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Split over Creative Conflict

first_img2015 ain’t gone nowhere yet and some things are already falling apart.  Actually, it’s really not so bad.  It’s just another one of those teething moments of the Liberian entertainment industry.  Recently, rumor circulated on Takun J’s 1.4.6 Block that one of LIB’s hottest rising artist and his manager split, and LIB Life had to get the juice.According to reports, Lil Beshop, the Hip-Co hit maker behind the famous track ‘Human Being’, and his manager Marie Collins, have split.“I no longer mange Lil Beshop, he didn’t fully understand my role as his manager and refused that I partake in the creative process of his song, ‘Let’s Party’, which I sponsored and provided the beat for,” Chic Collins posted on facebook.After seeing her post, we immediately contacted Lil Beshop to hear what he had to say on the matter.“The contract Marie and I signed didn’t include her being involved in such activities,” Beshop stated. “In Liberia, there is a certain type of music my fans are used to hearing, but Marie wanted me to do the ‘let’s party’ song in a way I knew my fans wouldn’t agree on.  Though Marie has helped me tremendously in the recent part of my career, she has stopped contacting me and other things, which indicates she is no longer my manager,” he adds.Collins says she came up with the beat to ‘Let’s Party’ in hopes of promoting it in the UK where she lives. “The beat is a replica of a hit song here in the UK.  I wanted Beshop to nail [it] so that I can promote it here,” she stated.  “I messaged him a chorus I felt will make the track a hit, he agreed via text but wasn’t giving me updates on the song. I had enough and told him that I couldn’t manage him anymore.”According to Collins, she began managing the popular star after he approached her to manage him on the social site facebook“I have sent Beshop money on several occasions to record. I paid an online press kit monthly and boosted post on his facebook page. I also promoted his songs as well as doing my managerial duties,” she added.Meanwhile, Collins says Beshop hasn’t disputed her decision to split from his team and feels they both agree on the decision.  But on the other hand, according to Lil Beshop, a contract was signed between the two parties that expire in five years.“Marie has been managing me for less than year. As for me, I never said I didn’t want her to be my manager but will agree on whatever she wants to do.  Signed a contract sheet for three years, she wrote on my page and her page that she’s no longer managing me. She breached the contract.”These are some of the teething experiences of the Liberian entertainment industry, where the terms of reference for some artists and their managers appear not so clearly defined.  And even with crystal clear terms, the conflict over the creative process, however, is always a sticky issue no matter who the artist is.  The real conflict may be between the artist’s creative autonomy and his manager’s interpretation of what the audience expects, on the one hand; and the fact that artist and manager are not targeting the same audiences, on the other hand.  Is this a conflict that a remix cannot fix?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Dons can treasure this win

first_img “I told (the Monsoons), I know it hurts now, it might hurt for a couple weeks, but I promise you, the pain does go away,” Chan said of the team’s first league loss in a decade. “If we win out, we’ll be 11-1, they’ll be 11-1, but we’ll be the top seed because we beat them in the second round. We still control our own destiny, and that’s all we ask.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pregnant and due just about any day during the recent Suburban League slate, Marcroft had said that she just wanted her new baby to allow her to coach Friday’s match against Mayfair, the dominant league team with 113 consecutive league victories. But first-year assistant coach Christine Kim was informed during the junior varsity match Friday that she would sit in as coach because Marcroft was going into labor, and the thoroughly inspired Dons swept the Monsoons 25-18, 25-21, 38-36. “I graduated just two years ago, we’ve been trying to do this since I first started playing,” Kim said of her days as a Dons player. “It’s just something you don’t hear about, you don’t hear about Cerritos beating Mayfair, even taking a game.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Alison Marcroft was determined to do two things this season: coach the Cerritos High girls volleyball team to a win against Mayfair, and be there to see it happen. One out of two isn’t bad. In fact, Marcroft may well remember Friday’s events for the rest of her life. Cerritos (6-0 Suburban League) trailed 18-15 in the first game, then went on a 10-0 run to take momentum into Game 2. The Dons led 20-13, but Mayfair (8-8, 5-1) made it 20-19 before the Dons again pulled away. “We won this for (Marcroft), she wanted it so bad,” Cerritos senior outside hitter Kristy Trimble said. Cerritos had match point at 24-21 in Game 3, but first-year Mayfair coach Zac Chan called timeout and sent his players back out to tie the game at 24-24. The two teams then traded points from a 24-24 tie until it was 36-36, with opposing senior outside hitters Jill Sorem for Mayfair and Cerritos’ Kristy Trimble playing major roles. Finally, Cerritos won, though the Monsoons can still end up with the league’s top playoff seed if they beat the Dons in the season’s final match Nov. 3. last_img read more

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