First Culture is a company designed exclusively to produce, enhance and display to the world the very best of African Arts, Cultures and Society. Nigeria is now the leader on the African continent in economic growth with a robust Movie, Literature, Music and Fashion industry that has taken the continent by storm.
We pay close attention and are very intentional about casting the beam on the positives which are alive on the continent, we intend to show the world the many things Africa is capable of and by so doing lead black people as a whole to the consciousness that indeed Africa was the very first culture.
Message from the Founder Jeffrey Daniel
Being born and raised in Los Angeles, I had the privilege of growing up on the Hollywood set of the World famous Soul Train TV show as one of the most prominent dancers on the program that helped influence the global dance and music scene from the 1970`s till today.
I was also fortunate enough to be personally recruited by Soul Train’s producer and host Don Cornelius as an artist on his Soul Train / Solar Record label as the founding member of the Super R&B group Shalamar who sold over 25 Million albums worldwide and still counting.
Little did I know that super star Michael Jackson was watching me dance and admired my moves until 1980 when Michael Jackson asked me to be his personal dance instructor. Teaching him the dance I had made famous called the Backslide which he renamed the Moonwalk and which took his career to newer heights. It lead to a 20 year partnership as his choreographer for the Bad and Smooth Criminal promotion videos and later Creative Consultant / A&R for his MJJ Record label.
Former Beatles member Paul McCartney also recruited me for his 1984 Movie Give My Regards to Broadstreet as a solo dancer to his infamous Silly Love Songs performance.
I also starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber London`s West End 1984 hit musical Starlight Express. Playing Electra the Train of the Future. HRH Queen Elizabeth attended the premiere. Andrew Lloyd Webber is the world`s most celebrated and successful Live Musical Theatre producer bringing Jesus Christ Super Star , Evita , Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera to world stages and cinema screens.
Ironically , I was chosen to host the 6.20 Soul Train TV program in London in 1985. Carrying the torch for Don Cornelius in the U.K. Winning best TV Presenter Award.
Moving to Japan where I’m currently a resident, I had the pleasure of working with their biggest Recording Artist, Fashion Designers, TV Programs, Choreographing and directing TV Commercials. Also running my production company J-Pan Soul producing Japanese R&B singers.
Lastly, I came to Nigeria in 2010 and was selected as a judge for the Etisalat sponsored Nigerian Idol Singing Contest TV Program earning me the appellation, The Nice and Encouraging Judge. After which producing CD`s for a couple of the program`s contestants.
Being the first Black American celebrity to actually stay and work with the Nigerian industry has compelled me to respect the tenacity and resolve of the Nigerian people who have gotten up and made an industry with no infrastructure or concrete distribution or publishing as enjoyed in the western countries.
Also , the book authors who are receiving accolades across the globe but still only known on a small scale inspires me to be a part of this invigorating industry and use my celebrity and contributions to build and export Nigerian talents and the best of our society to the major world markets. And show to Africans and the rest of the world the most Positive aspects of the Nigerian people.
I firmly believe if we Africans around the world unite our talents, knowledge and experiences, there’s nothing that can stop us from placing ourselves among the top nations in the world with the respect we deserve.
As we all well know, on this earth Africa was the very First Culture.
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