Nigerian singer-songwriter and actor Lisa Yaro talks about music and film
Blackfilm.com correspondent Ellen J. Wanjiru chats with Grammy-nominated Nigerian singer / songwriter, actor and producer Lisa Yaro about his role in the upcoming movie ASKING FOR IT, his collaboration with 2 of the greatest Nigerian artists, MAYORKUN for his single “Domitilla” and ZLATAN for his follow-up single “YARO”, and the conservation of premium content for his channel Very popular YouTube.
His channel has garnered over 120,000 subscribers and over 14 million views and features a collection of his own original content comprised of the perspective of an immigrant and a Nigerian-American artist.
Lisa cut her teeth in the music industry by attending sessions and writing for artists and producers. Deciding to do sessions for free, she knew that her enthusiasm and creativity would lead to new opportunities after she “paid her dues”. After being introduced to Mýa and by requesting a session, they became instant friends and continued to work together. Lisa’s writing on Mýa’s 2016 album “Smoove Jones” led to her Grammy nomination for her writing and caught the attention of Hollywood powerhouses Will.I.Am and Jared Lee Gosselin, to name a few.
On ASK IT: After little town waitress Joey (Kiersey Clemons) is sexually assaulted after a date with her old friend Mike (Casey cott), she befriends the mysterious stranger Regina (Alexandra Shipp). Regina introduces her to the Cherry Bombers, an all-female gang including Beatrice (Vanessa Hudgens), Angie (Lisa Yaro), Lily (Leslie Stratton), Sal (Radha mitchell), Jett (Leyna bloom), Fala (Casey Camp-Horinek) and Rudy (Gabourey Sidibé). All suffering from past trauma, they fight together a misogynistic society by targeting the violent frat boys, a corrupt police force of human traffickers led by Sheriff Morel (David Patrick Kelly), and the dangerous far-right MFM (Men’s First Movement) group led by Mark Vanderhill (Ezra Miller). As Joey is drawn further into their chaotic world, the former Flame of Sal, County Sheriff Logan Vernon (Luke Hemsworth), investigates MFM, leading to a thrilling showdown. Ask for it premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival.
The film will mark Eamon O’Rourke’s directorial debut and is produced by Kiersey Clemons, Lee Broda, Ezra Miller, Luke Daniels starring Kevin Beer, Savoy Brummer, Lisa Yaro, Sol Guy and Seema Thakker executive producer.