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I don’t get it.

Is it really that weird???

That I’m a Nigerian woman that loves Korean Pop Music???

Or K and J Doramas and the entire culture that comes with it?

I ask because of the reaction I keep getting when people see me watching my music vids or my shows. I actually never really think of it as strange till I see their expressions when I try to explain to them what I’m doing. It’s like this careful blank look you give someone when you are surprised by the realization that they might be mildly disturbed (see weird, obsessed fanatic).

I mean sure, I am passionately involved with the genre now; as in just about every vid on my ipod is korean and my screensaver is a vast slideshow exhibition of Jang Keun Suk (with the occasional BB, 2ne1, CNBlue and DBSK members). But I’m a passionate follower type and that’s how I show my colors! No one looks at Manchester United fans like their crazy when they do the exact same thing!!!

credit: http://www.theotaku.com/wallpapers/view/169742/jang_keun_suk

My Sukkie!!!: The second most beautiful man in the world (after my fiance^^)

Is it because I’m Nigerian? From West Africa? Should people from Nigeria or Africa only watch and listen too a prescribed set of things? Am I outside of our safe stuff to be into zone?

Would it help if I said that just as I’ve been taking in Western media content my whole life I’ve also been consuming eastern media content in one form or another for most of my life? That before I let myself get into Kpop, one of my favourite genres of music was anime soundtracks?

Is it because they’re talking and singing in a different language? Don’t we do the same thing here? Is non-english pop or hiphop only real or okay or acknowledgeable if it’s in our own languages? Does that even make sense???

If I can recognize hotness in people who are black, does it mean I may not recognize it in others who aren’t? And if I do, is that a cause for concern? If my admiration rests on artists who also share the condition of not being black and part of my appreciation is physical is this, because I’m black and West African and Nigerian, a sign of oncoming dementia? A symptom of an ignorant or badly brought up girl?

Is one really not supposed to like an artist even if they’re really good because they use a different word to say “hello,” or because they just don’t look enough like you?

If I think he’s hot…

…does it mean I can’t think he’s hot???

I actually, seriously don’t get this!

Sorry to rant but it really dampens my enjoyment of these things a little bit when people act like it’s soooooo odd and weird. Why do they jump to the conclusion that I’m weird for liking something that they have no idea about? Shouldn’t they be the weird ones? Why is it that on encountering something they don’t understand, rather than curiousity, their reaction is judgement?

This year I discovered K-Pop and it’s all I listen to because it de-stresses me, gives me great joy and is better than my former habit of junk food in bed. Last year I was listening solely to alt. rock. At one point I was only listening to anime and gaming music. I have no idea what I will be listening to next year but I do know that I will probably listen to it passionately and almost exclusively because that is how I deal with the things I love.

Thank god for the internet and being able to reach across the globe if that’s what it takes to find like minded people.

But I have to say, it would be really nice to find one person in Nigeria who doesn’t think it’s weird to love KPop cos  they love it too.

ps. I’m only half as pissed as I sound. I’m telling myself it’s like the anime/manga scene around here. Less and less people these days look at you like you’re crazy when they see you watching cartoons with people speaking japanese and there is actually quite a big community to indulge one’s enthusiasm in the genre with thanks to the overwhelming popularity of franchises like Naruto and Bleach.
So, there’s nothing like that for Asian Pop or Doramas. Maybe I’m just early to the party is all.

I <3 Asian Cinema 4: The Glory that is "Devdas"

I have NO idea where I got this image! Sorry if it’s yours! =_=;

Aha!!!

Just when you least expect it, my I heart Asian Cinema Series reappears like the Spanish Inquisition!!! This post is the fourth in the series and for those of you seeing it for the first time, other movies I have covered are: Hard Boiled, Infernal Affairs and Chung King Express.

This particular edition is about the Indian movie called Devdas.

If you’ve ever felt that typical Bollywood is too trifling and not to be considered in discussions about Cinema then see Devdas and be pleasantly surprised.

The story: In colonial times, Devdas is the cherished only son of a rich and highly placed family. He lets a cruel father and a snobbish mother deter him from going after the only woman he has ever loved, the daughter of the the less socially acceptable family next door Paro, with heart breaking consequences.

This grand romance based on classical Indian Literature is one of the lushest things I’ve ever seen on screen. It is an exquisite film that gives anything Rodgers and Hammerstein ever did a run for their money. Naturally it stars the ridiculously charismatic Shahrukh Khan as the dashing lead who later breaks our hearts and Aishwarya Rai is heart stopping gorgeously (I’m talking, Duh-yam!!!) as his neighbour “Paro”, truly worthy of her Miss Universe crown.

It would not have been easy for any actress to hold her own as a romantic other against shining Rai, not unless she was the extremely talented and beautiful Madhuri Dixit who plays the courtesan “Chandramukhi” who falls in love with the ill fated Devdas.

With those three shining stars in the lead, it’s no wonder that this film is a diamond.

I really can’t gush enough about all the good points of Devdas. Every line is poetic (probably because of the story’s basis on very old literature) and every interaction between the stories main players is just exquisite and unforgettable (I love the scene where Devdas strikes Paro with the pearls. You’ll have to watch to find out why ^^). The music and choreography is some of the best I’ve seen in any film period and I truly believe that this film ought to be considered a great, classic.

I want to share my best musical number in the whole movie. Truth be said every number was amazing but this one was perfect plotwise, musically, choreographicaly, costumewise and cinematographically. This scene features Chandramukhi the courtesan who has just won a bet against the man with the “evil” moustache that Devdas would show up at her place that night. If she had lost the bet she would have had to  wear the golden ankle bells (provided by him) that she is shown tapping at the start of the number and give herself to evil moustache man. The song is called Maar Dala.

enjoy!

I’ve seen this film countless times and I never get tired of her twirling in her green dress or the look in her eye when she dismisses moustachio! Watch it with subs for added beauty!

UPDATE: Gaaah!!! couldn’t resist adding this too cos you’ve got to see the chemistry between Khan and Rai in it! The set up: Paro’s Mom sings at what she imagines is her daughter’s engagement feast while Devdas and Paro cavort by a stream at night in a dance that mirrors the story in the song. The song is about an old story of a seduction between two gods (i forget the ones).

*sigh* enjoy!

What’s a neogogo?

I’m a neogogo. And this blog is going to be about all the silly inconsequential stuff that we never talk about here. And by here I of course mean Nigeria.
As my header suggests, this will mainly consist of manga, gaming, foreign films and, since I don’t have a cat, my boyfriend.
Hope you like!
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