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CONTENTS Arthur Ashe – Wimbledon



















World Cup special Wole Soyinka DJ Ironik

Richard Blackwood Sucker Punch Bhanu Choudherie At Lime HQ, we’ve declared June 2010 the month of remarkable men. It’s only fair we dedicate some love to them since our March issue was all about how wonderful us ladies, are. The fact that it’s Men’s Health Week, Father’s Day and the 2010 FIFA World Cup this month, means we were spoilt for choice in reasons why those testosterone filled beings are worthy of celebration. From inspirational movie trailblazer, Noel Clarke with his latest film, to acclaimed gospel singer, Muyiwa, we asked our interviewees to tell us about the remarkable men in their life. The World Cup had us thinking about the remarkable men who have graced pitches across the world. Football’s not for everyone so we’ve come up with some tips on how to learn to love the beautiful game. Sporting events aside, they say that clothes maketh the man, however, that’s not enough to make him remarkable. So readers, what’s your definition of a remarkable man? Hit us up on our Twitter, @limewithus and let us know.

Sophia A Jackson xx

Football Fables Ace interview

Pippa Bennet-Warner in Ruined


Sophia A Jackson

Designer Mialisa Fenty Features editor Michelle Adabra

Features writer Audrey Brown

Death At A Funeral

Contributors Victoria Woode Cassam Looch Semper Azeez-Harris Micallar Walker Nicke Adebowale Joanna Lynch Tricia Wombell Catherine Smiles Karla Williams Advertising and sales Dean Serieux

Events listings

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events 02 June

Meet LL Cool J’s at Waterstones, Piccadilly

signing is discretionary. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. All details are subject to change and further terms and conditions may apply. Time: 5:30pm Waterstone’s 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LE Info: 020 7851 2419

07 June

The three time Grammy winner, actor and performer will be signing copies of his book, LL Cool J Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle. Access to the queue is on a strictly first come first served basis. Duration of

Oral Epic Poetry Event Some of the world’s greatest poetic stories originated as spoken or ‘oral’ poetry that were recited directly from memory by the poet or performer without first being written down. This amazing tradition spanned different cultures from the Zulus to the ancient Greeks and includes the Iliad and

Lime’s Remarkable Men

Odyssey of Homer, which form some of the foundation myths of the modern world. This fantastic event will explore the nature of oral poetry, how it differs from literary written culture, and what is lost when it is finally written down. Time: 7pm Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG Info: www.kingsplace.

11 June – 11 July

World Cup opens in South Africa Football’s greatest tournament is to be held on the African continent for the first time.

13 June

Celebrating Sanctuary, London The annual free festival which celebrates the art of refugee communities in the UK is back with a profusion of new talent across its three stages, pulsating with the sounds of live music, the flow of the spoken word, the sizzle of food and the rhythms of dance. Come and savour the

Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr 10 July 1943 – 6 Feb 1993

Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. was a professional tennis player, born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. During his career, he won three Grand Slam titles, putting him among the best ever from the U.S. In 1975, Ashe won Wimbledon, unexpectedly defeating Jimmy Connors in the final. He played for several more years, but after being slowed by heart surgery in 1979, Ashe retired in 1980.Ashe, an African American, is also remembered for his efforts to further social causes. He was 49-years-old when he died.


cultural fruits of sanctuary at this unique event which launches Refugee Week: 14 – 20 June 2010. This year’s festival focuses on the current hot spots in the world where conflict and oppression is forcing people to flee: Iraq, Afghanistan, Tibet, Somalia and Congo. There will also be workshops/activities for children, a chance to experience a Refugee Tent (supplied by UNHCR), as well as a multitude of stalls selling dishes and drinks from all over the world. Time: 2 - 7pm Bernie Spain Gardens, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 Info:

17 June

Supper Club Dinner with Fiona Kirk: Revving Up Your Metabolic Rate

It is hardly breaking news that a healthy and efficient metabolism can boost fat burning but what’s the recipe for success? For one night only, media, nutritionist, author and food voyeur, Fiona Kirk reveals some of the tried and tested strategies and exposes a few of the myths that add to our confusion. There are two more in September and October. www.justst james .com Cevanne will be performing at Celebrating Sanctuary.




e’ve highlighted some of the matches we’ll be keeping an eye on during the World Cup season and if that’s of no interest whatsoever then you might want to try out a traditional South African dish instead, bobotie.

NIGERIA 12 June @ 3pm Nigeria vs Argentina 17 June @ 3pm Nigeria vs Greece 22 June @ 7.30pm Nigeria vs Korea

GHANA 13 June @ 3pm Ghana vs Serbia 19 June @ 3pm Ghana vs Australia 23 June @ 7.30pm Ghana vs Germany SOUTH AFRICA 11 June @ 3pm South Africa vs Johannesburg 16 June @ 7.30pm South Africa vs Tswane/ Pretoria 22 June @ 3pm South Africa vs France 02/03 July World Cup Quarter-finals 06/07 July Word Cup Semi-finals 11 July World Cup Final

Beautiful game and beautiful food

World Cup Grub – the South Africa way Shaka Zulu’s executive head chef Barry Vera offers readers a taste of Africa in the run up to WORDS: Sophia A Jackson the World Cup with his version on the traditional In a sauté pan sweat the South African delicacy, onions in the butter for 2-3 Bobotie with basmati rice. minutes , add the garlic, This is a great dish of South curry, turmeric, cloves and Africa. allspice and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the Ingredients mince and crush the mince 2 slices white bread into a small crumb, cooking 2 onions finely chopped until it starts to colour. 20g butter Add the herbs, chutney, 2 garlic cloves, minced sultanas & bay leaves with 1 1kg minced ostrich or beef tsp salt and season heavily 2 tbsp mild curry paste with fresh black pepper. ½ tsp turmeric Simmer for 15-20 minutes. 2 cloves Squeeze the milk out of 4 allspice berries the bread and fold into 1 tsp thyme leaves the mince. Pour into an 1 tsp chopped coriander ovenproof dish about 6cm 3 tbsp Mrs Balls Chutney deep, making sure it is 3 tbsp sultanas evenly spread. 4 bay leaves Beat the milk, cream & 250ml full cream milk eggs together and season 50ml double cream well, pour over the top of 2 large eggs the meat and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until Method the top is set and golden Preheat the oven to 170°C/ brown. Gas 4. Serve with steamed basmati Add a little of the milk to the rice and plenty of chutney. bread and leave to soak. (Don’t forget the cold beer!)

London’s World Cup Hot Spots

Guanabara For the FIFA World Cup 2010, Guanabara is here to kick things off on June 10 in true Brazilian style with an official Launch party. During the World Cup 2010 matches at Guanabara you can combine the two best things in life: drinking Caipirinhas and watching football. Guanabara, Parker Street (Corner of Drury Lane) London, WC2B 5PW Info: www.

South African Theatre of Food to open this month Stables Market in Camden will play host to a brand new culinary experience as Shaka Zulu opens its doors on June 10. Shaka Zulu is a hugely ambitious project to fuse South African cuisine, Zulu culture and fine dining, all hosted

in opulent surroundings of hand-carved wood and African crafts. Internationally renowned chef Barry Vera is in charge and he will be providing an original and creative menu, using the very finest ingredients available, all

backed up by the UK’s largest selection of South African Wines. Look out for Lime’s review and interview with Barry Vera next month. Info: www.shaka-zulu. com





eople it’s that time again, the big one, the FIFA 2010 World Cup is almost upon us. It is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world. Over 700 million people will be watching. Will you be one of them? Lime’s here to tell you that you should be, and don’t wait until the final or just tune in to the England games. Indulge yourself in all the tournament has to offer and learn to love the beautiful game. When Rio Ferdinand leads England out on June 12th for their first World Cup match in South Africa it’ll be hard to believe that it was only in the early 90s that England had their first black captain. Paul Ince made history when he slipped on the arm band during a tour of the United States in 1993. For the FIFA 2010 World Cup several black players will be alongside Rio Ferdinand and in fact it’s almost impossible to imagine an England side


WORDS: Nicke Adebowale would have been met with boos from both visiting and home fans. I’ve consulted a few hard core football fans and apparently half the problem is we’re watching the wrong games. First of all forget about England – not in a bad way mind you. I will be cheering the Three Lions on but I don’t think watching 90 nervy and ultimately disappointing minutes before the inevitable

The most widely viewed sporting event in the world is here. Are you bothered though?

lowly Cameroon competing in only their second World Cup beat reining champs Argentina – history was made that night. Similarly back in 2002 the holders, France, were beaten 1-0 by Senegal, a team making its World Cup debut. This year South Africa in only their third appearance take on World Cup regulars Mexico, to use an age old cliché – anything could happen.

layers like Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson are an integral part to both their clubs and country. So much so that it easy to forget that less than 30 years ago their selection would have been met with boos from both visiting and home fans.’ or Premier League team without a black face. Players like Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson are an integral part to both their clubs and country. So much so that it easy to forget that less than 30 years ago their selection 6 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

penalties is going to start a love affair with football. Instead go with a neutral. The opening game is always the host’s or the current champions and can occasionally throw up a surprise. Way back in 1990 a then

However if you can’t manage more than the opening ceremony on the first day, here are a few suggestions of teams to watch. The favourites are Brazil, which almost goes without saying. They have been

champions five times and have a host of star names to choose from. It’s always worth catching one of their games, on a good day they are one of the most entertaining teams around. This may only be their second World Cup but Ivory Coast boasts some world class players. Kolo Touré and Salomon Kalou will be lining up alongside Premier League champion Didier Drogba. Spain, the current European champions, are second favourites and another one to watch. On paper they probably have the strongest squad of the tournament. Iker Casillas, Gerard Pique, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres and David Villa to name but a few of their world class players. They really did entertain during Euro 2008 and there is every chance they will do so again in South Africa. Argentina, 2008 Olympic gold medal winners are another of the favourites. Managed by the legend that

events is Diego Maradona, if that’s not enough they have the world’s greatest player in their squad, Lionel Messi. Fresh from winning his second consecutive La Liga title with Barcelona, Messi is likely to unleash more of his genius to add to his silverware collection. Finally, I know I said forget about them but could this finally be the year that England live up to all their promise? For many of the team, including captain Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard this is their last chance at World Cup glory.

NICKE’S WORLD CUP HIGHLIGHTS 12th June Argentina vs Nigeria kick off at 15:00

16th June

Spain vs Switzerland kick off at 15:00

20th June

Brazil vs Ivory Coast kick off at 19:30


Pele Pele is known throughout the world as the greatest player ever. In 1958 the 17-year-old born Edson Arantes do Mascimento helped Brazil to their first of five world cups. He is the only player with three World Cup winner medals and is the holder of numerous records and awards including; the Youngest World Cup winner, FIFA Player of the Century, Athlete of the Century and Brazil’s all time top goal scorer.

24th June Cameroon vs Netherlands kick off at 19:30

FOOTBALL FACTS • This is the first time that football’s greatest tournament is to be held on the African continent. • Albert Johanneson, a South African was signed by Leeds in 1961. • Bradford City trailblazer, Cyril Podd joined the England squad in 1970 and was born in St Kitts.

Roger Milla Back in 1990 no one paid much attention to African football teams on the world stage. Roger Milla and his Cameroon team mates helped change that. They opened the tournament with a shock 1-0 victory over defending champions Argentina, before topping the group ahead of them and

European Championship runners-up the USSR. Milla, 38, got the only goal of the game and celebrated by dancing round the corner flag. Rumour has it he started the current trend for the elaborate celebrations you see today. Cameroon made it all the way to the quarter finals where they eventually lost to England.

footballers among them, Pele, Zico, Sócrates, Carlos Alberto and Rivaldo. So when a player comes along and causes a ripple on the world stage they really have to be something special. Rolando was one such player. The winner of two World Cups he is also the highest goal scorer in the competitions’ history with 14 goals across four

France ‘98 Les Bleus clinched their first World Cup in the summer of 1998 on home soil. Frances’ colonial history is visible in the make up of its national football team. As early as 1931 Raoul Diagne became their first black player. The 1998 team that triumphed consisted of Thierry Henry (son of parents born in Guadeloupe and Martinique) Patrick Vieira (born in Senegal), Claude Makélélé (born in Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Zinedine Zidane (son of Algerian immigrants) to name but a few. The far right may have moaned at the make up of the squad but the majority of France got behind the team who took the title in style beating Brazil 3-0.

tournaments. He is one of only two players to have won the FIFA player of the year award three times and has played for some of the biggest clubs in world football including PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Corinthians.

Ronaldo Brazil has produced a countless number of great

Messi Lionel Messi is the player to watch during South Africa 2010. The current Argentine side have some talented players but none more so than Messi. He set La Liga alight this season scoring 34 goals for Barcelona and was part of the all conquering 2008-09 team. His pace and ball skills are second to none. At just 22, he is the current FIFA World Player of the Year and is destined for even more greatness. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



BE YOUR BEST Champion weightlifter David Morgan can inspire you to greatness to get the body of your dreams


ith over 50 per cent of the population being overweight, if you’re not lucky, belly’s gonna get ya – especially if you plan on sitting around, drinking beer and watching the World Cup over the coming weeks. Instead of watching someone else work up a sweat, why not get inspired by all those well toned pecks and in shape bodies running around the pitch and get yourself in shape? Written by World Champion Weightlifter David Morgan, Be Your Best is an easy to follow fitness manual. The book is based on his training philosophy which helped him win five Commonwealth Games, compete in three Olympic Games and break five world records. We picked out 10 of the champion’s favourite fitness tips to get you started.


Look at yourself with a steely eye. Be realistic; don’t set yourself up to fail. If anyone tells you a treadmill or weightloss diet will give you the perfect body in weeks, be skeptical. If it was that easy more than 50 per cent of the population would not be overweight.


If you want all-round fitness you must do


some aerobic exercise which increases the supply of oxygen in your blood, keeps your brain alert and your muscles primed for action.


Remember it’s not a race – it’s about establishing life style changes that incrementally enable you to move towards better health and fitness.


Set goals and visualize achievements. Success isn’t a destination – it’s a journey, so keep track of your route.


Have five meals per day. Three main meals containing protein e.g. chicken, turkey breast; unrefined carbohydrate e.g. oats, sweet potatoes, brown rice and two snacks e.g. a protein shake, nuts – making sure there’s a little good fat in at least one meal.


Choose only lean red meat; e.g. Fillet steak or venison and keep your portion sizes small. But if your main objective is fat loss then don’t eat red meat more than once a week.


If you decide to use a protein or a Creatine drink make sure you buy

only the best quality. The protein drink should include slow and fast acting protein and the Creatine should contain a carbohydrate delivery system. For more info www. supplements-and-book.


It is absolutely vital that you learn correct exercise techniques before you start. If you don’t not only could you risk injury but also you will be working the muscles incorrectly and may not achieve the results you want. Refer to Be Your Best or go on line to www. to see the correct techniques.


Exercise is the stimulus; however, rest is when the body adaptation actually takes place. Rest is when your muscle grows and your strength increases. I cannot stress enough how important it is to get adequate rest for recovery.


Always, always keep a training diary – it will help you to see your Improvements and give you the information to continue making steady progress. Info: Be Your Best, which retails at £12.99, is an on-line exclusive sold through www.

events HEADS UP 4 Jul/10 Oct

Soul Food Free your mind, nourish your soul – take the raw talent of poets and season with wholesome thoughts… Time: 6pm The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY Info: www.afropick. / Princess 07903 646 031

Until 31 Aug Roller Disco 2010

18 – 20 June

Annual Proverb Party Weekend Creating the optimum work life balance with Lorlett Hudson and friends. Limited availability. Enysham Hall,Oxford Info: www.

24 June – 4 July

Wimbledon Championships 2010

Last Friday of every month

19 June – 30 July

Blaze 2010: East London’s Hottest Festival of Music and Dance Blaze returns with a sizzling series of the best jazz, roots, rock, reggae, Latin and genre-bending contemporary music from across the globe. Major international artists, commissions and new works, open-air concerts, free events and promotions in new venues – including a series that reopens the historic Hackney Empire for music - mark this second Blaze festival. Info: uk/101

29 June

for the first time in 2010, capturing the tournament’s every “triumph and disaster” in verse. Info:

Wimbledon is acknowledged to be the premier tennis tournament in the world. Here are some facts about this year’s event: The Queen will visit London for the first time since 1977 The Men’s and Ladies’ Singles Champions at this year’s Championships will each receive £1,000,000, an increase of £150,000 on 2009 The Wimbledon Championships will have an official poet in residence

Break n Bowl – Bloomsbury Bowling Break n Bowl is a night dedicated to 90’s old school hip hop music. But it doesn’t end there – get transformed back into the 90’s by wearing your best bling and favourite tracksuit, sip gin n juice, witness break dancing battles and mc battles. And then capture it all on camera in the gangsta photobooth (bandanas + bling provided!) Basement of: Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way London WC1H 9EU Info: www.bloomsbury

Insight with Gary Younge: Who are we and should it matter?

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

Gary Younge will be at the Frontline Club to discuss his book, which weaves together memoir and analysis, taking in Sarah Palin, Tiger Woods and the Danish cartoon controversy and calls for the differences between us to be talked about “properly”. Time: 7 pm Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QT Info: www.frontlineclub. com LIME MAGAZINE 2010


GAllery 10 June – 11 July 2010

VitaliV: Digital Life, Salon Contemporary Ukrainian artist VitaliV will be presenting a solo show of his microchip-inspired lightboxes, CNC laser-cut reliefs and aluminium and acrylic resins. He creates interpretations of famous icons as well as cityscapes and more abstract works inspired by the pattern and line found in microchips. Time: 11am – 7pm Salon Contemporary, 82 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5RT Info:

Until 06 June

Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa will tell the story of the legendary city of Ife (pronounced ee-feh) through some of the most refined and beautiful sculptures ever to be found in Africa. Info: www.

10 June – 10 July

Rachid Koraïchi: Ecstatic Flow The work of Rachid Koraïchi is devoted to the expression of the mystical elements of the Islamic tradition of Sufism. The central theme of Ecstatic Flow relates to the lives and teachings of fourteen Sufi masters dating from the 7th to the 17th Centuries, presenting fourteen sets of lithographs, one for each master. The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL Info: www.octobergallery.


Until 30 June

Post Abolition: Commemorative stamps from around the world This new display in the London, Sugar and Slavery Gallery looks at how the abolition of slavery has been commemorated through everyday postage stamp. Info: www. museumindocklands. Until 20 June 2010 The Indian Portrait 1560-1860 Bringing together 60 works from international public and private collections, The Indian Portrait 1560-1860 will celebrate the beauty, power and humanity of these works of art. The exhibition sets out to show that Indian portraiture - an area of artistic achievement overlooked in Britain should be seen alongside other outstanding portraits from around the world. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE Info: EXHIBITION OF THE MONTH Until 20 June 2010

Contemporary Connections: The Singh Twins The twin sisters are contemporary British artists whose award-winning paintings explore issues of social, political, religious and multicultural debate. The display will offer a contemporary response to the concurrent exhibition, The Indian Portrait 15601860, and The Singh Twins have created a new Gallery trail to draw links between their work, The Indian Portrait 1560-1860, and the Gallery’s permanent Collection. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE Info: Until 5 Sept, 2010 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 am – 5.45 pm Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 27D Info: www.

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.britishmuseum. org

Dame Shirley Bassey is featured in the Venetia Dearden photography exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.


DJ IRONIK IS BACK ON IT Ironik back to take his Urban crown


007 was the year that young north Londoner, DJ Ironik first made an impact on the mainstream. Three years on and he has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry and he is still only 22. Lime caught up with him as he starts promotion on his soon to be released sophomore album.

It was in 2007 that you made your impact on the scene but you went a little quiet it seems what have you been working on?

I am just finishing my second album. The first album took nearly two years but this one will not take that long but if you want perfection you have to take your time. I have also toured Europe which a lot of my fans in the UK may not know about.

I was wondering after such a quick ascent if you felt like having a break from the limelight? I have not really had the time in truth. I have just signed up for 20 dates abroad DJing in Ibiza and north Cyprus and then I have the promo work for the new album so I am still waiting for that break.

I know you have worked with US hit maker Florida any plans for further collaborations? Yes there are, I have

supported Flo-rida a couple of times and I met him out in Miami for his album launch. He’s a cool guy and we are on the same label so it should not be too hard.

WORDS: Semper Azeez Harris

What about UK collaborations?


lton John was really humble and he said to phone him if I want him on another track.’ Well I have worked with many UK artists whether it’s before we blew up of after. Tinnie used to record in my bedroom but I would like to work with N-Dubz who are my friends as well.

You have to talk about Hold Me Closer (2009) with Elton John which features on StreetDance the Movie.

The week it charted I received a call from Elton John on my personal phone and that was crazy. Elton John was humble and he said to phone him if I want him on another track. He sent me two bottles of champagne which I still have.

What gave you the idea to actually drop this track because Elton John and DJ Ironik does not seem to fit? It was a risk in truth

because at the time I was this “cool” rapper but I like to be different. My first single Stay with Me (2008) was a sample from a Westlife track which not a lot of people know. I met the guys and they loved the track and so I just like to experiment.

And is your latest album still fulfilling your wish to be a little different? I feel like my last album was slow but with this album I have some nice up-tempo tracks and lyrically I have improved. I still have not decided on an official name for the album but we have toyed with the title, 2010.

And what singles you looking to promote off the album? Well the latest single is called Slow Down and we just shot a video for it and it is already at number

seven on the Kiss charts. It is like a buzz single off my new album. This track is different to the material I usually produce it’s much faster and more up-tempo. But then the next single will probably be Falling in Love and it is more of a pop record and that is for the ladies and then the next single will be Killed Me with Mclean and that’s a great track.

REMARKABLE MEN QUESTION Lastly as part of our theme who has been the biggest male inspiration to you?

Musically and personally it will always be my mum in truth she is my manager but she is my inspiration. Ironik features on the StreetDance 3D Soundtrack which is out now. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


MUSIC Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, LondonNW1 Info: www. KeepTheFaithEvents. Com


07/09 June Jay-Z

R. Kelly and Soweto Spiritual Singers to perform Sign of a Victory the official world cup anthem at FIFA world cup opening ceremony

“I feel blessed that Sign of a Victory was selected to be part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” said R Kelly. “The FIFA World Cup is an event that brings the world together and inspires us to be and do the best we can. It’s this uplifting feeling that I tried to capture in the song.” The Soweto Spiritual Singers commented, “We share our exhilaration in working with R. Kelly on Sign of A Victory.   It is a testament to the talent and artistry we possess as South African artists that we can stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow international musicians. Our experience has been overwhelming and we are highly honored to work with R. Kelly.”

01 June

Trey Songz R&B superstar Trey Songz is coming to the UK, bringing his exciting and soulful brand of r&b swagger to London. He will be performing material from his two previous outstanding albums, I Gotta Make It, Trey Day and the latest smash set Ready. Time: 7pm indigO2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX Info: indigo2

02 June

George Benson From hard bop guitarist to r&b pop superstar, George Benson has worn a wide variety of hats over the years. R&b lovers know him as the guitar-playing vocalist who is responsible. Sharing the line up with Marti Pellow. Time: 6.30pm 12 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX Info:

Recreating the legendary Nina Simone performances that have taken place at the club over the years will be Gill Manly.  Gill is a stalwart of the vocal scene, having had long and extremely fruitful collaborations with Mark Murphy, Ian Shaw and Guy Barker. She is a wonderfully expressive singer and she guarantees an evening full of brilliantly portrayed classics from one of music’s all time greats Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT Info: 020 7439 0747

12/14/ 16/18 June Leona Lewis

The multiple award winner returns to British shores. 7 June: Manchester Men Arena 9 June: Birmingham LG Arena

09 June

06 June

UK Soul Jam ft. Valerie Etienne A celebration of UK soul featuring the best established and new UK soul talent with special guest Valerie Etienne ((Jamiroquai / Galliano / Talking Loud Records) and many more all live established and new UK soul and gospel talent. Time: 7pm-1am

Billy Ocean Billy Ocean is a phenomenon. As the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, shifting over 30 million albums, the award winning R&B and pop singer has enjoyed a stunning career filled with dozens of hugely popular albums and hits, both at home and in the USA. Time: 7pm indigO2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX Info: indigo2

11 – 12 June Nina Simone Songbook presented by Gill Manly

Hot off the heels of Leona’s first ever concert performance at London’s Hackney Empire, Britain’s most successful female musical embarks on her arena tour. Speaking about touring Leona said: “I can’t wait to get out on tour and see everyone, I’m really looking forward to putting on a great show. It’s a dream come true.” Time: 6pm O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX Info:


DOCTOR’S ORDERS Rapper by night, full time doctor by day, Chima Anya is now in surgery


race yourself; Chima Anya is the latest rapper to cause a stir on the UK hip hop scene. Hailing from Oxford, this 25-yearold is not your average run of the mill hip hop artist, when he’s not spitting bars he’s a full time doctor. So prescriptions at the ready, Chima is about to deliver his debut album New Day.

So tell us, who is Chima Anya?

I guess I’d say I’m a junior doctor and hip hop artist. A stale description I know but it’s a unique combination.

People will be surprised to know that you are a doctor; can you tell us more about that?

Well I think it’s a great job. You get to wake up and feel like you are making a positive contribution to society. I graduated by 23 and at times do feel a little overwhelmed by the amount of responsibility I have. Luckily though there is a real atmosphere of support in the NHS and the senior doctors are keen on educating the more junior staff.

You obviously have a good job so why do you choose to pursue a career as a hip hop artist? I love music. This project is not about money. It’s not a product. It’s art. It’s about a man who has something to say. I enjoy doing it, I just happen to be as good at it as others that are making a lot of money from it.

How did you get into hip hop and who would you compare yourself to?

I just fell in love with hip hop the first time I ever heard it, so it was a natural progression to making music. I started rapping over instrumentals I could get hold of. At the time I wasn’t exactly surrounded by hipbhop, so I used to upload my songs on internet forums and from

entertainment, excitement, insight, reflection and refreshment. Astrosnare, a talented musician I met on the Oxford hip hop scene, produces the whole album.

What is your favourite song on the album?

If forced I’d probably say Paid For. It’s a real account of a junior doctor’s experience without being contrived. I never thought I’d have the capability to make goose bump music but people have been moved by that particular track.

You’ve worked alongside Jay Electronica and Soweto Kinch, what was that like?

I opened for Jay Electronica when he came to Oxford.

I don’t want to sound melodramatic but it was an honour. In the current infantile musical climate Jay Electronica made it ok to be lyrical. I mean, I heard Exhibit C on Pete Tong’s show. Jay was mad cool, real down to earth. Soweto Kinch is another inspiration who is insanely talented and also very down to earth.

REMARKABLE MEN QUESTION Please name three men who have had a remarkable impact on your life and have inspired you?

My Dad, J Dilla, both as a producer and as a rapper and Jay-Z. New Day is out now.


’m not excited by most of these things other rappers rap about.’

Does being a doctor influence your music and where do you draw inspiration from to write? No doubt, it’s changed my whole perspective on life. I’m not excited by most of these things other rappers rap about.

there it progressed. I’d say I am more akin to artists like Jay-Z, J Dilla, The Pharcyde, artists with a real soulful background but are a little zany, charismatic, sharp and vibrant.

Words: Audrey Brown

What can we expect from your debut album New Day and what producers feature on your album? You can expect



MUSIC 29 June

19 June

Uprising Festival UK The reggae event of the year – featuring: Barrington Levy; Stevie Face, Freddie McGregor; Cocoa Tea with Ruff Cutt Band. 7pm – 8pm 02 Brixton Academy, Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SL www. uprisingmusicfestival. com


25 – 27 June

Hard Rock Calling Festival The line up includes Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamiroquai, Paul McCartney, and Pearl Jam. Hyde Park, London Info: www.

26 June


20 June

Music Day 2010: Free international music and culture festival Music Day, a spectacular free music festival, will return to London’s premier cultural quarter on Exhibition Road. Now in its sixth year, this one day event on midsummer’s eve showcases the latest international musical talent. Throughout the day some of London’s best loved cultural institutions, including the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall, will stage a wide range of live musical acts. Free showcases, Q&A and workshops for 13-19 year olds will be led by industry professionals and artists including; grime pioneer Target from Roll Deep. Time: 10am – midnight Info: www.exhibitionroad.


One Man’s His Own Band! Feat Dave Moss, Ben Sommers + TBC An evening dedicated to those talented fellas with the remarkable technical and musical ability to sound like a band, despite only being one man. (And no, we’re not talking about the type with the big bass drum on their back and cymbals on their head). Leading this night we have loop pedal king Dave Moss, who’s a bit of Radiohead, meets John Martyn meets Delta Blues. “Loop meister and one man band wall of sound- loving this!” yelled Tom Robinson from BBC 6 MUSIC. Plus we have the phenomenal experimental acoustic storytelling of Ben Sommers (Mozzy Green). Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton Oval, London SW2 1JG Info: www.

29 June Festa Junina

Celebrate the annual Festa Junina (June Festival) at Guanabara with traditional dancing, authentic food and fancy dress, all accompanied by an irresistible live Forro band. Festa Junina is the name of the annual Brazilian celebrations that mix pagan and Christian traditions. It’s an opportunity to give thanks to Saint Peter and Saint John for the rainy season and celebrate a fruitful rural life. Time: 7:30pm Guanabara, Parker Street (Corner of Drury Lane) London, WC2B 5PW Info: www.guanabara.

Heads Up 02 - 04 July

Wireless Festival Sponsored by Barclay Card Line up includes: Pink, Gossip, The Temper Trap, Plan B, Jay-Z, Lily Allen and Mr Hudson. London Hyde Park www.wirelessfestival.

Lime’s Remarkable Men

Stevie Wonder in Hyde Park See the legendary soul singer celebrate his 60th in Hyde Park as he brings birthday cheer and soulful sounds to his headline set on the Saturday of the 2010 Hard Rock Calling Festival. Stevie Wonder Hyde Park tickets will enable his fans to see him tinkling those ivories in the summer sun at what promises to be one of the biggest events of the 2010 festival season. Hyde Park, London Info: www.

25 June

Rest in Peace Michael Joseph Jackson 1958 - 2009 Is there a singer more remarkable than MJ? A year today, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop died. At the time of his death, his sister, Janet, said: “I’d like to say that to you Michael is an icon. To us Michael is family and he will forever live in our hearts.” Some would say that music died, the day Michael Jackson died. I doubt anyone will ever come close to making such a remarkable contribution to the music world – he was of course the world’s greatest entertainer and a global superstar.


Taking gospel to the top! Nigerian gospel singer Muyiwa is changing the rules


ailed as the hottest new gospel worship leader to emerge from the UK, Nigerian born Muyiwa and the Riversongz have been causing a storm on both sides of the Atlantic. With a postgraduate degree in both Business Studies and Music, Muyiwa is certainly a triple threat to be reckoned with. Among the number of strings to his bow, the seasoned radio presenter hosts the flagship show Gospel Tonight and Worship Tonight on Premier Radio and presents Sounds of Africa on Lufthansa Airlines, which carries 56 million passengers a year. Lime caught up with Muyiwa to get the gist on what it takes to successfully ride the airwaves of gospel music.

For our readers who are not familiar with you can you tell us who Muyiwa and the Riversongz are and how you formed?

Muyiwa and Riversongz are a group of Christian singers and musicians that came together in 2003. These are people who work with the likes of Fantasia, Lauryn Hill, Noisettes, Amy Winehouse, NeYo, and Jennifer Lopez.

In the 50 year history of British gospel music, you and Riversongz are hailed as the first Praise and Worship group to come out of the African community to be

recognised across the board. How do you feel about this?

It’s humbling but it’s not something you walk around thinking about. I was listening to BBC Radio 4 and a friend of mine Kwame Kwei Armah was the guest. The presenter asked him how does it feel to be the ‘first black…’ he laughed and said it’s not something he thinks about. Like any

WORDS: Audrey Brown


would like to help redefine how UK gospel is perceived and be remembered as the British African guy who just won’t lie down!’ field to achieve something of worth in the gospel, praise and worship arena it takes hard work and persistence.

You are a former recipient of the BBC’s Young Musician Award and the first ever international act on BET’s celebration of gospel – how did that make you feel and what is the greatest achievement of your career thus far? It was rewarding but back then I was too young to fully appreciate it, the older I get the more I think ‘wow’. For me being the first everinternational act on BET’s celebration of gospel was a big deal; the second album, Declaring His Love, topping HMV’s charts for five months was another.

What are your favourite songs on the new album, Declaring His Power, and what producers have you worked with on it?

Eddie Martin produced all the three Riversongz albums. He also works under the name Ashanti Boyz. He’s worked with artists like Whitney Houston and Fantasia - the list goes on. Songs that resonate with the listeners and me when we do them, Safe in His Hands, is one and so is God of Miracles.

You experienced a lot of instability as a child as well as your father being assassinated; can you tell us how this affected your faith and career? I think because of the early groundwork my parents did with our upbringing the challenges only served to

strengthen my faith and consequently my career. I won’t lie to you and say it was easy, it was painful and difficult but you know the saying, ‘gold has to be purified in the fire.’

What would you like to achieve in your career and be remembered for?

I would like to help redefine how UK gospel is perceived and be remembered as the British African guy who just wont lie down.

REMARKABLE MEN QUESTION: Name three men who have had a remarkable impact on your life and have inspired you?

My dad, Olukayode Olarewaju, David Shosanya: convener State Of Black Britain Symposium and Barak Obama. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


MUSIC MC Zani winner of last year’s Vauxhall UK Beatbox Championships drops a beat with Lime

WORDS: Michelle Adabra

BEAT THIS! How did you get into beatboxing?

I heard this US beatboxer called Rahzel and listening to him got me into it. I used to play the drums and I’ve always been into music but when I heard Rahzel it got me interested in how you could replicate noises with your mouth.

Do you need a certain kind of skill or talent to beatbox?

No, anyone can beatbox. It just helps if you have a good sense of rhythm and some determination. I teach kids and they love it, they have been able to pick it up and have even performed shows to their parents.

Historically beatboxing is related to hip hop, why do you think it is becoming popular again? I think people are not just using it as a gimmick, it’s being recognised more as an art form. Before people just thought of it as a party trick but artists like Rahzel 16 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

way N givea IO IT T E P COM

How did you feel when you won the Vauxhall UK Beatbox Championships last year?

Yeah I was ecstatic, it was an amazing feeling and winning the car was an even bigger surprise (laughs).

June 25

Win tickets to Beatbox Championships Lime magazine has a pair of tickets to give away to the Vauxhall UK Beatbox Championships 2010 Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Vauxhall UK Beatbox Championships 2010 grand final on Friday 25th June at the London Islington O2 Academy. To enter, visit by Monday 21st June 2010.

have shown just how artistic it can be. He has taken it to the next level and opened doors for new beatboxers to

become a part of it; it has no limits.

come through. Beatboxing can cut across cultures, language barriers and age barriers – anyone can

You’ve worked with celebrities now – what have your experiences been like? Yeah I’ve met some great people through beatboxing, at the moment I’m touring with Jay Sean and we’ve become good friends as a result. I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled the world to places like, India, Japan and Poland. The grand final of the Vauxhall Beat Box Championships takes place on 25 June, 2010 at the 02 Islington Academy www. vauxhallbeatboxchamps.

REVIEW MUSIC Album review: Robin Thicke, Sex Therapy: The experience Words: Michelle Adabra Release date: Out now on Star Trak/Interscope Lime rating: HHH

Robin Thicke the award-winning multi platinum singer and songwriter is back with a sizzling new album, Sex Therapy. I don’t know what’s taking place in the Thicke family home but judging by this album (and the recent addition to the Thicke family) – it’s certainly not boring! At his naughtiest yet – Mr Thicke takes no prisoners on the sensual title track Sex Therapy – a smooth, seductive slow jam and

this sets the tone for the rest of the 17- track album. Unlike his previous albums, Sex Therapy is crammed

with well-placed collaborations; it’s refreshing to see the talented singer exchange witty banter with Jay-Z on the playful Meiple. Thicke and Snoop are the perfect pairing on the Teddy Riley produced It’s in the Morning, while Kid Cudi is at home on the atmospheric Elevatas – an invigorating change in sound for the singer. Rollacoaster – his duet with our very own Estelle – is a funky, old school sounding jam which will have you on your feet. Don’t try to compare this to the brilliance of The Evolution of Robin Thicke album however Sex Therapy is a rather tasty slice of sexy r&b pie. Tracks: Shakin’ It 4 Daddy; Million Dollar Baby; Mona Lisa

Book review: Justin Bieber: Unauthorised

Biography Words: Catherine Smiles Lime rating: HHH Release date: Out now on Sunbird He’s the name coming out of every teen girl’s mouth. He is Justin Bieber. A complete unknown only two years ago, the Canadian born Justin found fame through posting his covers on YouTube. He can add being signed to Usher’s record label, multiple hit singles, a debut album and touring with Taylor Swift to his musical achievements, a nice list for a 16-year-old. From his long standing love for Beyoncé, his outrageous attempt to ask Rihanna out on a date, read the first biography to be published in the UK which will reveal all. The book also includes four pages of full colour photos, weblinks and a Bieber quiz.

Album review: Usher, Raymond VS Raymond Words: Catherine Smiles Lime rating: HHH Release date: Out now on RCA Usher’s last effort Here I stand (much to my surprise) had poor sales back in 2008, but Mr Raymond kept it moving and is back with his sixth studio album Raymond Vs Raymond. His vocal maturity as an artist gleams through and his smooth sexy vocals are on lock, especially on slow bangers like There Goes my Baby and the Benny Mardones’ cover Making Love (Into The Night). The album appears to

have no clear narrative, with tracks like O.M.G featuring Will-iam and So Many Girls giving it a club record feel, whereas tracks like Foolin’ Around and Guilty featuring T.I are more reflective – so it’s a little hard to follow the story being told. Nevertheless the hardcore Usher fans will love the oh so sweet baby making numbers like Papers and Mars Vs Venus. If you’re an r&b fan it’s a must have in the collection slotting nicely in with Brian McKnight and Jagged Edge. Tracks: Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home), There Goes my Baby, Guilty LIME MAGAZINE 2010




The Revolution is Now Televised It’s a phenomenon


t is often the simple ideas that make the most impact and SB.TV fits that bill. Jamal Edwards the founder has created a cult media outlet for urban rappers that has featured UK emcees like Bashy and Chipmunk. What’s next? The world?

Where are you from in terms of area and what attracted you to a career in media? I am from London and I don’t know what attracted me, I think it was because I always watched programmes on TV and I thought ‘I could do that’.

What does SBTV stand for and how did you start out?


Not really, probably contacting the artists. When I first came out as SB.TV, no one knew who I was so it was all about putting the work in but nowadays it is much easier as the artists are easier to approach using sites like Twitter.

How long as it been running for and have you been surprised with the success of SBTV which is almost at 13,000,000 million views if I am right?

It’s been running for about three to four years and yes, I am surprised. I never knew it would take off in the way that it has, I am at nearly 13 million views.

SBTV is becoming a

WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris

10) which was off the hook but who blew you away with their lyrical skill?

Everyone has blown me away, I haven’t filmed anyone who I don’t think is doing their thing in their own way, I wouldn’t film it otherwise.

You have gone into Acoustic 64’s, was that always going to be the next stage? SB.TV: I don’t know, it just came to me one day and I decided to go with it and it has just been well at the moment.

never knew it would take off in the way that it has, I am at nearly 13 million views.’

Sean Brendan TV those are my middle names, some would also say Smokey Barz TV but it is Sean Brendan TV and I started off when I got my first camera for Christmas, I was always filming though on the side with my phone but the quality wasn’t always that.

Was there anything that made the early days of SBTV difficult? 18 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

movement what is it about SB.TV that sets it apart from other people that have tried this?

The quality control of it and the fresh new ideas and the consistent uploads featuring some of the best talent around. I m the originator, I started the whole YouTube TV thing.

I saw Akala’s SB.TV (issue

Due to SB.TV you are seen as an authority on urban music and culture, how do you deal with that? It’s hard at times and that is a big responsibility on my shoulders. People would say it is like my job to showcase everyone as people go onto SB.TV first, to find out the latest in the urban scene as you would say but I find it sometimes

difficult as I cannot film everyone as I would be running around all day non-stop 27/7, so I just balance it out.

What are the other plans regarding SB.TV, I heard you have some big plans? Now that’s a secret but just keep it locked.

I know you have embarked on your first video how did that go and what are the plans for you outside of SB.TV?

Yes that was good and I am happy with the outcome. I am looking forward to doing many more videos of that standard and I have a clothing line out right now so look out for that which is in collaboration with Dirrrtee.

REMARKABLE MEN QUESTION Name three men that have had a remarkable impact on your life and inspired you?

No one individual but just everyone that is doing this is an inspiration for me. Info:

REVIEW MUSIC Restaurant review:

Boyd’s Bar and Brasserie Words: Joanna Lynch Lime rating: HHH

Gallery review:

The Sage of the White Hairs: In conversation with Wole Soyinka, British Museum Words: Tricia Wombell Wole Soyinka, playwright, author, poet, campaigner, and educator was on wonderful form at the British Museum on Friday, May 14. In front of a packed audience of London’s Afro-literati, he was in conversation with Ellah Allfrey, deputy editor of Granta magazine, whose insightful and challenging questions ensured an evening of stretching thoughts, ideas, humour and sheer humbling enjoyment. Professor Soyinka, the first African writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (in 1986), was taking part in a discussion that was part of a series of events developed with the Royal African Society to celebrate the Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa exhibition. The discussion was of course wide-ranging: the state of Africa and whether mass mobilisation of the people to over throw ill-functioning governments was possible; the disappointing post-colonial leaders; his thoughts on his county – the not quite at the brink Nigeria. His reflections on the Biafran civil war, his imprisonment and the UK’s newly ‘hung’ parliament and his writing. At 75 Soyinka, with his head of shockingly fine white hair, is in grand form and it is good to hear he has no plans to age gracefully; in fact, he is only just beginning to enjoy himself. Info: Kingdom of Ife: sculptures From West Africa is at the British Museum until 6 June, 2010. www.

Set in majestic surroundings, Boyd’s Brasserie impresses with its marble and onyx setting and hanging crystal chandeliers.  A warehouse for the Ministry of Defence until recently, this majestic hotel has been restored to its former glory, albeit without the spectacular staircase, which was inexplicably removed.  This grand hotel is conveniently located just two minutes from Trafalgar Square. Boyd’s boasts an impressive drinks menu and is perfect teetering distance from many of the nearby offices and tourist attractions alike. The small restaurant features modern classics including an appetite whetting ‘taster’ platter – four small plates of our waiter’s favourite dishes. Smoked Salmon had all the subtly and freshness of a perfect summer snack but fried snapper disappointed with a distinct lack of flavour. Moving on to starters, the chicken liver and foie gras pate came presented in a mini kilner jar but would have benefitted from a generous sprinkling of seasoning.

Mains were more successful and being offered to take home the remains in a proverbial doggy bag was a post- recession-budgetconscious delight. Again, however, all lacked real depth of flavour and failed to massively impress. Unfortunately, it seems both the ambience and food share a common flaw. Luckily it’s not fatal and with a few tweaks, Boyd’s could become a staple meeting place on Northumberland Avenue. Info: Boyd’s Bar and Brasserie, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5BY

Pampering review: C-Plus Energy

facial for men, K Spa Words: Jason Serious Lime rating: HHH The K Spa is on the basement floor of the cool and contemporary K West hotel. The journey from the first floor to the spa is only a few seconds, which I used to study my face in the mirror, so I could recognise the transforming effects of my treatment afterwards. My therapist, Yuko, was a qualified professional with over 11 years experience and was to perform the C-Plus Energy facial on me. The 60 minute facial is designed exclusively for men to work against the appearance of wrinkles and dryness, not that I have any and signs of premature skin ageing. It’s also designed to be relaxing and effective. I’m not sure about effective but it was certainly relaxing. The dim

lighting, euphoric music, and the tingling sensations on my skin from the layers of plant extracts, vitamins and minerals felt good, however I left feeling more sleepy than rejuvenated. I took my stance at the lift mirror and examined the more radiant me. Nuts, it was the same old me and I couldn’t see that any of my years had been washed away but I did feel good but at the cost of £75 a treatment I might have to reserve it as a birthday treat. Info: K West Hotel Spa, Richmond Way London W14 0AX



REVIEW Book review: Black Lions:

Restaurant Review: Giglamesh Words: Victoria Woode Lime rating: HHHHH I delved into the depth of Camden town to a much talked about Japanese restaurantGiglamesh. Situated right underneath Camden Lock, the restaurant suits the alternative and funky location. The venue is gorgeous in a jaw dropping sense. The décor is authentically Japanese with glamorous features throughout the large yet inviting restaurant. My guest and I ordered from the ‘tasting menu’ key word being ‘tasting’. A selection of sushi, sashimi, crispy squid, duck rolls and scallops Sui Mai were provided for the starter. Every dish was equally as tasty as the next, making it easy to over indulge on the starter alone. The main course was served in a tapas style but never skimming on portion sizes. I tucked into helpings of green chicken curry,

Restaurant review: The Blues Kitchen Launch: Bourbon Festival Words: Michelle Adabra Lime rating: HHH Last month saw the launch of the Bourbon festival at Camden’s leading rhythm and blues venue and restaurant, The Blues Kitchen and Lime was there to indulge. I’m not a huge whisky drinker, however I couldn’t resist the tempting offer to celebrate all things bourbonrelated. Rhythm and blues go hand-in-hand with a fine glass (or bottle!) of bourbon I’ve been told and with 50 different varieties on offer at The Blues Kitchen, you may have a challenge selecting one. Enter London’s first ever bourbon


duck and watermelon salad, Chilean sea bass and stir-fried Asian greens. I advise you to choose your wine carefully to compliment your selection of food. My guest and I went for the Rosé - Gran Haciendo by recommendation of the waiter. The wine was fruity, refreshing and light, which was good as it didn’t over-power our taste buds. Selections of miniature desserts were offered as part of the tasting menu. We tasted Green tea and Jasmine brûlée, banana and toffee crumble, peach sorbet and chocolate fondant. Giglamesh is truly an amazing experience and one that should perhaps be savoured for a special occasion with a group of friends, family or your other half. Info: Gilgamesh Restaurant Bar & Lounge, The Stables Market Chalk Farm Road London NW1 8AH

sommelier Freddy Donaldson, the go-to man for bourbon history. Did you know that American whisky is made mainly in Kentucky? Or that some bourbons aren’t sweetened or coloured? Yes Lime readers, I was able to get answers to these deep, probing questions. Playing

a history of black players in English football by Rodney Hinds Words: Nicke Adebowale Lime rating: HHHH Rodney Hinds’ book provides a comprehensive and historical guide of black players at club and international level. It’s an especially good read considering football’s greatest tournament is to be held on the African continent for the first time this month on June 12. Hinds discusses Arthur Wharton, the first black professional footballer to enter the game in 1886 to Viv Anderson’s historic England debut at Wembley in 1978. There were many pioneers and Hinds shines a long overdue light on them. My football mad older brother, Jimmy, played, watched and talked about football and I almost lost this book to him. Laurie Cunningham was an idol to him and other photos sent him down memory lane to tales of watching John Barnes. Hinds educates on the pioneering black players who braved a foreign land and culture to play the game they love. The book contains information and quotes from players who braved the boos and the bananas to pave the way for likes of Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole to take the pitch in South Africa knowing they’ll be free of them. some of the best rhythm and blues in London – the atmosphere is chilled, friendly and rather trendy, it’s Camden after all. After sampling four different bourbons in the tasting quiz (and doing rather well), I lounged in the bar soaking up the gorgeous aromas of southern–styled American cooking -I thought I was in New Orleans for a split second. If you’re a bourbon lover, a rhythm and blues enthusiast or just looking for a great environment to have a drink with friends, I suggest you check it out. Look out for Lime’s Blues Kitchen restaurant review. Info: The Blues Kitchen, 111 – 113 Camden High Street, London NW1 7JN


06 June

Sunday Night Live Hosted by the hilarious Tameka Empson (Three Non-Blondes), who will appear as her loveable character Mrs Aphrodite (as seen in the hit West End musical The Big Life), Sunday Night Live will feature the hottest acts on the UK urban comedy circuit. Appearing on the night will be: Slim, Felix Dexter, Eddie Kadi, Richard Blackwood, Leo Muhammad, Curtis Walker, Miss London and Kevin J. Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline Street, London W6 Info: 08448 44 47 48 Lime magazine has a pair of tickets to give away. To enter, visit by 3 June, 2010.

19 June

Comedy Roast UK: the Roast of Ashley Walters Following on from the sold out debut show in February where comedian Richard Blackwood was in the hot seat, June’s show will pay tribute to Ashley Walters, one of London’s fastest growing actors who has already stared in blockbuster movies such as Bullet Boy, Get Rich or die Trying and Dead Man Running alongside actor/hip hop artist Curtis Jackson aka 50 cent. Members of the Roast panel include Kevin J, Ashley Walters, Eddie Kadi, Mr Cee, Wayne ‘Dibbi’ Rollins, Richard Blackwood and Curtis Walker. Time: 7pm 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT Info: Lime magazine has a pair of tickets to give away. To enter, visit by 15 June, 2010. STAND UP COMEDY FROM ACROSS THE POND NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD Released in UK for the first time by Anchor Bay (UK) Ltd on Monday 7th June 2010, the crème-de-la-crème of America’s funniest comics will be unleashed in the UK this summer, launching a series of brand new live stand-up DVDs featuring four of the finest comedians - Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and Will Ferrell. Lime has two DVD sets to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, visit www. by 30 June, 2010.

Every Weds

Comedy at Cottons Time: 7pm 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: 6:30pm Corks Wine Bar, Binney Street, London Info: thecomedyfunhouse@

05 June

Girl Power Comedy Tour Making her UK debut and headling the tour from the USA will be Coco The Comedienne supported by top girls from the UK: Dibby, Felicity, Glenda, Annette, Maureen, Ms London and Kayleigh. With special guests on the night Kane Brown, Quincy and Geoff Schumann. There will be a free raffle, give aways and surprises on the night. Time: 7pm Camden Centre, Euston Road, London WC1H 9JE www.comedynewslive. com

12 June

The Comedy Takeover The UK’s only live comedy game show with Richard Blackwood, Mr Cee, Slim, Kat, Toju, Wayne ‘Dibbi’ Rollins and Little Man. Special guest Wayne Marshall will be performing Hot Girls and G Spot. Time: 6.30pm The Broadway Theatre, Catford, London SE6 4RU www.

20 June

Curtis Walker Come see Curtis Walker ‘The Don of Comedy’ on stage in his long awaited one man comedy show called Who’s the Daddy? on Father’s Day. The evening will be filled with hilarious stand up comedy and sketches brought to you by one man with one mic with one mission. This night is a must for your comedy calendar as you will be guaranteed laughter and humour and of course a few surprises from our celebrate guests.   Time: 8pm The Broadway Theatre, Rushey Green, Catford SE6 4RU Info: www.

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Reginald D Hunter Reginald D Hunter’s uniquely nonsecular approach to comedy continues. 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London www. o2shepherdsbushempire. / www. 31 July

31 July

DL Hughley DL Hughley is one of the most popular and highly recognised stand-up comedians on the road today. Time: 7pm HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline Street, London W6 Info: 08448 44 47 48




REMARKABLY FUNNY The highs and lows of comedy

Tell me about taking part in the incredible popular theatre play Cat on Hot Tin Roof. I got the chance to work with some top actors; they’ll all extremely talented and established. It was a challenge for me straight from the audition, I’ve done some acting before so I knew I could do this, it’s all about knowing you can deliver and putting out a role that can be memorable. I didn’t want to be the weak link in the chain.


his month Lime Magazine is focusing on the remarkable men of our nation. Our brothers, sons and fathers all have something a little bit remarkable about them, but to find a man with humour, acting talent and a dash of musical flair isn’t easy. We sat down with Richard Blackwood to discuss his career highs and lows. How did you get into comedy? Wow, that was many moons ago! Friends would comment and tell me that I was a funny guy, and that I should try stand up comedy. My first ever show was at The Spot in Covent Garden. I did the whole circuit up and down London to get as much experience as I could. What is your favourite form of entertainment, television, radio or theatre? I don’t have a favourite, I enjoy them all equally. I mean they’re all entertainment in some capacity but they each require a different type of energy. You need different types of motivation to excel in television radio or theatre. Who do you find is your best crowd? In the past I would have said a mature black audience but now it’s absolutely everyone, everywhere. It’s like when you walk down the street you should be 22 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

What’s next for you? Comedy Roast will be back at Shepherd’s Bush Empire this month. It’s a night with a full line up of comedians who chose to acknowledge a celebrity in a comical way, you know a few insults and some praise. This month’s celebrity will be Ashley Walters. He’s done well for himself and comedy roast will enlighten you on all that. REMARKABLE MEN QUESTION Can you tell me three male figures who you would call

WORDS: Victoria Woode


y comedy reaches everyone and if it didn’t I wouldn’t be fulfilling my role as a comedian.’ able to hold a conversation with anybody, any age, race or size. My comedy reaches everyone and if it didn’t I wouldn’t be fulfilling my role as a comedian. Would you say your comical side is a natural talent? Yeah I have a natural gift. I think everyone has a gift of some sort, but it’s up to us as individuals to work out what it is and enhance it. Part of my calling was to be an entertainer and I

genuinely love it. What has been the hardest professional aspect of your career? I’d say doing stand up comedy was hard. I didn’t know what I would encounter and always felt a lot of anticipation. When I started comedy it gave me the biggest buzz and I learnt so much in the early days. It was hard but came with positive results.

remarkable? Firstly I would say my son. He makes me proud every single day. Richard Pryor is someone I find remarkable – watching him gave me my love for comedy. The third man would be my Granddad, I get my good values and comedy genes from him. Catch Richard Blackwood at Comedy Roast on 19 June, 2010.

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Ruined by Lynn Nottage A small mining town deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Mama Nadi’s bar her rules apply. No arguments, no politics, no guns. When two new girls tainted with the stigma of their recent past arrive, Mama is forced to reassess her business priorities and personal loyalties. As tales of local atrocities spread and tensions between rebels and government militia rise, the realities of life in civil war provide the ultimate test of the human spirit. Time: 7.30pm Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street Islington London N1 1TA Info: 020 7359 4404

Until 05 June Eurydice

Pegasus Opera Company presents the UK tour of Treemonisha by Scott Joplin. Pegasus Opera Company was founded in 1992 by Artistic Director Lloyd Newton and has a track record for producing excellent multi-racial Opera. Treemonisha is a rarely performed opera with music arranged by Abram Wilson and featuring Tomorrow’s Warriors Jazz Orchestra. The performance will be conducted by Peter Selwyn. Set in the American South and written a century ago, the story centres on Treemonisha, an educated former slave. In attempting to free her community from the grip of ignorance and superstition, she faces hostility, suspicion and dangerous opposition. Mirroring aspects of the composer’s own life, Joplin’s acclaimed opera, with its mastery of different musical styles, is a stirring and engaging operatic gem which sparkles. Scott Joplin is probably best known for his ragtime compositions including one of America’s best known pieces of music ‘The Entertainer’. Adaptation’s of Joplin’s music was also featured in the soundtrack for the Academy Award winning film, ’The Sting’. Time: 7.30pm Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX Info:

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08 – 13 June

WOW! Women on Wine Women on Wine is a brand new comedy-drama themed on the drinking cultures, lifestyles and round table discussions of women in the UK. The play follows the spirited mission of three distinct and contrasting groups of women from London, all of whom are in search of exclusive (yet affordable) bridal attire - as well as the opportunity to catch up with “the ladies” over a few drinks. Together they drink, debate and reflect on life’s trials and tribulations – but what happens when they sober up? Time: 7.30pm Above The Stag Theatre, 15 Bressenden Place, Victoria, London SW1E 5DD Info: www.abovethestag. com

11 June – 24 July Sucker Punch

European premiere – created by the team behind the multi-award-winning The Brothers Size. Eurydice loves Orpheus. Her dead father’s letters of advice for her wedding aren’t reaching the land of the living. She crashes down a flight of stairs and wakes up in the underworld, her memory wiped. How will she ever get home...? Alice in Wonderland meets Greek mythology in this playful and heartbreaking take on a timeless tale of grief and redemption. Time: 7.45pm Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1

Sucker Punch, the new play by Roy Williams is the story of two young actorsturned-boxers and a former European boxing champ as production boxing trainer. The Jerwood Theatre Downstairs will undergo a major reconstruction for this production, being transformed into a boxing




Welcome to Nikki Amuka-Bird L

amda trained Nikki Amuka-Bird has had a varied career with an array of theatre productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and Doubt at the Tricycle. Or you may remember her from the BBC One series, Survivors, screen adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Small Island and the popular, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, directed by the late, great Anthony Minghella. Her film accolades include The Disappeared, The Omen, Cargo and Almost Heaven. Set in the present day, but inspired by ancient myth, Moira Buffini’s Welcome to Thebes, directed by Richard Eyre, offers a passionate exploration of an encounter between the world’s richest and poorest countries, set in the aftermath of a brutal war. In the midst of rehearsals and during a quick lunch break, we caught up with the Welcome to Thebes lead who plays Eurydice. Poised and eloquent, she shares her excitement at playing such a powerful role, the wonders of Greek mythology and the importance of challenging yourself. Tell me about Eurydice, the 24 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

WORDS: Sophia A Jackson

Nikki Amuka-Bird with actor David Harewood in rehearsals for Welcome to Thebes lead character you play in Welcome to Thebes? The play is a mixture of Greek mythology and modern naturalism and it’s set in Thebes which in our imagining is something like a third world country, perhaps in West Africa. It’s the end of the civil war that’s lasted for a decade, the country is impoverished and the army is volatile. Eurydice, my character, is becoming the first female democratic president of that country. On the day that we meet her, the ruler of Athens, Theseus, is arriving and Athens is the most powerful country in the world. It’s important to Eurydice for her to gain Theseus as an ally for her to persuade Athens to

invest in the country and to believe in their future. So it’s about the relationship between the two countries – the third one and the first one. Also it’s about the kind of relationship between Theseus and Eurydice. I wouldn’t say the sexual politics but it’s about how they can respond to each other, work together and how much they need each other. It’s kind of epic and personal and detailed at the same time. It’s a powerful role. You must have been excited when you got the script. Yeah. I hadn’t read anything like it and it’s not just Eurydice that’s a strong part. She leads a movement of women who lead a peace movement to end the civil

National theatre debut for Welcome to Thebes lead war in the country. Which Moira Buffini, the writer, based on real women in Liberia because basically they were undergoing a lot of violence, losing their children, families and husbands. The women decided they’d had enough and it started off as a prayer group meeting and ended up with peaceful protests with thousands and thousands of mothers and wives saying no more war and they ended up having an effect on their government and basically putting an end to the violence. I had no idea. You have to see this documentary called Pray the Devil back to Hell about the women. It’s the most extraordinary story and Moira Buffini, our writer, was


Nikki AmakaBird with Richard Eyre the director of Welcome to Thebes.

Can you name three Remarkable Men who have made an influence on your life? Personally, I would say that the experience of working with Anthony Minghella on The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, affected me profoundly. It was just a reminder of kind of what it means to be an artist that we’re not just doing a job we are creating work that we can be proud of that you don’t have to put any limitations on yourself in terms of your artistic career. I just learnt a great deal from him and it was a really special job. Welcome to Thebes is at the National Theatre from 15 June until 18 August, 2010. Info: www. You can read the full interview on www. theatrenews

inspired by that story. So reading it I was struck and moved by it and wanted to be a part of it. So this is your National Theatre debut. How does that feel? I know I’ve used the word ‘exciting’ about a million times but I’m genuinely thrilled and having a bit of a ‘pinch myself’ moment. I trained at drama college and this is the sort of space that I trained to play in and to work with someone like Richard Eyre, who used to be the artistic director here, you have a feeling you’re learning from the best. I feel privileged. It’s an amazing play with amazing parts for women and amazing parts for black women at that so it feels like a real pleasure.


he experience of working with Anthony Minghella affected me profoundly. It was a reminder of what it means to be an artist – that you don’t have to put any limitations on yourself in terms of your artistic career.’ This version of Welcome to Thebes is set in the present day. Would you say there are many similarities to what is happening in the world now with regards to relations between rich and poor countries? I think Moira Buffini’s been sharp in making the connection with Greek mythology and third world countries. What she’s done is looked at what’s taken place. The violence and the civil wars, the political unrest and things that in the West

we might see on the news or on TV, child soldiers or hideous, hideous brutality and it somehow doesn’t seem real. We’re not able to connect so it seems mythical and like fantasy. I think that’s an interesting way of investigating what it might be like to live in a country like that. Also making parallels between the Greeks who very much believed in Gods and the direct affect the Gods are having in their world and certain African cultures that

still believe in the spirit world and their ancestors having an effect on them and maybe Juju. I think it works well. I hear about violence on the news and I’m so lucky to live in this country, to feel safe and that my human rights are protected. We have no idea how it feels to feel threatened at all times and to live in an impoverished society. What Moira’s done is remind us that there is real courage there and grace and integrity in the people that live in countries like that. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


Comedy THEATRE arena, complete with ring side seating and an additional circle level. Actors Daniel Kaluuya (playing Leon) and Anthony Welsh (playing Troy) embarked on an extensive fitness regime, under the tutelage of former British boxer and European champ Errol Christie. Roy Williams’ Sucker Punch looks back on what it was like to be young and Black in the 80s and asks if the right battles have been fought, let alone won. In the red corner: Leon Davidson – Black British champ or Uncle Tom? In the blue corner: Troy Augustus– American powerhouse or naïve cash cow? Two former friends step into the ring and face up to who they are. Written by Roy Williams Time: 7.30pm Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London Info: www.

Until 12 June

Bend it Like Beauty by Ben Voss One of South Africa’s sharpest and most uncompromising satirists, Ben Voss unleashes an alter-ego who represents the face of the new South Africa – the rich, black, opinionated and botox-ed Business Woman of the Year, Beauty Ramapelepele. Here she celebrates winning the largest fabric contract in South African history through expert insider dealing: the manufacture and supply of all costumes for the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup.  A cross between Lily Savage, Dame Edna Everage and Rory Bremner, Beauty brings her sharp mind, and even sharper tongue, to a post-election London with a brand new show that sees the British join the ranks of her satirical targets alongside South African 26 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

politicians, international soccer stars, and Robert Mugabe. Time: 7.45pm Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW Info: www.ovalhouse. com

15 – 27 June

12 Very Angry Women Starring Indra Ove (Interview with a Vampire), and Paula Clarke (Queen – We Will Rock You) Twelve Very Angry Women is a modern adaptation of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men set in London just before the 2012 Olympics. The story follows the deliberations of 12 Jurors, as a 16 year old Polish girl is on trial for her life following the murder of her Black Foster mother and the reintroduction of capital punishment to London’s streets. The Landor, 70 Landor Road London SW9 9PH  Info: 020 7737 7276

15 June previews, opens 22 June Welcome to Thebes Nikki Amuka-Bird and David Harewood lead the cast, which also includes Rakie Ayola, Jacqueline Defferary, Tracy Ifeachor, Chuk Iwuji, and Alexia Khadime. 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.

19 June

RSC Arts Journalist Bursary Event The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is on the look out for up and coming arts journalists to join its annual Arts Journalist Bursary Scheme with a special event in Stratfordupon-Avon. The scheme, provides six to eight aspiring journalists unique career development via access to its productions and practitioners with a view to placing features and

news stories in specialist and diverse media outlets – especially in the minority ethnic, local and youth media. This next year of the scheme is a particularly exciting one including many media opportunities as it encompasses the world premiere of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, A Musical at The Courtyard theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the season of plays at The Roundhouse in London, and the reopening of the newly transformed Royal Shakespeare Theatre this autumn. We also celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2011 with a new season beginning in April next year. Time: 2-4:30pm RSC Offices, 3 Chapel Lane, Stratford-uponAvon, Warks, CV37 6BB Info: mediachisolutions@

Until 19 June

Dream of the Dog Dream of the Dog is a richly textured and complex story of South Africa’s emerging democracy, and its continued negotiation

Dream of the Dog, Trafalgar Studios.

THEATRE WORDS: Karla Williams

Jason Maza

Anthony Welsh

Acclaimed playwright Roy Williams is back with another hard hitter.


ason Maza and Anthony Welsh are two talented young actors preparing for Sucker Punch, the new Roy Williams play set to open at the Royal Court Theatre later this month. The play examines what it was like to be young and black in the 80s and asks if the right battles have been fought, let alone won. During a break in their hectic rehearsal schedule they sat down to tell us more about it. What is Sucker Punch about? Anthony Welsh: It’s mainly about two young black friends who grow up in the 80s and are trying to find who they are with all the racial tensions that were going on at the time. Jason Maza: For me, it’s about what is was like to be a young, black guy growing up in the 80s and what people’s attitudes were in the 80s towards black people. It uses boxing as a platform to do that. What are the characters that each of you play? AW: I play one of the boxers, Troy Augustus. JM: I play a character called Tommy. He’s not National Front or BNP but he’s from a working class East End family and dad ‘didn’t want the blacks coming over’. He has a real, real problem with the black characters in the play. It’s not the nicest character I’ve had to play

PICK YOUR BATTLES but it serves the piece really well. The play deals with the racial tensions in the 80s; do you feel that in the multicultural society we live in today that racists and racism are in the minority? AW: I think we still deal with the tension now but it has a different face, it’s more subtle. The play deals with] certain things that were allowed to be said in public. If you called someone the ‘N’ word or any other derogatory terms used against black people it was just accepted. Now that doesn’t happen and depending on what city you live in there would be an uproar about it but it doesn’t mean to say that in today’s times these things are still being said behind closed doors. JM: Personally, I am lucky

to have been brought up around different people. But there is still an undercurrent of racism. I was born in east London but now live in Essex and some of the older generation still have their racist views. Things have improved but there still is racism about, it just might not be as overt. You have been put through quite a tough fitness regime in order to play boxers; what was that like for you? AW: It’s funny, because I thought I was in shape before the audition! (Laughs). The second audition I did was with Errol Christie [European champion and captain of the England team in the 80s] and he put me on the cross trainer for about 10 minutes and I was a mess – I remember thinking to myself I might faint.

JM: It was great to get in shape, but obviously the level of discipline required was phenomenal. The training was not so bad but it was more so the diet – you had to be so disciplined. But if was worth it, we all felt so fit and hopefully we’ll look alright when we get up there on the stage. And why should people come and see Sucker Punch? Both: Because I’m in it. (Both laugh) AW: It’s got a great team behind it, the Royal Court don’t mess about and it’s got a great director, Sacha Wares, and everybody know that Sacha don’t play. She’s particular about the plays she chooses and she picks them for great reasons. JM: I think it’s going to be a completely different theatre experience; boxing plays have been done before but it hasn’t been done like this. They have completely transformed the Royal Court and it feels like a boxing arena. It’s the biggest budget they have ever spent at the Royal Court and whether you like theatre or not, you are going to enjoy the spectacle of the piece. Sucker Punch opens at The Royal Court Theatre on June 20, 2010 but will be in previews from 11 to 17 June. Info: www. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


THEATRE with its past in order to find a workable identity for its future. Critically acclaimed in South Africa and penned by the literary manager of Johannesburg’s Market Theatre, this new play takes an unflinching look at the twin mantras of the postMandela age, reconciliation and forgiveness, asking whether black and white can ever live together peacefully. Time: 7:45pm Trafalgar Studios 2, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY Info: 0844 871 7632

19/26 June

Judith Jacob Yabba Yabba’s with Friends 19 June: Angie Le Mar/Wil Johnson 26 June: Richard Blackwood, Carroll Thompson Judith Jacob (No Problem, Real McCoy, EastEnders) returns with her successful live weekly chat show where she interviews her showbiz friends. Judith is doing her show to celebrate the performers she and the public admires but never have the chance to get up close and personal with. Time: 8pm Battersea Bar, 58-60 York Road, Battersea SW11 3QD Info: 0207 2231241

Until 20 June

Naked Soldiers There’s been a near fatal stabbing in a local park and a young teenager is in a critical condition. Seventeen year old Tony’s been accused of what has been called a racially motivated crime and goes on the run. But he has chosen to hide 28 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

black British experience. Featuring a selection of some of the rich abundance of plays reaching Talawa, the season showcases work by Faith Miller, Olu Alakija and Kolton Lee. Time: 7pm Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ out in a place where Jamal, an African refugee is also hiding. The two fugitives, forced to co-exist in their self imposed exile find themselves as hostages to fortune. However, they must each set aside their preconceived prejudices as they discover things about themselves as human beings. By Mark Norfolk Directed by Jeffery Kissoon Warehouse Theatre, 62 Dingwall Road Croydon CR0 2NF Info: www.

22 – 26 June

Random by Debbie Tucker Green Director Sacha Wares In this remounted production, Seroca Davis will perform the one-woman monologue which includes portraying 14 different characters. Death never used to be for the young . . . . A family wake up to a normal day. By lunchtime one random act has changed everything. An urgent and powerful play. The Albany, Deptford, London SE8 Info: www.thealbany.

28 June/20 July

Flipping the Script: the best untold stories of Black Britain Flipping the Script gives you the chance to hear a few of the thousands of different voices that make up the


Until 03 July

August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone August Wilson’s spellbinding account of a people’s recovery from the trauma of slavery won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play when first performed on Broadway in 1988. Time: 7.30pm Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London SE1 8LZ Info: www.youngvic. org

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Young Vic


INVESTING IN CHANGE Young business man Bhanu Choudhrie is a global community hero


t just 32-yearsold, entrepreneur and businessman Bhanu Choudhrie has amassed an impressive portfolio. The young millionaire who is director of the charity Path to Success was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2008 Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards, in recognition of his business and philanthropic achievements. An enthusiastic collector of Asian art, he has also set up the Stellar International Art Foundation to help promote Asian art. Lime caught up with the dynamic Bhanua Choudherie to discuss changing healthcare in India, making a difference and Gandhi. You were born in Delhi, educated in the US and now live in the UK – has your global upbringing broadened your outlook on life? I am convinced that the experience of studying in different countries helps you to develop a better understanding of how the world works What’s been your biggest achievement so far? What I am most happy about is being fortunate enough to be in a position whereby I am able to give something back to society. I am a firm believer in the powerful and useful role that the charitable sector and foundations can, and should, have in supporting society. I work with charities and foundations to help

people in whatever way I can, be that volunteering at a local shelter or holding charity fundraising events. What is your vision for healthcare in India looking forward? India is a densely populated country and is still growing. The population of the country is estimated to be in the region of 1.16 billion people. Today 31 per cent of the population is under 14-years-old whereas only

launched by my mother, Mrs Anita Choudhrie. It assists schools and other charities in India and in the UK which help children with disabilities to fulfil their potential. As a director of Path to Success I support their work on a day to day basis, helping with the management of that charity


hat I am most happy about is being fortunate enough to be in a position whereby I am able to give something back to society.’ 5 per cent of the population is over 65-years-old. This means that 64 per cent of Indians are aged 15-64 and are considered to be of working age. That makes for 740 million people that will be reaching old age in the near future and this will make for a different demographic landscape to the one we have today. What will be needed is for the government of India to modernise and invest into free medical facilities by setting up a system akin to the NHS in the UK. You are director of the charity Path to Success. Can you tell us more about the charity’s work in the UK and about your role? Path to Success was

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Please name three men who have had a remarkable impact on your life and have inspired you. 1. My uncle Rajiv passed away a few years ago. He was a remarkable man; a kind uncle and father but also an incredibly astute business man. 2. Gandhi, of course! As a young man growing up in India, Gandhi is held up as the figurehead of the nation. He was a brave and heroic nation-builder whose reputation for non-violent protest methods as well as his sharp wit makes him a huge inspiration.

3. Finally, Nelson Mandela. For me, Nelson Mandela represents a symbol of unfailing strength in the face of pain and adversity. Refusing deals and offers from the governments of the day, he suffered 27 years in prison but still kept alight his faith in the struggle against Apartheid. His life, his example, teaches me that you should never compromise on those principles you hold most dear. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


COMMUNITY Community Nepalese born doctor leads by example by volunteering abroad with VSO



s mixed ethnic groups reportedly suffer the biggest increase in recession-related unemployment, many people are looking for alternative ways to fulfill their personal and professional needs; one way they are able to do this is via the Diaspora Volunteering Programme (DVP). A group of diaspora organisations supported by VSO and the Diaspora Volunteering Alliance are encouraging people from Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds to consider volunteering abroad as a way to increase their skills and help fight poverty abroad. One such individual is London-based psychiatrist Dr Arun Jha, born in Nepal and educated in the UK, 57-yearold Dr Jha was determined to make a difference in his native Nepal and decided to volunteer via Connect for


he belief in wanting to help has to come from within.’ Change and the DVA in September 2009. He told Lime: ‘About five years ago I started to think about my life; I felt that I had done everything with my life. I started to think about my own country that has given me so much and I started to feel that I hadn’t given back. I came across the organisation Connect for Change who made me an offer to go back to Nepal; it has been a wonderful experience.’ The remarkable Dr Jha who returned to Nepal in February this year, is keen

to encourage others to follow in his footsteps. ‘The work I have started in Nepal is for the long term; I feel like I’m truly making a difference. The belief in wanting to help has to come from within. By doing this work I have inspired other close colleagues who are also doctors to return back to their countries to volunteer – we have skills that can benefit others back home.’ Twenty-three organisations, including the Asian Foundation for Philanthropy, Phillipine Generations and the Myanmar Burma Relief and Welfare Association make up the Diaspora Volunteering Programme. Visit the following websites for further information: www.diasporavolunteeringalliance. org

01 June

Debate: Is Popular Black Music Empowering Us? Time: 8-10pm Bridge Park Complex, Brentfield (Harrow Road), London NW10 0RG Info: editor@, 020 8450 5987

02 June Every Mon/ Tues

Nike Town Runners Join the mission: twice a week Nike Town Runners run from NikeTown London, 30 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

through Regent’s Park with their NTR Pacesetters driving you on. They follow three different routes – 3, 4 or 7 miles. Info: www.

People in Media Networking For all those working within the media industry: film, tv, music, journalism, radio, and so on. Time: 7pm - 10pm Slug and Lettuce: 17-19 Artillery Row, Westminster, SW1P 1RH

Info: www.pim-club.

04 June

BME network: Hope, Change and Bottom Up conference Speakers and panellists include Lord Herman Ouseley, Professor Mike Cooke and Dr Vivienne Cissé. People who should attend include chief executive officers, NHS managers, Trade Unions and Independent race consultants. Includes a drinks reception and a dinner and dance in the evening. Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm London Hilton, Park

community COMMUNITY Lane, W1K 1BE Info: www.

Until 05 June

Brockley Max Festival The Brockley Max Festival was started by Moira Tait, a local resident and is an annual, community festival (now in its 9th year). The festival is a showcase for a wide range of artists in all media, which provides an opportunity for the broad creative community resident in Brockley, Crofton Park and Ladywell to display its talents to the community and visitors. Our community is unique in having such a large number of artists and volunteers who kindly donate their time, skills and energy to make Brockley Max an exciting and inspiring event.

01 – 07 June

Volunteers’ Week Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. The Week plays a huge part in raising the profile of the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, while inspiring others to get involved too. Info: www.

03 June

SistaTalk Social Dinner Sonia Brown hosts a networking event and dinner

with entertainment in the form of Unleash the Star Within (karaoke). The venue will be closed to the general public and men are also invited to attend. Cuisine: full Turkish delight Gulens, Brockley Cross, London SE4 Info:

08 June

ReWire London A one day co-created, experimental and energising event for creative freelancers and businesses to celebrate creativity, provide inspiration and explore new ways of working. An antidote to traditional conferences, at RewireLondon you set the agenda. Get involved in inspirational talks, presentations, practical sessions, showcases of creative work and open design sessions for you to work on ideas collaboratively. Meet creative entrepreneurs from diverse sectors such as art, design, music and theatre, encouraging mixing of ideas and business practice for innovative solutions. Come away with new information, tips, fresh connections and collaborations and ideas to action immediately. Time: 9:30am-7:00pm Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Info: www.rewirelondon. org

University, School of Management. This event will consist of a mixture of presentations, facilitated exercises and group discussion.  Please note all attendees must bring along a copy of their CV which will be the focus for session discussions.  Time: 6-9pm BT Centre, 81 Newgate Street, London, EC1A 7AJ Info: sistercircleldn@

14 – 20 June

National Men’s Health Week National Men’s Health Week (NMHW) runs each year in the week leading up to father’s day. This year’s theme is physical activity. The main purpose of NMHW is to raise the profile of men’s health.  It is hoped to change men’s health-related behaviour, not least in terms of increasing their willingness to access health care and reducing the risks they take with their health, but also to promote men’s awareness of wider lifestyle issues that can have an impact on health. Physical activity can improve all aspects of health, from relieving stress and anxiety to losing weight, reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and improving sexual performance. Info: www.

14 – 20 June

Refugee Week Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of cultural and educational events which celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and aims to encourage better understanding between communities. Info: www.refugeeweek.

From 16 June

Journalism training course Nu-Beyond and Social Enterprise People with Voices, which aims to widen access to journalism careers for groups that are under-represented in the mainstream media, are launching a new low-cost, 11 week training course. The course covers news reporting and feature writing and teaches students how to master journalistic skills such as interviewing and conducting research. Time: 7-9pm Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1BZ Info: www. Training

19 June/ 17 July

Writing Workshops Courttia Newland, author of the novels The Scholar and Snakeskin, is running

10 June

Sister Talk – Five Year Career Plan The aim of this event is to enable you think about how you can move forward in your career by giving you time to develop a ‘vision’ for how you want your career to progress and helping you build a ‘road map’ to get there. This event will be facilitated by Tinu Cornish, Founder, Coach for Change and Doyin Atewologun, Doctoral ResearcherDoctoral Researcher, Cranfield LIME MAGAZINE 2010




WORDS: Sophia A Jackson

QBoy before the Wardrobe Junkies transformation.

en’s stylist, Rachel Gold of Wardrobe Junkies has 20 years experience entering men’s wardrobes and was set with the task of transforming hoodie-wearing London rapper QBoy into a man of distinguished style. Now he’s in his thirties, QBoy, wants a new image. Let’s see how Rachel took him from ‘chav’ (his words) to a remarkable man of style.


Essex born and raised, half Spanish rapper Marcos ‘QBoy’ Brito’s grew up in a difficult area where he was bullied throughout most of his school years. He turned to music for comfort and in particular hip hop for expression. He’s enjoyed a colourful career; having supported Boy George, remixed Kate Nash and interviewed rap legends SaltN-Pepa. As a DJ, behind the decks, 32 LIME MAGAZINE 2010



ust because I’m a rapper doesn’t mean I have to wear hoodies all the time.’ his favorite era is ‘88 to ‘98 rap and old-skool rave classics to soulful urban hits and current electro pop floor fillers. New projects are taking his career into new dimensions and he now wants to ditch the rap image for something more suave and sophisticated. Describe your old style, pre Wardrobe Junkies transformation. Comfortable. Why did you want to change your look? I’m getting older and I’ve always had the same style throughout my music career. Now I need something new and fresh. I’ve had to mentally try and change otherwise I’m just stuck in a rut. I was in a bit of a hole until Rachel and a friend of mine who does Chinese astrology suggested I try new brighter colours. How far would you say your style of music has influenced your dress sense? When I first started it was very hip hop orientated

but because I’m a rapper doesn’t mean I have to wear hoodies all the time. You’re a DJ too, can you picture yourself on the decks in a suit and tie? My agent said to me last November that he needs some photos of me in smart clothes as he’s trying to market me to places which pay more money and at bigger events. Tell me about the charity work you’ve done and the work you’ve done in schools about bullying. I initially did a song which was about my experience about being bullied. It was a cover of the Kate Bush song, Running up that Hill (A Deal with God). When I released that song I got a lot of attention then I got involved with a few small charities. I was bullied at school quite a lot from about the aged of nine. I then went on to make the Channel 4 documentary, Coming Out of the Class. From that I’ve done a lot of work in Cardiff and the

COMMUNITY SCREEN outer areas of Wales to break down homophobia in schools and get the teenagers talking about it rather than picking on one another.

the music industry? Performing for Boy George when he did a gig at Koko, doing London Pride last year in Trafalgar Square and touring all over the world.

Nights. I’m not a night person and I’m quite homely but in this industry you’ve got to be out so you’ve just got to get on with it.

What are some of the best experiences you’ve had in

What don’t you like about the music industry?

How would you describe QBoy’s current style – the

About Rachel Gold


ardrobe Junkies is a Londonbased image consultancy founded and managed by Rachel Gold. Rachel, born in London, has over 20 years experience of personal and commercial styling. Rachel is fully qualified in male styling, corporate dressing, body mapping, advanced colour analysis, personality profiling and iridology. What is the ethos behind your company, Wardrobe Junkies? The ethos is to bring out the individual look. We try to style men to keep their personality and to make them look and feel fantastic and successful. So do clothes make much difference on your life in terms of your personal relationships? I think so because it’s about self-esteem. It’s about how much you care for yourself and how much you’re prepared to do to make yourself look better and be the best that you can be. I think if you feel more confident you stand out and have an air of being more confident. I think your whole life actually changes because of the clothes that you’re wearing. What are the major body confidence and image concerns that crop up with men?

before look? QBoy: When I first started out I think it was slightly more shabby than it is in my latest video. What’s great though is Puma send me clothes but obviously some sportswear can tend to make you look a bit chavvy. Rachel Gold: I wouldn’t describe it as chavvy. It’s relaxed. It’s comfortable. It’s nothing that I haven’t seen before which is what I like about changing him. That’s what’s great about entertainers – they are very chameleon like. Obviously the makeup is because he’s doing a photo shoot but you’d be surprised at how many men do actually wear makeup. Guys are having their eyebrows threaded. I wouldn’t go for a completely arched look for a guy. The look isn’t to look more feminine. It’s too look cleaner, fresher and more put together – like you’ve really paid some attention to yourself.

REMARKABLE MEN QUESTION QBoy with Wardrobe Junkies founder, Rachel Gold.


think your whole life actually changes because of the clothes that you’re wearing It’s there stomach because they tend to put on weight there. Men tend to put weight on their hips but some guys are a bit concerned about their chest. What subtle changes can a man make to transform their style? Colour’s a big one for immediate change. For example, people who wear a lot of black, you find they are trying to hide something. How about a man with a tight budget? They need to get rid of all

the rubbish in the wardrobe to see what they are actually going to be wearing. They can also try Primark, H&M, River Island and TK Max – love it. Describe your typical client. The majority of my guys are single, often they’re looking for a partner, to date or are recently divorced. Their selfesteem’s down, and they’re feeling a bit battered. It’s a great service because they get someone who doesn’t have another agenda, who is only there to talk about them and boost their confidence.

Tell us about any men you would describe as remarkable. Rachel Gold: Jude Law, Robert Downey, Jnr. I want to marry him. I’ve always liked Bill Nighy. QBoy: The gay computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing, OBE, FRS who created the first computer in Second World War which helped us win the war. For more information on QBoy: www. or follow him on Twitter, qboymusic. For more information on Rachel Gold: www. wardrobejunkies. com.

The images were taken exclusively for Lime magazine by Sebastian Bednarski: LIME MAGAZINE 2010



20 June

Black History Walks in Notting Hill and Trafalgar Square Enjoy the weather, educate yourself, meet people and have fun on this outdoor event suitable for all the family. Discover the hidden African history beneath your feet. Time: 11am / 2pm Info:

a series of writing classes specifically aimed at black writers called The Collective. These classes aim to provide creative writing exercises, group tutorials and the reading and dissemination of published work, in order to help hone your writing craft and provide the support needed to finish that all important novel, short story collection, script or play. Writers of all backgrounds and all levels are more tha welcome, however the focus of these classes will be connecting Black British writers with a wider creative aesthetic, as well as writing from the African diaspora. Any genre is acceptable, though the classes are primarily focused on dramatic prose. This is a fee paying workshop. Time: 10.30am-1.30pm 16mm, D’Arblay St, London W1F 8ED. Info: www.

20 June

Father’s Day Father’s Day is a day honouring fathers, celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 52 of the world’s countries and on other days elsewhere.


Black reading group: Love Me by Gemma Weekes

Deutsche Bank clients and employees for an evening of networking, career development and celebration of success. The conference has generated a loyal following over the years – attracting nearly 2000 participants last year – and we’re certain our excellent speakers and panellists will maintain this enthusiasm. Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark returns to moderate a distinguished panel including René Carayol (CEO, Inspired Leaders Network) and Colin Grassie (CEO, Deutsche Bank UK) Time: 4.30pm Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS Info: www.

24 June

This is a novel about love and passion set in modern day London and New York. Gemma Weekes has agreed to attend the reading group meeting so that you can put your questions to her directly. Time: 3pm Fifth Floor, Waterstones, Piccadilly, London Info: blackreadinggroup@

23 June

Deutsche Bank presents Women in European Business Theme: From Talk to Action. Join women and men from across the City,

Rich Visions Small Business Launch and Networking Party We will be having a pre-summer business networking event and officially celebrating our new marketing and PR service dedicated to small businesses and social enterprises. There are opportunities for businesses to showcase and exhibit their business, product or service for free on the day in which spaces are limited. To book your stand or to attend contact Elizabeth on 0208 555 22000 or elizabeth@richvisions. Time: 6pm-9.30pm Guvnor Bar, Bell Lane, Off Dock Road, London E16 2AB

Catch René Carayol, 23 June

26 June

What Next Forum: Embrace Your Greatest Power A unique learning system utilising ‘story-based’ techniques to inspire positive, longer-lasting results. Time: 9.30am – 1pm Grange Fitzrovia, 20-28 Bolsover Street, London W1W 5NB Info: www.

SCREEN Throughout June

Me & Mi Kru: 12-part Jamaican comedy series – June 2010 This celebrated sitcom stars well-known music group the Innocent Kru and centres on their exploits to make it bi`g in the music business. When one of the Kru wins the lottery its time to move out of the ghetto with mother in-tow and move up-town – what a ting. Starring Hemsley Morris Jnr, the Innocent Kru, Audrey Hall, Vaz Blackwood, Professor Nuts, Sly and Robbie and Spragga Benz. Directed by Rick Elwood (Dance Hall Queen & One Love). Running time: 25 mins / 2008/12 Info:

03 June

SERTUC Film Club Presents: Hidden Herstories: Women of Change Filmmakers and guests panel discussion (Q&A)

Time: 7-9pm Info: sertuc


04 June

London Premiere: Tenth Annual Media that Matters Film Festival This is the tenth year that Media That Matters has brought together a collection of 12 short films – each under 12 minutes – aimed at engaging diverse audiences and inspiring action. Co-presented with Shooting People and Working Films the jury-selected collection of films look at a broad range of human rights and social justice issues from the experience of transgender youth to health care in the US, the tyranny of the beauty industry, racial prejudice and the experiences of Guantanamo Bay detainees. Time: 7pm Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QT Info: www.

06 June

7th Buffalo-san10 Short Film Festival

Throughout June

Football Fables The internationally acclaimed and awardwinning Football Fables follows the story of a young Ghanaian hopeful as he goes to the UK for Premier League football trials whilst attempting to navigate the tricky terrain of agents, scouts and middle men back in Ghana. On 8 June, 2010 the screening and Q&A with filmmaker, Baff Akoto will be hosted by Lime/ Afridiziak editor, Sophia A Jackson. Film kicks off at 8:30pm, Stratford Picturehouse. Various cinemas across London Info:

Info: wadebuffalo@ Hidden Herstories: Women of Change is a youth-led heritage project which looks at four influential women who haven’t had their rightful place in the history books. 20 young people from West London have set out to right this wrong; using their filmmaking and writing skills, they have made a one hour documentary and published a magazine. The film exposes the plights and determination of Octavia Hill, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Claudia Jones and Jayaben Desai.

11 June Bhutto We will feature innovative and exciting short films and documentaries from new, and established filmmakers from the UK and abroad. With Q&A with filmmakers, plus great prizes for best film (chosen by the audience). Also including live performance poetry and musicians on the night. Time: 6:30pm – 10.30pm Battersea Arts Centre – BAC, Lavender Hill,London, SW11 5TN

Followed by a Q&A with producer/director Duane Baughman, producer Mark Siegel and executive producer Glenn Aveni. Bhutto is the definitive documentary that chronicles the life of one of the most complex and fascinating characters of our time. Hers is an epic tale of Shakespearean dimension. It’s the story of the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation: Pakistan. Time: 7pm Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QT Info: www.frontlineclub. com





Award-winning writer, director, and actor Noel Clarke flips the script with his new British movie,


orn in West London, actor, writer and director Noel Clarke was first recognized for his work in Richard Wilson’s Royal Court Theatre production of Where Do We Live, when he won Most Promising Performer at the 2003 Olivier Awards. Clarke went on to take roles in Metrosexuality, Waking the Dead, A Touch of Frost, and Auf Weidersehen Pet. Clarke also wrote and starred in Menhaj Huda’s W10 LDN. He also starred in the Dr Who franchise as Mickey Smith.  In 2005 Clarke took the lead role of Sam Peel in Kidulthood, a film produced from his own original screenplay. Clarke won Best Screenplay for Kidulthood at the Dinard Film Festival. Following Kidulthood’s critical acclaim, Clarke went on to script and reprise his role as Sam in the UK

smash hit sequel Adulthood, this time also taking on the role of director. Clarke has appeared in the films Doghouse, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Heartless and Centurion. He received the

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Orange Rising Star Award at the 2009 Orange British Academy Film Awards. Lime editor, Sophia Jackson, interviewed Noel Clarke as part of our Remarkable Men theme – he’s a pioneer and inspiration to many. I enjoyed and felt we’d seen a more sophisticated side to your filmmaking. Would you agree? Hmm, yes I think so. It’s a side people haven’t seen and a chance to get that out. It was also a chance to write an interwoven story and to write for the girls. I was bored of the typical way. I wanted to show I was doing something different. I am a big fan of Pulp Fiction, Go

and Amores Perros which inspired I wouldn’t’ say mine is as good though. Were you out of your comfort zone? I actually wrote before Kidulthood and Adulthood and so because of those films people assume they know what my comfort zone is. They forget I wrote an episode of Torchwood (sci-fi). I don’t know if I want to write a period drama but my zone is broader than people think it is. How did you get the idea to write I had a meeting with an executive after doing Kidulthood and he told me that the girls weren’t written well. His point was that I couldn’t write for women and I got angry. How did the Eve cameo in come about? When I first wrote it I was a fan of The Queens of Comedy and I thought Mo’Nique was the funniest person. I wanted Mo’Nique to play that part although I thought there was no way we could get her.

SCREEN The producer worked with Eve on Flashback and it all started from there. Tell me about the strong presence of female empowerment in I’ve got a wife who I’ve been with for a long time. I’m raising my son, with my woman. My mum is a strong women and I understand how difficult it must have been for my mum – I‘m high up on female empowerment. There’s heaps of it in Adulthood but really gives women a chance where they don’t need to be saved. Men are often teased about getting excited at the thought of girl on girl action. Were you indulging your own personal fantasies at all with that scene which I felt was beautifully shot. I would rather be in there myself. Girl on girl doesn’t excite me as it’s boring. The scene was in there for a bit of titillation without being gratuitous. All the sex scenes are done where the actresses are told that I wouldn’t show anything they didn’t want to seen on screen. But sure it’s in there for the boys in terms of a lot of girls will go and see the film with their boyfriends. On your Twitter, you describe yourself as a BAFTA winning dad, some chick’s fella and a normal guy who shares his thoughts/feeling. Does social networking help to get things off your chest or is it just another way of marketing your brand?

thankful. What contribution have organisations such as Screen Nation made to your career? Screen Nation is great. I support it and turn up every year. I was disappointed it didn’t happen this year and hope they can make it into the show it needs to be it’s imperative that we recognise ourselves in this way.

Writer, director and actor Noel Clarke received a Screen Nation award for his film Adulthood which won the Achievement in Film Production Award.

What’s next for you Mr Clarke? I saw on your Twitter you’ll be working with the National Theatre. I was asked to write a play for the National Theatre for


wanted to show I was doing something different. I am a big fan of Pulp Fiction, Go and Amores Perros which inspired I wouldn’t’ say mine is as good.’ I think it’s both. I do those things because I like them. The blog is a way to say what I say. Journalists always have something to say and this is a way to get my point across. The Internet lets every fool air their opinion – including me. One of my Twitter followers, @merisesher, asks: “Have you any thoughts on why films like The Great Debaters don’t get screened in the UK?” I can tell you why. A lot of people don’t feel films like that have an audience here. Kidulthood was one of the films that had a lot of black people and opened the gate for them to be on the big screen, this rarely happened in the UK. I have more black

actors in my films than any other movie. One company has announced they will be bring Tyler Perry’s films to the UK which is a start though. If it wasn’t for Kidulthood I don’t think that would have happened. What about the UK movie Shank? I won’t comment on that film. My best friend and movie buff, Micallar Walker, thinks you should be the first black James Bond. What do you reckon? I’m too short. I’m only five foot nine so I don’t think that will ever happen as there would probably be a backlash. But it’s very kind of her to suggest I could play that role so tell her I’m

the Connections initiative. I wrote it and we had a workshop on it today. People won’t believe I wrote it. How do you juggle being a family man and a flourishing career? I don’t know. My wife and I are both very busy and we’re tired but I love the missus and the boy. Everyone knows you have to work but you make sure you take time out. It’s our Remarkable Men issue, can you tell me about three men who have had an influence on your life? Why are you interviewing me? This is a tough one. There are a few directors including Spike Lee, and Kevin Smith, who is in the film. I didn’t have that male role model as it was just me and my mum who was both my mum and my dad. is out on 2 June, 2010: www.4321movie. com Follow Noel Clarke on Twitter: www.twitter. com/noelclarke LIME MAGAZINE 2010


SCREEN 24 June

Orphan’s of Burma’s Cyclone As Burma’s prodemocracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, faces continued imprisonment by the country’s military government, this timely and remarkable film follows

the lives of eight Burmese orphans struggling to survive the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. Time: 7pm Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QT Info: www.frontlineclub. com


25 June Africa Rising

Followed by a Q&A with Director Jamie Doran. In a controversial and colourful one-hour documentary, the failure of Western policies towards Africa is highlighted: Is it time to reconsider the role of Western aid workers on the continent? It’s a totally different approach to programming on Africa, giving viewers something to smile about in tough times, particularly the ending which raises spirits to a new high. Africans solving Africa’s problems themselves. Time: 7pm Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QT Info:

27 June

Black History Walks presents African Superheroes Day  Many artists are making up for the severe lack of positive images of black people in animated films and comics. This animation festival for 6-60 year olds, will feature a variety of African-themed cartoons which tell tales of; 38 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

Magical Nigerian women warriors, Anansi the West African Folk Hero, The story of Ogun, Plus updates on the coming Black Panther series, Q&A with animators and a special preview of the brand new live-action stage show, Spirit of the Pharaoh. Bookings: info@  

02 July

The Story of Lovers Rock Rock plus Q&A with film director Menelik Shabazz, + BMC video shorts Menelik Shabazz (director of Burning An Illusion), charts the rise of Lovers Rock, often dubbed romantic reggae, through a rich collage of live performances, archive footage and still photographs. The historical context and political significance of the music are given as much importance as the dance and the fashion trends the genre saw rise to. Humorous and insightful comments by dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and comedians such as Angie Le Mar and Glenda Jaxon provide the perfect backdrop to a film that’s bound to rejuvenate interest into a music genre unjustly ignored by the mainstream media. Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm Flash Musicals, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 6EZ Info: / 020 8450 5987


Remarkable Men in Movies D ictionary definition:


(ri-mahr-kuh-buh) • notably or conspicuously unusual; extraordinary: a remarkable change. • worthy of notice or attention.

What’s your idea of a remarkable man and what images do you conjure up? Remarkable for me was my Dad – Errol Sylvester Walker. He was all of my favourite leading men rolled into one. Quietly reassuring, funny, vivacious, strong and smart. So when I set about picking my top five remarkable men depicted in modern day cinema, I kept one eye firmly on the man I have called Dad all my life and the other on characters who I’ve loved to watch and who hold that timeless remarkableness.

35 SHOTS OF RUM (2009) Alex Descas as Lionel This has been Claire Denis’ most successful film since Beau Travail. It tells the story of Lionel, a widower who has lived in easy domesticity with his daughter, but realises the time has come for her to find her own way in life and leave home. Unspoken, all consuming family love is rarely caught on camera with such

ease and flair. Descas’s performance as the devoted father is beautifully subtle and leaves you inexplicably speechless and wanting

WORDS: Micallar Walker more. MILK (2008) Sean Penn as Harvey Milk Sean Penn won the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Harvey Milk the first openly gay man elected to public office in the US. Directed by Gus Van Sant, this biopic is wonderfully evocative of San Francisco in the 70s and beautifully captures Milk as a true pioneer who fought tirelessly so that gay people, black people and women could have the same rights as everyone else. He was assassinated in 1978 aged 48. Penn gives the performance of his life validated by the moving 1984 documentary The Times of Harvey Milk where we see his portrayal is faithful and uncannily

accurate. ZATOICHI (2003) Takeshi Kitano as Zatoichi Zatoichi is a blind fictional figure who has been reinvented in no less than 26 Japanese films. He is a controlled martial arts ace with a penchant for gambling who travels through the Japanese countryside helping the poor and downtrodden against the miseries inflicted on them by the rich and powerful. Kitano plays this version of our hero with dead-pan perfection and relentless energy. Beautifully shot with digital blood and black comedy galore, Zatoichi our legendary master swordsman protects the needy bearing resemblance to a 19th Century Samurai Robin Hood only without the merry

men and minus the tights. MAN ON WIRE (2008) Philippe Petite In the summer of 1974 Philippe Petite defied logic and the laws of gravity by repeatedly crossing a high wire cable (without a safety net or harness) stretching between the top of the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York. The build up and footage of this is absolutely incredible. 30 years later he made this

documentary chronicling his life and in particular this truly amazing feat. I was able to meet Mr Petite and was truly awestruck by his determination and confidence. Through positive thinking and dedication we can achieve what seems to be unachievable. In my opinion he is a living person with super powers.

GOOD HAIR (2009) Chris Rock Chris Rock travels across America and to India investigating the who, why and what’s that black women go through to get the hair and styles they want. Spurred on by his own young daughter asking why she didn’t have ‘good hair’, Rock interviews a number of celebrities including Nia Long and Maya Angelou and visits hair shows in search of some real answers. This is an entertaining documentary delivered with Rock’s vociferous style. Perhaps the main reason this made it into my top five is because I think he was brave to take on the hair product corporate giants and more importantly posed these important questions to not just the faithful Chris Rock fans but to a huge crossover audience too. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



FOOTBALL FABLES Critically acclaimed film is lifting the lid on African football migration


frican football has a higher profile and more global stars than at any other time in history but what does it takes to make the transition from a rural African field to a top European football club? If he’s good enough, how does a young African come to the attention of Real Madrid or Manchester United? These are some of the questions film maker Baff Akoto attempts to answer in his award winning film Football Fables. A truly unique documentary; Football Fables provides unprecedented insight into the inner workings of African football migration as it unfolds through the eyes of Francis, a talented teenager on the brink of a dream transfer. Lime discusses African football and aspirations with Baff Akoto. What inspired you to make Football Fables? My old football coach when I was growing up in Accra was a man called Robert Tetteh. He used to play professionally for Hearts of Oak, one of Ghana’s biggest clubs but never made it to Europe. He passed away the year before I began putting this film together and was very much in my thoughts as Fables started filming. Is the problem of African football migration rife in Europe? Success is rife. I don’t see 40 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

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y only aim was tell a ‘M personal story, showing the challenging journeys African

players playing professionally in Europe have had to embark on.’

it as a problem necessarily. It’s a trend that has grown more visible over the past 20 years because of the exponential success of African football migrants in Europe. Ghana’s Sulley Muntari – one of the stars of Football Fables – is in the same Inter Milan team and the Barcelona team that won every trophy they competed for last season and also contained players from Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire and Mali. Why is the issue not being highlighted more in the media? The achievements of players mentioned or alluded to in the last paragraph are very well known in the game, as to whether they cross over to become household names like Zidane or Beckham we’ve yet to

see. I think the numbers involved are too small and their circumstances are not illicit enough to garner the same level of media attention as for example enforced human trafficking for prostitution. Do you think your film could help make a difference? Football Fables is not a film with a mission as such. My only aim was tell a personal story, showing the challenging journeys all the well known and lesser known African players playing professionally in Europe have had to embark on. As Fables has played at film festivals around the world, the feedback I’ve gotten from different audiences indicates that the film is informative and entertaining whether you like football or not.

I’m really excited that it’s being released in London and I can share it with my hometown! REMARKABLE MEN QUESTION: Please name three men who have had a remarkable impact on your life and have inspired you. Watching Diego Maradonna in the 80s was my first true encounter with excellence. Finding out subsequently about the drugs and prostitutes couldn’t diminish the sheer joy and amazement that I had watching him as a seven-year-old. I was really into Malcolm X as a young teenager. Spike Lee’s film led me to Malcolm’s autobiography, which I rinsed repeatedly when I was 14. I was drawn to his strength and conviction not only in his defiance but also his wisdom and willingness to keep learning and eventually being brave enough to modify his views once he discovered true Islam. Football Fables is out this month in London cinemas. Info: www.footballfables.


’S JUNE FILM REVIEWS Film review: Death at a Funeral Lime rating: HHH Release date: June 2

do without it being told to us one more time. Not as clever as it thinks it is, 4,3,2,1 is still fun and entertaining with great performances from the main cast. Cast: Emma Roberts, Tasmin Egerton, Ophelia Lovibond and Shanika Warren-Markland

Film review:

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Based on a mediocre British comedy of the same name, the signs were not good when this project was announced. The cast all had something to prove (with the exception of girl of the moment Zoe Saldana), and the director needed a hit. Despite these initial reservations and an underwhelming opening, the story of a dysfunctional family coping with the death of its patriarch manages to raise just enough laughs to keep you with the film to its end. There are some stumbles along the way, especially the embarrassingly bad idea of sidelining Marsden and Saldana in an unfunny sub-plot that should have lasted no more than five minutes rather than the entire runtime, but overall it just about works. Dare we say it, but this is possibly better than the original. Cast: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Danny Glover and James Marsden

Film review: 4,3,2,1

Lime rating: HHH Release date: June 2 Noel Clarkes latest offering might be high on production values and glossy leading ladies, but for all its bluster it still manages to outstay its welcome thanks in part to the unwelcome onscreen presence of the director himself. Following a diamond heist, four innocent girls find themselves mired in the midst of an international crime. We follow them over the course of three days as they individually go about their daily chores unaware of the danger that is around them. There is an interesting central structure to the film as each story is told using a reversal technique where we wind back to the same point in time and start over following a different character. It’s not entirely original but is successful until it reaches the final segment by which time we already know enough of the story and could

Brooklyn’s Finest Lime rating: HHHH Release date: June 9 A superbly enthralling tale of dirty cops, jaded human spirit and misjudged friendship. Brooklyn’s Finest packs a mighty punch that is sure to stay with you long after the credits roll. Gere plays a cop on the verge of retirement who feels he has nothing to live for; this is in contrast to family man Ethan Hawke who has so many responsibilities to his family that he is tempted to skim a few dollars from the top. Into the mix comes Don Cheadle as an undercover officer who is so deep that he can no longer tell which way is up. Director Antoine Fuqua received much acclaim for Training Day; however this is the film that genuinely deserves all the plaudits it gets. A welcome return to the gritty crime dramas we grew up with only this time it’s not on TV and not called The Wire. Cast: Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes

Film review: Good Hair

Lime rating: HHHH Release date: June 25 As unappealing as it might sound, this documentary narrated by Chris Rock about ‘black’ hairstyles, manages to appeal to a broad audience. Taking a keen interest on the subject thanks to his two young daughters, Rock leads us into the surprisingly lucrative world of weaves and relaxers via barbershops and high-octane hairstyle competitions. There are the obligatory wacky characters and annoying talking heads but for the most part Rock does a great job in educating and entertaining in equal measure. Good Hair is a great watch. Cast: Chris Rock, Megan Good, Eve and Ice-T Cassam Looch is a co-founder of – providing real movie fans with real movie content. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



THE DJ INTERVIEW WITH 1XTRA’S ACE and I couldn’t find a single blemish or flaw on her.

How did you become a DJ?

My cousin was a DJ in a sound in north London called Masculine Touch and I wanted to be so much like him, I used to carry his records.

Who has been your least favourite person to interview and why? Coolio. He was negative about everything, a really angry celebrity.

How did you get into television presenting?

Urban music seems to be dominating the charts this year, what are your thoughts on the surge in popularity?

After our first year at 1Xtra, someone from Channel U suggested that we do a show with them. So myself and Vis went for a meeting and they asked if we had ever done any TV work and we lied and said yes (laughs). To be fair we had plans and ideas to go into TV but it really blossomed from there.

What do you prefer: radio or TV and why? Radio definitely; it was where we came from so it will always be radio.

You’ve worked with Vis for a very long time now…

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e caught up with DJ and TV presenter Ace one half of 1Xtra’s popular presenting duo Ace & Vis for a little chat.’

Yeah we’ve been working together for about 14 years, it’s unbelievable and we’ve been at 1Xtra for eight years.

of Drake (laughs). I know a lot of girls like the dark skinned, big guys though; as soon as Morris Chestnut comes back we’ll be back in fashion (laughs).

How would you describe your personalities in the duo?

What have you learnt about yourself from working in this industry?

It’s weird because I think we’re both unpredictable and you never know what you’re gonna get from either of us at any time and I think that’s the beauty of the duo. We’re both mad at different times.

So, who’s the heartthrob out of you two? Vis, light skinned boys are back in fashion because 42 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

I think it’s great. Every week someone from the scene is going top five and it’s a wonderful thing. A lot of these artists have worked so hard, putting in the work in the underground and releasing track after track. So you get out what you put in.

I think I’ve learnt how to adapt to any situation, making the move to a huge corporation like the BBC was a massive transition – you have to adapt to the procedures and management etc, so when we first started, there was a lot to take it.

You’ve interviewed your fair share of celebrities –

who’s been your favourite person so far?

It has to be Mr T from the A-Team without a doubt. The interview I did with him is on You Tube so go check that out but he is my favourite interview, ever. If you watch the interview, you’ll see I was a bit star struck and that does not happen to me. Seriously he’s a great guy.

You’ve interview ed some really lovely ladies – who was the most attractive in your opinion?

Wow. I’m gonna say it’s a toss between Ciara and Christina Milian. When I was interviewing Christina Milian, I was looking at her

REMARKABLE MEN QUESTION: Please name three men who have had a remarkable impact on your life and have inspired you.

My Uncle Ken, he helped raise me. Ray Paul from the BBC, he’s given me a lot of advice on various situations and on my career, he’s a bit of an uncle figure to me. For more information on Ace: • Xtra weekends, 4-7pm: • aceandinvisible • blogs/aceandvis/


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19 June

Soundcrash: Mad Professor / Trojan Sound System at KOKO Come and join Soundcrash at KOKO for a journey through the louder side of things, with some truly legendary acts bringing the noise and busting the bass-bins. The one and only Mad Professor joins us tonight for a very special exclusive Dub to Dubstep LIVE SHOW! No one better to bridge the gap between the genres, seeing as he pretty much single-handedly brought Dub in to the digital age. As a young teenager, the Mad Professor applied his passion for electronics and music and built his own mixing board, and started creating bass-heavy dub. Through his own Ariwa record label, the Mad Professor has released over 100 albums since 1981. In addition to his own dub and reggae work, which ranges from political to experimental to downright extraterrestrial, Mad Professor has remixed tracks for Massive Attack, Depeche Mode, Jamiroquai, Horace Andy, KLF and Perry Farrell. Legendary. Time: 8pm - 3am KOKO, 1A Camden High St, NW1 7JE Info: Lime magazine has two pairs of tickets to giveaway. To enter, visit competition by 15 June, 2010. `

Movida-Corona DJ Competition This June Guanabara is proud to host one of the four regional heats of Movida-Corona, the most eagerly-awaited amateur DJ competition in Europe, split over three consecutive Wednesday nights – June 9, 16 and 23. The competition itself is celebrating its 10th anniversary in true Rio style in London. Movida Corona offers you the opportunity to become the best-known DJ in Europe, the king of amateur DJs. The tenth anniversary of the competition comes with plenty of prizes and surprises. The competition is divided into three phases: 1st Qualifying rounds. 2nd National Finals. 3rd European Grand Finale. This time around, the number of DJs taking part in Movida Corona is set to break records – there are 22 European countries involved. The London Final will be in Café de Paris. The UK final will be in Ministry Of Sound in October. Time: 10.30pm – 2.30am Guanabara, Parker Street (Corner of Drury Lane) London, WC2B 5PW Info: www.movidacorona. com

18 June

On The Real: Skitz “Sticksman” Album Launch Party Rodney P will be on hosting duties on the night, introducing an all star line up of UK talent who appear on the new album, as well as performing a handful of his own bangers. Joining him on stage are another UK king in the shape of Dynamite MC

as well as reggae MCs Harry Shotta & Deadly Hunta. A slightly newer name on the block in the shape of Iron Braydz will also be adding to his already swollen army of fans. All will be performing tracks off the new album released that week that will be raising the roof of Plan B. Time: 9pm – 4am Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AY Info: www.doctorsorders. com

19 June

The Doctor’s Orders Brighton: Def Jam vs Motown Special Residents Spin Doctor and Rusty Ryan joined by special guests Shortee Blitz (Kiss FM / Extended Players) and Andy Bird (SoulBrew / Love Fever). Having already done one of these special Def Jam vs Motown parties to a huge reception in London we have decided to bring the idea to the coast for this our first summer seaside spectacular! Time: 9pm-3am Jam 9- 12 Middle St, The Lanes, Brighton BN11AL Info: www.

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Mean meals A man walks into a hamburger shop and orders a regular meal. Later, the waitress brings his meal to him. He takes a bite out of it, and notices there’s a small hair in the hamburger. He begins yelling frantically at the waitress, “Waitress, there’s a hair in my hamburger! I demand to see what is going on!” So, the waitress takes him back where the cook is and to his demise, he sees the cook take the meat patty and flatten it under his arm pit. He says, “That’s disgusting!” Then the waitress says, “You think that’s disgusting you should see him make donuts.”



THE NAME GAME One day an Indian boy asked his father why they have such long names? The dad answers, “Well son whenever a Indian baby is born the father would go outside and name the baby after the first thing he sees . . . Why do you ask Dog Peeing On Foot.”


SUDOKU But how do I do it? The object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once. What could be simpler?

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THE RIGHT SIZE A man asked his wife what she’d like for her 40th birthday. “I’d love to be six again,” she replied. On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and off they went to a local theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park: the Death Slide, the Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear, everything there was! Wow! Five hours later she staggered out of the theme park, her head reeling and her stomach upside down. Right to a McDonald’s they went,

where her husband ordered her a Happy Meal along with extra fries and a refreshing chocolate shake. Then, it was off to a movie - the latest Disney and what a fabulous adventure! Finally, she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed. He leaned over and lovingly asked, “Well, dear, what was it like being six again?” One eye opened. “You idiot, I meant my dress size.” The moral of this story is: When a woman speaks and a man is actually listening, he will still get it wrong. LIME MAGAZINE 2010





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