So Sometime in 2007, Douglasdale area of Fourways in Johannesburg, South Africa a lady had come to do background vocals for an artist #Ikiri_Lawrence in my BEDROOM STUDIO! She did it so well, she wanted to pour out everything in her vocal abilities into the recording. Every note i made her sing, she sang it BETA! Boom! Session was over and she wanted to talk to me immediately!!! And if i remember, her words were something like “Mr.Joel, please i need to work with you on my ALBUM! I have been praying to GOD for someone who will work with me and help me birth what i am seeing on the inside but can’t explain well enough” . . . .Truth be told, i did not take her serious as i have had many people use such lines when trying to USE me or just want to SWEET TALK me! So i told her “Ok! We will work, no problem” Just so she can feel some peace!
Then i travelled to Nigeria to see my mother and siblings basically and LULU DIKANA kept sending emails! Kept sending facebook messages telling me she will wait for me to come back….Then i began to take her serious!
#1 : LULU DIKANA was very strong willed when it comes to what she believes in!
#2 :LULU DIKANA was a go getter!!
SO, immediately i returned, i was ready for her. We did 3 tracks in which the HIT track off her very 1st Album (My Diary, My Thoughts) #LIfe_and_Death was known and she took it to #UNIVERSAL_MUSIC and the rest is History! I was then commissioned to do the whole Album (80% of the whole tracks). HERE WAS MY VERY FIRST MAJOR BREAK IN MUSIC PRODUCTION IN SOUTH AFRICA!!!!
#3: LULU DIKANA will fight hard to ensure everyone around her is happy just as she wants to be happy too!
#4 : LULU DIKANA has guts! Very risky guts!!!
In Life, we meet some people and we never realize how much of an ANGEL they are until we lose them! I am really pained to hear of this GORY NEWS as i have still not accepted! LULU DIKANA and i have gone through some stuffs together! “Jo-Jo” as she would always fondly call me, we fight sometimes and we still find ways to make up!!! THAT IS AMAZING!!! We argue but end up AGREEING! At the end of the day, what we come up with MUSICALLY is AWESOME!!!! We go play free GIGS and she ensures i get something sometimes while sometimes we just do it for the PASSION & ZEST we have for the MUSIC we were pushing into the South African market and eventually the WORLD!!!
#5 : LULU DIKANA is kind, fair and honest. She does not like to beat around the bush!
#6 : LULU DIKANA was a true CHRISTIAN! She loved GOD, Sang about JESUS CHRIST is almost all her songs IF NOT ALL!
Then time came for her to do another Album and she did not hesitate to call on me, so we did
But hey, just 2 weeks ago or so, she was opening for John Legend and #Kiku_De_Buck my friend sent me a video on Whatsapp showing me LULU DIKANA opening for #JOHN_LEGEND and this week, you are gone! Bye dear ANGEL! Thank GOD for bringing you into my life and i BLESS THE LORD for the day we met!!! If i did not meet you, i probably might never realize some dreams, Probably!
My advise is that when we meet people, we should treat them well….No man knows tomorrow! #Still_Do_Not_BELIEVE!