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With his debut new single ‘Sensible’ taken from his forthcoming mixtape, PW is hot on the heals of Chipmunk and Wretch 32. Despite still only being 19, PW has already made great waves with his warm-up track ‘W.I.N.N.E.R’, getting support from Radio 1Xtra, Capital FM, Choice FM and boasting record breaking You Tube hits with his new single ‘Sensible’ produced by last months’ featured act KZ. Real name Akheim Allen his stage name PW comes from his childhood nickname, Peewee. PW began rapping at the tender age of 14 and it wasn’t until he got to college that he started taking music seriously after being inspired by Chipmunk and Wretch 32 who also came from his area of Edmonton. Enthused and passionate, he started to dedicate time and studio sessions to developing his own musical style and sound. When quizzed about his music he answers by saying, ‘I wouldn’t use any elaborate terms to describe my style, I would just say it’s a young and fresh. I know good music and my sound and lyrics are inspirational and full of motivation. I like to make feel-good music. I am aware of the acts around me, but I am not hardcore studying what everyone else is doing or use them as my template,’ he explains. ‘I am just myself. My best is my only competition.’ 0U[OLTLHU[PTL7>PZJVUÄKLU[OH]PUNZLLU what artists like Tinie Tempah has done in a short space of time. Check out PW’s forthcoming mix-tape ‘NKOTB’ (New Kid On The Block) which features the single. Viral of ‘Sensible’


Unsigned And Happening LEO LEVOX

Leo LeVox, won the 2010 Urban Music crown and is about to release his debut single ‘Safe’ accompanied I`HMHU[HZ[PJ]PKLVÄSTLKPU[OL,HZ[,UKVM3VUKVU His silky smooth vocals and fantastic song writing skills make for an impressive combination with ‘Safe’ [OLÄYZ[VMHZ[YPUNVM[YHJRZKLZ[PULK[VWYV]VRL attention from labels and collaborating artists alike. LeVox is not a stranger to the limelight with a musical collaboration laid down already with UK rapper Sway, Leo is modest, ‘I’m just a regular guy really song writing, partying, performing, being a parent, eating Nando’s chicken, Frankie and Benny’s, basketball, football, (playing and watching both sports), jamming to live music! Big things will be coming from this young man. ^^^SLVSL]V_JV\R^^^MHJLIVVRJVTSLVSL]V_VMÄJPHS

DANI CLAY Dani Clay, real name Danielle Roach, began her singing and songwriting career when she was 17 years old, starting out in an all girl R’N’B band that signed to an independent label. She has recorded with Jasper Cameron of D.A.R.P studios in Atlanta and performed at Wembley Arena. Danni set up a Live band creating a fantastic Live showcase with audiences often dancing on the stage with her. Dani also made it through to this years 2011 X Factor bootcamp. This is not the last we will see of this talented young lady. ^^^KHUPJSH`IHUKJVT^^^`V\[\ILJVT\ZLY+HU\RÅH]H /

CLAPZ SHIZZAYNE Clapz is the reigning Urban Music Crown 2011 champion and has been likened to a UK version of Wiz Khalifa. The result made and big things are xpected from this young rapper from South London. Clapz says of himself - “I’m an up and coming artist who makes positive music that a lot of people could relate to.” His single “Hold Me Down” can be heard on and viewed as a video on / Twitter: @clapzshizzayne

In an abandoned building a group of young people are forced to confront the very thing that scares them most. Themselves. The mysterious and complicated culture of inner-city youth is exploded in this gripping new play, which breathes with a raw poetic language and a contemporary soundtrack.

Half Moon presents...

This is a play about the world of the teenage mind. Writer Courtia Newland talks about his inspiration for writing the piece; “my writing comes from many places; wanting to depict the world around me, having something to say about what I have seen, responding to things I have read or watched; a conversation, a thought; any of these things can set me off! I am most proud of the latest things I’ve written; my new collection of stories, A Book of Blues and of this my latest play”.

By Courttia Newland Directed by Angela Michaels

Look to the Sky concerns young minds and actions as they are, not as people might see them from the outside, to look at their hearts, souls and emotional spirits. It’s a play that concerns looking beyond the surface of the people we see every day, the outer shell which can sometimes seem quite recognisable, to witness the quiet dance which is being performed in all human beings, at all times.

‘Look to the Sky’ Half Moon Young People’s Theatre 43 White Horse Road, London E1 0ND 020 7709 8900 SMS text: 020 7709 8907 October Tour Dates: Half Moon theatre 5th -10th, Albany Deptford 12th, Rich Mix 22nd check the Half Moon Website for details.

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Chris and Victor’s Big People Cabaret


Hair Routes Exhibition in Brixton


One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show with Jocelyn Jee


Comedy Untapped with Gina Yasheri


One Taste Goes Favela at Chic



Black History Month Special

UNSIGNED & HAPPENING X Factor’s, Danni Clay

I want to become a fulltime singer after time-out from the biz so I’ve joined a band, playing at functions. I get to the palatial Buckinghamshire venue and meet the members of the group MVY [OL ÄYZ[ [PTL 0»T Z[PSS \UZ\YL VMT`V\[Ä[HUK0JS\[JOHMVSKLY with my unlearnt lyrics and my MP3 player on repeat in my ears: ‘Think’, by Aretha, ‘Crazy in Love’, Beyonce, ‘American Boy’– Estelle just won’t stick. The guys seem to be happy to meet me. We sound check. Maybe we can rehearse, but I’m told that everybody is relaxed and that it’s ok to have my lyrics on a stand during the 2 hour set. Sounds like cheating, but I’m not going to throw away my lifeline. While I wait for the band in the library VM [OPZ Z\TW[\V\Z (IIL` 0 ÄUK myself explaining to the grooms elderly father why I’m reading and humming intensely. We get on. Not sure if he approves of the

marriage and he dismisses them both every time they come over asking why he’s talking to me, aka the ‘hired help’. “My friend and I are memorising songs”, he says, we laugh and the bride and groom look at me like I’m the maid again. Later the band make me laugh as they share stories of groupies and other ‘on the road’ antics. I’m still nervous about my singing though. 8pm start and before I could get properly worried, I sail through a rollercoaster performance of one funky tune after another; I obviously did absorb the words and now the band want me back (even with a ladder running up my tights). Hallelujah! I don’t mind getting changed in a smelly portaloo; this singer has regular work. Soon I’ll be able to pay for studio time to write new songs. It’s a long road but I’m determined to get there…

1. You play the Cello, tell Life in Colour readers about your style and what makes you different from other artists. I compose and perform Black Folk music using my voice, the cello and the piano. I play my cello like a drum, a guitar, a bass and an additional voice in a way that evokes different elements of blues, soul, jazz and West African rhythms so that people can connect soulfully. 2. You spent sometime studying in the States, tell us about that I was studying a Masters degree in Classical Composition at the Manhattan School of Music where I was immersed in an environment that challenged, encouraged and stretched me mentally, musically and emotionally. It made me realise that my passion for performing and composing was as strong. 3. What are the highlights of your career so far? Working with Nitin Sawhney in the ‘Aftershock’ project and becoming one VM[OLÄYZ[,TLYNPUN(Y[PZ[ZPU9LZPKLU[Z (EARs) at the Southbank Centre. Touring with Courtney Pine’s Jazz Warriors Afropeans, featuring on 4Hero’s last HSI\T º,_[LUZPVUZ» )LPUN [OL ÄYZ[ UVU American to win Amateur Night Live at the Apollo Theatre in 2010, then getting [VYPKLVUHÅVH[^P[O.SHK`Z2UPNO[H[[OL 84th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


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4. Tell us about your EP and where we can get hold of it. My debut EP ‘Truthfully’ was produced by Marc Mac (4Hero). It journeys through songs that have JYLH[LKZPNUPÄJHU[[\YUPUNWVPU[ZVU my journey as a creative musician. 5. What are your ambitions for the future. My ambitions are to grow and develop into a positive cultural ambassador that promotes social understanding and creativity through a diverse body of music.

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1st & 2nd Black History Month Live Two dazzling days out celebrating Black heritage, history and Culture at Wembley Stadium. 020 7642 9728. More BHM Events in Harrow: 020 8863 5611/

15th White Material – Film Isabelle Huppert gives an extraordinary performance as Maria Vial, the formidable owner of a coffee plantation in a former French African colony. Free. 3-3.45pm Dulwich Library, 386 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB. Tel: 020 7525 3415 / More BHM Events in Southwark‌ 020 7525 5000 uk/events/event/1241

LAMBETH 5th-9th Treasures of the Black Cultural Archives Exhibition Brockwell Hall, Brockwell Park, Herne Hill SE24. More BHM events in Lambeth: 020 7926 0764 www.lambeth. BlackHistoryMonth/ LEWISHAM 10th Deacons for Defense (Ă„ST^OPJOL_WSVYLZHSP[[SLRUV^UI\[[Y\L aspect of the American civil rights movement. With Forest Whittaker. 6.30pm. Goldsmiths University, Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW More BHM events in Lewisham: 020 8314 8027 . whats-on/Pages/Black-History-Month. / alan.

HACKNEY 18 THE HELP Film screening of THe Help. Hosted by Quincy the Comedian. Followed by panel discussions. 8pm. Stratford Picturehouse, Salway Road, Stratford, London E15 1BX th

30th Poetry n Motion Last Sunday of the month A club night with a difference, featuring a live showcase on one ÅVVY^OPSL+1ZZWPUVU[OL[VW ÅVVY(M[LY[OLZOV^P[ILJVTLZ HÅVVY+1ZWHY[`‰ 07958 499 602 / www.ukfridays. com / Opal Bar (formerly Motion Bar),Hungerford House, Victoria Enbankment, London WC2N 6PA

Jawdance Jawdance – every third Wednesday of the month All the top acts on the circuit plus open mic. Jawdance – eveerybody’s talking about it, and it. 7.30pm start @ Rich Mix.Free 020 7613 7498


WESTMINSTER 23rd Africa Rocks Expo This year’s event features supports both Black History Month and Nigerian Independence Day connecting with the culture, inspiration and opportunities in Nigeria. 11am -7pm Hotel Russell, 1-8 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5BE. Contact: 0207 739 7742. For More BHM events in Westminster contact: 020 7641 6000E: www. blackpresence

26th VIVA RIVA! (15 Film) Multi-award winning Viva Riva expertly combines fresh rhythm, violence and eroticism and ignites a new wave of African cinema, whilst demonstrating the intelligence, wit and technical accomplishment of European cinema. £6.50 King’s Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG Price:Contact: 020 7520 1490 More BHM Events in Islington: 020 7527 1900 equalitydiversity/eventsequality/bhm/

1 , 4 -5 The Rain That Washes An epic journey through Zimbabwe’s turbulent history. A true story that brings to life the human drama behind the history and the headlines. £6-£8 Chickenshed Theatre. 290 Chase Side, London N14 4PE. 0208 351 6161 / dominicd@CHICKENSHED.ORG.UK / th


Tiata Delights 2011 1st-8th A festival of African play readings. Plays include; The Strong Room by JC Niala, , Mango & Here by Eve Ensler, Message from a Far Country by Lizzy Dijeh. At The Africa Centre, Covent Garden, 020 3538 6257 / Until 9th Havana Rakatan One of Sadler’s Wells’ most successful productions, Havana Rakatan returns to the Peacock Theatre for an HZ[VUPZOPUNÄM[OZLHZVU‰‰\` Tickets Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery avenue, London EC1R 4N 11th - 14th Uprising by Alex Wheatle MBE Marking the 30th anniversary of the Brixton riots, award winning author Alex Wheatle MBE presents his moving autobiographical story of how he became a writer. 7pm Directed by Jatinder Verma. The Albany Theatre, Douglas way SE8 4UG. 0208 692 0231/ www.thealbany.

20TH THE COMEDY TREE FEATURING QUINCY Featuring the hilarious Quincy, the entertaining Adam Crow, with Toby Brown. Entertaining Aussie Pete Jonas is MC. Show 8.30pm - 11pm ÂŁ4 to ÂŁ10.95. 020 7736 1446. Wahoo Bar Putney (Basement),14 - 16 Putney High Street, London, SW15 1SL. Email info@ 21ST CARNIVAL COMEDY CLUB A hot line up and the freshest wits by popular demand! Your host: Geoff Schumann Featuring: Glenda Jaxson, Little Man Dibbi, Andrew Murrell Obonjo 0207 221 9700 Tabernacle, Powis Square, London, W11 2AY. www.

MUSIC 8TH & 29TH DONS OF COMEDY 2011 Featuring Slim, Felicity Ethnic, Felix Dexter and Curtis Walker. The real Dons of Comedy celebrate black history, culture and lifestyle in the only way they know how‌ with a smile! 8pm start


Comedian Gina Yasheri Headlines with Mr Cee new talent B Money & Nathan Bryon. Hosted by Rudi Lickwood. 0208 208-2483 / 07973 156 388 .Heritage Inn301 Cricklewood Broadway NW2 6PG .

22ND THE COMEDY TREE WITH PAUL SINHA Featuring Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Paul Sinha, Britain’s foremost comedian magician Pete Firman and inventive musical comic Robert White. A guest comedian is MC. Show 8.30pm 11pm Tickets from £6 to £15 020 7736 1446. Wahoo Bar Putney (Basement),14 - 16 Putney High Street, London, SW15 1SL. Email info@

8th October: Catford Theatre, Catford Broadway, London SE6 4RU. 020 8690 0002. www. broadwaytheatre. 29th October: Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ. 0208 985 2424 www. broadwaytheatre.

THE COMEDY FACTORY EVERY SUNDAY New weekly comedy JS\I^P[O[OLĂ„ULZ[ comedians. Hosted by Princess of the North. Performers will include: A Dot Comedian, Axel the Entertainer, Quincy, Jamie Howard, Mr Cee, Funmbi, Kat, Toju and Special P. D’Den Legacy, 135 Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 6JH ÂŁ10 on guestlist, email or text “Comedy Factoryâ€? to comedyfactory@ | comedyfactory@ Ă…H]V\YTHNJV\Rc c 07583668252



9th ONE TASTE GOES FAVELA AT CHIC OneTaste are back at the Favela Chic for a night of live music and spoken word featuring Paua Varjack. ÂŁ7. 0207 613 4228 Favela Chic, 91-93 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HZ / www.

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27th October Fashion’s Best Kept Secret – Black people, culture and the fashion industry Debate, Chaired by Joy Francis will chair a debate with including Brenda Emmanus (TBC) Zoe Whitley, Curator of Victoria and Albert Museum and fashionista Sharon Franklin. 6.15pm – 7.45pm. Dalston C.L.R. James Library, Dalston Lane, E8 3DG


28th Speaking of‌ This showcase of young Caribbean alternative talent is a platform for poets, storytellers, spoken word artists and authors, with thought-provoking short ÄSTZJYLLUPUNZMYVTHYV\UK[OL Caribbean. 020 7221 9700 The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY



4 -8 ONE MONKEY DON’T STOP NO SHOW The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air meets The Cosby Show in this hilariously outrageous play about how hard we try to hide who we really are, with comedian and actor Jocelyn Jee Esien (Little Miss Jocelyn). £9- £12 The Albany Theatre, Douglas way SE8 4UG. 0208 692 0231/ www. thealbany. th


11th - 5th Nov Bang Bang Bang A seasoned humanitarian worker and her idealistic young colleague get ready for a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. For Mathilde it’s an induction into a life less ordinary. For Sadhbh it’s back to madness and chaos away from her lover and London. £20 / Mondays: £10 Buy Tickets 020 7565 5000. Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1 26th -19th Nov Speechless An extraordinary story of two girls struggling to be heard. Speechless is a powerful portrayal of the twins secret ^VYSKHUK[OLPYZ[Y\NNSL[VÄUKH]VPJL against all odds. 020 7503 1646, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL

1st - 31st Hair Routes Exhibition An Exhibition celebrating Black hair. Carneige Library188 Herne Hill Road SE24 0AG. 020 7926 6050 / CarnegieLibrary@ 11th – Jan/2012 Our African Roots The whole of humanity has its roots in the great continent of Africa. Civilisation began there. This exhibition explores how Hackney’s Africans, from youth to elders, celebrate their culture. Free. Hackney Museum. 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ. Contact 020 8356 3000. 4th Oct - 31st Dec Island to Island Tim Smith, uses photographs and people’s stories of migration to explore the close relationship between Britain and the Caribbean islands of Dominica and Barbados. Redbridge Museum. Ilford Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1EA Contact: 020 8708 2317

15th Fela Kuti Birthday Tribute featuring Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra Musical director of award winning musical Fela! Dele Sosimi covers a collection of his greatest works and tracks from the critically acclaimed albums “Identityâ€? and “Turbulent Timesâ€?. 0844 847 2514. Jazz CafĂŠ 5 Parkway, Camden Town, 5>7.IV_VMĂ„JL' /

5TH, 6TH & 13TH RIHANNA Due to phenomenal demand, the Bajan singer has added six additional dates to her Loudon tour due to hit the UK in October. 0844 856 0202/ O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, Greenwich, London SE10 0DX

16th RnB Superstars – Joe, Jagged Edge & Jon B Take a stroll down memory lane as these top RnB vocalists from the slow-jams era unite for an unmissable one-off 7pm London show. £35-£60. 08448 44 47 48. Hammersmith Apollo Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9QH 20th Random Axe The hip hop super-group formed by Sean Price, Black Milk and Guilty Simpson comes together for this huge performance. Support from UK rap royalty Jehst, Djs Mr. Thing and Spin Doctor with special guests. 020

7833 2022. Scala , 275 Pentonville Road, London N1 9L info@ 28th Chris And Victor’s Big People Cabaret Victor Romero Evan and Chris Tummings sing their hearts out with a mix of jazz, lovers rock and soul, backed by the fabulous Ray Carless and The Skaaville All stars. A great evenings entertainment. 7:30. £12. 020 8835 7070 The Hideaway Jazz Club. 2 Empire Mews. Streatham London SW16 2BF

LIFE IN COLOUR DIRECTORY 28th The inspirational Journey of Fela Kuti A free interactive exhibition for the whole family, including a spectacular fashion show based on the music and life of Fela Kuti. Also, clothes by designer Tamara Johnson. 10am - 4pm. The Cuming Museum, 151 Walworth Road, SE17 1RY Contact: Tel: 020 7733 4592 Mb: 07903 925 875 Email: sl@fashionworkforceuk. com

1st – 29th Return of the SS Windrush photographic recreation of the migration to the UK in June 1948 Free event. Southwark Council Social Services, 1 Bradenham Close, SE17 2QA 9am to 5pm Contact: 020 7525 7077/0183 Dee.copeland@

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Life In Colour Dani Clay Issue 35 October 2011