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Welcome to Lime’s first issue of 2011 and we’re in the mood for love and loving life.

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Whether you’re loved up or not – this issue is all about London’s best cultural events for you to spend time with your loved ones be it theatre or screen, clubbing or museums. As it’s half term this month we’ve also included listings to help you entertain the little ones, too. We pride ourselves on championing home grown talent whether they are lords and ladies of the underground or top ten in the charts. This is why our interviewees are as diverse as ever from the UK’s Wretch 32 and Kadija Kamara to US soul diva Faith Evans and hip hop veteran Talib Kweli. As we are embracing all things love we wanted to find out what people love about the beauty of life. The answers ranged from chocolate to the joy of being able to live life as we choose. What do you love about life?

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Events 4 Come Rhyme with Me World Events 8 The Oscars Children 9 Half-term Special Gallery 10 Famous for the Wrong Reasons Theatre 12 Ailey II Music 17 Faith Evans Community 26 Strange Fruit Screen 34 Suicide Kids Comedy 38 Laughter lines Clubs 40 Paul Aaaron Breaktime 44 In the MOOD FOr ISSUE 19, February 2011



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in the mood for love

07 Feb

Brief Encounters Speedy Dating

Lime event review: Cirque du Soleil’s Totem Words: Victoria Woode Lime rating: You may recall the interview that Lime did with Cirque du Soleil’s Esi Acquaah-Harrison in the last issue. Now it was my chance to find out even more about the most talked about Circus act to hit the UK. The show itself was a story of the human species, myths regarding our original amphibian state,how we have evolved, culture and communication. Totem managed to incorporate familiar circus style performances, physical theatre, trapeze and acrobatics to a vivacious African inspired live soundtrack. My eyes were amazed by the sight of petite ladies juggling whilst seated on 12ft high unicycles, muscular men performing acrobatics on wooden beams that were held well above head height and trapeze style manoeuvres, such as descending gracefully from the highest heights of the Royal Albert Hall giving a realistic illusion that wings were not needed to fly. I was astounded by each and every deliverance and unusual formation that the human body could make. Totem was highly creative and beautifully staged – simply amazing. Go on, treat yourself. Cirque du Soleil’s Totem is at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London until February 17, 2011. Info:

03 Feb

Rum Punch Join Partnas in Rhyme, for a night that’s guaranteed to leave your creative buds refreshingly intoxicated and yearning for more. [First

Thursday of the month]. Time: 7.30pm Rudy’s Revenge (Downstairs), 168 High Holborn, London WC1V 7AA Info: www.onitpr.

We are excited to bring the Londoner’s ideal dating platform to our equally ideal intimate venue. Newcomers, fear not! It’s a relaxed vibe (naturally), and we won’t throw you in without a paddle to fend for yourselves. With a host of activities, friendly hosts and enough fun stuff to guarantee a good night, there’s also a very good chance of leaving with Mr or Mrs Valentine for a free cinema date. This event is for: straight singles, aged mid 20s to mid 30s. (Not in this category? Watch this space for your turn) Time: 7.30pm Upstairs at the Ritzy, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG Info: www.

08 Feb / 09 Mar

Le Cordon Bleu Afternoon Tea Party at 108 Marylebone Lane

At the Afternoon Tea Parties, Le Cordon Bleu’s Superior Pâtisserie students 4 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

will demonstrate the skills and creativity they have acquired throughout their Diploma. Indulgent cakes and freshly baked scones with home-made jam and clotted cream will be offered to guests, along with a selection of teas and coffees. Future Afternoon Tea Parties will also take place throughout the year. Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm 108 Marylebone Lane Restaurant & Bar, 108 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2QE Info: www.108maryle

09 Feb


in the mood for love

A Love Poetree with Inua Ellams Following the festive success of A Partridge in a Poetree, the Poetree will be returning to its roots. This cutting will bring a showering of spoken word confetti, celebrating all things Cupid, Casanova and commercial gain, as Valentine’s Day looms ever closer. Headlined by Inua Ellams with Amy Acre and Dan Simpson Time: 7.30-10.30 Balham Bowls Club, 7-9 Ramsden Road, London SW12 8QX Info:

10 Feb

Champagne and Cheese Tasting with La Cave a Fromage Join us for this unique tasting experience and discover the best combinations of regional cheeses with a selection of different Champagne styles. Together with a specially selected Cave a Fromage Cheese Board this unique tasting experience

events is fun, informative and interactive. Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm La Cave a Fromage, 24-25 Cromwell Place London SW7 2LD Info: www.frenchbubbles.

12 Feb

The Doctor Who Experience


in the mood for love Supperclub Valentine’s Day special

‘Love Brunchers’ should arrive from Midday at the super stylish, world renowned supperclub located in Portobello, Notting Hill. Start with luscious Bloody Mary’s and Bellini’s at the bar before being escorted to your bed of love to feast on delicious food from a surprise, special menu created especially for the event by the supperclub Chefs. Then party the afternoon away with impressive guest DJ’s and some extraordinarily, weird and wonderful entertainment which will run through to a 6pm finale (this regularly involves people dancing on the furniture!). The brunch loving team endeavor to pack as much fun, entertainment and debauchery that is physically possible into Saturday afternoon. Time: 12-6pm Love Brunch at supperclub, 12 Acklam Road, London, W10 5QZ Info: www.supperclub. com

15 Feb

Brit Awards 2011 Topping the list of nominations this year is South London sensation Tinie Tempah, who appears in four different categories

Tinie Tempah has been nominated for 4 Brit Awards. including the prestigious MasterCard British Album of the Year. Hot on his heels are Plan B, The XX and Mumford & Sons, who have all received three nominations, while Ellie Goulding, Cheryl Cole, Take That, Rumer, Cee Lo Green, Arcade Fire, Katy Perry and Eminem are all nominated in two categories. Of these, Plan B, Mumford & Sons, The XX and Take That join Tinie Tempah to battle it out for the MasterCard British Album of the Year, the biggest award of the evening. On the night itself we’ll learn more about the creation of these five nominated albums as they are showcased via short films screened throughout the Awards, building the anticipation towards the evening’s big reveal. Time: 8pm ITV1 / O2 Arena, London Info:

18 – 23 Feb

London Fashion Week Fashion houses and designers including Orla Kiely, Eun Jeong, Ashish Gupta John Rocha, Issa London and Ashish reveal their Autumn / Winter 2011 collections. Info: www.

From 20 Feb

The Doctor Who Experience The Doctor Who Experience promises to be an unmissable adventure featuring an exhilarating and unique walk-through experience and an awe-inspiring exhibition. Visitors will be invited to step through a crack in time to become the Doctor’s companion on an adventure. The walk through experience is a fully contained interactive Doctor Who adventure, which puts the public at the heart of the action. The exhibition element of the Doctor Who Experience will chart the success of the show from the first series in 1963 to the most recent episodes starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. Time: 10am-6pm London Olympia Two (2nd Floor), Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX Info: www.doctorwho

24 Feb – 13 Mar

Madam Butterfly This spectacular ‘in the

round’ production of the opera is staged in an enchanting Japanese water garden. No opera can match the tragedy and sorrow of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. Set in Japan at the turn of the century, this tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music. The differences in attitudes and styles of East and West are skilfully woven together in Puccini’s ravishing score. The magnificent love duet which closes the first act and Butterfly’s celebrated solo ‘One Fine Day’, in which she shows her unwavering belief that Pinkerton will return to her, are just two of the greatest moments. And when, after several years, Pinkerton eventually returns with his American wife, Butterfly realises she has been betrayed and the opera moves to its powerful and tragic conclusion. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP, Info: www.royalalberthall. com

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25 Feb

Come Rhyme with Me A poetry evening presented as a dining experience with a set menu of performers, each style specific to the course they have been chosen to represent. [Last Friday of every month] Time: 6.30pm-10pm Rhum Jungle, Cottons Caribbean Restaurant, 70 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QP Info:

27 Feb

Keats House Open Mic This is a monthly open mic hosted by Keats House

Poets Forum. Each month one poet is paid to write a new piece, Dean Atta is the commissioned poet

for February, the theme is ‘love’. He is joined by guest poet Bohdan Piasecki. Time: 2-4pm Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead London NW3 2RR Info: www.keatshouse.


Walk Good: A Tribute to Miss Lou Louise Bennett Coverley (1919-2006), or simply Miss Lou as she was known to many, still has legendary status in Jamaica, the nation whose stories, poems, songs and folklore she tirelessly celebrated. Through her writing, the vitality of her performances, and the much loved Ring Ding television shows, she

almost single handedly raised the Jamaican patois dialect to the status of an artform. Storyteller Jan Blake, and poet and novelist Valerie Bloom have put together a rich evening of words, sounds and memories of Miss Lou, with contributions by a distinguished group of other writers and performers who knew, or were greatly inspired by her including Amina Blackwood Meeks and Jean Binta Breeze. Presented by the British Library in association with Apples and Snakes, and with the support of Grace Foods UK Limited and the Jamaican High Commission Time: 6-10pm Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, London Info: www.

Lime Restaurant Review: Island Words: Alicia Adejobi Lime Rating: Island is one of the hottest new restaurants in central London, serving up a host of Modern European dishes. Situated in Lancaster Gate and neighbouring Hyde Park, Island is part of the Lancaster London Hotel. Island is the perfect location for a business lunch or an evening rendezvous over their impressive selection of cocktails. The atmospheric décor is modern, welcoming and sets the mood perfectly. The large, floor-to-ceiling windows give Island an airy feeling and enable you to embrace the hustle and bustle of London whilst enjoying an attentive service from the waiting staff. Whist you mull over what to choose for your main course, the succulent Caesar Salad is the perfect choice. If you’re not really in the mood for a salad, the Tuna Carpaccio is also a great choice – healthy yet not too filling, leaving room for dinner. The 6 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

with sage and onion stuffing, cabbage, bacon and new potatoes. Whilst it is hard to go wrong with chicken, the stuffing arrived a little overcooked.

main course menu serves up a wide variety of choices, ranging from classic burgers to roasted fish. The Salmon Fillet accompanied by citrus onions and buffalo mozzarella was lacking in flavour yet the pesto gnocchi was heavy and overwhelming in taste. For a more classic, savoury meal, try the Organic Suffolk Chicken

Although the main courses were fairly average, the Sticky Toffee Pudding laced with vanilla ice cream somewhat compensated for this along with a sweet Pinot Grigio Rose. Despite the average meals, Island is pleasing on the eye and a great restaurant for tourists with reasonable prices and an accessible location. Island Restaurant and Bar Lancaster Terrace London W2 2TY Info:


A Man Of Many Words Lime talks about the power of words with poet Dean Atta


en aren’t usually known for their way with words, but Dean Atta is an exception to the rule as the poet makes a living from it. The award-winning poet has written for the BBC, Channel 4 and Tate Britain to name a few. This month, he has two not-tobe-missed events: Come Rhyme with Me which he will be hosting, and Keats House Open Mic for which he has been commissioned to perform a piece about love. The writer, performer and creative director tells us why silence is not golden. What is your favourite topic of poetry to write about and why? At the moment I’m writing a lot about love. I’m never really able to articulate it well when I’m in love or in a relationship but as soon as I’m single again my pen hardly leaves the page. Being single is good for my rate of productivity, I’ve already written more poems in January 2011 than I may have done in the whole of 2010. You’ve written for TV, Radio and Online – which medium

is harder to write for? It’s not ever the medium that makes it hard but it’s usually what I get commissioned to write a piece, I find it challenging but also rewarding. These are the times when it’s not just about what I want to say but also what the people commissioning me want my poem to achieve. Putting someone else’s agenda into your art is a unique skill that has taken me years to master. Have you ever written a love letter to someone? I can’t say I’ve ever written someone a love letter, I have written letters of regret after a relationship hasn’t worked out. When I’ve been in love, words don’t come easy, I struggle to comprehend it. As a wordsmith you may be biased, but do you think words are more powerful or romantic than actions when it comes to love? No, I think actions are more important than words when it comes to matters of the heart. Someone could tell you they love you and beat you. Someone could tell you they love you and cheat on you. Love is just

WORDS: Alicia Adejobi a word if it’s not backed up by actions. That’s not just in romantic relationships; I think this is true of friendships and family relationships too. What is the main thing about words you try and teach the children through your workshops? I’m well known for my motto: silence is not golden. I do think words are powerful and can create change. There have been many speeches that have changed the world. Words can also be hurtful and misleading. Knowing how and when to use the right words is always of great advantage. Literacy and being able to articulate yourself clearly can put you in the position where you can govern your own life and have far more options available to you. You’re presenting Come Rhyme with Me this month where performers are being picked as a starter, main course or dessert depending on their style. Which course would you be and why? That is a tough question

and is part of the reason why I’ve never performed at Come Rhyme with Me myself. In some ways I am still a starter because I still have so much to learn. Many people would consider me a main course because I have achieved a lot already. I like to think I have the sweetness and moreishness of a rich and delicious dessert. But you’ll have to sample me for yourself to find out. What three things do you love most about life? Waking up every morning in a loving home, going out into the world every day to do what I love, and coming home at night knowing I have given 100 per cent to that day. See Lime’s events pages for more information on Come Rhyme with Me and Keats House Open Mic. Info: deanatta LIME MAGAZINE 2011



Hollywood: 83rd Academy Awards® Last year Mo’Nique received her first Oscar nomination and win for her supporting performance in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide. Oprah Winfrey [pictured] will present on the 83rd Academy Awards. Info:

Until Feb 06

New York Restaurant Week New York Restaurant Week is an event held twice a year in which participating restaurants in New York City offer fixed-price lunches and dinners. At the finest restaurants, this can be a fraction of the usual prices. The event is held in early winter (January/February) and summer (June/July) US / Canada: Black History Month Also referred to as AfricanAmerican History month since 1976 – February is a time of remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. It was originally introduced as Negro History Week.

07 Feb

Grenada: Independence Day On February 7, 1974 Grenada became the first of the Eastern Caribbean islands to gain 8 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

independence. Grenada is also known as the “Island of Spice” due to the production of nutmeg and mace crops of which Grenada is one of the world’s largest exporters.

is samba. It is a uniquely Brazilian music originating from Rio, a dance form that was invented by the poor Afro-Brazilians. Info: net

13-20 Feb

07 – 08 Mar

Barbados: Holetown Festival Entertainment includes a variety of music, such as Gospel, Classical, Tuk Band and Calypso, as well as Folk Dancing, presented in free open-air concerts. There is also an Arts and Craft Exhibition, a display called “Beating the Retreat”, by the Barbados Defence Force and a Flood Lit Tattoo which is put on by the Police and a parade of Vintage Motor Vehicles. Info: www. holetownfestival

22 Feb

St Lucia: Independence Day On February 22, 1979 St Lucia became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations. It is one of the Windward Islands. The St Lucian motto is ‘The land, the people, the light’.

23 Feb

Guyana: Mashramani [Republic Day] Often abbreviated as ‘Mash’ – this annual festival celebrates Guyana becoming a Republic in 1970. The festival which usually includes cooking, parades and music is intended to commemorate the ‘Birth of the Republic’. This is a time for costume competitions and masquerade bands performing in the streets.


Brazil: Rio carnival Almost all of the music played during Rio Carnival

Trinidad and Tobago: carnival The Trinidad Carnival, held the weekend before Ash Wednesday each year, is the ultimate street festival. Each and every year, thousands upon thousands of colourful, diverse and feathered masqueraders take to the streets and dance to music provided by DJ trucks. Wear sequins and feathers, glitter and body paint, and join the party.

08 Mar

US: Mardi Gras New Orleans Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday”, is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Most visitors will plan to arrive no later than Saturday, March 5, 2011 in order to enjoy an extended weekend of festivities Info: www. mardigrasneworleans. com

19 – 20 Mar Holi Festival

The colourful festival of Holi is an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The festival bridges the social gap and renews sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’. Holi is an ancient festival of India and was originally known as ‘Holika’. It is said that Holi existed several centuries

before Christ. However, the meaning of the festival is believed to have changed over the years. Earlier it was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families and the full moon (Raka) was worshiped. Info:

27 Apr

Sierra Leone: 50th anniversary of independence Sierra Leone achieved independence on April 27, 1961. Since independence many changes have been experienced politically and economically and in the social society of Sierra Leone. Info: www.

22-29 May

Turkey: SunSplash Antalya SunSplash Antalya is Turkey’s biggest little secret, a boutique music festival that combines style, luxury travel and serious dance music for discerning ears. With its amazing beachfront setting on the stunning Turkish Riviera, this exclusive, week long party takes up residency at the super chic Hillside Su Hotel. Limited to just 400 guests, SunSplash Antalya is a truly refreshing addition to the sunny, European festival scene, presenting a healthy blend of music, art, travel, food and good living. Artists already confirmed include; Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1) Jose James, Mad Professor, Kon and Amir, Benji B (BBC Radio 1), Phil Asher, Simbad, DJ Cliffy, Lefto, and Ahu. Info:


Lime film review: Tangled Words: Cassam Looch Lime Rating: Release Date: Out Now Disney’s 50th animated feature has a lot to live up to. This latest effort is something of a return to the old fashioned fairytale that first established the studios. Essentially reworking the classic story of Rapunzel, we find the young girl on the cusp of womanhood still imprisoned in the tower. She might not be a captive, but Rapunzel’s will is being manipulated by an evil ‘witch’ who has looked after her since she was a baby, having

13 Feb

Why the Lion Danced

stolen the princess for the magical properties that her hair hold. Into this world comes the brazen Flynn Rider who is on the run having stolen riches from the royal family. Rapunzel hides the valuables and will only return them if Flynn helps in her dream to visit the festival of floating lights. The film is a gem, having some memorable song and dance numbers as well as a wholesome feel that harks back to the classics we know and love whilst feeling utterly modern and contemporary. Bravo, Disney. Cast: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi Company. Time: 3pm Watermans, 40 High Street, Brentford TW8 0DS Info: www.watermans.

19 Feb / 28 Feb Celebrate Chinese New Year with Yellow Earth. Every 13th moon the dreaded monster Nian pays a visit to the village. The audience, cast in the role of villagers, must protect themselves. Which animal can save them? The story behind The Lion Dance is brought to you with all the excitement, colour and sounds of the Chinese New Year by Yellow Earth, the UK’s award-winning British East Asian Theatre

BFI’s The Disney 50: Bambi

Disney’s tale of Bambi, a young fawn unexpectedly alone in a large forest, has rightly become one of the all-time favourite Disney

classics. As our young hero comes to terms with the loss of a loved one, he also discovers the joys of friendship and the dangers of the world at large. Thumper, a rabbit, and Flower, a skunk, try to keep him on the straight and narrow as he travels through the seasons and gets caught up in both April showers and a terrible forest fire. Time: 1.30pm (19 Feb) / 6.30pm (28 Feb) BFI Southbank, London SE1 Info:

Time: 1pm / 4pm Catford Broadway Theatre, London SE6 4RU Info: www.

25 Feb

Writing at Keats

22 – 26 Feb The Three Little Pigs

‘You can huff and puff all you like, you’re still not getting in.’ Building your own home is not easy as the Three Little Pigs have just discovered. What’s the best material to use? Will it keep out the rain? Will it be wolf proof? This brand new show from Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company is full of puppets, music, comedy and thrills. Time: 11am / 1pm Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL Info:

23 – 25 Feb

Wizard of Oz Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion on their incredible adventure to the Land of Oz. Along the way they meet Witches, munchkins, monkeys – accompanied of course by Toto the dog. This is a fabulous pantomime style show for all the family, with lashings of music, comedy and dance.

Join the Keats House archaeologist to explore writing through the ages, using Mesopotamian-style clay inscriptions, Egyptian papyrus, and Roman wax tablets. Then have a go at writing your own Keatsinspired manuscript with old-fashioned quill-and-ink. For children aged 11 plus. Time: 2-4pm Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead London NW3 2RR Info: www.keatshouse.

Until 09 Apr

Comedy Club 4 Kids Now in its third year at the Soho Theatre, the Comedy Club 4 Kids is back and better than ever. Cracking entertainment for everyone over the age of six, we have the best comedians on the UK circuit doing what they do best - but without the rude bits. Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Info: www.sohotheatre. com LIME MAGAZINE 2011



Famous for the wrong reasons A moving and thought-provoking photographic collection portraying families throughout London that have lost loved ones through violent crime, aiming to educate and deter those vulnerable to gun and knife crime. Created by acclaimed photographer Sal Idriss it is inspired by the artist’s own experience of this, the most pernicious of crimes. It is a tribute to his brother Nassirudeen, who died in December 2007 as the result of an unprovoked knife attack in Islington, a few days before his 17th birthday. The grieving experience drew Sal’s attention to the many families throughout London, dealing with the devastating loss of a loved one through knife or gun crime. This significant project, developed with the support of young people across London’s boroughs, shows their raw emotions and portrays them with honesty and compassion. Involved in the project were the Woodhams Family who lost Peter Woodhams as he was gunned down near the doorstep of his home after he challenged rampaging youths who were terrorising him on 21st August 2006 and the Hendricks Family lost 18 year old CJ Hendricks on 24th

Until 10 Feb

Black Gold – art exhibition of paintings and silhouettes

Loïs Cordelia’s exhibition Black Gold is a meditation on digging deep into the raw black living earth of our heritage to reveal a wealth of gold and richness of colour. From intricate paper silhouettes in sharp black definition, painstakingly cut by hand using a surgical scalpel, to fast and furiously painted portraits and 10 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

The Hendricks Family lost 18 year old CJ Hendricks on 24th August 2008 as he was stabbed to death near Walthamstow central bus station during a fight between five young people, allegedly over territory. August 2008 as he was stabbed to death near Walthamstow central bus station during a fight between five young people, allegedly over territory. Sal says, ‘Since 2007 I have worked in more than 20 boroughs, with more than 20 families. Their personal stories are the impetus for the project. Individual portraits, many taken on location, show families not as names, numbers or headlines

landscapes in iridescent gold and shimmering colours, Loïs’ artwork spans a vast spectrum between precision and free-flowing energy. Time: 12pm-12am Open the Gate, 33-35 Stoke Newington rd, London N16 8BJ Info: www.LoisCordelia. com

Until 12 Feb

The Tiger in Asian Art For the people of Asia, the tiger is an enduring and powerful symbol of cultural identity. It has inspired countless legends, beliefs, poems and works of art. The tiger is now the most threatened animal species in

that disappear, but as people who are coping with loss, pain and immense sadness, every day. These families, like my own, have become Famous for the Wrong Reasons. This project aims to de-glamorise gun and knife crime.’ Time: Mon-Thurs / 10am – 5.30pm The Broadway, Barking IG11 7LS Info: www.thebroadwaybarking. com

the world, a potent reminder of the vital need to preserve wild life and protect natural environments around the globe. The exhibition will present Asian paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs and other works of art, drawn from the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and

private collections. From historical to contemporary, the exhibits will cover many Asian countries and regions, including India, China, Japan, Korea and South East Asia. Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP Info:

GAllery Until 05 Mar

Manga Dreams An exhibition of prints by fine art photographers Anderson & Low: Focusing on the dynamic between subject and photographer Manga Dreams explores a visual hybrid of photography, graphics, digital painting and calligraphy with numerous layers of interpretations. Subjects tailor their look to that of manga, including extremely styled hair and elaborate costume, whilst performing for the camera. Manga, stemming originally from Asia, means ‘cartoon’ and within the context of this exhibition connects street youth and visual cyber culture with contemporary art. The influence of street culture is well recognised in modern art – take Lichtenstein and Warhol for example. Manga Dreams can be seen as a continuation of this genre, drawing on an Eastern paradigm and applying it to portraiture. Hamiltons Gallery 13 Carlos Place London W1K 2EU Info: www. Manga Dreams: The Four Sworsdmen

Finishes 06 Mar

Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead Follow the ancient Egyptians’ journey from death to the afterlife in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition focusing on the Book of the Dead. The ‘Book’ was not a single text but a compilation of spells designed to guide the deceased through the dangers of the underworld, ultimately ensuring eternal life. Many of the examples of the Book of the Dead in the exhibition have never been seen before, and many are from the British Museum’s unparalleled collection. These beautifully illustrated spells on papyrus and linen were used for over 1,000 years, and the oldest examples are over 3,500 years old. This is a once-ina-lifetime opportunity to see these fascinating and fragile objects on display. British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG Info: www.

Until 27 Mar

Doll Face An intriguing series of 12

photographic portraits of dolls from the Museum of Childhood’s collection, exploring the changing representations we as people make of ourselves, by photographer Craig Deane. Craig explains, “As a portrait and stilllife photographer I am interested in the representation of the human form; mankind’s desire to make images and objects in its own likeness is as old as the hills and I am particularly interested in exploring the evolving representations we have made of ourselves (and given to our children to play with) as illustrated by the broad spectrum of dolls held in the 8,000-strong collection at the Museum”. Time: 10.00 – 17.45 V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA Info: www. museumofchildhood.

Until 03 Apr

Images and Sacred Texts: Buddhism Across Asia This exhibition explores the ‘three jewels’ of Buddhism through sacred texts, painted scrolls and sculptures. It focuses on the institutional and organisational core of Buddhism. These consist of the Buddha himself, his teachings and the monastic community. The exhibition

reveals the remarkable similarities between visual and written material throughout Asia, from Sri Lanka to Japan, over more than a thousand years. The exhibition will draw on the British Museum’s unique collection, with most of the objects going on public display for the first time. Room 91, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG Info: www.

HEADS UP 16 Apr – 08 Jan 2012

Bali – Dancing for the Gods A blockbuster exhibition which looks at Balinese culture and dance featuring captivating film and photography from the 1930s, beautiful costume and spectacular artefacts. Venue: Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, London SE23 3PQ  Info: www.horniman. 


African Worlds The first permanent exhibition in Britain dedicated to African art and culture, African Worlds celebrates the continent’s diversity, history and creativity. It brings together a rich mixture of sculpture and decorative arts explained through the voices of elders, maskers, drummers, diviners, artists, exiles, curators and anthropologists. Objects from across Africa are displayed from Egypt to Zimbabwe, and from African related cultures including Brazil and Trinidad.  Venue: Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, London SE23 3PQ  Info: www.horniman.  LIME MAGAZINE 2011


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08 Feb – 03 Apr

Manolo Blahnik, Beatrix Ong, Rob Goodwin, Melissa Plastic Dreams, LK Bennett, Birkenstock, Nike, Finsk, Joseph Azagury, Oliver Sweeney, Salvatore Ferragamo, Rupert Sanderson, Christian Louboutin and Alexander McQueen. Time: 7.30pm Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT Info:

09 Feb

Exploring the Canon

Shoes the Musical

A celebration of one of the greatest passions of the modern age, this latest Sadler’s Wells Production is from the pen of Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer – The Opera and Anna Nicole) and the feet of top showbiz choreographer Stephen Mear (Sweet Charity, Mary Poppins and Betty Blue Eyes). Shoes takes a wickedly irreverent and affectionate look at the special power this item of clothing holds over many a shoe-addict. The show features over 250 pairs of shoes, with designers and brands involved in and supporting the show to date including Terry de Havilland, Tracey Neuls, Georgina Goodman, Irregular Choice, 12 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

What makes a play a classic? Exploring the Canon is a day of performance readings looking beyond the usual suspects to widen the repertoire of British Theatre. Time: 11am – 5.30pm Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL Info: www.arcolatheatre. com

09-12 Feb

Ballet Black Every year the visit of the award-winning Ballet Black to the Linbury Studio Theatre is keenly awaited – no wonder, with five sell-out seasons to its credit. Founded in 2001, it is now widely acclaimed for creating inspiring opportunities in classical ballet for dancers of black and Asian descent from around the world. Stimulating, innovative, inspirational –

Don’t miss Ballet Black at the Royal Opera House.

and international – Ballet Black’s repertory is always a strong mixture of the known and the new, and its performances are an ideal showcase for some of the most exciting of today’s dancers. Choreographed by Henry Oguike, Raymond Chai and Robert Hylton. Time: 8pm Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, Info: www.balletblack.

12 / 13 Feb


in the mood for love

Love Sax and all that Jazz – Valentines Weekend Special After 12 months and 12 shows across eight cities in the UK, Love Sax and all that Jazz the smash hit gospel comedy play from Alan Charles returns to the Broadway Theatre Catford. The show addressed various aspects of the love relationship through the eyes of four female friends. Alan Charles’ script does not skirt around the issues – dealing with sex before marriage, domestic violence, being “unequally yoked”, singleness, infidelity, love and romance – situations that takes place both inside and outside the church. In an attempt to put forth the why, when

and how’s of relationships, Love Sax and all that Jazz makes you laugh, cry, shout, chuckle and scream all that same time. Lisa (Angela Blake) is a single 30-something-year-old hurt in the past and looking to find love again by asking the Lord to deal with her past pain. Louise (Michelle Homer) has to make the choice of whether or not to marry her first love, Alfred, who is not a Christian. Shanice (Michelle Charles) whose husband physically abuses her, should she stay? And does Kelly (Kae Corion) know a good thing when she’s got it? Time: 7pm Broadway Theatre, Rushey Green, Catford SE6 4RU Info: www.

18 Feb

Lyric Lounge Produced by Arinze Kene and Stef O’Driscoll A chilled-out showcase of rising talent on the last Friday of every month. Back for its third season, Lyric Lounge returns to present an evening of eclectic talent featuring a blend of soulful vocalists, up-and-coming bands, theatre, poetry, dance and comedy. Time: 8pm Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL Info:

THEATRE 23 Feb – 12 Mar

Whose Blood: A Tale of Desire and Despair Set in a 19th Century Operating Theatre London – Bankcider Productions announces a world premiere of the play Whose Blood by awardwinning playwright Alex Burger. Enter an authentic 19th century operating theatre, sit in the halls where thousands went under the knife and few survived. The year is 1832, and witness the story of one patient

brought back to life. One morning an African couple arrives at St. Thomas’ Hospital looking for help. A doctor proposes an experimental solution. Soon, the couple find themselves immersed in a world of gin shops, body snatching, and ghosts. How far would you go to save the one you love? Tickets for this unique event are strictly limited to 12 performances in an intimate setting. The Old Operating Theatre is nestled in the roof space of an English Baroque Church – as you climb the narrow spiral staircase, travel back to an era when yesterday’s surgeons amputated limbs without anaesthesia. Time: 7pm [6pm / Sat]

Old Operating Theatre Museum, 9a Saint Thomas Street, Greater London SE1 9RY Info: uk

01 / 02 Mar

Ailey II Ailey 2 dancers are the most talented of their generation, captivating audiences and translating their strength, agility and grace of body and soul into stirring, powerful performances. Under the artistic direction of former Ailey dancer Sylvia Waters, this critically-acclaimed company presents dazzling performances and innovative community programs across the

country and beyond. The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertoire that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by today’s most outstanding choreographers. Time: 8pm Brighton Dome, Concert Hall, 29 New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UG Info: www.

Afridiziak Theatre News review: Flawless on tour, Royal Festival Hall Words: Havana Wellings-Longmore Afridiziak rating: The 10-strong dance group’s fans from the show Britain’s got Talent were out in force, as were the hundreds of young dance crews and clubs from all over the UK. Street dance has had an increase in interest due to the numerous Dance competitions and shows on TV, Flawless and others have inspired millions to take up dance and help proved that street dance appeals to the mainstream. The Royal Festival Hall was packed with young and old of all races and Flawless did not disappoint any of them. The first part was a series of short competition style routines that have helped the group win many awards in the past, followed by the storytelling dance section and ending with a tribute dance section. The group used the storytelling section to explore an array of issues including identity and consumerism, and the tribute section to pay homage to Michael Jackson, 80’s funk and Disco and 1920’s lindy hopping. The routines were beautifully performed and simulated a range of emotions for the audience. My favourites were the Mirrors dance, and the Hoodie vs. Suit battle both of which looked at identity and the crisis faced by young

Black men in Britain. The dance in the show was enhanced by the amazing musical score produced by the group member Neo and DJ Walde, whose attention to details and excellent selection of music gave the audiences the treat of a range of classic hits in the last 50 years. Flawless were dancing to swing and jive music as well as jazz and soul, demonstrating their ability to bring hip hop moves to any music of black origin. Audiences at the Flawless show were not idle, not only were audience members’ dancing in the aisles to the entrance and interval music but on each audience

member’s seat was a pair of white gloves, and after the interval we were given our own routine to do. In this show Flawless prove that street dancers are as talented, skilled, athletic and professional as classical dancers. It was fantastic to see that street dance is now as welcomed on stage as on street corners and community centres. Printed courtesy of Afridiziak Theatre News: www.afridiziak. com Flawless will be at the Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon CR9 at 7.30pm from 25 – 26 February, 2011. Info:



THEATRE WORDS: Sophia A Jackson

Ailey II in Robert Battle’s – The Hunt

Ailey II in Troy Powell’s The External Knot

AILEY II Lime’s editor has a transatlantic call with Ailey II’s associate artistic director Troy Powell.


iley 2 dancers are the most talented of their generation, captivating audiences and translating their strength, agility and grace of body and soul into stirring, powerful performances. Troy Powell, a native New Yorker, began his dance training at the age of nine at The Ailey School. Following his graduation from The High School of Performing Arts, he became a member of Ailey II. Powell has choreographed ballets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey 2, Dallas Black Dance Theater, National Dance Company of the Bahamas and Alaska Dance Theater. Are you excited about Ailey 2 coming to the UK for the first time? I am as I haven’t been back since 2006 and I am looking forward to picking up the culture and audiences in the 14 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

UK. The UK has the best audiences because I think in Europe and in the UK you don’t get to see Ailey often so you’re overwhelmed. How did your family feel about you pursuing a career in dance? My family supported me 100 per cent. I joined Arts Connection – an organization that had funds but no programme so they went to schools and auditioned students for their new programme and I was chosen. We would go to school in the morning and at lunch we would take class then they would bus back to school. It was like going on a field trip every day but getting the best training. It was something to do. I think that’s why my parents supported me as it kept me doing something positive especially for someone from inner city. It taught me how to go the

positive route and in the right direction. I thought about teaching as I love school, always wanted to be a school teacher – and give back. I was passionate about dance from a young age because I enjoyed it so much. What kind of sacrifices do the young people at Ailey II have to make when becoming professional dancers from such an early age? The good thing about Ailey is that it’s a wealth of knowledge and education – he started the company to celebrate African-American heritage and he is a leader. When you dance at Ailey that humanity sticks in your head, he wanted dancers to live their lives through dance and dance through pain, expression, bad memories, for your healing and we encourage our dancers to do that as there are so

many distractions. It’s hard being a dancer, hard trying to find a job, hard living in New York, hard being part of society with everything that is going on. Still there’s discrimination and racism and we have to look to Alvin for inspiration as a leader and deal with those things through dance. What is it about Alvin Ailey Dance that stands out from other dance companies? The fact that both companies express humanity through dance – we dance about real life stories and issues relative to what we do as human beings. It is dancing based on real life things. There is a sense of communication with the audience and the audience understands what we’re going through as they can related in some way. We’re not dancing about trees we are telling life stories on stage and even

THEATRE Ailey II with Sylvia Waters and Troy Powell

HITS THE UK in the more diverse works which don’t have a story, the dancers create that story through movement.

What are the struggles of being a dancer? With Ailey it’s the travelling and being away from friends and family. Also trying to keep everything you do fresh and not boring. You want to be consistent and keep your body together and be healthy. Some are Jessica Lang’s Splendid Isolation, The Calling.

healthier than others but we do eat. I’ve started being healthier, and eating more vegetables – you feel lighter than when you eat beef and pork all the time but you need those things for energy. Where do you go for inspiration? I got to museums, plays, movies, and things outside of dance to keep it alive and fresh as you can bring those things to your work especially as a choreographer.

What is your personal favourite Alvin Ailey piece? He did a piece called For Bird with Love and I performed that – it’s one of my favourites because it tells the story of Charlie Parker who played the saxophone. It’s a 45 minute piece of work – and very theatrical and I love acting on stage. Alvin Ailey loved

music and gave everyone a special place. I played the part of Max Roach who was a drummer. We had to read up and watch videos about the people in the piece in order to interpret it into dance and when I did my research on Max Roach, he is sort of like me, a lot of heart and soul. Who are the people that you admire in the dance industry? Alvin Ailey of course – there is nobody else who tops that for me. What three things do you love most about life? 1. Working with some of the most dedicated artists in the world through Ailey II and being able to watch them grow each and every


he good thing about Ailey is that it’s a wealth of knowledge and education – he started the company to celebrate AfricanAmerican heritage and he is a leader.’ night on stage with the information/constructive criticism I give them. Being able to travel all over the world as a performer as well as a director and seeing audience member’s perspectives change when they leave the theatre – very rewarding. 2. Having grown up under the Ailey umbrella as a young child learning, living and breathing Mr. Ailey’s legacy. 3. Working under the wings one of my mentors, teachers, inspirations; Sylvia Waters. Watching how she’s able to continue to groom dancers for the past 35 years by continuing to keep Mr. Ailey’s Legacy alive. Info: Ailey II is on tour, for details visit www.ailey. org Printed courtesy of Afridiziak Theatre News: LIME MAGAZINE 2011


THEATRE 02-03 Mar

Krunch Britain’s leading black-led theatre company, Talawa, presents Krunch. Injected with wit and insight and bursting with energy, they reflect on what it means today to be young, Black and British. Mix poetry with krumping and a live set by DMC Supremacy champion DJ Matman and the results are fresh and explosive Time: 7.30pm Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG Info: www.thealbany.

04 Mar

A Night on the Tiles Welcome to a seedy spoken-word underworld where gangsters, highrollers and con-men compete in the ultimate high stakes Scrabble game. Manchester-based theatre collective Pen-ultimate return with a bigger and bolder production of their critically acclaimed debut: A Night On The Tiles. An electric, heady mix of tightly woven wordplay referencing heist, caper and kung fu movies, A Night On The Tiles is a Tarantino-esque tale of revenge, murder and Devonshire cream teas. Directed by Montserrat Gili (Dende Collective) and with dramaturgy from US hip-hop theatre pioneer Will Power, A Night On The Tiles is dark comedy with an infectious urban twist. Time: 7.30pm Broadway Theatre, Barking Info: www.

10 Mar

The Devil Has Quentin’s Heart This Spring, Benji Reid’s Manchester-based company Breaking Cycles return with their hardhitting show: The Devil has Quentin’s Heart. Inspired by Ray Shell’s acclaimed novel 16 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

Iced and featuring Benji Reid in the eponymous role, The Devil has Quentin’s Heart introduces the audience to the netherworld of Quentin Forrest – A top New York stockbroker who has fallen from grace into uncertain times and a disturbing existence. Quentin gave his heart to the devil so he could enjoy a charmed lifestyle as an ultra-successful trader on Wall Street. Betrayed then framed for fraud, he discovers life in the underbelly of New York as an alcoholic living on the streets. This story is told on his last day, in his last hour, before Satan comes banging at the door. Says Reid: “Quentin is fundamentally flawed as he believes success will solve matters of the heart becoming a victim of his own appetite. Power is easy to gain but hard to give up and this piece pinpoints the fragility of human nature”. Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG Info: www.thealbany.

07 / 08 April

Upswing – the UK’s only black-led circus troupe presents Fallen This April, Jacksons Lane is delighted to present Upswing’s first full-length production Fallen following performances as part of the London International Mime Festival. Fallen tells the story of a woman’s escape to a place where dreams reunite her with all she has lost in her flight. Weaving awe-inspiring aerial dance, magical shadow play and animation, with African spirituality and a modern story, this entirely wordless visual show blends art forms to create a touching, human and personal story. This multi-disciplinary work touches on the universal story of love and loss,

dealing tenderly with one woman’s escape from her home and culture in order to stay alive. Fallen brings together an array of artists including Paper Cinema, best known for their magical live papercut animation shows and composer Jules Maxwell, who has composed music for choreographers such as Wayne McGregor, Jasmin Vardimon and Hofesh Schecter. Time: 8pm Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA Info: www.jacksonslane.

07-09 Apr

Tell Hell I Ain’t Comin’ The nationally acclaimed musical Tell Hell I Ain’t Comin’ is a thrilling Broadway calibre musical that has entertained and inspired audiences during its performances across USA including New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and Atlanta – now London. Tell Hell I Ain’t Comin’ is a thought-provoking journey that introduces characters from everyday life and chronicles events that led to their assignment to

hell. Some people you will expect to see there while others will surprise you Time: 7.30pm / 3pm on Saturday Broadway Theatre, Catford, London SE6 4RU. Info:

Until 07 May

Clybourne Park In 1959 Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bed at a knock-down price. This enables the first Black family to move into the neighbourhood, creating ripples of discontent amongst the cosy white urbanites of Clybourne Park. In 2009, the same property is being bought by Lindsey and Steve whose plans to raze the house and start again is met with a similar response. Are the issues festering beneath the floorboards actually the same fifty years on? Bruce Norris’ (The Pain and the Itch) hilarious satire explores the fault line between race and property. Time: 7.30pm Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DA Info: www.clybournepark.

The Royal Court’s Clybourne Park transfers to the Wyndham’s Theatre.

MUSIC 06 Feb

Lime single review: Tinchy Stryder: Gangsta?/Let It Rain’ ft. Melanie Fiona Words: Audrey Brown Lime rating: Release date: out now Tinchy Stryder strikes back with the smashing lead track off his third album, Third Strike. The double A-side Gangsta? (featuring the unstoppable Tinie Tempah) and Let It Rain (featuring US vocal sensation and Island Records label mate Melanie Fiona) is a double dose of musical madness. On the Gangsta? Track, the 24-year-old east Londoner displays a tougher edge to his lyrical expertise and sound, playing on the difference between what it means to be ‘a gangsta and to be gangster’. In contrast,

Every Thursday Hip Hop Karaoke

Celebrating 5 Years of HHK, now every week at The Social. Putting a fresh twist on the ancient art of karaoke, Hip-Hop Karaoke lets you get on the mic and act out your rap fantasies to the fullest. A legendary night out. Time: 6pm-1am The Social, 5 Little Portland St (just off Great Portland st), London Info:

02 / 03 / 17 / 18, 21 Feb

Usher’s OMG Tour On the highly anticipated OMG Tour, Usher will be performing his biggest hits

the uplifting Let it Rain showcases a softer side with Melanie’s soulful vocals soaring alongside Tinchy’s tight lyrical offering, all underpinned by rolling drums and a heavy base line.

and tracks at The O2. Tickets are on sale now. The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX Info: www.

was always around him, and he was first exposed to the pop music of the early 1990s by his older brother and sister. Time: 7pm 5, Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7PG Info: www.jazzcafe.

04 Feb

Southern Hospitality – East Celebrating everything that’s good in hip hop, r&b and music in general (and life in general!) we invite you to Catch, Kingsland Road on the 1st Saturday of every month to a free jam with Southern Hospitality DJ’s Superix, Rob Pursey and one of our favourite DJs – Tom Hickey. Time: 9pm-2am Catch, 22 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London E2 8DA Info: www.

Next Big Thing ft. Skepta, Talay Riley and Starboy Nathan Joseph Junior Adenuga, aka Skepta, has always managed to balance being part of a scene with following his own path. The north London MC and producer is parlaying a youth spent cutting his teeth on pirate radio and in grime raves into a mainstream career with seemingly unstoppable momentum. The 20-year-old urban-pop breakout star Talay Riley first remembers singing when he was five. As a boy growing up in east London, music

05 Feb

Keep the Faith’s UK Soul Jam ft. Valerie Etienne A Nu Jazz special featuring: Valerie Etienne of Galliano just back from her tour with Jamiroquai, who’s 2bo4 project is highly favoured by Gilles Peterson. Valerie will showcase her new works, blending Soul with Spiritual Jazz; Heidi Vogel as ft. by Cinematic Orchestra, Defected & Expansion records bringing her blend of organic Samba and Soulful Fusion. Cecilia Stalin of Koop, Roots & Soul music from Matti Roots, Real R&B & NeoSoul from Sherry Davis + More acts TBA. The stage is opened to the public for a jam session later in the show  Time: 7pm 5, Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7PG Info:

06 Feb

J-Dilla Changed My Life

For the fifth year running London The Doctor’s Orders are celebrating the life and work of the incredible James “J-Dilla” Yancey. As ever we have an incredible all-star line up in each city all spinning sets of exclusive J-Dilla related sets for free to raise as much money as possible for The J-Dilla Foundation and Lupus UK. This year we are joined by Mr Scruff, Shortee Blitz, Spin Doctor, Mr Thing, Sarah Love, Harry Love, Morgan Spacek to name just a few. Time: 7pm Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9NL Info: www. LIME MAGAZINE 2011



Faith Evans returns for her sixth studio album


cherish the fact that at this stage in my career I can call in on so many different people to come and bless my music and that is beautiful.’

WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris



Something about Faith Faith Evans has risen from dropping backing vocals for Mary J Blige on her album My Life (1994) to being a global star on par with Blige. Returning to the UK for a short while, Evans spoke to Lime about her sixth studio album Something About Faith.

Well we grew up together so it is strange that we have never worked together. When I first came up he used to always check on me when I was at the studio and just make sure I was cool. He happened to be in LA when I was recording and I told him I am recording my album and he said he would jump on it. I also did a track with him on his up and coming album.

Does it get any easier to deal with the media intrusion on your life? Everybody is not always the same some are more intrusive than others but you just have to handle it the best way you can. Did you always know you were going to get into music? I always thought I would be in the music industry whether it was going to be a recording artist or whatever. I have been singing all my life so I knew I would be in it I was just not sure at what end of the spectrum I would be. You always seem to use your name in some form on your album titles and this is no different. To be honest I thought I had run out of ways to use my name but my little sister who co-wrote a lot of the album was with me. I think one day I was on the phone to Snoop organising him getting on one of the tracks. She was like ‘how do you get all these people to just jump on your tracks they

must really love you’. I was like ‘I don’t know there must be something’ and then that is when it came Something About Faith. How good is your sister? My little sister is 13 years younger than me and her name is Janelle Ferguson but I did not know that she could sing or indeed was a talented song writer. It was only a few summers ago when I started recording and I took her to the studio with me. I heard some mixtape stuff she had done with a vocal rapper and I could not believe it was her and so I decided I had to get her in the studio.

I remember when you collaborated with Kelly Price and now you’re with her again. Well Kelly and I have been talking about doing some touring together. I think I went to a barbecue she was throwing in the summer. I had written a song troubled Love ten years ago but I never completed it because I never acquired the features that I wanted on it. Chucky Thomas who produced the track re-produced it and by this time Kelly was living in California and I had met Jessica Reidy and it was like I now know what I will do with this track. Redman is also on the album.

And lastly I heard you have a book. Indeed, I am writing a book which is like an information manual from an artist’s perspective in the music industry. It is about sharing things from the business to help artists with things that I had to learn when I first started out. What three things do you love most about life? I cherish the fact that at this stage in my career I can call in on so many different people to come and bless my music and that is beautiful. Info: Something about Faith is out now. Follow Semper AzeezHarris on Twitter: www. LIME MAGAZINE 2011



wretchrospectively speaking I

remember Wretch’s album Wretchtrospective in 2008 which already showed that he was an individual artist. Traversing the line between grime and hip-hop his laid back lyrical swagger was different. Three years later and people are taking note. His single Traktor has the underground absolutely going crazy – soon he will be hot on the tail of his close friend Chipmunk. Lime was keen to find out more. How does your son take his dad being involved in this whole music thing? You know what? The funny thing is that your dad is your dad. I do not even think he finds it cool. I think when he gets bigger he might start to think about it. Everyone seems to be talking about you now but you have been around for a while I remember Wretrospective. Why are people getting your vibe now? I think nothing happens before it’s time and so I think everything had to go in its stages. I think the country is much warmer to rappers and lyrics and so this is probably the best time for me to probably come out. You had a bit of a tough time when you were younger. I was just doing crazy things so my mum just said if you want to be the man then go out there. That was probably the best thing that could have happened to me because now I am headstrong. You have to be head strong in the industry. Well you have to remember that the people you meet within the industry are 20 LIME MAGAZINE 2011


hat I like about music is excitement, feeling, emotions and soul and Traktor captures all of that.’ not people that you know but you have a common interest. The hardest part is when you feel you are so talented and you are getting over looked. How have you dealt with the fact that even with a talent it has taken a while for your talent to be recognised? The good thing about me was when people heard me first they always thought I was good and so the advice they gave me was to get a good team behind me. Being young however I just thought that I did not need anyone. When you realise that you need a team then things can really go from there. Who or what inspires your music? I am naturally coming from reggae/soul, rap came to me late and I found grime even later. I have carried the reggae, bashment, soul, r&b, rap and grime in one. I cannot be here and say I am a rapper and ignore

WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris

what I Iike. Traktor is huge and I was trying to categorise it but I could not. I love the fact that you say that. When I came out in 2005 that was the vibe, people did not know what I was: was I a grime rapper, rapper grime? Traktor has kind of emulated that for me. What I like about music is excitement, feeling, emotions and soul and Traktor captures all of that. Have you been surprised with the amount of love for the track? I have because the sound of the track is not what you would expect. Every other day I get an email about the track but I give you the secret to what keeps me here. I do not take in anything I literally just hear these things and then keep striving for the next thing. So you are working on your

second album. The album will be called Black and White I am coming from the dark into the light. I want to emulate an album that will be suited to everyone and of course something that I like. I think that Traktor is a good representation because it shows both elements of the album. What three things do you love most about life? I love my son, music and fashion. Wretch 32’s latest single Traktor is out now. Info: www.wretch32. com / wretch32 Follow Semper AzeezHarris on Twitter: www.


WIN TICKETS TO SEE SILK, KUT KLOSE AND PAMELA LONG (TOTAL) Lime album preview: Alexis Jordan Words: Anna Stopps Lime rating: Release date: February 28, 2011 Alexis Jordan, 18, kicked off her career at the age of 14 as a contestant on America’s Got Talent, making it through to the semi-finals and recently signed to Jay’ Z’s Roc Nation/Star Roc. The album sees a collaboration with the production team hothouse StarGate (Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Beyonce), providing the glossy up-tempo beats that saw her debut single Happiness go to number one in the US dance chart. Alexis Jordan is ready to bring “something fresh, something new and something positive to the world”, and her powerful and melodic voice combined with the soft beats on the tracks Happiness and Hush Hush and the up-tempo pop numbers Good Girl and How you Like me Now certainly promises a rising star.

08 Feb

The Creole Choir of Cuba Prepare to be blown away: hear the passionate melodies, wild harmonies and richly textured arrangements of these inspiring vocalists and you will know this is something new from Cuba, the most original vocal sound to come out of of the country in a long while. The Creole Choir’s Cuban name Desandann means literally ‘descendents and with the songs on their album TandeLa (which translates to ‘listen’) they tell the stories of their Haitian ancestors who were brought to Cuba to work in near slave

conditions in the sugar and coffee plantations. Info: uk

13 Feb

’s in the mood for love Reggae Got Soul Valentine Showcase Turn the lights down low this Valentine’s day with Millie Jackson, Ken Boothe, Maxi Priest and Marcia Griffith. Time: 7pm 02 Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SL Info: www.

16 Feb

A 90’s r&b Valentine’s special with Silk + Kut Klose + Pamela Long (Total) - Silk: The smooth r&b group went to number one in 1993 with hit Freak Me. They have just finished recording their seventh album. - Pamela Long: The former lead singer of Total now works as a solo artist, with her new album expected to be released in 2011. - Kut Klose: The platinumselling girl group found success in the nineties.

14 Feb


in the mood for love Serpentine Fire perform Earth, Wind and Fire

Four extraordinary Singers, Four Brass, two keyboards

They are about to release their new album. Indigo2, The O2 Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX Time: 7pm Info: indigo2 Lime magazine has a pair of tickets to see Silk, Kut Klose and Pamela Long on Wednesday, 16 February. To enter, email competition@ with ‘Silk’ in the subject header by February 10, 2011. bass, drums guitar and percussion perform all the hits of this legendry band. Let your ears be the judge as the hits roll out. September – after the love has gone – boogie wonderland – fantasy – got to get you into my life – serpentine fire – and many more.The musicians have collectively recorded or toured with Michael Jackson, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Joni Mitchell to name a few. Time: 7pm 5, Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7PG Info: LIME MAGAZINE 2011


Community MUSIC WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris

Gutter Rainbows T

alib Kweli is the “conscious rapper” who you can always count on to deliver bars of the highest calibre. This year sees Talib dropping his interestingly named album Gutter Rainbows. An album intrinsically “for the fans”, Talib is in a defiant mood as he talks lyricism and labels. I heard that Gutter Rainbows was more of a demo for your next album Prisoner of Consciousness? It is outtakes of tracks that I was working on for Prisoner that I wanted to release right now. Why have you chosen to come out with two albums in a year? I wanted to stay relevant in the market place; I did not think that Warner Brothers did a great job on my last release Revolutions Per Minute (2010) with Hi-Tek. They did a horrible job and so to a large part of my fan base, my last release was in 2007. You alluded to it already but the whole experience with Warner sounds like it left you



always associated a rainbow with beauty and so the idea in the album is about finding beauty even in times of hardship.’ a little disillusioned with the big labels. From my view point the big labels are almost irrelevant. So my next major release which will be released on EMI and will actually be marketed and done in an indie fashion. I was going to ask if that is the way forward but I expect particularly with hip-hop people have always done things in an indie fashion. Yes I mean the successful people were funded with major label money but they were essentially independent. I put out two albums on Warner and with Eardrum was one of my most successful albums but I truly believe that it was successful because of the effort that I put into the album. Well right now the indie way is the way forward. The good thing for me right now which is why I

am good business is that I am relatively self sufficient now and I do not need a lot of time to get out to my fan base. They know that I will sell a couple hundred thousand records. How do you feel about this tag “conscious rapper”? In most cases it is a great compliment because there is great power in speaking about issues. I get people coming up saying that a particular song changed their life or made them look at something completely differently, for me that is rewarding. So can you get Rainbows in Gutters? If you ever lived in the inner city the pollution is immense and when it rains the leaks from gas and petrol is on the ground and it causes rainbows on the ground and I saw these rainbows when I was a kid. I always associated a rainbow with

beauty and so the idea in the album is about finding beauty even in times of hardship. There are some immense collaborations like Jean Grae on the album. Jean Grae is one of my favourite emcees she is just such an incredible artist. She is actually signed to my label and so we will be doing a lot of stuff together. And what tracks can we expect from the album? The record that you can buy now on ITunes is Cold Rain and we are about to release a record with Black Token from LA. We shot a two part video to Cold Rain and we will probably release Mr International and closer to the release of the album we will probably go with the track featuring Jean Grae. And lastly what can we expect from Prisoner? Prisoner of Consciousness is going to be more experimental in truth; it will be bigger, bolder and more courageous. Info: talibkweli

MUSIC 16 Feb

Mark Ronson and the Business International On February 16 Mark Ronson will be bringing together a raft of global talent spanning the past 30 years of musical innovation for what’s set to be one of the most exciting shows of 2011. Mark Ronson and his rotating all-star band, the Business Intl, will be playing tracks from their acclaimed recent album ‘Record Collection’ as well as tracks from Ronson’s 2007 breakthrough album ‘Version’. A number of thrilling surprise guests will be joining BRIT Award winning Mark Ronson on the iconic Camden stage. Time: 7pm Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd London NW1 8EH Info: www.markronson.

19 Feb EPMD

Legendary hip-hop group EPMD (Eric Sermon & PArrish Smith) at Forum Kentish Town. With support from Skitz & Rodney P, Spin Doctor, and Mo Fingaz and Bobafatt. Hosted by Big Ted. Time: 7pm Forum Kentish Town, 9-17 Highgate Road, London NW5 1JY Info: www.meanfiddler. com

20 Feb

The Saturdays The Saturdays plus special guests – last few tickets remaining. Time: 7.30pm Cliff’s Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7RA

Info: www.

25 Feb

Tinie Tempah supported by Katy B Tinie Tempah follows he’s number one single Written In The Stars with a number one album. His debut album release Disc-Overy lands one of the biggest first week’s sales for an album for a long time, so far selling some 85,000 copies – the highest tally for a number one artist since Eminem’s Recovery album. Tinie Tempah was the biggest selling UK singles artist of the 2010 with over 1 million singles sales in the UK alone. Time: 7pm HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, W6 Info: www.meanfiddler. com

25 Feb

Soulbrew Karaoke

SoulBrew Karaoke is unlike any other event. Not only have we hand picked the finest selection of soul and disco – from Stevie Wonder to Beyonce – to chose from and a dream team of musicians who have played with everyone from Amy Winehouse and Bonobo to Odyssey and Alice Russell but this time it’s you up on stage with the backing of this expert live five piece funk band. Last Friday of the month Time: 8pm-2am Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road London EC2A 3JX Info: www.



25 / 26 Feb

Mica Paris The UK’s Soul Queen is back to her first passion: music. 2009 saw the British star releasing her first original studio album in ten years. She also embarked on a nationwide tour meeting fans old and new and reminding her millions of TV fans what first put her in the public eye twenty- two years ago. Time: 7pm 5, Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7PG Info: www.jazzcafe.

26 / 27 Feb

Ne-Yo + Trey Songz + Chipmunk Following his monster sell out shows last June which saw queues of fans lining up to catch a glimpse of the star, Trey Songz will be returning to UK shores as special guest support on Ne-Yo’s forthcoming UK arena tour in 2011. Time: 6.30pm The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX Info:

28 Feb

Roll Deep – Winner Stays on Tour Hot on the heels of their number one hit Green Light, Roll Deep have announced a massive 2011 UK Tour. Roll Deep’s line-up has continued to evolve and now boasts the talents of members Wiley, Breeze, Scratchy, Flow Dan, Danny Weed, Brazen, Manga, J2K and Target.

Lime magazine has teamed up with the Jazz Cafe and has two pairs of tickets to see Mica Paris on Friday 25 February. To enter, email competition@ with ‘Mica’ in the subject header by February 20, 2011. Time:7.30pm - 11pm Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NL Info: www.scala-london.


Jason Derülo Jason Derülo is firmly established as one of music’s hottest new stars. With global sales of over 12 million singles, 1.3 million of them in the UK with current single What If’, the number one smash In My Head, Ridin’ Solo and his debut Whatcha Say, which also topped the Billboard chart, Jason Derülo now announces a 9-date UK tour kicking off in Bournemouth on 17th February and ending at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on 1st March. Time: 7pm HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, W6 Info: www.meanfiddler. com LIME MAGAZINE 2011


MUSIC 01 Mar

Janelle Monae Atlantic Records/Bad Boy artist – Janelle Monae returns to the UK to play an exclusive headline show at the Roundhouse in Camden. The Kansas City born funk-stress will showcase tracks from her critically acclaimed debut album, The Archandroid. Time: 7pm Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd London NW1 8EH Info: www.roundhouse.

05 Mar

Ghana’s official 54th independence concert More information to follow... Time: 9pm Indigo2, The O2 Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX Info: indigo2

18 Mar Fally Ipupa

Fally Ipupa is one of the best upcoming artists to emerge from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the last decade. Ipupa Nsimba aka Fally Ipupa is a singer, songwriter and respected guitarist who was born and raised in Kinshasa, DRC. Time: 7pm Indigo2, The O2 Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX Info: indigo2

18 Mar

Raekwon (Wu Tang Clan) The Wu Tang Clan are one 24 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

Lime music review: Foreign Exchange, Cargo, January, 2011 Words: Semper Azeez-Harris Lime rating: If you are not into Foreign Exchange or you have not heard of them then fix up! Truthfully I cannot carry on in the same way that smokers who give up suddenly become the biggest patrons of abstinence. It was only an introduction to Foreign Exchange by my sister Tochi that initially got me interested. However once I had heard them I was hooked: once you go Foreign, you never go back. Over in the UK after a prolonged period away to promote their new album Leave it all Behind I got a chance to see them perform at Cargo. Comprising of the ultra charismatic emcee Phonte and the quietly brilliant producer Nicolay, Foreign Exchange are totally sublime. Their sound is like some ultra expensive velvet as it caresses your senses to a brilliant level but live they take their sound to a whole new experience. Even though Phonte of the most critically and commercially successful hip hop groups of all time. They emerged in the mid-90s with a distinct style of kung-fu-movieinspired, spectacular rhymes and gritty street hip hop. Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx album is arguably the best solo release of a Wu Tang Clan artist and one of the finest and most influential albums in the history of the genre. Time: 7pm Forum Kentish Town, 9-17 Highgate Road, London NW5 1JY Info: www.meanfiddler. com

29 Mar

Cee Lo Green Cee Lo Green has been forced to reschedule his imminent UK tour, due to scheduling difficulties. The dates – his first on these shores since the release of

admitted they were absolutely bush wacked after five days of touring over Europe the energy, vibe and vigour with which they performed was off the hook. It was 90 minutes of pure niceness. The highlights had to be when they dropped what seemed like spontaneous digressing jams, that just fully exposed the talent of the whole ensemble in Foreign Exchange . The group were professional, talented and a joy, it was a great night. O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London Info: www.livenation.

14 Apr

his global smash hit number one single Forget You, his recent genre-defining album The Lady Killer, four GRAMMY and two BRIT Award nominations – will now commence on March 26. Cee Lo Green is firmly established as one of the most compelling live vocalists around following his memorable performances as part of Gnarls Barkley.

Wiley – the Elusive Tour Officially dubbed the ‘Godfather of Grime’, Wiley has sold over a million singles in the past 18 months. The show is rescheduled from Koko on 2nd November 2010 original tickets remain valid. Time: 7pm 02 Islington Academy, 16 Parkfield Street, London N1 0PS Info: www. o2academyislington.

28 Apr

Raphael Saadiq Time: 7pm 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, W12 8TT Info: www. o2shepherdsbushempire.


Alternative Soul was so beautiful.

Kadija Kamara talks about her moves to become a worldwide force.

What is the track essentially about? There was a group of people that helped me at a particular time and the song is about me being forever endeavoured to them. I hope the tracks can feel all the different emotions in the EP.


adija Kamara is a consummate professional whose writing skills and cool vocals always impress. She is part of a band of soulful ladies killing the underground circuit. Her EP Changes is a brilliant collection of four tracks all beautifully individual. Lime caught up with this busy independent to talk, changes. How has it been as an independent? It has been hard but I have the creative freedom and I have the time to experiment which is important. Were you always musically minded? I have always loved music but I am a creative person and I love drawing but I expect my forte was music and so I pursued it. It sounds a cliché but my family were always into music and so I just grew up with all types of music. After secondary school however I did not pursue music because being from an African/Sierra Leone background, my parents were adamant about education and so I pursued that first.

WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris


am tired of this whole ‘urban’ category where artist are generalised – I would say I am alternative soul.’ do you fit? I am tired of this whole ‘urban’ category where artist are generalised. I like to feel the instruments and feel the vibe. I would say that I am alternative soul; it is soul with other influences. I would not be afraid of doing an afro beat track so I really am alternative in my soul.

Who have been the artists that have inspired you now? Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Luther Vandross, there are so many. I loved the Nineties as well with Jodeci, it was just a combination of everything around me.

The UK has some hugely talented ladies coming through like you, Nadine Charles, Obenewa and Sewuese. It is interesting that you mention them because we have all done backing vocals for each other something that people do not really know. We support each other and that is good.

The media love boxes but artists hate boxes but where

The EP has four tracks that are all quite distinct.

I called the EP Changes because you see the transition and see the different aspects of me. It also explains my alternative soul idea. With a four track EP, I can concentrate on the album. What did Changes mean to you personally? Changes was written at a point when I was very sad due to a combination of heart breaking events. It is about me having faith that things will change. I love the track Endeavour – it is beautiful. It was produced by Nathan Allen who is a talented drummer in the Score. The first track that he sent me was I’m Endeavoured and it brought tears to my eyes because the composition

With tracks like that it sounds like the album is going to be brilliant. I have written everything for the album but things might change. I have a bunch of musicians and producers that want to work with it, I want to get some major support for the album, and I want the facilities because I have so many ideas in mind. More and more people are getting onto the Kadija Kamara experience what’s the ultimate plan? I am aiming for world domination. Last year I did more than I did in 2009 and this year I aim to do more than I did in 2010. I want to get bigger and bigger no matter how long it takes. What three things do you love most about life? I love meeting interesting people, music and loving. Info: Kadija Kamara’s EP Changes is out on February 14, 2011. Follow Semper AzeezHarris on Twitter: www. LIME MAGAZINE 2011



Love Me Love Me is a wonderful coming of age love story – how did you come up with the story idea? It evolved out of a series of sketches I began writing many years ago, examining the miscommunication, angst and misfires of my own early romantic experiences. I was interested in the difficulty of saying the things that are most important, and the way we often sabotage our greatest opportunities for happiness. As I wrote, the characters became more distinct and their stories began to take on their final shape.

Did you set out to write a love story? I set out to write a story that felt true. Love is one of those things – in all its forms – that all of us are shaped or touched by.  It was the one thing I felt qualified to explore. To paraphrase (Sufi poet) Rumi, ‘everything is to do with loving and not loving.’ Do people tell you that they are Eden or Zed?  Everyone assumes I’m Eden – not right, but not completely wrong either. And there are many boys who – often inexplicably - think ‘this song is about them.’ Occupational hazard. [Laughs] Love Me is a love story to the cities London and New York – tell us what fascinates you about those places? The noise; the simultaneous proximity and alienation of people; the hot blur of colour in the night-time; the dull monotony of the day. The possibility – always hovering right over your head – of miracle or disaster. 26 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

WORDS: Tricia Wombell Did you study English or creative writing? I studied English with Film and TV at Brunel University. It took a long time for it to be useful.  In the shortterm, I was just paralysed by over-thinking, unable to throw myself into the work.  It’s only lately that I’ve been able to truly make use of the technical knowledge I acquired. What was the editing/ publishing process like? My editor for Love Me was Rebecca Carter.  Wonderful lady - she is tremendously honest, talented, wise and supportive.  It would be an understatement to say I learned a huge deal from her.  Did you think about selfpublishing? To be honest, no. Writing is a huge amount of work in itself and I’ve never been attracted to the idea of having to do the business side as well. I suppose I would consider it in the

Love Me is the fastmoving and zingy debut by Gemma Weekes. absence of alternatives, but I was lucky enough that my first manuscript was picked up quickly. What book has most inspired you? I could never name just one book – there are so many. But I read Another Country again lately, and Baldwin is a genius. When did you know that you were going to be a writer? A friend I knew in primary school reminded me, when Love Me came out, that writing a book was the first thing I ever said I wanted to do in infant school. What is your daily writing routine? I have a young son and I write around him: early mornings, in the afternoon when he’s at nursery, and in the evenings after he goes to bed. What are you working on at the moment? A novel. Well two, actually.

The second one I began working on was giving me intellectual nosebleeds, so I’ve given it a rest and started another one that’s less complicated and more spontaneous. I intend to finish both though. What have you read recently that made you laugh out loud? The newspaper. I find most justifications for all the cuts to public services hilarious. I find the state of the country hilarious. One either laughs out loud or… Hmm. What three things do you love most about life? Motherhood, creativity and love. Info: www. Read Tricia Wombell’s blog, Black Book News:

community Lime book review: Voice of America by E.C. Osondu Words: Tricia Wombell E.C. Osondu won the 2009 Caine Prize for Literature, which is given for the best short story by an African writer. It is this winning entry, Waiting, a child’s view of waiting to be rescued from a refugee camp, that launches his debut collection of short stories. The stories are bracing, written with a passion, they take you through a gamut of experiences in Africa, the challenges of making sense of life and relationships when based in America, as well as redefining

connections back ‘home’. My favourites are A Letter from Home, where a mother berates her son in America, reminding him of the sacrifices that she’s made to get him there and the obligations he still has towards her. Pilgrimage, where an American tourist is observed by her taxi driver and through her faith he acquires a positive belief and the last story of the collection Voice of America – the most bittersweet story of unrequited love that I have read in a long time. E. C. Osondu is a wonderful storyteller. Info: Read Tricia Wombell’s blog

Jubilee People’s Millions Got a great idea for a project to inspire your community? Want to involve local people working together to tackle a problem? Know what you want to do but need some money to make it happen? The Jubilee People’s Millions could be the answer. The Big Lottery Fund and ITV, with the approval of Buckingham Palace, will be helping to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 with 60 Lottery Grants. Community groups will be able to apply for up to £60,000 from a total of £3.6million. The funded projects will inspire, involve

Every Tuesday

African – Caribbean Martial Arts: Kazimba Group Classes Kazimba Ngoma is the fighting dance of the Nubian warriors. The class includes dance, drum and poetry. Time: 7-9pm Open The Gate, 33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8BJ Info: www.theopengate.

or improve the local communities they live in. The winning projects will be awarded the funding in summer 2011, so they are up and running in time for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year in 2012. Info: www. jubileepeoplesmillions. Deadline: 4 February 2011

03 Feb

Chinese New Year – the year of the rabbit The major celebrations in central London are the largest outside Asia. The main London Chinatown Chinese Association celebration takes place in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Chinatown. It is a family affair based around home cooked dinners and presents,

the period lasts around 15 days. groups from China performing worldclass dance, music and acrobatics after an official opening ceremony. There were also firecrackers, Chinese dragons, lions and Chinese acrobatics. The Chinese zodiac follows a 12 year cycle, each of the years being named after an animal. The Chinese believe that people born in a particular year take on the characteristics of the animal associated with that year. Rabbit: affectionate; gentle with strong family ties; caring and hates conflict; peace-makers with lots of friends; dislike being the centre of attention and enjoy the good things of life. Info: www.visitlondon. com

08 Feb

Open evening: Pearson Diversity Summer Internship Programme The Pearson Diversity Summer Internship

Programme is a paid eight or twelve week (journalism) placement within one of Pearson’s leading companies in Media, Publishing, Business Information, Testing or Education. There are over 25 places each year in a variety of business functions including: Journalism, Marketing, Publicity, Editorial (books), sales, Internal and External Communications, Project Management, Business Administration, Research and Production (books). Time: 6-8pm Pearson plc, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL Info: www. summerinternships.

11 Feb

Kick start 2011 with Rosemary Laryea’s Art of presenting My presenting skills started more than 14 years ago when I was in the IT industry as a consultant. Now having made the transition to the media industry, the listeners voted me best female presenter on the radio station (and best interview for my Spike Lee interview). I wanted to show that the skills I used in my consultancy days are transferrable hence developing The Presenting Workshop. Whether you want to learn the art of presenting for radio, TV, LIME MAGAZINE 2011



Business + Pleasure = Happy Ever After Their relationship reads likes a romance novel. Boy meets girl in the romantic setting of Grand Central Station, New York, boy woos girl, six years later after a transatlantic move to London, the couple returned to the same spot where it all started and get wed. Not only are they partners in life, but they are business partners running Strange Fruit – a company that offers greetings cards aimed at black Britons. If you are a sceptic about love, then Denise and Cory’s story will give you a change of heart.


Tell us about your business Strange Fruit. What motivated you to start the business? Our greeting card company is called Strange Fruit. I thought about it a few years ago, but was in the middle of my degree. After we got married and the birth of our son, my husband and I, who is American, thought that if we didn’t do it now we never would. We would always be searching for cards but could never find anything with black people on, in America these things are easy to find and we 28 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

WORDS: Alicia Adejobi and Victoria Woode wanted to make it the same over here. How did you come up with the name Strange Fruit? We thought long and hard about it. We got it from a poem written in the 1970’s during the Civil Rights movement. The song became popular and was sung by the likes of Nina Simone. It was about the world being full of different and strange kinds of fruit. It brought together all that

was important to us and made us respect the past and where we come from. Was it your first thought to go into business with your partner? I did think about starting it on my own, but once Cory and I got together it was natural. He’s entrepreneurial; I guess it’s the American go-getter spirit. It gave me the courage plus it’s half the work.

How do you make it work? What are the dynamics of your relationship? We sat down and worked out our strengths. Cory is the type who can sell ice to Eskimos, he’s a negotiator, we never pay full price for anything. I’m more creative, so that’s my side of things.

community Denise and Cory Rawls speak to Lime about the ups and downs of sharing a business with the love of your life. UK.

Where do you draw the line between business and your home life? We both work, in order to grow the business we decided to continue to keep our jobs. The business is based at home, so we don’t draw the line, but if it gets too much then we go out and enjoy ourselves. What (if any) are the negative aspects of working and sharing a business with your husband and the positives? The only negative which is also a positive is that we will keep going at a problem until it’s resolved, but the positive is that you have to go through that process. But we do have other interests outside of the business. For me the positive thing about working with him is the motivation, if you’re working with someone and you set a deadline or a goal, you have to meet them. What do you think is the most important aspect that sharing a business has brought to your marriage? Having a shared common goal that we can build together that’s far more than just us – but also for our children is the most important thing to me. What are your hopes for the future? I want to build Strange Fruit, I don’t want it to be here for a few years then we get bored of it. I want to build it into

a stock market company that allows us to grow with it.


Do you believe in love at first sight? No! For me, real love or true love is the highest degree of understanding and respect, which can only be discovered through interactions and experiences shared with the other person. Anything prior to that is purely attraction or physical aesthetics leading to emotional stirring. Lots of people confuse this emotional stirring as “love”. When you get to see a person’s faults but still completely understand who they are and respect them, then you have love. It’s impossible to get that at first sight. What was it that first attracted you to Denise? Physically she was exactly my type so initially this is what caught my eye, but ultimately it was her personality, interests, thoughts, goals and wit that kept me interested – once she stopped being coy that is. Whose idea was it to start Strange Fruit? The idea was Denise’s. She had been contemplating

starting a small business for quite a while. She had designed our wedding invitations by hand and everyone thought they were amazingly creative. So this sparked her to investigate the card industry deeper. We discovered a gap in the marketplace that could easily be filled. I thought it was a great idea, gave her my support and offered my help. Were you hesitant to work with Denise as she is your wife? Did you worry about the affect on your relationship? I was much less apprehensive about it than her. Business wise I guess a good analogy is that I look from the clouds down to the earth and she looks up from the earth to the clouds. One thing is for sure, our relationship so far; business or personal is never boring. What have you wanted to achieve through the greetings cards? For me it’s about raising the profile of black people in Britain – highlighting our beauty, culture, diversity, history, impact, creativity and power i.e. social, commercial and intellectual. Our ultimate goal is to establish one of the most highly respected and recognisable brands in the

What would you say is the secret to lasting love? It’s a mixture of a few things – a secret sauce if you will. The most important being the constant pursuit of it - love as well as life is all about progression. The component necessary to achieve the pursuit is communication. Communication allows you to explore the potentials of your relationship on all levels. Another important ingredient is time. Time together builds strength and reinforces commitment. Time apart promotes and supports individuality as well as creates space. Lastly, you need passion. It’s the fire. Keeping it stoked is a hell of a challenge by itself. What three things do you love most about life? [DR]: My husband, children and my ability to learn from every situation and from my own journey. [CR]: Freedom – Having the ability to construct / destruct my own destiny via the power of my mind. The mystery and unpredictability of it all and the infinite possibilities give me hope for the future. My family – the people I take refuge in when at times I am secretly struggling to cope; especially my wife, who I also get to share all the rewards and memories life offers. Info: Strange Fruit cards will be at Sublime shops (Clerkenwell and Victoria Park) from this month or www.ilovestrangestruit. com. LIME MAGAZINE 2011


Community meeting room, boardroom or hosting an event, the technique is the same. Numbers are limited in order for candidates to get the most from my time. Info: rosemary_laryea@

Leslie James, ‘Playing the Russian Game’

15 Feb

Institute of Commonwealth Studies, in conjunction with the Black and Asian Studies Association – Black and Asian Britain seminars:

George Padmore

ACLT co-founder, Orin Lewis

Save the ACLT – charity in crisis The ACLT needs to raise at least £80,000 by the end of Mar 2011 to cover core costs until September 2011. The £80,000 is a short term measure that buys more vital time to apply for further sources of funding in the mid to long term. Of course there are no guarantees they will be able to secure new long term funding, but this is their only hope for survival whilst seeking further funds. The alternative will mean severe scaling back of charitable activities in relation and proportion to existing funding, job losses, the closing of the office and a return to Beverley de Gale and Orin Lewis operating from the spare bedroom in their house in order to enable the charity to exist by name only. If necessary minimal family support


will still be provided by Beverley and Orin to those in need. This situation is being monitored and observed by the ACLT on an hourly and daily basis and if it is becoming clearly obvious by late February that they will not reach their target then they will abort the appeal in order to prevent any public perception that donated funds are being wasted or will have minimal impact to the long term life saving aim and objective of this charity. Your funds support patient appeals, media campaigns, educational programmes and donor recruitment drives in communities who are severely underrepresented on UK blood and bone marrow registers. Donate:

British government attempts to suppress George Padmore’s criticism of colonialism, 1945-1949. Time: 6-7.30pm room G34, Senate House, University of London, Russell Square, London WC1  Info: Marika.Sherwood@ / www. blackandasianstudies.

19 Feb

Lorlett Hudson presents Living Your Life Without Limits: with Yana Johnson MBE Yana is the founder of Yana Cosmetics – a truly inspiring entrepreneur with not just 5 awards, including Black Enterprise Award for Entrepreneur of the Year, but she is also in receipt of an MBE for outstanding achievement and service to the cosmetics industry. She’s an accomplished singer/ songwriter having worked with the likes of Massive Attack and Shola Ama. Yana is also an effective Life Coach and has travelled extensively locally, nationally and internationally facilitating the learning and transformation of hundreds of single women from different backgrounds to create a life they love without limits.

Yana Johnson MBE

Time: 9.30am – 1pm The Grange Fitzrovia Hotel, 2028 Bolsover Street London, W1W 5NB Info: www.

26 Feb / 05 Mar

Naturally Nubian’s Natural Hair Workshops Come and enjoy learning how to braid, twist, cornrow, two strand flat twists and add hair extensions, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Light refreshments will be provided. Natural Hair products will be on sale. Each session will have a maximum of 10 people. Session 1: [26th Feb] is on basic techniques Session 2: [5th Mar] is on adding extensions Time: 11-4 Venue: 1 Dryden Court, Renfrew Road, London, SE11 4NH Info: www. naturallynubian01.

27 Feb / 27 Mar

Black Reading Group Book: Colin Grant’s I &I The Natural Mystics. Colin will be joining us with Granta’s deputy editor, Ellah Allffey OBE discussing the world of literary fiction from the author and publisher’s point of view. Ellah has steered the work of many of the top African writers and will be telling us about the world of publishing from the inside. – 27 March: A joint event with the African-Caribbean Book Club. Book: Terry McMillan’s Getting to Happy, which picks up the story 15 years on from where Waiting to Exhale ended. Time: 3pm Waterstones,203/206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD Info: www.triciablackbooknews. com


Family Matters Your Essential Guide to Fostering and Adoption



Family Matters Community Fostering and adoption events happening in London 3 Feb, 3 Mar, 7 Apr, 5 May, 2 June, 14 July, 1 Sept 2011 Camden Council If you are curious about becoming an adopter and want to find out more, or are ready to take the next step, why not go along to an evening organised by Camden? Time: 5.30pm-7pm Crowndale Centre, Camden Council, TDC Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 218 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BD Info: uk/adoption

24 Feb / 31 Mar

Black children need black families in Enfield Enfield Adoption Team is asking African, African Caribbean and mixed ethnicity families to consider whether they could offer a loving and permanent home to a looked after child. Enfield will ensure families get all the information and support they need, both before and after adoption. To find out more, come to their information session Time: 5-8pm Enfield Baptist Church, Cecil Road, Enfield EN2 6TG Info: uk



by a Step Parent

If you are seeking to adopt a child of your partner you are likely to have different concerns than many other people who choose to adopt in quite different circumstances. Unfortunately there is little help available to step families and those considering taking this step, although this is improving. There are very many children who live within step-families. For most there will never be an occasion when it is in their best interest to be adopted by their parents partner. If you are considering this option for a child you should look at your current situation, and why this might be in the child’s best interests to be changed. Remember also, that merely applying for an adoption order could

change things. For example, if the other parent of the child/ren is not currently in contact with them, they may respond to your application for an adoption order by renewing their contact, often temporarily, as a reaction to this. In such cases the well-being of the child, who faces the prospect of a second parting from one of their parents in the near future, may be harmed.

adults tend to forget is that adoption is about, and for children. What adults want is relevant but the court will not consider this to be an over-riding concern when it comes to making a decision.

Please read all the following information to establish if you are eligible to adopt the children.

Although it is quite natural for you to feel that your family will only be complete if the child were to be adopted by your new partner there are some who would suggest that there are other legal alternatives to adoption that should be considered fully.

Frequently asked questions

I have recently married my partner You no longer need to be married to adopt the child/ ren of your partner.

I would like my new partner to adopt my child. The first issue that many

Do I have to get the other parents agreement to the

community Family Matters adoption? If the other parent is the mother: You will need her agreement. A court can dispense with the need for her agreement but there have to be very good reasons for them to do so If the other parent is the father and he was married to the child’s mother You will need his agreement. A court can dispense with the need for his agreement but there have to be very good reasons for them to do so. If the other parent is the father and he has parental responsibility: You will need his agreement. A court can dispense with the need for his agreement but there have to be very good reasons for them to do so Parental Responsibility is usually only obtained in one of four ways: By obtaining a residence order from a court stating the child lives with them, or by having a parental responsibility agreement, or by being appointed guardian to care for the child if a parent

dies, or by adopting the child.

views, and reporting them back to the court.

If the other parent is the father but he was not married to the child’s mother, nor has he obtained parental responsibility for them.

But I do not know where the other parent is You will have to provide the court with all the relevant information in order for others to try to contact them. They may also be unable to do so and will complete their report stating that this is the case.

No. His agreement is not required. Parental Responsibility is usually only obtained in one of four ways: By obtaining a residence order from a court stating the child lives with them, or by having a parental responsibility agreement, or by being appointed guardian to care for the child if a parent dies, or by adopting the child. Will the other parent have to be involved? Irrespective of the birth parents legal status the court will require a report (Schedule 2) to be compiled and wherever possible the wishes of both birth parents will be ascertained and what role they might intend to play in the future in respect of the child. Your current relationship with him or her, or the amount of contact they have with the child will not remove the responsibility for finding out their

But the other parent has not been in contact with their child This is not a reason for the social worker compiling the Schedule 2 report not to try to ascertain their wishes in respect of any application to adopt. But the other parent has not recently / never paid child maintenance This is irrelevant. The court will still need to find out their opinions on the proposed adoption The other parent will never agree to the adoption The court can dispense with the need for their agreement but there have to be very

good reasons for doing so. When applying for the adoption order you can make a statement of fact on the A58 Form Here you will have to give the grounds for this request. These ‘grounds’ should be one or more of the following: The parent or guardian cannot be found or is incapable of giving agreement; The parent or guardian is withholding his agreement unreasonably; The parent or guardian has persistently failed without reasonable cause to discharge his parental responsibility for the child; The parent or guardian has abandoned or neglected the child; The parent or guardian has persistently ill-treated the child or The parent or guardian has seriously ill-treated the child. The information you enter here should not contain your opinion, it should be completely factual and wherever possible this information should be able to be confirmed by others.




Suicide Kids The talents of Hackney born actor Idris Elba are known the world over. Whether you know him as Stringer Bell from the Wire, one of the few men – other than Jay-Z – who have actually kissed Beyoncé, or his Golden Globe nominated performance as DCI John Luther in the BBC One drama Luther, his is a face and name that will have regularly made your acquaintance. However the 38-year-old Arsenal fan is not just an actor and throughout 2010 has been making a name for himself as an award winning executive producer. His latest project is the teen slasher Suicide Kids written and directed by British director Arjun Rose and starring a cast who reads like a who’s who of young British acting talent - many of whom have graduated from the Noel Clarke School of cinema. Among the cast are Adam Deacon, Shanika Warren-Markland,

WORDS: Karla Williams

Shanika Warren-Markland, Kidulthood’s Moony aka Femi Oyeniran and Clarke’s on screen brother in Adulthood, Jacob Anderson. Also along for the ride are Shifty actor Jason Maza, my favourite Misfit, Robert Sheehan, Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates, former So Solid crew member-turnedactor Ashley Walters and if that wasn’t enough, making

her feature film debut is Tulisa Contostavlos from N-Dubz. The film follows the lives of seven principle characters that have all joined a suicide pack after their friend Amber (played by Tulisa) takes her own life. However just when they begin to have second thoughts Femi Oyeniran


about going all the way, a crazed psychopath begins knocking them off one by one. On one of London’s many snow caped days I donned my ski coat, thermal socks and winter willies to bravely trek up to the set in Waterloo and during a break from filming I grabbed a few words with Shanika and Femi. ‘It’s a feature about young people’, began Femi when I asked him how he would best describe the UK’s answer to Scream, ‘there are a lot of things intertwined into one with this film, but at the heart of it it’s a slasher film than focuses around relationships and also the interaction...of the most unlikely people.’ ‘It is quite a serious topic but there is so much lightness and humour and some hilarious characters in it,’ adds Shanika. ‘It is a slasher flick essentially that touches on a lot of different issues and a lot about friendship.’

SCREEN Lime went behind the scenes to meet the cast of Suicide Kids.

Image credit: Priscilla Parmar


t is a slasher flick essentially that touches on a lot of different issues and a lot about friendship.’ And how do your different characters fit into it all, I continue. ‘I play Cain who is a guy who has difficulty with his family life. All the seven different characters have conflicts and my character is a gay, black guy. At the start of the movie you don’t really know he is gay and then little things happen that gives hints that he is, up until he goes on this journey where he has a conflict with his dad and once he resolves it, he begins to talk openly about the fact that he is gay,’ elaborates the British-Nigerian. ‘It’s not something that I have experienced personally, but there are a lot of black boys out there who are gay and find it difficult to tell that story and telling different people’s story’s, as an actor, is something you should do.’ So are you moving away from the characters we are more used to seeing you play in films like Adulthood and Kidulthood? ‘Kidulthood and Adulthood, yeah but my character in

Anuvahood [forthcoming film directed by Adam Deacon also scheduled for release in 2011] is very fun and with these two roles, I think I’ve had room to be fun. Suicide Kids is completely different to Anuvahood, which was just full on comedy. It has been a fun past three months for me as I’ve been able to play completely different characters - which is what you want to do as a young actor.’ ‘I play Ashley and she starts off in the beginning of the film, Arjun [Rose, the director] describes her as, if we had cheerleaders in the UK she would probably be one. She is sort of the pretty popular bubbly girl - on the surface anyway,’ explains Shanika. ‘She’s in the popular crew but in the end, ends up becoming friends with people that she wouldn’t normally become friends with due to the little pack they’ve got going on.’ She sounds vastly

different to the character you played in, ‘She is a lot softer than Kerrys [Shanika’s character in]. Kerrys is pretty much in everybody’s face and probably did a lot of things without thinking; Ashley thinks things through quite a lot.’ And is that what attracted you to the role? ‘Yeah, but it is an ensemble piece and I was interested in seeing how that was going to work. It has been fun working with loads of talented people and making new friends.’ I go on to ask about what the atmosphere was like with so many young British familiar faces on set, ‘Really good – we are all looking forward to going out tonight!’ remarks Shanika with a smile, ‘Some jobs you don’t want to see people afterwards but we are like, ‘when can we go out?!’ As our time draws to a close I finish by asking what is it about the film why people should come and see it when it is finally released, ‘Because it’s amazing and it’s got the most exciting acting

prospects in this country right now. At least 75 per cent of the most exciting actors to come out in the past few years are in this movie,’ Femi observes with a grin before Shanika rounds off, ‘it will be a really entertaining film to go and see and like Femi said, it is a who’s who of young acting talent so come and check us out! But I also think it is going to be a really good film. It looks like it is going to be beautifully shot, funny and touching.’ What three things do you love most about life? Femi Oyeniran: The potential to do anything, my family and Cut the Chat. []. Shanika WarrenMarkland: Acting, chocolates and surprises. Info: Suicide Kids will be released this spring. suicidekidsfilm LIME MAGAZINE 2011



LIME’S FEBRUARY FILM REVIEWS Film review: True Grit Words: Cassam Looch Lime rating: Release date: February 11 Remake time. Jeff Bridges, fresh from the awards success of Crazy Heart, teams up with the Coen Brothers for this take on the John Wayne classic Western. There’s some heavyweight support along the way, but the standout is newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, who steals the film from under the noses of a host of veterans. A young girl hires a ruthless sheriff when her father is murdered by a drifter. They are joined by a Texas law-man who also wants to bring the guilty party to

justice, but for another crime in another state. The trio head off into ‘Indian’ country where there is no rule of law, and where everyone is a potential target. There is great chemistry between all the main characters with Damon and Bridges bickering to amusing effect. Steinfeld is superb, holding all the performances together with a confident turn that signals the arrival of a young actress who has a lot of potential. Even for people who think they don’t like Westerns, this is a film with mass appeal. Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld and Josh Brolin

Film review: The Fighter Words: Cassam Looch Lime rating: Release date: February 4 It’s hard to follow Rocky or Raging Bull, but that’s just what this compelling boxing movie must do, as your thoughts instantly go back to those genre favourites. Thankfully it lives up to the hype with some great performances and a look of authenticity that will remind you of those early mornings where we’d all get up and watch Tyson matches on the TV before Sky snapped up all the broadcast rights. Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is a promising young fighter who has struggled to step out of the shadow of his junkie older brother Dickie (Christian Bale). Their family rely on the income the two of them can provide and matriarch Alice (Meilissa Leo) is the business brains behind it all. After a string of poor performances, Micky


wants a change and is encouraged by his new girlfriend (Amy Adams) to break free of the constraints he has tied himself to and go it alone. Alice won’t take this lightly, and it’s a decision that could destroy his already fragile relationship with Dickie. Bale is fantastic and the rest of the cast step up to the mark. This one could land a knock-out blow come Oscar time. Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams

Film review: Paul Words: Cassam Looch Lime rating: Release date: February 14 An odd choice for Valentine’s Day, Paul is the latest offering from comedy duo Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Having found fame with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this is their most high profile project to date. We still get the plethora of movie references the team have used before (although this time it’s sci-fi rather than horror or action genres that get the treatment) and there are laughs to be had. But it takes too long to get going, and also makes the less interesting half of the double-act get all the best lines as well as the girl. Two self-confessed nerds find a chainsmoking alien whilst on a road trip across America. Paul looks the part, but also has a penchant for swearing and generally causing havoc, so keeping a low profile will be hard. It’s something they need to do to help Paul get back to his home planet, but uncompromising secret service agent Jason Bateman won’t give up without a fight. Some unnecessary religionbashing makes it impossible to love the film, even if you do find it amusing. This one will be an interesting title to follow in the boxoffice charts. Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kristen Wiig and Jason Bateman Cassam Looch is a co-founder of – providing real movie fans with real movie content.


BFI’s African Odysseys

Salway Road, Stratford, E15 1BX Info: www.

Out 18 Feb

Big Momma’s House: Like Father, Like Son

Opens 10 Feb Patiala House

Death of a Revolutionary: George Jackson and the Murder of Fred Hampton plus Q and A Black Panther Field Marshall George Jackson inspired thousands inside and out of prison with his leadership and by authoring books like Blood in my Eye and Soledad Brothers. His positive influence proved too great and he was killed in an alleged prison escape one day before his trial. This 1971 ITV documentary contains interviews with his mother, Huey P Newton and Bobby Seale. Time: 2-5pm BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1 Info: 

08 Feb

Rapture Film Club: Preacher’s Kid Tired of being a preacher’s daughter and longing to experience more of life, 20-something Angie King (original Destiny’s Child member, Letoya Lukett) strikes out on her own for the very first time and joins a travelling gospel show. In this modern-day rendition of the fable of The Prodigal Son, she soon discovers life on the road is tough but fears going home with nothing to show for herself, or worse, to a father who no longer loves her. Screening films for faith and familyfriendly audiences on a monthly basis accompanied by a panel discussion and a performance. Time: 7pm Stratford Picturehouse,

Set in London, Patiala House transcends age, racial barriers and backgrounds, dealing with issues that resonate universally with today’s multicultural society – a story about family ties and duty, a yearning to follow one’s dreams, and trying to make sense of the dichotomies that life presents when one’s family has migrated to another land. Info: www.welcometo


The Bafta’s

Four Lions is nominated for Outstanding British Film in the 2011 Bafta’s.

Black Swan, Inception, The King’s Speech, The Social Network and True Grit are all contenders for Best Film at the UK’s annual Film awards ceremony. Four Lions is included in the Outstanding British Film category.

FBI agent Malcolm Turner and his stepson Trent go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Starring Martin Lawrence, Brandon T Jackson and Portia Doubleday Info: www. bigmommaslikefather

Magical Nigerian women warriors, Anansi the West African Folk Hero, The story of Ogun and Oshun, Teenage black superheroes and more. Time: 3-7pm Lost Theatre 208 Wandsworth Road, London SW Info: www.

HEADS UP 31 Mar – 06 Apr

25th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

27 Feb

African Superheroes Day The original 3.5 hour event repeated by popular demand with African Superhero dvds for sale on the day and interviews with animators and directors. African Superheroes: Many artists are making up for the severe lack of positive images of black people in animated films and comics. This animation festival for 6-60 year olds, will feature a variety of African-themed cartoons which tell tales of;

We are currently reviewing all of the BFI’s activities with a view to scaling the organisation to meet the very challenging financial environment. As part of this review, we have looked at a number of options for the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and decided to make it a one-week event. We are committed to programming for LGBT audiences and to the festival, particularly as we celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2011. The festival will showcase a broad programme of the best new international queer cinema, alongside highlights from the past 25 years. Info: www.bfi. LIME MAGAZINE 2011


Comedy 02 – 05 Feb Imran Yusuf

Come and see Slim perform brand new material with

Empire, London, W12 8TT Info: www. o2shepherdsbushempire.

14 Feb


in the mood for love

Star of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Imran Yusuf hits the road for his eagerly awaited debut tour. Renowned for his superhigh energy performance, Imran has a unique voice stamping his mark for positive, uplifting comedy at every turn. Time: 8pm Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Info: www.sohotheatre. com

05 Feb

Felix Dexter – the Multiple Personalities in Order tour Fresh from much critical acclaim for his characters and performance on BBC2’s Bellamy’s People, former Time Out Comedian of the Year winner, Felix Dexter continues his UK tour with his new stand-up show Multiple Personalities in Order post his performance of the show at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Time: 8pm Palace Theatre, Southend Info: www.boundand

05 / 06 Feb Slim in Wonderland


some of your old favourites on Saturday night hosted by Robbie ‘Tweedle Dee’ Gee and Eddie ‘Tweedle Dum’ Nestor with support from Felicity ‘The Queen of Hearts’ Ethnic. Sunday night hosted by Kat ‘Cheshire Cat’ B with Little Miss ‘Duchess’ Jocelyn and Kevin ‘Knave of Hearts’ J. Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 Info: www.

13 Feb

The Roast of Robbie Gee – a Valentine’s special


in the mood for love

It’s Robbie Gee’s turn at the hands of the Comedy Roast crew. Featuring Will E Robo, Eddie Nestor, Kane Brown, Mr Frasier, Little Man, Annette Fagan, Special P and Richard Blackwood. Time: 7pm 02 Shepherd’s Bush

The Covent Garden Comedy Club Due to last year’s overwhelming demand, The Covent Garden Comedy Club is hosting its 2011 Valentines Show at the hmv Forum, Kentish Town. Five of the best British stand-ups working today, performing in a luscious, red balloonfilled, romantically dressed, champagne-flowing venue. Treat your other half to the best Valentines show in town. - Lee Hurst – Star of Have I Got News For You: BBC1 - Paul Tonkinson –. Presented The Big Breakfast: Ch4 - Ninia Benjamin – Star of 3 Non Blondes: BBC3 - Andrew Lawrence – If. Comedy Award nominee: Edinburgh 2008 - Gary Delaney Time: 7pm Forum Kentish Town, 9-17 Highgate Road, London NW5 1JY Info: www.meanfiddler. com

14 Feb – 19 Feb

Ava Vidal: Lessons I Should Have Learned After a string of poisonous

relationships, you would have thought Ava Vidal would know better by now. But no – this is the story of how she got involved with yet another totally unsuitable man. It’s a compelling tale that encompasses infidelity, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the terrifying spectre of HIV. But in a funny way. Time: 9.30pm Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Info: www.sohotheatre. com

20 Feb

Valentine’s Queens of Comedy and Lovers Rock Heartbeat Entertainment proudly presents another night of top quality entertainment – the Valentine’s Comedy and Lovers Rock Xplosion. Starring the Queens of Comedy Felicity Ethnic, Glenda Jaxson and The new Princess of Comedy Ms London. Also appearing will be the Queens of Lovers Rock, Janet Kay, Carroll Thomson and Sandra Cross. This Valentine’s come and laugh, sing and dance with the Queens. Time: 8pm Catford Broadway Theatre, London SE6 4RU Info: www.

24 Feb

Stephen K Amos Stephen is back on tour with more melt in the middle, heartfelt humour to warm the very cockles of your heart. Time: 8pm Cliff’s Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7RA Info: www.

24 – 28 Feb

Aziz Ansari – Dangerously Delicious Tour Star of Funny People, NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Flight

COMEDY Lime comedy review: Felix Dexter, Bloomsbury Theatre, January 21, 2011 Words: Jennifer Rock Lime rating: Felix Dexter has tread the comedy boards for many years, so it comes as no surprise that this is not the first time I was seeing him live. He is one of the rare comedians who is able to effectively capture the nuances of characters we all easily recognise. He effortlessly moved from one personality to the next. So we met Early D, aka the stereotypical lion of Harlesden and my favourite Aubrey, the terribly posh black fellow living in the Cotswolds with a skewed view of racism and an over-developed interest in English

grammar and elocution. He brought real authenticity to each role. My only gripe was that some of the material was a little overly salacious and explicit in parts. I was pleasantly surprised by his warm up act, Scottish comedian Stephen Carlin, whose quirky humour made everyday mundane situations seem hilarious. But the reason we go to see Felix in action is for his eloquence and sophisticated humour. When not in character we saw his more familiar and savvy stand-up routine. He vented frustrations on bigotry, immigration and political incorrectness, offering up the chance to get inside the psyche of this funnyman’s mind. Info:

16 Mar Doc Brown

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP Info: www.royalalberthall. com

29 Mar

of the Conchords and an MTV Movie Awards host, we’re thrilled to welcome Aziz Ansari to Soho for his UK debut. His exhilarating stand-up has made him one of the hottest talents in the US - don’t miss this opportunity to see him on the cusp of comic superstardom. Time: 8pm / 10pm - Sun Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Info: www.sohotheatre. com


Lenny Henry Famed comedian Lenny Henry embarks on a UK tour in 2011, with a stop at Fairfield Halls in Croydon. Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon CR9 Info:

Doc Brown’s transformation from a rapper on the fringes of British hip-hop to performing his sellout comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe is quite remarkable and has inspired the material behind his show Doc Brown: Unfamous, a unique standup show with a musical twist. Support comes from Naz Osmanoglu, winner of the Amused Moose Laughoff and runner-up in So You Think You’re Funny. Time: 9pm

An Evening with Shappi Khorsandi Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, and Have I Got News for You is back with a brand new show about wanting it all!! Shappi  Khorsandi is one of the hottest comedy prospects in the country.  She’s feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny, handling every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm. Time: 9.30pm Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Info: www.sohotheatre. com

31 Mar

Lenny Henry Lenny Henry returns to his musical roots in his new one man comedy show. An accomplished comedian, actor, writer, TV presenter and fund-raiser, Lenny still cites his first love as music. Cradle To Rave which

Lenny co-wrote with Jon Carter, will take audiences on a voyage through the decades exploring the exact role music has played in his life and continues to play. It is a touching journey but, in true Lenny style there are plenty of laughs and lots of funky tunes. Time: 8pm Cliff’s Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7RA Info: www.

5-16 Apr

Shazia Mirza Most people have a crush at 16, a relationship by 32, sex in between. Not me and Susan Boyle. What happens when you don’t follow the obvious path? Brand new stand up show from international award-winning comedian and Guardian Weekend magazine columnist.  As seen on ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC) ‘Last Comic Standing’ (NBC) and ‘Beautiful People’ (BBC) and heard on ‘Muslim Driving School’ (BBC) and ‘The Now Show’ (BBC). Time: 9.15pm Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Info: www.shazia-mirza. com LIME MAGAZINE 2011



DJ Interview with Paul Aaaron WORDS: Sophia A Jackson

Paul Aaaron has been successfully running music events across London for years. We find out how he’s stayed relevant and what keeps him going during a time when staying in is the new going out. What music do you specialise in? Soul and related music such as jazz and roots music from across the globe like Reggae, Salsa, Afrobeat. Where are the best places you’ve played? That’s hard to pinpoint as some are best for sentimental reasons, some had the best location, and some had best facilities. I did a residency playing outside over Camden Market,that was nice in the summer, similarly the Mela festival in Mote Park in Maidstone is idyllic in summer with the bass resounding through the park on 20 foot stack speaker systems. How critical are you when you go out and listen to other DJ’s? 40 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

From a professional and technical point I notice how they go about things. I’ve always come from the view point - there is no other better DJ than yourself - and that means everyone - be it a Pro DJ or layman - only you know what you want to hear when you want to hear it. If you like a DJ, listening to them presumably is about allowing, accepting and enjoying their unique and different to your way of doing things. I am however most picky when it comes to picking DJs for Keep the Faith and our events - then I get specific, draconian even in the selection process, however once they are booked - then I let them do their thing as we are looking for each DJ to bring something unique, part of themselves to the table

and cover ground that we existing DJs don’t already on the roster, so it would be pointless trying to make them clones of myself. What makes you love your job and what are the perks? Coming from a large musical family music is like an illness, something I can’t shake off, compulsive, anytime I’ve tried walking away - I’ve always returned. Perks include being your own boss, not having to do the 9-5, at least the rush hour part because we actually work 24-7 a lot of the time. Getting access to great new music, artists and seeing, meeting, interviewing artists who I admire, sometimes in early situations which in time become historic.  You’ve successfully run

various different music nights over the years. How difficult is it to keep those nights going? From the outside it looks easy, ‘not a proper job’. Having done various jobs outside of DJing from manual to managerial - I can safely say it’s harder work, more hours, more stress and more unstable than any of those other ‘proper’ jobs, there are easier ways of making money. There’s added pressure’s of the long recession taking effect including clubs, bars, venues closing down which means less places to host events. Alcohol and the sale of it is the main focus for most of our venues, combine that with the UK not always being the best at customer service and hospitality then this can often make for an uphill



and international acts, many for their first UK appearances live at The Jazz Cafe starting with Sy Smith and Zo’s first ever live solo shows in the UK, these are two artists typical of the sort of acts I’ve wanted to put on in the UK for a long time.

his is not an instant success business, you will need to be patient and believe in what you’re doing to keep you going.’ struggle behind the scenes. Ultimately it all comes down to door entry revenue and or bar money earnings versus the music policy, agenda, aims, integrity and success rate of the night, those factors are not always aligned or going in the same direction - this is why often nights that have no trouble, great vibes and turn out even, close down seemingly for no apparent reason. The playlist culture which virtually covers all national radio now and similar dumbing down of music in other areas like TV with Karaoke shows such as X Factor also has largely effected the clubs and bars negatively, music content wise – leading to venue’s and sizable amounts of audience who either are

not used to, or unwilling to listen to any new music or artists beyond the same few they are played again and again on the radio and as seen in the supermarket CD compilations. Knowledge is power: what single piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps? This is not an instant success business, you will need to be patient and believe in what you’re doing to keep you going. There is a recording studio saying: “you can’t make sh*t shine”, I would apply this to putting on events, live and DJ sets too, even though music styles and artists may seem to be popular in style – if you

don’t like their music and your playing it the audience on some level will know. I personally have to believe in the artists I play and put on and I would like to think my audience can trust my integrity in this so even if they don’t like a track I play they know that I believe in that track. It’s these points of principle that keep you going in the long run and mark you out as your own DJ. The sayings ‘you can’t please all the people all the time’ and ‘ you can’t be all things to all people’ hold true for this business. What have you learnt about yourself from working in this industry? I’ve had to learn to be tolerant, the public are your guests, everyone listening to you is your critic, you either learn to deal with that or you wouldn’t get past the first couple of tunes and public interactions. I think specifically DJs and music collectors have a obsessive, compulsive characteristic which is part of the drive behind all the music collecting and searching for new music and artists. As a DJ, what does 2011 have in store for you? Thankfully my UKSoulJam show at Jazz Cafe and my weekly Groove Lineage Friday Soul events are still running strong so business as usual there. I am excited about our new event at Jazz Cafe “NeoSoulWW” which will feature USA

Who do you predict will be big in 2011? I can’t guarantee their commercial success rate, but some new acts that are doing some fresh and exciting things from the UK are: Sharon Rose, Ann Marie of Organic Collective, Maria Bentley, as a general entertainer, orator, poet and performance artist Greeds – momentum is growing around him – I see big things for him. From the USA I’ve noted Janelle Monae’s popularity grow steadily in the last year. The Foreign Exchange are steadily building their profile level too reaching out beyond our insular indie soul scene to the larger alternative and festival worldwide music scene. What three things do you love most about life? Mrs Paul, Music, time and space in natural surroundings. The next UKSoulJam takes place at the Jazz Cafe on 6 February 2011 ft. Valerie Etienne. 18 Feb and March 18 Paul will be at Hobgoblin, 73 White Lion St, London N1 for his NeoSoul3rdFriday - London’s longest running Neo Soul night. Info: www. LIME MAGAZINE 2011


CLUBS 05 Feb

Spanish Harlem Includes free Spanish lesson and optional dinner. Room one: r&b; room 2: salsa with DJ Ace and DJ Sylvester on the decks. First Saturday of the month. Time: 8pm – 3am Info: www.ticketweb.

05 Feb

DMC to launch online DJ Championship DMC, pioneers of the World DJ Champions, have announced a brand new online competition which will be open to DJs anywhere in the world at www.dmcdjonline. com. DMC launches the Online DJ Championship on February 3, 2011, an annual event which promises to secure the art of the DJ for years to come placing it before a global audience and opening the DMC competition up to every DJ in the world. Tony Prince, DMC’s founder explains: “Even though we attract over 30 nations to enter the DMC’s each

year, we are aware that lots of wannabe DMC World Champions live in countries where we have no representation”. As well as the title, trophy and prizes, the 2011 DM Online DJ Champion will win an all expenses paid trip to the 2011 World DJ Championships in London where they will be eligible to enter the live event taking on the rest of the world’s national DJ champions on stage. Info: www.dmcdjonline. com

04 Feb / 04 Mar

Bantu Fridays AfroWestern fusion club night, bringing you the best selection of old skool, the latest hip hop and r&b, and the finest selection of contemporary hits from across the African continent. [Every first Friday of the month] Time: 9pm-3am Parker McMillan, 47 42 LIME MAGAZINE 2011

Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SB Info: www.

Rhumble: Pre-Valentine’s Traffic Lights Party In association with Love for Culture & DJ Ben Waist’s 30th Birthday Party. Traffic Lights Theme: – Green if you are looking for love. – Amber if you’re testing the water. – Red for not available. Love for Culture are collecting pens, crayons, brushes, felt tips, pencils and paints for their Draw and Feel Alive campaign. At the end of the evening the box containing your donated items will be shipped off to Ghana. DJs Ben Waist and D’Lambert will be spinning afro beats, world grooves, classic old skool, soulful, afro and funky house, hip-hop and r&b. Time: 8pm Market Place, London W1W 8AH Info:

05 Feb

Key of Life Egyptian themed entertainment featuring: belly dancers, snake charmers, magicians, fortune tellers, Shisha smoking chill out area in an Egyptian themed garden and more. Special guests: Juan Kidd (Defected/Subliminal), Mike Monday, Rob Alldritt, DJ Lewi and Deep Red Records featuring Soul Purpose and Huckleberry Finn plus much more. Time: 10pm-10am Egg Club, 200 York Way

London N7 9AP Info:

12 Feb

Bodymove ‘The Love Ball’ a Valentine’s party


in the mood for love

Special guest Ant Brooks, Lojack and Femi B with speed-dating, traffic light party, jugglers, fire eaters, complimentary food and cocktails before 11pm and face painting. Whether you are happily single, looking for love or in love and coupled up – Bodymove invite you to enjoy some light-hearted romantic fun against a kicking soundtrack of five rooms of the finest house music around. Time: 10pm-6am Egg, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AX Info:

25 Feb


in the mood for love

Xhale and Panache Occasions Sweethearts’ and Lovers’ Masquerade Ball Let me call you sweetheart, Because you’ll always be, The dearest and the


sweetest one, In all the world to me, Because I’ll always love you, More than you could ever guess, Because you are my everything, My world, my happiness. Dress code: valentine chic, classy and sophisticated. We will be giving a prize for the best extravagantly themed male and female.  So slip into your finery and get ready for a night of dancing and merriment.  This event is for the mature raver – over 25s only. No jeans or trainers. You will be musically entertained by Xhale and City Gents. Time: 10pm-3am The Steam Bar, Hilton Hotel Paddington, 146 Praed Street, London W2 1EE Info: www.


The Playground Playing the best in r&b, hip hop, funky house, reggae and club classics. Time: 9pm - late Sound Nightclub, 1 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7NA Info:


Candilicious Music Policy: r&b, hip hop, soul, commercial

funky house, reggae and bashment. Time: 9pm - late Storm Nightclub, 28A Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LE Info:


Different Strokes Phat Cat$, Zay London, Lonyo and MOBO Award winner and Kiss FM DJ Manny Norté playing Neo Soul, 80’s pop, US house, funk and r&b. Time: 7pm – late Cherry Jam, 58 Porchester Road, London W2 6ET Info: ilovediffrentstrokes@


Urban Fresh A brand new weekly event bringing you the best of entertainment including massive DJ line ups in the heart of Central London. Ladies and gentlemen, if you would like to come shake a leg then it’s exactly the right place to be. Music policy: hip hop; funky house; r&b; old skool garage; club classics etc. Time: 10pm – late Traffic Night Club, Victoria House, 1 Vernon Place, London WC1A 2EP Info: 07943 927 165

Relax Award-winning best late night bar in the UK and the best wine list in London by the Independent, Tamarai bar is one of the most sought after late night destinations. Special guest DJ’s each week and video jockey brings alive the multiple LCD screen in the venue specially created video image synchronized to the music. A perfect start to the weekend. Resident dj’s Lloyd Life, VG, JRome, Conspiracy, Nico, Super Philly Guest on Weekly Rotation Pioneer, DJ Sai, Confunktion, Sticky, MA1, Chuckie, Larizzle, Shaun Biggs, DJ 247, Maestro Lee. Music policy: r&b, hip hop, funky house and upfront classics. Time: 10pm - late Tamarai, 167 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PG Info: Lloyd Life 07951 241 164

Every Fri

Blow Kings of the underground, Egg bring you a new weekly party that is going to blow your Friday Night apart. Time: 10pm – 8am Egg, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London N7 9AP Info:


Playing the best in sexy r&b, hip hop, bashment,

funky house and party jams. Dress code: sexy and sauve. With Mr Play and Jay Knox. Time: 10pm-3.30am Inc Club, O2 Arena Info: www.lovejamnights. com Soulful Spirit Every Saturday we cater for the true musical connoisseurs and if you have that soulful spirit join us each and every Saturday for the very best in deep, soulful house music. DJ’s on weekly rotation will be Trevor Fever; Soulful Switch; Gimmegroove Able; Nick Doe; Knowledge; Wez Whynt and Shy. Time: 9pm - late Euphoriom Nightclub and Bar, 1-3 Acton High Street, London W3 6NG Info: info@euphoriom. Skate City Roller Disco Three massive rooms for skating: Room 1 - Advanced skaters; Room 2 - Intermediate skaters; Room 3 - only for beginners. DJ’s: Darkman; Kenny Boots; Mikey MAC; Sir Vennom; Big Bee; DJ Melody; Tha General and DJ Micheal. Time: 9pm - late T47, 47 St Thomas Street, London SE1 3QX Info: 07944 910 015


Sunday Afro Matinee Each and every Sunday, gorgeous surroundings and leather sofas awaits you to chill, relax and dance at Sunday Afro~Matinee with friends whilst we play a select mix of Kizomba, Semba and other Lusophones grooves, old favourites and new, keeping us dancing till closing time. Time: 6pm – late Third Space, 211a Clapham Road, London SW9 0QH Info: www. LIME MAGAZINE 2011










Mental age test for alzheimers


The following Alzheimers test was developed as a mental age assessment by the School of Psychiatry at Harvard University. Take your time and see if you can read each line aloud without a single mistake. The average person over 50 years of age cannot do it! 1. This is this cat. 2. This is is cat. 3. This is how cat. 4. This is to cat. 5. This is keep cat. 6. This is an cat. 7. This is old cat. 8. This is fart cat. 9. This is busy cat. 10. This is for cat. 11. This is forty cat. 12. This is seconds cat. Now go back and read the third word in each line from the top down.


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Secrets of a successful marriage Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming... 1. Whenever you’re wrong, admit it, 2. Whenever you’re right, shut up. – Patrick Murra The most effective way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.... – Nash You know what I did before I married? Anything I wanted to. – Anonymous My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met. – Henny Youngman A good wife always forgives her husband when she’s wrong.



– Rodney Dangerfield

– Anonymous

A man inserted an ‘ad’ in the classifieds: ‘Wife wanted’. Next day he received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: ‘You can have mine.’

First Guy (proudly): ‘My wife’s an angel!’ Second Guy: ‘You’re lucky, mine’s still alive.’ – Anonymous


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