“Baba Yetu” (Swahili: “Our Father“) is the theme song for the 2005 video game, Civilization IV. It was composed by Christopher Tin, and performed by Ron Ragin and the Stanford Talisman.
For its re-release in Tin’s debut album Calling All Dawns, it was performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir. The song, when rereleased, became the first piece of video game music to be nominated and win a Grammy Award.
This message is why Boyé believes he personally felt a deep connection to this particular song
“When my family found out I joined the church at the age of 16, I was kicked out of my house. That night, I walked the streets of London in tears clinging to the Book of Mormon like my life depended on it. It was the only thing constant left in my life,” Boyé said. “Whilst walking the streets homeless, I would recite the Lord’s Prayer and it became a source of deep comfort to me.”
In the wake of a divisive election and biting social commentary on personal rights, religion, beliefs and attitudes, Mormon singer and songwriter Alex Boyé took some time recently to create and release a video in response to it all.
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Alex Boye’ and Marie Osmond have released a new music video called, “Then There’s You.”
The new song is from Marie’s upcoming album “Music Is Medicine“. The album, which is scheduled to be released on April 15, features other artists including Sisqo, Olivia Newton-John, Diamond Rio, and others.
Last year, when I got eliminated from America’s Got Talent, It was a devastating blow to my self esteem. Pierce Morgan told me I’d never make it, Howard Stern said I was just a wedding singer at best and Simon Cowell told me I was not ready to be an artist.
When I came off that stage for the final time, I made a vow to myself that I would let this experience refine me, but not define me. I have come to realize that you don’t need everybody to approve of you. You just need one.
That was Marie Osmond!
She called and and invited me to feature on her new album, and on top of that, asked me if I would direct the video. I am truly gratetful for Marie;s kindness. I learned so much from her. She helped restore my confidence in my music abilities.
NEVER QUIT REACHING!
Don’t ever quit on your visions and dreams until you get what has been in you all along!
Music video by Marie Osmond performing Then There’s You (feat. Alex Boyé).
(C) 2016 Oliveme Record
Director: Alex Boye’
Cinematography: Bryce Johnson
Artist: Marie Osmond & Alex Boye’
Album: Music Is Medicine
Label: OliveMe Records
Release date: April 15th, 2016
Marie Osmond will unveil her first solo album in five years and just her second in more than 25 years this April with the release of Music Is Medicine.
“I’m a woman who kind of just follows her intuition, and it was like, ‘You need to record an album. You need to talk about life, about second chances and finding love again and the spiral that things can go through,'” says Osmond.
“And I’m like, ‘I’m old!’ You know, they don’t play women on the radio who are over 30. And it’s like, ‘Why record this album? Don’t do this.’ And everything within me logically says, ‘What? Why am I doing this?’
And everything in my heart and soul says ‘People need to know that it ain’t over. It’s just not over until the fat lady sings – and I have Nutrisystem.
Alex Boye puts his Africanized spin on “Under the Sea”
The Little Mermaid vs Captain Jack Sparrow
We have seen Alex Boyé doing a fantastic tribal mashup of “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen. After several other successful, imaginative and fun mashups, he’s back with an Africanized interpretation of “Under the Sea” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
He’s also invited Captain Jack Sparrow in for a cameo just for kicks.
The video was filmed at Pirates cove in Boulder City, Neveda. The rapper was Maximo and Jack Sparrow was played by Jamey Anthony.
Alex was born in London, England, to parents who are both from Nigeria. Alex was converted to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 16, and soon after served a mission in Bristol, England. After his mission is when he began to discover his love for performing and music. Since then, he has worked with and performed in many different venues.
Being Nigerian, and raised by his mother who grew up in Nigeria, the African culture was a big part of his life. For this reason, Alex has decided to incorporate his connection and love for his culture into his music.
Almost all of his music videos are Africanized, as he calls it, and show part of the African culture.
Alex’s love for his culture and decision to pursue what he enjoyed most- music and performing- is an example to all about pressing forward in life and doing what you love most. His fascination with African culture and music motivated him to follow his dreams, and because of this, his dreams have become a reality.
Thanks a bunch for watching my “Africanized” version of Disneys Under The Sea!
First of all a HUGE shout – out and thanks goes out to Craig Tillotson the owner of Pirates cove in Boulder City, Nevada for allowing us exclusive access to film my music video there.
Two of the hottest topics on the Internet together in one music video
Recording artist Alex Boyé has released an “African tribal cover” of Adele’s latest hit “Hello,” which he performs while dressed like a storm-trooper from Star Wars.
It is the musician’s way of paying tribute to two of the most popular topics on the Internet: Adele’s new album 25 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest film in the popular fantasy franchise, which opened in theaters Dec. 18.
As the London-born singer sums up his music
“I take pop songs and Africanize them.”
Other hits that he has covered in the past include: Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from the Disney movieFrozen, and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars.
“African Hipster” is Alex Boye’s fun tribute to the pride of Africa and it’s worldwide influence
Alex Boyé (born 1970) is a British-born American singer and actor.
He was born in London, England in 1970. Boyé’s mother and father are Nigerians. While pregnant, Boyé’s mother went to London while his father remained in Nigeria.
According to his own words, he never knew his father.
His mother remarried and worked for London Underground, cleaning tracks at night. One day his mother said she was going to Nigeria for a couple of weeks for a visit and did not come back for eight years.
Boyé was raised in the Tottenham neighborhood that has been described as “tough.” He spent much of his youth in foster homes with Caucasian parents.
A HUGE thanks to Brooke Walker for her excitement, and enthusiasm on this project, and for her ‘on point’ acting skills as the receptionist in the vidoe! Thanks for letting me debut the video on your show!!
“My goal is not to be famous, but to seek to be of value to the world, with a deeper purpose, and be led by God.”
People always ask me, “Why are you not more well known?”, or, “How come more people don’t know about your music?”, I’ve even had “Sorry, I’ve never heard about you. Ha Ha!”
Here is my response. “Stick around. Because I never give up!“. You will soon see me everywhere, then after awhile, you will be saying, “I’m tired of hearing and seeing that Alex Boye’ everywhere. Or you will say, “If I hear Alex Boye’s song one more time on the radio, I will kill myself.” (I’ve heard that said about many other artists music, so I know they will say it about me). My goal is not to be famous, but to seek to be of value to the world, with a deeper purpose, and be led by God. Fame brings with it a whole bunch of other challenges that most are not aware of. My goal is to be of value.
To be a musician with higher a purpose.
I’ve learned from spending time with celebs who have told me that being a musician for the sake of being rich popular and famous will NEVER bring happiness. (I’ve heard that in the scriptures somewhere too wink emoticon. It has been such hard work. But I LOVE what I do, and am so thankful and blessed to have a patient & understanding wife. That I get to use a medium I’m passionate about everyday. That there are so many people such as you who may be reading this, that have been great champions and supporters of what I do. I know my work and my music will continue to be inflated. I just pray that I won’t.
We move people from poverty to prosperity through neighborhood self reliance groups. Charity with a bottom line; Business with a heart.
Interweave provides a participatory curriculum that empower self reliance groups and their members to achieve success in education, business, home and community.
Interweave identifies areas of extreme poverty in the US, and around the world, and intervenes to create, educate and mentor self-reliance groups. This intervention provides a participatory curriculum, micro-loan access and an operating model that empowers self-reliance groups and their members to achieve success in Education, Business, Home and Community. Interweave partners with local organizations to ensure that each group remains active, self-reliant, and expanding.
I am so pleased to announce that I have joined non-profit organization, Interweave Solutions as one of the board of directors. They do so much great work in front, and behind the scenes, and I feel a special connection to their service and mission to help individuals and communities in Africa and other parts of the world to stand on their own two feet. See press release below!
Alex Boyé, musician and Youtube sensation, releases his latest video and original song “Show Me a Way Out” to raise money for Interweave Solutions, a non profit organization that helps people in developing countries create micro-businesses.
Previous videos released from the pop star have garnered as many as 60,000,000 views, and http://www.interweavesolutions.org is honored to be the recipient of such a powerful and moving endorsement from a pop star as successful as Alex Boyé.
“We met Alex late last year who shares our passion for helping people in Africa create self reliance for themselves,” says Dean Curtis, co-founder of Interweave Solutions, a non-profit organization with projects around the globe. “He understands our message more than just about any other entertainer on the planet.”
“I have been to Africa many times, and I can tell you that people don’t need handouts, they need a way out, and interweave can show them that!” Says Boyé.
~Alex’s mission statement~
Give a man a fish, he can feed his family for a day. TEACH a man to fish, he will feed his family for a lifetime.
Interweave Solutions helps to create their own viable micro-business, and solve their own problems in their own communities. That’s why, as an artist, I am so excited to support Interweave in their work.”
Alex Boye performs Disney’s ‘Circle of Life‘ in Africa
Recording artist Alex Boye released a music video Thursday, January 15, featuring a cover of “The Circle of Life” from Disney’s “The Lion King.” The video, which was filmed in Kenya, also features two African artists.
Boye explained in the video description that many of his fans have asked him to perform “The Circle of Life,” but it didn’t seem right until Grant Victor co-founder Burt Matthews invited him to travel to Kenya.
“When I received a call from Burt Matthews to accompany him with his company to Kenya to do some humanitarian work, including the building of a brand-new school in Boyani, the song ‘The Circle of Life‘ was just screaming out to me,” Boye wrote.
In the video, Boye also explains that all proceeds from downloaded copies of the song will go to Koins for Kenya, a charity that provides better educational opportunities for those in Kenya.
Newborn – Wise Men Still Seek Him – Alex Boye’s Christmas Original Music
A guy walks into a busy mall …. with a camel!
Africanize Original Christmas Music “Newborn – Wise Men Still Seek Him” – True meaning of Christmas is not about consumerism, its about the first gift — Jesus Christ.
Wise Men and Women Still Seek Jesus #ShareTheGift
~~Published on Dec 15, 2014~~
Inspiration for Newborn … from the YouTube description
“With all the hustle and bustle and consumerism that can often overshadow the real meaning of Christmas, I wanted to show the depiction of the wiseman in a modern setting who travels in time to the 21st century looking for Christ in all the chaos and media mayhem. The wiseman in the video is symbolic of all of us seeking to find joy this season, finding the balance between the craziness of black Friday/cyber Monday and the at times overwhelming task of not only shopping for the right gifts, but getting it all done in time for Christmas morning.
I am reminded of the story where the grinch who crept into the town of Whoville and stole all the presents with the goal of making them miserable when they all woke up Christmas morning to find all the presents and the food gone, but to his surprise, found them still celebrating, because it was not about the food and presents, it was about something way more important.
In closing, I share the words of a spiritual leader that I look up to greatly, president Thomas S. Monson.
“May we, as did the wise men, seek a bright particular star to guide us in our celebration of the Savior’s birth.”
Thanks to Valley Fair Mall and the West Valley City, Utah for permission to shoot on their location and property.
Heartfelt thanks to ALL the incredible extras who stuck around for hours to participate in the shopping scene, to hang out with the camel and I! You are the BEST.
Last night I started a series to end the day showcasing “The Piano Guys“. As many of you know, these are very talented musicians who started posting their music videos on youTube.
The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek. They gained popularity through YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. Schmidt and Nelson’s music is accompanied by professional-quality videos shot and edited by Paul Anderson.
“OUR VISION IS TO CREATE MUSIC AND VIDEOS THAT INSPIRE & UPLIFT.
WHATEVER WE DO, WE PUT OUR HEART AND SOULS INTO EVERY NOTE AND FRAME.”
Each time we write/arrange a tune we take a journey. We have to admit — this journey took us a lot further than we expected. Retracing our steps reveals several factors that made this a reality. As we started arranging it we had serious writer’s block. Perhaps some of the worst we’ve ever had.
In fact, one day instead of writing we went around the entire studio with a can of WD-40 and coated every piece of metal to ensure that we were a squeak-free studio. Then on a whim we decided to back away and take an entirely new approach to the song — an African approach. It may seem random in retrospect, but at the time it was an exciting way to restart the arrangement.
It was working, but our journey still was on foot until we called in Alex Boye, one of the most talented people we’ve ever met. Alex has this contagious energy that gave new life to the song and to us. He sings the tune in 4 different languages: Swahili, English, Yoruba (his mother’s native language), and Alex’s own African “scat” (we’ll call it … Scafrican). Most of the words you hear are translated from the lyrics in the original Coldplay Tune. We’re huge fans of Alex — We bet you are now too!
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When we had finished the arrangement we all agreed that listening to it was like taking a journey to somewhere remote and ruggedly beautiful. How were we to depict this with a cello, African percussion and, most difficult of all, a grand piano?
We took a risky, but oh-so-valuable turn when we called in helicopters to air-lift us and our instruments where none had gone before! (Please excuse the Trek reference). Since no one had ever done this before where were we to go for advice? Well, we can tell you that Home Depot didn’t have a lot of answers (how disappointing) but we did clean them out of their strongest cable they had.
We don’t mind telling you that when that helicopter began lifting our brand new-never-before-played grand piano into the air we couldn’t help close our eyes and cross our fingers. We consider a blessing of Heaven that it worked. I guess we figured that if it didn’t, maybe it could still be a viral video — “PIANO MOVE FAIL“.
We ALL are connected through MUSIC!!
We’d like to thank from the bottom of our hearts, Duane Fielding who offered the helicopters and SkyHawk http://www.skyhawkhelicopters.com for not dropping the piano.
Half-way through the first day of shooting we discovered that, as typical guys, we had forgotten to bring ANY food or water to this remote location. We had two options: one, wrestle a mountain rodent and harvest cacti or two, starve. Duane, our head pilot, took pity on us. He took off (literally) and moments later landed in a Wendy’s parking lot, ordered 5 of everything (sadly, he couldn’t use the drive through) … took off again and brought us chicken sandwiches and hamburgers via airmail.
Thank you Duane! Flying in your helicopter was a dream come true for us despite the lack of doors.