Summer garden party in Richmond, UK.

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Hey guys,

I had so much to say but I lost all words so I will share the pictures of an networking event I was invited to.

I will say though that I like these events because you often get to know people you can do business with. You also get to meet people from bigger organizations than your that give you an idea of the way things operate in big companies. Even if you are a start up, these kid of events as well as masterclasses will give you insight of the things you need to have a functional organisation. The HR department of a business is really the heart of the entire company. We don’t pay much attention to it when we are new to business.  Start ups are generally too small to have such departments but the idea of catering to staff properly and customers is just fundamental period. Well this particular aspect of having a successful company is what caught my attention that night when meeting individuals who worked in companies that catered to HR (human resources).

No matter your business and the field your work in never let an opportunity to attend any of these. They seem boring at first or pointless at times but i guarentee you that you will take something away with you!! Knowledge is key people. Never forget that.

Yours truly,
Tam.

Signed by ‘Daniel Strong Entertainment’ and represented by ‘A&M Entertainment’ – Information of both companies.

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Hi my beloved strong ones,

I am delighted to say the least to announce you all officially that I’m a recording artist signed by Daniel Strong Entertainment Limited and represented by A&M Entertainment!! Yess!!

You can see their current and past roster by clicking on the link below. It is nothing but impressive and I feel extremely honoured that my work brought me here:

http://www.amentertainment.com/artist-booking

The contact section on this website will be updated very soon but until then here are the details you need to contact my publicist and booking agent:

Keetria Garner-Chambers
Voice: +1 (310) 295-4150 ext. 711
Fax: +1 (310) 295-4130

A&M ENTERTAINMENT INC.
Worldwide Talent Representation,
Marketing & Entertainment Group
http://www.amentertainment.com

For information, invitations and other enquiry regarding Daniel Strong Entertainment Limited please email info@danielstrongentertainment.biz

When in doubt contact the label, Daniel Strong Entertainment Limited, and someone shall redirect you. However, everything that regards myself, Tambu, and my artistry please contact Keetria.

Thank you all for the amazing support over the years!!

Yours sincerely,
Tam.

“Fair Digital Deal Declaration” badge for Daniel Strong Entertainment Limited.

Good night Strong ones,

As I’ve mentioned in about two previous posts, Daniel Strong Entertainment Limited has signed the “Fair Digital Deal Declaration” and for doing so we have received this beautiful badge that we can proudly display everywhere we go.

To see all our previous badges and other qualifications simple go to Contact on the navigation tab and you will find everything you need to know about us as well as clicking on the Business category on the sidebar (right hand side).

Thank you all for witnessing our growth and joining the journey. I, the director, am very proud of it all!!

Yours truly,
Tam.

Thank you for signing up to the Fair Digital Deal Declaration.

Attached is stamp which we’re asking signatories to included wherever you would like to show your commitment – on your website, contracts, statements etc.

You can read an overview of the press and see the full list of signatories so far here.

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“Women’s Business Luncheon” in Atlanta, GA.

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Thank you Atlanta for showing me love. I am thankful that you thought about me with this invite. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it due to the time I’ve dedicated to my family during the summer holidays but I feel blessed none-the-less.

I will get back to work soon enough as the summer time is coming to an end and work is around the corner so even though I didn’t attend this event I shall come to you in my earliest convenience!!

With love always,
Tam.

FAIR DEAL! | AudioTechnology Magazine (Australian Magazine).

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Mobile view: http://www.audiotechnology.com.au/wp/index.php/fair-deal/

Indie artist, Tambu Christel signs the declaration (image: Daniel Strong Entertainment)

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has created the Fair Digital Deals Declaration, an initiative calling for the fair and transparent accounting of digital revenues for artists, so far over 700 indie labels from 23 countries, have signed their support.

Youtube made headlines across the world in June, when its Head of Content & Business OperationsRobert Kyncl, told the US Financial Times that videos from indie artists would begin disappearing from the platform “in a matter of days” (you can read our piece about this, here). In July, WIN launched its initiative in response to that threat and YT’s non-negotiable licensing contract terms for its upcoming subscription service (replacing Google Play).

The threat (often misconstrued) meant, YT will block the videos from labels/artists who refuse to sign up for its new service, due to partnerships already in place with those labels/artists where they receive a share in the revenue raised from their music videos,  as the previous terms will change it means the partnership will effectively end.

Believing this threat as coercion to force labels signatures, WIN has stated the revenue distribution of YouTube’s new service is unfair to artists and it seeks to address the inequities in licensing deals, including a minimum revenue guarantee for artists and payouts covering unshared compensation.

This week,the Music Producers Guild released a statement throwing its support behind the initiative.

“The music industry has a long history of unfairly exploiting the work of artists without whose creativity the industry would simply not exist,” says producer and MPG executive board member Mick Glossop.“The Fair Digital Deals Declaration is a welcome initiative, which seeks to address those injustices by promoting transparency and accountability.”

WIN has stated that a “pattern has emerged” wherein online music services show preferences to major companies, by either giving upfront payments or a stake in the music service, which goes beyond regular licensing arrangements.

All the while, these online music services are attempting to strike coercive and unfair deals with indie labels, who state (in the declaration) their refusal to sign agreements that involve receiving money which is not shared with their artists.

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WIN Chairman, Alison Wenham (image: M Mag)

Alison Wenham, Chairman of WIN said, “A healthy commercial relationship based on mutual trust and partnership between artists and labels is critical to the long term financial health of our industry. We believe that this new initiative, which seeks to put in place simple, fair and transparent guidelines for labels dealing with third party digital partners is a template for best practice.”

However, it seems the timing was perfect for WIN’s declaration and rather than being indirect response to YT, it was more of a fortunate coincidence according to Rich Bengloff, president of the American Association of Independent Music, who told Rolling Stone:

“This is a call for artists receiving the same fair treatment that we as independent music labels feel we should be receiving as well,” he said. “This initiative started over six months ago unrelated to the current YouTube issues but, that said, the YouTube-Merlin dispute is an example of unfair treatment of independent music labels and their artists.”

The initiative states five primary guidelines that signees must adhere to. These include:

1. Ensure that artists’ share of download and streaming revenues is clearly explained in recording agreements and royalty statements in reasonable summary form.

2. Account to artists a good-faith pro-rata share of any revenues and other compensation from digital services that stem from the monetization of recording but are not attributed to specific recordings or performances.

3. Encourage better standards of information from digital services on the usage and monetization of music.

4. Support artists who choose to oppose, including publicly, unauthorized uses of their music.

5. Support the collective position of the global independent record company sector.

Mental health.

Anyone can make simple changes that have a huge impact on their mental health and wellbeing. We’ve come up with ten practical ways to take care of yourself and get the most from life.

Mental health is about the way you think and feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time.

Talk About Your Feelings
Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.

Eat Well
There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel – for example, caffeine and sugar can have an immediate effect. But food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health.

Keep in Touch
Friends and family can make you feel included and cared for. They can offer different views from whatever’s going on inside your own head. They can help keep you active, keep you grounded and help you solve practical problems.

Take a Break
A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.

Accept Who You Are
Some of us make people laugh, some are good at maths, others cook fantastic meals. Some of us share our lifestyle with the people who live close to us, others live very differently. We’re all different.

Keep Active
Experts believe exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better. Exercise also keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy.

Drink Sensibly
We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary.

Ask for Help
None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.

Do Something You’re Good At
What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.

Care for Others
Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.

Improving Emotional Health

Your mental and emotional health is shaped by your experiences. Early childhood experiences are especially significant. Genetic and biological factors can also play a role, but these too can be changed by experience.

Risk factors that can compromise mental and emotional health:

Poor connection or attachment to your primary caretaker early in life.Feeling lonely, isolated, unsafe, confused, or abused as an infant or young child. Traumas or serious losses, especially early in life. Death of a parent or other traumatic experiences such as war or hospitalization. Learned helplessness. Negative experiences that lead to a belief that you’re helpless and have little control over the situations in your life. Illness, especially when it’s chronic, disabling, or isolates you from others. Side effects of medications, especially in older people who may be taking a variety of medications. Substance abuse. Alcohol and drug abuse can both cause mental health problems and make preexisting problems worse.

Whatever internal or external factors have shaped your mental and emotional health, it’s never too late to make changes that will improve your psychological well-being. Risk factors can be counteracted with protective factors, like strong relationships, a healthy lifestyle, and coping strategies for managing stress and negative emotions.

When to seek professional help for emotional problems

If you’ve made consistent efforts to improve your mental and emotional health and you still don’t feel good then it’s time to seek professional help.

Red flag feelings and behaviors

* Inability to sleep
* Feeling down, hopeless, or helpless most of the time
* Concentration problems that are interfering with your work or home life
* Using nicotine, food, drugs, or alcohol to cope with difficult emotions
* Negative or self-destructive thoughts or fears that you can’t control
* Thoughts of death or suicide

If you identify with any of these red flag symptoms, consider making an appointment with a mental health professional.

Humans are social creatures with an emotional need for relationships and positive connections to others. We’re not meant to survive, let alone thrive, in isolation. Our social brains crave companionship—even when experience has made us shy and distrustful of others.

Social interaction—specifically talking to someone else about your problems—can also help to reduce stress. The key is to find a supportive relationship with someone who is a “good listener”—someone you can talk to regularly, preferably face-to-face, who will listen to you without a pre-existing agenda for how you should think or feel. A good listener will listen to the feelings behind your words, and won’t interrupt or judge or criticize you. The best way to find a good listener? Be a good listener yourself. Develop a friendship with someone you can talk to regularly, and then listen and support each other.

Tips and strategies for connecting to others:

Get out from behind your TV or computer screen. Screens have their place but will never have the same effect as an expression of interest or a reassuring touch. Communication is a largely nonverbal experience that requires you to be in direct contact with other people, so don’t neglect your real-world relationships in favor of virtual interaction.
Spend time daily, face-to-face, with people you like. Make spending time with people you enjoy a priority. Choose friends, neighbors, colleagues, and family members who are upbeat, positive, and interested in you. Take time to inquire about people you meet during the day that you like.

Mental or emotional health refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.

Mental and emotional health refers to the presence of positive characteristics, not just the absence of mental health problems and being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Not feeling bad is not the same as feeling good. While some people may not have negative feelings, they still need to do things that make them feel positive in order to achieve mental and emotional health.

Physical health is connected to mental and emotional health

Taking care of your body is a powerful first step towards mental and emotional health. When you improve your physical health, you’ll automatically experience greater mental and emotional well-being. For example, exercise not only strengthens your heart and lungs, but also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals that energize and lift your mood.

The daily choices you make affect the way you feel physically and emotionally.

Get enough rest. To have good mental and emotional health, it’s important to take care of your body. That includes getting enough sleep. Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep each night in order to function optimally.Eat well. The subject of nutrition is complicated and not always easy to put into practice. But the more you learn about what you eat and how it affects your energy and mood, the better you can feel.Exercise to relieve stress and lift your mood. Exercise is a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety, and depression. Look for small ways to add activity to your day, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going on a short walk. To get the most mental health benefits, aim for 30 minutes or more of exercise per day.Get a dose of sunlight every day.Sunlight lifts your mood, so try to get at least 10 to 15 minutes of sun per day. This can be done while exercising, gardening, or socializing.Limit alcohol and avoid cigarettes and other drugs. These are stimulants that may unnaturally make you feel good in the short term, but have long-term negative consequences for mood and emotional health.

Improve mental and emotional health by taking care of yourself

In order to maintain and strengthen your mental and emotional health, it’s important to pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Don’t let stress and negative emotions build up. Try to maintain a balance between your daily responsibilities and the things you enjoy. If you take care of yourself, you’ll be better prepared to deal with challenges if and when they arise.

Taking care of yourself includes pursuing activities that naturally release endorphins and contribute to feeling good. In addition to physical exercise, endorphins are also naturally released when we:

Do things that positively impact others. Being useful to others and being valued for what you do can help build self-esteem.Practice self-discipline. Self-control naturally leads to a sense of hopefulness and can help you overcome despair, helplessness, and other negative thoughts.Learn or discover new things. Think of it as “intellectual candy”. Try taking an adult education class, join a book club, visit a museum, learn a new language, or simply travel somewhere new.Enjoy the beauty of nature or art.Simply walking through a garden can lower blood pressure and reduce stress. The same goes for strolling through a park or an art gallery, hiking, admiring architecture, or sitting on a beach.Manage stress. Stress takes a heavy toll on mental health, so it’s important to keep it under control. While not all stressors can be avoided, stress management strategies can help you bring things back into balance.Limit unhealthy mental habits like worrying. Try to avoid becoming absorbed by repetitive mental habits—negative thoughts about yourself and the world that suck up time, drain your energy, and trigger feelings of anxiety, fear, and depression.

More tips and strategies for taking care of yourself:

Appeal to your senses. Stay calm and energized by appealing to the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. Listen to music that lifts your mood, place flowers where you will see and smell them, massage your hands and feet, or sip a warm drink.Engage in meaningful, creative work.Do things that challenge your creativity and make you feel productive, whether or not you get paid for it—things like gardening, drawing, writing, playing an instrument, or building something in your workshop.Get a pet. Yes, pets are a responsibility, but caring for one makes you feel needed and loved. There is no love quite as unconditional as the love a pet can give. Animals can also get you out of the house for exercise and expose you to new people and places.Make leisure time a priority. Do things for no other reason than that it feels good to do them. Go to a funny movie, take a walk on the beach, listen to music, read a good book, or talk to a friend. Doing things just because they are fun is no indulgence. Play is an emotional and mental health necessity.Make time for contemplation and appreciation. Think about the things you’re grateful for. Mediate, pray, enjoy the sunset, or simply take a moment to pay attention to what is good, positive, and beautiful as you go about your day.

Everyone is different; not all things will be equally beneficial to all people. Some people feel better relaxing and slowing down while others need more activity and more excitement or stimulation to feel better. The important thing is to find activities that you enjoy and that give you a boost.

I’ve been saaanging and I’ve been Vlogging!!

Hey guys,
many things are happening in my life and while I’m looking for additional elements to add to a documentary (EPK) for my upcoming project I found these files:


I used to do alot of videos that I would post online. The page I had had 1,500 likes and that was the beginning of my “socialite” life. It’s been 5-6years and I am very happy to share all that you in my EPK. I hope you stay tuned for it!!

Yours truly,
Tam!!

Holiday season: Californian girls!

Good morning Strong Ones,

As I’m throwing some throwbacks as well as my current holidays situation, I came across these pictures and video so I’m here sharing. Basically, my baby girl and I were Americans for a while and we still love Los Angeles to this day. We stayed in Woodland Hills in San Fernando Valley. We also spent some times in Orange County in Anaheim and Santa Ana which was errmmm an experience that I shall talk about another day. I mean we almost got killed by the authorities there type of drama. It was one of the craziest part of my life but we won’t talk about it today as we are in a good mood and we are feeling excited about the “darn” holidays 🙂

Here are some footages I found:

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SF Valley 🙂

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On top of the world, Hollywood sign.

Then we came back home six months later. Thank you all for check up on me and my blog and make sure you enjoy your life!!

Yours truly,
Tam.

Holiday season: New Jersey, New York and Washington DC.

We’re all up north America right now!! I have no real words for those trips but great memories. I can guide you through certain things that happened as I found some pictures and footages but I have to say that I need to go back there!!

So, it all started from Geneva when we took off for an adventure 😉 from there we arrived in New Jersey.

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I didn’t get the chance to visit it because we had to be in New York where we stayed at a friends for a couple of weeks. We stayed in the Bronx for that time.

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New York was good but I didn’t particularly enjoy it. It just like a big version of London to the point where certain shops were almost identical. It was good I mean everything is bigger and you have alot of things to do so I guess it may be a place I should go back to without my children so I can enjoy the night life madness it has and places that adults shall make the most off.
While at my friend’s though I kept Vlogging. I used to post videos of me singing songs that people would request me to sing and post them online. I don’t really do that anymore but when I looked back at the files of old times it made me go back to that place when I was starting my journey to where I am now!


From NY came Washington DC!! Yall I love this place!!

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Awwwww my baby girl travelled alot but she enjoyed it!! So, we arrived and decided to grab some food before we hit the road.

We stayed in the hotel renaissance in DC and made the most of our tourism. I seriously love this place there is no words. My love for DC is real close to my love for LA!! Check my pictures below:

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I wish I had more to say but it was an amazing time and I am very thankful for the fact that I am able to do those things with my children!! Thank you for passing by and don’t forget to enjoy your holidays!!

Yours truly,
Tam.

Holiday season: Switzerland.

Hey guys,

The holidays are still on and I hope you guys are really taking advantage of your time off if you do have some. I’m back sharing pictures of wonderful times I’ve had with my holidays and places I’ve visited in my life.
I don’t have much to say about this one but all I have are great memories from my time back home in Montreux, Switzerland.

Enjoy the pictures and don’t forget to make the most of yourbtime off!!

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