA), Giorgia Renosto (Italy) and Annette Philip (India). Together with their eclectic band, Women of the World has performed in over a dozen of the world’s languages. From Bulgarian, Cuban, Latino, Brazilian, Italian, African, Indian and Japanese music to spontaneous improvisation and a-cappella interludes, the unique music which stems forth from this mixture of artistry has created for a sound which is all its own- borderless, spirited, and carrying the undeniable message of unity.

The group has also supported various causes including fundraisers for victims of natural disasters in Haiti, Pakistan, and most recently, Japan.

Following their recent New York debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY, Women of the World is now gearing up for an international tour next year. (www.womenoftheworldmusic.c­om

Thursday, September 29, 2011

L’Shana Tova – For a Good Year

To all of our Jewish friends, guests, and passengers, all of us here at 2AFRIKA and One Voice From Africa extend our most sincere greetings to you - L’Shana Tova … may the upcoming season bring with it, peace, light, and love.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lee Lessack on One Voice From Africa

Lee Lessack
’s graceful lyric baritone vocals and sophisticated yet endearing persona have made him a shining star of the international cabaret scene. Billboard Magazine calls his singing, “Cabaret romanticism of a high order”. Lessack has proven himself both as performer and recording artist.
His album “In Good Company” is intimate and impeccably produced, beaming with outstanding duets with music notables Michael FeinsteinMaureen McGovern,Amanda McBroom, and Stephen Schwartz.
Lee Lessack, has just releasedChanteur, now available atAmazon.comApple iTunes and LML Music.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Nobel Peace Laureate, Betty Williams on One Voice From Africa

Today, Wednesday September 21, 2001 is celebrated worldwide as INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY and to honor the celebration, One Voice From Africa will air a 'special episode' at 12:00PM (EST) from New York City.

Joining presenter Kenneth Hieber today is Nobel Peace Laureate, Betty Williams from Ireland. Mrs. Williams is the President and Founder of with World Centers of Compassion for Children International.

“The Nobel Peace Prize is not awarded for what one has done, but hopefully what one will do!” are the words of Betty Williams who in 1976 along with Mairead Maguire was awarded the Prize for her work to bring peace in her native Northern Ireland.

In the thirty-five years since the award, Mrs. Williams has devoted her life to creating a new way forward, a movement to begin a reversal of thinking on how we deal with the injustices, cruelty, and horror perpetrated on the world’s children.

“I had no concept of the depth of the children’s suffering until witnessing their pain. Yet in a world that we know can feed itself, upwards of 40,000 children die every day from conditions of malnutrition. Surely we must question why we are allowing this carnage to continue,” Mrs. Williams says.

Because of many years of work In Italy, World Centers of Compassion for Children International is building the first City of Compassion for children in south Italy in the Region Basilicata.

Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis lends his voice to the episode and performs IMAGINE, a John Lennon composition.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

An Evening With Italian Singer Giada Valenti

After a sold out concert in Long Island, NY, Italian singer Giada Valenti returns to New York City on Tuesday, September 20, for a one night only show at the Piano Room at Etcetera Etcetera in the Theatre District.

This performance will be in an intimate setting with only 90 seats. Giada’s show is truly a unique and entertaining show that appeals to the romantic in all of us. With her great storytelling and emotional vocal skills, she takes her audience on a romantic musical journey, performing timeless love songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Besides several Italian favorites, Giada will sing her own rendition of hits of the Beatles, the Carpenters, Perry Como, Anne Murray, Edith Piaf, Frankie Valli, Shirley Bassey and many more.

An Evening With Italian Singer Giada Valenti
Tuesday, September 20 at 8pm
Piano Room at Etcetera Etcetera
352 West 44th Street, NYC (between 8th & 9th Ave)

(212) 399-4141

Sunday, September 4, 2011

TripAdvisor under investigation ... they SHOULD be!

Since 2005, I have been haunted by KAREN BLIXEN (excuse my ignorance - but I thought she was dead) who posted this on TripAdvisor....

Tanzania is great. 2Afrika is not. After paying in full for my September safari, the company changed the advertised itinerary at the last minute downgrading hotels, adding travel time, and requiring additional border crossings. Several daily itineraries were not accurate, and hotel descriptions were sometimes completely false. Although all accomodations were advertised as luxury lodges, the company moved us to an economy tented camp for one night and billed it as luxury although it was clearly budget and my Lonely Planet travel guide said it was $30-50/night. Caution when booking with 2Afrika.

And then - everyone chimed in .... and I took the brunt of it! Someone posted this (below) and I was immediately held accountable ....

I’d be interested to know the name and location of the economy tented camp where 2Afrika moved you for one night.
BTW, you husband’s twin’s son’s horse is buried just a few kilometres from where I live.

Then someone else (between the negative posts) posted this and I was immediately help accountable ...

I most of the americans complain all the time, i am French and i went to tanzania with 2afrika, it was a wonderful trip and the president of the company was all the time there with directions. we have to take into account that a safari means a trip to the third world. i am planning this year another safari with 2africa.
Marie Durand
See - you can call yourself GEORGE W. BUSH and post something on TripAdvisor and just 'get away with it' which leaves me with a question and an observation ....
QUESTION - Karen Blixen came to life in October 2005 and posted something derogatory about my company .... now in 2011, it is STILL one of the first listings that you see when you Google 2AFRIKA ...can you imagine the damage that the Baroness has caused over 6-years?
OBSERVATION - people who posted 'other' sarcastic remarks about 2AFRIKA 'appear' to be me ... finally after no activity, for a long time TripAdvisor CLOSED the topic and yet, it still remains at the TOP of the search engines ... why is that? Are we all just obsessed for the want of BAD NEWS or the DESTRUCTION of other people?

I had never intended sharing my voice against TripAdvisor but now, since they are under investigation ... COUNT ON ME TO BE OUTSPOKEN EVERYWHERE I POSSIBLE CAN and Karen ... may your tormented soul rest in peace (you fool)! 

TripAdvisor under investigation after complaints

Britain's advertising watchdog has launched a formal investigation into travel review website TripAdvisor after complaints that some of its reviews are made up or defamatory.

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has decided to investigate after more than 2,000 hotel and restaurant owners approached a company called, claiming that some reviews, purportedly written by travellers, were either fake or defamatory., which helps companies manage their online reputations, approached the advertising watchdog. An ASA spokesman confirmed that an investigation is underway. co-founder Chris Emmins said that he is also mounting a civil action in the United States on behalf of hotel and restaurant owners, and has submitted a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission, the US equivalent of the ASA.

A TripAdvisor spokesperson said the company does not comment on "current or potential regulatory investigations or litigation". The Daily Telegraph

Friday, September 2, 2011

TripAdvisor under investigation

"Not a moment too soon.” Said 2AFRIKA’s Founder & President, Kenneth Hieber who has been slandered detrimentally on the supposed ‘advisory’ site by none other than Karen Blixen who died way before TripAdvisor."

“The investigators have my fullest support in this matter,” he said.

The user-generated travel-review site has been surrounded by controversy regarding the verity of its reviews for years. Now the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency is going after the travel giant, the Telegraph reports. The investigation focuses on two aspects: TripAdvisor encouraging companies to use “unverifiable testimonials" on their websites, and the possibly misleading use of the word "trust" on the TripAdvisor site. The hope is that TripAdvisor will be forced to verify which statements are legitimate and which are fraudulently created by competitors! Chris Emmins, the cofounder of, a company dedicated to helping companies manage their online reputation, said he is also mounting a civil suit against TripAdvisor in the US on behalf of hotel and restaurant owners. 

Patrizio Buanne is Kenneth Hieber’s special guest on One Voice From Africa

Concord Jazz is proud to announce the release of Italian singer Patrizio Buanne’s newest album, PATRIZIO. Having sold over one million albums worldwide, and already making a mark on the UK album charts with his first two albums of Italian standards, the Italian crooner will release his third and newest album on his birthday September 20, 2011. Known for his engaging and spectacular performances, Buanne will be touring in support of PATRIZIO.

For Patrizio Buane, it is all about the voice, and an instinctive ability to convey real emotion. The dark, ruggedly handsome singer has already won over a legion of fans with two previous albums rooted in the pop traditions of his Italian homeland that he released internationally. Buanne has also performed for such luminaries as The Pope, The Royal Family, and former President George W. Bush.

Patrizio Buanne and Kenneth Hieber take you on a delightful musical journey during this episode of One Voice From Africa - PATRIZIO: A true voice of Dolce Vita.

This special episode of One Voice From Africa will air on September 14th - visit One Voice From Africa for more information.