A little bit about MD Entertainments
MD Entertainments was created in 2007 by Marie Doyen after her first trip to Lisbon brought her to promote the first AfricAdançar to her fellow Kizomba Class students. She enjoyed so much being able to bring together her natural talents for organisation, networking and promotion with her languages skills while being involved in the music and dances she loves that she decided to continue with similar travels and cultural promotion work in the UK and Europe. Since 2008 she has brought over 600 people to enjoy different Kizomba events in Portugal.
Marie, originally from France, has lived in the UK since 1993 and has been dancing salsa and other Latin dances for almost as long. She was then part of the Edinburgh Samba School and has had the opportunity to travel to Central America, Brasil and Africa. Currently based in London, she has and continues to contribute significantly to the promotion of Kizomba in the UK, in Europe and overseas.
She is behind the annual GB Kizomba Competition since 2008, taking the winners to compete at the Championship
International Kizomba in Lisbon, Portugal during AfricAdançar.
She also co-founded Kizomba UK in May 2008, when she wanted to offer a night in Central London to reunite all who had gone to the 1st AfricAdançar with her and where all could enjoy Kizomba and other African music in a friendly and welcoming club with a relaxed party vibes. This has become a trademark of the club nights she has organised, where all are welcome and mingle with like-minded people to great music in nice surroundings.
She left Kizomba UK in November 2009 to focus on her own projects and she is very active in supporting and promoting Kizomba and now Semba (dancing and dancers, artists and DJs alike) has she experienced it, undiluted, true to its Angolan roots. A belief and principle she applies to each of her projects: providing quality and authenticity, respecting the culture and her customers, wherever they are from!
She was the first to work with Eddyvents in London where they run the famous Sunday Afro-Matinee in Stockwell, London for nearly a year and again the first to bring Petchu and Vanessa from Lisbon to the UK.
Since late 2011 she focuses on bigger projects where her
passion lie: the GB Kizomba Competition to help raise the dancing level of Kizombeiros with the support of the UK based teachers and promoters, and travels and congresses, now worldwide where you can enjoy culture, dance and meeting like minded people.
2013 has seen MD Entertainments raising the profile of the GB Kizomba Competition nationally, working with over 15 Promoters and over 10 couple competing.
While she is committed to AfricAdançar and the GB Kizomba Competition, she is now involved in a number of exciting projects and events.
MD Entertainments is:
- Organiser of the national GB Kizomba Competition
- A partner on the following events:
≈ Sabor a Cabo Verde, Dance holiday in Cap Verde
≈ The UK Dance Congress, Sept 2014
- Official representative in the UK for AfricAdançar
- Supporting and promoting a number of events world wide ≈ Afro Exalta festival in Brazil
≈ Miami Beach Kizomba Festival
- Working on other project including a blog
You are bound to meet her on a dance floor, at a concert, or other cultural festivals near you sometime soon...
You can contact MD Entertainments and Marie via email