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Kasai Masai

The Heart of Africa


Janet Kay & Carrol Thompson


Death & the Maiden with Thandie Newton


Live & Kicking with Kojo


Come Rhyme with Me – Dean Atta


Exiled Lit Café


Pantomime Special

Cinderella at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Kasai Masai play ancestral music which has been passed down from generation to generation and is rooted in the healing power of percussion and chanting accompanied by the Congolese folk guitar. Led by singer Nicken Nikos live audiences find themselves instinctively moving towards the dance floor with the hypnotic sounds of old and new, of the countryside and the city and from the heart of Africa.

by Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman

“This team is capable of wonderful things’’ The Times Audiences were asked which panto they wanted to see on stage. The peoples’ choice? Cinderella won! Back with a twist Theatre Royal Stratford East is remounting their Olivier-nominated Cinderella with not one dame, not two dames but three. Oh no they didn’t! Oh YES they did! The Wicked Step-Mother and her two Ugly Sisters will all be men in frocks alongside the usual baddies to boo and hiss at. This exciting production promises more fun than you can possibly imagine Written by long-term writing duo Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman with original music, this classic tale is perfect for all the family. The cast features Stratford East’s favourites: Ayesha Antoine (BBC’s Holby City) as Cinderella and Craig Storrod as Prince Leo, Sandra Bee as Fairy Godmother with the three Dames played by Michael Bertenshaw as The Wicked Step-Mother, Darren Hart and Marcus Ellard as the Ugly Sisters, Stephen Hoo as Don Dini, Tony Jayawardena (BBC’s Moses Jones) as Baron, Stephen Lloyd as Buttons and Shelley Williams (West End’s Daddy Cool) as the Queen. Tickets £6 - £22 Competition:

Cinderella runs until Saturday 21 January 2012. Show times 10am, 2pm and 7pm.

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Aaliyah Latifah Aaliyah Latifah is an R&B singer/ songwriter from the UK. Inspired by Mary J Blige, Keri Hilson, Jessie J and the late singer Aaliyah. At the beginning of 2010 Aaliyah began her musical journey, working with various artist in the midlands and featuring on a few different mixtapes. Aaliyah is currently working on her mixtape ‘A Girl Like Me’, which will be available in early 2012.

Nickens is well known artist on the music circuit and has worked with Koffi Olomide, Papa Wemba, Kanda Bongoman, Mose Fan Fan and Sam Mapangala to name a few. Also having appeared at all the high profile music festivals as well as TV & Radio Nickens has performed on Andy Kershaw’s “World and New”, “Later with Jool’s Holand”, “John Peel session”, BBC3 World Music Day, Resonance FM and more. Don’t miss this exciting act that is skilful enough to get everyone dancing on their feet.


OneNess Sankara OneNess is a singer, song writer, spoken word lyricist, director and actress. Born and raised in London OneNess has been performing since the age of eight. Her exceptional spoken word/ singer song writing abilities has entertained an array of audiences. She has performed with Mica Paris, Terri Walker, Swiss, Black Twang, Dead Prez & many more. Nominated for Best Black Female Poet by Black Women in the Arts OneNess has recently launched her new single & video called ‘A Colon & a Bracket (AKA Dat Facebook Song! At the Tabernacle North London.

Kasai Masai is a five piece band that brings us the traditional sound of the most remote equatorial villages with an urban twist. Consisting of djembe, guitar, saxophone, bass, and drum they are also joined onstage by one or two female dancers. Named after a river, Kasai is found in the Congo where tribes such as Baka still maintain their original lifestyles.

Issue 37 | Dec-Jan 2012

Jai Amore

’ve been asked to perform an original song by a good friend of mine at a low-key Black History Month event. As I’m trying to get back into singing regularly it would be sour grapes to offer a tirade of ‘I’ve got nothing prepared,’ or ‘I’ve got a sore throat,’ after all I love music. Actually this could be a good leadup to me working with the newly discovered Mr Fantastic a songwriter whom I arranged to write with. So I dust off my guitar, strum it awkwardly and attempt at penning a new tune. I‘m there for ages trying to be relevant and write something intelligent about Mary Seacole or Sojourner Truth but the subject matter veers towards my neurosis. “Just go with it” I tell myself. Isn’t it an artists’ prerogative to be self-obsessed? Eventually the song is finished, entitled ‘That’s Why’ and I thinks it’s okay. It’s Wednesday, Kentish town and I’m nearly late. Greeted by an audience of all women I can feel their anticipation. During the show various people go up to perform thought provoking poems, sing powerful songs about struggle, prejudice and heartache. So I am about to have my debut guitar performance. I study the crowd and they are rowdy! Anxiety rising. It’s my turn. I go up and disaster strikes as I knock over the Kente cloth draped screen on a table with a regal, picture frame of an exceptionally fine African Emperess. Everything brok’ up! Ok, so I’ve begun my song like Mr Bean but I persevere. I pull my too short mini skirt down a bit and strum. Silence! 1st verse! They stare motionless. Chorus. So I get them to sing along with the end of the song. Pause. Then… whooping and cheering come from the crowd. “Phew!” They loved it and more importantly they related to it. Looks like I have something to say when I write my new album after all… ‘That’s Why.’

Tour dates 30th of December: Hootananny, 95 Effra Road Brixton SW2 1DF 31th of December: World’s End, 21-23 Stroud Green Rd London N4 3 EF

Yung Snow Snow , aged 19 years from South Kilburn. His interest in music and rapping started at 14 years old as a club Mc taking part in battles and writing lyrics for others as well as himself. By the age of 16 his name grew in the UK underground scene. As he performed profusely Snow has released a Promo CD ‘Its Gunna Snow’ which received great feedback. Catch his video ‘Who is He’ on you-tube. Snow tells his fans that he will only change for the better and will continue to be himself regardless of the situation.

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Jai Amore

Q.How long have you The singing Bachelor been performing? I’ve been performing live for about ten years. I started to realise I could take it seriously when I got the chance to perform at the MOBO’s in front 3,500 people at the Royal Albert Hall in 2006 Q.How would you describe your style? Electro-RnB. I’m really experimental with my music, but my roots are in James Brown soul and Usher RnB.. Q.You’ve performed with artist such as Chipmunk, Pyrelli and producers Bless Beats to name a few. What are your plans for the future? I’m just enjoying releasing music to my fans who have been really enthusiastic about my songs. I’ve got a growing fan-base in beautiful Ghana so I’m making regular trips their for showcases. In the UK, I’m working with the producers I love and respect. Q.You’re about to release a new video can you tell us about it? The video is for my single called ‘Backwards’, which is about a relationship in reverse. What that means is that you don’t see it but there are obvious signs that it’s ending, and then everything falls apart as if it’s going back to the beginning. I had fun doing the video, because we shot the whole thing in reverse. I had to learn the whole song backwards. Q.With all the negative press in the news about young people what are your thoughts? I think it takes strong and determined role models to make a change. From parenting to just good friendships. So, I teach kids regularly, running vocal sessions and just trying my best to prove that you can have mad fun in life and still be successful. Live to the max. As I say, Don’t Half Live. Q.How can we find out more about you? Also, you can follow me on twitter @JaiAmore and get personal..!And if you’re on Facebook, just search for me: Jai Amore Backwards - Out 13/12/11


THEATRE On Until 21st Jan’ Death and the Maiden Thu 13th Oct - 21st Jan 2012 Thandie Newton stars in this revival of Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden. Pauline Salas (Newton) is a former political prisoner. She never saw her captor and torturer, but she’s never forgotten his voice and mannerisms. Years later, she is visted by Dr Roberto Mirando . Convinced that Mirando was her persecutor, she holds him captive. From £32.45 Venue: Harold Pinter Theatre SW1Y Tel: 0845 505 8500 6th-24th The Magician’s Daughter by Peter Glanville Inspired by Shakespeare’s story of The Tempest, Little Angel Theatre bring their trademark blend of puppetry and song to this captivating story of the adventures of a young girl on a magical faraway island. Suitable for children aged 3+ Venue Albany SE8. Tel: 020 8692 4446 On Until Dec 23rd The Westbridge The accusation of a Black teenager sparks disturbance on the South London streets, while tensions rise, a couple from very different backgrounds. The Westbridge explores the intricacies of living side by side, and looks at racial and cultural distinctions with humour and bite Venue: Royal Court Theatre SW1. Tel: 20 7565 5000 whats-on/the-westbridge

Now until 8th Jan The Snow Queen After a freak snowstorm on the southern tip of India, Kumar disappears. Gowri, his best friend, discovers that he has been captured by the formidable Snow Queen, and embarks on a journey across the length and breadth of the continent to save him. Venue: Unicorn Theatre. SE1 Tel: 020 7645 0560. the-snow-queen. Now until April 2012 The Comedy of Errors Lenny Henry makes his National Theatre debut in this new production which stages Shakespeare’s highpaced comedy about mistaken identity in a chaotic contemporary world. On now till the ends April 2012. £12 - £45 Venue: National Theatre, SE1 Tel 020 7452 3000.

SPOKEN WORD 8th Dec London Liming A spoken word party with UK’s best spoken word acts encased in Soca, Brazilian, Reggae, Hi-Life and dance tunes. Show starts at 8pm £7, £5 student/concs Rixh Mix E1 Tel: 020 7613 7498 Tel: 020 7613 7498 www. uk boxoffice@

30th Dec Dean & Deanna present Come Rhyme With Me A poetry evening presented as a dining experience. The food is great and the banter between Dean and Deana makes people come back for more. The last Friday of each month 7-10pm £5. £10 with food Venue: Cottons - Rhum Jungle EC1. Tel: 020 7833 3332 www.

11th Stories from Conflict Wander in a modern spin on storytelling; Vayu Naidu explores the theme of conflict to link traditional tales with present day narratives. 6:30pm. Free Venue: The Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall SE1 8XX Tel: 0844 875 0073

19 Dec & 16 Jan ‘12 SPARK LONDON OPEN MIC: A True Story-Telling Event True stories told from the stage. th


Kasai Masai Fri 30th Dec, 20.00pm Kasai Masai, the Kings of Soukous, will be gracing the stage of the Hootananny, playing their traditional Congolese sounds with a modern twist. Venue: Hootananny SW2. Tel 020 7241 3280 The Brand New Heavies Mon 12th Dec - Tue 13th Dec, 19.00pm The Brand New Heavies, one of the most successful and enduring acts of the acid jazz scene, are celebrating their milestone 20th anniversary. Performing hits including Midnight at the Oasis and You’ve Got a Friend, these shows will coincide with the release of The Best Of 20 Years, a double disc CD compilation documenting the band’s career to date. Under The Bridge Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London SW6 1HS £30-£50 020 7957 8261

COMEDY to The CAMP Basement for a special live Christmas session featuring a performance from the Prince Fatty Sound System, vocalist Hollie Cook & MC Horseman.£5/ £7/ £10 Venue: The CAMP (City Arts Music Project) EC1. 22nd & 23rd Dec London Community Gospel Choir Catch this fantastic choir at The Jazz Café for a ‘Gospel’ Christmas! Energetic, inspiring and spirit filled, ‘there ‘ain’t no stopping them now. Doors 7pm £20 Venue: Jazz Café Tel: 08444 847 2514

27th & 28th Dec Lee “Scratch” Perry “Legendary music producer” Lee “Scratch” Perry needs no introduction. The Upsetter has been highly influential in the development and acceptance Aloe Blacc of reggae and dub Thur 15th Dec, 19.00pm 30th -31st Dec music in Jamaica The soulful singer of Janet Kay and Carol Thompson and overseas for ‘Green Lights’ and ‘I more than 30 years. The Queens of Lover’s Rock return to Need a Dollar’ closes He has worked with Jazz Cafe for their Christmas residency. his UK tour with a almost everyone Janet Kay will be singing hits, “Lovin’ London performance. from the Heptones You,” “I Do Love You” and “Silly Buy Tickets to the Skatalites Games.” While Carroll Thompson will HMV Hammersmith to the Clash. Also be taking us down memory lane with, Apollo one of the group of Queen Caroline Street, “I’m So Sorry” and “Simply In Love” to people who formed London W6 9QH Bob Marley and the name a few. £22.50 Wailers. Venue: Jazz Venue: Jazz Café Tel: 08444 847 2514 08448 44 47 48 Café Tel: 08444 847 www. 2514 www.venues. Fri 16th Dec, 21.00pm jazz-cafe Reggae Roast: Prince jazz-cafe Fatty Sound System Doors 7pm £20 Reggae Roast Reggae Roast returns

Pantomime Special Expect the unusual, the hilarious, the tragic and the heart warming. Our storytellers have included teachers, car dealers and barristers - anyone with a story to tell is welcome Venue: Ritzy Cinema (upstairs) Tel 020 7326 2615. www.

The Roundhouse Poetry Collective Book Now The Roundhouse Poetry Collective is promising an evening of razorsharp, crafted words from a the most exciting young poets in London! The group have been working with acclaimed spoken word artist Polarbear and have been honing their performance skills. The night also features performances from two very special guest poets. £5 Venue: The Roundhouse Tel: 0844 482 8008

1st-31st Dec Aladdin Soho Theatre artistic director Steve Marmion directs his third panto for the Lyric, reunited with writers Joel Horwood and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm to offer a doubtless madcap take on the tale of the young boy and his genie. Ages 6+. Venue: Lyric Hammersmith Tel: 0871 221 1729.

7th – 24th Dec Bollywood Cinderella TV personality Hardeep Singh Kohli joins forces with Tara to pen a Indian-style spin on the panto classic, in which one Surinderella is forced to work for her wicked Auntiji and stepsisters Happy and Lucky. Venue: Tara Theatre. SW18 Tel: 020 8333 4457.

9th Dec – 15th Jan 2012 Dick Whittington Dame Edna Everage, amazingly, makes her panto debut this year. Sam Attwater (of ‘Eastenders’) and presenter Anna Williamson join the bill and help tell the story of Dick’s quest for big city fame and fortune. Venue: New Wimbledon Theatre Tel: 0870 0606646 www.ambassadortickets. com/wimbledon

On Now until 8th Jan Aladdin Andrew Pollard pens this year’s Greenwich panto, which is developing a reputation as the best outside of East London. Kieron Smith directs the oriental joshing. £16- £25, Venue: Greenwich Theatre, SE10 Tel: 020 8858 7755

Now till Jan 14th A feisty spin on this classic fairytale in which our Cinders must win a reality TV show and the handsome Prince’s heart. The production is blessed with a typically enormous Chickenshed cast. Ages 5+. Venue: Chickenshed Theatre. N14 020 8292 9222 10 Dec – 2 Jan 2012 Jack and the Beanstalk Colourful costumes, creative choreography accompanied by live music and a huge side dish of slapstick delivered by a very talented cast who promise plenty of magic in the giant kingdom of Sunnyvale! Staring Eastenders Angela Wynter Venue: Catford Broadway Theatre . SE6 Tel 0208 690 000 th


6th -31st Jack and the Beanstalk Sisters Linda and Maureen Nolan lead the cast in this festive panto. Find out what happens when Jack swaps his family’s last possession for a handful of magic beans. Stars Devon Anderson from Eastenders. Cost £11-£14 Venue: Shaw Theatre. NW1 Tel: 020 7666 9037

10th Dec Omid Djalli Star of his own self-titled BBC series ‘The Omid Djalili Show’, the Iranian stand-up is back doing what he does best after acclaimed performances as Fagin in ‘Oliver!’ and crossing the pond to conquer Hollywood. Venue Fairfield Halls CR9 Tel: 020 8688 9291. 11th Dec The Comedy Factory Every Sunday New weekly comedy club with the finest comedians gracing the stage. 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. Every Sunday. £10 Venue: D’Den Legacy NW3 Tel: 07701090781, 07583668252 Email: or 17 Dec Quincy’s Comedy Lounge Quincy’s Christmas Special. A host of top comedians will be passing through to show their love . Includes prizes & giveaways as well as special Caribbean Dinner / Ticket offer. Dinner 6pm Show 7.45pm Venue Stratford Circus. E15 Tel: 0844 357 2625

PICK UP YOUR LIFE..... The Vault The vault team proudly present Slim , Annette, and Marlon Davis and one great host Kat. Followed by an alter party with Kiss FM DJ Spoony Doors open 7pm show time 8 pm TEL: 07946893247 bb 25f911bd

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21 Dec Comedy Night at Cottons. Regular weekly comedy from an array London’s finest comedians. Every Wednesday. Venue: Cottons - Rhum Jungle EC1. Tel: 020 7833 3332 www.cottons-restaurant. st


13 Dec 18.30pm The Black Candle Narrated by world renowned poet Maya Angelou and directed by award-winning author and filmmaker M.K. Asante, The Black Candle traces the history of Kwanzaa from the first celebration in 1966 to its present-day reality as a global holiday embraced by over 20 million celebrants. Linford Sweeney will also be launching his daily affirmations book At Peace With Myself at the event. Venue: PCS Learning Centre SW1V Tel: 0208 881 0660. info@ th

15th Dec Monolugeslam The UK’s foremost Actors Showcase for performers – in front of the industry in multiple cities! Up to 20 actors perform infront of an industry panel of judges in 1 min, 3 min monologues aswell as an audience influenced 2 min improvistaion round for the prize of the ultimate thespian.
It’s fast its furious and it’s fun!! The show also includes special musical appearances.
£5 Venue: Rixh Mix E1 Tel: 020 7613 7498 Tel: 020 7613 7498, uk 2 Jan. Exiled Lit Café. An evening of literature by writers in exile in attempt to raise awareness of writers condemned for their works. 7.30pm. £2-£4 Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2. Tel:0872 148 1763 www. nd

13 Jan Free to Fall Free to Fall is back! A scratch night where emerging or established th


20th- 21st Jan 2012 Live and Kicking with Kojo Following in his success to date The Knot Kojo returns to Hackney Empire to tape his first ever DVD “Live N Kicking” £ 15.50 - £ 25 Hackney Empire, E8 Tel: 020 8985 2424

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5th Dec Black Comedy Awards 2011 Laugh with the funny men and women who have had audiences roaring this year. The awards ceremony includes a sumptious three course meal, live comedy and an afterparty. £40 Venue: 5. HA4 Tel: 07740 471 352

Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street, London E8 1RJ Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX Broadway Theatre, The Broadway, Barking, IG11 7LS The Albany Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG Ritzy Cinema Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW2 1JG, Jazz Cafe 3 - 5 Parkway. Borough, Camden, London, NW1 7PG

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London SE4 2DH The Tricycle Theatre – 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR Arcola Theatre – 27 Arcola St, London, E8 2DJ Rich Mix, 5-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA, Tabernackle, 55-61 Tabernacle Street. The City. London.

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