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Your Essential Guide To Cultural London ISSUE 4 NOVEMBER 2009



Miss Black Britain


MJ Exhibition




Adoption special


Eddie Kadi


Angie Le Mar


Dead Man Running


DJ Abrantee


Fitness First Nutritional Tips

Romuald Hazoumé “Made in WINETS K TIC Porto-Novo”


Can you change a negative...

...into a positive? It's not all about the biology, it's about the chemistry between you and your child, be a family...

ADOPT Start the chain of events that will change your life forever on 23rd November 2009

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Michael Jackson

Bbbbrrrrrr, a warm welcome to the November issue of Lime magazine – your essential guide to multicultural London. Back again with all that’s happening in around the capital. Can you believe we’re already on our fourth issue of the magazine? Well they say time does fly when you’re having fun. Well the Lime crew has been thoroughly enjoying seeing the magazine go from strength to mighty strength. What are your thoughts on Lime magazine? Love it or hate it, we’d love your feedback. We’re all about partnerships and are brimming with Spirit of Jazz excitement as Chris Rock’s Good Hair opens this year’s bfm International Film Festival (we’re a festival partner) on November 6th. It seems we’re not the only ones beside ourselves as tickets sold-out so fast that another screening date had to be added to accommodate demand. However, It’s still a mystery as to when the award-winning film will go on general release in the UK. There’s more to the festival than Good Hair though so check out our screen section for more information. Our other partnership this month is with Angie Le Mar for her play, Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is? This insightful production is set to shed some light on what’s really going on inside the mind La Chica Bomba of a young woman. Lime’s features editor, Michelle Adabra, got her Lethal on and had a one-to-one with the Bizzle, Congolese funny man, Eddie Kadi and London’s favourite DJ, Choice FM’s Abrantee who’s got a new residency at the Goldcoast Bar in Brixton and Black Grape. Theatre, music, exhibitions, film, events, gigs, clubbing – it’s all hear for you to devour. What a gem of an issue – get stuck in and I’ll see you again next month. Sophia xx

















Miss Black Britan MJ Exhibition McLean

Adoption Special Eddie Kadi Angie Le Mar

Dead Man Running DJ Abrantee

Noticeboard 44 Fitness First Nutritional Tips

Editor Sophia Jackson Designer Kwame Adjepong Features Editor Michelle Adabra Editor of Asian features and listings Zekra Rahman Contributors Audrey Brown Catherine Smiles Karla Williams Advertising and sales Dean Serieux Event listings Published by Got Media Ltd Lime’s on Twitter

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EVENTS Don’t Miss

Time: 7.30pm Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Ellen Thomas presents a 2008 GAB Award to Nigeria Village Square’s Ade Omotade for contributions to Community Development

01 Nov

11th Annual GAB Awards 2009 The GAB Awards was founded in 1999 by The Trumpet newspaper Britain’s largest distributed Black newspaper) against the backdrop of huge negative publicity being flaunted by the UK mainstream media, among many others. Previous recipients of the GAB awards include Nelson Mandela, Professor George Kirya, Henry Annan, Anthonia Okonma of Bad Girls, Cyril Nri of The Bill, Paralympics medallist Ade Adepitan, Dele Momodu, Ishola Akay (MBE), Most Rev. Father Olu Abiola (OBE), Celine Loader – First Bank’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ogun State Governor - Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, Patti Boulaye, and the late Professor Thomas Adeoye Lambo. Time: 5pm – Midnight Holiday Inn (Bloomsbury), Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT Info: 020 8522 6600 or 07946 891597 or 07956 385604.

01 Nov

Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery The Power of Compassion The Tibetan world is filled with chanting of Buddhist texts and mantras, the sound of great long horns, bells and cymbals, and the beating of drums.

01 Nov

Sunday Roast Live Hosted by Slim with performance by Eddie Kadi and music by, Abrantee (Choice FM). The night features poets, singers and comedians Gold Coast, Brixton, Arce lane Info: 07950392251

01 Nov

Urban Music Awards UMA’s celebrates UK urban music’s domination of the charts with the 7th annual awards show! Calvin Harris, Basement Jaxx, Dizzie Rascal, David Guetta, Tinchy Stryder, Alexander Burke, Egypt, Cascada, Mr Hudson, Daniel Merriweather all receive nominations at this year’s 7th annual Urban Music Awards. Newcomer, Alexander Burke who is back with a debut album celebrates a record three nominations whilst Tinchy Stryder, JLS, and Mr Hudson all receive nominations for a year that has been truly successful for urban music. Venue: Secret location Info:

04 Nov

Beyond Words Five incredible South African poets tour the UK together for the first time. Brought together by South African Poet Laureate and renowned exile campaigner Keorapetse Kgositsile, the show premieres specially commissioned new work. This is a blistering introduction to the new South Africa

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14 Nov

Nia Long to Host Miss Black Britain 2009 Miss Black Britain is delighted to announce that the gorgeous and talented Hollywood actress Nia Long is confirmed to host Miss Black Britain 2009. Nia is a perfect example of beauty and intellect and is a role model to black women globally. Miss Black Britain is a celebration of black Beauty. We seek to showcase, celebrate and embrace black beauty and the diversity of it. Celebrating the physical and inner beauty of young black women in Britain. The Miss Black Britain 2009 star studded Live Final and After Show Party will take place at the prestigious Mermaid Theatre. The After Show Party will take place at the Mermaid Theatre’s self contained club ‘the Blackfriars’ with stunning views over looking the River Thames. The dress code is gorgeous and glamorous and it is a black tie event. Come and join the stunning Nia Long , our beautiful contestants, our celebrity judges and guests for a evening of sophistication, entertainment and glamour.

Time: 7pm Mermaid Theatre, The Mermaid Theatre, 2 Puddle Dock, The City, London, EC4V 3DB Info:

and to the power of live poetry in performance. Featuring some of the most exciting voices of South Africa in the twenty first century - Keorapetse Kgositsile, Lebo Mashile, Don Mattera, Lesego Rampolokeng, and Phillippa Yaa de Villiers.

Time: 7.45pm Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX Info: 0871 663 2500 / www.

12 Nov

In Conversation with Gary Younge

Based in the US, Gary Younge is a Guardian columnist and feature writer who has published various works on race politics in America. He will talk about his forthcoming projects and race politics in America, in the light of Obama’s election. Time: 7.30pm Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498

16 Nov

Precious Awards 2009 The Precious Awards, spon-


Eight Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, India, bring a dramatic programme of masked dances and sacred music illustrating this unique, endangered culture.

EVENTS 18 / 19 Nov

Sierra Leone Investment and Donor Conference

Samata Angel, a 2008 Precious Award Winner sored by Pearson plc, is the leading ceremony honouring outstanding women of colour in business and leadership in the UK. We’re celebrating women who demonstrate exceptional determination, dedication, and entrepreneurial skills and talent. The Awards are a truly grass roots, word of mouth, heartfelt event. This year our fabulous hosts are the UK’s leading business coach and speaker, Rasheed Ogunlaru, alongside one of the UK’s leading entreprenuers: Jessica Huie of Colorblind Cards. Time: 5.30pm – 9.15pm Venue: Pearson, 80 The Strand, London Info: foluke@preciousonline.

Daredevas Akademi is a pioneering organisation that works to encourage excellence in the practice of South Asian dance in Britain. Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, Akademi returns to the Purcell Room with Daredevas, featuring six emerging South Asian dancers. British-based with international roots, these artists blitz London with fresh takes on traditional Indian dance styles. Daredevas, now in its fourth year, presents rare talent from the worlds of Odissi, Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam and Kathak. Purcell Room, London SE1

25 Nov

In conversation with Shami Chakrabarti

The conference will start with preliminary meetings on the 18th of November to review progress in key sectors and will be followed by the main meeting on the 19th of November hosted by His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma, the UK Minister for International Development and the World Bank Vice President for Africa. The Government of Sierra Leone will present its new Agenda for Change (the second Poverty Reduction Strategy for Sierra Leone) including progress made on developing the key sectors of agriculture, transport, energy and human development, as well as outlining the advances made in governance, gender equality issues and peace-building. The Sierra Leone Trade and Investment Forum will provide wide-ranging insights into the progress the country has made and the opportunities now available including: • Presentations from leading members of Government on recent reforms and new opportunities, including the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma • Endorsements by renowned international figures and investors, including the Rt Hon Tony Blair • Detailed discussions on major growth sectors in the Sierra Leone economy • Guidance on financing deals in Sierra Leone by leading global finance agencies as well as local commercial banks and investment funds The Forum will also feature exhibitions stalls, meeting spaces and networking spaces offering opportunities for participants to engage in formal and informal discussions and dialogue. Queen Elizabeth II Conference centre, Westminster, London Info: 24 – 25 Nov

Shami Chakrabarti has been Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties since September 2003. Shami first joined

Liberty as In-House Counsel on 10 September 2001 and became heavily involved in its engagement with the ‘War on Terror’ and the

defence and promotion of human rights values in Parliament, the Courts and wider society. A Barrister by background, she was called to the Bar in 1994 and worked as a lawyer in the Home Office from 1996 until 2001 for governments of both persuasions. Since becoming Liberty’s Director she has written, spoken and broadcast widely on the importance of the post-WW2 human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society. She is Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, a Governor of the London School of Economics and the British Film Institute, a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. Time: 7pm Museum of London, London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN Info:

29 Nov

The KCL Charity Diwali Show 2009 Raising thousands for worthy causes worldwide, the KCL Charity Diwali Show is the biggest student-organised show in the UK. Now running in its 17th consecutive year, the Diwali show promotes the crème de la crème of British student talent. This year on the 29 November, witness the fusion of Eastern and Western cultures on one unforgettable night. Royal Festival Hall, London

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GALLERY Until 01 Nov, 2009 From War to Windrush

To mark the sixtieth anniversary of the arrival of the MV Empire Windrush in Britain in 1948, this exhibition will tell the personal stories of the involvement of Black men and women from the West Indies and Britain in the First and Second World Wars. Among the exhibits on display will be pages from the MV Empire Windrush passenger list; the MBE belonging to Sam King, who returned to Britain on the Windrush after serving in the RAF and was later the first Black mayor of Southwark; and the telegram announcing the death of Walter Tull, the first Black British Army officer.

01 Nov

Day of the Dead - Join the Fiesta A special celebration of the Day of the Dead; an annual Mexican festival where families gather to remember the dead. The British Museum will present an engaging programme of performance, processions, storytelling, displays and much more. There will be two key moments during the day when a vibrant procession of performers, musicians, dancers and Museum visitors will travel through the Museum. The performers will be dressed in carnival-style costumes made to look like skeletons and Katrinas (Lady Death) made of papel maché and featuring papel picado (paper cut outs which Mexicans use to decorate the graves of their family and friends and their homes, streets and shops at festival times). Time: 11am – 5pm British Museum, Great Russell Street, London | WC1B 3DG

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Imperial War Museum, London Info:

06 Nov

‘I Have Done the State Some Service’: Othello, Robeson and the FBI ‘Paul Robeson Battlefront’. Professor Tony Howard will explore the work of Paul Robeson against a background of prejudice & government Blacklists. The evening includes The Robeson Project display and a short accompanying performance by actor Geff Francis, (Ashes to Ashes,

BBC1 and Desmonds, Channel 4) reading extracts from Othello followed by a drinks reception. Professor Tony Howard is author of Women as Hamlet (Cambridge 2007); editor of Reading the Apocalypse in Bed: Selected Plays of Tadeusz Rozewicz (Boyars); editor with John Stokes of Acts of War: Representations of Military Conflict in Contemporary British Television and Theatre.£10, (early bird tickets purchased before 16 October 2009); £12, all tickets include a drink at the reception. The display is supported by the CAPITAL Centre, University of Warwick.

Time: 7pm – 9.30pm Victoria and Albert Museum, Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre, London, SW7 Bookings: 020 7942 2211

Until 12 Nov

Afro-pop Art: Politics, Life and Lyrics Life and Lyrics’, at the arc Gallery, brings a taste of the critically acclaimed artist, Ghariokwu Lemi’s vibrant take on iconicity, political narration, and realism to London. A name made famous since the glorious years of Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat phenomenon, Ghariokwu Lemi has become renowned for his unique style of illustration, spanning themes of everyday life, popular culture, fashion, politics, and music. The exhibition will focus on his most recent creations, using new media, including plastic. His political satire is ever topical and his vivid kaleidoscopic graphics are as gritty, loud, and colourful as the culture that created them. Time: Tues – Fri; 11am -6.30pm arc Gallery, 11 Hale Wharf, Ferry Lane, London N17 9NF Info:

GALLERY Until 28 Nov

Getty Images Gallery presents ‘The Spirit of Jazz’ In Association with Ronnie Scott’s 50th Anniversary

19 Nov

Racism on the Victorian Stage @ Museum of London Docklands Author and academic Hazel Waters explores the racial stereotypes in popular culture in nineteenth century Britain. Time: 1.10pm Museum of London, West India Quay 1 Warehouse, London, E14 4AL Info:

Until 28 Nov

Romuald Hazoumé “Made in Porto-Novo”

PIC:JOHNATHAN GREET Romuald Hazoumé was born in 1962 in Porto Novo, in the Republic of Benin. Hazoumé’s work first came to prominence in the U.K. with the inclusion of his witty, tongue-in-cheek “masks” in the Saatchi Gallery’s “Out of Africa” show, in 1992. Since then his work has been widely shown in many of the major galleries and museums in Europe and beyond, including the British Museum, the Guggenheim, Bilbao, the

A swinging new photographic exhibition, presented by the Getty Images Gallery in association with the 50th Anniversary of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, captures the heat, the beat and the spirit of jazz. Spanning over 80 glorious years from 1927 to 2009, the exhibition includes a selection of rare and previously unseen images featuring some of the finest, most infamous jazz men and women performing at the peak of their heady careers. The high energy of some of the most legendary performances in jazz history is captured in glorious detail in this exhibition, from the sharp suits and instruments, right down to the last bead of sweat. Curated by Jamie Cullum, the iconic images for this show were chosen from the Hulton Archive, Michael Ochs Archives and the Redferns collection and include the work of some of the era’s best loved photographers including Slim Aarons, David Redfern, Michael Ochs and Charles Hewitt. Just some of the magical moments captured on camera include Big Jay McNeely lying on his back, blowing his saxophone with fierce energy as ecstatic fans cheer him on; ‘Lady Day’ Billie Holiday singing in the spotlight; American banjo player Mike McKendrick performing in Chicago and Louis Prima, jumping and jerking as he plays his trumpet. Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and Eartha Kitt also feature but it is not just the famous masters that make this exhibition come alive. Images of jitterbugging couples sit alongside timeless shots of some of jazz’s most notorious venues including the Cotton Club in New York, the Door Bar in New Orleans and of course, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. Time: Mon - Fri: 10.00-18.30, Sat: 12.00-18.00 Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street London W1W 8DX Info:

GALLERY Don’t Miss

Until end of Jan, 2010

Michael Jackson: The Official Exhibition Showcasing some of the most personal and iconic memorabilia from The King of Pop’s extraordinary life, ‘Michael Jackson: The Official Exhibition’ will celebrate his unparalleled career. The exhibit will chronicle Michael’s rise to fame with The Jackson 5 at Motown Records, his record-breaking solo career as a global superstar, and end with the spectacular shows he had planned for The O2 arena before his untimely death. This extensive, never before seen collection will be exhibited across nine different themed galleries and include more than 250 objects. Michael Jackson: The Official Exhibition will include items that have never been seen up close by the public. Michael Jackson’s estate has opened up his extensive archives from his homes, Neverland Ranch, concert collections and video vault to present more than 250 items, including awards, clothing items and a wide range of personal belongings. These include an original Jackson 5 contract, personally commissioned portraits, the largest publicly displayed collection of his iconic concert and video costumes, his personal Rolls Royce and the famous sequined glove. The O2 Bubble, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0JF Info:

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, ICP, New York, the V&A Museum, London, etc. The stellar trajectory of Hazoumé’s rise during these past fifteen years has catapulted him into the first rank of the international artistic community, marking him out as unique amongst other African contemporary artists. The exhibition’s title of “Made in Porto-Novo” functions as something of a wake-up call to anyone who’s never heard of the capital city of Benin as well as to anyone who remains unaware of the exceptional nature of some of the art being produced on the African continent today. It is quite typical of Hazoumé that he should be the one

to announce Porto-Novo’s accession to the map of art capitals of the world in this breezily self-assured manner.

Time: Tuesday – Saturday 12.30 - 5.30pm October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street London WC1N 3AL Info: www.octobergallery.

Until 20 Jan 2010

Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler Completing its series of exhibitions exploring power and empire, the British Museum focuses on the last elected Aztec Emperor, Moctezuma II. Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler is the first

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exhibition to examine the semi-mythical status of Moctezuma and his legacy today. Loans of iconic material from Mexico and Europe will be displayed, most for the first time in this country. The exhibition anticipates the anniversaries in 2010 of the Independence of Mexico (1810) and of the Mexican Revolution (1910). British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG Info: www.britishmuseum. org

Until Feb 2010 Living Archive Exhibition The Living Archive Exhibition features images of performers including 18th

century street entertainer Billy Waters, classical actor Ira Aldridge, and black Edwardian music hall stars Bert Williams and George Walker. The collection also throws a spotlight on 100 years of black performers at the Palladium, such as Adelaide Hall, the Harlem Renaissance star who made her London debut in 1931. The items, which include photographs, posters and playbills, have been taken from the private collection of Leon Robinson, a former dancer and founder and artistic director of performing arts company Positive Steps. London Palladium, Argyll Street, London W1


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A McLean and Fresh New Sound Words: Michelle Adabra


meet McLean sitting rather unassumingly in the corner of the Theatre Royal Bar in Stratford, east London. He was on time - in fact early - and glancing at the 29-year-old singer you’d never guess that this humble young man has been dubbed the modern day Marvin Gaye – a huge accolade by anyone’s standards. Why such praise - you may wonder, well McLean’s debut single ‘Broken’ has garnered international critical acclaim and a phenomenal amount of hits across YouTube, Myspace and any other social media outlet you care to mention. ‘Broken’ the tragic love song that has taken the industry by storm has accrued over 20 million hits online. The irrestible combination of McLean’s smooth, velvety tones and the bitter sweet nature of the lyrics make ‘Broken’ one of the biggest tracks of the year so far. Dagenham based McLean - previously known as Digga – comes from a rich, musical family and is the son of Lovers Rock legend John McLean and cousin of ‘It Keeps Rainin’ singer Bitty McLean.

Lime caught up with the soulful singer to talk about his single ‘Broken’, family ties and becoming a Young Soul Rebel. ‘Broken’ is already a phenomenal hit – did you have any idea when writing the track that it would be so successful? No not really. I did about four or five songs in that studio and I thought that was the one and everybody else was saying that ‘Broken’ was the hit but you never know with these things. How long ago did you write the track? I wrote the track three years ago now, so it’s crazy the way it’s grown a life of its own. ‘Broken’ is quite a tragic love song, is it based on your own experiences? No it’s not thankfully but a lot of people do ask me that (laughs). When I‘m writing a song I don’t plan it, it’s just whatever comes out at the time. I grew up listening to emotional singers like the guys from Boyz II Men and I’ve always tried to capture that in my music. You have pretty big shoes to fill as your dad is legendary lovers rock singer John McLean – how does he feel about your music career? Yeah he’s happy and proud. He’s seen me on TV and given me advice about things and my cousin Bitty (McLean) but we’ve all been doing music from back in the day now, my family is very musical. My dad’s brothers had a band at one time and my cousins were in music too. Any plans to record a track with your family? If I could get them all in one room, at one time then definitely, yeah but that is

a very difficult thing to do (laughs). Why did you change your name? There’s a few reasons the main one being, I wanted to start a fresh and use my actual name. I just thought now is as good a time as any to really go for it. What can we expect from your album which is due out next year? It’s a mixture of different genres that I listen to and make up my sound. There are some tracks on there that lean towards Motown, there are the more heavy synth sounding tracks and then the straight up r&b tracks, its many flavours in one. I’ve written about different things on the album but mainly love and the different sides of it.


know he’s dubbed me the modern Marvin Gaye and I’m flattered. I’m hoping that I can live up to that one day” So is McLean in love at present? (Laughs) yeah I am…I’m in love with life! You’re working on the album with producer of the moment Fraser T Smith (Tinchy Stryder, James Morrison, Young Soul Rebels). What is it like working with him? Yeah Fraser is great to work with; he pushes me to get the best out of me. He’s a musical genius and it’s great vibing in his studio, I really love working with him. I know he’s dubbed me the modern Marvin Gaye and I’m flattered. I’m hoping that

I can live up to that one day, it’s huge that he has said that about me especially coming from one of the biggest producers in the music industry. How did you become a part of the Young Soul Rebels project? That was Fraser’s doing again as he produced the track I Got Soul. I was in his studio and he told me that he’s doing this charity record for War Child and would I like to be a part of it and I was like, ‘yes!’ At the time I didn’t know exactly who else would be involved with the project but there are some amazing British talents on the track obviously Tinchy Stryder, Pixie Lott, N-Dubz, V V Brown but it’s also for a good cause, so I’m grateful that I could be involved. I’m backing it 100 per cent. You performed ‘I Got Soul’ as part of the Young Soul Rebels at the MOBOs – how was that experience for you? That was my first time at the

MOBOS and it was great. So who knows maybe this time next year, fingers crossed I may get invited back. Are people starting to recognise you now? Yeah it’s started to happen now and so far it’s been cool. People come up to me to tell me how much they love my music and they want to know when the album is coming out, so it’s all been real positive.

• ‘Broken’ is out November 9, 2009. • ‘I Got Soul’ is out now for War Child. • See McLean perform on the Brat Pack Tour February 2010, live dates to be announced shortly. • mcleanofficial •

MUSIC RIP Louisa Mark (1960 – Oct 2009) The late great Louisa ‘Markswoman’ Mark was a British lovers rock singer best known for her work between the mid-1970s and early 1980s. Her 1975 single ‘Caught You in a Lie’ is regarded as the first lovers rock single. It is suspected that Louisa died of food poisoning on Saturday 17th October 2009 in the Gambia where she was living at the time. A great Jamaican icon of lovers rock. The original star and lead voice behind lovers rock is etched in all of our memories. The singer cut her first record at the age of 15 for Sound System operator Lloyd Coxone, ‘Caught You in a Lie’, proved a huge hit amongst the reggae-listening audience, a heartfelt cry of misplaced trust, then followed by another monster success entitled ‘All My Loving’. Despite popularity, Louisa quit recording for over 18 months because of contractual disputes. She was then linked up with house producer, and A&R manager for Trojan records Clem Bushay, veteran of the UK reggae scene, cutting her next hit ‘Keep it Like This’. Again the song was well received but poor promotion proved disillusioning and despite the terms of her one year contract she declined to record further. Once free from Trojan Louisa Mark music began to take off in a big way, her rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Even Though You’re Gone’ released on the producer’s Bushay’s label selling strongly in the summer. Then followed up with a monster ‘6, Six Street’ penned by Joe Charles, Clem Bushay and The In Crowd. Louisa Mark was voted top female reggae vocalist in 1978. Lime editor, Sophia Jackson said, “All My Loving and Sixth Street were huge lovers rock anthems. I remember hearing them at many a wedding, christening and even just at home from my mum’s collection. RIP Louisa – you’re a legend and your contribution to the lovers rock scene will never be forgotten.”

15 Nov

Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya: Vijay Iyer The popular Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya series returns for a fourth year of informal, informative interviews with some of the stars of the London Jazz Festival in front of a

lively audience of jazz fans. Pianist Vijay Iyer discusses his own forward-looking approach to contemporary jazz from his Asian-American roots. The Front Room at QEH

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04 Nov

Jay-Z Live at Alexandra Palace Selling out in a record breaking 20 seconds, Jay-Z received critical acclaim for his recent Roundhouse show. His new album – ‘The Blueprint 3’, is JayZ’s 11th number one album debut in the US putting him ahead of Elvis in chart topping albums by any solo artist. His newest hit the top 4 in the UK here and he currently has two tracks off the album in the Top 5 singles chart – ‘Run This Town’ feat Rhianna and Kanye West (which hit number one) and the beautiful ‘Empire State of Mind’ feat Alicia Keys, which stole the show on Jonathan Ross’s TV show. Info:

06 Nov

The Doctor’s Orders 35: Def Jam Vs Motown Special & Spin Doctor’s “Doctorin’ Detroit” mixtape launch Two of the most influential record labels of all time celebrate milestone anniversaries this year so we’re celebrating by making them go head to head. Each DJ will play a set dedicated to a particular label as we switch back and forth between hiphop bangers and The sound of young America. With Spin Doctor, Phil Asher, DJ Snips (Livin’ Proof), Rob Breezy (Southern Hospitality) and Deke (Evergreen). To mark Motown’s 50th birthday this year The Doctor’s Orders resident and promoter Spin Doctor has recorded a double disk mix CD that will be released in conjunction with this event and available in all good record stores. Spin has hand picked a team of four DJs that will be playing sets that delve into the huge catalogues of these incredible labels. Time: 9pm-3am Gramaphone, 60-62 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT

Info: info@thedoctorsorders. com

06 Nov

Soundcrash Presents an exclusive show from Dead Prez. + Klashnekoff + Kiss FM’s DJ MK As hip hop groups go, Dead Prez are a rare breed. Continuing on the path of politically minded artists like Public Enemy and KRS-One the Florida-formed-New York based outfit has been crafting revolutionary but gangsta hip-hop since the late 1990s. Support will come from the UK’s finest Klashnekoff. He has been missing in action for a while now but will surely make a solid return as he intends to release his new album Back to Da Sagas in the coming months. Time: 7.30 11.30 pm KOKO, 1A Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE Info:

07 Nov

Aarambh: The New Beginning Manorama Prasad musical director This groundbreaking project features Aarambh, Britain’s first ever vocal choir for Indian music directed by Mrs Manorama Prasad, renowned carnatic vocalist and conductor of Tarang (the UK’s Indian classical music ensemble). This is a superb new production of an assembled vocal choir with some of the finest voices in Indian music. Aarambh is a new beginning for Indian music in Great Britain and is not to be missed. Purcell Room, London SE1

MUSIC WORDS: MICHELLE ADABRA It’s been quite a journey for east London star Lethal Bizzle. Having become somewhat of a pioneer in the grime scene as part of More Fire Crew, Lethal went onto solo success with hit record ‘Pow’, two solo albums and numerous sold out UK tours. Developing a reputation for his energetic live shows – the rapper has managed to cross over into the mainstream with his hard hitting bangers and his unlikely celebrity collaborations with the likes of Pete Docherty, Kate Moss and Mark Ronson. Last year Bizzle, 27, made headlines after being pelted with bottles and a banana with a racist slur written on it at Download Festival. Now back with his third album ‘Go Hard’, Bizzle speaks to Lime about working with Mark Ronson, crossing into the mainstream and dealing with Download. How is this album different to your previous efforts? I think this one defines who I am as an artist. I just wanted to make a party album; my live shows are one of my strongest points so I wanted the music to work well live. What was it like working with Mark Ronson? Ronson was cool, he’s mad chilled. The collaboration was an exciting thing for me, we were doing a lot of shows together last year and we got talking about my album and I asked him for some beats. We had a great session jamming and making the track ‘Going Out Tonight’ which is the next single. Someone threw a banana at you at last year’s Download Festival – can you explain what happened? Yeah that was a crazy day. In the beginning people


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were not happy at the fact that I was there, they were dashing everything at me – they wanted me off that stage. Download Festival is


f you go and see a rock band they know how to rock a crowd, I’ve taken some of those elements and incorporated it into my shows.’ a notoriously hard rock/metal festival to play - they will pelt their own. There was so much security around me before I went on the stage; I was thinking ‘Oh my God what’s going to happen?’ As soon as they announced my name it just started raining bottles but by my third song

people had settled and started getting into it, I left with a huge applause. It’s weird because off the back of that my crowds have grown even bigger and I have the respect of the rock scene. The sad thing was the banana incident. I spotted the banana at the end of the show and I picked it up and it said: ‘Bizzle you black c**t’, it made me sad but I felt like I had made my point. You’re highly respected on the festival circuit, it takes a while for grime/hip hop acts to gain respect from the indie scene – why do you think that is? I’ve been cool but I think that’s because my music has a lot in common with the rock scene, especially with the energy. A lot of the indie guys have nuts live shows- if you go and see a rock band in concert

they really know how to rock a crowd, so I’ve taken some of those elements and incorporated it into my shows. You had a top ten hit with ‘Oi’ when you were just 18-years-old - was it difficult dealing with overnight success? It was probably the best time of my life because it was the first introduction to everything but it was also a difficult time, it was like walking into something blind. We (More Fire Crew) brought that gritty realism to the mainstream; trust me there was nothing pretty about us at the time (laughs), we were just kids from the hood on TV. • The album ‘Go Hard’ is out now.

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MUSIC 07 Nov

Love Fever Join those naughty Love Fever boys for what could be their most outrageous party yet. New York disco legend Nicky Siano will be playing a “Gallery” style session all night in room one, whilst in room two the future of disco will be represented by Mark Seven from Sweden alongside those hardy Love Fever DJs. After a series of parties over Summer in Shoreditch warehouses this time they’ve gone legit with Corsica Studios just south of the river (gasp) the perfect ripe canvas for a Love Fever makeover. Think disco balls, balloons, roller girls, projections, artworks and sound system fine tuning - for the geeks their first party featured a 1973 Bozak mixer as used in the Paradise Garage. Room 1: Nicky Siano / Gallery Session All Night Long and Room 2: Mark Seven / Love Fever DJs Times: 10pm - 5am Corsica Studios, 4 Elephant Road, London, SE17 1LB Info:

08 Nov

Utsav Lal: Indian Raga Music for piano Kousic Sen percussion - one of India’s youngest and finest concert pianists, Utsav Lal makes his Southbank Centre debut accompanied by the renowned percussionist Kousic Sen. The concert will feature a mixed programme by Utsav Lal playing beautiful melodies based on Indian classical raga music as well as popular music.

10 Nov

Ipanema Sessions with with DJ D.Vyzor - playing Live: Forro in the Dark

Playing live tonight are Forro in the Dark a collective of four New York-based Brazilian expats – Mauro Refosco (zabumba drum, vocals), Davi Vieira (percussion, vocals), Guilherme Monteiro (guitar, vocals) and Jorge Continentino (pifano flute, sax, vocals). As part of their “Light the Candle” tour and launching their new album, Forro in the Dark play an exclusive gig tonight at Guanabara. Expect all the traditional elements of forró but open to all styles, a signature sound that grafts dub, indie rock, funk, jazz and even country and western swing into forró’s roots. Come early for free Forró lessons. Guanabara, Parker St, corner of Drury Lane London WC2B 5PW Info:

Breakbeat and Drum ‘n’ Bass to dubstep, soundscapes and ambiences infused with his unique feel. Accompanied by the astounding talents of regular band members Ashwin Srinivasan on flute/vox, Aref

Purcell Room, London SE1

12 Nov

Nitin Sawhney Soundsystem Nitin Sawhney will be performing an exclusive set featuring blistering sounds from cutting edge Asian

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Durvesh on tabla/dholak and Tina Grace on vox, Nitin creates a unique blend drawn from flamenco, Indian classical music, Brazillian Samba and Hip Hop to complete the mix. Time: 8pm Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498

14 Nov / 16 Nov Beyoncé

The O2, Peninsula Square London SE10 0DX Info:

13 Nov

Ladies Unplugged with Ms

Dynamite / Shola Ama / YolanDa Brown / Katy B Sisters are doin’ it for themselves once again at the Unplugged Session. Brought to you as part of the London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3, UD continue its commitment to bringing you big name artists in intimate venues alongside the brightest upcoming stars, all backed by super-tight house band Groove Control. Mercury Music Prize winner Ms Dynamite needs little introduction. From breakthrough track ‘Boo’ alongside Sticky, through to the award winning ‘A Little Deeper’, Ms D always brings freshness to her performances. Shola

MUSIC Lime Album Reviews Words: Catherine Smiles

Chipmunk I am Chipmunk His name is Chip Daddy Chip. Actually his name is Jahmaal Noel Fyffe. And he is north London‘s own MOBO award-winning representative. With the taste of A-level exam success still fresh in his mind he releases his first album ‘I am Chipmunk’. The overall tone of the album reflects the direction grime artists such as Tinchy Stryder and Dizzee Rascal have taken; yes some may say they have crossed into the dark side: mainstream. The grittiness of his earlier work has been reworked into shiny lyrics and pop-like choruses with not very “grimey” topics - mix in Chip’s boy band good looks and we now have a new pop star. For most of the album Chip displays a charismatic, witty, sensitive nature but also has an air of self-confident Jay-Z swagger which makes me wonder if he has gotten too big for his boots too quickly.

the nice range on the album. A lot of the acclaim is slightly premature as I think Chip needs the time to grow into his art form. Nevertheless, this is a respectably charming debut.

‘Man Dem’ which features his tour buddy Tinchy Stryder is the most remotely “street” track on the album. The ska sampled ‘Diamond Rings’ and ‘Oopsy Daisy’, are two different tracks which can be used to explain

• Tracks to take note of: Diamond Rings, Oopsy Daisy.

right, as well as the record label owner and founder of Rokstarr Music. Born Adetayo Ayowale Onile Ere to a Nigerian father and Brazilian mother, Cruz at only 24 shows no sign of slowing down and will no doubt be the next mogul of the UK/pop urban music scene. ‘Rokstarr’ is Cruz’s sophomore follow up to 2008’s ‘Departure’, songs like ‘Best Girl’ and ‘I’ll Never Love Again’ are far from amateur. Cruz croons thoughtful lyrics over soulful r&b sounds and melodies. Songs like ‘Only You’ see Cruz taking the lead singer role in what seems to be a bad version of a Backstreet Boys track.

Taio Cruz Rokstarr It may seem like Taio Cruz has just arrived on the scene but the guy is a veteran in his own right. Very much the UK’s own NeYo, Cruz is not only an artist but a successful song writer and producer in his own

Mr Fraser T ‘hit maker’ Smith is lead producer on the album and he doesn’t disappoint, from bangers like number one single ‘Break Your Heart’ and ‘Take Me Back’ featuring Tinchy Stryder, the album is well rounded with some electro influenced up-tempo and mid-tempo bangers. The album is a great effort from Cruz, don’t expect anything too urban as this album is simply electro dance pop - Lady Gaga without the crazy outfits. • Tracks to take note of: Best Girl; I’ll Never Love You Again and Take Me Back featuring Tinchy Stryder

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MUSIC Words: Zekra Rahman

ONE of the best kept secrets in the UK right now is singer, songwriter and producer Parichay. The urban desi artist has headlined at over 300 live shows and festivals worldwide and established a huge fan following around the world. Based in Canada and raised on a diet of urban and desi culture, Parichay fuses classical Hindi influences with everything from pop and r’n’b to dancehall and reggae. Now the multitalented artist is spending more time in the UK because he has just been signed by Big Drama Entertainment, headed by Manchester-based producer Surinder Rattan. Together they will be working on Parichay’s first EP for the UK market due to be released next year. Parichay took time out of recording in the studio to talk to LIME about his latest album No Boundaries, performing around the world and why he has been keeping such a low profile in the UK. You have been in the game for a while now, what’s been the highlight of your career so far? It is very hard to point one thing out. I’ve had a ton of good experiences all throughout my career but when my debut album No Boundaries hit the top 10 charts in India; I felt a high I can’t describe in words. All the hard work had paid off and the feeling was overwhelming. Why have you kept such a low profile in the UK? Like Jay-Z once said, “If you can’t rock your neighbourhood, you can’t rock nobody.” Being from Canada, I had to make a buzz locally in my city - Scarborough, then all of Toronto, all of


o Boundaries for Parichay

Canada and then the entire North American Continent one step at a time. I headed to Mumbai earlier this year, secured a deal with a major label there, released the album and toured the whole country. By God’s grace everything thus far has gone according to plan. The UK is a major hub for the kind

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of music I do no doubt and that’s why I’m here now... definitely not to stay low profile anymore! How long are you here for? For as long as my music keeps me here. Are you missing Canada? Of course I am. That is

where my family is and all my friends are but I’m surrounded here by some super cool people so it’s all good. How would you describe your sound? Desi urban or Hindi urban! I am a Hindi singer/ songwriter but the production will

MUSIC Tell us about a bit about the album? It is the end result of my expressions in the form of music. Although a ton of work went into it, it clearly was the greatest three months of my life putting it together. Most tunes are love songs about relationships - some good, some gone bad (laughs). But every person can relate to it at some level. From the club banger Deewana Tera , pop/ r’n’b vibe Kasam


’m all about fusion and experimenting with, and creating unique sounds” Se, sufi-rap tune Rabba, Bollywood oriented Kahe Barse to the esteem builder Help Me To Shine there is something for everyone on this record. Big-up to every artist featured on was a pleasure working with such great talent. Hope you all like the album. always be urban influenced since hip hop, r&B, reggae and reggaeton is what I listen to apart from desi music. I’m all about fusion and experimenting with, and creating unique sounds. Your debut album is called No Boundaries. Why did you decide to call it that? Because I honestly believe that there are no boundaries in music - it is a universal language in itself and I think this is very well reflected in the album. Each tune is a fusion of different genres of music as well as a lyrical mix of languages. One day, I hope to sing in Arabic, Spanish and bring a desi urban vibe to it as well.

live gig that sticks with you? Yes, desiFEST 09 in Toronto. The vibe at Yonge/ Dundas square in downtown T.Dot is unreal and the crowd was as responsive as it could get. The energy on stage was bananas and my band, dancers and co-artists (Hennesseyy, Roach Killa, DJ Blaze, Joe Louis & Skelitor) were all on fire (Laughs). It felt like the whole musical family came together to rock one stage. What do you make of the British Asian music scene? I only have two words to describe it - incredible talent! Is there any British artist you would like to collaborate with who you haven’t already? Yes - Jay Sean. He’s extremely talented and I think the Hindi, r’n’b vibe would work wonders. What is the biggest mistake you have made in your career so far? I’m not perfect - not even close. We all make mistakes and learn from them. The

idea is to never repeat the same mistake twice. So I just take them as learning experiences and move on. Fortunately, I haven’t made a mistake yet that has caused severe damage in any way...touch wood! Do you have any regrets? Not really. There is always a way around or a way out of a bad decision. What the best piece of advice you have been given? Write down your goals! What are you working on at the moment? I’m currently in Manchester working on my EP for the UK to be produced by Surinder Rattan. Just finished writing my first single and I’m super pumped about this project. What’s next for you? Music, music and more music! • No Boundaries is out now on iTunes worldwide

Where did you get the inspirations for it? I am inspired by artists, musicians and producers from around the world but since I did not have a benchmark to refer or compare the album to, it was a pleasant challenge trying to create something fresh. Do you have a favourite song on it? Yes I do. I have the most fun performing Kasam Se live. Give me just a piano and this tune would do it for me because it is based on a true story close to my heart. You have performed around the world. Is there any one

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Words: Zekra Rahman

Canadian raggamuffin has Killa Instinct


HE last time a desi raggamuffin was topping the charts, we were rocking to the tunes of Apache Indian. Ten years on and no other Asian has managed to hit the same highs as the man who brought us hits like Chok De and Boom Shaka Laka. But it finally looks like all that’s about to change with the arrival of a hot new reggae artist who goes by the name of Roach Killa. He might sound like an exterminator who specialises in killing insects, but his music certainly isn’t repelling. The Canadian raggamuffin has recently dropped his debut album The Revolution, which introduces some of the most progressive, refreshing and original sounds to hit the scene. While he was jammin’ in London, LIME took the opportunity to catch up with him and find out more about his music. You say your friends used to call you Roach. How did they come up with it? I guess they saw something in me that reminded them of a roach. Now, there are a few meanings to the word “Roach”, you can come to your own conclusion. (Laughs) Tell us about your debut album The Revolution? The album is out in all UK stores and it’s been getting a great response. The album consists of reggae, hip hop and our eastern roots and culture - it’s a fresh new sound for the people, so give us some feed back and let

Roach Killa on

finding love: “I found love at the age of 12 and we got married at the age of 14, in case you didn’t realise, I was talking about music.”

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MUSIC us know what you think. What’s your favourite track on there and why? All the tracks are meaningful to me but my favourite track on the album is Revolution the title track of the album. I feel that on that track you can see the next side of me where we take the music and lyrics to another level. It describes me as a complete artist. How did you first get into the reggae scene? My brother I would say. He brought me a tape of Apache Indian. I must have been like 12 and I saw this Asian guy with designs in his hair and spitting a fusion between Patois (Jamaican) and Indian culture, which we grew up on. This pushed me to the direction of reggae music. What are the biggest challenges you have faced in your music career so far? If an artist wants to succeed in their music career, they have to understand the business. Although we all start making music for the passion, eventually you have to narrow it down to whether it’s for pleasure or you want to take it to another level and make a career out of it. So it’s essential for us to learn the ins and outs of the business and let me tell you it’s not an easy choice, but as long as you believe in yourself, then nothing can stand in your way. Do you think that music should transcend cultural and racial boundaries and would you consider yourself an example being an Asian doing black music? Music is a universal language so it shouldn’t hold any boundaries. Do I do black music? Well, I don’t look at it like that. I do something that comes from the heart, something

that makes me express how I feel, whether its in English, Hindi, Patois, it still conveys a message so for the people that put racial issues into the matter, I guess don’t really understand the meaning of inner expression. How does the music scene in Canada compare to the UK? Canada is a fairly new scene that’s still in the developing stages. The UK scene has been shaped to expose Asian artists with a lot of resources backing the community. The infrastructure is a lot stronger, which allows artists to get commercial exposure and not only in the UK but around the world. Do you think it’s easier for artists like yourself to breakthrough in the UK than Canada and why? Like I said, it’s not easier but more of an opportunity in the UK due to the infrastructure that has been created over a period of time. But trust me, there is a lot of talent in Canada, and Toronto is the next city to blow. Not only Asian but mainstream, such as Kardinal Offishal, Drake Drizzy, Parichay , Freedom, Skelitor and of course yours truly (Laughs) What are your thoughts on Jay Sean finding more success in America than in the UK? It’s not that he’s finding more successful in the US, it’s because their market is universal. When something is hot there, it’s hot everywhere in the world. Jay Sean worked hard in the UK scene as well as India and other parts of the world to create a loyal fan base and with the right backing like Cash Money Records;

it was inevitable for Jay to reach number one in the US. Congratulations to him, we are all very proud of him and his achievements. What do you miss the most about Canada? I miss my parents because without their blessing, who knows where one would be. Have you found love yet? I found love at the age of 12 and we got married at the age of 14, in case you didn’t realise, I was talking about music! (Laughs) What do you look for in a woman? Beauty fades with time but your inner per-

to a person initially, but it’s the personality that keeps you there. What’s the best and worst thing about being Roach Killa? Life is like a rollercoaster, you have good days, and you have bad days. The best thing about being me is that I’m as real as it gets. The worst thing about me is that sometimes I’m too real. What is your musical master plan? Every artist wants to be remembered for something, and if I go today I want to be remembered as an artist who stood for something and had a message. Of course we do party tracks and comedy tracks but we are not happy every hour every minute. We are entertainers who cater to the public so as long as you stay real to yourself; people will catch on to your vibe. Where do you want to take your music to? I want to take my music worldwide, from East to West, from Hollywood to Bollywood and back. I want to take my music from your ears to her ears, to his ears to all over the world. We strive for the opportunity to convey a message to all listeners and it’s a blessing to be able to achieve that goal.

sonality will remain forever. Everyman dreams of a woman that is beautiful but what’s beautiful to me might not be beautiful to you so at the end of the day looks are what attracts you

• The Revolution is now on iTunes worldwide.

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MUSIC 19 Nov

Balada Special with DJ Roc Hunter - Playing Live: Jair Oliveira, Max De Castro and Simoninha

Linea festival. Troba KungFú were formed by singer and accordionist Joan Garriga from the ashes of another great Barcelona band, Dusminguet. Troba KungFú’s innovation has been to weld Colombian cumbia to the dance rhythms of gypsy Rumba Catalana, seasoned with dub to deliver a manic and electrifying live show. The band are stepping off their November regional UK tour with soulmates Ojos de Brujo to play this headline show. Russ Jones the Hackney Globetrotter spices the night with a set of cumbia cuts and mestizo platters. Time: 7pm – 1am Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch London EC2A 3AY Info:

Every Sunday until 27 Dec

In the Mix with Soweto Kinch Soweto Kinch returns to the Rich Mix bar, taking jazz to the next level with a selection of guest artists and performers including Femi Temowo and Shabaka Hutchings. Time: 2pm – 5pm Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Info:

Coming soon... 13 Feb 2010 JLS

HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London Info:

25 – 28 April, 2010 Whitney Houston

Tonight sees a special encounter of three unique Brazilian talents, as Jair Oliveira, Max De Castro and Simoninha take to Guanabara’s stage. With a creative mixture of traditional samba-rock, bossa-nova, jazz, acid jazz, funk, electronic and African beats, their music is captivating and up to date while still linked to their Brazilian roots. Three musical forces together in a rare, unforgettable evening - come early for free Lambada lessons. Guanabara, Parker St, corner of Drury Lane London WC2B 5PW Info:

Ama is also no stranger to success tonight will see Shola back on stage, showcasing the voice that has secured her place as one of Britain’s best R&B artists. Like our first two artists, saxophonist YolanDa is a double MOBO Award winner, Urban Development offer the chance to catch this gifted musician up close and personal for one night only. Throw in Katy B, the first Lady of funky and the voice behind massive Napa

anthem ‘Tell Me’ and you have another stellar line up. Stratford Circus, London, E15 1BX Time: 7:30pm Info: www.trailermedia. com

26 Nov

La Troba Kung-Fú Direct from Barcelona La Troba Kung-Fú return to London after making their UK debut at this year’s La

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Whitney is adding more dates to her highly anticipated tour due to popular demand. This is her first major tour in more than 11 years. The concerts will be the must see shows of this decade as she returns to the stage to perform classic hits alongside her latest songs. 02 Arena, London Info:

MUSIC The Lime gig review: Tinchy Stryder at Shepherds Bush Empire, support acts Bashy, Chipmunk and Ms Bratt, 25 September, 2009

Words: Michelle Adabra


ast London’s Tinchy Stryder has come a long way from ‘spitting bars’ in the school playground and on the local pirate radio station. It seems the self appointed star in the hood’s shine is no longer restricted to Bow E3 having dominated the top of the charts - becoming the biggest selling male act of the year so far. Now, to cap off a perfect year, the 22-yearold rapper is headlining his first UK tour with support from another shooting star Chipmunk. The London show at Shepherds Bush Empire will undoubtedly be a new highlight in the rapper’s career. With queues forming around the block, excited teens (and adults) proudly wearing their Star in the Hood t-shirts or flocking to the merchandise stall to pay £25 a pop for a t-shirt – the phrase tinchymania would be an understatement. Tinchy’s entrance was fit for a prince – silhouetted behind a curtain, he emerged like a true star to screams and thunderous applause. Effortlessly moving from track to track from the acclaimed Catch 22 album, he brought the house down with Stryder Man, Take Me Back (which featured special guest Taio Cruz) and of course the Amelle assisted number one, I Will Never Leave. Support acts Bashy and Chipmunk also delivered stellar performances. Judging by the response Chipmunk’s forthcoming single Oopsey Daisy received - Tinchy better watch his crown, as this time next year Mr Munk could well be sitting on the throne. All in all, a great night and a great celebration of British talent. Forget the US, we have big enough stars of our own.

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Keeping it

Funky The UK music industry welcomes a new princess


Words: Audrey Brown

eleka, 21, is causing a whirlwind across the airwaves and clubs throughout the UK and Europe with her debut single and dance floor filler ‘Go’ which is certain to be a massive hit when it’s released. The multi-talented singer was crowned the 2008 Hugo Urban Rules winner after wowing music execs and chart toppers Estelle and Sabrina Washington, she impressed all with her sensual vocals and her emotive song writing ability. The north-west Londoner also counts reggae and lovers rock icons Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson as close family friends. Lime caught up with the songstress to talk about her funky house anthem ‘Go’ and the new album. ‘Go’ was produced by production duo of the moment Crazy Cousinz and the video was directed by Ben Jones who has also directed videos for The Streets, Lily Allen and Oasis. What was it like to collaborate with them? Amazing, Ben is a lovely guy really creative really passionate and absolutely crazy, well he’d have to be to come up with the concept for the video

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MUSIC What was it like winning Hugo Urban Rules? Was it a tough competition? Winning anything is great, at the time it felt good but a year on it feels even better because it has allowed me to have a career in music. As for the competition, there were definitely a few people there who could have took the prize instead of me, the competition was by no means easy I’m just happy I won. How has your life changed since winning? I have been given so many opportunities and met so many interesting new people. For example, I was in Maida Vale recording for 1Xtra’s UK Takeover and I met Paul Weller, which was very cool. I have also through my music paid for my own music video and the recording of my own album. But most importantly, I have been given the chance to release ‘Go’. You supported Estelle at Hugo Urban Rules_ headline gig in Manchester and also appeared in the subsequent MTV Base show which was broadcast over 100 times on the channel. How did that experience make you feel? After winning I didn’t even have long to take it all in. I had about two hours between finding out and opening for them so it was all a bit of a whirlwind. What I do remember which I think is the most important thing was the crowd, they didn’t know who I was, didn’t know the songs, didn’t know anything and they just vibed with it which was one of the best feelings and memories of the day, apart from winning of course.

You will be featured alongside Kelis and Chipmunk on the title track of the new Basement Jaxx, Scars. What was it like working with these artists? Unfortunately I didn’t get to work with them we all recorded our parts separately which was a shame, but working with the Basement Jaxx was great. I had a few sessions with them and I just love how passionate and creative they are with music, it’s very cool


hen you have that drive you don’t want to stop until you get to the top and that’s what I’m trying to do.’ You have has also recorded a feature on Don E’s new single ‘Time Is Now’ alongside Mutya Buena. How was that? Good, too. I love being in the studio writing and recording and it’s always great to collaborate with new people. The ‘Time Is Now’ is actually one of my little brothers favourite songs so we have it on repeat in the car so it’s always a plus when the end result is good and people like it. You have reportedly entered over 20 talent competitions since the age of six and won all but two of them. Clearly, you were

determined to succeed in the music industry. Where did your passion for music come from? My passion came from life, I come from a musical background, I have always been around music and drama and performing is the only thing I have really ever wanted to do. When you have that drive you don’t want to stop until you get to the top, and that’s what I’m trying to do. Reggae and Lovers Rock icons Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson are close family friends. Did they influence your passion for music and music career? Yes definitely, they contributed, but my dad owned his own studio for most of my life so you can probably blame him (laughs). Will there be an album in the pipeline soon and what can you fans expect from the album? Yes I’m working on it now, fans can expect a honest account of life as seen

through the eyes of Meleka, musically I’m not too sure exactly what songs will or will not make it but I’m writing constantly and am really excited about the songs we have so far Where do you draw inspiration form to write songs and did you write your current single Go? I co-wrote it with Castro from Dfam whom I was working with at the time, he had the bones of the song, I put the meat on and Crazy Cousinz dressed it when they remixed the song and Go was born. Will you be releasing any more funky house tracks or will you be indulging in any other music genre’s such as r&b? I haven’t finished it yet so you never know but I do have another funky house song called Miss Me, also produced by Crazy Cousinz, which is, err funky! • Meleka’s Go is out now

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Workshops: The play will be brought into schools in the Borough following which a discussion will take place between the students and the facilitators around the main themes in the play. 4. The comic: Do you know where your daughter is? The comic will follow the story of a

07 Nov

Hope and Restoration Annual Charity Comedy Music Night Featuring some of the best comedy talents around – the event will help raise money for a football academy, children’s home and a tailoring school for deprived families in Sierra Leone. Tickets are £15 and include dinner. The organisers of the annual Hope and Restoration Annual Charity Comedy and Music Night are offering Lime readers a pair of tickets to join them on their special night. To enter, email: by 5 November, 2009 with ‘hope’in the subject header. The Happy People R estaurant, 160 Page Green Terrace High Road, Seven Sisters London N15 4NU Time: 7pm - 2am Info:

07 Nov

African Market Day This is an indoor African market which will take place in the borough of Greenwich. We will be having some very special guests attending the day including The Mayor of Greenwich, Jamaica National, Dr Lez Henry, Ninety Nine Magazine and Bashyria. There will also be a heal We will be having a raffle on the day and percentage of monies raised will be donated to our chosen charity Stand Up for Africa. Time: 11am – 5pm Woolwich Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 Info: www.amdnetworks. com/

Until Dec 2009 The Girls House - Lewisham The borough of Lewisham

is launching a short-term multi-faceted campaign called Do you know where your daughter is? The aim of the campaign is to engage girls and their parents in a series of debates and workshops. This will be done in four ways: 1. The play: Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is? at the Albany Theatre in Deptford from 2-4 and 7 November, 2009. 2. The For Daughters shop-front: an eight week shop that will begin on 12 October. It will be open to females only from Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 8pm running courses, events, workshops and sessions. The décor and attraction of the shop will be decided upon by way of consultation with a group of young women and Angie Le Mar. 3. The Do you know where your daughter is? School

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girl as she navigates her way through the difficulties of a violent partner. It will be distributed to all young persons of secondary school age in the Borough and will focus on the positive support that exists for your women in similar situations.

Info: daughters

Don’t Miss

Community news 21 Nov

Black Youth Achievement Awards BYA was established in August 2009 in order to create opportunities for young people and to help them reach their full potential. Through our work we aim to encourage greater participation of young people within various education, business and social arenas. The awards ceremony itself will recognise and reward the talents, positive actions and achievements of young people between the ages of 8 - 25 across the UK in the following categories:- Business and Enterprise; Education; Community; Sports; Arts and the ‘Choices’ category, which recognises someone who has made a conscious decision to change their life around. Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, London N15. Info:

Sister Circle launch site for black women and the corporate world Sister Circle London has answered the call from many professional black women across the UK and launched a free membership organisation specifically designed to meet their needs. Sister Circle London, is a professional development, support and advice organisation specifically for experienced, enthusiastic and talented Black women of African and Caribbean descent working in all sectors of the economy and who have the ability, ambition and desire to become tomorrow’s corporate leaders. Info:


Opt to Adopt It was National Adoption Week in 1993 when Olivia spotted Julian’s photo in a national newspaper. Looking at his cute smile, she couldn’t understand how it could be so difficult to find this little boy a loving home. Olivia could not have children of her own, and the idea of adoption had never been far from her mind. After seeing Julian’s photo, it was clear that she and her husband Michael were serious about adoption. And so, Olivia picked up the phone and called Hackney’s Adoption Service. Since adopting Julian, now 21, Olivia and Michael adopted three more children - Jacob (14), Hayley (9) and Sophie (5). Just like Olivia and Michael, many others have successfully become adoptive parents. However, there is still an urgent need for more families like them. An estimated 4,000 children across the UK are waiting to be adopted each year. In Hackney, the majority of children waiting to be adopted are from African, Caribbean and dual heritage backgrounds who are aged between 1-4 years. The longer children wait the harder it is to find them an adoptive family. Unfortunately, they then face many years in the care of the local authority, missing out on experiencing a loving, family life. We


you feel great inside”. know there are many people child. For children with special out there who would like needs, an adoption allow“I would highly recommend to adopt. Sadly, many rule ance may be payable, this is subjected to a means test. adoption it is life changing and themselves out because of the misconceptions about Anyone who is thinking about rewarding.” adoption. For example some adopting and wants to take people assume they are not the next step can call the “The joy that the children give you far outweighs any eligible to adopt because of Hackney Adoption Service problems. Some people are their age, marital or financial on our freephone number, for afraid, but who wants a quiet status or accommodation. The a friendly discussion. We are house with no children, and no truth is people from all backsimply asking people to come grounds and walks of life have forward and find out more grandchildren.” successfully become adoptive about adoption. So if you think parents; some are single or in you might have what it takes, please get in touch. a relationship, some are mar• For more informaThese are some of the comried and over the age of forty. tion about adoption ments other adopters have contact Hackney Others own their own home, made about their experience: Adoption Team on while some live in council “We always wanted to adopt 08000 730 418, email housing. But they have all had after having our own children. the patience, genuine desire Adopting is one of the most uk or visit www.hackand space to provide a loving selfless things to do and makes and caring home for a child in need. That’s what’s important. In Hackney we are looking for potential adopters who have the patience and capacity to care for a child who may have had challenging life experiences. In addition, we are particularly interested in finding loving families who are able to provide a secure and nurturing home for children with disabilities. We provide support to you Thursday 12 November 2009 and your family 6–8pm throughout the at YumYum Thai restaurant adoption pro187 Stoke Newington High St, N16 0LH cess including Adoption - it’s easier than you think! training and a post Did you know that you don’t have to be under 40, married or adopown your own home to adopt? If you would like to find out more tion service. about adoption and the children who need families come along to our event. Prospective adopters We hope we can help you make a difference. will need to be For more information call 08000 730 418 or able to visit financially support themselves and their

Opt to ADOPT information event



BRIDGES TO THE PAST, LINKS TO THE FUTURE In the words of black American novelist Alex Haley, “In every conceivable manner, the family is link to the past, bridge to the future”. For many children separated from their birth families last century, this missing link left a painful void. Bridging the gap was even more difficult for those black children separated from their birth communities. While today there is a major focus on helping children to build strong identities and understand where they have come from, this has not always been the case. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, many children were brought over from Africa and the Caribbean to join their

parents – possibly even a new step-parent or younger siblings. Many felt they did not fit in, rebelled or drifted away, often entering the care system. Decades earlier, there was an influx of children born from relationships between white women and black American servicemen placed here during the Second World War. Then, as today, it was the children of mixed relationships who were the biggest group of black children in care. These children were often viewed as hard to place, and therefore deemed unsuitable for adoption. Older children who had been abused or neglected, or those with disabilities or

other special needs, were similarly labelled because, at that time, adoption was about providing infertile married couples with the near ‘perfect’ babies they desired. As childcare practice focused more on the needs of the child, birth control methods improved and attitudes towards illegitimacy changed, so the focus shifted to find families for all children. Black children were placed with mostly white families, from Exeter to Edinburgh. It wasn’t until the 1980s that this practice began to be challenged. The black community had become more established and many adopted children had grown up and raised

Ealing Adoption

Kanye and Zac are two beautiful siblings in desperate need of a home. Could you be the one to change their lives forever?

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anye (born in December 2005) and Zac (born in February 2007) are two siblings who need to be placed together. They share a healthy attachment to one another and thrive in each other’s company. Both boys are cheerful, confident and caring. Kanye and Zac enjoy quiet activities – colouring, playing with Play-Doh and puzzles, and reading their books. They enjoy “writing” too, and Kanye can proudly write his own name. Kanye and Zac also enjoy outdoor activities, such as

playing in the playhouse, running around in the garden, riding their bicycles, playing football, and visiting parks and the seaside.

Kanye and Zac are easy-going boys who eat and sleep well. They prefer to be as independent as they can. Zac is on a lactosefree diet. Kanye attends a playgroup and is very popular with his friends and teachers. Zac is due to begin nursery in September 2009. The children have the capacity to form healthy attachments. Foster carers find the children

to be a great joy and a pleasure to look after.

ETHNIC/RACIAL ORIGINS OF THE BOYS: White/Black UK mother and AfricanCaribbean father. FAMILY NEEDED: A twoparent adoptive family with an extensive support network, who could provide a stable home environment where these siblings would have opportunities for stimulation and development. LEGAL STATUS: Care Order & Placement Order.

“Both boys are cheerful, confident and caring.” If you think that you have a family for these children, please contact Shohini Dasgupta on 020 8825 5834 or


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their voices about their experiences. Although each story is different, they often told of loving families and nurturing care and attention, but also of a family life generally lacking the cultural knowledge and positive black identity needed to cope with prejudice and other challenges in later life. Many reported not knowing how to take care of day-to-day activities, such as caring for their hair or skin. It’s a very different story today. Wherever possible, black or minority ethnic children are placed with families of a similar cultural background. Professionals work with children to create storybooks of their lives, complete with photographs and details of their birth parents, previous carers, and former homes. The books also include photographs of the children at younger ages, to provide a pictorial representation of who they are and how they’ve grown. Meanwhile, children and their carers or families are given opportunities to take part in cultural activities with others from a similar background. Black children are still over-represented in the care system and still have to wait too long for permanent placements. Sadly, potential black adopters continue to rule themselves out, believing a variety of myths and misconceptions. They think they must be well off, have a job and be married, or that they can’t

adopt if they live in council housing. Across London and beyond, there is a desperate need for black and minority ethnic foster carers and adopters from all kinds of backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. You could be single or married, black or Asian, the director of a company or unemployed. You might own a home with three bathrooms or live in a council home. At the end of the day, the most important prerequisites are patience, energy and a genuine desire to provide a caring home for a child in need. In the words of another inspirational black writer, Maya Angelou, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again”. The simple fact is that if more people come forward to foster or adopt, children will have a better chance of being matched with the right family. If you would like to find out more about fostering or adoption, please don’t hesitate to call Ealing Fostering & Adoption Connections on 0800 731 6550. • Monday 23rd November 2009 Black Futures - An Adoption Event with a difference. Join us to find out why there are so many Black and Mixed Race children in the care system and what it would take for you to adopt. Caribbean buffet with rum punch will be provided.



n Islington, young black children in need of loving families are faced with a huge problem. There are just not enough carers from the black community coming forward to either foster or adopt these children, and we urgently need to change this. The longer a child waits for a placement, the more difficult it becomes to find a family and so their crucial developing years are spent looked after by the local authority. Love is obviously essential, but the need to be brought up within a family that reflects their birth heritage is vital. This gives them a sense of culture, language and religious background, so they feel positive about themselves. This then allows them the opportunity to grow in confidence and self-worth. While every child deserves this in a family, we are finding it increasingly difficult to place black boys in particular. Why are these wonderful children waiting so long for a family? Unfortunately, many people out there may hold back from an application thinking they would not be suitable to foster or adopt a child because they do not own

their own home or hold any qualifications. They may also feel they can not apply if they are single or in a same sex relationship. This is a great shame because it is simply not true. We in Islington welcome applicants from many different backgrounds and situations, and it’s all about what you can offer the child. So you’ve decided to make the difference. What happens now? Once you have contacted the team and had a chat about why you are interested in fostering or adopting with Islington, you will be invited to an information session to find out more and to have a chance to talk to some of our existing carers. After your application you will be assessed through training, checks and references. While it may all seem a little overwhelming, your social

worker will be on hand to help and advise you through this time. The service has a dedicated team of workers who will give strong specialized support to you and your family throughout the application process. What may be a few months for you could result in a lifetime of change for a child.

So, if you think that you could make that difference to a young life, pick up the phone and give us a call free on 0800 073 0428. It could be the most important call of their lives.

Make a difference to a child’s life…

…and yours!

If you are interested in adoption, come and join us at our next information session.

Evening Sessions: 6.30pm - 8.00pm Thursday 19 November 2009 Tuesday 19 January 2010

0800 073 3344

or email us at

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COMEDY Black Grape’s weekly comedy extravaganza showcase this week features comedy from Travis Jay and Slim, all hosted by Eddie Nestor.

06 Nov

Milbiz Events present P’rose: A Night of Poetry in Croydon Come and enjoy an inspiring night of poetry with some of London’s finest up and coming talents. Music and open mic slots also available and as the venue is a lovely Caribbean restaurant with great food on sale, there’s no need to worry about dinner!

Info: www.blackgrapelive. com

Time: 7.30pm – 10pm (doors open 7pm) Carmen’s Rose restaurant, 79 Whitehorse Road, Croydon CR0 2JJ Info: Mildred - 07984211819 /

07 Nov

Saturday Comedy Junction Black Grape’s weekly comedy extravaganza showcase this week will see live performances from UKs finest singing sensation Young Nate and the unmistakable Donaeo. Features comedy from Jamie Howard and MTV’s Kojo, hosted by Mr Cee. Black Grape, 268 West Green Road London N15 3QR Info: www.blackgrapelive. com

15 Nov

Did I Say That Out Loud Boe the Comedian presents Did I Say That Out Loud in support of Kids Company charity, the follow-up to his hugely successful show, Mark My Words, and his second one man show of 2009. Boe returns with his unique brand of intelligent twisted comedy, bringing the stage to life with his cheeky style of street and life observation. Join Boe

Comedy & Curry with Inder Manocha and Prince Abdi It’s all new material. Inder Manocha is just too talented. He has performed stand-up comedy all over the world. He has played all the major comedy venues across the country. He won the EMMA Award. He has performed for Madonna and has a role in the forthcoming Jimmy Nail three-part comedy on BBC1 ‘Parents of the Band’. Prince Abdi is the only Somali comic working in the UK. He is a relative newcomer who has the material and confidence of that of full-time comic. He has a lovely style in his delivery – pacy, upbeat and infectious – that makes the audience warm to him. Set pieces such as his Bollywood and Nollywood reconstruction capitalise on that energy well. Time: 7.45pm Watermans 40 High Street Brentford TW8 0DS Info: www.watermans.

and some special guests for a mixture of stand up and sketches focusing on the inner thoughts and shared experiences which connect us all. Supported by Dibbi Choice FM and hosted by legendary comic Rudi Lickwood. Performances from: Sky Montique; B.Sharp and a full live band.

Time: 7.30pm. The Shaw Theatre, 100 - 110 Euston Road, London NW1 2AJ Info: 08444 77 1000

21 Nov

Saturday Comedy Junction

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First Tuesday of the Month

The Comedy Couch This monthly comedy night in Russell Square, Holborn offers relaxing surroundings with great music and above all some amazing comedy! This month professional comedians Patrick Monahan and Scott Denye will be entertaining the audience. They will be joined by supporting comics Mike O’Donovan, Jim Campbell, Katerina Vrana and Danny Ward and resident compere Hyde Panaser. Come and park yourself on the Comedy Couch, laughter has never been so comfortable!

Time: Doors open 6.30pm. Show starts 7.45pm Bar B-Lo, 76b Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AG

First Sunday of the month Adlib at Comedy Cafe The freshest UK talent, with an eclectic blend of live music, comedy, poetry, open mic and special guest hosts. Time: 8pm 66 Rivington Street, London EC2 Info:

Last Sunday of every month

Comedy Lounge Monthly showcase hosted by Quincy.

Time: 7pm Latin Quarter, 27 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 Info: 07931 595 634

Every Wednesday

Comedy at Cottons Cottons is nice and cozy atmosphere, it has limited seating so get there early & claim your space. Be entertained by the UK ‘s finest and up coming talent on the comedy circuit. Time: From 7pm Cottons aka Rhum Jungle, 70 Exmouth Market, London EC1R Info: info@comedycircusclub. com

Every Sunday

You Got Jokes Fun packed show, which includes stand up comedians, games and quizzes. Followed by an after-party.

Time: 6pm Yates Wine Bar, 12-14 The Broadway, London E15 Info: www.yates.stratford@




Funny man Eddie Kadi Opens Up Words: Michelle Adabra Comedian, presenter and actor Eddie Kadi has captured audiences with his hilarious anecdotes and energetic stand up routines. Kadi defied odds earlier in the year by taking his sold out, one-man stand up show to the Indigo2. With a huge fan base in tow and plenty of offers on the table, Lime caught up with the Congolese funny man to talk Edinburgh festival, being funny and Tim Westwood. How did you get into comedy? It’s almost like comedy got into me, it was never what I planned for. I was at university at the time and I was a member of the African Caribbean Society. We used to put on showcases and I was the spokesperson, sometimes getting in comedians was too expensive so I just used to present. T – who is my manager now - had a live band at the time and used my presenting skills to open up for his acts but the stand up part really came afterwards. I never tried to be funny but people seemed to laugh at things I said and I started getting bookings at showcases at different universities. As a child growing up did you realise that you could make people laugh? Well I come from a funny family, my family is from Congo and my dad is a loud, funny man. It’s a pretty

young family as well so there was always a joke in our house. Who were you comedy heroes growing up? I used to love watching The Real McCoy and people like Richard Blackwood and Angie Le Mar, those are the people I am close too, that I listen too and respect a lot. You’ve had two sold out shows in the Indigo2 and have been nominated for numerous comedy awards – has fame changed you at all? My management, my family, my dad all keep me grounded, my dad especially – he can talk for 500 hours. I know my foundation is God and I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for God. What are you favourite topics to talk about? I like talking about family, being African, relationships, I like talking about what’s going with the youth – I think that’s really important. Even if you look at the language young people use now it’s really interesting, music and dance are also important subject matters for me. Where I come from dance is very important, some people can’t understand how I can turn dance into comedy but it’s a part of me. For any comedian the Edinburgh Festival is a big deal – do you have plans to go?


e and Tim Westwood should have our own sitcom’ Yeah definitely I want to go Edinburgh next year – if you want to be recognised by the big bosses out there and the BBCs and the Channel Fours you need to do Edinburgh. I want to take my one man show up there but still be me, hopefully I can offer them an alternative. You do a segment on Tim Westwood’s radio show

– what is like working with him? Big Tim is a G (laughs). Seriously I really like Tim, he’s a very witty guy. Me and Tim should have our own sitcom – let’s put it out there. He’s been in this industry for a long time; you have to give Tim his dues. We like Westwood! Are there any up and coming comedians we should look out for? Kevin J – he’s a real talent, he’s been around for just over a year now and he’s gonna be big. Babatunde – he’s been in comedy longer than me – he’s fantastic! Make sure you look out for Miss London, she is really funny. •

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THEATRE Don’t Miss

02, 03, 04 and 07 Nov

In association with Afridiziak Theatre News:

Angie Le Mar’s Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?

Following the huge sell out success at the Hackney Empire, Angie Le Mar’s hit play, ‘Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?’ comes to the Albany Theatre. This is a fast-paced production witnessing the tensions in the relationship between a mother and a daughter coupled with the devastating consequences of peer pressure. Exploring the reality of what happens when communication goes out the window, followed by rules, morals and finally love - the play features a cast of teenage actors in a hard-hitting and topical drama. Angie Le Mar’s direction of this piece breaks through the glass ceiling of British drama. The acclaimed playwright also wrote recent sell-out productions ‘Forty’ and ‘The Brothers’, shown earlier this year on MTV Base. ‘Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?’ will have a limited run in association with Lewisham Council. Lewisham Council will be hosting a series of workshops for young women during November in a shop on Lewisham High Street to coincide with the play. Join us for an after-show panel discussion with special guests on Tuesday, 3 November, 2009; hosted by Angie Le Mar. Confirmed panellists include Dotun Adebayo MBE; Rachel Hylton (X-Factor, 2008; Grace Ononiwu OBE and Sarah Murray-Thompson – 15 years experience in sex and relationship education).

* COMPETITION * WIN TICKETS * * COMPETITION * WIN TICKETS * Lime has teamed up with Angie Le Mar to offer you the chance to win tickets to ‘Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is’ on 7 November, 2009. To enter, email competition@gotmedialive. with ‘Daughters’ in the subject header by 04 November, 2009. Time: 7pm for 7.30pm

After-show celebrity guest Q&A: Tuesday 3 November Mothers bring your daughters for free: Wednesday 4 November The Albany, 8 Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG Box Office: 020 8692 4446 Info:

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December) directed by Paulette Randall. Followed by Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Seize the Day (22 October – 17 December), then Bola Agbaje’s Detaining Justice (25 November – 15 December) directed by Indhu Rubasingham, all three productions will eventually play in repertoire.

Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR Box Office: 020 7328 1000

1 Nov JA Story

Until 19 Dec

Not Black and White A season of three plays by Roy Williams, Kwame KweiArmah and Bola Agbaje Jimmy Akingbola, Aml Ameen, John Boyega , Karl Collins, Sharon DuncanBrewster, Abhin Galeya, Jaye Griffiths, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Simone James, Amelia Lowdell, Cecilia Noble, Rebecca Scroggs and Robert Whitelock are the full cast announced for the Not Black and White season – three plays to be presented by the Tricycle Theatre examining the state of Britain at the end of the first decade of the twenty first century. Not Black and White is a three month season of plays to be presented by the Tricycle Theatre examining life and social issues in 21st Century London from the perspective of three leading black contemporary playwrights. Roy Williams, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Bola Agbaje will tackle the prison system, the mayoralty and immigration respectively. Not Black and White will open with Roy Williams’ Category B (8 October – 19

JA story the new sensational musical will be staged at Stratford Circus. This landmark new musical is composed by J.D.Douglas the script writer of ‘Black Heroes In the Hall of Fame’ and writer of Reet Petie The Jackie Wilson Story. The musical is based on historical events in Jamaica from before the arrival of Columbus in 1494 to the present. All key events in the island’s history are recreated in original songs and dances. Over the years many famous individuals have made Jamaica their home including Ian Fleming who married on the island and wrote all his thirteen James Bond novels at his Jamaican home. He took the name James Bond from a book Birds of the West Indies by an author called James Bond. Other British characters with connections to the island include

THEATRE Queen Victoria who in 1892 awarded the Victoria Cross to the Jamaican born James William Gordon. He was also invited to her Jubilee celebrations in London. All of Jamaican’s national heroes make an appearance from Maroons heroes and sheroes, Cudjoe and Nanny to Marcus Garvey and Samuel Sharp. This is a universal show for all the family. This is one Black History Month event not to be missed. Stratford Circus Theatre Square London E 15. Box office 0208 279 1015 Info:

06 – 07 Nov Common Law

When misguided misogynist Oliver Samuels tries to trade in Patsy - his CommonLaw wife of 15 years for a younger model - all hell breaks loose. Patsy refuses to be ousted and Oliver must learn the painful way that no man can both have his cake and eat it! The rights in particular of those women who have not yet said ‘I do’ are championed in this thought-provoking comedy that examines the pitfalls of the ‘CommonLaw’ relationship and its rights and wrongs in what is still ‘grey area’ of the legal system. Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ Box Office: 020 8985 2424

07 Nov

Botown - The Soul of Bollywood

Our Class A new lay by Tadeusz S_obodzianek Words: Karla Williams

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Director Bijan Sheibani is hot property right now. Having won the James Menzie-Kitchin award for Young Directors in 2003 he went on to direct a number of productions before being appointed artistic director for ATC Theatre Company in 2007. His first show was Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Olivier nominated The Brother Size which firmly placed him on the list of the UK’s top young directors. He then when on to direct Gone Too Far! by Bola Agbaje for which he finally received his first Olivier Award. Our Class is his first play for the National Theatre and it sees the talented thirty-year-old maintain the simple signature style he’s become famous for. Based upon the massacre of Jedwabne in 1941 (when 1600 Jews were murdered in the Polish town), Our Class begins with a group of 10 school children - both Jewish and Catholic - declaring their hopes and dreams for the future. Some wish to be wagon drivers, some wish to be film stars but what holds them together is the bond they have as classmates. However times are changing and with the invasion of the Soviet and then Nazi Army, Jews and Catholics are soon divided. The children grow up to become both the murderers and their victims with a number of the Jewish pupils dying at the hands of their once, friends. But as time goes on and the survivors try to put the past behind them, can they ever be free from their crimes or the ghosts that haunt them? Sheibani has crafted a wonderfully emotive, moving and powerful drama that moves along seamlessly as we travel through time and characters. He has done this using the simplest of

Botown is a super-tight band of multi-cultural musicians that bring together the classical sounds of India and Bollywood and serve

sets consisting of only 10 wooden chairs and an open performance space framed by short concrete walls. He also uses an ingenious technique which sees the characters, as they are die, sit one by one on the outside of the stage; constantly watching and becoming the literal ghosts of the play. The only change to the set is the addition of ashes during the interval which proves to be yet another reminded of their crimes and the blood on their hands. Sheibani’s style requires the strongest of actors and there are no weak links in this brilliant cast of ten. They all give stellar performances however my favourites have to be Amanda Hale as Rachelka, one of the few Jews to surive the massacre that killed her entire family but due of the life she later endures, wished she had died with them. Also Justin Salinger as Abram, who escaped Poland early on to live in New York and has loved Rachelka since they were children, is also outstanding - his final speech bringing a tear to my eye. Running at nearly three hours in duration, Our Class does begin to feel a little long; however the length doesn’t detract from what is ultimately the latest exceptional production from an extraordinarily talented director. • Our Class is playing in rep at the

National Theatre until January 12, 2010 in a version by Ryan Craig, directed by Bijan Sheibani. Cast includes: Justin Salinger, Amanda Hale, Paul Hickey, Rhys Rusbatch and Michael Gould

them up with a unique soul funk twist. It’s a cultureclash musical experience that takes you on a trip from Memphis to Mumbai. The live musical mash

up features the music of legends like RD Burman, James Brown, Prince, AR Rahman, Sly Stone, Kishore Kumar along with original Botown tunes. The Botown

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The Theatre Interview with Monique Baptiste-Brown Words: Sophia A Jackson

Marketing Life


onique Baptiste-Brown works in the National Theatre’s busy marketing department. Lime finds out how they keep audiences coming through the door when times are hard and how to attract a diverse audience. Tell me about your career path to date and how you got to where you are today. My career path followed a traditional educational route, I studied English Literature at Goldsmiths University, and after graduating I travelled around Asia for a few months and then spent seven months working voluntarily for various arts organisations. I got my first paid job in commercial marketing where I built the foundation of my marketing knowledge. However, I always stayed involved in the arts and continued smaller freelance projects until I made the step into arts marketing. Why were you attracted to a career in theatre marketing? My attraction towards theatre marketing grew from a love for storytelling and performance. I love the idea of sharing experiences and memories with others via a creative platform. Live art, especially the theatre does

this and keeps these memories alive. Also, theatre has an amazing way of capturing people’s imagination, you are able to express yourself and completely transfer your mind into another world, place or time. I think there is something special in that at every level, whether at a community arts centre or at the National Theatre. Who do you admire in the

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marketing world and can you name some marketing campaigns that have inspired you? I have been inspired by lots of different people but if I had to pick one person at the moment, it would be Diane Ragsdale. She gave an amazing speech about audiences and how the world around us constantly changes but arts organisations remain the same and fixed. The perception of art or what is considered good art comes from the opinion makers and not the public or audiences. The last campaign that inspired me was not theatre or arts related but the recent T-mobile campaign with the

flash mob dancers at Liverpool Street station. It was fun, innovative and totally engaging. Describe a typical week in the National Theatre’s marketing department. I usually attend meetings with our media agency, work with the studio to create artwork for leaflets, posters and online materials, manage advertising and promotional campaigns. My workload generally focuses on campaign led work as well as promoting access at the National Theatre. Highlights include working on productions that allow you to go on a creative and sometimes educational

THEATRE journey with the production company, then being able to then pop down to the rehearsal room and see all the research and ideas come to life is really rewarding. Talk me through a typical marketing campaign and tell me what has been your favourite campaign this year and why? A typical marketing campaign begins with reading the script and brainstorming ideas. At this point we usually pitch exciting and creative ideas that may be incorporated into the campaign. Each campaign is unique as we work on different productions all the time; this is one of the most interesting aspects of theatre marketing. The nuts and bolts of any marketing campaign covers advertising, distribution, direct mail, e-marketing, print and design. My role allows me to work with lots of different people including designers and production teams as well as the playwrights and directors. Recently Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman was staged at the National. The campaign focused on encouraging a diverse ethnic audience, but also educating our existing audience about work from other cultures. The creative team for the production actually flew to Nigeria for a research project to gather authentic props and costumes.

How does the National Theatre attract diverse audiences from different ethnicities? The National Theatre creates integrated marketing campaigns that use new and innovative channels of communication; as not everyone reads the national papers or spends afternoons on the South Bank, yet they still may have an interest in the theatre. I don’t think there is one special key that unlocks the question of how to attract diverse audiences to the theatre. Through two-way communication we are able


ot everyone will be interested in seeing a Nigerian play just because they are Nigerian. It is about opening up the opportunity to visit the theatre and allowing audiences to make their own choice” to find out what audiences think about us as well as promote our message to them. Some of our marketing campaigns have involved forming relationships with local restaurants or bars, advertising in specific publi-

cations or generating word of mouth through key organisations amongst community groups. It is about what people do rather than what ethnic group they are from. For example, not everyone will be interested in seeing a Nigerian play just because they are Nigerian. It is about opening up the opportunity to visit the theatre and allowing audiences to make their own choice. Also, varied programming plays an important role, as one token cultural production or one season of shows will only attract this audience once. A more diverse and inclusive programme allows audiences to make a variety of choices, from a selection of plays they know well and love to something completely different. You must get to see a lot of plays – name a few that have left a mark on you over the years – not necessarily from the National Theatre though. Katori Hall’s new play ‘The Mountaintop’, which told a story about Martin Luther King’s last night on earth but also simply of a man. It was brought down to an everyday level that was touching and conveyed a message that every person in this world can make a difference. There was a fantastic video montage at the end of people who have influenced black culture and history, from preachers to rappers. What does the National

Theatre have in store for 2010 in terms of productions that will attract diverse audiences? Coming up in the new season: Dr Seuss’s The Cat in The Hat will attract a younger audience and I love the fact that children as young as four years old can experience the theatre. Terry Pratchett’s Nation adapted for the stage by Mark Ravenhill. Nation is an adventure story that follows a young boy and girl from totally different worlds deserted on a Pacific island. Also, War Horse our West End production continues to attract a wide and diverse audience. How has the financial crisis changed the way you market theatre in the past 12 months? The financial crisis obviously became a factor in our marketing campaigns as everyone takes into greater consideration pricing. Audience trends in booking changed however, on a whole I think audiences are looking for value for money. Seasons such as our Travelex £10 ticket season are fantastic value for money. In terms of marketing the theatre, we have used more creative ways to communicate our message by allowing audiences to feel a part of the National Theatre, encouraging two-way communication via feedback, giving snippets into the creative process of theatre making.

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THEATRE band line up features:drums, bass, percussion, horn section, guitar male & female vocals, DJ turntablist & rapper, all completing the full live experience. Time: 8.15pm Watermans 40 High Street Brentford TW8 0DS Info: uk/

Until 07 Nov

Misterioso: A Journey into the silence of Thelonious Monk The love affair between legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk and extraordinary art patron Baroness Rothschild inspires this surrealist theatre piece written by the acclaimed Italian satirist Stefano Benni. Misterioso looks at the life and music of Monk, a genius and outsider, who spent the last seven years of his life in complete silence. His music permeates the show, played live here by some of the UK’s finest jazz artists. Fiercely monochrome, Misterioso is set in 1950s New York in a jazz club, hosted by Monk’s best friend, the Jazz Baroness - Pannonica ‘Nica’ Rothschild (played by aerialist Tamsin Shasha). Defying all conventions, Pannonica fell in love with Monk and his music, at a time when black jazz musicians struggled not only to establish their own brand of new, passionate music but also against a racist culture. Misterioso is part of Black History Month. Benni’s poetic text has been adapted by Theatralia’s artistic director Filomena Campus. She uses the improvisatory principles of jazz and Commedia dell’Arte where physical theatre, sounds, text images and music play together within a clear structure or scenario. Audiences are invited to enter the spirit of the event and wear black and white. The cast includes Tamsin Shasha as Pannonica,

Christina Oshunniyi as Billie Holiday and Nellie Monk, musician/performance improviser David Leahy, UK jazz stars Byron Wallen, Jean Toussaint, Tony Kofi, Antonio Forcione, Orphy Robinson, Rowland Sutherland live and Cleveland Watkiss as the pre-recorded voice of Thelonious Monk. Special guest musicians will be announced throughout the run. Digital artists SDNA provide interactive artworks. Written by Stefano Benni Adapted and directed by Filomena Campus 7 November: There will be a post-show talk with the Teatralia company.

Time: 8pm Riverside Studios, Crisp Road Hammersmith London W6 9RL Box office: 020 8237 1111

12 Nov

Flipping the Script: the best untold stories of Black Britain Talawa’s series of play readings showcasing the best in Black British writing returns to the Young Vic. Maybe Father by Charlene James A young couple, and most of their friends, deal with the turbulent consequences of an unexpected pregnancy in this sharply observed and entertaining story. Stevie Amuzu has written various short stories, plays and poetry, some of which have been published in Twisted Tongue and showcased at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Atiha Sen-Gupta has taken part in several collaborative pieces of theatre including writing Doors don’t just grow on trees with Roy Williams and Waiting for Leroy with Tanika Gupta. In October, her first full-length play What Fatima Did will be produced at the Hampstead Theatre.

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Until 14 Nov

The Great Extension Hassan, a second generation Turk, leads a blissful, if somewhat eccentric bachelor life in London’s suburbs. The building work on his extension is progressing well despite legal threats from his reactionary neighbour; and his father’s wealth ensures gainful employment does not interfere too much in a life replete with wine, women and self-imposed amnesia. That is until he wakes up one morning to the devastating realisation that something happened the night before that could have the direst consequences for him and his care-free lifestyle; something he... just can’t quite remember! Like any great farce, events soon spiral out of control as two families with very different Muslim beliefs clash, and insults and accusations start to fly. Throw in a transgender Asian houseboy, a politically correct Policeman and an Englishman convinced that every Hijab hides a terrorist and things can only go from bad to worse. Time: 7.30pm Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BN Info: 020 8534 0310

Robert Hutchinson has just released Rigged as an independent film. Harold Kimmel has written several plays. Dear Comrade Frikkie was given a rehearsed reading by Tiata Fahodzi, and The Cell was performed at a Festival of South African Plays, Durban. Charlene James is an actress and Maybe Father is her first play. Time: 7pm Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ Box Office: 020 7922 2922

14 Nov

Daniel De-Gale Memorial

Tribute Show Proudly presented by the ACLT and Heartbeat Entertainment. The very best artists come together in loving memory and support of Daniel De-Gale (14 Mar 1987 - 8 Oct 2008), and the charity ACLT that his mother and stepfather launched in 1996 to find matching donors to save his life and the lives of sufferers all around the world. Featuring Bashy, Donaeo, Sway, Felix Dexter, Eddie Kadi, Omar, Wayne ‘Dibbi’ Rollins, Eddie Nestor & Robbie Gee, Glenda Jaxson, Mr Cee, Miss London, Special P, Quincy and many more. Daniel David De-Gale

THEATRE inspired an international appeal to promote awareness of leukaemia, bone marrow transplantation and blood donation. As a child, his mother Beverley De-Gale and stepfather Orin Lewis launched the ACLT charity in 1996 to find matching donors to save Daniel’s life and the lives of sufferers all around the world. In loving memory and as a celebration of Daniel the crème de la crème of artists have come together to show their love and appreciation of this young man’s achievements and to show support of the charity, which was set up to inspire a community to ‘do the right thing’ by registering as donors. Time: 7.30pm Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ Box Office: 020 8985 2424

Until 12 Dec

Lenny Henry in William Shakespeare’s Othello The Northern Broadsides and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Othello, starring Lenny Henry in the title role, will transfer to the West End following a hugely successful, sell-out, regional tour. Love, racism, jealousy and desire are at the emotional core of Shakespeare’s monumental tragedy, a tender love story shattered by one man’s obsessive hatred of another. Othello is noble, brave and victorious. Iago, passed over for a position in the army, fuels his diabolical revenge with hatred and snarling racism. Poignant, intense and heartbreaking, Othello mercilessly explores every inch of the human condition. Time: 7.30pm, Monday – Saturday Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall, London SW1 Info: www.othellowestend. com

Thriller Live Thriller – Live is the spectacular, high-octane

Book now to avoid disappointment

Previews from 21 Nov Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The award-winning smash hit Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof which enjoyed a sell out run on Broadway last year with an all black cast, will open in London’s West End this winter. The limited season will finish on Saturday 10 April 2010. Featuring a dynamic all black cast led by Academy Award nominee and two-time Tony winner Richard Blackwood, James Earl Jones, Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, Olivier Award winner Adrian Lester and Tony Award nominee Sanaa Lathan the play is directed by Debbie Allen of Fame. Novello Theatre, Aldwych London, WC2B 4LD Info: 0844 482 5170

show specially created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The show which celebrates the musical hits and career of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, is moonwalking into the West End after three acclaimed UK tours and standing ovations across Germany, Holland and Scandinavia. To bring to life on stage the distinctive dancing and sound of many of pop’s greatest hits, Thriller - Live includes eye-popping video footage and effects together with dazzling choreography by the show’s award-winning director Gary Lloyd and additional choreography by five-time MTV award-winning LaVelle Smith Jnr. The Musical Director is John Maher. Thriller - Live was

originally conceived and created by executive director of the show, Adrian Grant, a long time associate of Michael Jackson, and author of Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary. Thriller - Live is produced by Paul Walden and Derek Nicol for Flying Music in association with Adrian Grant for Key Concerts.

by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns. Andy Dufresne is a young and successful banker whose life changes drastically when he is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and sentenced to life imprisonment in the notorious Shawshank Prison.

Until 14 Feb 2010

Until Feb 2010

Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES Info: www.nimaxtheatres. com/thriller

The Shawshank Redemption Based on the classic novel ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’ by Stephen King, this iconic story inspired the perennially popular film and is now a smash hit West End play

The Wyndham’s Theatre, 32-36 Charing Cross Road, Leicester Square, London WC2H 0DA Info:

Sister Act the Musical When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found - a convent. Time: 7.30pm The London Palladium, Argyll Street, London W1

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The First Black Bond? Words: Karla Williams


regarious character Chucky Venn is an easy man to like. The handsome and incredibly charming actor got his big break back in 2003 when he was cast as Curtis Alexander in the Sky One drama Dream Team. He has since appeared in numerous TV shows and films including, the final season of Footballers Wives, The Bourne Ultimatum and The Dark Knight. With roles also in theatre, Venn has starred in Angie Le Mar’s The Brothers and the Tiata Fahodzi production of The First Wife. His next project is playing Buffalo Bill in the Young Vic production ‘Annie Get Your Gun’. Venn and his infectiously positive attitude sat down with Lime to talk sharp shooters, God and playing James Bond by the time he’s 40. Tell us about ‘Annie Get Your Gun’. ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ centres on a young girl who happens to be a brilliant shot and lives up in the Ohio

area. The Wild Wild West show, which is led by Buffalo Bill, goes from town to town and ends up in Ohio. What they usually do is they have this gun competition and they invite anybody from a particular state who happens to be a good fancy shooter to go up against my [Buffalo Bill’s] fancy shooter – Frank Butner. It turns out, unbeknownst to us, that this young girl who we think is like nothing basically she wins and beats Frank Butner who hasn’t lost since God knows when. Suffice to say it’s a love story between Frank Butner, the greatest sharp shooter and Annie who just loves the show business. That’s quite different to roles you’ve done in the past – what attracted you to it? I’ve always said I’m going to play the first black James Bond by the time I’m 40 or 41 years old. We have the first black President, so why can’t it be done? So for me, this feels like the warm up session before the main show. Me playing the first

black Buffalo Bill was a hell of a challenge [but] that was an appeal because I love a challenge.


’ve always said I’m going to play the first black James Bond by the time I’m 40 or 41 years old. We have the first black President, so why can’t it be done?” You have been relatively successful as an actor; what, do you think is the reason to your success? Hard work, dedication, diligence, tenacity and belief in God. As long as God is with me, can’t nobody else be against me - no one else

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can judge me. I don’t care who you are or what you think, whether I’m right for this or not, you can’t judge me, only God can. Why should people come and see the show? They need to come and see Annie Get Your Gun purely because at the end of the day – it’s got Chucky Venn in it. (Laughs) I knew you would say that. Absolutely – that’s one of the attractions! Also the music itself is absorbing; I can tell you know that I get a lump in my throat. Also the scope of this play, the witticism and energy and vibe.. Jane Horrocks is such a brilliant actress and I’m there watching her play Annie and it’s like a transformation. If you want fun and a bit of a tear jerker, laughter and great, great music it’s all of that! • ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ runs until January 2, 2010 at the Young Vic.


10 Nov bfm International Film Festival Gala – Short Film Awards Closing Night and DJ

Lime magazine has teamed up with the bfm International Film Festival to offer you the chance to win tickets to its annual Short Film Awards. bfm International Film FestivaI’s prestigious and much anticipated annual awards event. Hosted by award-winning black British comedian Eddie Kadi (Area Boys), the night will feature a screening programme of the best short films entered into the festival with audience voting. Presentations will be made for the best script; best female actor; best male actor, best cinematography, and best short film. All followed by an after-party with music in the BFI’s Benugo bar until late. bfm Shorts Awards are sponsored by Film Four (tbc), iLab, Kodak, Women in Film & Television and Goldrush Entertainment. American actor Tim Reid will be announcing the candidate shortlisted to receive a scholarship to the Legacy Media Institute. Time: 8.30pm BFI Southbank, NFT1 Info: To enter, email: with ‘bfm Short Film Awards’ in the subject header by 03 November, 2009. Please include your full name and contact number.

Out now

Michael Jackson’s This Is It Michael Jackson’s This Is It will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a

rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London’s O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from April through June 2009, the film is produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jack-

Screen news Submissions For 2010 Images of Black Women Festival Now Open The sixth anniversary of the Images of Black Women Festival African descent women in cinema. Images of Black Women (IBW) is a non-profit making organisation limited by guarantee. IBW is an international film festival that celebrates and promotes women of African Descent in cinema, this whether they are on screen and behind the camera, in order to: - Increase the visibility of women of African descent in film; - Identify who they are, where they are and their experiences within the industry; - Create and highlight opportunities to attract more Black women into film, this at all levels; - Encourage them to enter and sustain a presence in the film industry; - Acknowledge the role of black women in film, both past and present; - Identify the next generation of talent. The festival takes place from 12 to 14 March, 2010 at the Tricycle Theatre, London. Info:

son and drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at Jackson as he has never been seen before. In raw and candid detail, Michael Jackson’s This Is It captures the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius and great artist at work as he creates and perfects his final show. On general release

’50 Cent’ Jackson Producers: Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand US and British gangster heavyweights are bought together for the first time in this gripping thriller. Tamer Hassan is Nick Kane, a man with 24 hours to find £100,000, who is trying to dodge the wrath of international rap star, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson. Fiddy makes his UK film debut in Dead Many Running by playing Thigo, a character not so dissimilar from his real life ghetto childhood – a notorious gangster and loan shark. When it becomes apparent that the recession is hitting the criminal world as hard as it is hitting Wall Street, Mr. Thigh arrives in London to shake things up and make an example out of one of his late payers.

Out 06 Nov Dead Man Running Starring: Tamer Hassan; Danny Dyer, Ashley Walters, Brenda Blethyn and Curtis

1 Day Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Penny Woolcock (Tina Goes Shopping, The Death of Klinghoffer, Mischief Night

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US based scholarship to a UK filmmaker. Info: www.bfmmedia. com/festival

15 / 22 / 29 Nov

Satyajit Ray - Apu Trilogy ) ‘1 Day’ stars newcomers Dylan Duffus, Orhan Whyte, Yohance Watson and Tobias Duncan. Flash (Duffus) wakes up to a phone call from Angel (Watson) announcing that he’s being released from prison and wants the £500k he’d left with Flash for safekeeping. Short of the full amount and pushed for time, Flash is forced to strike a deal with Evil (Duncan) who more than lives up to his name. ‘1 Day’ follows Flash’s race against the clock as he’s pursued by a rival gang, the police, his three irate babymothers and his granny. Labelled Britain’s first hip hop musical, ‘1 Day’ boasts original music performed by the cast. The film mixes hip hop and grime tracks with gospel, reggae and spirituals providing a realistic, vibrant soundtrack to the story. Filmed entirely on location on the inner-city streets of Britain, the film has utilized local talent both in front of and behind the camera, further enhancing the authenticity of the film.

06 – 10 Nov

11th bfm International Film Festival Black Filmmaker (bfm) International Film Festival (IFF) is the leading and longest running platform for black world cinema in the UK. The festival will take place between 6th – 10th November 2009 at the BFI Southbank, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Rich Mix and Shortwave Cinema. bfm IFF 2009 will feature narratives, documentaries and short films from the UK,

10 Nov

bfm International Film Festival – World Premiere of The Story of Lovers Rock + Q&A + DJ night Lime magazine has teamed up with the bfm International Film Festival to offer you the chance to win tickets to The Story of Lovers Rock 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 Jackson provide the perfect backdrop to a film that’s bound to rejuvenate interest into a music genre unjustly ignored by the mainstream media. Time: 6.20pm BFI Southbank, NFT2 Info: To enter, email: with ‘Lovers Rock’ in the subject header by 04 November, 2009. Please include your full name and contact number.

Africa, the Caribbean, the US, Canada and Europe. We will open with the European premier of Chris Rock’s much anticipated \Good Hair’ and close with the much anticipated Shorts Awards. Filmmak-

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ers featured as part of the festival programme include Menelik Shabazz, Frances Anne Solomon, Tunde Kulani, Djibril Diop Mambety. For the first time, bfm, in association with the Legacy Media Institute will offer a

A selection of films (Pather Panchali; Aparijito; and The World of Apu ) by Bengali director Satyajit Ray. Initially inspired by the neo-realist tradition, Ray’s cinema has influenced both Scorsese and Kurosawa and displays a rare blend of intellect and emotion. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the best of Ray: a director whose films celebrate the human race - its struggles, conflicts, joys and sorrows. Time: 2pm Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Info: 020 7613 7498

29 Nov

Rapture Film Club: Fireproof Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter’s adage: Never leave your partner behind. Inside burning buildings, it’s his natural instinct. In the cooling embers of his marriage, it’s another story. After seven years, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that they are ready to move on without each other. Yet as they prepare to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s dad asks his son to try an experiment: The Love Dare. Time: 2.30pm 103 Notting Hill Gate London W11 3LB Info: www.rapturefilmclub. com


Sista’s on the Box Rhoda Wilson wins BEFFTA Television Presenter of the Year Award 2009 Words: Ronke Lawal


Mo’Nique’s brand new weeknight show Award-winning comedienne and actress Mo’Nique makes her highly anticipated late night show debut: The Mo’Nique Show. The sassy and sultry Queen of Comedy Mo’Nique returns to BET this autumn for her highly anticipated late night show debut. Carving out a well-deserved spot on the late-night show circuit, comedienne Mo’Nique takes the show host, granting BET viewers VIP access to the hottest party on television. Mo’Nique brings side-splitting laughs every weeknight, plus special celebrity guest appearances and red-hot music performances Time: 11pm Channel: BET SKY Channel 191 and Freesat Channel 140.


The Rhoda Wilson Show – November listings Kay Oldroyd, Black Youth Achievement Awards Show 6 6/11 – Founder of Black Youth Achievements - The objective of ‘Black Youth Achievements - The Awards’ is to emphasise, reveal and promote positive actions and achievements of our young black people (by this we mean those of a African / Caribbean

The first annual BEFFTA Awards (17 October, 2009) took place at the luxurious London Hilton Metropole attended by a host of stars within the black community in the UK. The award ceremony aimed at honouring and giving a platform to the well known and the not so well known personalities within the entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts was hosted by Richard Blackwood and Comedian Miss London. On this glittering night celebrating black talent Rhoda Wilson took home the award for Best TV presenter. Other winners on the night were Dizzee Rascal, Leona Lewis, and Rudolf Walker, who was honoured with the lifetime achievement award while comedian Kojo won the BEFFTA Inspiration Award. Confident, sultry and attractive; words used to describe the popular television presenter Rhoda Wilson who started The Rhoda Wilson show in 2005 has gained critical acclaim across the digital television ever since. So it is no surprise that this magnificent television host has been won a BEFFTA Television Presenter of the Year Award. With a wide mix of subject matter, Rhoda selects her guests with the central theme of Inspiration at the helm. The 30 minute show consists of interviews based on the lives of inspirational and growing talent across the UK. A serial networker and social advocate; Rhoda is clear about her goals for this show- “I believe I can make a difference because there is a need in the market and I have incredible passion and I am committed to making this happen.” (Rhoda Wilson). heritage, parents or parent ) within the UK community. Sabirul Islam, the World at Your Feet Show 7 13/11 – Founder of WORLD AT YOUR FEET - The World At Your Feet is an award winning brand that motivates and inspire young people to

make the most of their talent and abilities to turn their vision into reality. Abenaa Pokuaa, Ohemaohene Show 8 20/11 – Fashioner Designer and founder of OHEMA OHENE – fashion label inspired b her travels and Ghanaian

roots. Sandra Reid, 1ST Choice Eva Show 9 27/11 – Founder of One of London’s premium Virtual assistance companies.

Time: 10pm Channel: Sky Channel 184, Ben TV

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CLUBS New Club Night VIP Saturday’s at Black Grape

The launch of Black Grape’s weekly club night, this will be a VIP night not to be missed with a selection of London’s hottest DJ’s on rotation exclusive night with a host of London’s finest DJ’s. Choice FM’s DJ Abrantee, Twin B and Steve Clarke. Weekly PA hosted by Eddie Kadi. Time: 9pm - late Black Grape, 268 West Green Road London N15 3QR Info:


Vybz Monday’s Reggae, Dancehall with SOULja Sindecut, JAG1, Scandalous, Music Machine, Killa Contrast, King Everoll, Rudie Rich, Jr B, Bigga World. Time: 8pm – 12am ECO bar, Slough High Street

Refunked Monday’s This venue is a favourite amongst celebrities and has seen the likes of Justin Timberlake, P Diddy, Craig David and Madonna. DJ Simba (Resident) DJ Fresh (20 Kensington church street)

Time: 10pm – 3am Funky Buddha, 15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8DY


Dance With Me Every Wednesday – hip hop, bashment, r&b and funky house. Time: 10pm – 3am

COMPETITION * WIN VIP TICKETS * * COMPETITION * WIN TICKETS 05 Nov Bonfire Night Party + Miss Chica Bomba 2009

La Bomba! London’s explosive and essential Latin rave celebrates its monthly Thursday residency at the Ministry of Sound with an explosive Bonfire night party showcasing the cutting edge sounds live and mix sounds of London’s first generation latino urban scene on Thursday November 5th 2009 as well as launching the first ever Winter beauty contest, Miss Chica Bomba 2009. “All ethnicities bienvenido” Erupting this month on Bonfire night, its going to be hot inside as regular sound fireworks light up the rooms from the capital’s finest latino DJ squad and guests headed up by mainman, Jose Luis. On the main stage that night, La Bomba hosts its first ever Miss Chica Bomba Beauty Pageant, with a chance for the winner for be the face of La Bomba 2010 as well as picking up a cash prize and a professional photo shoot. Ministry of Sound is divided into 2 areas on Bomba’s Bonfire night Thursday 5th November with The Box, La Bomba’s main floor featuring London’s top Stanza, 93-107 Shaftesbury Avenue, Leicester Square, London W1D 5DY Info: nappermc@hotmail. com

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reggaeton DJ squad Jose Luis & DJ Loco mixing, scratching and cutting up reggaeton and dancehall reggae with Latin hip hop and house into one big throbbing bashment mash-up. With more DJ’s and a live guest to be added.. there’s no sleep in the main room. The bar rocks to the sounds of salsa, merengue and bachata with DJ’s Edwin Salsa & DJ Vaya. The VIP area over-looking the Box and the Bar will once again be catering for VIP guests and table reservations. Line Up: the Miss Chica Bomba 2009 Beauty Pageant + Main Room: London’s top urban Latin elite DJ Squad, Jose Luis & Loco plus more guests TBC The Bar: salsa, merengue and bachata sounds with DJ’s Vaya and Edwin Salsa. Time: 10.30pm - 4am Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, London SE1 6DP Info:,

Lime has five pairs of VIP tickets to giveaway. To enter, email: with ‘La Bomba’ in the subject header by 3 November, 2009. Please include your full name and contact number.

Reggaeton London presents Latin Heat A hot night of Latin rhythm. Salsa class from 7.30pm.

DJ El Nino, and guests playing the best in Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and everything from 8.30pm. Time: 9pm – 2am

CLUBS Archangel, 11-13 Kensington High Street, London W8 5NP Info:

The Big VIP This is the night that gave you live performances by the likes of Fat Joe, Ray J and most recently Day 26. Time: 10pm – 3am Penthouse, 1 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7BG Info: DJ Hyper, 07947 993 413

Hot Wuk The latest dancehall reggae, hip hop and Caribbean rave music. Time: 8pm – 1am Big Chill House, 257-259 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NL Info: housemanagers@bigchill. net


Club Candy R&b; bashment; hip hop; funky house as well as afro beats and so much more from London’s top Dj’s on rotation including DJ Abrantee, Choice FM.

Time: 9pm – 4am Manjaro Lounge, 148 Holloway Road, N7 8DD Info: / 07960-566-919

Future Fridays Each and every Friday at Fiesta (formerly, Z-bar). Bringing you the best in r&b; bashment; funky house; rare grooves; hip hop; soca and slow jams. Bar open as soon as you finish work until 3am. Food served until 10.30pm. DJ’s: Gal Flex; Juggling; Sweetbwoy and Scotty Fiesta Bar, 30 Acre Lane, Brixton London Info: mcscott79@hotmail. / 07957-688-674

Groove Lineage with Paul Aaaron Freestyle eclectic dance music policy inc. soul,

(from northern soul to neo soul) nu jazz, acid jazz, jazz dance, funk, disco, breaks, party hip hop, latin, world music, rare grooves, reggae, dancehall, ska, blues, r&b, afrobeat, brokenbeat, dnb, disco, classic and soulful house. Every Friday.

14 Nov

Jalapeno Sound System – Soul of Man (Finger Lickin)

Time: 9pm-2am, Free Entry Hobgoblin, 73 White Lion St, Angel, N1 Info: 07821 357713 /

Mix and Mashup The only r&b night in London that’s all about catching joke. Nights of r&b, swing, hip hop, soulful/funky house, bashment, dance, soul, club anthems, old skool garage, and anything else that move your feet. Think you’ve got a good voice? Then grab the mic and sing. Time: 9pm – 4am Raduno, 85 Charterhouse Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6HJ Info: 07960 108 929

TB Nights Tiffinbites plays host to some of the best up-andcoming British Asian music acts in the city, with an established headline act taking the stage once a month. Line-ups are set to include a host of underground British Asian DJs, MCs, singers and other musical acts playing and performing the funkiest r&b, UK Bhangra, Bollywood and urban beats. Each night is rounded off with exclusive set from resident celebrity DJ Krash from Rishi Rich Productions. Audiences will be able to enjoy the regular performances in the relaxed and contemporary surroundings of Tiffinbites St Paul’s. Benefiting from an expansive cocktail bar, VIP balcony for performing artists and guests, and modern Indian surroundings with large screens, the unique venue is rapidly gaining a reputation as a fashionable post-work city hangout. All events are

For November Jalapeno are calling in the big guns with Fingerlickin’ founders and all round breakbeat bandits, Soul of Man rocking up for a guest slot that is sure to be laced with exclusive productions, under the counter remixes and general breakbeat mayhem. Ably assisted as always by Jalapeno label boss and Sound System resident Trevor Mac this is the funkiest venue in London town and it’s free before 10pm. DJ’s: Soul Of Man and JSS resident, Trevor Mac Time: 9pm - 3am The Big Chill House, 257 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9NL Info: 02087435218 /

over 23s.

Time: 9pm - 2am Tiffinbites, 23 Russia Row, Off Gresham Street,, London, EC2V 7PG

Beat of the City Here at Bombay Dreams, we know that people love to dance! With top class DJs rolling out the whole spectrum of Bollywood, r&b, club classics and mainstream tunes, our dance floor is never empty. No all male groups. Over 21s only. Time: 9pm - 5am Bombay Dreams Club, Sevenex Parade, 2 - 3 London Road, Wembley, HA9 7HQ

BollyParty A specialist Bollywood

club night with San-j Sanj, DJ Pinkz, The DJ With No Name and Menis playing Bollywood, Bombass and splashings of r’n’b, funky house abd bhangra.It’s BollyFuntastic Yaaar! Time: 2130 until 0200. Cafe Chai, 34 The Broadway, Ealing, W5 2NP


Stacked Each and every Saturday night With a crowd of glamorous boys and girls packing the dance-floor week on week since the launch nearly 2 years ago this is already North London’s party destination on a Saturday night as a rotating line up of London’s best loved DJs

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The DJ interview with Choice FM’s Abrantee Words: Michelle Adabra Just a quick thank you to all those who voted to make me a double winner last night @ the Beffta awards and the Ama awards I’m truly humbled thank you . How did you become a DJ? I borrowed some of my cousin’s records and never gave them back (laughs). I love music, I started doing house parties and from doing that I joined 90 Per Cent and the rest as they say, is history. How long have you been DJ professionally? Professionally, I would say about six years but I’ve always worked around music. What do you prefer: being on the radio or being a club DJ? When I’m DJ-ing I prefer to be in a club as it’s a different vibe and environment but when I’m presenting I prefer to be on the radio that way you can focus on the listener. Have you been influenced by any of your DJ peers? Coming up I was influenced by loads of different people but I have to mention Shortee Blitz, DJ Swirly and Rampage, these guys

are veterans. Do you think you need to have a wide musical palette to become a DJ? Definitely in order to become a successful working DJ you need to know what’s going on out there. Even if you have a speciality don’t just stick to that alone, make sure you know about other genres too. What’s your speciality? Hip hop. I mean I play everything

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across the board, I love different types of music but primarily I’m a hip hop and r&b DJ. How flexible are Choice FM with regards to selecting your own playlist? My show is play listed which is great for me because the whole point is concentrating on how to present. I want to engage with my listeners, so the presenting element of the show is very important. If you’re working on a specialist show then that’s different as it’s about the music first and foremost but on a show like mine it’s more about the presenter. You’ve always had a very loyal fan base – how do you

do it? I make sure I give it the personal touch, you might have regular callers or people who text in. I try to make listeners feel like I’m talking to them directly. I want everybody to tune in, doesn’t matter what your background is, your colour whatever – I’m addressing everybody. Where can we see Abrantee DJ? Tune into my show or you can see me at Manjaros at an event called Club Candy every Friday. • Abrantee is on Choice FM Monday to Friday from 3am.

CLUBS play a fun packed, energetic mix of the very best sounds. 7th: GETO / D.Bo / DJ Lok 14th: Spin Doctor / Excalibah / Rhodri 21st: GETO / DJ Hooch / Bruce Wayne 28th: Spin Doctor/ Big Twist /

r’n’b, funky house, old skool and a twist of desi beats.

14 Nov

Time: 9pm Arch One Bar and Grill, 1 Mepham Street, London, SE1 8RL

Bugz in the Attic Sound System


Time: 9pm – 3am The Elbow Room, 89-91 Chapel Market, London N1 Info: 0207-278-3244

Glam Roc UK Funky, r&b, soulful house. Smart dress essential.

Time: 9.30pm – 3.30am Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, London SE1

Niche The freshest r&b and hip hop with resident DJ Swerve.

Roller Motion in Association with Choice FM Weekly club night on wheels with two arenas of non-stop skating to r&b, Hip Hop, House, classic soul and funk.

Time: 10pm – 4am The Loft, inside O2 Arena, Greenwich, London Info: www.niche-events.

Get Loose High-energy, soulful house music for an upmarket, snazzy, cosmopolitan crowd.

Time: 7pm – 12am Renaissance Rooms, Wandsworth Road, London SW8 Info: events@choicefm. com

Time: 9pm – 4.30am Fridge Bar, 1 Brixton Road, London SW2 1RJ

Crazy Sexy Cool We are putting the feel good factor back into clubbing. Time: 9.30pm – 4am 71-73 Atlantic Road, Brixton, London SW9 8PU Info: Jahmale, Silk City 07939 206 134

XS Sexy sounds of London’s new regular Saturday Night

Time: 10pm – 3am Rainforest Cafe, 20 Shaftsbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus, London W1 Info: www.xsclubevents. com

Uptown Baby The new Saturday spot for the summer, where the sexy meet the cool and the cool meet the cute. First Saturday of the month. Resident DJ’s Ace N Vis from BBC1xtra and MTV BASE, hosted by Kwame from Undasound. RubyLo, Sequoia Nightclub, 23 Orchard Street, London W1H 6HL Info: 07931 216 770

Any Given Sunday Every Sunday night. Neosoul, r&b, African beats, 80’s and 90’s classics. DJ and live feat: Kaidi Tatham on Keys with Please find enclosed the listing and press information for our next event, again if you have been sent this info erroneously please let me know and I will get you off this list. Upstairs: Bugz in the Attic with Basement Boogie Session: Benji B, Andy Bird, Red Rack Em Time: 10pm - 5am Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AY

Open House The only Saturday night out made for all ravers. Sexy r&b, hip hop, bashment, funky house, club classics and much more...

Time: 10pm – 4am Club Raduno, 85 Charter House Street, London EC1 6HJ Info: 07949 187 897

Mix ‘n’ Blend Mix “N` Blend is an orgy of sounds where the DJs mix to the masses choice, be it 80`s, 90`s or 00`s. DJ’s on rotation include DJ Pinkz, Argy and Menis playing the

best in soul, funk, electro, house, r&’b, swing, hip hop, garage, drum ‘n’ bass, old skool and new skool. Time: 9.30pm – 2am Cafe Chai, 35 The Broadway, Ealing, W5 2NP

Coco Blush Cerise Entertainment presents something fresh and funky. Coco Blush now famous for great uplifting music spun by the UK’s best DJ accompanied by live percussionists in the stylish settings of Arch 1, creating the ultimate Saturday evenings. On the night, DJs will be playing

Time: 7pm – midnight Ruby Lo, 23 Orchard Street, London, W1H 6HL Info: / 07932403497

Amplified’s Mahogany The Sunday chill out session and home to Amplified - its neo-soul vs brilliant r&b classics and jazzy breaks on this one. Time: 6pm – 11am Marketplace, 11 Marketplace, London W1 8AH Info:

Sunday Rendezvous Come dine or have drinks with your friends. DJ Ice, DJ Bayo, playing the best urban flavours, including soulful house and afrobeats. Time: 6pm – 12am Number 10, 10 Golborne Road, Notting Hill, London, W10 5PA Info: 07969 302 684

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t is important to eat at regular intervals, ideally every 3-5 hours. This helps to keep blood sugar levels stable. Skipping meals or reducing your calorie intake does not help control weight in the long term. Most of us do not drink enough water. Symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, lack of concentration, irritability and headaches. Aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day and you will stay well hydrated. Your mother was exactly right when she forced you to eat up your greens. We should be eating five servings of fruit and vegetables a day for general health. To allow your vegetables to retain as much goodness as possible, put them into a pot of boiling water and cook them quickly. Beware the hidden fat foods which are normally those tasty party foods quiche, sausages, pork pie, salami, and dips are some examples. Of course biscuits, cakes and desserts should also be kept to a minimum and only eaten as a special treat. When you buy yoghurt, go for low ‘live bio’ versions. These help to restore the ‘good’ bacteria that aid digestion. Bread, potatoes and pasta are all carbohydrate foods that have received bad press in the past. On their own, these foods do not make you fat. However, if you have a big cheese sandwich, knob of butter on your potato (or have chips), or make a rich cream sauce for the pasta you will increase the amount of fat you are eating. Alcohol taken in moderation can be beneficial

Nutritional Tips

to health, but if you are watching your weight, it is relevant to know that the calories from alcohol cannot be used as fuel for exercise, nor do they provide any vitamins, minerals or fibre. The butter vs. margarine debate continues to rage. The best advice is not to eat a lot of either, but to eat a little of both. The best oil for cooking is Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is not the cheapest but a little goes a long way.

Dairy products are a high source of fat and cholesterol, BUT they do provide us with other beneficial nutrients. The best approach is to buy “low fat” versions of milk, cheese, yogurt etc. as they will provide you with all the nutrients without the fat element. It is not necessary to cut meat out of your diet. Instead, buy the leaner cuts and trim off any fat. It is also recommended to eat oily fish (tuna,


mackerel and herrings) at least 3 times a week as they contain the beneficial Omega 3 oil. Finally, whoever said “a little of what you fancy does you good” was probably right - exercise moderation in all things and you cannot go too far wrong. It is not what you eat between Christmas and New Year that makes the difference but rather what you eat between New Year and Christmas.


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Sports & Thai Massage Sports, Remedial, Thai Yoga Massage. Ideal if your feeling stressed out or in need of a specific massage treatment. Steve Harding, Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Aldwych. Tel 020 737 5606 mob 07941 514 184

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