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Spotlight on London Lions' Jerelle Okoro, and Dun D

BRITISH BASKETBALL: Jerelle Okoro (left) and Anthony "Mr Play" Douglas

THE BRITISH Basketball League is back and, of course, yours truly was reppin' as the official DJ for the London Lions.

I opened the new season showing support of the team with a touch of Mr Play’s music to help bring the home court to life. The team was ready and raring to go, full of energy and drive!

Friday’s opening home game saw our London Lions bag a strong win against the Glasgow Rocks, who were clearly at the brunt of Ladarius Tabb, who proved too hot to handle for Glasgow. Tabb’s debut was marked with highlight reel slams that energised the crowd and helped him on his way to netting 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Unfortunately, Sunday’s away game against the Plymouth Raiders didn’t bring result in a win. Nevertheless, it’s still a great start to the season. Well done guys!

I managed to spend time catching up with Lions player Jerelle Okoro, who’s recently launched his very own health drink. He started his journey at the University of Loughborough and spent four years developing the recipe to create a smooth and tasty drink infused with green tea, without pumping it with sugar. He’s the youngest professional athlete to have his business sponsor the team he plays for – what an achievement.

Jerelle shared his story with me in his own words.

“The journey started when I was at uni. I was often told what I could and couldn’t do. Being naive, I didn’t listen and believed that hard work would get me to reach my goals!

"Having a really high work ethic, I mixed green tea bags with a cocktail of cordials – to reap all the benefits from the green tea and for it to taste nice. This makeshift drink soon became popular of the university campus. This was when I decided to make it a business," he said.

Jerelle added: "There are two flavours – apple, honey and pear and passion fruit, lychee and lime – both infused with green tea, natural sweetener and natural flavourings. The drink is strangely nice. The pre-sale campaign will launch on the 28th of September, next week. To be a part of the movement and see if the drink really taste good. Order your supply from bevodo.co.uk.”

This week the music spotlight is on Dun D from north London, who recently released a new track Royalty, find out more:


AFRO FUSION: The artwork for Dun D's single Royalty

Q: Who is Dun D?
A: A musician and entrepreneur from north London.

Q: When did you realise you wanted to do music?
A: After dropping a freestyle and seeing the response.

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Friends, family and my environment. I get inspired by everyday life and music general especially UK artists.

Q: Who would you like to collaborate with in the UK?
A: Ed Sheeran, Giggs and WSTRN.

Q: How would you describe your music?
A: Foreign, a mixture of different genres with strong Afro fusion.

Q: Tell us about your new single?
A: Royalty is a fusion of African and Caribbean vibes, and each artist brings their own vibes to it. George The Poet opens the song with his vivid poetry, Tiggs Da Author swings in on the second verse with his nostalgic, tropical melodies. As for me, I just be the wave [laughs] to make it an uplifting empowering tune.

Q: Tell us about My Ting Is Foreign?
A: [It’s about] understanding that our experiences make us who we are as individuals and respecting everyone’s point of view. It’s a movement that welcomes anyone from different cultures with the same agenda to achieve their highest purpose.

Q: What’s next for you in terms of releases?
A: Next single is with Wretch32 off the EP. The five-track EP is untitled.

Q: Where do you see yourself in the next three to five years?
A: Release some albums, tours, touch the charts, build my youth programme from my studio, continue to help the artists on my Foreign Music label, joint project with a few artists and create a music production company. Most of all, signing more artists to Foreign Music Label.

Additional contributions from Steph D’Sa & Lateef “Toks”

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