Wednesday, 20 April 2011


Check out this great new video that Marli's track 'Billy' features in.

Details below:



Olivier award winning playwright Bola Agbaje commission’s Royal Wedding spoof “Billy”, featuring music & cameo appearance from Island Records star Marli Harwood

Award winning playwright and screenwriter Bola Agbaje has found success once again scoring a viral hit with Royal Wedding inspired video “Billy” featuring a cameo from new Island Records signing Marli Harwood.

The video features actors playing Prince William, Kate Middleton & Her Royal Highness herself and tells the “alternative story” of the royal couples initial meeting, rocky beginnings & when Kate finally got to meet the Royal Family!!

Set against a backdrop of urban east London, the video hilariously draws on interesting details of the royal couple’s life, whilst simultaneously placing the characters, in less than familiar surroundings. Bola stated:

“I had a debate with someone who said that Kate always wanted to be a princess and her parents deliberately sent her to that college. My view was that love is organic whereas. The concept of Kate from an estate was born immediately after that debate. This video is a light hearted way looking at love and heartbreak and also plays on all the buzz about the royal wedding and the hook up.”

The short film also features the music of new Island records singing sensation Marli Harwood. Bola added:

“I have known Marli for a while now and think she is an amazing artist. When she first played the song ‘Billy’ to me I fell in love instantly.
I was away on a trip in New York and on every station all I kept hearing was talk, speculations about the royal wedding and that's when the idea for Marli video came about.
I told Marli the concept and she loved it and at the end of the video we decided it would be fun to 'chav up' marli too”

“Billy” released via Island records on the 6th June) is a song about a girl who’s heart is broken by a man she refers to as “Billy” – the perfect soundtrack.

The video also features a cameo from Marli Harwood who recently was reported to be the first musical artist to have key maternity clause added to her contract.

The video is available to available to view here.

For more information please contact:

Doug Hall
PPR Publicity
020 8746 4600

Notes to editors:

Bola & Marli Harwood are both available for comment regarding the video

Marli Harwood’s Billy is available to download on the 6th June & her debut album ‘Clocks and Full Stops’ will be available via Island Records on 23 May.

Bola Agbaje – Biog
Bola Agbaje born (June 1981) is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. Bola has been writing since (2006) and has had plays presented at the Royal Court Theatre, Tricycle Theatre and Albany Theatre to name a few. Bola’s plays address issues of youth identity, stereotypes and culture.

Bola won the (2008) Outstanding achievement in an Affiliated Theatre Laurence Olivier Award for her first play Gone too Far (2007). In (2010) Bola also won the Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category at Women of the Future Award in association with Shell. Best Playwright at the African Film Awards and the Red Magazine Red’s Hot Women to watch in the Red’s Hot Women Awards.

Bola Agbaje was born in St Thomas Hospital London to an African family. Her Nigerian mother Sikirat Agbaje is a cook in a local school and her Nigerian father Olakunle Agbaje is a civil servant for a local council. Bola spent her childhood living on the North Peckham Estate in south East London. At the age of six Bola’s father decided to relocate back to Nigeria. Bola and her younger brother went along where they met their two elder siblings. Bola briefly lived in Nigeria for two years and returned to England at the age of eight. Throughout her childhood Bola had a tough time coming to terms with her identity. ‘I didn’t know if I was African or British. In England I was called African, in Nigeria a black girl with an English accent I was called British and when I returned to England with an African accent I was called African. I was so confused for a very long time.’ This confusion continued into Bola’s teens where she also recounts her first day in secondary school. ‘I went around the classroom asking everyone where they were from and when I was asked I told my class mates I was half Jamaican and half African. Thinking back I don’t know why I did it, I mean I know why at the time, I was ashamed of being African most African where I grew up were ashamed. It was cooler to be West Indian. Looking back its funny I told such a dumb lie, I was so naive because I was gonna be with these same people for five years so eventually they would have found out I wasn’t Jamaican, which was the case.’ Bola explains it took her a number of years to be comfortable with being Nigerian and it was at college where she met a vast number of second generation Nigerian/Africans that she was proud of her roots. ‘Most people at college were Nigerian or African and in the common room we would all sit and share stories about our parents and family. We would joke about how we were once embarrassed our parents had African accents but now we were going around talking with African accents.’

Bola believes this discovery is what lead to her writing her first play Gone too Far - a play that explores youth identity and culture. Bola Agbaje’s original dreams was to be an actor. She attended a part time drama school called Identity Drama school in East London from (2004-2006). However Bola had a change of heart frustrated with the lack of roles for young black actors. In (2006) Bola quit Identity Drama school and enrolled in the Royal Court Theatre ‘Critical Mass’ Young Writers Programme. A ten week playwrighting course. It was at the young writers group that Bola developed her first play Gone too Far.

Gone too Far was selected as one of two plays to have a full production during the Young Writers Festival (2007). Bola recalls the shock and excitement that her play was selected out of 400 plays. ‘I wrote the play because I was tired and frustrated. I wanted to write a play about my experiences. I wanted the characters to have African names. I felt I was not represented. I know over 20 Bola but not once on screen or on stage have I seen a play or film with my name. I was sure most second generation immigrants felt this way, so instead of complaining I thought I’d take a stand.’

After the success of Gone too Far Bola was commissioned by various theatre to write plays. In (2008) Gone too Far was revived in the Royal Court theatre downstair playing to a 400 seated audience per night and it went on tour to the Hackney Empire and Albany theatre. In the same year Bola was nominated for the Evening Standard Most promising playwright award. This however went to Terrell Alvin McCraney.

In 2009 Bola was commissioned by the Tricycle Theatre alongside playwrights Roy Williams and Kwame Kwei-Armah to write a play for the Not Black or White season. She also worked with a young Director John Dayo to write and produce three short films for Day Zero productions. The last Piece a short film written by both Bola and John won the runner up prize for best narrative at the Bablegum Online Film Festival.

In 2010 Bola second play for the Royal Court Theatre - Off the Endz saw a successful run in the theatre downstair. She also wrote a short play Playing the Game for the Tricycle Theatre Women, Power and Politics season. Bola is under commission with Paines Plough, Tiata Fahodzi and 20 Stories high.

Bola Agbaje is currently working with UK Film Council and a production company Poisson Rouge in developing her first feature film a screen adaptation of her play Gone too Far. Bola completed this film script in 2010 and worked with a young director Destiny Ekaragha in producing a 6 min pilot for the film. The screenplay has been sent out to various distribution companies.

Monday, 21 February 2011

It's Called A Heart - FREE DOWNLOAD

Unsigned Radio 2 rising star Marli Harwood releases free copy of “It’s Called A Heart”

Unsigned artist Marli Harwood got the surprise of her life month when she found out that her song ‘It’s Called A Heart’ has been made Radio 2 Single of the Week.

It’s now well covered in the UK press that this success comes ironically, just six months after giving up her lifelong dream of pop stardom to start a family.

Not only is this her big break after 16 years of false starts, but it is thought this is the first time in Radio 2 history that an artist without a record deal has been awarded the ‘Single of the Week’ accolade.

Now Marli Harwood is offering her loyal fans, who have stuck by her through 16 years of hardship, a free copy of “It’s Called A Heart” to thank them for their support.

Marli Harwood commented:

“I want to say thanks really. It’s all a bit of a shock this Radio 2 business and I’m not in a position to release the song now anyway, so it seems to make sense to give back to my fans & radio 2 & give it away.”

Marli will be distributing the track on the 21st February to members of her mailing list.

New fans can get the free track by signing up to mailing list by clicking here or visiting her website

Friday, 21 January 2011


Check out my song "Its Called A Heart" - remember you can get a free download of this track if you sign up to my mailing list!

It's Called A Heart by Marliharwood

Its called a heart by Marliharwood

Check out some clips of some of my other songs too!
Queen Of Fantasy Land:

Queen Of Fantasy Land (clip) by Marliharwood

Billy (clip) by Marliharwood

Monday, 17 January 2011

Free Track

Get a free copy of Marli's track "It's Called A Heart" on the 21st Feb, when you sign up to Marli's mailing list. Click the link below to sign up