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16 AUGUST 2012 04 Events Afrovibes Festival 2012 06 World Events Listings 10 Food/Drink Brasserie Blanc 14 Fashion/Beauty Vernon Francois


18 Gallery Tim Okamura 20 Theatre Some Like it Hip Hop 24 Music Tanya Lacey


33 Screen Donnie Mclurkin

Word from the Editor

37 Community Hazel Chawapiwa


42 Clubs Bodymove Summer Sessions

Welcome to Lime’s third annual Knowledge is Power issue.

43 Comedy Stephen K. Amos

In this edition we get talking to industry insiders who share their best bits of knowledge that has given them the power to succeed. Feel inspired by their entrepreneurial spirit and ask yourselves whether you’re achieving

46 Breaktime Get your jokes on

Team Lime Editor Vernia Mengot Designer Mialisa Fenty Published By Got Media Limited

Photographer Peter Branch Contributors Cassam Looch Semper Azeez-Harris Adelaide Damoah

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September Back to Nature Festival

The Back to Nature Festival present this Post Olympic event to Raise Money for The Sickle Cell Society. Back To Nature intends to showcase the best new and established talent in the form of artists, fashion designers and singers. Each participant will leave with the knowledge of healthy living and be able to implement some techniques and ideas into their own lives. There will also be an opportunity to experience and purchase some natural products. Aiming to help the community realise the importance of The Sickle Cell Diease and the effects that it has on the suffers; this is your chance to be a part of their Record Attempt- Raising most money from Fundraising Event. Info: 12-7pm, Proud2 O2, SE10, London. www.


September Proms In The Park This year’s Proms in Hyde Park will include performances by Kylie and Il Divo plus a spectacular firework finale. The outdoor concert will also include favourites the BBC Concert Orchestra. Presented by Sir Terry Wogan. Info: 5.15pm-10.30pm, Hyde Park, London. www.


September Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park Returning for another mammoth success and hosted by Radio 2’s best


loved presenters this unique concert includes performances by The Voice UK’s judge Jessie J, British rockers Status Quo, London Songstress Paloma Faith, hot new talent Emile Sandé plus many more. Info: 2.30pm, Hyde Park, London. radio2


til 9 September 2012 Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World

Patrick Tresset Robots Named Paul - MERGE FESTIVAL Photo by Tommo


Southbank Centre’s summer 2012 site-wide Festival of the World with MasterCard opens on 1 June 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee Weekend, and closes on 9 September 2012. As London welcomes the world this summer, Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World will include inspirational projects from the UK and around the world, which showcase the power of the arts to change the lives of individuals, communities and whole societies. The site will be transformed with art installations including a giant ‘robot’ sculpture; a colossal baobab tree made from fabric; ‘Rainbow Park’, a multi-coloured beach; and an exhibition in the Royal Festival Hall of the thinkers, artists and communities who have inspired and contributed to the Festival. The reopening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, weekly food markets, and a pop-up cafe complete the Festival landscape. Info: www. world

til 9 September shows. Watch out for street Mayor of London artists, music and theatre presents SHOWTIME performances, lantern Mayor of London and parades, pyrotechnic London 2012 Festival shows, film and visual arts, present Showtime, installations and more. bringing town centres Info: www.molpresents. to life with fantastic free com/showtime outdoor arts performances for the whole family September - 21 across London. From October local high streets to parks Merge Festival 2012 and open spaces, there Better Bankside will be entertainment and ILLUMINATE everywhere with the best PRODUCTIONS UK and international present, Merge 2012; ad_1 24/08/2012 17:21 Page 1 artists, performers and the annual arts, music


Carnival Village Trust Hosting and supporting forthcoming events

BFI ‘Calypso Dreams’ BFI celebrates 50 years of Trinidad & Tobago’s Independence 1 Sept 2pm at NFT2, Belvedere Road South Bank SE1 8XT £5, bookings 020 7928 3232 or

Open House London 2012 Explore the newly refurbished Yaa Centre* 22– 23 Sept 10am–9pm (weekend event, Sun–5pm)

Quiet Pioneers A season of photographic work by local photographers/artists 22 Sept to 15 Dec at Yaa Centre* (see website for details)

Black History Month Season A series of workshops, performances and exhibitions Oct at Yaa Centre* (see website for details)

Carnival Village Film Season A season of film screenings 14 Nov –15 Dec at Yaa Centre* (see website for details) For more information and events please visit *Yaa Centre, 1 Chippenham Mews, W9 2AN


-23 September Jesus Christ Superstar To celebrate 40 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary rock musical debuted in London’s West End, Jesus Christ Superstar is going on its first ever UK arena live tour. Olivier Award-winning comic Tim Minchin as ‘Judas Iscariot’ joins ormer Spice Girl Melanie C in the role of ‘Mary Magdalene’ along with Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles making his musical theatre debut as ‘King Herod’. The live ITV talent show “Superstar”, will decide who will play the title role of ‘Jesus’ in this spectacular arena tour. Info: www.,


September Serious About Streetdance Following the phenomenal success of the annual showcase in London SuperBad Events have created the Serious About Streetdance Championships. Featuring exclusive performances


-20 October Afrovibes Festival 2012 UK Arts International in association with Afrovibes Netherlands presents the biennial Afrovibes Festival returns for an extensive national tour following 2010’s inaugural UK dates. More than just a show, Afrovibes 2012 offers an eclectic and thoughtprovoking programme of performance from South Africa and beyond, including theatre, dance, music and spoken word. In addition, tour venues will host Township Cafes with authentic African fare plus debates, post-show talks, late night music and from the finest in dance talent- a unique opportunity for Street Dance crews and solo performers to compete for the ultimate title of “SAS Champion 2012”. Info: www. seriousaboutstreetdance. com,


and performance festival celebrating the contemporary culture and rich heritage of Bankside, London’s dynamic artistic and business district. For one month, the river walkway near Tate Modern, an air raid shelter, a tiny Welsh chapel, historic buildings, Bankside Mix, as well as other Bankside open spaces and workplaces will come alive when major names from the UK and international art world stage installations and musical performances alongside emerging artistic talent. Artists include Fiona Banner, Jimmy Cauty, Heather and Ivan Morrison, Patrick Tresset, and Inua Elams. Info: Taking place at Various Bankside venues.

workshops. Produced by UK Arts International who brought The Harder They Come to the stage, the Afrovibes 2012 festival travels to London, Eurogamer Expo developer sessions bringing you face to face with the biggest developers in the world, The GamesIndustry Fairunique UK trade show, an opportunity to sample

Birmingham, Wales, Manchester, Liverpool, Hereford, Lancaster and Nottingham. Info: www.afrovibes2012. lesser-known games that are just as creatively vibrant in the Indie Games Arcade plus attractions which include social, fanmeets, cosplay and more. Info:


-30 September Eurogamer Expo

The Eurogamer Expo is the UK’s biggest and best games event where you get to play the biggest games of the next year ahead of their release dates. Expect the show floor to be full of exclusive UK firstplays and new content for upcoming titles. The programme includes The LIME MAGAZINE 2012







-02 September Poptronik Festival

Aztec records and EQ Music present the first ever pop and electronic music festival by the beach in Sitges, south west of Barcelona. The festival will be a combination of established and new talent to bring a weekend of clubbing to one of Europe’s most prominent and well known holiday destinations. Info:


September MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards returns this year at the Los Angeles, Staples Centre promising to be bigger and better than ever! Taking the lead and hosting this year’s awards show will be the hilarious comedian Kevin Hart, after his unforgettable appearance at the 2011 show. This year’s impressive line-up includes performances by superstar singer/ songwriter Taylor Swift, Green Day, P!nk, Alicia Keys and Brit boys One Direction. Info: Staples Centre, Los Angeles. ontv/vma/2012


til 9 September JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience 2012 6 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

The annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience has become synonymous with razor-sharp cutting-edge contemporary dance from national, African and international performers and dance makers. The 14th edition of JOMBA! is imbued with a strong French flavour as part of the France South Africa Season exchange programme. Presented by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu- Natal); this year will also feature its ground breaking JOMBA! City – an interactive, outdoor dance taking-back-of-the-city event with workshops and master classes. Info: KwaZulu Natal , Durban. www.southafrica. com


-30 September ‘Fro Fashion Week Now in its fourth season, ‘Fro Fashion Week returns to the Melia Atlanta Hotel for the fall 2012 season; Glitz and Glam. Travel into the glamorous world of natural hair, beauty and style with a full week filled with activities, exhibits and a weekend conference; where visitors will be educated and entertained in this ultimate celebration of the natural women. Hosted by J’Zhanel ‘JZ’ Cole. Info: 6pm, The Georgia Ballroom, Melia Atlanta Hotel, Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. www.

-30 September Magical Kenya Travel Expo 2012 The Magical Kenya Travel Expo provides a platform for participants to interact with the tourism trade and consumers. With over 150 travel agents, tour operators and trade media from Kenya’s tourist source markets it’s an opportunity for the visiting trade members to gain better understanding of Kenya’s diverse tourism products enabling them to sell the country better. Info: Kenyatta International Conference Centre. www.

in 2002, UK AMA has provided a platform to develop and promote music of Asian origin throughout the country and beyond. This year London’s Wembley Arena will host the glitzy awards ceremony and to celebrate the 10thanniversary of the Lebara Mobile UK Asian Music Awards, this year its set to be bigger, bolder and the best yet. Info:


vember Mombasa Street Cultural Carnival


- 30 September The 12th Southeast Beauty Expo The 12th presentation of Southeast Asia’s largest expo and trade platform for beauty and therapeutic professionals returns including comprehensive beauty, hair and nail exhibitions, educational seminars and competitions. Info: 10am-7pm, Hall 1 - Hall 5, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.www.


October The Lebara Mobile UK Asian Music Awards 2012

The Mombasa Culture Carnival celebrates its great wealth of cultural resources with a lively street parade complete with local bands, dancers and traditional Kenyan entertainment. Info: www.magicalkenya. com

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November MOBO Awards

The MOBO Awards 2012 with Rizzle K and GIT Award nominee Esco Williams

The UK Asian Music Awards (UK AMA) is recognised by the viewing public and the media as the only event that truly acknowledges and celebrates the diverse talent that is Asian music. Since its humble beginnings

Now in its 17th year, the hottest urban music event on the British calendar will showcase the finest selection of established and up-and-coming national and international MOBO Music acts. Info: Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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fashion destination, celebrating the wealth of independent boutiques it is home to.

The Cocktail: A meeting point of ingredients, the Seven Dials cocktail is created using seven key ingredients. The gin and apple juice base is a nod to Seven Dials’ rich heritage, and the striking red colour sums up Seven Dials as a

Shake the gin, apple juice, Campari, Grenadine, sugar syrup and lime with lots of ice. Next, fill a tall glass with more ice and pour over until the liquid comes about 3cm from the top. Finish off by topping with champagne .

You will need: • 25ml Gin • 35ml Freshly pressed apple juice • 10ml Campari • 10ml Grenadine • 10ml Monin Pure Cane Sugar syrup • 20ml Lime • Top with champagne


This month Lime magazine has teamed up again with Seven Dials who have been selected as the central hub for London Cocktail Week 2012! If you gave the Caribbean Fever cocktails a go, perhaps The Seven Dials freshly mixed cocktail recipe is next on your list. Specially created to mark the arrival of London Cocktail Week, it’s gorgeous, rich red in colour and topped with champagne; fit for any cocktail lover!

Info: London Cocktail Week is now in its third year and is the largest festival of its kind in the UK. A celebration of our capital’s unrivalled cocktail culture, the festival offers innovative, exciting and inclusive events for consumers, and challenging and forward-thinking events for the trade., www.

Elk bar – The Big Smoke Lime Rating: Words: Amica Anselm Located in the centre of Fulham Broadway, Elk Bar owns the perfect after work establishment where the food fills you, and Mojito’s are their specialty. On our way to the Elk bar the weather was still scorching hot which was idyllic for the ultimate headlining “BBQ fest -The Big Smoke” situated in the beer garden at the back of the bar accompanied by state of the art ceramic BBQ. Approaching the door way we were confronted with two strapping men guarding the door way denying my plus one and I entry until we provided I.D. Once we whispered Lime Magazine into his ear, he pleasantly jumped aside and allowed me and my amused guest in which initially made us feel safe whilst stroking our exploratory egos.

Entering the décor was as ensemble of chandeliers made from elk antlers with red walls, soft leather sofas, as well as tea lights draped along the entwined wood branches creating a bare forest effect. As it’s not a pub in the traditional sense, after 9pm it transformed from a quiet but busy little eatery venue - to a bursting fun bar with bubbly crowd, filled with regulars and an in house DJ playing an eclectic variety of music to match the food and its

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devourers. To accompany the flourishing mojito’s, cocktails and shuffles to the beats of Bob Marley and Ed Sheeran’s dulcet tones. The food was reasonably priced - we were recommended ‘The Big Smoke sharing platter’; which consisted of Onion rings, shrimp, chicken wings, fries, humus, flat bread and two tables worth more! It arrived with an array of sauces such as hot sauce and another even hotter, renowned for its

name Holy f*** which was extremely blistering like they crushed every pepper known to man and bottled it. Over all the atmosphere of this eatery was a masculine but entertaining venue, where the food is a major rivalry factor that mutually compliments the cocktails and is great for after work drinks. Info: Elk Bar 587 Fulham Road London SW6 5UA, 0207 736 7002 www.elkbar. com LIME MAGAZINE 2012



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-2 September Jamie Oliver presents The Big Feastival with Alex James

A feast of food and music for all the family and a banquet of mouth-watering food paired with the perfect festival soundtrack of top-class bands providing music-loving foodies and their kids with a fantastic weekend away at the end of the summer holidays. Headlining on Sunday evening will be Sharleen Spiteri and the multimillion album-selling Texas. With more music by Paloma Faith, Noisettes, Razorlight, Gaz Coombes, Guillemots, Sister Sledge, Producers and The Cuban Brothers. Demo’s from Jamie Oliver, Theo Randall, Simon Rogan, Bruno Loubet and Alex James. Also with food by Barbecoa, Jamie’s Italian, Café Môr, Brindian Roast Bar, Byron and Piglet’s Pantry; plus Big Top, Fete Games, Dressing-Up Tent, Gardening Area, Dance Competitions, Petting Farm, Tractor Rides, Kids Cocktail Bar, Pottery Classes and Jewellery Workshops. It’ll be an event with good food, good music and good times for the whole family! Celebrating three of the things closest to both Jamie and Alex’s hearts – food, music and family; in order to raise funds and awareness for The Jamie Oliver Foundation, The 8 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

THE CHAMUCOS CLUBHOUSE Lime rating: Words: Semper Azeez-Harris Situated a five minute walk from Westbourne Park, Chamucos is a little bit of Mexico brought to the streets of London Town. It’s a small little bar and restaurant which you could easily walk past but I say NO-don’t do that because you might missed out on a rather interesting night. My guest and I were led down into the basement passing a throng of customers engaged in copious amounts of tequila. Seated behind the bar which I was told can be for any guest as long as the staff know the individuals was great. It was away from the twenty or so guests dining so catching that atmosphere was a little difficult but certainly if you are taking a date out then getting that seat is probably excellent allowing for some intimate tequila fuelled chit-chat. Big Feastival promises to be a boutique festival experience in a picturesque English countryside location just 90 minutes from London. Two days of tasty grub, awesome music performances, a chilled out vibe and general all-round, family-friendly, fantastic entertainment. Info: Alex’s farm in Kingham, Oxfordshire.


til 2 September The Red Market Pop Up

The food is good and I was informed that the menu was created by traditional Mexican chefs. I warn you Mexican food is full of starch and carbohydrates so when the lovely tortillas come around with tantalising dips do not massacre them for you still have the mains which vary from very good fish dishes to more robust and gut wrenching steak dishes with copious amounts of beans. The real reason however to come to this Mexican haven is of course the This 20,000 Sq Ft Pop Up in East London by Old Street fuses local traders serving street food, cocktails and areas dedicated to relaxing and entertainment including a stage (which will show Olympic games amongst other things), a summer house for entertaining, a mini beach, table tennis, hammocks, graffiti artworks and petanque. This will also be the last opportunity to see two absolute classic works of street art by Banksy

tequila and indeed if you are a fanatic then this is the place. Tequila cocktails come in all forms from the traditional to the more inventive. All using a tequila called Chamucos which means Little Devil in Mexican and so late night calls to an ex will be expected-Chamucos arriba arriba! Info: Open Wed-Fri: 6pm11pm Sat: 12am-11pm, The Chamucos Clubhouse, 125 Westbourne Park Rd, London, W2. Tel: 020 7727 6771 www.crazyhomies. com which have been unseen in public for five years and remain in situ ahead of this part of land being converted. Info: 12-11pm, The Red Market Pop Up 288299 Old St EC1V, @ RedMarketLondon, www.


&23 September The Cake and Bake Show The Cake and Bake Show present the first live event that’s dedicated to cakes, bread and the art of baking. A mix of live demonstrations, celebrity speakers, hands on classes and workshops, hundreds of market stalls, live competitions and so much more... Info: Earls Court, London www.

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-30 September Cheshire Food Festival

Its Back! Bigger and Better! This year along with our wonderful food and drink festival we’re also have more live music, more chef demos and more stalls! There’ll also be games and activities for the kids, a balloon race, bake-offs, Man V’s Food challenges, excellent live music on the bandstand and of course a fantastic array of food and drink from our exhibitors!! In the producer marquees, there’ll be the best of Cheshire produce available to buy - from butter to local brew from some amazing local producers. Outside will be some tasty hot foot food stalls, some using the

great Cheshire suppliers and some from all over the world...oh, and don’t forget the beer and champagne tents! Come along, soak up the atmosphere, taste all of the treats and stay for the day. Bring a blanket, buy some great local produce, sit and listen to the live music, then maybe catch a chef demo and check out the craft stalls, relax and have a drink at the bar, and maybe an early dinner - the perfect day out! Oh and don’t worry most of the event is under cover so come rain or shine we’ll have a good time! This is the perfect recipe for a foodie fun day out for the family. Info: 10am – 5.30pm. Walton Hall gardens, Warrington, Cheshire. WA4 6SN. www.


-14 October London Cocktail Week CELEBRATE LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK IN SEVEN DIALS, COVENT GARDEN London Cocktail Week the biggest drinks festival

in the UK - is back and this year will be basing its main hub in the beautiful Seven Dials area of Covent Garden. The area will become host to a week of entertainment and activities including mixology classes, live entertainment and drinks offers as well as exclusive pop-up bars and a pop up ‘London Cocktail Week Shop’ providing cocktail lovers with all the ingredients to make their own at home. Get ready to shake, sip and party your way to a fantastic celebration of our capital’s unrivalled cocktail culture. Info: www.sevendials., www.


-21 October The Chelsea Wine

Fair The Chelsea Wine Fair returns in fine form this year following the success of the first Fine Wine Fair in autumn 2010 and with two sessions per day visitors can learn at a master class, meet with wine experts or travel the wine and spirit world

with tastings and tips. At this exciting prestigious weekend consumer wine and gastronomy event; wines, spirits and food will be presented, with sales from an eclectic mix of independent wine merchants, wine producers, department stores, associations and organisations offering superb produce and services. The Chelsea Wine Fair is a ‘must go’ public fair to kick off the winter season. Info: www.chelseawinefair. com




til Nov Chocolate Delight – Chocolate Making Workshops These hugely entertaining workshops are the idea of chocolate guru Gerry Wilton, who owns and runs the world’s first chocolate themed hotel, The Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth. Info: Chocolate Delight, Queens Club, Palliser Road,West Kensington, London, W14 9EQ, 01202 759979, www.

Babycham is Back! 80s inspired boutique club, Maggie’s, located in the heart of Chelsea is bringing Babycham back with the launch of a bar dedicated to the ultimate 80s tipple, The Babycham Bar.

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Bar is simply the cherry on the cake. Or rather, the final ingredient to this cocktail of cool Tom Cruise himself would be proud of! Originally Marketed as “the genuine champagne perry”, and then relaunched and rebranded with the famous twinkly Disneyesque fawn, nothing could be more appropriate for this stylish yet kitsch club than Babycham. Owners Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes’ other projects include secret speakeasy bar, Barts and the ‘Englishman’s Italian, bar Pizzeria and Karaoke’, Bunga

Bunga. Notorious for already having successfully created a stylish 80s haven with Maggie’s, the dynamic duo have now encompassed everything worth re-introducing about retro with the launch of The Babycham Bar. Info: Maggie’s, 329 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL, Tel: 020 7352 8512 Website: Twitter : Club/ Email: info@maggies-club. com


The talented Maggie’s bar team have created a selection of Babycham based beverages that will be available from the bar including; Wham Bam Thank You M’aam, a fierce and fiery mix of Goldschlager, tequila, lemon juice, sugar, lychee and Babycham. Boom & Bust, a fresh and fruity blend of Disaronno, Peach Schnapps, and Sugar, topped with Babycham. Then finally, Lady In Red, a floozy of a fizz with Chambord, cloudy apple juice, Babycham and a dash of soda.



I headed down to ‘As Greek As It Gets’ in Earls Court to sample a few traditional Greek dishes. The restaurant is a petite local eatery that can seat up to 60 people. There is a nice tourist vibe to the venue, portrait photos on the walls, Greek newspaper clippings an alcove ceiling and Greek music help provide a holiday ambience. For my starter I opted for Romano red peppers stuffed with feta & spinach baked in retsina- the portion size was very generous but the taste was. My guest chose ‘Spetzofai Piliou’- Spicy mountain Pilio sausages cooked with vegetables, this was nice although the sausages were quite dry.

Brasserie Blanc at the Opera Terrace Lime Rating: Words: Vernia Mengot


When I heard that celebrated chef Raymond Blanc had opened one of his newest brasseries located directly opposite the famous Royal Opera House, I was keen to enter a world of French charm and taste the authentic, freshly prepared menu for myself. On a gorgeously sunny afternoon my guest and I strolled through the forecourt of Covent Garden, upon arrival we were greeted by a friendly host who ushered us to a window seat overlooking the terrace. With glass windows all around and the beaming natural sunlight we began sipping white wine as if we were at a French villa in Bordeaux.


To accompany our meal we sampled traditional Greek wine the Makedonikos White was described as cool and wild, it certainly was compared with the red version which was full of Plum and velvet flavours. When perusing the mains I did not have a clue what to pick, the owner kindly recommended that I go for the Arnaki lemonato - Lamb cooked in Lemon served with mashed potatoes. The large plate of Lamb was disguised in a creamy Mushroom, Lemon and white wine sauce. The presentation was substandard and the meal itself was okay. It was very wholesome and hearty which struck me more as grandma’s cooking then something to indulge in on a humid Friday evening. My guest chose the classic Greek main dish of Mousakas, which turned

out to be disappointing. The Mousakas was bland. Given that this is a tourist area maybe the recipe was toned down to suit all palettes and local customers. Either way it didn’t go down well.

were particularly exciting or to my taste,

For desert the chef prepared a selection of Baklava and Galaktoboureko; milk pie made from boiled semolina. Neither of these

All in all the food was average. Info: 233 Earl’s Court Road, London, SW5 9AH. 020 7244 7777, www.


The menu had a lot to choose from and the starters seemed fitting for the gorgeous weather, I opted for the mackerel and fennel salad and my guest, a well presented avocado salad. To follow our starters I ordered a succulent 8oz sirloin steak accompanied by new potatoes, a grilled tomato, pepper corn sauce and crunchy green beans. My guest took no convincing when it came to choosing her main course, a juicy slow braised lamb shoulder with olives and smooth mash. My eyes immediately lit up at the generous portion and the

aromas from her plate got our tongues wagging about how lovely the meal was so far. I’m a huge fan of puddings and dessert; so this would always be my favourite part of any meal, for this I chose a valrohna chocolate crumble and my guest had the lemon cream savarin. We both didn’t know what to expect as the menu didn’t give much away. Presented by a short glass filled with chocolate ice cream, a frozen yogurt moose topped with crunchy chocolate, that appeared like broken brownie crumbs was

definitely the unexpected; but the rich chocolate flavour rounded off my meal perfectly. My guest on the other hand was overwhelmed by the zesty lemon scent from her plate with a light fluffy sconelike sponge, lemon sorbet and syrup it could only be described as light and airy, a refreshing way to ending lunch. Overall it was a lovely experience for an afternoon with friends and the terrace was a beautiful setting for an evening fuelled by entertainment. Info: Brasserie: 12 noon to 11pm; Bar: 11am to 11pm (Friday & Saturday 11am to midnight) Tel: 020 7379 0666. 35 The Market, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RF

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As Greek As It Gets, Earls Court Lime Rating: Words: Victoria Woode

ery Friday African Yoga classes Master Afrikan YogaTeacher Pablo Imani is back in London from Uganda for the summer with his unique brand of ancient, rhythmic and transformational Yoga practice. The Afrikan Yoga method founded by Pablo MfImani Khonsu Sekhem Ptah is a form of yoga known for it’s use of rhythmic movements, to the sounds of drums which aids in heating up the body in order to perform Sayunaats/Postures. Adequate natural body heat and energy generation minimises the risks of injury or strain when doing static postures. There is an emphasis of elemental body awareness and breath. The development of flexibility, mobility strength, and endurance are emphasized through dance and postures. Afrikan Yoga is firmly based on the movements of the Neters/Neteru as found on the temple walls at The Temple of Luxor, The Temple of Horus at Edfu and on the scientificmethods as mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus Edwin Smith Papyrus Rhind Papyrus the oldest booksin the world known as The Pyramid Texts. The feeling after the class is beyond words. Has to be experienced. Info: All Saints

Community Centre, New Cross Gate, Monson Road, SE14 5DJ. BOX OFFICE 020 7639 9071www.afrikanyoga. com/welcome/classes/




til 2 September Diana: Glimpses of a Modern Princess A new display open at Kensington Palace exhibits a special selection of dresses worn by Diana, the Princess of Wales. Alongside some of the dresses on show in the UK for the very first time are fashion illustrations and photographs, which reflect some important and memorable moments in Diana’s public life. Info: Kensington Palace,


-24 September Olympia Beauty

Olympia Beauty is the UK’s number one beauty event and it’s the premiere destination for top advice from beauty, make up, aesthetics and nail industry

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September Brides of Culture Brides of Culture returns with the UK’s fastest growing, free Multicultural Bridal Exhibition. Back for the sixth instalment Brides of Culture goes beyond the usual, mainstream wedding planning portals. With the exclusive use of one floor of the hotel, more than 35 exhibitors, including internationally renowned couture bridal and evening wear label Kosibah, Brides of Culture is expecting at least 600 brides and grooms-toexperts and will showcase all the latest products, treatments and services. With an incredible line-up of over 400 world-class brands exhibiting at the two-day exhibition,

be at this Autumn’s exhibition. Info: The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Docklands, East London. www. including Fake Bake, Neal’s Yard Remedies and Dermalogica, among many, many more, Olympia Beauty is not to be missed. Over forty globally renowned speakers will be there to provide expert advice in educational seminars, from David Suzuki of BioTherapeutic in the USA to Lopo Champalimaud of Wahanda. The four stages will cover beauty, nails, make-up and medical and aesthetics, and all seminars are absolutely free. This year will feature a brand new competition that will test 100 makeup artists to their limit. The Art of Make-Up Competition, sponsored by Airbase, is a twoLIME MAGAZINE 2012


day event to be held at Olympia Beauty and it is open to make-up artists and students. The first day of the competition will be based on a Grecian Goddess theme and the top twenty competitors will be asked to return for day two, where they will be given a variety of settings and themes designed to make them think on their feet and test their creativity. Olympia Beauty will also feature a social media hub which will bring together the press, bloggers, tweeters and tumblers for a valuable and highly interactive networking opportunity. Top beauty boutique, Filthy Gorgeous will be there offering luxurious pampering for all the press and there will be exciting goody bags and giveaways. Info: www.olympiabeauty.


- 30 September The National Wedding Show Don’t miss the UK’s largest bridal event this year; with over 250 exhibitors offering


In its second year running, I was extremely excited to attend Africa Fashion Week London 2012.

thousands of inspirational ideas for your big day whatever you’re looking for the National Wedding Show has it covered! Visitors will find a whole host of wedding experts but we also have an array of fantastic show features including the glamorous Catwalk Show, Bridal Coaching, Rock My Wedding’s All About the Pretty’ sessions and our brand new Vintage Area all offering you inspiration, top tips and advice on how to get your dream look for the big day. Info: www. nationalweddingshow.


-14 October The National Asian Wedding Show and The National Asian Beauty Show The National Asian Wedding Show kick starts the 2012/2013 UK tour with a 2 day show at ExCel London – the capital’s largest and most successful purpose built exhibition centre– which

The two day event was held at the trendy Spitalfields Market in East London; showcasing designers, models, products and all things Africa! Heading towards the area you could feel the buzz in the air, visitors holding there AFWL goodie bags and showing support it was an amazing example of western and African culture combined. The area was filled with market stalls showcasing vibrant African inspired products where exhibitors were promoting their also incorporates the UK’s first National Asian Beauty Show. This keenly anticipated pioneering show dedicated to the flourishing and lucrative Asian beauty industry is set to become an unmissable show for both established and budding professionals alike. Showcase your talents and signature looks for the next season on our live demonstration stage, where hundreds of visitors will be there to watch you in action. Info: 11am-7pm, ExCel, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL. www.nationalasian

designs, talent and even serving up some mouthwatering traditional African food. This did not feel like London it felt like I was at an authentic African market, with the colours and culture surrounding me. Throughout the day a runway show took place full of diverse designers creating a platform to express the beauty of their work. African Fashion Week London was full of lots of energy, it was a great day out for the family and an exciting eye opener. London has extremely talented people around so watch this space! Info: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August, Spitalfields Market, East London. www. africafashionweeklondon. com Follow Victorine on Twitter @fashionNvrSlps

From the poodle skirts and embellished leathers of the rockers, the cool styling of the Mods, the high baroque of Psychedelia and the kitsch glamour of 1970s retro, this exhibition celebrates the time when British popular culture first captivated the world.


til 27 October POP! Design Culture and Fashion Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates the impact of music, art and celebrity on 20thcentury fashion, from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Punk. Follow us on twitter @limewithus for free and discounted tickets to the best events in the city




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Throughout, furniture, original posters, graphics and promotional materials will help to set the scene while an “I’m Backing Britain” display will create a dramatic centrepiece. The exhibition will also highlight the casual throwaway nature of much Pop design, from the paper furniture and Union Jack clothing of ‘Swinging London’ to the late 1960s American vogue for paper dresses, to the tin badges, machineembroidered patches and printed t-shirts of the early 1970s. Info: Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 6pm, www.


til 6 January 2013

FASHION/BEAUTY The All Women of Colour Campaign a realistic and inspirational reflection of modern multicultural Britain World famous international awardwinning celebrity makeup artist Eryca Freemantle and the Olympia Beauty Exhibition team will bring the beauty industry up to date to reflect the multiculturalism of modern Britain and address the unbalance in the beauty industry. Now in its 8th year, Olympia Beauty has succeeded to become an innovative industry event, showcasing brands and setting trends within the beauty industry. This year Olympia’s forward thinking approach has formed the partnership with international Ballgowns Exhibition at V&A The stunning ball gown collection will be on show at the V&A in the newly restored Fashion Galleries for 2012. Bringing

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celebrity makeup artist Eryca Freemantle to launch The All Women of Colour Campaign which seeks to work with the beauty industry to encourage and implement a more inclusive range of products available for women of colour in existing mainstream brands. The All Women of Colour Campaign will also provide the beauty industry with knowledge on how to work with all women of colour, with specially designed accredited certified workshops and seminars to educate and empower the industry to gain the knowledge for change. The campaign is motivational in providing avenues where brands new and old can come together to create an industry think tank, and cater for the needs for all woman, regardless of their skin colour tone and hue. Eryca; supported by the glamour of British ballgowns from the 50’s to the present day. The exhibition will feature a whole host of extravagant designs, catwalk couture and red carpet glamour.

BABTAC and her team will work with brands that wish to be part of this initiative. She will also be the face and advocate of The All Women of Colour Campaign. Info: On Sunday 23rd September at 13.45 pm 14. 30 pm Eryca will be delivering a seminar for the professional industry at the Olympia Beauty Show demonstrating a range of makeup techniques for women of colour. Eryca is also a judge for The Art of Make Up Competition (founded by Louise Page) held overtwo days at the Olympia Beauty Show from 23rd to 24th September. www.erycafreemantle. com www.olympiabeauty.

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exhibition POP! DESIGN • CULTURE • FASHION showcases the influence of Pop culture on several design mediums from 1955 to 1976, including record covers and packaging by Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton, and the work of fashion designers like Mary Quant, Vivienne Westwood, John Stephen and Betsey Johnson, design director of the leading New York boutique of the era. Pop graphics will be explored, from the British psychedelic artwork of Hapshash and the Coloured Coat, and the posters of the American West Coast rock venues in San Francisco, to the work of Martin Sharp for underground magazine OZ. The influence of Heinz Eidelmann’s design for the Beatles film Yellow Submarine on late 1960s design will be touched on, as well as the work of ‘Mr Freedom’ fashion designers Pamla Motown and Jim O’Connor, and the early 1970s work of fashion and textile designer Miss Mouse, aka Rae SpenceCullen.


‘Casually Fabulous’ Words: Vernia Mengot

if you really want to get something done, stop talking about it and do it

HVernon Francois has

air stylist to the stars;

made his way up from a young age with a passion and desire to fulfil his dreams of being successful. As a teen Vernon started work at the Desmond Murray salon and went on to win awards including Black Beauty Newcomer of the Year, Black Hair Junior Hairstylist of the Year, and the Learning Skills Council Apprentice of the Year. Currently juggling projects including designing and image consultancy along with styling for a list of high profile clientele; 2011 saw him as a Stylist of the Year Finalist at the Black Beauty and Hair Awards, 14 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

with that he continues to flourish as one of the most sought after hair-stylists and image consultants in the UK. This month Lime got chatting to Vernon about celeb hair, balancing his career and the key to success. Explain what is meant by making style effortless. What makes people effortless, it’s just less is more, a lot of the time people tend to think too much into what’s been asked of them to do rather than literally taking it to face value and putting the concept of their everyday life into perspective.

What’s the most outlandish hair request you’ve had? This may come across a bit weird. It’s quite ironic, I won’t say his name; he’s quite a wealthy business man of European origin and he wanted me to do braids in his hair. It was controversial considering the stereotypical images he was portraying and then to obviously want to have braids. Now, that may not sound quite outrageous, but it created quite a fiasco in salon being that it was quite hilarious. I tried to not do the service, I told him to go away and to make his hair grow, and thinking that he would come back to me and he came back four times, asking “is my hair long enough?” It was quite entertaining, not thinking that he would come back to me ever. But I do tell them (clients) that I don’t believe this is the way forward,

but I mean I can make it look good for you. He was happy with it. Which celebrity hairstyles are on your radar? There is one person I would like to get my hands on and that is Christina Aguilera. It just needs a bit of love and an identity needs to be formed. I don’t feel that she has a particular identity and she has such a strong character. I quite like the way Rita Ora wears her hair, it’s quite messy and it’s not too contrived, it’s quite a relaxed, chic and sexy look. I actually do like Shingai from Noisettes, I like the fact that she hasn’t had anything relaxed or chemicals in her hair, for me as a Caribbean person I know it’s really important that people in the limelight emphasise natural texture hair and I think she does that really well.

FASHION/BEAUTY Hair stylist, image consultant and designer Vernon Francois talk’s great success and effortless style What hairstyles do you believe will set the trend for AW12, in terms of European and Afro hair? Everyone’s doing all that dip-dye situation. I don’t think the dip-dye is going to be in, but what I do think is going to be in is more about colour clashing, people experimenting with colours towards the ends of the hair and less contrived, more relaxed shaggy hair; I think that’s quite in. And people are growing out fringes; fringing is not so exciting at the moment. And what about Afro hair? I think a lot of people are starting to go back to the more natural texture... I get the sense that people are happier and are going forward with natural texture. What have you got lined up for the rest of the year? Well I’ve just finished filming two TV shows. Rihanna – Styled to Rock which is airing as we speak, I worked with Lysa Cooper who is Rihanna’s stylist and I was responsible for making her

hair look obviously, the business. And Britain’s Next Top Model I was on there as image consultant inspiring the girls to talk about their insecurities and bringing them to the next step to use it to make them a better person. So I’ve done that which has now led on to me doing The Guardian, consulting and helping young people to be inspired, helping them to achieve whatever they want to achieve in life. I’ve started an accessories company, particularly tailored to the afro texture hair; I’m in the process of developing that and launching that next year. And I’ve got a documentary coming out; I can’t say much about that- It’s going to be quite controversial. I’m still doing hair for as long as I can and maintain it. I have also done motivational speaking at places like London College of Fashion. Your schedule is full of high profile clients, TV appearances and image Consultancy projects – with so much to focus on; how do you stay balanced?

Everyone asks me that, people say “how do you sleep?” I’m a workaholic, I have been since I was about eight or nine years old. My whole point is being in the position that I am now, I have been working since I’ve been able to achieve what I wanted to achieve. I’m just really passionate and I think if you love something and you want to do it you find the time to do it. It’s one of those things. I think when people say “I’ve been so busy!” it’s a lame excuse for not wanting to follow through what you want to follow through with. So if you really want to get something done, stop talking about it and do it. Share your most inspirational quote. It’s hard to be me but it’s harder to be someone that I am not, and that sums me up as a character. I’m over trying to facilitate somebody else’s ego.

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What is the key to success for someone who wants to pursue a

career in hair styling? I don’t believe they have the true passion, unless they are prepared to lick the floor and start from the bottom up. I believe in this generation there are a lot of divas, that don’t understand the ethos of what a successful person is. For the obvious reasons; celebrities and the media. It’s just about being passionate and respecting yourself and understanding that it takes work, time and dedication. What’s the one lesson you have learnt from the industry that you didn’t know when you first embarked on your career? If you could sum it up when I first came into the industry the thing that I realised really quickly is that you can’t please everyone. The good thing is you are able to work on what you believe is right for you. Take that and deal with. Info: Website: www. Twitter: @vernonfrancois




Words: Semper Azeez-Harris

I remember talking to PUMA’s CEO, Jochen Zeitz when he was in Jamaica last year and I said, ‘Yo! nice talking to you Mr. PUMA, I can’t believe you haven’t done anything with the Marleys yet.’

Cedella Marley-Gold!

Tintrinsically linked he name Marley is

to music, Jamaica and indeed a movement of people. While Bob Marley is the genesis of the power that this name carries, it is his children that have continued this rich history of the name Marley. Cedella Marley like her other well-known siblings carries the beautiful burden of the name Marley. Evidently a lady that does not understand the meaning of boundaries she oscillates with ease between singing, acting, writing, and a savvy entrepreneurial mind which manages to keep the business side of the Bob Marley legacy alive. Luckily she was able to spare a few moments outside of her ever increasing schedule to chat with Lime about her role as a designer, and of course being a mother of three children! Before we get onto fashion you have a career as a singer, the influence I assume is your father but why did you decide to get into music? Music was a natural progression. Our father wrote our first two singles


when we were Melody Makers but he actually really wanted me to be a doctor or a Lawyer. What inspired you into fashion? My mum and dad both played a critical role in my love of fashion. My father’s style was simple but powerful and my mum’s style remains true to our roots. She loves fabrics that are full of colour and print but still maintains a very feminine shape. Explain the genesis of your fashion line? I have had a passion all my life. My Great Aunt was a seamstress and she nurtured my love but getting into fashion occurred purely by accident. Touring with my brothers and sisters as Ziggy and the Melody Makers, I wanted us to stand out so I started to deconstruct different items to make us have a clear visual identity – I think the style could be best described as Bohemian Rastafarianism. Of course I have to ask about designing the Jamaican Olympic team kit how did this all come about? I remember talking to PUMA’s CEO, Jochen Zeitz

when he was in Jamaica last year and I said, “Yo! nice talking to you Mr. PUMA, I can’t believe you haven’t done anything with the Marleys yet.” And he said, “Well everything has its time.” So when PUMA approached me to design the Olympic wear I didn’t believe it so I am just blessed to be a part of the rich history that we made in this year’s Olympics. What challenges did you face when designing the line? I challenged myself more than anything but I really did enjoy doing this in all aspects. What was great is that PUMA gave me complete creative freedom to design and work. Of course Usain Bolt is the main draw it must have been amazing to meet the man that everyone is talking about? I don’t know Usain very well but he is a great talented athlete that we are very proud to have represent Jamaica and he is sure to go on to many other great things. From a fashion perspective what do you have in the pipeline?

We are always working on new collections. Last year we launched my first swimwear line High Tide but we have now headed back to the drawing board for the next collection.

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What has been the best bit of knowledge that you were given that indeed gave you power? Trust your own instincts and anything you put your mind to you can accomplish. And lastly with the global spotlight boosting Jamaica in so many ways, where do you hope to see Jamaica in the next five years? For Jamaica I would love to see better Hospitals, I would love to see more parks where children can come and play without fear . . . and of course I would love I Jamaica could pay off the IMF! Info: Website: www. Twitter: @cedellamarley

September - 27 January 2012 Designers in Residence The Design Museum continues to support the next generation of designers and creative’s with it Designers in Residence Programme. The exhibition will showcase the work of young designers at the beginning of their careers; recent alumni have included Giles Miller, Asif Khan and Bethan Laura Wood. This year’s programme will include a series of events, offering designers the opportunity to interact and engage with the public, whilst using this platform as a test-bed for ideas, designs and innovations. Info: www.designmuseum. org


til 9 September Damien Hirst

Exhibition This year the Tate Modern plays host to Damien Hurst’s exhibition like no other and it’s the largest survey of Hirst’s work to be in the UK to date. The exhibition shows key works from the artist’s most important series displayed together with some of Hirst’s most iconic works. Hirst has re-fabricated his two-part installation ‘In and Out of Love’ (1991), where viewers pass through a room of live butterflies – hatching, mating, laying eggs and eventually dying , before entering a room filled with a series of Hirst’s butterfly monochrome paintings. Also featured at the exhibition housed in a special viewing chamber is Hirst’s diamond skull ‘For the Love of God’ (2007) a

platinum cast of a human skull set with 8,601 flawless pavé-set diamonds, the first time the skull has been available to view in the UK since 2007. Info: Don’t Miss til 24 October Messenger: The Bob Marley Exhibition As part of the celebrations that have taken place at The O2 to mark Jamaica’s 50 years of independence, visitors can explore an exhibition of Marley’s role as the catalyst to the reggae revolution, as well as his influence on music and culture over the past three decades. A story which has such a powerful and ever-growing resonance; it embodies political repression, metaphysical and artistic insights, gangland warfare and


various periods of mystical wilderness, Marley’s audience continues to widen. Additionally Messenger will include footage created by The GRAMMY Museum who conducted interviews with several artists and musicians including conversations with Blondie, Carlos Santana and Nas, plus more who discuss the influence Bob Marley had and his influence on music and culture. Info: www.




til 9 November The Silent Traveller: Chiang Yee in Britain, 1933-1955 A display exploring the creative endeavours of Chinese artist and writer Chiang Yee (1903-1977) who came to Britain in 1933

Ronnie Wood: A Major Retrospective of 50 years of Rock and Roll at the Symbolic London pop-up showroom

The show will include paintings, sketches, hand written lyrics, and guitars by Ronnie Wood, together with Symbolic’s major acquisitions of Ronnie Wood and Rolling Stones items. The show gives a comprehensive insight into Wood, the bands and the rock legends he has associated with across five decades including; The Rolling Stones, Faces, The Birds and The Jeff Beck Group. Symbolic Collection, one of the world’s greatest collections of 20th century pop culture was founded by Bernie Chase, who has had a long life fascination with art and music. He developed a deep appreciation of Wood’s art and that together with Are we friends? Like us and get free tickets to the best shows across the captial.

his love for The Rolling Stones was the inspiration behind the collection. The items are from Chase’s personal collections, with stand out exhibits including; original set lists and handwritten working lyrics for The Rolling Stones, Faces, The Birds and The Jeff Beck Group, guitars painted by Wood which feature rare drawings and lyrics and a range of large canvas paintings, recent works which have never been displayed before, will be unveiled. This wonderful historical collection will now become available to celebrate this momentous occasion in the life of Wood and the Rolling

Stones until 9th November. As well as a renowned musical career, Wood is a successful artist with a unique spirit and passion that finds inspiration from his musical influences. His work largely focuses on the band members and musicians he admired and knew, family, close friends and self-portraits. Supporters and collectors of his work include Bill Clinton, who recently bought two of his works and Babington House entrepreneur Nick Jones. Info: Free entry, 10am – 6pm Monday – Saturday, 34 Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QX. www., www. LIME MAGAZINE 2012



Symbolic Collection is proud to announce a major new exhibition featuring Ronnie Wood artworks, and historical Rolling Stones artefacts.


Tim Okamu Words: Adelaide Damoah

Ta contemporary im Okamura is

Canadian artist most well known for his beautiful and realistic depictions of African Americans and other minorities in urban landscapes. His stunning and positive depictions of groups of people who have rarely been treated with such dignity in art history are a powerful testament to his views on racial differences and the problems that focusing on these differences can bring to society. Born in 1968, Okamura obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada. He subsequently moved to New York and obtained his Masters in Fine Art from the eponymous School of Visual Arts. His career highlights to date include his paintings being 18 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

the further you climb up the ladder, the more you see ahead of you featured in several motion pictures, being selected for the prestigious BP Portrait award for the National Portrait Gallery in London five times and being short-listed to paint Queen Elisabeth in 2006. Tim took some time out from painting and marketing his latest Kickstarter project, “Heavyweight Paint,� to discuss his views on success in art with me. I see that you have had several solo shows since graduating. What year was your first solo show? It took a while because I was doing a lot of stuff for advertising agencies. Story boards and commercial art, illustrations for album covers and that type of thing... I had the first show of my work in around 1999 or 2000. It probably took about seven years from

graduation for me to do a solo show. Did you sell anything at your first show I think I sold one or two! I set the bar pretty low when I first started. I did not have any expectations. My early shows were breaking even and that was a victory to me. At what point were you able to go full time doing your work for shows? Around the time I started to do art work for films. I worked on a film in 2004 called Prime staring Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep. They featured a lot of my work and I also did a portrait of Uma Thurman which did not make the final cut of the movie. Right at that time, I was able to make a little bit of money from the film and

I also happened to have a couple of sales in London and elsewhere which helped me to make that jump. My friends helped as well. Considering everything you have achieved to date, what would you say success in the art world means to you? Having a gallery that supports you and understands your work, that is certainly a huge pillar of success. Being able to make a living off the work is another important aspect. I think the most important of all is really feeling like you are connecting with people. By your definition, would you consider yourself to be successful? Yes, to some degree. It is a little tough. When you

are in your own shoes, it is harder to see where you are at sometimes. I think from other peoples perspective, from their stand point, it is like a slam dunk. But the further you climb up the ladder, the more you see ahead of you. I never really sit and pat myself on the back or anything like that... What do you feel is your biggest success and why? The people I have connected with have been people I never would have expected to connect with. That is one huge thing. I usually get emails from France, Italy and Australia. It’s great! That is a sign of having some success... Working on the film stuff has been fantastic. Going to the premier of Prime... They gave me my own limousine! Conversely,

What would you say was your biggest failure or set back? There have been severalshows where I have been banking on making money to live from and I put everything I had into the show in terms of costs and the show was a dud. It is kind of a gamble and I still consider myself to be an emerging artist in a lot of ways. There are certain galleries where I do very well and at others it is more of a crap shoot. That is tough... I don’t think those were necessarily mistakes that I made, but more the galleries were the wrong ones to show at.

of the time, I have sold a painting down the line that someone was not sure about at the time of the show. Or I have taken the work to a different gallery, or pieced it together somehow and kept moving forward.

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What advice would you give to an up and coming artist wishing to follow in your direction? You need to have a realistic plan. Luckily, I had some friends who were able to point me in the right direction in terms of having a short term, medium term and long term plan. My long term plan was always to be a painter. The medium term was at the point when I was interested in doing commercial art with album covers and books. That was a medium term thing, doing the commercial art, freelancing, hustling, having an agent... I had an instructor in grad school who said to me, “Listen, I will tell you the

same thing my instructor told me when I was in school. For anybody that stuck it out, you have to give yourself at least 10 years before your technical skills, your ideas and your opportunities mesh. After that, you actually start to do some stuff!” I always have that in the back of my head. He said, “I am not lying to you, I am not trying to scare you, it is reality.” It was almost ten years to the day when I did my first big show and I realised that he was so right.



the short-listing... It was not super formal, but it was the Royal Surveyor of the Queens pictures who had seen my work at the National Portrait Gallery in London, who invited me to come and speak with him at St James Palace! I had to check in with the Royal Guard there and I sat in this grand tea room in St James Palace speaking with him. That was a very unexpected moment. It certainly made me feel at that point that I had at least done something worthy of conversation.

Info: Website: www. Tim Okamura is currently represented by Lyons Wier gallery in New York.: http://lyonswiergallery. com/tim_okamura.html Twitter: @timokamuraart Facebook: Tim-Okamura Heavyweight Paint Kickstarter Project.: http://www.kickstarter. com/projects/1612868366/ heavyweightpaint Official Heavyweight Paint website: http://

For me when I have had shows and not sold anything, I have felt really down about it. How did you overcome that and continue? It is hard because of the financial repercussions. There have been times when I sat there and thought I was too ambitious with the work, and maybe I should have done smaller pieces... After a show, there is that kind of vacuum if it does not do well where you just sit and think. But at a certain point, you know that there is no plan B, so you just have to figure out how to survive in the wake of a disappointing show and just start working on the next one. You might as well do everything you can to start working again, as soon as you can. A lot LIME MAGAZINE 2012



September – 6 October Choir Boy The Royal Court Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club presents Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Determined to make his mark like those before him Pharus is hell bent on being the best choir leader in the school’s 50 year history.

But in a world built on rites and rituals, how will he conform to expectations and gain the respect he desperately needs? This piercing new play is set in an all boys, all black, American prep school and scores a gospel refrain of the politics of minority and masculinity. Info: Jerwood Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS. www.royalcourttheatre. com Ragtime


til 15 Sept Julius Un Caesar

Following its acclaimed premiere last month in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon, Gregory Doran’s Pan African production of Julius Caesar transfers to the Noël Coward Theatre in London for five weeks from 8 August before embarking on a national UK tour. A televised version was broadcast on BBC4 in June as part of the BBC’s Shakespeare Unlocked season for London 2012. Sunday

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- ‘This muscular, intelligent and deeply moving production’ Sunday Times - ‘Triumphantly staged.’ Evening Standard - Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Times, Independent, Observer, Mail on Sunday A fast-moving thriller 20 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

about a struggle for democracy, Julius Caesar is also a story about two men united by an explosive act of political violence. With echoes of the recent overthrow of dictators during the ‘Arab Spring’, the production explores the implications of political assassination and the unpredictability of its aftermath. Gregory said of his African concept for the production: “One of the inspirations behind setting Julius Caesar in Africa was discovering the Robben Island Shakespeare and that Nelson Mandela had chosen to autograph lines from the play, asserting that it spoke in a particular way to his continent. It also struck me that there must be some reason why Julius Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania, had translated the play into Swahili. The actor John Kani put it most succinctly when he told me that Julius Caesar was quite simply “Shakespeare’s Africa play”. Info: Noël Coward Theatre, 85 – 88 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU

til 8 September Ragtime In a striking, bold and ambitious new production, triple Olivier Awardwinner Timothy Sheader (Best Musical Revival 2010, 2011, 2012) adds a contemporary twist to this powerful musical. Tragic, poignant and ultimately triumphant, Ragtime is a modern classic. Set at the turn of the 20th century, this powerful musical unites three families separated by race and destiny. As the strains of ragtime music are heard on an old record player, a father tells his son a story; a story of hope set at the turn of the 20th century; of a Harlem pianist, a white middleclass family and a Latvian immigrant, whose dreams of a better world shape their destiny. Info: 2.15pm and 7.45pm, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU.


-15 September British Youth Opera

British Youth Opera celebrates its 25th anniversary with two new productions in association with Southbank Sinfonia. Smetana’s comic masterpiece, inspired by folk tales from his native Bohemia, tells of The Bartered Bride whose arranged marriage is thwarted by her true love’s cunning. A Night at the Chinese Opera is a colourful depiction of China in the time of Kublai Khan, Marco Polo and the ‘Orphan of Zhao’, whose tragic tale of military invasion and personal vendetta is mirrored by Judith Weir’s theatrically turbocharged comic-operawithin-an-opera. Info: www.sadlerswells. com


til 15 September Much Ado About Nothing This vibrant and colourful production transposes Shakespeare’s vivacious and at times unsettling, comedy of love and deceit to an Indian setting. Much Ado About Nothing stars Paul Bhattacharjee alongside actress,

British Youth Opera

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September-13 October Some Like it Hip Hop

ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop was one of the most successful new shows to hit the West End last year, wowing audiences and prompting widespread critical praise, five star reviews and standing ovations with its infectious “wit, heart and magnificent energy” (The Independent). Following in the footsteps of the company’s 2006 smash hit Into the Hoods, Some Like It Hip Hop unites sensational dancing with a clever and engrossing storyline.

-29 September Soap Opera

The show returns to the Peacock Theatre for a limited run ahead of its first UK tour, having been nominated for multiple awards including two Olivier Awards and a South Bank Sky Arts Award. With a nod to Billy Wilder’s film and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, it tells a comical tale of love, mistaken identity, cross-dressing and revolution; all played out in ZooNation’s trademark style of hip hop, comedy and physical theatre. Directed by Kate Prince, Some Like It Hip Hop features original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. Info: www.sadlerswells. com

comedienne, writer and singer; Meera Sya. Info: The Courtyard Theatre,


til 15 September 2012 One Man, Two Guvnors Following sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and Adelphi Theatre, smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors opens at Theatre Royal Haymarket from 2 March ‘11 with a brand new cast lead Owain Arthur as Francis Henshall


In Richard Bean’s English version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood,

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Michelle Gayle

Hollyenders Street has been on air for fifteen years, and viewing figures are the worst they’ve ever been. So a new, hardnosed producer is brought in to mix things up and save the show. Characters are cut, stories are sexed up and new blood is brought in. Even the theme tune is rewritten. Before long, the cast are at war, the writers are on strike and everyone ends up unhappy. And then, somebody snaps. Blood is spilled and a body is discovered. The detective in charge of the investigation, who is a life-long fan of the show, arrives to solve the case. Will the show be saved? Will the murderer be found? Will Detective Emmerside get a full set of

autographs? The answer to all these questions and more is…probably. Starring Leslie Grantham (EastEnders), Graham Cole (The Bill), Louis Emerick (Brookside), Michelle Gayle (EastEnders), Hattie Hayridge (Red Dwarf) and Lee Otway (Hollyoaks) with Kev Orkian, Robert Pearce and Laura Jane Matthewson in this spoof murder mystery set behind the scenes at a failing TV Soap. The storylines are laughable, behind the scenes it’s murder! Info: 7.45pm, www.


now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancee’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Info:


-30 September Sasha Waltz and Guests present the UK premiere of Continu. Based in Berlin, Sasha Waltz & Guests is known for its innovative choreographic musical theatre performances. Since being founded in 1993 it has collaborated with more than 250 artists and ensembles, from 25 countries on nearly 20 productions. The company presents the UK premiere of Sasha Waltz’s Continu, a full length dance performance partly inspired by her work on two major museumbased projects: the artistic inaugurations for David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum in Berlin, and Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI in Rome. Developed with 24 dancers, Continu is set to a contemporary classical score, featuring Arcana, written in 1927 by French avant-garde composer Edgar Varèse. Featuring costume design by Bernd Skodzig, scenography by regular collaborators Thomas Schenk and Pia Maier Schriever and lighting by Martin Hauk Continu is also set to music by Iannis Xenakis and Claude Vivier. Info: www.sadlerswells. com LIME MAGAZINE 2012



October Proof After tackling the fine tight-rope between insanity and genius, mathematical virtuoso Robert passes away, leaving his daughter Catherine to battle the same mental health demons – but that’s not the only fatherly asset she inherits...Robert’s ex-student Hal appears to investigate Robert’s last great work, but finding that things are not as straight-forward as they appear, turns Catherine’s closed off world upside down. The family reunite for Robert’s funeral, and unwittingly embark upon a discomforting journey of discovery and nostalgia; straight into the inscrutable equations of the mind and heart. This heart-breaking, paradigmshifting work by American playwright David Auburn takes on the themes of mental health, gender bias, and the incorruptible bond between father and daughter. Showcasing a cast of incredible London talent and a story that will grip you to the core; this is the play that everyone should see. Info: 7.30pm, www.


til 6 October 2012 Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare’s joyful comedy of mistaken identity follows the fortunes of two sets of identical twins, accidentally separated at birth, then miraculously thrown together again. In a town the size of Ephesus, events like these can only 22 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

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lead to confusion. Directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi, The Comedy of Errors plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, as part of What Country Friends Is This? together with Twelfth Night andThe Tempest. This epic trilogy of Shakespeare’s shipwreck plays, exploring love, loss and reunion, is performed by one company of actors. Info: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre.


-13 October Cedar Lake New York based company Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet makes its highly anticipated UK debut, presenting three UK premieres at Sadler’s Wells. Led by artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, the company is known for its “impressive articulation and intensity” (New York Times) in works created by some of the world’s most highly regarded dance makers. Its programme includes Hofesh Shechter’s Violet Kid, which examines man’s struggle for harmony within a complex and often horrifying universe. Performed by all 16 dancers, the piece is set

to an original score by Shechter using recorded audio text performed by the choreographer. Alexander Ekman’s Tuplet is also featured. This work for six dancers is set to a score created in collaboration with the dancers’ own rhythmic impulses, using their bodies as percussion, alongside an electronic score composed by Mikael Karlsson. Former star of Sadler’s Wells’ Debut initiative, Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s Grace Engine concludes the bill. Info: www.sadlerswells. com


-20 October Driving Miss Daisy

Having broken records on Broadway and played to sold-out audiences in London’s West End, David Esbjornson’s award-winning, smash hit production has dazzled audiences and critics alike. Winning the 2012 Award for Best Revival, this heart-warming play is now on tour across the UK for a strictly limited season. Inspiration for the much-loved Oscarwinning smash hit movie, Driving Miss Daisy is the charming, poignant and utterly compelling tale of the unlikely, long-lasting friendship that blossoms between a prickly, elderly southern matriarch, Daisy Werthan (Gwen Taylor) and her kind-hearted chauffeur, Hoke Colburn (Don Warrington) who is employed by Daisy’s son Boolie Werthan (Ian Porter). As the wheels turn and the decades roll by against a backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, the pair slowly transcend their differences and ultimately grow to rely on each other far more than either ever expected. Sparklingly funny, irresistibly heart-warming and with a wonderful much-loved cast, Driving Miss Daisy is the mustsee show of 2012. Info: 7.30pm, www.

Gwen Taylor and Don Warrington in Driving Miss Daisy - National Tour

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new music releases

Trey Songz New Releases-Chapter 5 Having checked the track listing for Trey Song’z fourth album simply named Chapter Five, track three’s title Panty Wetter immediately made me realise that this was definitely an album aimed at a female demographic. Songz it can be argued never really attains the same level of success as say Chris Brown, Ne-Yo or indeed Usher but this is probably because Songz concentrates in the main on the demographic that he successful in-the ladies! The ladies love the slightly muscle bound Songz who does those romantic rnb bangers that the ladies

can sing to. Concentrating on his female magnetism however does him a disservice because Songz is a real class act and regardless of your gender you cannot fail to acknowledge that the quality of his music is top notch. Chapter 5 is awash with massive named producers from Troy Taylor to

Gotye-I Feel Better Gotye who has been musically proficient since 2003 but it is in 2011 where he has really hit the global sphere. His absolutely brilliant track Somebody I Used To Know has been on all of the biggest stations for a considerable time and no wonder it was a an

intoxicating bit of music backed up by an equally intoxicating and clever video. So it is always hard to followup such smashes but try he must and his current single due for release is Feel Better which is about as different from Somebody I Used To Know as you can get. Motown influences run

Tinchy Stryder Tinchy Stryder is one of the biggest artists to come from the UK in the past four years or so. Transcending in many respects his career he has stepped into the business world and he has shown a tremendous about of savvy launching his own brand of headphones (which I hasten to add

are very good) and joining forces with Roc Nation to create Takeover Roc Nation. Anyway this is about his music and after Bursting Lights, Tinchy follows up with his next single Help Me from his fourth studio album Full Tank dropping in 2013. It’s the usual formula on the single in truth; anthemic sound, a sublime hook which is sung by a brilliant

Benny Blanco who allow the eleven track album to oscillate between commercial pop songs like Simply Amazing, to the simply huge Heart Attack a slow jam burner to slightly harder and more rugged tracks like Hail Mary ft Young Jeezy. In its entirety the album showcases Trey Songz well and it will undoubtedly be his fifth successful album. A question might surround his ability to reach the same level as his contemporaries but for Songz it is probably not something that disturbs his mind-Chapter 5 further cements his status as a top draw performer who can do the units Out Now.

through this single and it evidently sounds like it comes from the seventies with that live sound punctuated by trumpets and tambourines that requires listeners to delve into their two step routine. It is evidently a more positive and inspirational follow up that is not as good as Somebody I Used To Know but evidently shows his versatility. Released 3rd September female vocalist and Tinchy dropping some bars. The difference in this track is that Tinchy expresses religious yearnings as he asks God to help him. While the track in the main does not produce any real surprises Tinchy has to be commended because he has tapped into the


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Lisa Maria Presley One would be forgiven for forgetting that the daughter of Elvis Presley sung. Her fame has been by proxy in some respects being the daughter of Elvis Presley and the ex-wife of Michael Jackson. Despite the profound amnesia went it comes to Presley, she is indeed a singer who is three albums deep with the latest being Storm and Grace, the other two being To Whom It May Concern (2003) and Now What (2005). A full seven years from that second album and her third album is upon us and the first single, You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet is slightly ominous and emotionally raw. It immediately evoked thoughts of that classic by Chris Issac Wicked Game (1989) and it could easily be a soundtrack to a film by the eccentric Quentin Tarantino. Presley has probably faced a number of demons having struggled with alcoholism and suffered a nervous breakdown but she is still here and still fighting-cannot wait to hear the other tracks. Released 24th September formula that works for the masses and he has done this now for over four years. I think there are better rappers out in the UK but no one could contest the fact that he is one of the most successful UK rappers that have come from the grime scene. Help Me is destined for continuous play. Released 17 September LIME MAGAZINE 2012


Tanya Lac


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– she’s cooking!

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drum patterns, different instruments that you have to bring together. Head Chef is me stating that I am at the head of my project which does not have Too Many Cooks which is incidentally the name of my next single!

female vocalist from Bristol…….give it a second…….still nothing well in truth it’s no surprise because while Bristol has given us brilliant bands like Massive Attack and brilliant male leads like the existential trip-hop champion Tricky-female vocalist have been more of a rarity- until now. The rather striking Tanya Lacey is a brilliant singer and highly sought after song writer. Hits for Loick Essien on How We Roll (2011) and the Will i Am smash The Hardest Ever (2011) which featured giants like Mick “how long can he keep going?” Jagger and J “cougar” Lo are just tasters of this ambitious Bristonian. 2012 sees Tanya drop her EP Head Chef and her opening single Greatness sets the benchmark for this lady who exudes a calm confidence and an engagingly warm personality. Firstly, Greatness your debut single off the EP Head Chef put some meat on the bones! Everyone is on a journey and it is never easy and so for me my track Greatness is a reminder that whatever you are going through that having a positive frame of mind will always help. I take it that the track was written from some 24 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

personal experience. It was about my journey in music because it has not been a smooth journey for me. Sometimes you get frustrated about your development you want to develop faster which can make you feel despondentthe song is a reminder to me not to give up. What was you lowest point then? Lowest point . . . well it was difficult before I got signed because I was trying to get studio time and I was travelling around without any money. Then once you are signed and you leave a label and you get signed, it is weird experience because all of a sudden the family unit in a label is gone and you are with this

big label, it is a massive contrast! The track features the mercurial Kano - did you have him in mind from the word go? Greatness had to have Kano! I worked with him before a few years ago when I first came to London and I just knew he would be the right fit for the track and because I had the connection from a session we did a few years ago the hook up was fairly easy. Head Chef will be dropping in September explain the cooking analogy. Ahh well being in the studio is like being in a kitchen you have the different ingredients like

Your songwriting skills are brilliant co-writing Will I Am’s single The Hardest Ever but what is the greatest hook you heard which inspired you into music? That’s really difficult but it is people like Michael Jackson the hooks on Dirty Diana (1998) and Bad (1986) were amazing, Mary J Blige again her hooks were so brilliant and they always inspired me – I think that is where the soulful element of my music comes from – oh and of course Lauryn Hill’s Everything is Everything (1999) one of my favourite hooks of all time! What are your secrets to successful song writing? When you try and get too clever with a song then it can fall flat. You can get a bit self-indulged as an artist without realising it and then you have that reality check that if people do not buy into your music then you are not doing your job.


and review where we are at and how we can improve things. I have been lucky enough to have great mentors within the industry and outside the industry who can give me different perspectives and keep my mind fresh. So who are these mentors? My dad has always been a really strong influence on me. He is not in the

I have always been singing my whole life my mum said that before I could even talk I was singing melodies. Tell me a song that evokes memories of your youth. The song that my dad and I love is I want To Know What Love Is (1984) by Foreigner that is my tune it’s such a sentimental tune for me because that is the song that was rinsed in family home videos and as soon as I hear it, it puts me back into that nostalgic place.

industry but he is like a life mentor really but within the industry there was is a guy called Tony Briscoe who was part of the Rewind movement with Craig David. He worked with Beverly Knight so he was one of the first producers who really helped me as an artist to understand the music business, the pressures and the pitfalls that you can come across.

The music industry is notoriously difficult how do you deal with the pressures and stay on top of your game? My manager . . . well we always have catch-ups

Some people are destined to be in music others find out that music is their destiny – where do you fit? I always used to hang about in the music block

at school and I was always infatuated by music and writing music to playing the violin, participating in the steel band and so it was given that music would be my destiny. What have you learnt from some of the many collaborations that you have done? I have learnt that you should not discard an idea and I learnt that from Will i am. The hook that was written for The Hardest Ever was kind of discarded because the label did not really see much mileage in it. Will i Am then took the hook and did what he did. It taught me that you never know when a melody might fit in at a later date-Labrinth and Bruno Mars have a great work ethic and performing with Stooshe taught me to just have fun!



It sounds like a silly question and it probably is but what makes a good hook? It has got to be catchy after the first twenty seconds or so that you hear it so the next time that hook comes around you should be able to remember the words and the melody – it needs to just slot into your psyche effortlessly.

What does success mean and look like to you? I feel like I am on the way to being successful and I think that success is when you have made a positive impact on someone’s life-also I think being successful means that you are happy and contented. Info: Website: www. Twitter: @TanyaLacey





September Lady Gaga: Born This Way Ball

This September see the sensational Lady Gaga at Twickenham Stadium following her hugely successful previous tours, Lady Gaga will make a much anticipated return to the stage with the Born This Way Ball. The show will feature music from Born This Way, as well as her previous two charttopping albums. Info: Twickenham Rugby Stadium, Rugby Rd, Twickenham, TW1 1DZ.


September Rick Ross and the Maybach Music Group Rick ‘Rozay’ Ross and Maybach Music Group are coming to London to perform bringing you hits from their incredible new album SELF MADE Vol.2 as well as the eagerly awaited 5th solo studio album ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’ from Rick Ross. In this highly anticipated

concert of the year he’ll be joined by by WALE, STALLEY and the newest MMG member, R&B sensation, OMARION aka MAYBACH O! Info: 6.30pm, Wembley Arena, Arena Square, Wembley, London, HA9 0AA.


- 26 September London African Music Festival 2012 Don’t miss this amazing line up for this year’s London African Music Festival featuring; The Master Drummers of Africa, the union of unstoppable Jamaican rhythms with crazy Cuban brass that is Ska Cubano, Sonic dub genius Mad Professor and The Yoruba Women Choir made up of ten female singers and a six-piece band coming together to present a show that is bursting with intense soulful passion to inspire the mind and uplift the soul. Info: Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, London, E15 1BX.


September B.O.B The brilliant B.O.B will be performing hit tracks such as ‘Nothing on You’, ‘Airplanes’ and ‘Magic’ from his debut album plus perform tracks from

are available. Info: 7-9pm, email: education@stratfod-circus. com


+30 September Teedra Moses + Noel Gourdin

his latest album Strange Clouds which includes the mega track ‘So Good’. Info: 7pm, www.theo2.


September Mica Paris Mica Paris one of the UK’s finest and most respected female singers with a career full of Top 10 hit singles and albums worldwide will be performing live at the Islington Assembly Hall. Info: 7pm, Islington Town Hall Upper Street, London, N1 2UD. www. assemblyhall.ticketabc. com


September- 5 December Reggae Choir Stratford Circus’ brand new Reggae Choir launches this September, with Fola Philip leading the reggae themed singing ensemble. Advanced booking is required and limited places


Dbanj Lime rating: Words: Cherise Davis When I heard Dbanj was going to be live in concert, I knew it would be a great opportunity for Afro beats to be a part of the Carnival Bank Holiday Weekend. Dbanj’s concert kicked off with a mix of warm up acts, ranging from RnB, Afro beats to Hip Hop. Some artists were on longer than necessary and it was proving obvious that DBanj was running more than fashionably late when it reached 10pm and all


the opening acts finished on stage. Regardless of this; the sounds from the band, DJ line-up and the host for the night (who was also late) Choice FM

DJ Abarantee, the crowd were kept entertained with much-loved Afro beats, getting us all out of our seats! Despite the late arrival from DBanj, he

Teedra Moses will perform in support of her long awaited sophomore album The Lioness scheduled to be released late third quarter of 2012. Info: 7pm, Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG. www. jazz-cafe definitely tried to make up for lost time by putting on a much anticipated show for all his fans. Consisting of songs from old and new, he was interactive with the audience and pulled a few moves on stage. With only a 40 minute time framehis performance was a bit rushed and there was very little time to thank the audience and say goodbye. Overall it was an unforgettable experience and a reasonable addition to the Carnival Weekender. Info: 27 August, 7pm, HMV Hammersmith Apollo. www.hammersmithapollo. com

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This month Lime talks to Julie McKnight ahead of her headlining performance at Groove Odyssey’s 3rd Birthday.

The Soulful


IOdyssey’s 3rd birthday

n celebration of Groove

one of House music’s biggest soulful event, Songstress Julie McKnight will be headlining from the United States to the UK to provide soul stirring lead vocals on her back to back anthems “Finally” & “Diamond Life “to the largely awaiting crowds. I started singing, professionally, at 16. I would sing the lead on demo tracks that producers wanted to shop. I was inspired by so many different genres of music. Jazz, funk, salsa, soul, classical, R & B were always played while I was growing up. Your new songs are “How soon is glory,” and “How soon is now?” What made you choose to feature on these songs and where would you like the success of this music to take you? I’d been asked to perform on tunes that were more “progressive” house but could never really connect to them. Once Jay Sealee sent the track with the lyric, I loved it. Songs such as “Finally”,

“Home”, “Diamond Life”, and “Bittersweet” were all produced and written by Jay “Sinister” Sealee. Have you ever co-written music or have performed your own songs on tour? I am actually touring now with all original music. It’s exciting to be doing my own work. What inspires you with song writing? Do you have any particular rituals? When writing, I generally hear a melody first. The feeling of a melody tends to lead to the lyric. It’s magical. When you are not touring what else do you get up to? When am I not touring (smiles) Usually, I’m still singing in small local clubs with my band. I’m always singing. You have collaborated with many talented producers including the likes of Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty South, Jay Sinister and David Guetta what was it like working with them and the process you’ve had

to undergo in regards to your music? (Beat then lyrics, or lyrics and then the beat?) With these tracks, the songs were predominately finished. On occasion, the producer will ask if I am comfortable with a lyric and if not we switch it up a bit. What exclusive characteristics as a soul artist do you bring to the music industry that we have in 2012? I would like to think that I bring Soul to whatever genre I choose to perform. Whether it be House (in all its forms), R&B, Rock, Jazz, etc. You will be performing at Groove odysseys 3rd anniversary, what do you look forward to most about performing at this event? (How does a live crowd like at Groove Odyssey vary from other PA’S you do?) I am so excited about the show! There’s nothing like performing to a crowd that appreciates what you do. I’m very humbled that folks are still digging the tunes after all these years.

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What can we look forward from you in the future? You can look forward to more music! I’ve just finished a project that was recorded live. I’m so excited to be incorporating live instruments, vocals and DJ’s. Also, I’m finishing a collaboration with a few up and coming vocalist & DJ’s whose talent should be showcased. Info: On Saturday 29th September, London’s biggest Soulful House night Groove Odyssey celebrates its 3rd birthday, marking this momentous occasion by throwing a huge party at PROUD2 in London’s world famous O2 complex in Docklands. Flying in for an Exclusive Live performance will be the unmistakable soulful voice of Julie McKnight, behind House music’s evergreen vocal anthem “Finally’. Also in the Main Room, Groove Odyssey Records showcase their leading new artists including Lifford and Sabrina Chyld. Twitter: @JulieBabe Facebook: www.facebook. com/OfficialJulieMcKnight LIME MAGAZINE 2012



October Nickelback

See Canadian rock outfit Nicelback play a series of live dates promoting their last album “Here and Now.” Info:


October Dappy This year, fresh from the success of his two solo smash hit singles, dubbed the ‘livewire performer’ Dappy announces his UK tour. Info: HMV Hammersmith Apollo, www.venues.


October Circus Records Showcase Roll up, roll up, the Circus is coming to town! October will see the full Circus Records crew will be descending upon Electric Brixton for a special label showcase, taking the reigns for seven hours of top quality bassdriven music. With their burgeoning roster in tow and a unique production created especially for the night, the label will be giving attendees the full immersive Circus experience. Expect heavy beats, maniacal basslines and a raft of surprises along the way. In the three years since its inception the label, set up by long-time friends Doctor P and Flux Pavilion with Maximum Boost heads Swan-E and Earl Falconer, has quickly risen to become an internationally renowned movement bringing the best in all things bass related. Emerging out of a rapidly evolving dubstep scene as a vehicle to put out Flux and Doctor P’s own productions, the label’s growing roster now includes bass stalwarts Cookie Monsta, Funtcase, Roksonix and Brown & Gammon as well, cementing their status as scene leaders and champions of fresh talent. The whole crew will be joining this one-off lineup; including a very special unannounced guest- each bringing with them their unique sound to complete the labyrinthine Circus puzzle. The bill will be

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Circus Records @ Electric Brixton Its competition time and this month we are giving away a pair of tickets to see the dubstep label Circus Records epic showcase; in this one-off line-up of artists from their roster including Bass legends Funtcase, Cookie Monsta and a surprise guest. Don’t miss this special label showcase where you

can expect heavy beats, maniacal basslines and a raft of suprises along the way! To enter for your chance to win tickets to the event please email competition@thisislime. net

label and many of its artists constantly busy collaborating with other producers, vocalist and MCs, you can be sure that there will be some more surprise appearances along the way. Info: 10pm – 5am, Electric Brixton, London, www.


October Maverick Sabre

Maverick Sabre embarks on his biggest headline UK tour to date. Info: O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL. www.


host a number of Concerts, performing a collection of songs showcasing her unique and instantly recognisable voice. Supported by Boy; this is one gig not to be missed. Info: 7pm, HMV Apollo, Hammersmith,Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9QH. www.venues.


October Beres Hammond Soulful crooner Beres Hammond takes to the stage in The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth part 2. Info: 7pm, Wembly Arena.

October Katie Melua This year Katie Melua will Follow us on twitter @limewithus for free and discounted tickets to the best events in the city

October Lionel Richie Tuskegee tour 2012


October Kelly Clarkson Info: 7.30pm, www.


October Labrinth This year Labrinth will be live in concert performing hit singles from his latest album. Info: O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL. www.


October Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez announces her world tour ‘Dance Again’; having captivated audiences for a decade the global superstar arrives for her first ever UK live arena show. Selling 55 million records worldwide the actress, singer, producer

join him at his exuberant live concert which coincides with the release of Tuskegee , his much anticipated album released in March 2012. Info:

30 the younger generation. The star studded event which also honours the contributions of the more established artists within the industry will include big headlining acts such as Tippa Irie, Christopher Ellis, John McClean, Lady Lex and many more. Info: 6pm-11pm, 02 Indigo Arena. www., www. and entrepreneur continues to influence a generation of pop music fans, most recently with global No.1 ‘On The Floor’ and is to perform hits from her expansive career which includes seven studio albums and 18 UK Top 20 singles. Info:

Gladesmore Community School – ‘Everybody Dreams’ Last month students at Gladesmore Community School in Tottenham wanted to do something positive, to counteract the negative images of Tottenham that dominated the national and international news headlines last summer, during the London riots that began in central Tottenham. On Sunday 19th August 2012, after an incredible viral campaign using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and BBM the students aged between 11-

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Lionel Richie plays his first European dates since 2009,

October Nicki Minaj After a phenomenal performance at the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, multi platinum superstar Nicki Minaj takes her ‘Pink Friday Reloaded Tour’ to the O2. Info: The O2 Arena, www.

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15 spread their message as thousands of supporters showed immense backing to the positive track ‘Everybody Dreams’. A project that took place during the summer holidays saw 100 students contributing to writing, singing and producing a single and music videowhere they utilised all the media channels that the rioters used to negatively to promote trouble last August. After huge backing from local MP David Lammy, Tottenham Hotspur Football club, The Metropolitan police, A-List musicians, television personalities and other key influential figures they believe the lyrics and music of ‘Everybody Dreams’ has the winning

formula to be a Top 10 hit! The children of GCS showed tremendous effort as they pledged their campaign to shine a positive light on Tottenham a year on from the disorder that gripped the nation for all the wrong reasons. Info: Released 19th August Watch the official music Video on: com/watch?v=6XPKibw_ CFo&feature=plcp To download visit: gb/preorder/everybodydreams-ep/id552494543 Facebook: Everybody Dreams Twitter: @tottenhamsong. #EverybodyDreams Website: www.gladesmore. com. YouTube: everybodydreamsgcs LIME MAGAZINE 2012



October British Reggae Industry Awards 2012 This year sees the long awaited return of The British Reggae Industry Awards committed to acknowledging British Reggae artists for their dedication and contribution to reggae music. The prestigious ceremony will bring reggae music to a world audience, promoting UK based reggae music to an international market and creating an event where reggae music can be appreciated; along with providing encouragement to enhance the development of reggae music amongst





‘The Black Eyed Peas of India’ International urban music group RDB set to conquer new heights with their new album and world tour


Words: Vernia Mengot

his month Lime catches up with Brit-Asian music group, RDB, who have taken the international music world by storm with their unique sound and style. Having pioneered the fusion of Hip Hop and R’n’B with traditional Punjabi Bhangra,

RDB have collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, Akshay Kumar and Ludacris. Formed in 2000 by Bradford-based Punjabi Sikh brothers Manj, Kuly and Surj, and now led by Manj and Surj along with bollywood songstress Nindy Kaur, RDB have brought audiences around the world a new genre of music gaining attention in the international media through their efforts to merge East and West musical trends into a new, unique sound. With over a decade of hits under their belt, RDB are now gearing up to play a series of sell-out tours, and will also release their eagerly anticipated new album Worldwide. You’re set to release your new album titled ‘Worldwide’ later this year, tell us about some of the tracks? The album has not actually been released yet. We have only released singles from the forthcoming album which we have planned to release at the end of the year. Why is the title ‘Worldwide’? To put it simply, we called it ‘Worldwide’ because we feel that music is slowly becoming a worldwide genre and we believe that the album incorporates the South Asian sounds across the globe – with the RDB twist of course!


MUSIC Your music is a mix of Hip Hop and R’n’B with traditional Punjabi Bhangra, is it challenging trying to break into mainstream music? We enjoy being versatile and bringing a blend of eastern/western music together. Being it traditional, old classics or a mix of hip hop and R’n’B, we like the idea of being the only one of its kind. Of course it is challenging to break into mainstream music as you have so many other artists competing with you but we believe it’s all about being unique and creative. As a group your musical influences were shaped at a young age, how were you introduced to music? Our parents have been great inspiration to us as they would take us to the Gurdwara from a young age and it is here where we got our first taste for music. We used to assist our father to perform in front of the local community at our local Gurudwara, playing the harmonium and tabla. This gave us a great understanding of our musical creativity and we mixed this with our passion for technology and started experimenting with

sounds. It is very crucial to have this experience as it guides you to a better sense of direction and a fuller understanding of why we enjoy music. What do you all individually bring to RDB? We all individually bring different ideas to the group. Manj brings his tuned lyrical vocals adding melody to the music where as Surj is constantly making sure the track gets used in the right place at the right time. How did you come up with the group name? RDB is Rhythm Dhol & Bass, Being punjabis we stuck a dhol in the middle of RnB How involved are you in creating your music? We are all so involved in creating music. We have a great passion for music and always think of setting a better benchmark. We believe when creating music, everyone involved must be in the same frame of mind, hence the majority of our team are family members or very close childhood friends. Dad (our secret weapon) lyrically writes most of our hits, Nindy (manj’s wife) is the female sensation for the

group and Pips (long term friend) is our UK Manager. We keep the group tight. You have collaborated with Grammy Award winning American artist Ludacris, snoop Dogg and Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar. Who else do you have on your radar in terms of recording new material? We have been so lucky to have collaborated with some of the world’s greatest artist and of course plan to collaborate with many more. You’d just have to wait and see what our future projects involve as we always have something up our sleeve. Have you got any tours planned in the near future? We are currently heading

out to Pakistan for a few weeks, so if you are in Pakistan do catch us at the nearest venue near you.

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Bollywood is becoming increasingly popular… what advice would you give to a new artist who wanted to break Bollywood music into the mainstream? Always try your best and give it your 100%. It’s a tough industry to break in to; you’d just have to work with passion and deliver to the best of your standards and always have that edge to present something unique and different. Info: Website: www.rdbmusic. com LIME MAGAZINE 2012




Words: Cassam Looch

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‘The Campaign’ looks like you best bet for laughs this month, there is also an Adam Sandler film out, but can you really see us recommending that? While we’re at it, there is also another ‘Resident Evil’ film, again a tough one to get hyped up about... especially as we think we’ve seen all the previous films and have no idea what is going on in that particular universe.

us, and what better way to enjoy them than in the cinema? It kinda depends on what’s on, so here’s our look at what’s on offer for September. There are a slew of horror films that are hitting the screens off the back of FrightFest, the pick of the ones we’ve seen so far include ‘Stitches’ – A gory take on the classic killer clown concept, ‘Cockneys vs Zombies’ - a surprisingly entertaining effort and ‘Tower Block’ – more thriller than horror, but still boasting a couple of great ideas. Away from the festival, a chilling British film deserves your attention. Based on true events, ‘When the Lights Went Out’ manages to unnerve like the ‘Paranormal Activity’ films have done in the past. It’s low budget, but don’t let that put you off. One of the better films we’ve seen from the UK, and a genuinely creepy story. ‘House at the end of the Street’ sees your standard American set up for a genre horror movie... or does it? Jennifer Lawrence appears to be on scream queen duties, but we suspect there is something of a twist to enjoy in this one. Lawrence herself is good value in most things so it’s worth a shot.

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Premium Rush

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is back from his ‘Dark Knight’ duties in ‘Premium Rush’, a movie set in the world of bicycle couriers. The trailer looks like it’s fun, and any film that has Dania Ramirez in it can’t be that bad. Also you get to see Michael Shannon playing a villain (or that’s what we are led to believe), and that should give us a few clues as to how he will play Zod in the upcoming ‘Superman’ movie. Gordon-Levitt will also turn up is the stunning looking ‘Looper’ later in the month, essentially playing a young Bruce Willis. We will be reviewing that one next issue... it might just be the film of the year!

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she wants to do before it’s too late. The poster suggests that the number one thing she wants to do is Jeremy Irvine. ‘Killing them softly’ is one of the big films from Cannes that is finally getting a UK release. Early word from over there was that it was a decent enough romp with Brad Pitt doing the usual Brad Pitt thing to great effect. It’s the latest film by director Andrew Dominik, who was also at the helm of the superb ‘The Assassination of Jesse James’. Luna Cinema

‘Now is good’ is one to tug at the heartstrings. Dakota Fanning stars as a girl who is dying of leukaemia and so compiles a list of things

There is also a chance to get a very different cinematic experience as the outdoor screenings and events continue throughout the month. The superb line-up of films and venues at Luna Cinema (http:// www.thelunacinema. com/) have had us salivating all summer. And we’re big fans of Jameson Cult Film Club which always manages to provide the ultimate thrills and spills whenever they put on a show. September 5th will be the night of their first film of the upcoming season. (http://www. We can’t wait to see Jaws as it was meant to be seen, and remember it all culminates in a superb Halloween extravaganza. And that’s what we can look forward to next month in the October preview.

Festival, London The International Film Festival is back this year with the theme ‘Live your dream’. This exciting and innovative film festival welcomes filmmakers from around the world, with a limited amount of funding to cover travel and accommodation costs for visiting filmmakers and a film market to help distribute your films to a world ready and waiting to hear them. Uniquely at I Will Tell focuses on the issues raised in the films as well as on the films themselves. Partnering with a range of sensational speakers and organisations, the festival has a keen interest in the issues addressed as well as a heady mix of high profile and grassroots filmmakers from around the world; with fabulous films to inspire you. Info:


Sept Ghett’A Life the Movie

Carrying on the Jamaican celebrations from the Olympics and celebrating JA 50 Independence anniversary, Ghett’A Life will have you on the edge of your seat, throughout. Ghett’A Life is produced by ex-world boxing champion Lennox Lewis and is an exciting inspirational tale and gritty ‘against the odds’ action drama set in a politically turbulent inner city community of Kingston. Derrick, a determined inner city teenager realises his dream of becoming a champion boxer despite a country, community and family conflicted by a divisive political system.

Info: 8.15pm, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, W6 9RL. ghettalifefilm




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September Young Filmmakers 13 Celebration Watch a showcase of new short films by young filmmakers from Peckham, Nunhead, Camberwell and surrounding areas, including all the entries to the 2012 SE15 Young Filmmakers Competition. During the showcase visitors can watch some great films, meet the filmmakers and the projects that support them. The launch party for the 2012 Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival will take place at the venue from 8-10pm. Info: Free entry, 4-10pm, South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH. www.,

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Now in its 17th year the Portobello Film Festival presents non-stop new London and UK films at the Pop Up and a feast of international movies at Westbourne Studios. Don’t miss the live independent frontline film experience and enjoy the best film festival in the world. Info: www. September Viva Riva! 21 Brought to you by South by South film screenings; Viva Riva! is a Congolese thriller written and directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga the film will also be accompanied by a discussion on related themes. The South by South film programme showcases work made by artists living and working in Africa every third Friday of the month and is curated in partnership with Joseph Adesunloye in association with Africa 2.0 and the Royal African Society.

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Win tickets to the highly anticipated Time2Shine finals LIVE on September 16th! The UK’s biggest Gospel TV show, Time2Shine is about to reach its grand finale and you can be our guest! We are offering a pair of tickets to the finals where some of the biggest acts in UK Gospel share the same stage as our finalists! Join our judges founder MercyB, the incomparable producer Mark Beswick, TV personality Angie Le Mar and MOBO Award winning Guvna B as the Time2Shine finalists perform with some of the UK’s biggest Gospel acts including Lola Godheld, Utter Once, Tripple O, Victizzle and Jay Ess! See the show live as our eight acts have one last chance to win those life changing prizes which include a management contract, a website, a music video and an international tour! This musical extravaganza presented by the incredible Rachel Kerr takes place at The Troxy on Sunday 16th September! Join us for an evening of worship and entertainment as our finalists pull out all the stops to become Time2Shine champion The film screenings are part of the wider South by South programme, which also includes an annual residency and education project, and celebrates the work of artists and filmmakers from the global

2012! DON’T DELAY as once they’re gone, they really are gone! Tickets are also on sale now! £10 for students, groups of more than 5 and church groups £12 Standard £15 Top Row Seats £ 28 VIP seating including dinner and goody bag Get your tickets now! To win, simply email your name and contact details (telephone number) to competition@ Please put UKGospel Ticket competition in the subject line. Winners will be contacted by email week commencing Monday 10th September 2012 Be a part of the jewel in the UK gospel entertainment calendar! Info: For more information visit the official Time2Shine website www. time2shineministry. com. You can also join us on www.facebook. com/T2SMGospelTalent Search, t2sministry and www. Time2ShineMinistry Watch Time2Shine, every Sunday at 7pm on Vox Africa (Sky Channel 218) south in relationship to the local context of the SLG in South London. Info: Free entry, 7pm, South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH. www. LIME MAGAZINE 2012





film reviews Lawless

An all-star cast have assembled for this stylish tale of bootleggers and mobsters from director John Hillcoat. Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy are the Bondurant brothers, who run a liquor at the height of the Depression-era. The law tends to turn a blind eye to their activities, until a brutal enforcer in the form of Guy Pearce turns up. With everyone wanting a bigger cut, the brothers face a series of threats to their business and the divisions also come to light in their own relationship. Based on the reallife accounts by Matt Bondurant, this is not the Al Capone type film with machine gun toting wise guys laying waste to vast numbers of faceless goons. We get to know,

Holy Motors

and even respect all the major players, even if Gary Oldman and especially Guy Pearce remain unlikeable. The pacing might put some people off, there are several moments when the audience are left to admire a rather lovely, lovely cardigan that Tom Hardy

wears for the majority of the film, but eventually it all comes together with tremendous verve and vigour. The performances are all flawless. Lime Rating: Release Date: 7 September Starring: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain

The Sweeney Big and brash, just like the headlining duo who star in the movie, the big screen adaptation of The Sweeney is a British take on a genre that we’ve seen countless times before from our American cousins. A hard as nails copper (Ray Winstone) leads his team as they investigate a violent robbery. The gang that committed the crime think they can get away with it, and adding to the misery of The Sweeney, is an internal investigation. There are a couple of 34 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

stand out scenes, with an extended shoot-out/ heist looking every inch the polished hollywood set-piece that it is intended to be. It’s not original, in any sense, but it is at least enjoyable. Overall though, the film feels a smidge too long and a few of the contrivances begin to infuriate. Ben Drew

continues to impress, and his transition from music to movies is one of the more fascinating things happening in the film industry at the moment. Lime Rating: Release date: 12 September Starring: Ray Winstone, Plan B, Hayley Atwell

About as bonkers as it gets, this bizarre French adventure follows a day in the life of a man who plays different roles for a shadowy organisation. One minute a deformed beggar on the streets, the next a hideous monster kidnapping Eva Mendes during a photoshoot. In some ways this shares ideas with ‘To Rome with Love’, which is also out this month, but it’s done with a darker edge. By the time the central character goes home to his “wife” and his limousine begins to “talk” to other cars in a parking lot, you’ll have already given up trying to decipher what is going on. It’s entirely up to your interpretation, and that goes as far as trying to figure out if it is any good or not. We honestly couldn’t tell you. Lime Rating: Release date: 28 September Starring: Denis Lavant, Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue






DVD of the Month

– The Raid

Paranorman 3D There are three slightly “spooky” animated films on the way. ‘Frankenweenie’ is brought to you by Tim Burton and ‘Hotel Transylvania’ comes out next month as well, both will be reviewed next issue, but in the meantime we have Paranorman. Norman can see the dead. It’s a gift, of sorts, but no one believes him and even his family think he is a freak. Bullied at school, Norman finds his only outlet is to speak to the deceased. Soon though, a curse that has been placed on his town means that zombies have been raised from their graves and now

Norman is the only person that can save the day. There are a handful of really grown-up ideas throughout this film, and it toys with death for large portions of the runtime. Some younger kids will find it all a bit too much, but they have “safer” options if needed. This is entertaining in the way that those PG films in the 80’s were, ghosts and ghouls can be scary but who cares? There is great fun to be had here, Paranorman is well worth a watch and coming out first, it feels fresh and original.

Exploding onto DVD and Blu-ray on 24 September is the mind-bogglingly violent extravaganza that it ‘The Raid’. Gareth Evans’ action opus is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, so prepare yourself for a night to remember. We loved the film when we saw it, so we’re delighted to be able to offer Lime readers

Jesse Eisenberg wrestles with his memories, or is that Alec Baldwin struggling with his subconscious? Ellen Page

Winners will be chosen at random, and notified via Twitter.

Lime Rating: Release date: 14 September

To Rome with Love Woody Allen continues his love letter to Europe, this time heading off to the Italian capital for a heady mix of music, celebrity and romance. Although not quite as compelling as the superb ‘Midnight in Paris’, this effort is still hugely entertaining and offers up a variety of ideas that are (nearly) delivered on.

a chance to win a copy of the film for themselves. Simply tell us which country director Gareth Evans is from, by tweeting the answer to: @ Limewithus

and Penelope Cruz turn up to tease and tempt as Roberto Benigni finds himself famous for being famous and catapulted into a celebrity lifestyle.

Meanwhile Woody Allen himself arrives to meet his future son-in-law, only to find a man who could make all his own dreams come true.

It’s a brainstorming session which Allen has left largely unrefined for the big screen. The themes of celebrity and fame are presented in a heavy-handed manner, but the director does play with other concepts in an engaging and comical way. It’s still not subtle, and certainly not as elegant as ‘Midnight...’ but it’s well worth a watch. Lime Rating: Release date: Starring: Penelope Cruz, Woody Allen, Ellen Page and Alec Baldwin LIME MAGAZINE 2012



Donnie McClurkin Spopular cable Gospel

People must work and develop the scene [Gospel] in the UK first unday Best is the

show that is now entering its fourth year. Hosted by Kirk Franklin a giant of Gospel music, the show has been a huge platform for emerging talents as they vie against each other for the coveted position of winning the competition. Pastor Donnie McClurkin is a judge on the show and he is a huge artist in his own right having won amongst other awards, three Grammys. Getting time to talk with Donnie he has an air of no nonsense (which has earned him comparisons with Simon Cowell) but he remains a pure gentleman inquiring on my day before any questions were fired at him. Despite entering his third season he remains completely fired up for the show and of course Gospel music! Why did you decide to come in as a judge? I came into the series in the third year because my friend C C Winnans left in the third show and suggested I do it. Since getting involved it has been phenomenal. We have all known each other for over twenty years, singing together, touring together and so we are all really good friends so it makes things a lot easier. What’s your opinion on the gospel movement here in the UK? You see I am angry about that question because there are so many great artists, groups, choirs in the UK. It makes me angry that the UK Gospel industry has not galvanised, has not understood that America is not the only place where Gospel should be such a big movement-some of the biggest artists have come out of the UK.


What are some of the great moments you remember from doing the show? We have so many with people singing astounding great vocals but the thing is this show is not like American Idol or X Factor it is about bringing talent but it is also about bringing an inspirational message, it is bringing a strength of a music form-gospel music that has been the foundation for so many music forms, jazz, rnb, hiphop it is the foundation.

It makes me angry that the UK Gospel industry has not galvanised, has not understood that America is not the only place where Gospel should be such a big movement

Words: Semper Azeez-Harris

Why hasn’t UK Gospel galvanised? They think they need America to validate them! They have been convinced that all of the credibility all the strengths are in America instead of making the gospel movement strong here. All the people want to come to America, everybody wants our stamp of approval and everybody wants to do the big concerts over here. Black and white artists from Scotland are phenomenal artists but there is no real camaraderie: People must work and develop the scene in the UK first.

I think that has been an issue even among the secular artists where people seek America for validation. Right that is true but even with the greatest groups like The Rolling Stones or an artist like Adele they only needed America for a greater visibility but they remain English artists, making English music – they have kept everything in its right perspective. In gospel it is the same thing – let it be known that this is British-Gospel is not an American music it is a global music for everybody!

What are you doing independently because of course you have your own career as a gospel artist? Well Sunday Best is taking a lot of my time and the show is growing so much – last year we had one million people watching, this year we have had over two million-it is the number one cable network show around the world. Right now however, I am now working on a cd and it will have people like Gladys Knight, Tremaine Hawkins singing on the cd so I cannot wait for that to be ready for release. Lastly when do Gospel fans get the pleasure of seeing you over in the UK? Well work is going on for a tour here called The King’s Men featuring Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp and me starting in September. There is a demand to bring it over to the UK and so we are contemplating bringing it over to the UK for you guys so make sure you show support and am sure we will do it. Info: Website: www. Twitter: @ DonnieMccIurkin

Students Live, the biggest Freshers Fair for students in the UK, will return in early September at London’s Olympia National Hall. The event, run by UCAS Media and now in its second year, gives new and returning students the chance to get discounts, advice and fun before term starts. The show aims be a permanent fixture in the new and returning student calendar offering great advice, great deals and a place to sample a bit of student life before you start. Students Live 2012 takes place over two days and the event is designed to prepare students for


til 8 September Paralympic Games Continuing London’s honour of becoming the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948. London was selected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris after

Efe Ezekiel Founder of Ushine Ishine shortlisted for a National Diversity Award 2012 Efe Ezekiel the Founder of Ushine Ishine has been shortlisted for the National Diversity Award for Entrepreneurial of Excellence Award for Race category. Efe Ezekiel is one of 3 successful shortlisted candidates for this award after being whittled down from thousands of potential winners/nominations. Efe created Ushine Ishine youth mentoring service and website for young people so that they can access, informative and Positive interviews, documentaries and short films with amazing Role models and outstanding people. Ushine Ishine creates bespoke workshops and sessions for schools, colleges and universities and youth organisations with the intention Are we friends? Like us and get free tickets to the best shows across the captial.

four rounds of voting. The successful bid was headed by former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe. The Paralympic games include sports such as Athletics, Boccia, Equestrian, Swimming and Wheelchair Basketball. Info: til 9 September London 2012 Un Festival

If music, arts and culture are more your thing, London 2012 Festival offers millions of opportunities to celebrate and enjoy the Games. The full line-up for the London 2012 Festival features 12,000 events and performances at 900 venues across the UK. As part of the Cultural Olympiad It’s the biggest festival the UK has ever seen, artists from all over the world are coming together in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Info: www.festival.

Sept 2nd Ugandan UK 15 convention The theme of this year’s

convention is ‘Aspiring for sustainable prosperity‘. The event promises to be the largest Diaspora-led conference and will bring together the Diaspora, intellectuals, policymakers and business and industry leaders to confer on issues pertaining to the promotion and exchange of information, research and expertise in order to achieve sustainable prosperity for every Ugandan. Info: Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London E1 0HX | www.


university – whether embarking on their first term or their final year. The show will give students the chance to get discounts on student essentials, allow them to seek advice on employment, travel, money and more. There will be live broadcasts from Choice FM, visitors meet the Hollyoaks cast and win gig tickets. Students can have their say in a special student edition of Question Time along with keeping the Olympic spirit burning by trying out new sports in the sports zone. Info: www.studentslive.


vember The Black Youth No Achievement Awards

The Black Youth Achievements are proud to highlight the true face of youth with their 4th annual awards ceremony. The BYA Awards aspire to be the UK’s premier ceremony of recognition for young people of Black Caribbean / Black African heritage and will be back again this November.

is to show young people that they can and will accomplish anything they want when they give their dedication, self discipline, creativity, heart & Shine!!! The National Diversity Awards is to be hosted this year by Brian Dowling at Manchester’s Midland Hotel on the 21st September where the winners will be announced in what is sure to be a memorable ceremony. The awards aim to recognise and reward positive role models, entrepreneurs and community organisations from a grass roots level for all their hard work within their respective communities. The event itself is unique, as it rewards all aspects of diversity within one ceremony including age, disability, gender, race and LGBT. This has attracted endorsements from celebrities from the likes of Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed, Ade Adepitan and the stars from My Transsexual Summer along with several Paralympians such as Jody Cundy,

Claire Hardy, and Danny Crates. After generating so much momentum and interest for its first year the NDAs are sure to be a glittering success. Info:, www. LIME MAGAZINE 2012


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Words: Vernia Mengot

Village Trust

This month Lime gets talking to Carole Morrison the new director of Carnival Village Trust.

CTrust is a unique

people and we are building on some great work that is happening with our partners and within the learning and participation field.

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collaboration between its partners whose objects are to develop the art and business of Carnival. Their vision is to create a greater awareness of Carnival Arts. Carole Morrison, recently appointed as the new creative director for the Carnival Village Trust has worked at senior level at Arts Council London and Creative Partnerships; now she will oversee London’s development agency for Carnival Arts. As the new director of Carnival Village, what does your role involve? Carnival Village is primarily an agency focussed on raising the profile of the artists and artforms of Carnival. Carnival arts in the UK was born out of the cultural traditions of the Caribbean communities of the 50s and 60s and some of our founding partners reflect this heritage and represent some of the key artistic traditions of the Caribbean islands namely steel pan, calypso and mas’ (short for masquerade or costume making). So, our founding partners include the Association of British Calypsonians (ABC), Mangrove Steel Band, Yaa Asantewaa Arts and Ebony Steel Band. We operate across two venues at the moment – the Tabernacle in Powis Square and the


newly refurbished building at the Yaa Centre just off the Harrow Road. Tell us more about your vision to create a greater awareness of Carnival Arts. My role is a strategic role; to raise the profile of the artform; foster critical debate and discussion, encourage creative collaborations and greater

opportunities for the artists all of this will be done through working with existing and new partnerships. We are really interested in developing projects with a range of artforms and also working closely with designers, composers, promoters and programmers. Of course, a key element of the vision is also to work with educationalists and young

You were selected for the prestigious International Leadership Programme run by the Cultural Leadership Programme funded by the arts council. What did this entail? Yes – this was an amazingopportunity to develop leadership skills by working internationally. I worked in Sao Paulo, Brazil and I was in Brazil when Rio won the bid for the Olympics in 2016. I was one of 18 people selected by CLP to work internationally. Other candidates worked in India, Senegal, New York, Singapore, the Caribbean, Hong Kong and China. Hilary Carty was the Director of the programme and there are now similar programmes run by the Clore Fellowship and the British Council. Freshwaters Consultancy, Caret and Medar Pysden managed the International Programme for CLP. I worked as the International Partnerships Associate at the Centro Cultural Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For 5 months I worked closely with the senior leadership team of this Arts and Cultural Centre

COMMUNITY conducting research on international strategy for the organisation and developing partnerships in the region. Tell us about some of the work you have done on an international scale. Since working in Brazil, I was also invited to work in Kenya on a project and conference that involved the Aga Khan University and a number of other organisations including the National Cultural Centre in Nairobi and the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) based in Mombasa. Many African nations have become magnets for big business. My work in Kenya was mainly focussed on exploring the emerging knowledge economies and translating these into opportunities for artists and for the educational arena. I worked closely with many artists and arts organisations in East Africa and continue to have close links to the region. What has been the highlight of your career so far? I have been very lucky to date as I have always worked on things I enjoy. I have a background working on young people’s projects, with regeneration issues and within education and learning. I’ve always been interested in the arts – mainly visual arts, literature and film and I have plenty of experience working in Carnival

I have been very lucky to date as I have always worked on things I enjoy

arts. I was introduced to working with Carnival arts by a number of important individuals. It is always difficult to name names (as you invariably leave someone out!) so I will limit myself to those who are no longer with us including, Peter Blackman, Geraldine O Connor, Randolph Baptiste, Vernon ‘Fellows’ Williams, Lawrence Noel and Larry Forde. It is because of their achievements that we are where we are now. So to answer your question - I have to say that where I am right now is a highlight of my career and whilst working in any artform is a challenge – particularly when the economy is so shaky - it is a privilege and a pleasure to be working with so many talented people who dedicate themselves (often voluntarily) to Carnival arts. What plans do you have for the organisation in the future? Our future plans including developing a year round programme of Carnival arts through forging

collaborations and extraordinary projects with new and existing partners. We’re exploring how our programme links with other art forms and arts organisations such as the Bhavan Centre and Apples and Snakes. How important is carnival in terms of bringing together a sense of community? Carnival as an art form already brings people together from across the generations and across cultures. We are working to extend the reach and understanding of this art form and cultural to all communities. What do you love most about Carnival? The thing I love the most about Carnival is tracing it back to the roots of resistance to Slavery and knowing that it is linked to a people’s ability to secure their own freedom. It’s a deep and rich history and something we should all know more about and understand. It is something

to be proud of and something that is included in the future programme for Carnival Village.

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What does it take to be a great leader? For me, great leaders are centred and rooted in something beyond themselves. They also have the ability to apply each of their senses at the most opportune moments and they also always seem to develop new ones! Info: Website: www. Email: admin@ LIME MAGAZINE 2012


The 2Inspire Network


Words: Vernia Mengot

Hhas worked in the

Lime talks to leading lady Hazel Chawapiwa azel Chawapiwa

realm of multi-national cooperations, prides herself as a passionate business women and a hard-working mother. Recently launching her new company, since starting her first business venture while studying at University in 1999; Hazel believes the real driving force for the launch of the 2Inspire network was the support of her family & friends. She says “I am surrounded by a multitude of extraordinary women who have supported me and have helped me to find my feet during really hard times.” Currently working parttime as Business Manager for a local authority alongside running Hair2Inspire and the 2Inspire network, Hazel spoke to Lime about her success in business and entrepreneurial spirit. What drove you start a career as a successful business women? Back in 1999, whilst studying my BA in Business studies I really


experienced the financial strains of university life and being a single mother, nursery fees had to be paid even though I was a full-time student and so I looked at how I could make extra money to get by. This period was definitely a difficult time for me financially and the driving force for me to start up a business. I always wanted to be able to provide the best for my child and knew I had to work hard to do this. Tell us about your brand Hair2Inspire? Hair2Inspire is a retail and wholesale supplier of virgin remy hair extensions

and lace wigs which has been operating since 2008. We specialise in supplying premium luxury products that are made from 100% virgin human Hair. What differentiates us from a lot of the suppliers in the human hair market is that all of our hair is 100% human hair and it is all sourced from the Country of Origin: Our Peruvian Hair is from Peru, Our Brazilian hair is from Brazil etc. We do not stock the imitation human hair that is flooding the market which is simply just sourced from China. The name Hair2Inspire was born from a desire to communicate that we as women need to realise our high net worth and acknowledge our beauty. Not just the external beauty but the internal beauty too – as that is what defines us as people. Many women lack confidence, Hair2Inspire wants to inspire women to want to look and feel beautifully confident, if your hair looks good, you feel good, hence our slogan: REAL

if you keep trying you will finally get there Hair that inspires REAL beauty!! What has been your biggest challenge so far? I would say staying focused throughout all of life’s challenges. For a long time I felt such disappointment in myself for not achieving the things I felt I should have at a particular stage in my life and felt like such a failure, but having a strong support network got me through this time and I was able to see things clearly again, get over it and move on! I think we all have a tendency to dwell on our disappointments, whether they are personal, professional, or physical but we all need to learn to

COMMUNITY accept our limitations and embrace what we have done in life, and not what someone else thinks we should have done. Once you stop dwelling on the past, the sky is the limit and you realise you can do anything you put your mind to.

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How do you maintain your entrepreneurial spirit? Passion. I genuinely enjoy business. If I have an idea, the adrenaline starts to kick in and I want to see my idea grow. I understand that there is risk involved in running a business and that sometimes things fail but this does not deter me, I like a challenge.

to take the event abroad so this is also another possibility. Anything is POSSIBLE!

the main aims of this initiative? It is a company which will allow women to connect, support, empower and inspire each other and one that will create platforms for women in business to promote themselves.” What can people expect from events like the 2Inspire Ladies Day? A great feminine experience which will not only be a fun day out but an opportunity to connect with like minded women

and be a great platform to promote your business or business ideas. We hope it will be an empowering event which will inspire attendees. What projects are you working on for the rest of the year? The response to the Ladies day has been so great that we already have people requesting to be a part of the next one and so we will be looking at possible dates. In addition I have had several requests for me

Who do you admire in the world of business? There are so many, Oprah and Richard Branson are definitely at the top of my list but there are a lot of local business woman whom I admire too because I know what they are dealing with in their personal lives yet they are still making it happen. Share one of your favourite inspirational quotes. There are just too many [smiles] The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving(Oliver Wendell Holmes)”Fall seven times, get up eight” Info:

How do you balance being a working mum? Wow, this can be difficult at times but I’ve found that having a good routine in place really helps you to try and get a good work/ family/life balance. Also spending quality time with your family is really important, it is gratifying and a great stress relief. The business world is very fast paced and so time out is definitely a must. May 2012 saw the birth of The 2Inspire network, what are LIME MAGAZINE 2012



Two rooms of programming that reflect the tastes of two London promotion teams, and announcing a very hot line-up for Room One. Bringing all those on the dancefloor into their world and their vision of House music are Italy’s Flashmob & Raffa FL alongside Ashley Wild and Clinton Houlker. In complete contrast, Pack London curate the line-up in Room Two, placing four x four heroes Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont & Sunship side by side with UK Bass star Preditah. Info: 10:30pm-7am, www.

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ery Thursday Thursday Funk Blending the best in Brazilian and South American music with soul, Baile Funk, House and Latin beats are resident DJ’s Limao & Moishe rocking the decks till late with their eclectic selection. Its ‘all night party” vibe reflects the mash up of styles currently dominating the latin music scene and expect hot edits and remixes plus classic dancefloor rhythms, all topped off with a 7 piece Live Band to bring the soul and funk to the night. Getting everyone in the mood is the acclaimed Sax Player, Renato D’Aiello, Live! and it’s a perfect example of the rhythms that make Brazilian music famous worldwide. Info: Guanabara, Parker Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5PW


ery Friday – Saturday The Euro Disco Club at Bunga Bunga This month Bunga Bunga will launch The Euro Disco Club; The Eurovison Club will offer its own unique variation on the European pastiche downstairs, being entirely dedicated to The Eurovision Song Contest. 42 LIME MAGAZINE 2012

The walls will be covered with memorabilia from this annual institution and karaoke is the order of the day, with guests having the chance to belt out ABBA and Buck’s Fizz hits on a stage, hoping to make it into the ‘The Nul Points Hall of Fame’. A Eurotrashinspired fancy dress box will offer enough flares, spandex and lamé to keep revelers entertained and dancing until dawn. Info: 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3BA. Tel: 020 7095 0360, www., info@bungabunga-london. com


ery Sunday BRAZIL BRASILEIRO A night where you can get a true taste of Brazil, packed wall to wall with the very people that gave birth to the sound of samba. Forró is the dance for everyone and its infectious friendly atmosphere continues to make Sundays one of the most special evenings in the capital. Info: 5pm-Midnight, Parker Street (Corner of Drury Lane), Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5PW, www.


September Bodymove Summer Sessions Part 3 Fast approaching their 2nd Birthday, the hugely popular monthly party, Bodymove takeover Egg on Saturday September 1st with back to back tech House sets from Jerome Sydenham (Ibadan/ Drumcode) making his Egg debut, Ibiza’s Willie Graff (Liebe Detail/Drumpoet), and Wiggle mainman, Nathan Coles (Wiggle). Info: 11pm-7am, Egg, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AX. www.

September Heroes with special guests Kenny Larkin and Shadow Child


September Project X September’s Heroes Egg presents...PROJECT X celebrates the sixth birthday with Flashmob, Raffa FL of Beiak Records, and (Italy), Matt ‘Jam’Lamont , headlining in the main Sunship (four x four heroes) room will be Detroit plus UK bass man, Preditah native and luminary, A fresh venture brought to Kenny Larkin, whose 20 you by a group of inventive year history of creating promoters (Troupe, Pack some of the most timeless London, Four4) from Berlin, and soulful techno is Ibiza and London. X project unquestionable. explores electronic music Shadow Child, Dave in new territories, joining Spoon’s newest moniker, the dots between the three headlines Room Two dance capitals to recreate delivering a fresh sound the sentiment of each combining two-step garage musical hub and taking flavoured house. you on a journey via the Info: 10pm-11am, www. significance of space, bass, time and rhythms. Follow us on twitter @limewithus for free and discounted tickets to the best events in the city

September Wahala WAHALA is back! Get ready for a night full of laughter as it returns comedian vs comedian live on stage. Each comedian will do a normal stand up routine and then one from each team will go punch line for punch line in the middle of the stage. This event promises to be the biggest stand up comedy show of the year. Representing Nigeria & Ghana : Funmbi, A Dot Comedian, Lateef Lovejoy and Boe Da Comedian plus music from DJ French Kiss Representing Jamaica: Slim, Annette Fagon, Kane Brown, Shabba plus music from DJ Simple Simon (Gal Flex). Hosted by Eddie Kadi Info: 6.30pm, www.theo2.

Man , a comedy based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling 2009 book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man and the Nick Stoller comedy The Five Year Engagement for producer Judd Apatow and Universal, Hart’s stand-up comedy returns to the UK . Info: 6pm, www.theo2.


September Masters of Comedy from the USA


September A DOT COMEDIANS Family & Friends Night After the success of last years show, A DOT COMEDIAN returns with an even BIGGER one man show! As always ADOT Comedians Family & Friends night will invite special celebrity guests to join him on stage for his comical journey. This time round ADOT Comedian takes a lead starring role in a brand new play to hit the UK ‘LOVE? What is the answer’, a play Written & Directed by Mr J Boateng & Miss D During, set in the late 90s/Early 20th Century based on Love attributes with a twist of music & comedy. Don’t miss ADOT Comedian in a whole new light for one night only! Info: 7pm sharp. www.


September Kevin Hart Kevin Hart burst onto the scene as one of the most versatile comedy actors in film and television, recently appearing in Screen Gem’s Think Like A

Two icons of the black American comedy scene - Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney - make a rare London appearance. 79-year-old Gregory was one of the first black comics to play primarily white venues, and Mooney is a former writer for Richard Pryor. They’re supported by UK acts Curtis Walker, Leo Muhammad, Mr Cee, Akala, Anthony Anaxagorou, Suli Breaks, Floetic Lara, Comfort and Rudy Ranks. Info: 7.45pm, O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, London, SW9 9SL.

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September Paul Chowdhry UK

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The star of Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week, brings his latest show ‘What’s Happening White People?’ to the world famous Hammersmith Apollo for one night only, to record his debut DVD which will be released by Universal Pictures in November of this year. Info: 7pm-10pm, Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9QH.

stand-up show after a sellout show at the Edinburgh Festival. Info: 8pm, Ashcroft theatre, Fairfield Halls, Croydon.




October Russell Kane


September She Want a Man Yaadyboy entertainment presents Ricky Rowe’s new comedy, from the producers of ‘Four Bulla an a Patty’ and ‘Dutty Money’. Info: 8pm, www. broadwaytheatre


October Stephen K AmosLaughter Is My Agenda The maestro of feel-good comedy and star of radio and television and radio, Stephen is back with his new

Comedian Russell Kane takes his new show around the UK this autumn. Russell explains ““What if I’m one of the guys who never has a baby? Why is this not a male subject? I plan to give birth, live on stage, then raise it - in front of you. Come along!” Info: HMV Apollo, Hammersmith,Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9QH. www.venues.


November- 3 December Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre, one of the UK’s most popular comics with his debut DVD ‘Live and Laughing’ was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second ‘Hello Wembley’. He now hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC 1 series ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’. Info: www.wembleyarena. LIME MAGAZINE 2012














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Your boss is always yelling, “I wanna see your ass in here by 8:00!”

$20 million jackpot A Redneck buys a ticket and wins the lottery. He goes to Austin to claim it and the man verifies his ticket number.


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The Redneck says, ‘’I want my $20 million.’’ The man replied, ‘’No, sir. It doesn’t work that way. We give you a million today and then you’ll get the rest spread out for the next 19 years.’’ The Redneck said, ‘’Oh, no. I want all my money right now! I won it and I want it.’’ Again, the man explain that he would only get a million that day and the rest during the next 19 years. The Redneck, furious with the man, screams out, ‘’Look, I want my money! If you’re not going to give me my $20 million right now, then I want my dollar back!’’

Adopting a Russian baby Morris and Becky were delighted when finally their long wait to adopt a baby came to an end. The adoption center called and told them they had a wonderful Russian baby boy and the couple took him without hesitation. On the way home from the adoption center, they stopped by the local college

so they each could enroll in night courses. After they filled out the form, the registration clerk inquired, “What ever possessed you to study Russian?” The couple said proudly, “We just adopted a Russian baby and in a year or so he’ll start to talk. We just want to be able to understand him.”

The bird legs exam A young college student had stayed up all night studying for his zoology test the next day. As he entered the classroom, he saw ten stands with ten birds over each bird and only the legs showing. He sat right in the front row because he wanted to do the best job possible. The professor announced that the test would be to look at each set of bird legs and give the common name, habitat, genus, species, and identifying characteristic.


The student looked at each set of bird legs. They all looked the same to him. He began to get upset. He had stayed up all night studying, and now he had to identify birds by their legs. The more he thought about it, the madder he got. Finally, he couldn’t stand it anymore. He went to the professor’s desk and said “What a stupid test! How could anyone tell the difference between birds by looking at their legs?” With

that the student threw his test on the professor’s desk and walked out the door. The professor was surprised. The class was so big that he didn’t know every student’s name, so as the student reached the door, the professor called out “One moment, son, what’s your name?” The enraged student pulled up his pant legs and said “You guess buddy! You guess!”

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