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Issue 44|august 2012

Soul II Soul Right the wrongs

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contents FEATURE

Soul II Soul Right the Wrongs.....p8


Fesival Frenzie


Neresa Maya


D’Banj Live at Hammersmith Apolo


Some Girls Can Do it Standing Up at Hackney Empire


The all Black Cast of - Julius Ceasar


Regular Features:

The Shuffle with Amy Key

Diary of a Singer... p. 6 Unsigned and Happening.......... p. 7


The Nottinghill Carnival

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London’s Festival Frenzy

The Olympics got off to a spectacular start at the end of last month and has bought with it an eclectic mix of fun-filled activities for Londoners to attend and take part in. The city is buzzing with people ready to have a good time and with so much going on it can seem impossible to choose what to do. We’ve decided to help you out with our top picks of festivals happening in our booming metropolis. Whether you love music, dance, food, film or art, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this month.

16th – 25th Film4 Summer Screen 2012 Watch a movie under the stars on a balmy summers evening a London experience. Fee: £18/£14.50 Somerset House.WC2R 1LA 17th – 19th Foodies Festival 2012 The festival for food lovers returns with demonstrations, tastings and masterclasses with well-known chefs and food industry. Professionals including Levi Roots. Time: 11am Fee: £15/£25 Battersea Park.SW11 4NJ 18th Carnival Del Puelo The most authentic celebration of Latin American culture in Europe. A loud, colourful and full of flavour fiesta. London Pleasure Gardens.E16


26th Love Afrobeats Festival 2012 Get ready for 4 hours of banging music from the Motherland, with celebrated artists P-Square, Wande Coal, MayD, a live band and choreographed dance routines. Time: 6pm Fee: £30-£50 HMV Hammersmith Apollo.W6 9QH 26th London International Ska Festival A toe-tapping testament to ska and its monochrome musical guises – Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, rocksteady, reggae and 2-tone. With live acts and DJS. Time: 10pm fee: £11 Islington Metal Works.EC1V 1NQ 29th – Sep 9th London Live: Trafalgar Square A series of outdoor screenings of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Giants screens for live coverage, sports activities and concerts. Free admission Trafalgar Square.WC2N 5DN

Neresa Maye Life in Colour shines a spot light on Gospel Singer/Songwriter Neresa Maye When did you first realise you wanted to become a singer? It was from an early age. At around age 5, I remember mimicking a song from a Levi’s advert perfectly, performing it to my school friends and basking in the applause (Loool!) As a Christian, how do you cope with the questionable morals of the music and entertainment industry as a whole? There are no after parties for me! I’m not on a mission to convert everyone in the music industry. And have you found that as a gospel singer your fan base is limited? There isn’t a huge market for Gospel in the UK as there is in America. However, I’m not looking for world domination, only to do what I love. What do you think of the current state of mainstream music? To be honest, I don’t really follow it. Maybe it’s too superficial for me, even if the beats are bumping! You’re now part of the vocal group Divine Divine (Winners of the Time 2 Shine talent search 2011). As a previous solo artist, do you find yourself having to compromise? Even as a solo artist there are compromises to be made with managers, promoters, record companies etc. I like being able to hear the ideas and opinions of my group members (they are so talented), to get their feedback on my ideas and it’s great not having to make all the decisions by myself! Your favourite quote to live by? Hmm... ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway!’,,



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t’s a lovely sunny Thursday morning and I am debating whether I should drive or take the tube to a recording studio in Islington, to meet and work with a great singer I knew years ago. As usual, all my procrastination and deliberations is making me late. Maybe I’m anxious. Anyway, to bring you up to date, one of my other income streams is vocal tutoring and I work with a disability arts company supporting their vocalists. Lizzie one of their students and is a very talented singer/songwriter with many albums under her belt and a solid fan base. Now, I’m definitely going to be late if I take the tube, so it’s all about the car and the expensive car park fees which will eek out my little payment for the session but hey! Those are the breaks. 10am goes by, but at least I’m parking. On foot a colleague then navigates


JB ROSE ‘Diary of a Singer’ me to the building, which has an impressively large studio, beautiful floorboards, a classy vocal booth, massive mixing desk and no more than three engineers (there is usually just one). Anyway to gloss over the fact that I’m late (soooo bad!) I get going and do some warm-up exercises with Lizzie and we crack onto recording her song, the other singer will record her part when we have finished. I do wonder if she will remember me, it’s been so long and she must have met zillions of people between then and now. I concede that it’s ok if she doesn’t remember me. The session ends and Lizzie was fantastic. As we enter the mixing room and after Lizzie gets an embrace from the lovely Beverley Knight, we both immediately start reminiscing on the good old days, catching up on people we both know and gossiping a bit. She is as completely wonderful as always and of course she remembered me :0). I love what I do for a living.

Unsigned & Happening ShezAr Finding her roots in gospel and armed with a powerful soulful voice with plenty of glittering stage presence, ShezAr is tipped as one of the freshest artists to emerge from the London urban scene this year. Already making waves in the industry, ShezAr has worked with Grime MC Ghetts, toured with Wretch 32 and Example and is set to collaborate with hit maker Labrinth, also her younger brother. Her debut single ‘Forever’ is set to be released this summer and with complimentary comparisons to Jill Scott and Lauryn Hill already being made, it’s sure to be a hit. // Driving Lolita D-Code , a former Radio 1 presenter, drum and bass producer and head re-mixer for the computer game DJ Hero. He grew bored of the same old sound of mainstream music and set himself a challenge to produce something fresh. Teaming up with guitarist Abrar Hafiz, vocalist Graziella and collaborator Arrows Down, Driving Lolita was born. Producing a genre-defying sound that can best be described as electro-punk, Driving Lolita’s music is powerful, fast and snarling, complimented by Graziellas soulful intense vocals. With a love of all music and talent in abundance, this band is definitely part of the musical renaissance. // Lil Simz At only 18 years old, Lil Simz, real name Simbiatu Ajikawo and dubbed The Princess of Rap, is already a veteran in the emcee game, with major experience behind her. The talented MC, producer, writer, dancer and budding actress has performed at a number of noted venues and events, including this year’s Hackney Weekend. Forget playing with Barbie’s, Lil Simz picked up the MIC at the young age of 8 and has since worked her way up to sharing stages with Sway, Tinie Tempah and Estelle. Her music radiates positivity, creativity, flow and great wordplay. Look out for her inevitable rise. //


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Last month Life in Colour hotfooted it down to the Electric Cinema formerly known as the Fridge in Brixton to witness one of the UK’s biggest R&B acts receive an honoury award from the Performing Rights Society (PRS). It was 11am and luckily the Gods smiled on us, as it didn’t rain as it has been for so many months. Outside the venue huddled patiently together were the music press, TV, Kym Myzelle, MOBO awards founder Kanya King, the talented Omar (fresh from the news of receiving an MBE from the queen), MP Chukka Ummna, the Brixton mayor and all of the Soul ll Soul crew complete with Jazzie B, Nellie Hooper and Caron Wheeler. During the proceedings PRS for Music Deputy Chair, Paulette Long remarked: “It’s been an absolute privilege to present the Heritage Award to Soul II Soul and to the Electric. Having grown up in the Brixton area, and being born just a stones throw away from here, it’s fantastic to recognise one of the area’s leading musical talents who have inspired

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many musicians the world over, and I know that Brixton will continue to produce more artists of this caliber for us to celebrate. MP Chukka Ummna told guests that his first ever gig was a Soul ii Soul gig at the Fridge as well as bringing our attention to the fact that in 1990 and 1991 the group had five Brit Award nominations and received nothing. The local MP urged the Brit Awards to “Right the wrong” and recognise this British acts contribution to the industry. After the unveiling, distinguished guests and anyone who’s anyone gathered in the Electric to watch an exclusive live performance of Soul ll Soul hits lead by an overwhelmed Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler who sang the smash hits ‘Keep on Moving’ and ‘Back to Life’ followed by Charlotte and the crew singing ‘Love Enuff ’ and ‘Get A Life’. Even if others do not recognise these musical giants’ achievements Life in Colour want to ‘big up’ this super group.


MUSIC 4th Eastern Electrics Festival The best in electronic music, get ready for an all-day all-out party at London Docklands Time: 11am Fee: £40 Area 12 Greenwich Peninsula. SE10 0BE 18th Me One The one-man creative force comes to London for a new album launch. Time: 7pm Fee: £11.50 Jazz Cafe.NW1 7PG 18th Canary Wharf Jazz Festival The best of Jazz perform, including Josh Arcoleo Quartet & Bansangu Orchestra. Time:1.30pm Canada Square Park.E14 5AX 020 7418 2783 26th Conya Doss The Queen of Indie Soul performs fresh Material. Time: 7pm Fee: £25.75 Jazz Cafe.NW1 7PG


27th Africa Unplugged 20 Acts, 15 Nations, 1 Mic Time: 6pm Fee: £25-£115 Wembley Arena.HA9 OAA 31st-9th Sep Dean Rodney Singers An innotive audio-visual installation ft. Music, dance and video by a global online band. Time: 10am Free admission Southbank Centre.SE1 8XX

27th D’banj Live The celebrated Nigerian Artists success continues to grow, a show not to be missed. Time: 7pm Fee: £23.75-£55.75. HMV Hammersmith Apollo. W6 9QH

COMEDY 1st Comedy Store Players Improvised humour from a 6 Strong team based on audience suggestions. Time: 8pm Fee:£17 Comedy Store.SWY1 1st – 9th Sep Ha Ha Hackney Celebrating the years of comedy between the 1948 and 2012 Olympic Games Fee: £10-£25 Hackney Empire.E8 2nd The Best In Stand-Up Sharp wit from an array of comedy talent. Time: 8pm Fee: £18 Comedy Store.SW1Y www.thecomedystore.

7pm £12 Metra Club. WC2H 7NG 23rd Some girls can do it standing up A show celebrating British stand up comediennes Time: 7.30pm Fee: £10-£25 Hackney Empire E8 26th The Funny side Gerry k, actor, host and comedy performs his candid brand of humour. Time: 7pm Fee: £12.50 The George. WC2R 1AP

17th Comedy Carnival With hilarious comedians, JJ Whitehead, Rudi Lickwood and a special guest.

1st - 5th Shazia Mirza Intelligent observations and skilful cultural satire. Time: 9pm Fee: £10 The Lion and Unicorn Theatre. NW5 2EB


THEATRE 8th Aug – 15th Sep Julius Caesar Shakespeare’s Roman play relocated to subSaharan Africa, With an all-black British cast. 7.30pm £39.50 Noël Coward Theatre,WC2N 4AU

1st – 11th Birthday Lisa and Ed are having another baby, and are determined to do things differently. Fee: £10-£28 Royal Court Theatre. SW1W 8AS 1st – 8th Sep Ragtime the Musical A powerful musical uniting three families separated by race and destiny. Time: 2.15pm/7.45pm Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. NW1 4NU 2nd – 4th Raising Lazarus Kat Francois tells the story of her grandfather’s cousin who left Grenada to serve in WW1 for Britain.


Time: 9pm Fee:£8 Camden People’s Theatre. NW1 2PY www.cptheatre. 11th- 12th A Dream across the Ocean A musical that celebrates the faith & determination of the West Indian

Pentecostals. Produced by The Churchboyz. Time: 7.30pm Fee:£16.50-£20 Ashcroft Theatre.CR9 1DG

19th J.A. Story The Musical Inspired by Jamaica’s history, this musical depicts it’s influence on the world, culture &sports Time: 3.30pm/7.30pm Fee:£22 Fairfield Halls Theatre. CR9 1DG 1st – 5th Sep A Midsummer’s Night’s dream Shakespeare’s enduring story of young love in a unique setting. Time: 2.15pm/7.45pm Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. NW1 4NU

SPOKEN WORD 7th Beyond Words A Poetry Party to celebrate summer. Time: 7.30pm Free admission The Gipsy Hill Tavern. SE19 1QY 14th Lyrically Challenged Vibrant spoken word and hiphop night, bringing together some of East London’s finest poets & MCs Time: 7pm Free admission Passing Clouds. E8 4AA Lyrically-Challenged 25th The Shuffle. Amy Key, Jacqui Saphra and Gale Burns present a rich array of poets Time: 7.30 Fee:£5 The Poetry Cafe. WC1.

15th- 29th Roundhouse Poetry Slam The hottest new spoken word artists battle it out to win Time: 7.30pm Fee: £4 Roundhouse.NW1 8EH

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COMMUNITY 1st -6th Respect Jamaica 50 Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence with some of the most iconic reggae, ska and dub artists. Fee: £13.75-£111 Times Vary IndigO2.SE10 0AX 3rd – 4th Africa Fashion Week 2nd Annual event celebrating and promoting African inspired designers in the UK. Free/£7 11am/1pm Spitalfields Markets.E1 www.africafashionweeklondon. com 3rd – 12th Jamaica House Discover Jamaica’s history, food, culture & sporting legacy. Time: 4pm Free admission The O2, Peninsula Square. SE10 0DX 17th – 19th Canary Wharf Jazz Festival A platform for the most promising up Time: 7pm/1.30pm Free admission Canada Square Park: Outdoor


Cinema. E14 5AX 19th 02 London Mela 2012 Festival celebrating the creativity of London’s Asian communities. 1pm Free Gunnersbury Park.W5 4NX 26th - 27th Notting Hill Carnival Europe’s biggest annual street festival returns for more music, dance, food & fun. Time: 9am Free admission Notting Hill Area.W11

5th Brixton Splash Street festival led by the local community, celebrating Brixton’s diversity. Time: 12pm Free admission Brixton. SW2

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