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This month team Lime’s feeling hot, hot, hot as we zoom in on all things Caribbean and celebrate Carnival season. From the steel pan movement to Barbados Crop Over we’re ready to go and wuk up at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival – come rain or shine. Interviews are as on point as ever with Sean Kingston, Klashnekoff, Aml Ameen, Sasha Allen, Rox, D12 and Sassy Pandez. We’re of course brimming with all the hottest cultural events listings from film, exhibitions and clubs to gigs, theatre and comedy. You can also meet team Lime at the third annual You’re Beautiful, Woman event on 7 August. We are also proud to celebrate our one year anniversary. Check out all the different people who have graced our front covers. Ladies, I know. It’s all about the Idris Elba cover (February 2010, Lime’s in the Mood for Love) – judging by all the emails I got from readers telling me how much they lurve him. We asked our interviewees to share a carnival story with us and we’d love to hear your jump up memories too. Hit us up at on our Twitter, @limewithus and let us know.

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Events at the Carnival Village CULTURE & FAMILY

Trinidad & Tobago High Commission in collaboration with Carnival Village presents Emancipation Day Celebrations Sun 1 Aug, doors 4 p.m.

A variety of performers including Julian Marley. In the Spirit of his father Bob Marley, Julian ‘Ju Ju’ Marley is the next generation of Reggae pioneers proudly moving it forward in his home town of West London. Alongside a list of British Reggae luminaries


such as Aswad and Steel Pulse. Plus Caribbean Master Drummers, Calypso performances by Rev B and Brown Sugar. Free


Journey to the Heart presents

01 Aug

Cohobblopot Cohobblopot is a Bajan term that refers to a mix of things; it is the final and one of the most popular events of the season featuring a world class show with the best entertainers from Barbados and the region. Kensington Oval, Barbados Time: 8 p.m. – midnight

02 Aug

Grand Kadooment This is the day for beautifully costumed locals and visitors to dance, ‘wuk up’, jump and ‘chip’ for miles in the ultimate party parade for both participants and spectators. National Stadium to Spring Garden Highway, Barbados Time: 8 a.m.

Papa Yera Sat 7 Aug, doors 6:45 p.m. From the hottest part of the Caribbean coast in Colombia comes Papayera. This 8 piece traditional folk band, brings you a warm cocktail of tropical, African, Latin and indigenous music. Playing rhythms such as ‘Cumbia’, ‘Chande’, ‘Vallenato’ ‘Mapale’, this colorful, energetic, tropical, Afro-Colombian show, rarely heard, soon becomes a fiesta. Info: papayerauk £8 advance, £10 door


The Association of British Calypsonians presents the 18th year

London Calypso Tent 2010 Fri 30 Jul and 6, 13, 20, 26, 27 Aug at 7 p.m. 20th: Groovy Soca Competition 26th: Monarch Competition Calypsonians include Mighty Tiger, Lord Cloak, Brown Sugar, Giselle. Featuring: International Caribbean Calypso artist, ABC members, Trinidad & Tobago Junior Calypso Monarch, Canadian Calypso Monarch, Toronto Redman. Info: £10 advance, £12 door


Caribbean Dinner Jazz 15 Aug, 19 Sept, doors 4pm, show 5–9pm Come and sample the finest in Caribbean Jazz, with the finest Caribbean cuisine prepared by Chef Hassan De Four. £10.50, £18.50 with dinner


Carnival Village on the Road Sat 28 – Mon 30 Aug Look out for our partners at Panorama and the carnival parades at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival. • Ebony Steelband • Mangrove Y2K • Yaa Asantewaa Arts Free

Barbados Crop Over Festival 2010


hat is Crop Over? Let’s start with a simple diagnostic of its actual meaning. Traditionally Crop Over symbolised a time when the slaves finished cutting the cane, they had a party to signify that the reaping of the crop was over. Today it equates to a month long festival of activities and events which runs from July till officially


the first Monday in August (also known as Kadooment Day) when revellers play mass and jump from the ‘Stadium’ where they assemble and perform for the judges, and continue all the way down to ‘Spring Garden’. Speaking from experience this is no easy fete. But lets face it, if you have ever been, ‘Crop Over’ is certainly different things to many people.

The first thing you’ll nice is the vibe and the atmosphere, this is when the island really comes alive and there is no hiding away from it with commercials on local TV and radio to the colourful decorations in the islands main stores. (It is worth taking a trip into town see this). The festivities kick off with a parade through Bridgetown, (the islands capital) this is the chance for

the bands to showcase their floats and show off their costumes followed by


ROOTS AND CULTURE Shabaka Thompson gets to the heart of Notting Hill Carnival


urope’s largest multicultural annual street festival the Notting Hill carnival is upon us again this August Bank Holiday weekend and it’s set to be bigger and better this year. A celebration of the African-Caribbean Diaspora rooted in the liberation from slavery and colonial rule, Notting Hill carnival started in 1966 and evolved out of the Notting Hill riots in Notting Hill in 1958 and in the many decades since, the event has attracted international music artists and crowds of up to 2 million, generating more than 100 million pounds for the London economy. Lime met with Shabaka Thompson, chief executive of the Yaa Asantewa Arts and Community Centre, which is part of the Carnival Village Group and one of the central organisers of Notting Hill Carnival. Established to position carnival Village at the heart of Carnival Arts development in London, ensuring the culture of carnival is given its rightful place within the cultural landscape of the UK. What are the true origins of carnival and do you think over the years the true meaning has been lost? The true origins of the

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carnival emanates from the slaves who when given their freedom after Emancipation took to the streets to celebrate their culture and freedom. This is juxtaposed against the colonial masters own pre-Lenten carnival culture, which they used to do mainly in halls. The carnival we know now is a fusion of all the colonial masters, mainly French, influences and African influences coming together to form the People’s Carnival. Notting Hill carnival has become significant to London, but still has the spirit of the Caribbean. What do you believe carnival provides for the AfroCaribbean community? Carnival provides an opportunity for the Caribbean community to participate and contribute to the cultural landscape in London in particular and

the UK generally. It is an opportunity to share with the wider community our creativity and artistry and to use the carnival as a means for developing cultural tolerance between the community and other communities in Britain. Over the years there has been much talk of relocating carnival to Hyde Park. What is the significance of having carnival in Notting Hill? The significance is that it is the home of the carnival. The Notting Hill Carnival emerged out of Notting Hill riots and in order to ease the tension between the police and the community caused by these riots, community leaders saw the significance of the event in bridging racial divides. Do you believe that the high police presence at the carnival is necessary and how do you think the event should be policed? The police benefit the most from policing carnival, not only does it brings additional monies in overtime to the

officers, but it is the ideal platform for them to train in crowd dynamics and control. There is no other similar event that provides this opportunity to the Met. Currently the carnival committee does not have the means to provide the amount of stewards to man the Carnival without the police. In any case the carnival stewards’ responsibility is to manage the event; the police is to manage the public. How do you think the carnival can be improved to uphold the origins and the African-Caribbean traditions for the future? Always the answer to this question is an increase in funding and investment. The Carnival Committee still does not have the capacity or infrastructure to manage its own affairs. Generally with increased and sustainable funding Carnival can do all it needs to do to retain the African-Caribbean traditions. This we hope to influence through the establishment and growth of Carnival Village. Info: www.carnivalvillage. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


events Rachael Duchnowski plays steel pan for Metronomes Steel Orchestra. She talks to Lime magazine about her passion for the sound of steel and carnival rhythms. How long have you been playing steel pan for and what attracted you in the first place? I have been playing for about 18 or 19 years. I can’t remember which. growing up in rural England meant that there were not many people of colour so, with the steel pan being introduced to my school I thought that this is a chance for me to have some sort of connection with my cultural heritage. What was your first steel pan experience like? First experience, I was full of wonder and excitement, as I had never seen a steel pan before let alone play one. You are part of the Metronomes Steel Orchestra. Tell us about the organisation. I don’t really know much as I haven’t been part of it for that long, but I know that it has been going since 1973. My original band, Real Steel is based in Plymouth and was originally an all girl steel band, which toured the UK and parts of the Caribbean. Last month Real Steal were part of a TV challenge. Please tell our readers more about this and I hear there was almost a pirate costume involved.

And yes you are right a pirate costume was involved, it was basically like the X Factor/Britain’s Got Talent but for bands and musicians of all types. The tune that we played was Pirate’s of the Caribbean, and we thought that to give ourselves that extra edge we should dress up at the same time. How did steel pans become linked to Carnival? During the 1800’s in Trinidad, drums were used as a call for neighbourhood gangs to collect and fight. Drums were eventually banned and in response the Trinis took any objects they could find. In the late 1930’s it was discovered that specific tones could be obtained from steel drums and the idea caught on, with people

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experimenting and eventually forming neighbourhood groups who would play together as bands. Eventually musical competition replaced the violence of past and bands took to the streets at carnival to battle it out via the steel pan. Years after the first such contest, the rivalries between steel bands still exist, but manifest themselves in an excellent quality of

What is the tradition of Panorama and its association with Notting Hill Carnival? Panorama is the official open of the Notting Hill Carnival; it has been going for 31 years. The Panorama involves somewhere in the region of 1 000 players with bands ranging between the size of 60 – 80 players. What’s it like performing during carnival? You must get a real buzz from it. Yeah, a complete buzz, I like that fact that people appreciate the music we are playing, and it is really the only time when all the bands can come together and play for hours on end without bothering people. What are some of your favourite steel pan experiences? Going to Barbados with Real Steel, as well as touring parts of Europe with my closest friends, playing in our first Panorama competition, I’m sure there are lots more but these are the first ones which spring to mind. Info: www.metronomes.



events a free concert in ‘Queens Park’ where people congregate from all over the island later that evening, suitable for families to enjoy. Events surrounding Crop Over include Calypso Tents, Boat Cruises, Band Launches, Limes, Bridgetown Market, Fete’s and ‘Cohobblopot’ (which is always held on Sunday, the day before Kadooment Day, a chance for the Kings and Queens of the bands to show of their dazzling costumes and compete for prizes). You will notice that music plays a strong part throughout this time where Calypsonian’s and Soca artists fight for the annual titles of ‘Party Monarch’ ‘Road March Monarch’

and the Pic-O-De-Crop Monarch. This is not limited to adults, kids as young as five compete. Trinidadian-born Machel Montano (Soca Artist/ Producer/Writer) was under the age of 10 when he shot to fame with ‘Too Young to Soca’ in the mid 80s. Kadooment day can be enjoyed whether you’re a by-stander watching the floats or actively taking part, there is a lot to see and experience, now in its 36th year after it was resurrected in 1974. The mantra of the festival is ‘Crop Over Festival Sweet Fuh (for) Days’ and I cant help but agree. Info: www.barbados


Every Friday

Love Strike: All Star Lanes New Friday Weekly‫‏‬ A night of bowling, drink, dance, food, and DJs playing the finest soul, funk, disco, rock n roll. Not only that but you can gorge on the finest American steaks and more in our diner, or challenge your date to a frame or two on the bowling alley. Or simply kick back and relax with a cocktail or three in our lounge bar. A night of bowling, drink, dance, food, and DJs playing the finest soul, funk, disco, rock n roll. Time: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. All Star Lanes, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Pl. London WC1B 4DA Info: holborn@


Carnaval del Pueblo Heading into its 12th year


London’s second biggest street festival, Carnaval del Pueblo, explodes in joyous and colourful fiesta glory onto the streets of Elephant and Castle and then at Burgess Park, Camberwell, making it the largest celebration of Latin American culture in Europe. Its theme this year is the Bicentenary Anniversary of Independence for many Latin American countries, and in turn promises to be one of the most vibrant and family-friendly festivals this August in the capital. In just over a decade, the colourful Carnaval del Pueblo fiesta of all things Latin American, is the event of the year for all Latinos and lovers of their culture. A celebration of their roots for expat communities in the capital, and a massive party for Londoners of all communities who come together to share this intense cultural experience.

01 Aug

Sunday Roast Live – monthly Hosted by Ellen Thomas (EastEnders, Teachers), the night will give people a chance to witness exciting new talent, whilst enjoying a delicious Thai meal. The night will feature: Live performances Akhiem Allen - from North London comes one of the most talked about youngsters from the grime scene Akhiem Allen, singled out by Chipmunk as one of the next emcees to blow; Bobbi Gordon; and TE1 Productions. Comedy The award winning Slim and open mic comedy : Jason Patterson, Marvin Tilman, Bianca Arlette, Juliet Stephens, Robert James Alexander, Tania Edwards, JoJo Georgiou,

Ellen Thomas Steve E Blunder, Sophie Sweatman, Scott Adams, Darius Davies-Shojaee, Narin Ozenci and Bernie Barrett. Fashion show Dre’s Design (www.dresdesign. eu) There will also be poetry and games all evening. Thai Silk, The 02, Pennisula Sq, London, E10 0DY Info: sonia@ Lime Magazine has teamed up with Sunday Roast Live and has three pairs of tickets to give-away. To enter, visit competition by midday, 1 August 2010.



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ands: also known as “Pan” will be filling the streets of Notting Hill with their wonderful melodic sounds throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend. Over 100 floats will adorn the streets of Notting Hill over the two days of

carnival. They carry an array of carnival activities, including steel pan, Calypso and Soca Sound Systems and all feature vibrant colours and music in Europe’s biggest street festival. This is your chance to know there exact location and follow them through the

Notting hill carnival, choose a float and steel pan band to follow and get into the true meaning of carnival. There are usually over ten steel pan bands that you can follow who will also be competing at this year’s Junior Panorama which is the event considered the “battle of the bands”. But we have the links for you to hook up with one of the most successful steel bands in west London CSI, who have performed more recently at the Glastonbury Festival, watch the battle of the bands at Junior Panorama, get feisty at a 5 am Jourvert and follow CSI Steelband through the carnival. Here are your links to let the festivities begin. Junior Panorama – Monday 9th August 2010 The first event as a pre-carnival warm up is the Junior Panorama Competition. The audience for the 2010 competition will be treated to an explosion of sweet steel band music played by young enthusiastic pan musicians. The park will be filled with sweet strains


of steel band music from the junior steel bands dotted around the Park. The wealth of music on offer will certainly captivate the audience. Panorama is described as Carnivals best kept secret. Everyone is awaiting this much appreciated competition with great enthusiasm! CSI were last year’s winners and let’s see it they can top last year’s extravaganza. Junior Panorama will be held on Monday 9th August at St Marks Park/Kensington Memorial Park, St Marks Road, W10 (Free). The London J’ouvert – (CARNIVAL SUNDAY 29 AUGUST 2010) Jouvert signals the opening of carnival. Seven years since its revival, London Jouvert celebrations will see Ladbroke Grove invaded by revellers adorning themselves in mud, powder or brightly coloured paint depicting the celebration of emancipation. The pre-dawn tranquillity will be broken by the sweet strains of steel band music in West London and see masses of people chipping


down the Grove in true Trinidadian style. This all steel band event provides lively steel band music which is well received by the public and is growing in popularity. The British Association of Steel bands continue to work laboriously to ensure its growth is sustained through the inclusion of more steel bands and masquerades and become an important ingredient of the fabric of Notting Hill Carnival. The 2010 celebration will start with the procession leaving the Sainsbury’s car park at the top end of Ladbroke Grove (by Sainsbury Supermarket) Canal way meeting at 5:30 a.m. and leaving promptly at 6 a.m. CSI, Ebony, London All Stars, Real Steel, Metronomes and many other steel bands including Pan Podium Rhythm sections will be in attendance. The procession will snake its way along Ladbroke Grove with revellers swelling to great numbers filling the air with a mist of powder and returning to Sainsbury car park at 9:00 a.m. Expect to see a river of red t-shirts and you know you’re following CSI Steelband. Meet CSI at 5:30 a.m., (near Sainsbury Supermarket) Canal Way, W10

With Notting hill Carnival fast approaching the need to learn some new soca tunes and the latest dances over from Trinidad to look sharp and follow a float, where better to start the Notting hill carnival then here with Lime magazine?

CARNIVAL SUNDAY – 29 AUGUST 2010 The second day of carnival is all about the children. The main event is the Children’s Parade, a smaller version of the main Carnival parade taking in Ladbroke Road, Great Western Road, Chepstow Road and Kensal Road. For those who like to party hard with your new CSI carnival colours follow the CSI Float for the beginning of Children’s Carnival Sunday meet at 11 a.m. at Hornimans Park, Bosworth Road W10 to follow the bands, CSI, Cocoyea & UK Chocolate City to wind through the carnival. Meet at the Entrance: Bosworth Road

Buses: 18, 23, 52, 70, 295, 316, 452 Tube Station: Westbourne Park Transport: Train: Kensal Green, Queens Park The day will also see Athlone Gardens on Portobello Road North turned into a tropical children’s paradise. Tropical Island Rubicon Park will be offering family entertainment, with children able to play in a playground area decorated with palm trees and beach backdrops. CARNIVAL MONDAY 30 AUGUST 2010 What: The big day Where: All over Notting Hill When: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. The big day itself as Notting

Hill turns into a flamboyant party zone. Costumes, sound systems, steel bands, sound systems and hundreds of food stalls will take over the streets as West London turns totally Caribbean. The main carnival parade takes in Great Western Road, Westbourne Park Road, Chepstow Road, Westbourne Grove, Kensington Park Road, Arundel Gardens, and Ladbroke Grove, with the procession starting at midday. After some recovery and soaking your feet, hook up with all three bands CSI, Cocoyea & UK Chocolate City meet the floats for some more revellery and sweet Soca Music and get ready to chip down the road meeting at 10 am at Freston Road, to jump up with the bands, drink rum in the Bacchanalian style that is only Notting hill Carnival. Have a Safe and CSI Carnival! The Notting Hill Carnival takes place from 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Sunday 29th August – Monday 30th August 2010 in Notting Hill and surrounding areas. The event is free to attend. Credits: Robbie Joseph -Pan Podium – Info: www.panpodium. com LIME MAGAZINE 2010


GAllery EVENTS Time: Float Parade - 12 p.m.-3 p.m.; the float procession leaves Elephant Road at 12 p.m. travelling through Walworth Road, Albany Road and reaching Burgess Park around 3pm. Burgess Park, London SE5 0RJ Info: www.

05 Aug

Rum Punch – first Thursday of every month For a night that’s guaranteed to leave your creative taste buds refreshingly intoxicated and yearning for more. August’s Rum Punch will boast feature performances as well as the return of our bi-monthly Punch Competition where a selection of rappers, singers, MC’s and poets go head to head for the title of ‘Punch Champion – August 2010’ with the winner taking home a certificate and that all important bottle of rum. Hosted by one half of Partnas in Rhyme, Saran Green, she’ll ensure that this month’s show brings you as much entertainment, fun and enlightenment as always. Come down early, grab your prime spot and sip on a mocktail or Rum Punch cocktail whilst you join in the fun. Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Rudy’s Revenge (Downstairs), 168 High Holborn, London WC1V 7AA

05 – 25 Aug

Le Cirque Invisible Following a sell-out run last summer JeanBaptiste Thierrée and Victoria Chaplin return to Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with their intoxicating mix of magic, make-believe and trompe-l’œil in Le Cirque Invisible. With the help of simple domestic props, elaborate costumes and a strong sense of visual artistry, Chaplin and Thierrée conjure a world of uncanny illusion and fantastical transformations. Time: 7:30 p.m. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre London SE1 Info: www.

06 Aug

Soul-D-Out (UK) Live A live night dedicated to

showcasing the soulful best of the UK and beyond. Soul-D-Out ( UK ) Live! provides the whole experience in plush surroundings. We feed your senses and develop your minds with: • The Soul of the UK – The fantastic singer songwriter Terri Walker • Singer/songwriter and model Nadine Charles • Singer/songwriter Janine Johnson • Up and coming singer Charmaine Andrews. Backed by the Soul-DOut (UK) Live band and hosted by d’nyce of Bang 103.6fm, Rampage (bbc 1xtra), music by DJ Maurice (Soul2streets). You can also dine at Cotton’s Restaurant and watch the live show which starts at 9 p.m., please make these reservations at Cotton’s (in advance) on 0207 833 3332 Time: 6 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. / show time 9 p.m. Cotton’s Caribbean Restaurant, 70, Exmouth Market London EC1R 4QP Info: www.urbantickets.

07 Aug

Association of Jamaicans (UK) Celebrates 48th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence



26 Aug

neXt Level PoisonUK After Work Party – 70 Degrees The official start of the Notting Hill carnival weekend. Sports Café, Haymarket, London

27 Aug

neXt Level PoisonUK Carnival Friday Concert and After Party 10 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

The only place to be on carnival Friday. This event, complete with a live band set up, has seen the likes of Machel Montano, Alison Hinds, Doug E Fresh and Wyclef Jean. The Troxy, London

29 Aug

Kiddies Carnival – Notting Hill All the kiddies are out on this day. Alongside their parents, or kids take to the streets for the first day of

Notting Hill Carnival.

30 Aug

Adult Mas ‘That’s Amore – Notting Hill It’s the adults’ turn to parade through the streets of Notting Hill. Next Level PoisonUK has pioneered the all-inclusive concept, and the introduction of ‘pretty mas’ in Notting Hill Carnival. It’s also the perfect opportunity for brands to be exposed. Info:

Dinner and dance in conjunction with community Award Presentation in the presence of his Excellency The High Commissioner and other guests including Mrs Delores Cooper and Ms Dawn Butler. Cabaret: Lascelles James, Charles Tomlin and Sir Keith Time: 7 p.m. West Indian Cultural Centre, 9 Clarendon Road, London N8 0DT Info: www. womenonthecrossroads. com

08 Aug

Celebrity chef Jun Tanaka’s Al Fresco BBQ For one day only, celebrity chef Jun Tanaka will be hosting an al fresco demonstration in the fabulous historic courtyard outside his restaurant, Pearl. Guests will enjoy a Champagne reception, followed by a demonstration from the chef with samples of his cuisine and the chance to meet Jun and ask him all of your cooking queries. Time: 12:30 p.m. Renaissance London Chancery Court Hotel, 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN Info:

Until 31 Aug

Roller Disco 2010 Brought to you by the people behind Roller Disco at Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall, the rink is the biggest in London so 350 skaters can shake, shimmy and slide along to the latest pop hits and disco classics. Themed music nights will coincide with acts performing in the arena, so rock out when Bon Jovi are here, or get your funk on with the Black Eyed Peas. O2, Drawdock Road, London SE10 0BB Info: 0844 844 2121

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tripping is optional for everyone in the cast. I didn’t do it in the beginning as it took me a little while to get comfortable with the idea.’

SASHA ALLEN W hen you’re on stage performing, do you get the same vibes on Broadway as you do in London’s West End? The vibes in each city are completely different. The British audience are more reserved throughout the show, and so you’re not totally sure if they like it or not, until the very end when they clap and cheer. But the Americans seem to be appreciating everything. You wonder too if they really like it, and are not just pretending.

Did you ever think that one day you’d be playing a hippie in the 1960s? It never crossed my mind actually. I was in LA and I got a call from my agent to audition for the show, and so I auditioned. Then I enjoyed the music they 12 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

gave me to learn, and the dancing allows you to be free as it’s not so specific.

How do you feel about stripping naked for the show? At first I had an issue with it. But then I came to understand that it’s not sexual. We’re not getting naked to be sexy. We’re just doing what we’re doing for a purpose and a protest. And now that I understand what it’s for I’m okay with it. Sometimes, people take pictures and that worries me more, because I wonder if they’re taking pictures for the beauty of what we’re symbolising, or for a sexual reason. I can never be too sure. But stripping is optional for everyone in the cast. I didn’t do it in the beginning as it took me a little while to get

comfortable with the idea.

What did your mother have to say about it? When I discussed it with my mother she was like “well, you’re not going to have the same body forever” (laughs) which also convinced me to do it.

You’ve worked with several big names in the music industry, as well as landing a part in the cult film Camp. But how does theatre compare to singing and film? With singing and film you can always go back and clean it up, whereas theatre is a once in a lifetime experience. I get a rush from theatre now, but it also has its pros and cons. I hurt myself during rehearsals in New York doing the show, and then I got better. But the other day I was

jumping too hard during a live performance in London and I felt a little pinch in my knee, which means I have to take time out until it gets better. But you learn a lot about your body in theatre and how to take care of it, including my voice. You learn your boundaries, and what you can change and can’t do. You also worry a lot about your voice and body too. What are rehearsals like preparing for each musical number? They’re hard and long but I enjoy it. The acting in the show all seems incredibly natural, and convincing. How do you think this has been achieved? I think it’s because of the cast. We have a great

THEATRE MUSIC chemistry. I joined them over a year ago, but most of them have been doing this for three years, so everybody knows each other well. It helps that we all genuinely like each other as well, because if we didn’t the chemistry might be a little different. It makes for a fun working environment, making a great experience for the audience.

I would say a bit of New York flavour, and also talent because I work really, really hard at what I do. I think I’ve been blessed. But every city has incredible talent and something to offer. I went to see the musical We Will Rock You recently and the woman who plays Killer Queen has a phenomenal voice. I think that vocally, I am up there with the best.

The first time the musical Hair hit the stage in London, was in 1968 (at the Shaftesbury Theatre). Do you feel any pressure for the production to be a success this time round? I don’t feel any pressure personally. But I don’t know what the director is feeling or the writers. But I think the music is great and it’s a great story, and we all try our best to do it the best we can, and it seems to be received well. We’ve had rave reviews in New York, so we hope for the same here. But if we don’t get it, obviously there will be a little bit of disappointment.

You play the character Dionne. Do you see anything in her in yourself? I think she is me. At first I questioned whether I was imitating art or life, even though we have to learn certain words and sing

When I came to see the show it didn’t escape my attention that some of the audience were Americans. Do you think they travelled from the States to see it? Oh, yeah. We have some die hard fans that are really into the cast. They’re so sweet and really care about the show and the people. Have you had a rocky road to fame? I wouldn’t say I’m famous. Not yet anyway. I hope to be. I’ve had some ups and downs, and I’ve matured a lot in life because of the things that I’ve gone through. I wouldn’t take any of the struggles away. Having been born in Harlem, and trained as a performer in the States, what do you think you’ve brought to London’s West end?

certain lines, and do certain movements. Your new album is due to be released shortly, what can we expect? I have had to place it on hold for now, but it will be released eventually. What I can say about it though is that it will be a mixture of soul and rock. Not many people in London know who Sasha Allen is. Do you think this will all change with your new album and West End debut? I hope so. I think I have a lot of strengths. And after this show I want to keep on singing. But I don’t close

American singer and actress Sasha Allen is starring in the award winning musical Hair as the character Dionne. The show had a hit run on Broadway before being transferred to London’s West End last month.

any doors or won’t say no to anything, especially theatre. There’s so much passion and great stories that I’m sure I’d want to do. But my passion for Sasha is a singing passion and if it involves music then I have to do it. That’s why it’s such a joy to do what I do. How do spend your time in London when you’re not busy working? I have a four-year-old daughter, so I spend a lot of time with her. I get up early and take her to PreSchool and I like to go out in London. But I try not to go shopping because there are a lot of shops which all seem really exciting because I’m not from here. I’m also a member of the Soho House which is fantastic. The production Hair hasn’t come without controversy. What do you think this adds to the appeal? I would hope people are attracted to it because of the love in it. But whatever they love in it, they are coming for a love and not for any negative reasons. People should come and see the show because of the message, and the message has nothing to do with colour, or the way that you dress or act in life. It is to do with love and passion for being free, and having a more structured way of thinking, and to know what war and hatred can do. I think it’s a message that everyone can understand. It has a lot to do with US history, but everyone can understand war and hatred. It affects the world. See Sasha Allen in Hair the Musical showing at the Gielgud Theatre, 3945 Shaftesbury Avenue. Printed courtesy of Afridiziak Theatre News: LIME MAGAZINE 2010


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DONT’ MISS 10 – 31 Aug

Whoopi Goldberg to make West End debut in Sister Act – the Musical Whoopi Goldberg will join the cast of the hit musical comedy Sister Act this summer to play the role of Mother Superior. She will be playing an exclusive 23 show season. No stranger to stages around the world, the role however marks Whoopi’s West End debut. She is joined on stage by the critically acclaimed Patina Miller in the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi’s role in the original movie), recording artist Simon Webbe as Curtis Shank

Words: Donna McBain Afridiziak rating: HHHH After more than 40 years, the award winning musical Hair has returned to London’s West End, and is set, yet again, to become a major success. This time around the full original cast from New York Broadway are taking centre stage in Shaftesbury Avenue, bearing all with full front nudity. The show is based on an American love-rock tribe who are following a movement of love and freedom, doing what they want and being themselves. Anyone with little knowledge about the hippie generation would benefit from being educated about their way of life, and the difficulties they faced in an era blighted by the Vietnam War. There is a heartrending account of one hippie’s experience of joining the front line,

highlighting the continuity of what was happening at the time. The mood is captured by several hit songs performed throughout the production, making it compelling to watch and engage with songs such as Flesh Failures and Let the Sun Shine In. What becomes clear is that Hair is far from other West End musicals covering several controversial issues, including race. The black and white cast especially, gives it a modern edge with a twist, showing further developments in time since the mixed race cast back in 1968. But while the acting

in the show is spot on and the singing is truly spectacular, viewers may find the plot at times a little confusing. This is mainly due to the complexity of certain scenes requiring more clarification. Praise however, must be given to the writers of Hair, James Rado and Gerome Ragni, for this thought provoking musical that has managed to be revamped again and again and in different mediums, which include film. Hair the Musical is showing at the Gielgud Theatre, 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue. Printed courtesy of Afridiziak Theatre News:

and Dads Army star Ian Lavender as Monsignor. Time: 7:30 p.m. The London Palladium, Argyll Street, London W1 Info: www.sisteractthe

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4-30 Aug – Edinburgh

Angie Le Mar’s “Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is? This is a fast-paced production witnessing the tensions in the relationship between a mother and a daughter coupled with the devastating consequences of peer pressure. Exploring the reality of what happens when communication goes out the window, followed by rules, morals and finally love – the play features a cast of teenage actors in a hardhitting and topical drama. 4 – 30 Aug – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh. Tel: 0131 622 6552 Info: www.angielemar. com/daughters

Until 15 Aug

Into the Hoods Into the Hoods is back! This summer show features Akai – winner of Sky1’s reality TV show Got To Dance. Following a hugely successful sell-out Christmas season, the street dance spectacular returns this summer – bigger and better than ever. The award-winning West End smash hit Into the Hoods features groovy tunes, wicked dance moves and includes music from Massive Attack, Kanye West, Black Eyed Peas and many more. Join two runaway kids on their adventures in the ominous

Ruff Endz estate in this fresh, witty and humorous contemporary fairytale. Meet aspiring singer Lil Red under contract to greedy producer Wolf, and Prince who is dating both rapper Rap-on-Zel and DJ Spinderella. Time: 7:45 p.m. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London SE1 Info: www.

Until 18 Aug

Welcome to Thebes Nikki Amuka-Bird and David Harewood lead the cast, which also includes Rakie Ayola, Jacqueline Defferary, Tracy Ifeachor, Chuk Iwuji, Alexia Khadime, Ferdinand Kingsley, Aicha Kossoko, Simon Manyonda, Bruce Myers, Pamela Nomvete, Joy Richardson, Vinette Robinson and Michael Wildman. Faced with an impoverished population, a shattered infrastructure and a volatile army, the first democratic president of Thebes, Eurydice, promises peace to her nation. Without the aid of Theseus,

the leader of the vastly wealthy state of Athens, she doesn’t stand a chance. But Theseus is arrogant, mercurial and motivated by profit. Will Eurydice and her government get what they need for their fledgling state – on terms that they can live with? A swaggering opposition circles, impatient for insurrection. The body of the former dictator lies unburied. A boy soldier is

carelessly murdered. Set in the present day, but inspired by ancient myth, Moira Buffini’s Welcome to Thebes offers a passionate exploration of an encounter between the world’s richest and the world’s poorest countries set in the aftermath of a brutal war. National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX Info: www.

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SAGAS After a three year hiatus one of the UK’s finest emcees Klashnekoff is back.


rom 2001 to 2007 Klashnekoff astounded with his dynamite delivery but then he seemed to vanish. Thankfully in 2010 he is back – locked and loaded. Lime fills in the gaps.

year gap in truth, I made Focus Mode (2005) and Foundation with Terra Firm (2006). Back to the Sagas I actually made in 2008 but the studio where I was recording Back to the Sagas ended up being robbed.

Your fan-base is varied. I have been blessed really. I have fans like Rio Ferdinand, Skunk Anansie and even Stephen Graham who starred in Snatch. I have met Turkish and Indian people who are fans and so it is a really powerful thing for me.

Was the album virtually finished? Well yes it was. People think that I took a long gap but in truth up until 2007, I was constantly making music and 2008 was to be my follow-up. Unfortunately the tracks were not saved and Smasher (who is the main producer on Back To the Sagas) had to re-make the old beats from scratch so a big thanks to him.

I asked Ty and Akala what is UK hip hop and where is it right now, what are your feelings? UK hip-hop is different things to different people. There was a time where the traditionalists of UK hip hop would complain about emcees rapping in double time or dropping a track with a grime emcee. The divide has now become smaller. Is UK hip-hop better for it? In a way I expect it is. Hip hop is more accessible to more people so it is easier for people to get beats to artists like myself. Sagas Of (2004), Lionheart (2007) and now Back to the Sagas (2010) what’s with the three year gap? It has not really been a three 16 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

So what was Sagas (2004) about for you? When I first did Sagas, I was a torn, depressed and very angry individual with a lot of issues and I still do but we all have issues that we need to deal with. The way I handled things back then was different. Back To the Sagas seems a more reflective album. I made that album I was so optimistic it was a sunny day like it is today. I called it Back to the Sagas then because of the energy I was feeling but it was not about sounding like Sagas it was more of a platform to the next stage.

WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris The first track off the album you speak of a difficult time. Well it was and a lot of things happened with the crew and my management not working for me. Kaiser left the group after I had organised a big tour and so I was frustrated. I understand why he left but it was not the best way to leave. So Back to the Sagas is a form of a new beginning? Well it would have been if it came out in 2008 but what I am happy about is that without any real promotion things are really going well with the album. So what’s the mission for Klash now that he is back on the scene? There will be no more breaks there will be straight consistency. What about new, material? I am already working on a sound-clash reggae album. I also have a new mix-tape that I will be putting out. I actually asked my Twitter fans to name it after I gave

them some choices and they called it FTLT (F**K The Long Talk) and so that should be out soon. And live performances. Standard I am always doing live performances. Klashnekoff’s album Back To the Sagas is out now. Klashnekoff is on Twitter: klashnekoff officialklashnekoff The Caribbean Fever question: Notting Hill carnival is Europe’s biggest street carnival. Please share a memory of a carnival experience you have had (doesn’t have to be Notting Hill if you’ve never been). Too many but the sound systems back in the day were brilliant.

MUSIC Lime album review:

RIP Sugar Minott

Janelle Monae, The Archandroid Label: Atlantic Records/ Bad Boy Words: Michelle Adabra Release Date: Out Now Lime rating: HHHHH

All aboard the Janelle Monae steam train, calling all passengers ready to embark on this 21st century musical odyssey! Picking off from her critically acclaimed 2007 EP Metropolis: Suite 1 (The Chase) – Archandroid is an explosive collection of musical genres which moves playfully between jazz, r&b, psychedelic funk, disco and hip-hop.

25 May 1956 – 10 July 2010

Veteran singer, songwriter, musician and producer Sugar Minott – born Lincoln Barrington Minott – from Kingston, Jamaica has been a driving force in pioneering the creation of reggae music. Contributing his indoctrination to the reggae music from growing up near a dancehall where some of the best sounds of the day used to play. His most famous and loved song, Good Thing Going On will remain in the hearts of many for years to come. Minott had been affected by a heart condition since early 2009, and cancelled several performances in May 2010 due to chest pains. Info:

Boasting some moments of sheer brilliance, the album is track after track of musical mayhem fused together by her stunning

and at times erratic vocals. The dreamy Sir Greendown is reminiscent of a 60s Bond score and is beautifully performed by the Kansas City bred singer. The frantic Cold War is fierce and rocky; while the current single Tightrope featuring one of her champions Big Boi is a ridiculously funky, party jam and a mean contender for best single of 2010. Archandroid is one big thrill, from beginning to end; it assaults your senses and leaves you breathless. Music lovers buy this. Don’t miss: Come Alive, Dance or Die, Oh Maker, Suite 3 Overture.

01 Aug

Reggae Independence Don’t miss reggae icon’s Bunny Wailer, Tarrus Riley and Capleton in concert. 02 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, London SW9 9SL Info: www.



MUSIC 01 Aug

UK Soul Jam Show ft. Terri Walker Live Terri Walker returns with a new album coming via RocA-Fella Records USA with new material from her fourth album, and entering an exciting USA chapter in Terri’s career – this is set to be an exciting night. Terri is one of UK soul & r&b’s heavy weight performers known by several music circles for her contemporary soul and regular appearances on Jools Holland’s Later TV show. Time: 7 p.m. –1 a.m. Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, London, NW1 Info: www. KeepTheFaithEvents. Com

Terri Walker

04 Aug

Wu Tang One of the most important hip hop acts of the past two decades are reunited in full force with Mastakilla, GZA, RZA, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, Ghostface, U-God, Raekwon, Mathemathes, Cappadonna and Streetlife. Time: 7 p.m. O2 Academy Brixton, London SW9 Info: www.

06 Aug

Fri 6th Aug. 9 p.m. Doors 6 p.m .– Midnight. £5 / £4 Concs / £3 Members JAH’CUB An 11-man strong band that sings Temple vibes; a Reggae pattern is infused with traditional African instruments, Rock and melodies.Formed in 1999,

the band has played at some huge shows in Jah’Cub’s homeland Nigeria and are now taking Europe and the rest of the world by storm. The band opened for Femi Kuti and the Positive force at the new African Shrine – and now we are honoured to have them come rock the Ritzy. Time: 6 p.m. Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG Info: www. upstairsattheritzy.

19 Aug

Jason Derulo After shaking up the r&b world with the smash singles Watcha Say, which sold five million copies worldwide, and In My Head, Jason hits the UK. Time: 7 p.m. O2 Shepherd’s Bush, Empire, London W6 Info: www. o2shepherdsbushempire. 18 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

MUSIC Bizarre from D12 steps up to the mic on new solo album.

WORDS: Michelle Adabra


izarre came to our attention as the shower cap wearing, shirtless member of Eminem’s rap super group D12. The Detroit group shot to fame with their hugely successful Devil’s Night album and have toured the world, sold 10 million records and secured several top ten hits. Tragedy struck in 2006 when founding member and close friend, Proof was murdered, resulting in a hiatus for the group. Now Bizarre and D12 are back and ready to take on the world again. Putting aside his shower cap (for now) Bizarre is set to release his grittier solo album Friday Night at St Andrews this month. Gimmick free and determined to remind fans of his roots in the scene, Bizarre speaks to Lime about his new album, D12 and life after Proof. You’ve been away for a little while, how does it feel to be back this time around? It feels good, it took a lot to come over here, a lot of flights as we had some delays but it feels really nice to be here. The reception so far has been amazing and it’s the first time I’ve been to the UK when the weather’s been nice (laughs). We just played Wireless Festival which was amazing. You’re working on a solo album – has it felt weird working without the group? It was all good; the boys



were around for some of the recording I did. We’re a real tight family, so there will never be a separation between us; we’ve been working together for over ten years now. We thought it would be good to do some solo projects before we came together to do another D12 album, Kuniva has a solo project coming too and Eminem will be back for our next album. Your album Friday Night at St Andrews was inspired by a popular hip hop venue in Detroit – what was it like for you back then as a young emcee in the game? It was crazy but St Andrews kept me out of a lot of trouble on the streets of Detroit. Walking into there was like, ‘wow, this is different.’ It wasn’t like the rest of the city; it was like

walking into a safe zone where everybody was about the music. You would see cats in there break-dancing and dressed really funky with backpacks on. What’s it like being in the studio with D12? It’s a lot of fun, we choose the beats we want to rap over and it’s real competition. We make sure the raps are tight and it makes us sharper. We’re all a little crazy at some point, one day I might be the loud one and another day it might be Kuniva’s turn. How hard was it to come back after Proof’s death? It was really, really hard for us, it took us about a year to re-group and sort things out but we all came back because this is what he

would want us to do. That’s the big motivation for us, knowing that Proof would want the legacy to keep going.

We know you as the flamboyant character from D12 with the shower cap but you’ve changed the image. What’s behind the change? I like changing it up, there are different sides to me and my new project shows that. Sometimes it’s hard, being in a group with five dudes where everyone plays a position, so it’s hard to switch that. The shower cap is still around though; I like to wear it when it gets hot (laughs). The album Friday Night at St Andrews is out 23 August 2010. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


MUSIC animal species, the country that lacks the letters C, Q, U, W, and X (despite its name), and the country you probably associate with a cartoon. But also a country with a rich musical heritage, Nogabe Randriaharimalala is from Madagascar, and plays the Malagasy guitar in the traditional finger picking style. He and his band will be singing original songs in Malagasy from his fourth album Afatra/Message while you nibble on some Madagascan treats and sup on your delicious Navan vanilla based cocktail. Sound good? Andao handeha! Time: 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG Info: www.

21 Aug

OKRA - Curated by DJs DUKE ETIENNE and SUGA KAN’N. Each OkRA session reaches beyond the ordinary, presenting exciting combinations of raw traditions and future sounds from Africa, South America.and the Caribbean. This Month Feat... Nkem: an emerging IgboLucian songstress infusing reggae and traditional afro-caribbean elements with a genuine soul and honest lyrics. For this special OkRA set, NKEM will be backed by a clutch of musicians each a master in their respective tradition. Connie Bell: Working from a blueprint laid down by fellow countrymen Linton Kwesi Johnson and Mutabaruka, Connie Bell rides the rhythms of Jamaica’s traditions, delivering raw roots reality direct from the heart. Time: 8pm-12am Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG Info: www.

25/26 Aug

M.O.P (Mash Up Posse) Lil’ Fame and Billy Danzenie formed hardcore rap act M.O.P in Brooklyn in 1992 and released the single “How About Some Hardcore” to critical acclaim. Since then the group have built one of the most loyal audiences in hip hop today. Time: 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, London NW1 7PG Info: www.jazzcafelive. com

27 Aug

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Busy Signal has been announced as the headliner, other acts confirmed are chart topping Soca act Kes the Band featuring Kes Dieffenthaller, Bajan act Lil Rick, Vincentian singer Skinny Fabulous and Grenadian Tallpree, Trinidadian road march queen Fayann Lyons, and Shal Marshal. Time: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London E1 0HX Info:

malala Our favourite night Upstairs, Around the World for August heads to Madagascar: The country with five per cent of the world’s plant and

27 Aug

Around The World: Madagascar ft Nogabe Randriahari-

The flag of Madagascar.

Around the World – Madagascar with Nogabe.



6 million singles and counting

Kingston talks super producer JR Rotem and his dream of becoming an actor.

WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris

So Sean, it has been three years since you broke onto the scene, what have been a few of the highlights so far? Boy there are so many but the awards shows, the big shows and just all of the countries that I have been to, I am truly blessed. Aside from the glitz that we see what is life like for an artist like you? Well it is a lot of hard work. It was really hard for me coming up in the game but technology really did it for me with MySpace which helped me to get with my producer J R Rotem who took my career up and enhanced it.


want to get into acting but I want to solidify my music career.’

Talking of MySpace this is how you found your signing, Iyaz. Well I was hitting him up through MySpace but he did not respond because he did not believe that it was me. But I Skyped him and he realised it was me and so I got him to Miami and we just started working from there. J R Rotem has produced for you, Iyaz and Jason Deluro, everything he touches seems to be turning to gold. I know and he is just an

amazing producer to work with. He is like a young Quincy Jones he is a real genius and he just groomed me into the artist I am. Ok, so the track Eeenie Minnie which is your new single features guy of the moment Justin Bieber. It was definitely fun to work on Eennie Meenie and to team up with the young phenom on a record was great and a pleasure. As I understand, the track will feature on both of your albums. Well it is a kind of duet thing. It is my main song because I came up with idea and stuff but it will be on Justin’s album too.

And the whole use of the nursery rhyme thing, slightly unusual. Well I just thought that it would be smart to do a nursery rhyme thing which will appeal in part to his fan base but I wanted to give it a twist and I think it has worked. And your forthcoming third album has some great collaborations. Yes, T Pain will feature as will Justin and Nicky Minaj.

Nicky Minaj is a great collaboration because she is really blowing up the US scene at the moment. Yes, our collaboration is like a reggae, up- tempo, dance hall, pop vibe track. I think that will do some big things but in the meantime I hope the album will drop sometime in September. Lastly I know you have appeared on screen and you were supposed to play the Notorious BIG any plans to further that aspect of your career? Definitely. It was a shame because I was due to play Notorious but due to politics it could not happen but I want to get into acting but I want to solidify my music career. So how many more albums before you make that a reality? I will probably make two more albums and then after that it will be all about the music. Sean Kingston and Justin Beiber’s single, Eenie Meenie is out now.

Sean Kingston with Justin Bieber. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


Community MUSIC 30 Aug

Dead Prez + Sway + Akala + MC Skinnyman



WIN APPLE BOTTOMS OUTFIT Time: 8 p.m. HMV Forum, Kentish Town, London Info: www.meanfiddler. com

HEADS UP 29/30 Sept

Raheem Devaughn American singer/songwriter Raheem Devaughn is one of the hottest names in neo-soul. Son of the jazz cellist Abdul Wadud, he debuted in 2005 with ‘The Love Experience’, which sold over a quarter of a million units. Self-described as a ‘r&b hippie neosoul rock star,’ his 2008 single ‘Woman’ earned a nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards,and his latest record ‘The Love and War MasterPeace’

Apple Bottoms is urban star, Nelly’s women’s wear range, and modelled here by Sassy Pandez, the official European face of Apple Bottoms. One Lime reader can win a complete Apple Bottoms outfit, including hot jeans, tee shirt and accessories and sizes range from 6 to 16. Winners will be able to choose their own outfit from the current Apple Bottoms range, and you can check it out at www. One runner up can win an Apple Bottoms tee shirt. All you need do to win an Apple Bottoms outfit is answer this question. Apple Bottoms is which urban star’s range of women’s wear?

a. Jay-Z b. Nelly c. Usher To enter, visit www.

show why gospel is the biggest music in the black world.

cracked the Billboard Top 10. Time: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, London NW1 7PG Info: www.

Don’t Miss 10 Sept

Carmen Souza


The 8th London African Music Festival The festival opens with a residency at the Southbank Centre and devote the first day to the new sounds of Africa, featuring MC Solaar and DJ Edu from the BBC Radio 1 Extra. The world’s greatest drum orchestra, the competition by 31 August, 2010. Remember to include your size if you want to win a t-shirt.

Master Drummers of Africa make their first London appearance in 5 years and the mighty London Community Gospel Choir make their festival debut to

The Albany, the Bloomsbury and the Jazz Café will welcome live music from The African Jazz Allstars and Odemba OK Jazz Allstars, The Yoruba Women Choir, Carmen Souza and Netsayi and a rare London appearance by legendary figure of Angolan music Waldemar Bastos Nog and many other artist. Info. www.joyfulnoise.

community MUSIC

SHE ROX Rox, speaks post her brilliant debut album Memoirs


atching her with Rox in London’s West End, she is warm and brilliantly engaging, and even offers tips on how to prepare Halloumi. What you eating Rox? It is a ciabatta sandwich with avocado and mozzarella my standard vegetarian thing. So you are vegetarian? No. Well, I am actually a pescatarian. I eat fish but I do not eat red meat. I have actually been a pescartarian for about five years but I must admit I did have a slip up about three months ago. I went to an Iranian restaurant and they had no vegetarian dishes or fish dishes and I had some chicken wings and they were amazing but because I have been a pescatarian for such a long time for the next three days I was in agony. I know you have to shoot off to Channel Four what is that about? Well I am working on this project for Channel Four which has other artists like Eliza Doolittle and Tinnie Tempah and it is basically encouraging youths to be careful when they are crossing the road. Many people do not realise the high number of teenagers that get run over. It is important and I am really supporting the campaign. So music; were you always going to be a singer? 23 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris


have a vision of where I want to go and the next album will be the next chapter of Rox.’

For the most part, yes. I think from the age of 14 after my mum bought me a guitar and a piano I knew. My mum made sure I studied and I came out with good results and I am really thankful for that. What could you have been if you were not a singer? Probably a lawyer because whilst I am creative I also have quite an academic side. What has been the most difficult part of the journey? Being a musician is just tough but you have to stay focused on your vision and you will get the rewards. For some people success happens over night and for some it is more of struggle, I am the latter. What was it like working with Al Shux producer of Jay-Z’s global hit, Empire State of Mind (2009)? I knew Shux for a while

even before he had the Jay Z break and I knew he was so talented and so it was a no-brainer to get him on the album. How much autonomy did you have on Memoirs? I can truly say that for the most part of the album I called the shots from the artwork (which was created by my boyfriend and I) to the photographers, the producers, the writers. I have to say that is why I love the team behind me because they trust my opinion. Memoirs was compared to The Caribbean Fever question: Notting Hill carnival is Europe’s biggest street carnival. Please share a memory

Amy Winehouse’s classic Back to Black (2006) how did that make you feel? When I heard that I laughed because it is a lovely compliment but that album was a timeless album. I hope to make an album like that in the future. I think what I have made is a good body of work but I do not take compliments like that too seriously at the moment. So what are you working on for the next album? It will be different from the first album simply because I have grown up a lot since then. Musically I want to go somewhere else and be a bit darker but not in a depressive way. I have a vision of where I want to go and it will be the next chapter of Rox. of a carnival experience you have had (doesn’t have to be Notting Hill if you’ve never been). There are too many for me.



GALLERY On going

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

Until 05 Sept

Urban Africa – David Adjaye’s photographic journey One of the leading architects of his generation, David Adjaye has stepped out of his regular line of work to photograph and document key cities in Africa as part of an ongoing project to study new patterns of urbanism. Time: 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 27D Info: www.

Until 11 Aug

Time Waits for No One – Artist: Mary Osinibi Time waits for No One aims to visually capture the process of change: Urban Africa


those in-between moments of change and motions we often miss. Osinibi’s work demonstrates that as time passes it is constantly changing our surroundings and bringing new ideas, data, facts and atmospheres, if we stand still long enough to notice them. arc Gallery, Barge Belle, Hale Wharf, Ferry Lane, London N17 9NF Info:

19 Aug

David Ross – Boy

David Ross West London based Ross is a figurative painter who works in oils. His latest collection of paintings is inspired by the spiritual and material dissolution of Zimbabwe over the past 50 years. His depiction of the human figure caught up in the devastating after effects of war is combined with a feeling of the helplessness and vulnerability of the common man. The paintings explore the fraught territory of Zimbabwean history and identity from the viewpoint of the common person. While the depth of suffering is acknowledged, so too is the immense resilience of the Zimbabwean people. Despite the country’s current ranking near the bottom of the United Nation’s so-called “misery index”, Zimbabwe remains a place of beauty, mystery, and wonder, and a

metaphor for the world as whole. Doyle Devere Gallery, 30 Ledbury Rd, London W11, 2AB Info: www.

Until 30 Aug

John Akomfrah – Mnemosyne Mnemosyne is a new work by Black Audio Film Collective member and seminal filmmaker John Akomfrah which was created as part of Made in England, a partnership initiative developed by Arts Council England and BBC English Regions. Akomfrah was given access to the BBC’s television, film and sound archives for Made in England, a project that reflects how England makes art and art makes England. He chose to focus on the experience of migrant labour in the West Midlands to create Mnemosyne, a poetic essay on the themes of memory and migration. Mnemosyne refers to the mother of the nine Muses, the personification of memory in Greek Mythology. The belief was that those souls, who chose to drink from the river of Mnemosyne, rather than from Lethe, would remember everything and attain omniscience. Akomfrah’s work questions

memory and suggests the possibility for endless re-interpretation of historical events by interweaving archival footage from 1960-1981, with contemporary ‘portraits’ of Birmingham and extracts of new work filmed in a remote snowy landscape. For Mnemosyne, he used the BBC archives as a starting point to explore attitudes, assumptions and understandings about life in the West Midlands during a key moment in Britain’s immigrant history. BFI Gallery Info:

Until 26 Sept

Glastonbury: Photographs by Venetia Dearden Venetia Dearden’s portraits taken at Glastonbury festival will be on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery in April. Since 2004, Dearden has been documenting the music festival and taking portraits in an on-site temporary studio. The 16 photographs on display will include portraits of Dame Shirley Bassey and a selection of festival goers. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE Info:

Until 14 Nov, 2010

London 2010: Festival of Stamps Impressions of Africa: Money, Medals and Stamps In 2010 the world’s attention will be focused on Africa, as 17 countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence from colonial rule. British Museum, Gallery 69a, Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG Info: www.



nlike Christmas, Carnival does not just happen but once a year. In fact if you have the money and the time to spare, you can ‘wuk up’ (Caribbean term used to gyrate your waist to music in a rhythmic fashion) all year round. So whether you want to play ‘Mash’ (Mashramani) in Guyana, listen to the sweet sounds of the steel pan in Trinidad or jump behind the truck in the Bajan Crop Over Festival (which is currently on at time of print), there is always a reason to get your groove on and get involved. As London gears up for Notting Hill 2010, carnival fever is definitely in the air. But you don’t necessarily have to wait until then to get into the Caribbean spirit as there are always events and promotions sprinkled throughout the year. Poison UK is an organisation synonymous with everything Caribbean, promoting and

Poison UK sales and marketing coordinator Catherine Rock on her love of all things carnival. hosting events scoring a buzz for those who like to party, socialise, soak up that vibrant culture or just simply lime or play mass. Lime caught up with Poison’s sales and marketing co-ordinator Catherine Rock hours before she was due to touch down on Bajan soil to find out how the preparations are going and to discuss Poisons unique style to costume design. Who are Poison UK and what are they about? Poison UK is an organisation that promotes events based around carnival and Caribbean culture. We primarily deal with events management with a Caribbean twist. We take people to carnival, we put on Caribbean dinner once a month and Pan Jazz once a year which is a franchise with the US in October. What kind of materials are used for the costumes? The main part of the

WORDS: Jennifer Rock

costumes is the bikini, we then add embellishments which could be sequins or beads depending on the concept. This year’s theme is Amore, so it is centred around love, and the costumes reflects that. There are always at least two sections to Poison. So alongside the bikini we are also using a corset and a skirt design. The reason for this is because we are conscious that some people might not be of Caribbean heritage or might have a non traditionalist view in costume design, they are quite conservative and prefer to be a little more covered so we try to accommodate them. Would you agree that less is more with costume design? Not necessarily, it depends on the style of costume and on the style and theme of what you are trying to portrait. You must cater for everyone. There are age differences and people with different social situations, for

example young, married or older people. Younger people take more risks and are possibly willing to show more of their body. What is the price of a costume? For £150 you get a full costume which is all inclusive of your breakfast, lunch, security and unlimited drinks all day long. Where do the ideas for the designs come from? We all come up with the over-all theme, there are normally at least three to four sections, this year we have six which include Desire, Gondoliers and Jungle Fever There is even a children’s section on the Sunday of Notting Hill which caters to people who play mass on Monday and want their kids to have the same experience as they’re the future of carnival. You are somebody who is familiar with carnival in the Caribbean and the UK, what are the major differences? You can guarantee sunshine in the Caribbean. Also with carnival in the UK people that haven’t been to Caribbean carnival you have to explain it more. Sometimes Notting Hill gets a bad reputation but once they actually participate in it they see a different perspective aside from negative media. What are the next events that Poison are involved in? Rotterdam and Notting hill Carnival. Poison also put on a monthly dinner Jazz evening and a concert coming up on the Friday before Notting Hill. The line up includes Busy Signal and the UK’s Donae’o. Info: LIME MAGAZINE 2010


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

01 Aug

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COMMUNITY THEATRE Join us for a day of games, entertainment and activities for all ages for a great day out for the whole community, friends, family and our supporters. The programme includes: BBQ jerk chicken and food for sale; face painting; craft tables; DJ; singing performances; open mic sessions; dancers; drumming; Salsa lesson, health and well being sessions. There will also be a fire engine display, tug of war, bouncy castle and traditional Anansi Stories by Uncle Eddie and lots more. Time: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Peter May Sports Centre, 135 Wadham Road, London, E17 4HR Info: family@100bmol.  

programme of events focusing on the many aspects of the education of black children Info:

05 Aug

Precious Williams’s book launch: Precious A

Can you change a negative into a positive? Black children are waiting to be adopted – it’s not all about the biology, it’s about the chemistry between you and your child.

02 – 07 Aug Black Supplementary School Week A week long

True Story Precious Williams is launching her new book, Precious: A True Story. The book is about her experience of being privately fostered. Drinks, books sales and signings will be available and light refreshments will be served. Time: 7 p.m.  Treadwells Bookshop, 34 Tavistock Street, London, WC2E 7PB UK Info: blackreading group@googlemail. com

09 Aug

Black History Studies presentation: Republic of Palmares The Republic of Palmares as an all black state in Portuguese

• Did you know? Black children wait longer than white children to be adopted • Did you know? It means that many black children don’t get adopted and end up staying in the care system • Did you know? That there is a national shortage of black adopters • Did you know? That black children are over represented in the care system • Did you know? That achievement for children in the care system is lower than for other children • You do now Turn a negative into a positive – adopt

• Did you know? That single people can adopt • Did you know? That there can be financial support for adopters • Did you know? That you don’t have to own your property to adopt or have lots of space • You do now Turn a negative into a positive – adopt • Whether you can adopt or not you can still help – tell other people all the things you now know – pass it on If you are interested in adoption or would like to pass the message on please contact us on 0800 731 6550 – we hold monthly information sessions and can come along to talk to any groups you may belong to. Info:

• Did you know? That age isn’t a barrier to adoption LIME MAGAZINE 2010


THEATRE COMMUNITY and Dutch controlled Brazil. Set up in 1595 by runaway slaves, this state was a refuge for Africans that had escaped from slavery. The Portuguese and Dutch colonial authorities were not happy about the existence African drumming master and conductor Afla Sackey.

of this republic and tried many times to destroy it. This presentation tells the 99 year history of the brave Africans in Brazil who stood up to the slave traders. Time: 6:45 p.m.-9:30 p.m.  PCS Headquarters, 160

Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN Info: info@

11 Aug

Literary Salon Please bring networking materials and open mind. Writers of all genres and disciplines welcome. Join us for drinks, a chance to get to know each other and even a performance or two. Time: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Concrete, Haywood Gallery, South Bank Centre, Belverdere Road, London SE1 8XX Info: www.

14 Aug

African Market Day Come join us in celebrating our trademark event encouraging culture and enterprise within our community . Time: 12-8 p.m.


Hampstead Town Hall, Haverstock HIll, NW3 4QP Info: www. theafricanmarket day. com

22 Aug

Ghanaian Drumming Workshop with Drumming Master Afla Sackey Always wanted to play Djembe but never had the chance? Already can play but need to brush up on your skills? Not a problem. African drumming master and conductor Afla Sackey is here to get the walls and floors of Upstairs at the Ritzy alive with the Ghanaian vibrations. Enough talking, let’s let the drumming do the talking! Time: 7 p.m. Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG Info: www.




ave you seen the most recent pictures of Naomi Campbell’s bald patch? Well that’s exactly how my hair looked in December 2008. One morning whilst getting ready for work I noted a patch on my scalp where the hair was missing. This was after months of my hair getting thinner and shorter, thinner and shorter. My hair loss wasn’t caused by a lifetime of hair extensions. Mine was caused by relaxer and it was at that moment I decided to stop relaxing my hair. Yes it had taken baldness to stop me. Never mind the burning on the scalp every time I went to get it done, the little scabs around my head a few days after. Forget the money it cost me or the amount of time I had to spend in the salon doing relaxers and treatments. Even the thinning at the temples didn’t bother me. It was the baldness that did it. That weekend I braided up what was left and decided to go natural. I had been

relaxing my hair for at least 10 years. I spent the next 12 months reading up everything I needed to know on going natural. Whilst growing out the relaxer using different braid styles. I spent time visiting various websites and blogs all around the net to get more information on how to take care of my hair. It was in that year I really started to understand the beauty and

WORDS: Angel Smith

Thinking of growing out your relaxer and going natural? Founder of Natural Lounge Angel Smith is here to hold your hand through the journey. There’s no need to be afraid. creativity of afro hair in its natural state. In January this year I took out my braids for the first time and rocked my own hair. I was scared at first – I had been told that it wouldn’t suit me, my man wouldn’t like it, it wouldn’t be professional for work and other horror stories. But it’s my hair so why shouldn’t it suit me? My man loved

The Caribbean Fever question: Notting Hill carnival is Europe’s biggest street carnival. Please share a memory of a carnival experience you have had. 2005 was my best carnival year, I went to Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival in February and had the most amazing experiences, when I returned I relived it all again that August. I attended all the pre carnival parties in London as well as Notting Hill. It was fantastic that year; every song I heard reminded me of the sun, sea and sweet, sweet Trinidad and Tobago.

it, colleagues loved it and the only negative reaction came from other black women and hairdressers. It was then than I realised that most of the fears about going natural are in our own heads and not the outside world. Before going natural I let my hairdresser do everything. But many hairdressers don’t know how to style natural hair well so I learnt how to do it myself with lots of you tube tutorials and now I feel much more confident with my hair. Though research I have found that many people consider the idea of going natural but don’t know where to start. They are worried that their hair isn’t the right texture that it’s too thick or thin. They wonder if they will be able to manage it, if it will affect their job or relationship. These worries are unfounded every single

person with afro hair can wear it natural. So if you are thinking of doing it then go for it. I know that not everyone has time to trawl the internet for a year finding out how to care for natural hair. When I started my journey I found out that most of the websites on natural hair were based in the US. It was really frustrating as I couldn’t get the products they talked about, couldn’t go to the meet-ups, and I couldn’t even visit their salons. So I have set up The Natural Lounge, a UK Website for Afro Naturals. If you need any tips, hints or just inspiration please feel free to visit and contact me there. Info: www. Image credit: Angus D Photography: www. angusdphotography. LIME MAGAZINE 2010




Caribbean. In 2005 after 365 years of continuous production the industry was forced to close due to heavy losses.

o me St Kitts and Nevis have always been the tiny islands my maternal grandparents were from and where my Mum was born. The place I had to explain was ‘near Antigua’ when growing up. But a few hours perusing the Internet taught me there is a lot more to these little Leeward Islands.



Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest nation on earth to ever host a World Cup event; it was one of the host venues of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.


It is the smallest sovereign nation in the Americas, in both area (698 square mile) and population (42,696).


WORDS: Nicke Adebowle because it was the birthplace and early childhood home of Alexander Hamilton, first United States Secretary of the Treasury and one of the Founding Fathers.


St Kitts is home to 20 000 monkeys.

Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ St Kitts in 1493 and claimed the island for Spain.


Nevis is of particular historical significance to Americans


St Kitts became the first British colony in the Caribbean in 1624 and then the first French Caribbean colony in 1625. Eventually the countries partitioned the island.


Sharing didn’t last and the island changed hands several times before France eventually relinquished all claims as part of the Treaty of Versailles in 1783.


St. Kitts and Nevis had the last sugar monoculture in the Eastern

In 1706, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, the French Canadian founder of Louisiana, decided to drive the English out of Nevis. In the face of the invading force, the English militiamen of Nevis fled. It was the enslaved Africans who held the French at bay by taking up arms to defend their families and the island. After 18 days of fighting, the French were driven off the island. During the fighting, 3,400 enslaved Nevisians were captured. Among the men, women and children carried away on d’Iberville’s ships, six ended up in Louisiana, the first people of African decent to arrive there.


St Kitts and Nevis has a literacy rate 98 percent, one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere.

5 Famous Kittitians & Nevisians • Not a lot of people know this but both parents of Academy award nominated and Emmy winning actor Cicely Tyson are Nevisian.

• Award-winning novelist and Yale University professor Caryl Phillips was born in St Kitts and moved to Leeds as a baby.

• Grammy nominated and all round musical icon Joan Armatrading was born in St Kitts.

• Kim Collins became St Kitts and Nevis’ first athletes World Champion, winning gold at the Paris games in 2003.

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• Rupert Crosse the first African-American actor to be nominated for a best supporting actor Academy Award was New York born but Nevis raised. He grew up on the island with his grandparents before returning to the United States to join the army and attend college.

community COMMUNITY Lime book review:

Hair Power Skin Revolution – a collection of poems and personal essays by black and mixed race women Edited by Nicole Moore / Shangwe (www.shangwe. com) £9.99 Words: Tricia Wombell Lime rating: HHH In Nicole Moore’s edited collection Hair Power Skin Revolution a group of women of colour, have explored and developed

Lime pampering review: Elemis presents

Spa in the City, £99 Words: Sophia A Jackson Lime rating: HHHHH

In need of escaping the madness of deadlines, meetings about meetings and my BlackBerry addiction I was delighted at the chance of reviewing the Spa in the City package at the Elemis day-spa. If you’re one of those busy workers who has got into the habit of never leaving the office at lunchtime then take heed and indulge yourself in a bit of Sex in the City style pampering. The 75 minutes of bliss includes a mini manicure, mini pedicure and power booster facial. The experience felt like a bite sized taste of calm that doesn’t impact too much on your time but lasts long enough for you to feel relaxed and rejuvenated days after the luxurious mini pampering experience. I fell in love

their writing to great effect by setting down what their hair and skin means to them. The mediums of essays, stories and poetry are tested to analyse their experiences, feelings, trials and tribulations, I have to say, with varying degrees of insight. It is funny and surprising, and I am sure in some instances will make you weep or smile in memory of relatives that have passed. I thoroughly

enjoyed this collection it raises lots of thoughts and ideas about how women of colour think of themselves and how they believe they are perceived. Fledgling authors are told to “Write about what you know!” if you are looking for inspiration to get started as a writer take a look at Hair Power Skin Revolution. Read Tricia Wombell’s blog Black Book News

with their exclusive Essie nail range – just so many cheery colours to choose from. I opted for the eye-catching Bermuda Shorts for my now suitably pedicured tootsies and a more subtle pearl colour for my finger nails. What I was most looking forward to was my mini facial. Due to my skin type, my therapist, Jenny, gave me the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial and even now, three days after, my face looks bright, sparkly and clear. This Elemis Spa in the City experience is the perfect summer ingredient if you have little time for lengthy beauty regimes but still want to look glamorous. Offer available until 31 August 2010. To book your Spa in the City experience visit: dayspa The Elemis day-spa is located at 2-3 Lancashire Court, London W1S 1EX





ongratulations on winning the Orange Award for New Writers Prize 2010. The Boy Next Door is a thoroughly moving book. How has life been since winning the Orange Award New Writers Prize? I’ve been lucky in that I was already well into my new novel when all the madness of the Award took over. It is essential for me as a writer to have that creative space where my characters and the story can completely breathe. When I’m not writing I’m doing the next best thing – reading. Did you plan to become a writer? I have always wanted to write, to tell stories, right from the days in Bulawayo when I was a devotee of the wonderful Public Library, and where books, stories took me away from life in a small, sleepy town, especially during school holidays. What inspired the book’s theme of an interracial relationship in Zimbabwe? The genesis of book was two pronged: a suggestion from an editor that I write about growing up in Zimbabwe during the 1980s and 1990s, and a phone call I received from Bulawayo in 2007 about a fire that had broken out in the neighbouring house of my childhood home. The two came together as I sat in front of the computer, and typed out that first line, ‘Two days after I turned 14 the son of our neighbour set his step mother alight,’ a line which seemed then to come from nowhere. The Caribbean Fever question: Notting Hill carnival is Europe’s biggest street carnival. Please share a memory of a carnival experience you have had (doesn’t have to be Notting Hill if you’ve


THE GIRL NEXT DOOR WORDS: Tricia Wombell How did you set about developing the main character, Lindiwe? Lindiwe’s transformation was an organic process; there was no conscious decision to give her a particular voice or to shape her character and personality. Once she was there, sitting on that veranda reading her Sue Barton book, where we first set eyes on her, her voice took over. It’s wonderful when readers come to me and tell me how much Lindiwe’s growth from childhood to womanhood rings so true, how her voice changes from this never been). In my youth I went to Crop Over in Barbados which celebrates the harvesting of sugar cane. I enjoyed watching the ‘jump up’ and the Party Monarch on the beautiful and windy East Coast.

naive teenager to this sophisticated woman. In a way, I can’t take too much credit- she was such a vivid and delightful presence. The ambivalent relationship between mother and daughter is pretty much unbearable. How did you cope with creating it? Yes, I have had quite a bit of feedback about this relationship; one reader said they were traumatised by it, especially its climax. In one way you could describe Lindiwe’s mother as a religious zealot, strict and unforgiving in her beliefs. She is also very much the wronged woman, and you can see where her attitudes spring from – as a form of self-protection, to preserve her dignity. Only at the end, does Lindiwe, set up some distance between them and starts referring to her as ‘my mother.’ We learn so much about Zimbabwe through Ian. Is he based on someone you

knew? Ian is this wonderful mystery to me. His voice was so loud and clear to me. I could literally ‘hear’ him. No, he is not based on someone I know. I think that he is some kind of organic combustion of all the white boys I came across while growing up in Zimbabwe. His career as a conflict photographer is based on real life, can you tell us why you chose that career for him? I read The Bang Bang Club while I was still in Zimbabwe long before Ian came to mind. This memoir, written by two war photographers who chronicled the highly volatile 1990s in South Africa, stuck with me. This is an edited version of the interview and the full version can be found at Info: Irene Sabatini will be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival later this month:


LIME’S AUGUST RESTAURANT REVIEWS Restaurant Review: Cottons Caribbean Restaurant, Islington Words: Victoria Woode Lime rating: H

I grabbed a few friends and headed to Cottons in Islington. Their menu looked scrumptious with mixed grills of jerk chicken, curry goat and jerk fish – complete with starters and oh so tempting desserts. I opted for dumplings for a starter instead of one of the salads on offer. I repeat I ordered dumplings. Why, after what seemed like eternity, did I receive some miniature scones? The dumplings were dry and would have been perfect with butter and jam and a cup of tea. On to the main. I chose the mixed grill of jerk fish, served with rice and peas and plantain. The fish was yummy, soft well seasoned tilapia, dragon fish and king prawns. The rice was a little hard and the plantain was beyond unusual. Who leaves skin on plantain? My friends were left unsatisfied and hungry as they had to side step the hard jerk chicken, cold firm rice and watery curry goat. The best thing about Cottons is the creative selection of cocktails that made me feel like I was sitting on an isolated island. The sweltering heat and absent air conditioning added to this ‘authentic’ but unpleasant feel. Cottons, 70 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QP

Restaurant Review: Royal China, Canary Wharf Words: Jennifer Rock Lime Rating:HHHH Tucked away along the river bank in the heart of London’s financial capital of Canary Wharf is Dim Sum haven, Royal China. Our seats are south facing overlooking the Thames. As a starter, the Frilly Prawns and Squid Balls was the perfect choice. I was presented with three prawns which lay beneath a small barrel of hay, for imagery it looked like hay but tasted like seaweed. My guest went for the Jasmine Tea followed by the Mixed Seafood with Coriander Soup which she describes as fresh and tasty with succulent pieces of seafood. We shared the chef’s special Mixed Meat Dumplings in Red Chilli Sauce and were not disappointed. This is a small dumpling wrapped around small scores of meat will a chilli flavour - one of their signature dishes and my favourite by far. A recommended dish was The BBQ Puff Pork - the pastry is very sweet but not overly so, with little pieces of pork inside. The Scallop Dumplings were a delight and a good option for the vegetarian, the Crispy Deep Fried Crab Meat Rolls are

also good choices with very generous portions. Throughout our meal the staff were attentive, constantly re-filling drinks, changing plates and were able to describe the dishes, a quality I indeed liked. We were treated to a rather colourful fruit platter of

lychee, melon, strawberries, grapes and pineapple, all beautifully arranged which made it almost impossible to say no. Royal China Canary Wharf, 30 West Ferry Circus London, E14 8RR

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Film review:

Black Dynamite Words: Cassam Looch Lime rating: HHHH Release date: August 13th

It might look like an authentic blast from the past, but this hilarious blaxploitation spoof is a superbly observed look at the genre in question… and it’s also one of the funniest films of the year! It might have taken an age to reach these shores, but the wait has definitely been worth it. Black Dynamite comes as something as an unexpected treat to those who haven’t heard about it and as a rare example of a film exceeding expectations for those who have followed its progress. Co-writer Michael Jai White stars as the eponymous anti-hero who is so politically incorrect that he makes it an art form. From the delicious

use of foul language to the brutally cavalier way in which he takes care of business, Black Dynamite is a throw back to a bygone age. This isn’t a retro-fitted reworking like some comedies (one thinks of the Starsky and Hutch film for example), but rather this is of that moment. It’s delivered to us complete with goofs and random jump-cuts making it feel even more perfect, plus its razorsharp view point makes modern satires blush with jealousy. Black Dynamite is a man on a mission. When his out-of-place brother is shot dead he is intent on revenge. It’s a plot of

classic 70’s proportions but it doesn’t stop there. This is a mystery that goes all the way to the ‘HonkyHouse’ (believe me, that’s some of the mild stuff right there in the context of the film). Teaming up with some no-good hoodlums and a sassy female, Dynamite must use all his skills to crack this case. Fortunately on the very rare occasions when the humour is not at the forefront, White displays his genuine martial arts prowess to great effect. Don’t worry though, because even if that does nothing for you, there is always a cracking punchline around the

apart focus on a federal agent trying to solve a brutal rape and murder. As Benjamin tries to catch the perpetrator in 1974 we also see him as an older

man documenting the case, trying to find closure and come to terms with his own feelings. The Secret in their Eyes is a well crafted thriller which is majestically presented. The performances are excellent and the different settings are easy to follow. What makes this film standout however are some breathtaking flashes of

Film review:

The Secret in their eyes Words: Cassam Looch Lime rating: HHHH Release date: August 13th The Argentinean Oscar winner, that notoriously beat French favourite A Prophet, might have come out of nowhere but in many ways it is a worthy champion. Two stories told 25 years


corner. It is very easy to get this sort of thing wrong. The words homage and pastiche are also associated with the likes of Meet the Spartans and Dance Flick, however this effort really does buck that trend. If you could pinpoint just what it is that works in Black Dynamite you’d be a very rich person, but a tight script, superb performances and seriously funny script all play their part. Every time the film looks like its going too far or giving up on a great idea too soon, it hits you with something even better. Michael Jai White might well be known to you already for some of his other work, but this is clearly something he has given 100% to. It’s not just the visuals that feel authentic, everything on the soundtrack feel right as well from the music to the scratchy effects. A genuine classic in the making, hopefully the audience finds it just as it has found the target. Cast: Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Richard Edson

genius from the director, most notably a shot beginning with a wide view of a football stadium and culminating in a prolonged chase sequence in the dark tunnels beneath. Tremendous stuff well worth investing time and effort in. Cast: Soledad Villamil, Ricardo Darín and Pablo Rago

SCREEN ostracism and livelihood if white - and death if black. It examines the history of lynching, and the interplay of race, labour and the left, and popular culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement. Time: 6:30 p.m. PCS Learning Centre, 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EH Info: info@ blackhistorystudies

DVD Review: David

Cross Bigger and Blackerer Words: Michelle Adabra Release date: Out Now Rating: HH

Emmy-winning comic and writer David Cross is best known in the States for his work on the Ben Stiller Show and his re-occurring role in the hugely successful show Arrested Development. In 2003 he was named one of Comedy Central’s 100 greatest stand-ups of all time, so there is no questioning his ability to make people chuckle. His latest DVD was filmed at Boston’s Wilber Theatre in October 2009 during his nationwide tour in support of his New York Times bestselling book, I Drink for a Reason. Cross is not a household name in the UK yet, so it will be interesting to see how UK audiences receive Bigger and Blackerer in which he examines a range of issues, from drugs, race, eco-friendly packaging to religion. Cross’ observations on modern life are witty and wickedly sarcastic and there are some brilliant laugh-out-loud moments for

03 Aug

100 PRINTS: Champagne Reception Networking Event

This is an evening all about fun, connections and more relaxation. If you are a filmmaker or interested in getting into the industry, this event is for you. In addition to having fun and making new contacts, join us for: An opportunity to have one to one meetings with key industry people with our speed networking. An opportunity to meet distributors, investors and filmmakers. An opportunity to meet

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viewers. Perhaps not everyone will get, or appreciate his dry and at times borderline offensive sense of humour but there is some great comedy writing in there. Cross is currently filming The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret in the UK which will have a six episode run on Channel 4 – so be sure to check that out if you’re a fan.

great new contacts and build your network. Have a great time in a fantastic venue. Time: 7-11 p.m. Babble, Lansdowne House, 59 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6ER Info: www.100prints.

03 Aug

viewers face-to-face with the terror of lynching even as it spotlights the courage and heroism of those who fought for racial justice when to do so was to risk

Aisha Celebrating a key milestone in contemporary Indian cinema, Anil Kapoor Films Company, PVR Pictures and Cinergy Films presents Aisha, the industry’s first ever chick flick. Directed by 28-year-old maverick filmmaker Rajshree Ojha, one of India’s only female directors, and produced by Bollywood veteran, Anil Kapoor, Aisha is in an unmissable romantic comedy that will appeal to audiences across the globe. Aisha is a girl with a simple diktat - everyone’s business is her business. Arjun (Abhay Deol) is a boy with an even more candid belief – Aisha should mind her own business. Caught in Delhi’s sassy upper class world with its own set of social rules and trappings,


Black History Studies presents Strange Fruit Strange Fruit (2002) is the first documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. The song’s evolution tells a dramatic story of America’s radical past using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicentre. The saga brings LIME MAGAZINE 2010



LEADING MAN Brit actor Aml Ameen set to take Hollywood by storm


rit actor Aml Ameen has come along way in the last five years. From his heart wrenching role in the gritty Noel Clarke directed flick Kidulthood to his breakthrough role as the loveable PC Lewis Hardy in The Bill. The hard-working 23-year-old has been making quite a name for himself. Now the talented actor is about to embark on his first Hollywood role, having been personally selected by legendary producer David E Kelly (LA Law, Ally McBeal) for a lead role in new NBC drama Harry’s Law. If that wasn’t enough, the north Londoner has been cast in Hollywood big budget movie Red Tails alongside Terrence Howard and Cuba Goodimg Jr and is also adding director to his accomplishments having co-written short film, On the Line. Lime caught up with Aml to talk Hollywood, sitting next to George Lucas on the plane and getting Cuba Gooding to become his sponsor. Tell me about the NBC drama you’re starring in, Harry’s Law? It’s a classic David E Kelley drama but it has some sitcom elements to it. It’s about a lawyer called Harry,


WORDS: Michelle Adabra she’s hanging around with the wrong set of people and she gets fired. One day she’s walking, feeling pretty despondent with her life and she bumps into my character Malcolm, who is studying law but is in a bit of trouble with the law and drugs. He decides that he’s gonna commit suicide by jumping off a building and she’s coming around the corner having just left her job, he jumps and falls on top of her and it’s about what happens after that but it’s very positive. Did you find the American accent hard to do for this role? No, not at all, when I initially auditioned for the part they thought I was from New York. I’m a bit of a chameleon like that; I’ve always been able to pick up accents really easy and peoples’ mannerisms.

You’ve been fortunate with your roles – do you think your role in The Bill opened more doors for you? The Bill definitely opened doors for me, the show is iconic and there was a real sense of pride around the character. People really loved my character Lewis Hardy. I had grannies and all sorts stop me when I was out telling me how much they loved Lewis; he was just a well-rounded character. He came from a certain background yet he was always trying to do the right thing. I like characters who are just everyday people and that’s what Lewis was. Was it always in your plan to move Stateside? Yes, in one of my first interviews with Young Voices magazine a couple of years ago I said I wanted

to go to Hollywood and four years later I’m on my way. I can’t pretend that I haven’t been blessed but it’s also down to some hard work and perseverance. Tell me about On the Line. On the Line is a pilot for a TV show that I’m working on, it’s about the entertainment industry. One of the students from my drama class asked me to read a script he had written, I read it and it really suited the idea I had for my TV pilot. As he’s part of my drama school and represented by my agency, I thought it would be good idea to merge the two. We wrote it back and forth while I was doing other stuff and have now shot it and it’s almost finished up in editing now. It’s about two guys who run a club night in London which is filled with beautiful people and



always encourage people, especially young people, to find real life role models not just celebrities.’ their adventures really. If you go online you can see the behind the scenes takes if you type in, On the Line short film. You’re a role model for many aspiring British black actors – how do you feel about that? I understand what a role model is and why some people may feel that, I work very hard but it’s still a hard concept for me to grasp. There are a lot of people who are role models to me who are not famous or on TV. I always encourage people, especially young people, to find real life role models not just celebrities as it’s more realistic and there are some everyday people doing amazing things. You’re due to star in Red Tails alongside Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr – what was that like? It’s funny because I ended up sitting next to George Lucas the director and producer of the film on a plane, the first time I’ve flown first class. He asked me what I’m doing in America and I was telling him about Harry’s Law and now I’m in one of his films, it’s crazy. Red Tails is about the first African American airpilots from World War Two, it comes out this December. It has been one of the best experiences in my life; I got to work with Cuba Gooding Jr and Terrence Howard who were both amazing. In order to work in the US you need a sponsor and Cuba Gooding was the person who signed my documents as my sponsor, he was really good to me and a seriously good guy.




Win a copy of Jamdown on DVD – out 9 August 2010 Jamdown

Jamdown takes you on a journey back to 1980, straight into the heart of the Jamaican reggae scene, following legendary reggae artists Toots Hibbert and The Congos. The film shot in 1980 had a limited release in France and therefore remained undiscovered by the rest of the world. Since its initial release almost 30 Aisha navigates the high life with a great sense of style and even greater optimism. Caught in her web are best friend Pinky (Ira Dubey), small town girl Shefali (Amrita Puri), West Delhi boy Randhir (Cyrus Sahukar) and hunk Dhruv (Arunoday Singh). Aisha makes sure everyone dances to her tune. And all Arjun wants to do is disentangle that web and get Aisha out of an impending sticky mess. Who will succeed and who will succumb? Welcome to Aisha’s fabulous universe where playing Cupid is as easy as a new Hermes Birkin . . . if only Arjun would stay out of her way. Info: www.aishathefilm. com

08 Aug

Cuba: An African Odyssey (Black History Studies Productions) Jihan El Tahri’s 2007 award-winning feature documentary about Cuba’s support for African revolutions, Cuba: An African Odyssey tells the previously untold story of Cuba’s support for African revolutions. Chronicling an 38 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

years ago, ‘Jamdown’ has become what reggae footage collectors often refer to as “The holy grail of reggae

untold section of African history, this enthralling documentary plots the influence of Cuba in Africa’s political landscape. There will be a discussion and debate after the screening. Time: 12-4pm PCS Learning Centre, 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH Info: info@ blackhistorystudies productions .com 

21 Aug

African Remembrance Day at British Film Institute: Jamaica for Sale For a third year the African Caribbean consultative group at the BFI Southbank

films” due to its rarity and difficulty in finding an original copy of the film. For the first time in almost 30 years this film has now been made available to own on DVD. The film contains some of the only known early footage of The Congos, performing tracks from their legendary Heart Of The Congos LP which was produced by Lee Perry at the Black Ark studios at the height of their career. Jamdown contains some of the most electrifying live reggae footage to have ever been captured on film, making it a highly enjoyable performance for all reggae fans. Info: Lime magazine has teamed up with Weinerworld and has two copies of the Jamdown DVD to give-away. To enter, visit www. by 31 August, 2010.

are going to mark African Remembrance Day on 21 August with a day of screenings and discussion. We will again have a special focus on Haiti during the afternoon (in commemoration of the overthrow of slavery in Haiti). In the morning at 11am we are going to screen Jamaica for Sale, a film that considers the impact of the tourist trade on the social and environmental landscape of Jamaica. In the afternoon

we have a double bill of films about Haiti. Poto Mitan explores the struggle of the women of Haiti for social rights and justice. Mario Benjamin explores and celebrates the work of world renowned Haitian painter and sculptor, Mario Benjamin. Info:


The Karate Kid W

ith The Karate Kid having scored a major success in both critical and commercial terms, we were more than a little excited at the chance of meeting the team behind it. Joining International superstar Jackie Chan and director Harald Zwart were the Smiths – proud parents Jada PinkettSmith and Will Smith along with the Karate Kid himself, Jaden.

does it evoke when you see your son on camera, and how do you manage to choke back the pride you must feel? Will Smith: “First of all I don’t choke back the emotion, I boo-hoo every time I see him. It doesn’t even matter. I know it was excruciating for Jaden to be squashed particularly between Jackie and myself, there was a real struggle for Jada and Jaden to try to keep the pressure off. It was like he’s so disciplined and so hard working that it’s hard to not push him for more.

Harald, what was the appeal of The Karate Kid for you? Zwart: “It was a story I felt needed to be told again.  My son is seven-years-old and I have a five year old daughter, and I thought they deserved the experience that I had when I was young. Jackie, how proud were you to take part in a film that celebrates China so much? Chan: “I’m very proud, I thank Will Smith and his family, and Sony Pictures, for choosing their locations in China. I can introduce my culture and my locations, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall and especially our martial arts because I remember for a long time when The Karate Kid was famous that so many people learned martial arts, and karate. Even myself. Thank you Will Smith, because [broad smile] I’m a tourism ambassador.  Jada, how did it come about

Jaden, how tough was it to do all the martial arts in the movie? Jaden Smith: “Well, in the movie I did do a lot of kung fu and martial arts and everything but I had a lot of training before so it was not as hard as I thought it would be. I thought it would be out in the snow, doing push ups in the snow and stuff like that. It wasn’t like that. I trained for all of it, so I could do it much better and now that I trained for all of the kung fu martial arts it just came to me and I could almost have fun when I was filming.

that you and Will decided to produce rather than star in the movie? Pinkett Smith: “Well, we knew that we had to participate in some way. We have so much knowledge between the two of us, and in the whole group, that we want to pass on to our children. So we felt like it was important for us to

participate first hand, as far as this project was concerned. I remember there was talk of me possibly playing Jaden’s mother in the movie, but I realised also that he was also going to need his Mommy off camera, the real deal Mommy support. Will, how many memories

Will Smith: “We got toward the end of the film, and we thought it was going to be three months and it actually got extended an extra month, we spent an extra month in China. You tell an 11-year-old who thought he was about to go home that we’ve got an extra month, you leave that one to Mommy. The Karate Kid is out now on general release. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



Comedy at Cottons Time: 7 p.m. Cottons aka Rhum Jungle, 70 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QP www.comedycircusclub. com

Every Sun

Kojo’s Comedy Funhouse

Comedy, live chat, music and game shows – hosted by MTV Base comedian, Kojo. Time: 6:30 p.m. Corks Wine Bar, Binney Street, London Info: thecomedyfunhouse@

01 Aug

American Legends of Comedy With Tony Woods, Will E Robo, and Ali Siddiq stars of American TV’s Russell Simmons, Def Comedy Jam series, Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment series and P Diddy’s, Bad Boys of comedy series. Plus four of the UK’s hottest comic talent: Kane Brown, Ishmael Thomas, Glenda Jaxson and Wayne Rollins. Time: 7 p.m. Indigo2, the O2 Info: www.ticketmaster.


HEADS UP 04 Sept

Eddie Kadi After two shows at indigO2 in 2009, Eddie Kadi returns to The O2 arena. Taking the comedy world by storm Eddie Kadi has had audiences laughing in their seats for the past few years. His versatile style has captured the attention

Yusuf. Time: 8 p.m. Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS Info: uk

10 Sept

An Audience with Angie Le Mar An Audience with Angie Le Mar sees Britain’s First Black Lady of Comedy return with her universal brand of sharp observational humour. She is joined by some famous friends to celebrate 25 years of writing and performing stand-up and sketch comedy both live and on TV, presenting quality radio with BBC London and Choice FM and her new found passion for writing plays. Time: 8 p.m.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS Info: uk

26 Sept

Strictly Come Laughing A side-splitting night of laughter at the famous Hackney Empire, celebrating the best in British comedy and raising money for a small town in Ghana. An all star of line up of 11 comedians: Richard Blackwood; Tameka Empson, Mr Fraiser, Robbie Gee, Kevin J, Glenda Jaxson, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Kat, Ms London, Eddie Nestor and Slim. Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 Info: www.

and imagination of people from different cultures and backgrounds. A nominee in the Channel 4 Talent Comedy Awards, he is considered by many to be the UK’s premier black comedian. Eddie Kadi is renowned for his fantastic delivery, clean comedy and unpredictable material. Eddie will be joined on stage by special guests N-Dubz. Info:

09 Sept

Best of New Variety Following the success of The Originals in April. Best of New Variety is hosted by the irrepressible Arthur Smith and features a joyful and entertaining bill of contemporary comedy: John Hegley and The Popticians, Rob Broderick and Abandoman (Winner New Act of The Year 2010), Mary Bourke, Michael Pearse, Inel Tomlinson, Maureen Younger and Imran

Tony Woods

COMEDY CLUBS South London born comedian Slim shares his memories of Carnival time and Luton carnival and Glastonbury festival and it’s an eye opener to see how people behave. You don’t see police or trouble at those events like you see at Notting Hill, so that puts me off a bit. People’s attitude spoils it for everyone else.


eing of Jamaican parentage and British born, how much of a connection do you feel to the Caribbean? I feel a strong connection with the Caribbean, but I do also think of myself as British. First generation, we feel more of a connection to the Caribbean because we eat the food, we go back home, we live the culture. Second and third generation, not so much, some of them haven’t even been back home or their parents haven’t, so they don’t feel that much of a connection. I read that you performed in Jamaica, what was that like? That was wicked. I was a bit nervous though, especially because of the patois, because you think that the patois here and the patois there sounds different, but they thought I had lived there and had come to England. They understood me, they thought I was good. I could have come up in comedy speaking perfect English, but it’s not natural to me. When you’re in a crowd of black people it’s natural to switch to the patois. I’m proud of my roots so that’s why it comes into my stand up, it’s natural to me. Do you find that you have to tailor your material to the different audiences when performing in London and

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the Caribbean? The material is the same, but you do have to tailor it a bit. You have to explain a bit more, especially when performing in America and Holland; I have to explain where my parents are from, because Americans aren’t quick to pick up an accent. Other than that I use the same material. It’s almost carnival time in

CARIBBEAN FEVER QUESTION Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s biggest street carnival, please share a memory of a carnival experience? At Notting Hill there used to be an area called The Cage, under a fly over,

London – how do you normally prepare for carnival? Do you annually attend? Sometimes I go, sometimes I don’t, I don’t enjoy carnival like I did back in the day. The young people don’t come out to enjoy themselves like they used to. How do you feel carnival has changed over the years? I’ve been to Birmingham the older generation will remember it, we used to catch some good vibes there. And of course after the parade was finished we used to follow the floats leading outside of the carnival and

Do you feel that carnival fulfils it purpose of sharing the Caribbean culture with other cultures? No, it’s not doing that now, it’s just a day that people come out and rave. The majority of British youths here, a lot of them if you ask them if they’ve been to Jamaica or any of the islands, they say no. It doesn’t have the same vibes, the organisers try, but it’s slowly loosing it Caribbean flavour and becoming more of a street festival. What can we expect next from Slim? My one-man show in on 5 to 6 February 2011 at the Hackney Empire and in Birmingham, a mini tour. I’m going to be in the States and in Holland, so I’m doing a lot of travelling. You haven’t heard the last of Slim. dance up behind a girl. There was always plenty of girls there, never had to fight over women. Rampage and Sax and Sounds were the places to be. It was all about the sound systems and the after parties.



CLUBS Throughout Aug Keep the Faith

superstar DJ and producer Zoo Brazil. Time: 10 p.m.-8 a.m. Egg, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London N7 9AP Info: www.

07 Aug

06 Aug: Groove Lineage Friday Soul at Hobgoblin, 73 White Lion St London N1, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 07 Aug: You’re Beautiful, Woman’s official DJ, 1-4 p.m. 13 Aug: Roots 2nd Fridays at Hobgoblin, 73 White Lion St London N1, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 25 Aug: Keep the Faith: Bluenotes, Bass and Boogie Mau Mau Bar, 265 Portobello Rd, London W12, 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. 20 Aug: Neo Soul 3rd Fridays at Hobgoblin, 73 White Lion St London N1, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Info: www. KeepTheFaithEvents. com

06 Aug

Perverted Audio featuring Zoo Brazil Renowned for superlate parties, diverse collection of people and musical genres and boasting 4 rooms, all complete with Funktion 1 rigs, and a HUGE outdoor clubbing terrace complete with BBQ’s and sandpit – what better venue to return with an almighty bang and bring back a DJ that everyone didn’t stop talking about and his podcast on the Perverted Audio iTunes series downloaded over 2 000 times in less than a week, we give you 42 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

Deep Cover presents the legendary Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson Deep Cover returns on the famous Dex terrace for a daytime start of 5pm on Saturday 7th August featuring London’s finest house music DJ, The Legendary Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson” alongside the talents of Sy Sez, Marcia Carr and Souled. Time: from 5 p.m. onwards Venue Dex Club and Terrace, 467-468, Brixton Rd, London, SW9 8HH Info:  www.deep-cover.

28 Aug

La Bomba – Notting Hill Carnival Warm-Up Party with International Guest DJ Miesta With Europe’s Biggest Outside Carnival event set to erupt at midday on Sunday August 29th, La Bomba warm-up fiesta unites the capital with its explosive sights n’ sounds, topped off with International headline DJ Mesta (Italy). Mixing records and producing beats for over 10 years, Dj Mesta has developed a unique


21 Aug

Win tickets to BodyMove at Egg After a recordbreaking crowd at their last BodyMove event, BodyMove’s August event hosts an Exclusive set from New York’s DJ Disciple alongside Seb Zito (Fuse/Off Recordings), Femi B of Strictly Rhythm and South Africa’s biggest house import, Dirty Dubbin headed up by Sleazy G. Working The BodyMove Allstars and Tek Terrace is DJ Disciple, blessed with a limitless passion for dance music and spirituality and who’s back in London for the first time this year. From rocking his Catch 22 label to spinning across the globe. Disciple’s house music fervour knows no bounds and he is joined sound based on simple techniques, good  taste and innovative skills. Originally a hip hop DJ who broke Reggaeton in Europe, DJ Mesta’s new style fuses together electro, hip hop,

by Strictly Rhythm’s Femi B and Tool Box Record’s Leo Yeomans. Time: 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Egg, 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N7 9AX Info: www.egglondon. net Lime magazine has teamed up with Phuture Trax and has two pairs of tickets to give-away to BodyMove at Egg. To enter, visit www. competitions by 19 August 2010. Reggaeton, Afro-beat and the new Afro R n’ B. Time: 10:30 p.m.-4 a.m. Venue: Pacha, Terminus Place, Victoria, SW1 Info: www.reggaeton.

Every Sunday

I Love Sundayz The hip hop / r&b room with DJ Mr Blue, DJ 279 The room of soulful with DJ Mike Lights, DJ Sammy Happy hour, open mic and dance showcase from 8-10 p.m. Time: 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EP Info: 07949 36 88 55

CLUBS Sassy, a female DJ in a maledominated world.


escribed as the “sexiest DJ alive” by US rapper, Nelly, DJ Sassy Pandez is probably one of the happiest employees in the world. She has DJ’ed for some of the biggest stars in the world think Jigga Man, Eminem, Fat Joe, she is an actress, she models for Nelly’s Apple Bottom Franchise and she has graced the cover of Maxim. I bet she cannot wait to pull a sickie. I expect you have been asked this a lot but firstly what attracted a young lady into the alpha male dominated world of DJ’ing? At 7-years-old I was really into the idea of scratching but I guess my Puerto Rican cousin DJ Radamas was a big influence. I was living in Miami and he taught me to beat juggle. I wasn’t much good at anything else so I thought I’d DJ for fun. Was it difficult as a female in this male dominated profession? In the beginning it was, guys would try to take needles off the decks to mess with me. Now that’s history and kind of funny now I think about it.

WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris Is it a hindrance or a help to be attractive when it comes to DJing? At the start it didn’t help, but now it’s kind of a fashion for the DJ to look good. If anything, it’s a compliment as I don’t really see myself as a sex symbol at all. What are the secrets to a great set? Selection is really important. My style is to play fast but we all have our own DJ styles. You have DJ’ed for Jay Z, and obviously Nelly which celebrity has had the wildest

party and what happened? Playing for Jay Z was one of my favourite events but the wildest events would have to be Diddy events- his parties are all out. Free Cristal champagne, everyone comes, lots goes on, lots. But what happens on tour stays on tour. But the Eminem tour parties were definitely the craziest the groupies were everywhere.

How crazy are the groupies? I remember I opened my door and one said “I’ve arranged your toiletries, Sassy” and I was like “thanks”. Another girl was trying on my shoes, and yet another was asleep on my bed. I didn’t really know what to do with them so I let them stay for a bit. Latin music is hugely successful but what has made it so popular? Latinos, of course. What about your modeling career?

Well, I’m about to be the new face of Nelly’s Apple Bottoms Fragrance. It’s out later this year. I was in Mexico Cancun a few years back and went to a club La Bomba it was off the wall. What can people expect from La Bomba? I’ve never been to Cancun – I really want to go. But I can say that La Bomba parties are great. It’s like walking into a club in Puerto Rico for real. Info: www.sassypandez. com/ sassypandez/www. THE CARNIVAL FEVER QUESTION What’s your fondest memory of Notting Hill carnival or any other carnival? My best memory is going there with all my girlfriends and dancing on a float. The music is always so good, right? And the food too – rice ‘n’ peas and good music , equals a great day out. Maybe Apple Bottoms should have a float this year too – watta ya think? LIME MAGAZINE 2010


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Dying wishes


Ol’ Fred had been a religious man who was in the hospital, near death. The family called their preacher to stand with them. As the preacher stood next to the bed, Ol’ Fred’s condition appeared to deteriorate and he motioned frantically for something to write on. The pastor lovingly handed him a pen and a piece of paper, and Ol’ Fred used his last bit of energy to scribble a note, then he died. The preacher thought it best not to look at the note at that time, so he placed it in his jacket pocket. At the funeral, as he was finishing the message, he realised that he was wearing the same jacket that he was wearing when Ol’ Fred died. He said, “You know, Ol’ Fred handed me a note just before he died. I haven’t looked at it, but knowing Fred, I’m sure there’s a word of inspiration there for us all.” He opened the note, and read out loud, “Hey, you’re standing on my oxygen tube?”



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You want to bet? Little Johnny likes to gamble. One day his dad gets a new job so his family has to move to a new city. Johnny’s daddy thinks, “I’ll get a head start on Johnny’s gambling.” So he calls the teacher and says, “My son Johnny will be starting your class tomorrow but he likes to gamble so you’ll have to keep an eye on him.” The teacher says OK, she can handle it. The next day Johnny walks into class and hands the teacher an apple and says, “Hi, my name is Johnny.” She says yes I know who you are. Johnny smiles and says, “I bet you ten dollars you’ve got a mole on your butt.” 46 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

The teacher thinks that she will break his little gambling problem so she takes him up on the bet. She pulls her pants down and shows him her butt and there was no mole.

That afternoon, Johnny goes home and tells his dad that he lost ten dollars to the teacher and why.

The teacher says, “Yeah, and I think I broke his gambling problem.”

So his dad calls the teacher and says, “Johnny said that he bet you that you had a mole on your butt and he lost.”

Johnny’s dad laughs and says, “No you didn’t, he bet me a hundred dollars this morning that he’d see your ass before the day was over.”

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