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The Vitality Show Kingdom of Ife Boyz II Men interview The Goddess Guide Miss London

Museum of London In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March) and Mother’s Day (14 March) this month’s theme is The Goddess Experience – in honour of women around the world. A goddess is a woman that we all know, it’s your mum, daughter, grandmother, girlfriends, colleague – we’re all goddesses. But we have to remember this and treat ourselves every now and then. Feeling like a goddess means different things to different women. It could be dining on fine cuisine, head to toe pampering or checking into a hotel to escape from it all. Or maybe it’s knowing your self-worth, having self-respect and loving yourself – ladies it’s important to take care of you. We spoke to women from across all spectrums of the entertainment industry this month – each of them with an inspirational story to tell. There are plenty of events happening across the capital for you to celebrate your womanhood too. Enjoy!

Vikki Heywood, RSC Freestyle

Phoebe One

Boyz II Men

Kymberlee Jay

Finess First Nutritional Tips

Editor Sophia A Jackson Front cover credit Designer: Afro-Chique www. Photographer: Ao-photography Make up artist: Sophia Danielle Make up Model: April Alexander Designer Jerome DeFreitas Features Editor Michelle Adabra Features Writer Audrey Brown Contributors Victoria Woode Cassam Looch Jez Sands Jennifer Rock Semper Azeez-Harris Ronke Adeyemi Yvonne Bryan Catherine Smiles Advertising and sales Dean Serieux Event listings Published by Got Media Ltd Lime’s on Twitter

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World Events 01 - 09 May

Saint Lucia Jazz Saint Lucia Jazz has become one of the major events on Saint Lucia’s calendar and surely a most anticipated event on the Caribbean’s calendar. During the month of May, the island dances when Jazz fills the air and tourism takes on a whole new meaning to all. What started as simply a marketing event to boost tourist arrivals during a low period has now developed into a truly International Festival. As the month of May approaches each year, Saint Lucia Jazz draws attention to the island as the world waits in eager anticipation for the announcement of the usual star studded line-up. The entertainment is a mix of straight up Jazz, R&B, French and Latin music, reggae and Caribbean music.This years performers include Laura Izibor, Corinne Bailey Rae, Toni Braxton, Foreigner, Men of Soul starring Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson,Phil Perry & Howard Hewitt, Maxi Priest,Shaggy and many more... info: email: Saint Lucia Tourist Board UK: 020 7341 7000 Caribbean: 001 758 452 4094


12 Mar

Pasion De Buena Vista Pasion De Buena Vista is pure and original Cuban fire - exciting, original triumphant and colourful. The question is can you take the heat? Salsa, rhumba and mambo combine with stirring vocals to capture the essence of timeless Cuba. African percussion, Spanish instrumentation and the great trumpet sound of the American big bands of the 40s and 50s produce a thrilling heartbeat. Hot, passionate, authentic and energetic, Pasion De Buena Vista is all this and more – a breathtaking new show that mixes dance with music, sensational vocals with incredible rhythms. It takes you on a journey to the very heart of this exotic land. From Pinar del Rio in the East to Baracoa in the West, Pasion De Buena Vista showcases the very best musicians and dancers Cuba has to offer. Time: 8pm Fairfield Halls, Croydon Info: 020 8 688 9291 Lime magazine has teamed up with Pasion De Buena Vista and has two pairs of tickets to give-away to see them on 12 March as part of their 31 date UK tour. To enter, answer this simple question: Pasion De Buena Vista celebrates the culture of which country? a) England b) Jamaica c) Cuba. Email competition@ with ‘Pasion’ in the subject header by March 9, 2010. 4 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

Throughout March – ’s

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International Women’s Month International Women’s Month is held every March.

03 Mar

People in Media Networking We host regular networking evenings in London (West-End), the aim is to meet like minded people with whom you can share, exchange and gain knowledge, information and contacts. Our networking evenings consist of our very successful Speed networking Hour which is making all the difference in the number of people you are meeting as well as putting you all at ease to mingle & network with other members. Time: 6.45pm Slug & Lettuce, 1719 Artillery Row, Westminster, SW1P 1RH Info:

designers. Emerging fashion designers will get an opportunity to exhibit their clothing and accessories, while production houses and manufacturers have the chance to showcase their skills and services. Old Truman Brewery at 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6Q Info: www.

From 13 Mar The Field - launch

08 Mar

International Women’s Day In 1975 The United Nations designated 8th March as celebration of women’s achievements throughout history. Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments and women’s groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues. Info: www. internationalwomensday. com

12-13 Mar

Fashion Fusion Expo We aim to assist, celebrate and enhance the careers of the next generation of up-and-coming fashion

Field is a rare innovation encompassing the talents of competition winners Thinking Flowers? and Ribbon Tank – the two finalists who made the grade out of 350 applicants. This is the first time these two young female entrepreneurs will come together to collaborate. Each of their

events portfolios are progressive, unique and completely innovative. Field will offer apparel, accessories, flowers, therapies and will also serve as a gallery space showcasing the best up and coming talent from the likes of Solo One, Matthew Killick and Dr Joanna Brown. Collaborator Thinking Flowers?, founded in 2003 by young social entrepreneur Lauren Craig (MA), will offer floral design installation by commission, workshops & courses and flower essence therapies. Anna Chilton will launch her new bespoke tailoring and design business Ribbon Tank, designing and making one off affordable pieces, illustrated T-Shirts and creating new product lines. Time: 10am – 6pm 77/78, 5th Avenue, Brixton Market, Brixton, London, SW9 8PS Info: www.enterthefield. org

14 Mar

Mothering Sunday Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Although it’s often called Mothers’ Day it has no connection with the American festival of that name. Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family. Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers. Info: www.

20 Mar – 05 Apr

Ideal Home Show Founded in 1908 by the Daily Mail, the Ideal Home Show (formally Exhibition) was originally envisaged as a publicity tool for the newspaper and as a way of increasing its advertising revenue. It brought a world of luxury design to the newly growing middle class and quickly established

itself as a must-visit event in the social calendar. Today 102 years on, the show has changed hands for the first time in its history. Now owned by the multi award-winning media company Media 10, the show looks forward to the 21st century, bringing the latest innovations, the brightest ideas and the most inspiration (and of course fantastic shopping) to the hundreds of thousands of visitors that continue to enjoy the biggest and best home show in the business - the Ideal Home Show. Time: 10am – 6pm Info: www.

21 Mar

Day of the Goddess celebrating your goddess within Unlike many others we are catering strictly for women. This event will be the day when women come together at the Unity Centre in Brent and unite under the same roof for a sensational bonding session. The day is packed with seven hours of performers, motivational speakers, presentations and workshops. This is a ticket only event so take advantage of this unique offer, treat your partner, friend or neighbour. With FLOetic Lara, Kat Francois, and sister Dr S Richards Time: 12-7pm The Unity Centre, 103 Church Road, London NW10 9EG Info: www.

21 Mar

In Celebration of My Sisters Now in its 14th Year this variety show includes performances by Queen Afua, X Factor star Rachel Hylton, Miss London, Carroll Thompson, Sandra Cross, Donna Spence and much more. Hosted by Brenda Emmanus. Time: 7.30pm Fairfield Hall, Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1DG Info: 020 8699 9291


Launch of the Little Black Book by Mr Oh, Bar Surya, London N1

Mr Oh, laid on a show fitting the launch of his new publication, The little black book. Along the bar, they had saucy extracts from the book to encourage attendeesto read the book. The atmosphere was all sultry and very seductive providing a good evening for meeting like minded people. Little Black Book is just that, seven short stories of love sex and more WORDS: Yvonne Bryan sex, there is no other way to describe it. Set in different localities of London at exciting venues, if you want a quick turn-you--on read whilst travelling to work, then this book is ideal. I would say the author imagination is quite fertile and full of imagination. The event included a play based on the stories in the book which were read out by Mr Oh. The Little Black Book was launched on February 6, 2010. It is available from

AY GIVEAW N O I T ETI COMP Win a box of Paul Wayne Gregory chocolates International award winning chocolatier Paul Wayne Gregory creates luxury hand-made bonbons with delectable flavours such as: Passion Fruit, Popping Candy, Rum, Caramel, Blue Mountain Coffee and Coconut. In addition to creating chocolates for the Queen’s 80th birthday celebrations, his clients include: Fortnum & Mason, the Lanesborough Hotel. Info: www. Lime magazine has two boxes of Paul Wayne Gregory’s scrumptious chocolates to giveaway. To enter, email competition@comelime. com.





Sharon Kay the fabulous founder of London’s first burlesque school reveals all.


haron Kay is the founder of London’s first school of Burlesque, Burlesque Baby. Formed in 2005 and with 15 years expertise in the industry, Sharon has trained over 10,000 women in the art of tease; from 18-year-olds to women in their 60s, supermarket check out girls to lawyers; actors to supermodels, Dancing on Ice contestants to Royalty - all of these women share the same female desire - to feel like a goddess. Michelle Adabra caught up with the vivacious Sharon to pick

up a few tips on the trend sweeping London.

How did you get into Burlesque and where does it originate from?

Well I’m originally from Australia, I started dancing when I was young and I learned different styles of dance. I worked in a burlesque club in Australia and I saw an advert for a job in a magazine, I went for it and got it, so it started from there really. I began to study Burlesque - the real American burlesque, the Las Vegas show girl’s style. Burlesque came from Britain originally

and it was satirical and comedic but it’s more known for its American show girl striptease style as opposed to classic burlesque. Lydia Thompson’s British Blondes’ US tour of 1868-1874 was America’s first introduction to burlesque. Thompson and the theatrical form became very popular in the US and this is where the saucy striptease originated from, which was cheeky, comedic and saucy. Burlesque Baby takes inspiration from the Burlesque showgirls from the 30’s to the 50s such as Gypsy Rose, Josephine Baker, Sally Rand, Tempest Storm and the popular pin up, Bettie Bage.

Tell me about Burlesque Baby.

I did a bit of choreography in Australia so when I first came to the UK I thought I’d like to teach women. I started Burlesque Baby in 2005 and at the time nobody else was doing it. I wasn’t sure if it was going to work at first but it grew and grew, women would tell me that they liked the style and that it made them feel glamorous especially because it caters to different kinds of women. We have the burlesque academy, where we do the classic, 30s, 40s and 50s

cheese cake, burlesque style and there are also opportunities for women to perform what they have learned in a show where they can bring friends and family. We do private lessons, hen nights and we also do a workshop for 40s inspired hair and makeup if you truly want to achieve the style – it’s the whole experience.

Why do you think women sign up for the classes?

I would say most of the women who take the classes have lost confidence in some way or another. We don’t strip, it’s very demure not like strip clubs. We teach you things like how to walk sexy; it’s very ladylike yet suggestive. Burlesque empowers women; embraces individual diversity and encourages women to feel beautiful at any age.

Have you taught anyone famous?

I have taught a lot of TV actors, I have taught Royalty and some princesses. I’ve even taught supermodels but I won’t give out any names.

Can you get fit from Burlesque?

The workshops are physical but it’s not like aerobics where you are sweating


If you would like to master the art of the strip and the tease and unleash your inner siren, London’s most prestigious school of classic burlesque - Burlesque Baby has teamed up with LIME Magazine for an exclusive readership offer giving each reader 15 per cent discount off all classes and workshops booked throughout March. Please check out for full listings. 6 LIME MAGAZINE 2010



loads. It has benefits to it, for example there is a lot of stretching involved, also it teaches you how to have poise. We also do a lot of fanning which sounds crazy but one of the props we use quite a lot is a fan,


urlesque empowers women; embraces individual diversity and encourages women to feel beautiful at any age.’ after 20 minutes of waving a fan around -you will feel that in your arms! It’s more something you would do for enjoyment and confidence building. Info: www.burlesquebaby. com

Where is London would you recommend do you visit to ’s

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feel like a goddess?

I would say Burlesque Baby first. I’m really into the whole vintage style so I like to treat myself to a real vintage makeover and photo shoot – they do them all over London now and you can go there and get a whole make over – think Dita Von Teese, it’s fabulous. The pictures are really beautiful and it’s something you can keep to remind you how fabulous you looked.

What’s your definition of a goddess?

A goddess knows that it’s not just the beauty on the outside that counts. They are confident, sassy and content within themselves. They know how to hold attention when they walk into a room.

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26 – 28 Mar The Chocolate Festival

18 – 21 Mar Vitality Show 2010

The Chocolate Festival is a unique event which gives visitors a special opportunity to enjoy a wide range of chocolate

related products - as well as fine truffles, bars and bonbons, you will be able to buy savoury food with chocolate, chocolate cakes, pancakes, ice cream, milkshakes and more. Time: 11am - 8pm daily (6pm Sunday) South Bank Centre Square, Belverdere Road, London SE1 8XX Info: www.

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Africa Fashion Weekend Confirmed designers include Eric Raisina, NKWO, Bot I Lam, Deenola, Afro-Chique, Ms Mi, and Nike Akinola London. Thomas Prior Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 Info: www. africafashionweekend

Whether it’s taking some time out for yourself or finding the perfect opportunity to get together with the girls, this year’s Vitality Show, sponsored by Simplyhealth, is an essential date for the 2010 diary. The UK’s largest health, beauty, fitness and wellbeing event for women returns to Earl’s Court 2 in March, and welcomes the inspirational One Life Live Show as a brand new attraction to the annual show. One Life Live is the ideal destination for anyone who is looking for a new challenge, wants to learn new personal skills or just fancies a little change. With over 350 health, beauty, fitness, healthy eating and wellbeing companies, indulgent VIP pamper packages and celebrity experts all under one roof, this year’s show is the perfect place to revitalise, invigorate, inspire and spoil yourself. Thursday 18 March 1pm – 9pm late night opening Friday 19 March 10am – 6pm Saturday 20 March 10am – 6pm Sunday 21 March 10am – 6pm Earls Court 2, London Info: Lime magazine has teamed up with The Vitality Show and has two pairs of tickets to give-away. To enter, email with ‘Vitality’ in the subject header by March 15, 2010.



WONDER WOMAN Choreographer to the stars Kymberlee Jay shines on her own.


he renowned dance choreographer Kymberlee Jay is known around the world of dance and to sporting fans having featured in international advertising campaigns for Nike performing her legendary popping and locking routines. The uber talented performer managed to take out time from her busy schedule to sit down and have a chat with Lime.

What inspired you to become a choreographer? I never got into dance as a career. I was 16 and approached by a fellow college student who had seen me dancing, he asked me to choreograph his music video project. I started teaching to pass on the benefits not so I could work for prestigious artists and do big glitzy jobs.

What do you think is holding other female choreographers back?

A lot of women don’t feel that there is a place for them in hip hop. Hip hop dancing is quite masculine; it’s a male orientated style of dance. Women in hip hop have always been the bikini wearing type and only a few break the mould.

Has anything held you back in your career?

Yes, being female. In particular the way people look in the industry; you know that typical Hollywood size

WORDS: Victoria Woode


used to go to auditions and wouldn’t even be seen. They would literally look at me and go ‘you’re not right for the job.’ zero style and wearing bikini’s - this was a major issue in terms of my career because I didn’t have the look.

Were people quick to judge you on appearance? Absolutely, I mean I used to go to auditions and wouldn’t even be seen. They would look at me and go ‘you’re not right for the job’, even though I could wipe the floor with every other person auditioning.

If you were a size 8 do you think you would have been this successful?

I think I would have done well as a size eight dancer but in a commercial style of dance, I doubt I would have made it further than a background dancer. Being my size has put me in the foreground. At auditions I stuck out like a sore thumb and this worked

for me as soon as they saw my ability.

How do you stay fit?

Dance sessions and running. About four years ago I took up running four days a week and would run 3K, 6K and 10K.

Do you have any advice for females that think there size might be holding them back from their ambitions?

No matter what you aspire to do it’s going to take dedication. With everything you will hit a brick wall and if you don’t it’s not worth it. For me as a dancer it meant training in every dance style that I could, staying as fit as the other girls who looked like the ideal. I honestly believe that if you give things 100 per cent you will get there. Info: www.kymberleejay. com


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Where in London would you go to feel special i.e. pamper yourself?

There’s a health and beauty spa called Pura in east London. I always come out of there feeling on top of the world. They have a chocolate room, everything is chocolate colour and it’s scented.

What is your definition of a goddess? A woman who is confident and almost knows no boundaries, she’s always trying to achieve more and someone who is not afraid to pass on her knowledge so that we can create a new generation of goddesses. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


GAllery 04 Mar – 06 June

EXHIBITION OF THE MONTH Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa

Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, shown alongside studies and the large scale preparatory charcoal drawing. St Martin in the Fields’ Crypt, Trafalgar Square Info: www.

Until 13 Mar

Progress Reports: art in an era of diversity This multi-voiced exhibition and series of events explores interpretations of ‘cultural diversity’, reflecting the times we live in and changes to the social and cultural landscape since Iniva was founded 15 years ago. Iniva, Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA Info:

28 Mar Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa will tell the story of the legendary city of Ife (pronounced eefeh) through some of the most refined and beautiful sculptures ever to be found in Africa. Ife is today regarded as the spiritual heartland of the Yoruba people living in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin and their many descendants around the world. The exhibition will feature nearly 100 superb pieces of Ife sculpture, most of which have never been seen in the UK before, and have been drawn almost entirely from the magnificent collections of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria. The British Museum is planning a series of Africa-related events, activities and displays to coincide with the 50th anniversary of African Independence celebrations in 2010. Info: Room 35, British Museum, London

From 05 Mar – 03 Apr A Last Supper / Sacred or Profane

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destined for St George’s Church, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, shown alongside studies and the large scale preparatory charcoal drawing. The Last Supper will be installed in St George’s, Nailsworth directly after the exhibition. The service of inauguration will be 23rd April, 2010 – St. George’s Day. A modern interpretation of The Last Supper - a 12 foot picture painted entirely from life as an altarpiece destined for St George’s Church,

Welcome Back? We fought for the Motherland – what happens now? Hear the stories of Black people who thought for Britain in the Second World War but were subjected to discrimination when they returned here to live. Their stories are told through films, audio clips and testimonies. Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 Info: 020 7416 5000

Until 11 Apr From War to Windrush

To Mark the Sixtieth anniversary of the arrival of the MV Windrush in Britain in 1948 this exhibition tells the personal stories of the

involvement of Black men and women from the West Indies and Britain in the First and Second World Wars. Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 Info: 020 7416 5000

Until 16 May

Chris Ofili ‘Hip Hop spirit in Art’

Chris Ofili is without a doubt one of the UK’s most famous home-grown black artists. Having won the Turner Prize in 1998 aged 30, he now resides in Trinidad. He draws on his surroundings to inform his art and commentates on the state of play, exploring areas such as racism, ethnicity and identity. Tate Britain, Level 2 Millbank, London SW1P 4RG Info:

Until 03 Apr

Aubrey Williams - Now and Coming Time The New Year of 2010 welcomes in two major exhibitions, in two different cities, of the work of one extraordinary international artist: Aubrey Williams. He can be seen as a colossus, bestriding the Atlantic, with feet firmly planted in two very different worlds. Yet his brilliant career remains unknown to many, unacknowledged by all but the most insightful of art critics and art historians. October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL Info: www.

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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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other’s company. Both boys are cheerful, confident and caring.

boys who eat and sleep well. They prefer to be as independent as they can. Zac is on a lactosefree diet.

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

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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

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KINGS OF THE LOVE SONG Motown’s most successful group Boyz II Men are back.


hey are the most successful r&b male vocal group of all time as well as being Motown Record’s most successful signing ever, Boyz II Men have gone from boys to legends. Selling more than 60 million albums worldwide and topping the charts with classics like: End of The Road, I’ll Make Love to You and One Sweet Day. Hailing from Philadelphia, band members, Nathan Morris, Michael McCary, Shawn Stockman, and Wanya Morris cemented their careers as a quartret, however seven years ago Michael McCary - whom provided the base element to the groups signiture, sultury and soulful doo-wop harmonies - left the group due to back problems. Determined to continue the groups’ legacy the band continued as a trio and this year the legendary crooners celebrate their 20th anniversary in the music business with a tour of the UK kicking off in May.

Your new album Love is a collection of popular standards across different genres. Where did the idea for this record stem?

We always had a deal with the record company to do an album like this so we decided to do a cover of 12 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

love songs .We started picking songs that we liked whether it was rock, country or r&b. The fans can see what type of music we like to listen to and the type of music that we can sing, it lends itself to the type of album that we can create for the next one and what people can expect as far as the type of energy

It was reported that Michael McCary would return to the group after a seven year absence however it was announced that he would not be rejoining the band due to a ‘breakdown in negotiations’ – can you tell us why?

We could not come to an agreement. It was one of those things where our lives changed and his life changed and during the course of him being gone the three of us had to pick up the slack and start doing the job of refurbishing our career and bring the name back up to where it is right now. I mean we did all the work and he can’t expect to just come back and say, ‘ok guys let me get my quarter cut and I’m good’. In all honesty that’s pretty much what it was but there’s no hard feeling.

Can you explain the ramifications of trimming

down to a trio? Does it make it easier or tougher in regards to musical arrangements?

Actually no. As unfortunate as it was when Mike left, fortunately it wasn’t like a bigger note, he was the base and so as much as we missed the rumble that he gave in harmonies, when you take that away it’s still a three-part harmony. We miss Mike very much but the show had to go on.

Having sold over 60 million albums worldwide, you are the most successful Motown group. How does that make you feel?

It’s great. Anytime you reach an accomplishment like that it’s always something to be proud of, it is something that you can honestly say no one can takeaway. Not just with music but with anything you want to just make your mark. The sense of us always striving for execellence - as my father would say- it’s a wonderful thing and it always what we wanted to do.

What is the proudest moment of your career so far?

The proudest moment of our career is the past eight years because we went through so much crap; we went through a lot of things

WORDS: Audrey Brown

that people did not know. To see myself and my two guys actually handle it with a certain type of poise and dignity and a certain type of strength that I’ve never seen my guys do, it made me proud to be a part of the group. The things that we did, I know for a fact certain artists would not do; the shows that we performed at and things of that nature most artists wouldn’t do because their ego is involved. We never gave a half arsed show, no matter how small it was or how raggidy the building was, we gave our 100 per cent.

How does it make you feel to know that your albums



he time of legendary artists ended with Boyz II Men.’

have become soundtracks to peoples’ lives and has helped to expand families? It’s the greatest compliment anybody can give you. No one can give you a greater compliment than I can see my son and daughter to your records. That’s personal; you can’t get anymore personal than you having sex with your significant other. Even some of our fans children are named after us so that’s always nice.

How busy are you and is there room in your lives for families and kids?

We all have children and yes we try to balance family life with our careers. You have to be understanding people to be with guys like us.

How has the music industry changed since you started 20 years ago? Legends aren’t created anymore there was a time when labels actually took the time to nurture and groom an artist to make

that artist have a legendary type of career. To be honest I think the time of legendary artists ended with Boyz II Men and artists like Usher and Beyonce. We are kind of like the last of the Mohicans as far as knowing what it takes to become a legend in terms of our work ethic, it’s become a lot more corporate and less organic.

It affected me probably the worst out of any body in the group, he was one of the reasons why I performed, and why I was in the business. I was a huge fan and the fact that I worked with him on several occasions and for him to actually know my name and know who I am. When he actually saw me it was a warm welcome. I’ll always cherish the relationship that I had with him. He was a great guy, gave us a lot of advice, we have a lot of memories with him.

Michael Jackson was a friend of yours how did the news of his death affect you?

Boyz II Men will be performing in the UK on 8 May at the HMV Apollo Hammersmith. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



Gaye to Wet Wet Wet and collaborating with Linton Kwesi Johnson. Time: 8pm Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG Info: www.thealbany.

05 Mar

Angie Stone + special guest, Dwele

21 Mar

Jagged Edge The award-winning r&b stars Jagged Edge are set to play a one-off concert at the IndigO2 at the O2. Jagged Edge (consisting of twin lead singers Brian and Brandon Casey, Kyle Norman and Richard Wingo) began their mainstream recording career in 1998. It’s been a number of years since they performed together in the UK, but with a whole host of hits under their belt and a new 2010 album in the pipeline, these r&b legends are sure to make an impressive return to the UK. Time: 7pm IndigO2 @ The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX Info: Lime has a pair of tickets to give away for a lucky reader and a guest to see Jagged Edge at the 02. To enter, email with ‘Jagged Edge’ in the subject header by March 17, 2010.

04 Mar

Statik Selektah and Saigon Live and Spin Doctor Exclusive UK show from two powerhouses of the underground hip hop scene. Time: 7.30pm Madame Jo Jo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1 Info: info@

04 Mar

JLS The r&b boy band are only the second non-winning act of The X Factor to achieve a number-one single, after second series contestant 14 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

Chico Slimani. Time: 7pm HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London Info: www.meanfiddler. com

05 Mar

Dennis Bovell + Special Guests He is known for fronting one of the 1970s best known UK reggae bands, Matumbi, and creating the music for cult Deptford based film, Babylon. He has gone on to forge a mighty reputation as a performer and producer, remixing albums for everyone from Marvin

Angie Stone emerged on the scene ten years ago with the sultry Black Diamond which contained the hit ballad No More Rain (In This Cloud) and collaborations with Lenny Kravitz, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Stone’s ex-boyfriend D’Angelo. She later cracked the US Top 40 with the hit Brotha from her sophomore album Mahogany Soul. Her latest albums, Stone Love, The Art of Love & War and Unexpected further cemented her status. Time: 7pm HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9QH Info: www.ticketmaster.

06 Mar

Courtney Pine presents: Transition in Tradition Bursting with Pine’s typically memorable themes and exuberant soloing’ Jazzwise Saxophonist Courtney Pine, who was awarded a C.B.E for services to music in the 2009 New Year Honours is back touring with his critically acclaimed Transition in Tradition album set. Time: 8pm Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN Info: www.unionchapel.

07 Mar

Funk Affair with Special Guest Omar Ronnie Scott’s Funk Affair presents some of the finest UK funk talent around. Ronnie Scotts, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT Info: www.ronniescotts.

07/14/21/28 Mar

Divine Unity South London born trio Divine Unity are a girl group with a difference. An eclectic blend of pop music sung with naturally soulful voices, their unique sound is coming to Charlotte Street Blues, London for a live, eight week set. The group will be featured as part of the New Gospel Brunch which runs until March 28. Charlotte Street Blues, 74 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4QH Info: divineunity3

08 – 13 Mar Women in Jazz

This year Ronnie Scott’s will be celebrating International Women’s Day with a special week of shows featuring some of the finest female band leaders from around the world. Artists lined up to perform include Norma Winstone, Nikki Iles and Annie Whitehead from the UK, Rachel Z and Bobbi Humphrey from the US, Emilia Martensson from Sweden and Norway’s Frøy Aagre. As part of this global event, Ronnie Scott’s Club is delighted to present a selection of some of the best female jazz talent from around the world with a week of dedicated programming.


Vonda Shephard

The distinctive voice of cult US show Ally McBeal returns to charm us once again.


lly McBeal fever gripped us all at one point, the award-winning US show followed the trials and tribulations of the ditsy, modern-day heroine and lawyer played by Calista Flockhart. We were equally mesmerised by the distinctively soulful voice of Vonda Shephard – who appeared regularly as a club singer in the show. The talented singer/songwriter enthralled us all with the show’s opening theme Searchin’ My Soul and


You’re the voice of Ally Mcbeal - what was that experience like for you?

The show involved five years of my life and four soundtrack albums, but to sum it up, the show was such a wonderful, rich experience. I was the music producer for the show, so most of my work was done behind the scenes, working with some incredible legends like Al Green, Gladys Knight, Sting, Randy Newman, the list goes on. It was the gig of a lifetime; the

orking with Robert (Downey Jr) was a unique experience. He’s just as brilliant, entertaining and funny as you would imagine.’ is back with a wonderful collection of classic pop and r&b standards and hits from the show. We caught up with the songstress to talk about her tour and what is was like working with Robert Downey Jr.

You are on a European tour, what can London audiences expect from your show?

We will knock your socks off with this smoking band first of all, so you may want to wear two pairs of socks. We will be playing lots of songs from my latest release, From The Sun, which many people picked up last year, so they should be fairly familiar with the songs. The show usually starts with my own material, and by the end we are getting into the r&b section, where we get funky. The end is where we do lots of the old Ally cover tunes.

cast were a blast as well.

Were you shocked by the success of the show and the theme song Searchin’ My Soul?

When I first moved back to L.A. from New York to do the show, I thought that I would be able to pay the rent on my apartment for a few months. None of us had a clue that this show would explode with such magnitude. How lucky we were. I had originally written it for my second album in 1992, so to have success with it long after the fact was surprising and gratifying.

What was it like working with Robert Downey Jr on you’re duet, Chances Are? Working with Robert was a unique experience. He’s just as brilliant, entertaining and funny as you would imagine. He’s bursting with creative energy, and to be in

his presence wakes one up. The song, Chances Are was so sweet to record with him.

You have been singing and writing for years - is there anything you are yet to achieve?

I love what I do so much. I just hope to have another breakthrough album with the next solo record. I hope to continue recording, writing and touring until I drop.

Do you think the music industry is geared towards younger, commercial artists?

Right now the music industry is in a completely insecure place, which forces executives to make very narrow minded decisions. This is so sad. I grew up in the era of artist development. I did demos for Warner Bros for four years before they

WORDS: Michelle Adabra even signed me but thank goodness for technology. Music needs to be written, heard, so there will always be a place to find it. The Best of Ally McBeal: The Songs of Vonda Shephard is out now. Catch Vonda at the Jazz Café, March 2, 2010.


Goddess Experience

What’s your definition of a goddess? A goddess to me is a woman who cares about herself and loves herself enough to have great confidence. A goddess means being loving to all people; one who puts out positive, strong feelings of love to the world to make this place better.



MUSIC 14 Mar

20 Mar

Jazz Lunch on Mother’s Day: Celebrating Sinattra What could be better than coming on down for a Sunday roast and a bit of top-notch jazz in the best jazz club in the world, especially on Mother’s Day? Ronnie Scotts, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT Info: www.ronniescotts.

50 Cent

20 Mar Los Van Van

Multi-platinum selling hip hop star 50 Cent is performing in the UK. Expect a testosterone-fuelled set and bouncy tunes such as In the Club, Candy Shop, P.I.M.P or How We Do. Time: 7pm Wembley Arena, Empire Way, Wembley, London HA9 0DW Info: Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT Info: www.ronniescotts.

13 Mar

Roundhouse Choir

12 / 26 Mar / 26 Apr Free Classical Lunchtime Concerts in the Gallery, Foyles

Foyles announce a new Friday lunchtime series of free classical concerts, in the intimate setting of the wooden beamed gallery at Foyles Charing Cross Road. Taking place twice a month, the concerts will feature a diverse range of artists and ensembles performing works from across the classical repertoire. Time: 1pm Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London Info: 16 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

The resident RH Choir will be joined by South African ensemble Amandla Esandla; a five member a cappella group from the Eastern Cape of South Africa, offering a contemporary take on traditional Xhosa song. The night will also see a fantastic special performance from the F-IRE Collective’s Afro Cuban jazz ensemble Meta Meta; performing contemporary arrangements of AfroCuban religious songs, rhythms and dance. Time: 7.30pm Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH Info: www.roundhouse.

Formed in 1969 in Havana, Cuba, this 20-piece orchestra plays an irresistible brand of dance groove they created called ‘songo’ - a solid and invigorating fusion of rich Caribbean rhythms, Afro-Cuban drumming, salsa & rock/pop elements. This new sound became the rage of Havana and one of the most influential Cuban rhythms since the cha-chacha. Time: 8.30pm Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH Info: www.roundhouse.

April Preview 02 Apr Teddy Riley & Blackstreet Ultimate Boogie Nights returns with Teddy Riley & Blackstreet’s first UK performance since 1995. They’ll perform classic tracks including No Diggity and Don’t Leave Me. Tickets include an afterparty until 2am. Time: 7pm IndigO2 @ The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX Info:

25/26/28 April Whitney Houston 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:

05 / 06 / 27 May

Black Eyed Peas The Black Eyed Peas announce the UK leg of their eagerly awaited The E.N.D world tour. The O2, Peninsula Square London SE10 0DX Info:

10 / 11 May

Rihanna Rihanna returns to The O2. The O2, Peninsula Square London SE10 0DX Info:

25 / 26 May

Alicia Keys 12 time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys will be touring the UK in May 2010 as part of her pan European Tour. The O2, Peninsula Square London SE10 0DX Info:

BOOK NOW Jay-Z announces 3 UK Tours Last year, the multiple award winner brought his incredible live show to British shores for a string of dates joining Coldplay, as well as record-breaking, sell-out shows at London’s Roundhouse and Alexandra Palace. 7 June: Manchester Men Arena 9 June: Birmingham LG Arena 4 July: Wireless Sponsored by Barclaycard London Hyde Park Info: www.livenation. / www.


VIDEO VIXEN We meet the urban music scene’s most successful glamour model Nickita Martin.


ou may have noticed the sudden surge in Internet models in recent years. Every other woman believes they have what it takes to be a model, well here’s a woman that really does have the method, mind and body. She’s starred in countless music videos and her calendars sell by the bucket loads. I had the pleasure of interviewing the charismatic model Nickita Martin, otherwise known as the ‘UK’s Black Rose’.

How did you get into modelling?

I’ve always been an entertainer and enjoyed being the centre of attention so this was a natural progression. I’ve been modelling for four years now.

How did you go about getting work?

MySpace helped me; my whole exposure is thanks to the Internet. I would post photos and contact people in the industry. Gorgeous Black was the first agency to take me on and from then I received booking requests to model.

Would I be right to describe you as a glamour model?

I see myself as an urban glamour model. It’s about looking glamorous not naughty. I pose in swimsuits and lingerie, which are shot artistically.

What is the downside of being a model? The hours can be really long. With music videos

there is a lot of waiting around. You need patience and a passion for the job.

How do your family feel about your career - are they supportive? Oh yeah, very supportive. My sister is my manager. My mum is proud of me. I mean she only wants the best for me she can see how hard I’m working so she’s proud.

WORDS: Victoria Woode

Do you get the same support from the general


want to be more of a brand, not just a model.’


UK people hardly support UK Talent and not just as far as models are concerned. I mean look at Estelle and Jay Sean. They tried hard out here for years but in America they got an instant response. I have a fan base; it’s just about becoming bigger and better.

There’s obviously a flip side to having fans. Do you have haters too?

Unfortunately yes haters are around. I don’t pay attention to it though. Girls can be like that and other models. I’m happy with my life so I can’t let it get to me. You have to be prepared for all sorts of negativity in this industry.

So what’s your unique selling point to push you forward in the tough modelling industry?

I think my name makes me unique as I’m known as The UK’s Black Rose. There

aren’t many dark skinned models out there with a large chest, small waist and big bum so that alone sets me apart. I want to be more of a brand not just a model. I already do monthly workshops, and I would like to start an agency.

So I take it you in this for the long haul...

Yes, definitely. I’m launched my third annual calendar but there’s a lot more for me to do. My photographer Karl Lake is amazing so I’m keen to keep up our brilliant teamwork. You can buy Nickita’s current calendar at www. Or at the following venues: Dub Vendor (Clapham Junction); Real Mckoy (Brixton) Or Body Music (Seven Sisters) Nikita Martin’s workshop: thephotoshootworkshop


Goddess Experience

Where in London would you recommend to visit to feel like a goddess?

Studio’s make me feel special, there’s nothing like a photo shoot to boost a woman’s confidence. It feels amazing when you get your hair and make up done.

Where in London do you go to feel special? Oh the best place if you want to pamper yourself is The Felbridge Hotel. It’s great you can spend the day in the spa getting facials or a massage.

What’s your definition of a goddess? To me a Goddess means someone powerful, glamorous and beautiful who can empower herself. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



PUSHING THE LIMITS 80s rap group Salt n Pepa return with a new attitude.


ierce, sassy, sexy, independent, innovators, style icons, pioneers - there are so many ways we could describe female rap group Salt n Pepa. Hailing from New York, Salt (Cheryl James, now Cheryl Way), Pepa (Sandra Denton), and DJ Spinderalla (Deidra ‘Dee


Going back to the beginning, how did you all meet?

Originally we were in our first year of college; I was not doing that well in school so I ended up in the lunch room a lot where Pepa usually was with her crazy self. Me and Pepa

alt: ‘I didn’t love myself before; I had very low self esteem.’ Dee’ Roper) first burst into our consciousness in the late 80s. They sold a phenomenal 15 million records worldwide, making them the bestselling female rap group of our time, firmly securing them a place in the hip hop hall of fame. Their international smash single Push It can still be heard reverberating in clubs while their fresh street style has inspired fashion trends. Michelle Adabra speaks to Salt of Salt n Pepa about her spiritual journey, overcoming bulimia and why they’re ready to put the show back on the road. 18 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

are different in our personalities; she is extroverted and I’m introverted so she caught my eye because she was so popular. We got to be friends and we started working at Sears where we met Hurby Luv Bug our first producer. Hurby was going to New York City’s Center for Media Arts and he was producing, he asked us to be on a track which was the answer to Doug E. Fresh

WORDS: Michelle Adabra

MUSIC and Slick Rick’s The Show but our track was called The Show Stopper. A local DJ picked up the track and it just took off, we signed our first record deal; the only reason we got the deal is because we promised the record label we could make an album for $5,000 and we did it.

Push It has become a hip hop classic – did you ever think the song would be that big?

I never thought there was anything special about Push It, ironically I hated that song. It was actually the B-side to Tramp which was the single we were promoting. We recorded the vocals to Push It in this little tiny bathroom in a studio in Brooklyn. A DJ flipped the single and started to play it and it just took off. The song is possessed, I hear the weirdest stories about Push It, one girl told me that she was dancing so hard to the song that she fell into her mother’s dining cabinet and got a gash on her head as a result that song just does something crazy to people.

At the time was it hard being a female rap group in such a male dominated industry?

There were challenges, sometimes it was hard to get people to take us seriously but getting over those little things was not a problem for me, I was so focussed. Russell Simmons did give us the thumbs down one time early on in our career, he didn’t know I was standing next to him when someone asked him about Salt n Pepa - that fuelled me on to work harder.

Girl groups are notorious for their cat-fighting rumours – did you all get


Well the good thing was me and Pepa were friends first, we weren’t manufactured. So the chemistry was there, me and Pepa share the same weird sense of humour, we laugh at things that nobody else gets. Of course there were times when we didn’t get along, when you spend so much time together and you’re on the road; you’re young and you don’t have any communication skills – it gets difficult. We dealt with it for a long time and eventually I couldn’t deal with it anymore and not just because of that but because of the overall pressure you are under as an artist. I had to step away from it for a minute to grow up and take time to raise my family and now we’ve came back together as women not girls.


ussell Simmons did give us the thumbs down one time very early on in our career; he didn’t know I was standing next to him.’ Is it true during your time in Salt n Pepa you battled an eating disorder?

Yes I was severely bulimic for years. The schedule, the pressure to be thin in this industry, not feeling like I had control over my life or my business or what I did all became overwhelming and the success became overwhelming, we were only 18 when we started out. As an artist you can feel like a puppet and when you don’t feel like you have any control in your life those things can manifest in different ways, a lot of artists end up abusing drugs or becoming promiscuous and for me, bulimia was the way it came out. So I had to stop and take time out, I didn’t want to pass that mind set onto my daughter. I didn’t love myself before; I had low self esteem.

You’re a born again Christian now – have you found it hard to balance your faith and your music, and do the two conflict?

At first I was not open to continuing on with Salt n Pepa and going back on the road. When you first become healed and develop a relationship with God, you get such a peace from it that you don’t want anything to disturb it or confuse it but as you grow spiritually it becomes more of a balance. You know anything taken to the extreme is an error. I had to rethink how I present myself as a mum, as a woman, and as a Christian and I had a conversation with Pepa about it to see if I could do this and still be me. Our show is uplifting, it’s positive and I always take a minute to say something positive to the audience; I

talk a lot about forgiveness because me and Pepa had a whole lot of forgiving to do. Salt n Pepa will be performing at BLOC Weekend, Butlins Minehead Resort, Somerset, U.K, 12 – 14 March 2010. www.


Goddess Experience

What is your definition of a Goddess? A strong woman has a sense of who she is and is ok with that. A strong woman knows how to take care of herself and she understands what it is to love herself. A strong woman gives back and that is my definition of a goddess. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


MUSIC Album review: Sade, Soldier of Love Words: Nicke Adebowale Lime rating: HHHH

After nearly 10 years Sade is back with their sixth studio album, Soldier of Love. The release has been highly anticipated not just by fans but those in the music industry. The silky smooth introduction of The Moon and the Sky sets the pace and you just want to lie down to let song after song wash over you. You can’t find soul like this anywhere else. This music makes you feel. The ability to elevate to beautiful heartfelt tales, what on paper, could seem like clichéd stories of woe, lies with Sade Adu. Her voice is unmistakeable and packs a powerful punch. It’s at its best when set against the barest of tracks. Morning Bird is a perfect example of this and has echoes of earlier Sade songs; it could almost be part two to Pearls from 1992’s Love Deluxe. Sade is that rare group whose music is timeless and the whole album has a familiar ‘Sade’ sound but doesn’t suffer because of it. Soldier of Love is deep, meaningful and beautifully crafted - the perfect album to get you through the last of these dark winter

Album review: Gucci Man, The State vs Radric Davis Words: Catherine Smiles Lime rating: HHH

Release date: out now on Asylum/Warner Records He has been to prison three times (currently serving out his fourth sentence), featured on tracks with the likes of Mariah Carey and Black Eyes Peas. He has also undoubtedly been one of the most exciting mixtape artists for the last couple of years now finally, Gucci Mane’s highly anticipated second studio album The State vs Radric Davis is out. Tracks like Heavy and All About My Money are representative of Mr Mane’s much loved street side. There are also more commercial/club bangers than expected with tracks like Spotlight, and The Movie providing what I predict to be clear DJ favorites. There’s even something for the girls on Bad Bad Bad feat Keyshia Cole and Sex In Crazy Places feat Bobby V, Trina & Nicki Minaj. Just as expected Mane is definitely light on the lyrical side and having heard a previous

Album review: Jason Derülo Words: Catherine Smiles Lime rating: HHHH.5

Release date: out now on Beluga Heights/Warner Bros An artist I believe is going to give one Mr Raymond a run for his money in 2010 Jason Derülo finally releases his self titled debut album this month. Derülo has been successfully writing behind the scenes since 2007, but has known he was born to be a solo performer. Debut single Whatcha Say a very cleverly arranged song sampling Imogen Heap saw its UK release last November reaching number three. Initially quiet, the single began to pick up online momentum and sold over three million digital copies, certifying it three times platinum and becoming a number one smash hit. The album is an evident representation of Derülo’s musical maturity and I struggle to believe he is just 20-years-old. He has honed his musical penmanship over time and this is apparent throughout this album - immense lyrical content, good music and

Album review: Sugababes, Sweet 7 Words: Catherine Smiles Lime rating: HHHH

Release date: out now on Island Records What is it with girl groups, drama and line-up changes that go so well? There was Eternal, Destiny’s Child and now the Sugababes bringing in the New Year with Heidi, barely settled Amelle and newbie Jad. Though the album has a couple of old school Sugababe-ish sounding tracks like Give It To Me Now, the album has a distinctively fresher European sound but still manages to mix in some infectious hooks and catchy melodies. Some production credits go to Red One and Stargate and writing collaborations from Beyonce writer Makeba and Ne-Yo help shape this pleasant effort. Let’s face it, this sound minus the crazy outfits has propelled Lady Gaga and I predict the same influence on the charts and a hand full of number ones for the UK girl group. After all we love to go gaga for drama and Sugababes definitely don’t disappoint.


REVIEW Book review: Push (Precious) by Sapphire

Words: Tricia Wombell Lime rating: HHHH Published in 1996, most people will come to this book from the film whose full title is Precious - Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. The author Ramona Lofton, is a poet and performance artist, who taught literacy in New York during the 1980s. Illiterate 16-year old Precious tells the story in a stream of consciousness narrative. She is pregnant for the second time by her father. Her abusive mother treats her as a skivvy, and it is soon clear that she only keeps her, so that she can claim the benefits for Precious and her Down’s syndrome daughter. There is horror and degradation for one so young. You will pick up things that you will wish you never had to consider. Nonetheless this is a work of hopefulness and survival. Precious gains assurance through the friendship of the girls in her class, and through the support of a trusted teacher, who encourages her, but also challenges some of her preconceptions. Precious grows to love herself as she becomes literate and develops an understanding of black history, and the realisation that others have survived what she has been through. In the end she knows that she is able to give her children the love and nurturing that she never had. Info:

Restaurant Review: Brampton Quarter Brasserie

Words: Michelle Adabra Lime rating: HHHHH It’s not often we give out five stars here at Lime HQ but Brampton Quarter Brasserie is truly deserving. Sophisticated, simple and modern – the divine Brampton Quarter Brasserie in Knightsbridge is a real gem. Situated near Harrods, every thing about the restaurant oozes class. The clean and elegant décor is both warm and inviting and the menu offers a range of delectable dishes. For starters, I opted for the crab and avocado in a marie rose sauce, the avocado was wonderfully creamy, the prawns - juicy and the sauce, spot on. It’s not often I feel food envy, and I was more than content with my starter, until I tasted the editor’s warm, crispy duck salad. Imagine crispy yet tender pieces of duck in a sweet sauce, with shallots, chilli, coriander, melon and

cucumber - your mouth should be watering by now. At the recommendation of the waiter we settled on a sublime white Chenin Blanc: ‘Good Hope’ from South Africa, which was the perfect white for our main of Seabass. Seabass is a personal favourite of mine and I have to say I thoroughly enjoying the pan fried fish which came with an exquisite fennel puree and new potato crush, capers, parsley and lemon zest – absolutely divine. Desert is usually a chocolate fudge cake affair for me but I could not resist the Pistachio Dacquoise which was almost too good for words, creamy, nutty and completely irresistible – I urge you to try this. Brampton Quarter Brasserie has just become one of my favourite London restaurants, the service is impeccable; the waiters are knowledgeable and friendly and the food is exquisite. I can’t wait to go back. Must Try: Brompton Road cocktail – sweet, zesty and lethal!




A Day in the Life OF a London Goddess In celebration of Lime’s goddess experience here are a few exquisite places around London to nurture your inner and outer goddess THE FACIAL: Red carpet facial makeover

My heart fills with pride whenever I go to Daughters of Lilly for one of their fabulous facials. Lorraine and Marvia Downie, the dynamic sibling duo, who run this swanky beauty clinic have a winning formula which makes clients feel special and renewed after every visit. This prestigious beauty clinic is situated minutes away from Baker Street and you relax the moment you step into this pampering haven. In true goddess style it seemed only natural to try their Red Carpet Facial Make-Over. It includes a double cleanse with lymphatic drainage massage to revitalise and clean the skin. Followed by Oxygen treatment to re-energise and give my weather beaten skin a much needed glow. The skin is then hydrated and moisturised leaving my face looking dewy and fresh. It made up for the all the lack of sleep I’ve had lately that’s for sure. Make-up was then applied by the talented, Melanie Leonard. It’s so indulgent and luxurious that I simply loved it. If you want to 22 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

WORDS: Sophia A Jackson

The Massage - Aqua Sculpture Spa

feel like an A-list celebrity then the Red Carpet Facial MakeOver is the one for you. Info: 0207 723 8838 /

THE MASSAGE: Holistic Obsidian Therapy (Hot Stone Massage) I’ve just experienced the best massage ever. Aqua Sculpture is a gem of a find in Stamford Brook, west London. I walked in and was

greeted by friendly, smiling staff and relaxation inducing aromas. My treatment took place downstairs in the sensually lit and atmospheric VIP room as soothing music played in the background. My therapist, Timea, talked little during the 50 minute session allowing me to unwind and de-stress. The pleasure of a hot stone massage is the suspense of the unexpected. You have no idea what will come next. Will it be a hot or

cold stone? Will your body be massaged by hand or with the stones? Will it be oil or lotion? The various sensations and surprises mean your body is treated to a series of experiences (feathers are also involved) that can only be described as bliss. The energy of ancient stones, black and white, (Obsidian and Onyx containing magnesium and iron) contrasts re-balanced my emotional well-being and left me in a combined state of calm relaxation but also with a zest for life. A London goddess wouldn’t waste any time in treating themselves or their mom to a hot stone massage at Aqua Sculpture. Info: 0208 741 0338 / www.aquasculpturespa.


Nailgirls, a chic nail spa in Angel, north London was

REVIEW Fine Dining at Just St James

of Lagache champagne. There’s no better way to start an evening. We were recommended the rich bodied bottle of 2005 Crozes-Hermitage as the accompaniment to what turned into a meat-fest of a meal. Already full from our repeat requests for more of the super soft fresh brown bread we tucked into a Yorkshire wood pigeon salad with Jerusalem artichoke - served warm. It was deliciously rare more like cured beef than poultry. The devilled lambs’ kidneys with streaky bacon and spicy devil sauce were mouth-wateringly tasty with the fiery sauce rivaling the

The Manicure - Nailgirls

The Facial - Daughters of Lilly created by sisters, LyndaLouise and Joanna Burrell. With mood-lifting hot pink as the main colour throughout their branding it’s truly a place for any goddess who sees herself as a girlie girl. My nail technician, Michaela Moore, who has been in the business for nine years made me aware of their ‘relax or chat’ option which I think is an excellent customer friendly approach to getting the most out of your time there. To start, my terribly uneven and chipped nails were filed into my desired shape. Then my hands were given a soothing warm oil soak. They use oil rather than water because it dehydrates the nails. Next, a sumptuous homemade exfoliating scrub of brown sugar, cocoa butter and a secret blend of oils was massaged into my hands for a few minutes - leaving them soft and velvety. Moisturiser is applied and my

hands treated to a tensionreleasing deep massage. The nails were squeaked to remove residue and the base applied to prevent staining, 60 seconds is left between layers. I went for a very of the moment matte grey as my top coat. My 35 minutes of hand therapy was enough time to turn my raggedy unsightly nails into enviable talons fit for a princess. Info:

FINE DINING: Just St James

Nestled amidst the part of London that is home to The Ritz and Fortnum and Mason, two of London’s oldest and most sophisticated establishments, on arrival at Just St James, my guest and I were treated to a glass

strong flavour of the kidneys. For mains, my guest had the fillet of Aberdeen Angus beef with Cep cream sauce and fondant potato. I chose the Blackmount venison grilled cutlet, seared liver with mustard mash and redcurrant jus. Both were cooked just right – tender and succulent. There was room for only one dessert and it had to be the sticky toffee pudding with specially requested whipped cream. Delicious. The sauce wasn’t too sickly sweet and the sponge was light and fluffy. At 9pm they dim the lights - making it a much more relaxing dining experience and encouraging you to stay just that little bit longer. The food at Just St James is simply divine. Priding themselves on using the

best of locally produced British foods and seasonal ingredients – this fine dining experience is a leisurely way to while away the hours in a restaurant that oozes class. Info: 020 7930 9292 /

THE HOTEL: Malmaison, London Words: Michelle Adabra

Where does a busy working girl go to unwind for a night, with great food and atmosphere in an opulent surrounding? It has to be luxury hotel chain Malmaison. The décor is tantalising and inviting: pulsating with vibrant reds and plumb shades all seductively lit. Upon arrival into my double room, I was thrilled by the huge bed (which I struggled to leave) and how spacious the room was. The brassiere located downstairs - is perfect for a romantic date - the surroundings are sensual and sophisticated and the menu even more so. For starters I had the wonderfully creamy chicken liver pate. Mains involved a delicious pan fried sea bass and sea scallop or if you prefer a meaty option, try the 35 day rump steak frites with the truffle butter – divine. For dessert, I opted for the crepe suzette with Grand Mariner sauce, forget your waistline girls, this is a real treat. Even if you don’t stay overnight, it’s well worth making an appointment at the brassiere just to sample the top class menu and the indulgent surroundings. Feel like some bubbly? Take a trip to the Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar and end your night on a high note. Info: 020 7012 3700 / www.malmaison-london. com LIME MAGAZINE 2010



The Goddess Guru: Gisele Scanlon author of the Goddess Experience reveals all there is to know about being a goddess


veryone I know simply adores The Goddess Guide be it bookies, fashionistas, beauty bloggers and home bodies. Reading it makes you feel that you have been let in on a little secret between yourself and Gisele Scanlon who is the author. The book was released in September 2006 to a lot of hype during London Fashion Week and quickly became a cult hit. The follow up, The Goddess Experience has just being released on paperback containing new interviews as well as brand new tips on how to look and feel like a goddess.

The Goddess Guide books have developed a huge following; how did you come up with the concept?

Um, I covered catwalk shows and did different interviews with designers and actors for years and I’d rush back home with notebooks full of stuff but there was never enough space for everything I’d collected. See, I’ve always told stories of my own, tried to make commentary on what was going on in the world and how it was shaping fashion, art, culture. I’d bring in all kinds of things into my interviews. I don’t like gossip and have no time for it so when fashion mags started demanding celebrity angles I walked away. I knew I was born to write and draw and had loads of words inside 24 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

give to a budding author?

WORDS: Ronke Adeyemi

of me. So I decided to write The Goddess Guide and tell things my way.

Describe a day in the life of Gisele Scanlon. It always starts the same, no matter where I am in the world. I get up, get ready and then have porridge. After that the day can bring anything. My life is split into three, there’s the bit of my life where I’m travelling and trying to find good little experiences for my

books, the bit where I lock myself away in the studio to get the drawings and writing done and then there’s the bit that I use to try and balance the two other bits so that I have quality time with family and friends. Oh and I have to get my running in. I only got back into running in the past year and it has improved my life beyond recognition. It’s a little bit of me time and it’s free.

What advice would you

COMPETITION Lime magazine has teamed up with Harper Collins and has five copies of Gisele Scanlon’s The Goddess Experience to give-away. To enter, email with ‘Goddess Experience’ in the subject header by March 31, 2010.

To get a book completed on time you have to turn up everyday at your notebook or computer and motivate yourself to get so much done. If it’s done in little tiny chunks (1000 words a day) it’s really enjoyable. After six months you’ll have a book if you bite off a little bit every day. Tiny little steps…. that’s how I achieve things. I run between 5 and 8K a day and my running has taught me to be more patient and kinder to myself. I give myself good nutrition (both mind and body) and get plenty of sleep, I need all of these things to be in balance to be able to write and draw. Info: www.


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What’s the definition of a goddess?

A goddess is someone who loves, respects and values themselves - a lady who is not afraid of hard work but also not afraid to splurge when it matters in order to pamper herself. Ronke Adeyemi is a blogging goddess themusingsofondolady.


14 Mar – second Sunday of every month Angie Le Mar’s Time of the Month Going with the flow Time: 6pm-9pm Info:


Twin B on BBC 1Xtra Great new music, plus the latest from the world of entertainment. Time: 10am – 1pm Info: Every Saturday Asian Star 101.6FM: The Grapevine with Zekra

Colourful Radio: Colourful Life with Rosemary Laryea – March 2010

Old school to new school music with some engaging chat including:As we move closer to the summer months Kevin Crooks will be coming into the studio to talk about planning your holidays with World Adventures for Less or free. I am Woman in conjunction with Mothership Edutainment present ‘The Day of the Goddess’. Sheryl Powell will be popping into the studio to tell me more. Yael Rose, who organises the Chocolate Festival at the Southbank, will be talking about what we should expect from this years festival. Wealth Educator Richard Ansah, will be sharing his knowledge for guranteed financial freedom! Time: 10am – 1pm Info:

Find out who’s creating a buzz in Bollywood, get the latest on the urban and British Asian music scene, and plan your perfect Saturday night out. Time: Sat, 6-9pm Info:

Every Sunday

Abrantee on Choice FM Feeling sleepy at work isn’t an option for Choice FM’s morning boy. Warming-up for Martin and Lucy at breakfast means he’s got to be right on the ball. And as a club DJ, Abrantee has developed the fine art of staying up late and starting early. Time: From 3-6am Info:

Every Friday Banging Comedy with Travis Jay After having a strong start to a career in comedy performing at Kojo’s comedy Funhouse and many other shows since, Travis Jay has now branched off into radio. Time: 9-10pm Info: www.bangradio. fm / 103.6fm Weekends

The Sherry Dixon Show Sherry Dixon is back for the New Year on air and online every Sunday afternoon. She’s had some great guests and interviews including Nia Long, celebrity chef Colin Brown and the man that ladies love to hate, Des O’Conner, as well as Angie Le Mar and Linford Christie. Time: 12-2pm. Info: / 103.6fm



Comedy ’s

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Angie Le Mar, comedian

returns with a brand new Variety showcase for all generations. On this night you will have the best entertainers in their field past and present performing live. Topping the bill we have two time M.O.B.O award winning (2008/2009) saxophonist YolanDa Brown with full band. Comedy on the night from Richard Blackwood, Eddie Kadi, Felicity Ethnic, Travis Jay and Kayleigh ‘loudmouth’ Lewis. Time: 7pm Broadway Theatre, Catford, London SE6 4RU Info: www. thebroadwaytheatre.

13 Mar

When it comes to eating out, I do love Thai, so it’s Mango Tree for me, I go there especially for the sticky rice and mango. When it comes to pampering, I do like spend time in the Santuary, even if it’s only for an evening, so important to take care of the body, so it takes care of you, that’s my excuse. I believe a definition of a goddess, is purely down to how you see yourself, you have to feel the goddess within you, no one can’t give that to you, it’s by your standards. You make the rules for how you treat yourself and direct people to treat you the way you deserve to be treated.

01 Mar

Stand Up for Haiti Comedy Show

With Curtis Walker, Felicity Ethnic, Felix Dexter, Quincy, Tony Hendricks, Slim, Eddie Nestor and Robbie Gee. Time: 6-11pm Stratford Circus, London E15 1BX Info: 07973 801 482

02 Mar

Touch of Class Fresh off the back of the sold out Credit Crunch Comedy event Affinity Arts Entertainment 26 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

Lol@thealbany Babatunde, one of the most popular and funniest young comics on the circuit hosts a night of hilarious stand up comedy Time: 8pm Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG Info: www.thealbany.

14 Mar

Curtis Walker and Felix Dexter in Mummy I Love You Come see Curtis Walker and Felix Dexter on stage together for the first time in a very special Mother’s Day stand up comedy and sketch show suitable for all the family called “Mummy I Love You”. This will be an evening of guaranteed laughter and humour brought to you by two comedy maestro’s Curtis Walker and Felix Dexter, Mummies Boy’s. This Mother’s Day comedy show is suitable for all the family. Time: 8pm Catford Broadway, London SE6 4RU Info: www.

24 – 27 /31 Mar, 1 – 3 Apr

The Best of the Little Big Women Llewella Gideon is back with her acclaimed one woman theatre show. It includes her trademark brand of sketches, characters and songs. Time: 7pm Main House, 5 Leicester Place, London WC2H Info: 020 7492 1593

27 Mar

Acting Up Comedy duo Ashley J (EastEnders) and Tee-J (CBBC’s Kerching) bring you a live improvised comedy game show, where you the audience take the judge’s seat. Time: 8pm Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG Info: www.thealbany.

28 Mar

Will E Robo - P. Diddy’s number 1 Bad Boy of Comedy UK support from Curtis Walker, Babatunde, Glenda Jaxson and Rollo. Time: 7pm IndigO2 @ The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX Info: / 07939 240290

April Preview 23 / 24 Apr

The Originals - an exclusive night featuring five pioneers of New Variety and contemporary black British Comedy With Angie Le Mar, Leo Muhammad, Felicity Ethnic, Jefferson & Whitfield, Miles Crawford and Felix Dexter. Time: 7.45pm Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London EC1 Info: uk/bite


FUNNY WOMAN Rising comedy star Miss London steps to the mic.


his is the rags to riches fairytale of comedy. In less than a year, comedienne Miss London went from TGI Friday waitress to winning the 2009 Funny Women Awards at the Comedy Store in central London. Since winning the prestigious award, the rib tickling funny 20-year-old is causing a storm on the comedy scene. Hailing from south London, the university undergraduate also known as Dionne Hughes has not only amassed a huge fan base and celebrity following but has Channel 4 and the BBC clamouring to get their hands on her. Lime caught up with Miss London to talk comedy and world domination.

How did you feel when you won the Funny Women Awards last year at the Comedy Store?

I felt happy, and I was in shock for a week. I was the youngest and least experienced in the competition, and I had amazing competitors. I didn’t think I would win.

What has happened in your career since winning? How has your life changed? Wow, my life changed over night. After I won I got offered a part in a CBBC show and chosen to work with production company Brown Eyed Boy (The makers of The Lil Miss Jocelyn Show, and Three Non Blondes) not to mention all my comedy gigs, and the press I received. Winning Funny

Woman propelled me into the mainstream.

You have only been on the comedy scene for a year and already you have amassed a huge following in celebrity circles and fan base. Why do you think this is?

WORDS: Audrey Brown

I think this is because I’m different, and different people always stand out. For one,


’ve always been an admirer of comedy, but I wanted to be a forensic scientist.’

I’m a female and let’s face it; there are not a lot of us on the comedy circuit. Also my comedy style, I kind of force you to notice me and I’ve been told it’s my energy.

What inspired you to get into comedy and what comedians did you look up to?

No one really inspired me to get into comedy. To be fair I’ve always been an admirer of comedy, but I wanted to be a forensic scientist. Comedy just happened by chance, but now I’m on the circuit I look up to comedians such as Richard Blackwood, the late Richard Prior, Alan Carr and Mo’Nique. They’re all amazing and comedy seems to come naturally to them.

At your first comedy performance you invited comedians Jamie Howard and Little Man to watch

you perform, what was that like and were you nervous?

That was crazy. To this day I still don’t know why I did that. I remember asking Jamie for comedy advice on Facebook, a couple of days before my show and he replied with, ‘I’m coming to watch you’ and he brought along Littleman. So I had two comics and a room full of strangers to impress. I was terrified.

How do you juggle performing on the comedy scene and attending university? It’s hard, juggling university and my comedy career, but it helps that I’m studying TV and Media so the experience I’m getting through my career is beneficial to my studies. My lecturer’s are really understanding, plus I’m in my final year so I’ve only got four months to go, so I can’t complain.


Goddess Experience

Where in London would you recommend to visit to feel like a goddess (bar, club, restaurant) and why? Yo Yo’s, a club in Notting Hill Gate. It’s my favourite club, great music and great people. I’m a goddess of comedy and you would probably see me in there every Thursday.

Where in London do you go to feel special (i.e pampering)?

I get my nails and eyebrows done on my local high street. I have my hairdresser on speed dial and I go to Virgin Active Gym. I’ve only been to spas on holiday - how common of me.

What’s your definition of a goddess? A God’s wife.



Community AY GIVEAW N O I T I ET COMP Win one of two Madara Shimmering Flower Dust lotions Lime Magazine is offering you a chance to win a Madara Shimmering Body Lotion, worth £21.50. Madara is the Latvian name for the green flowering plant with tiny white blossoms and starry shaped leaves known as cleavers and this flower forms the basis of the Madara packaging logo. The lotion adds a flirty shimmer to skin, perfect for the winter party season. Your skin will be revived from the moisturising extracts of Baltic seaweed, calendula, chamomile and jojoba, as well as being protected against the cold outside. Info: For a chance to win a Madara Shimmering Body Lotion, answer this question: Madara is the Latvian name for which green flowering plant? a)Hydrangea; b) Coneflower or c) Cleavers To enter, email with ‘Madara’ in the subject header by March 31, 2010.

14 Mar

Celebrate Mothering Sunday at Daughters of Lilly


Goddess GUIDE

Oya – the Yoruban goddess

03 Mar The Yoruban goddess Oya (Orisha) is the patroness to strong women everywhere. She is seen in aspects of warrior-goddess of wind, lightning, fertility, fire, and magic. Oya is the goddess of change, transition, and the chaos that often brings it about. Her association with the marketplace, and more specifically with the gates of cemeteries (as opposed to the entire underworld), reveals her in her aspect as facilitator of transition. Oya’s close association with the passage from life into death also means she is one of the few Orishas which are worshiped alongside the Egun ancestors, whose cult is most often distinct from that of the Orishas.

03 Mar

Keep The Faith For Haiti - in aid of British Red Cross Haiti Appeal

Show your mum how much she means to you this Mother’s Day, by treating her to this special Mother and Daughter Package. The Daughters of Lilly team will transport you to a sanctuary of tranquility and harmony where every effort is focused on your complete relaxation, wellbeing and appearance through your mind, body and soul. Info:


Red Cross Haiti Appeal. Ft. live: Lifford (Artful Dodger); Kyra UK; Organic Family; Akua; Vs Siilhoute + More Acts TBA with Paul Aaaron (Keep the Faith / Groove Lineage), DJ Kay (Keep The Faith / UK Soul Jam) and Ash Remedy (Remedy) Time: 7pm – 12am Mau Mau Bar, Portobello Road, Notting Hill, LondonW11 Info: keepthefaithful@

Keep The Faith do what they love - soul music - live and DJ for the Haiti cause - all proceeds to go to the British

Croydon Conservatives Community Link Gavin Barwell, Jason Hadden and Richard Ottaway MP (Croydon’s Conservative Parliamentary Candidates) and Cllr Mike Fisher (Leader of Croydon Council) invite you to a drinks reception with Baroness Warsi, Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action. Invitation only. The Reception is open to supporters of any political Party. Time: 6.30-8pm Trinity School, Shirley Park Croydon CR9 7AT Info: croydonconservatives@


05 Mar

Presenting workshop By popular demand Rosemary Laryea is running presenting workshops for those who want to excel in their presenting skills. You may have your eye set on becoming a presenter/ broadcaster, you may want to improve your presentation skills for the meeting room or boardroom, or you may want to communicate your service/brand to a potential investor. Whatever your reason you can learn how to be an effective communicator and have the confidence to present to a wide range of people.

community Want to master the art of presenting? Info: rosemary_laryea@ / 07961 049 241

06 Mar

Sistatalk Motivational Workshop This powerful, interactive workshop will provide valuable tools to help you relearn and reclaim your inner power to get what YOU want out of life. You will learn to remove life’s stumbling blocks so you can reconnect to your inner creativity, spirituality and power to overcome the many challenges and setbacks you face each day. The Sistatalk Motivational Workshop will be delivered in a clear and compelling way by certified NLP Practitioner Sonia Brown. She is well known for her charisma, intellect and compassion and is looking forward to helping you unleash your latent potential for greatness and unlimited possibilities. Time: 10am – 4.30pm Thistle Hotel, Marble Arch, London W1 Info:

06 Mar

Hidden Herstories: Women of Change This is a conference and film premiere about the lives of Octavia Hill, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Claudia Jones and Jayaben Desei. The screening starts at 12.15pm and will be followed by a Q&A with the film-makers, a free lunch and a panel discussion. Confirmed speakers include: Nzingha Assata, Jenny Bourne, Baroness Brenda Dean and Vanessa Walters. Time: 12.15pm The London School of Economics (LSE), Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Clement House, London WC2 Info: www.

07 Mar

City Youth Supports Fairtrade Part of Do Something Different Weekend With the support of Divine Chocolate, young people from City of London have collaborated with Guildhall Connect professional workshop leaders to compose and perform a concert inspired by the themes of Fairtrade. This performance will explore the fusion of African drumming, Mc-ing and Song writing and will be introduced by Cocoa Farmers from Ghana. Time: 2.30pm Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS Info:

13 Mar

Squash Da Beef This is a historic event featuring some of the UK’s best home-grown musicians, comedians, artists and fashion designers on one bill in aid of promoting peace in the community. Confirmed guests include Bashy, Skinnyman, Griminal, Devlin, Poetic Pilgrimage and many more. Time: 2pm York Hall, 5 -15 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green London E2

AY GIVEAW N O I T ETI COMP Empowering life coaching session with Seventy Thirty

Seventy Thirty is the exclusive introduction agency and life coaching service for successful and affluent people. Seventy Thirty is offering this unique life-transforming experience to one lucky winner. Empower yourself in one day. The Seventy Thirty Power Session is the ultimate experience for individuals who wish to take more control of their own happiness, confidence and life balance, leading to fulfilment in relationships, career and life goals. The three hour Power Session is tailored specifically to you or with the added option of attending with a trusted friend or relative. The Power Session involves intensive life-coaching delivered by one of Seventy Thirty’s psychologists and life-coaching experts. Info: To enter, simply email with your name, email address, contact number and your answer to the following question: ‘What famous department store is Seventy Thirty located next to?’

20 Mar

CHILDREN: A Whale’s Tale

20 Mar

New Direction for Cancer A cancer awareness raising event for the AfricanCaribbean community bringing together black majority membership churches and wider BME community members. BME cancer communities is collaborating with the the African Caribbean Cancer Support Group and the Paul D’Auria Cancer Support Centre (formerly Cancer Support Centre). Time: from 4pm Balham Seventh Day Adventist Church Info: www.bmecancer.

Explore our collections to find whale related objects, be inspired by beautiful whale music and create a short story book about these mysterious creatures. Time: 12.30 – 3.30pm West India Quay, Hertsmere Rd, London, E14 4AL Info: www. docklands

21 Mar

The Knowledge - a skills day for writers We’re taking over the Albany for a whole day and bringing in the experts to give you the hard skills and the know-how to take forward your writing career. What you do outside of your writing room to get your work to publisher and audience can be as crucial as the words you put on the page. Whatever your genre and whether you are an aspiring writer or already published/produced this day of talks and workshops will equip you to make the most of your talent. To help Spread the Word celebrate our 15th anniversary and to bring you live writer inspiration we’ve commissioned the brilliant poet John Hegley to tell you all about ‘15’ as only he can, and author Bidisha will launch the day with her take on being 15 and what she wished she known when she was. Time: 9.30am-5pm The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG LIME MAGAZINE 2010



In association with

Until 20 Mar Afridiziak Theatre News:

Time: 7.30pm Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1 Info: www.

19 – 20 Mar

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba

Until 13 Mar

Picture credit Robert Day

Martina Cole is one of the UK’s most popular novelists, selling over eight million copies and topping The Sunday Times bestseller list. Her books are renowned for their gritty and realistic portrayal of east London’s underworld. Now, for the first time ever, one of her best-selling novels is brought to the stage. Two Women is an explosive thriller of betrayal, heartbreak, justice and redemption. When Susan marries the charming Barry Dalston she thinks she has escaped her past. Although she is determined to make it work there’s only so much a woman can take and Susan would do anything to protect her children. Adapted for the stage by Patrick Prior. Matinee: 13 March 2010 at 2pm Post-show discussion: 2 March Time: 7.30pm Stratford Theatre Royal

Until 13 Mar

We have two pairs of tickets to see Two Women on the 9/10 March at 7.30pm. To win, answer this simple question: Who wrote Two Women? Email your answer and contact details to with ‘Two Women’ in the subject header by March 5, 2010.

Until 06 Mar Havana Rakatan

Experience the authentic heart and soul of Havana right here in London. One of Sadler’s Wells’ most successful productions,


Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking Aggie and Ernestine are best friends. Playing together in their rural idyll, life couldn’t be happier. That is, until their lives are shattered by violence. Aggie and her mother are forced to flee their homeland, leaving behind the rest of their family, and Aggie’s dearest friend Ernestine. Travelling from their centralAfrican village, they make their way to the Promised Land: South Africa and its metropolitan hub, Cape Town. Time: 7.45 Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW Info:

Havana Rakatan returns to the Peacock Theatre by enormous popular demand for a red hot fourth season. Originally the dream of Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra, the show has now toured around the world where it has been enjoyed by thousands. Time: 7.30pm Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2 Info: www.sadlerswells. com

Ashley Walters in Off the Endz “My future is here. My aim is clear and simple. I want out. I wanna be rich. I’m not gonna pretend it’s anything more than that and I want it now.” David, Kojo and Sharon grew up on a London estate. Now in their mid 20s, they’re eyeing another kind of life. But how do you choose the right path when temptation lies around every corner? If your emotional or financial debt is sky high, how do you buy your way out? Bola Agbaje’s smart, savvy second play for the Royal Court asks whether being out of the system might be just as good as being in it.

Cuba today produces some of the world’s finest contemporary and ballet dancers who perform around the globe, setting standards of excellence both as teachers and as performers. Leading the field is the unique and exciting Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, which this year celebrates an outstanding 50 years with its first ever major UK tour. Time: 7.30pm Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery avenue, London EC1R 4N Info: www.sadlerswells. com

Until 20 Mar

Disconnect Disconnect, is a new play by Indian playwright Anupama Chandrasekhar. Her second play for the Royal Court focuses on a group of bright young graduates working in a Chennai call centre. Thousands of miles away, in a window-less office, ambitious young achievers in India are renamed and rebranded, and, with a new accent and invented back story, they work through the


A Time for Change The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Diverse New World.


he Royal Shakespeare Company has concerns that reach even further than delivering great shows. Proud to be involved in initiatives with the aim of bringing about change, Vikki Heywood, executive director of the RSC discusses the need for greater diversity within the theatre industry.

WORDS: Elizabeth Odogwu

How would you describe the role that you play within the Royal

RSC’s production of Twelfth Night


ver the years I have become increasingly frustrated about the fact that I think the industry is not good enough at sending out the message to a wide community that this is a place that wants them and wishes to employ their skills.’

Shakespeare Company?

I would describe the role of executive director as to effectively run the business of the organisation. I’m responsible for overseeing the finances, marketing, the RSC brand worldwide, legal affairs and the employment of everybody within the organisation. I’m also very engaged and involved in the entire artistic process and support the work that the company is producing so it’s a pretty wide brief which is one of the great things about being executive director.

How did the Think Theatre Campaign come about and what was the motivation behind developing the initiative? Over the last 10 years I

have become increasingly frustrated about the fact that I think the industry as a whole is not good enough at sending out the message to a wide community that this is a place that wants them and wishes to employ their skills. Specifically we have done some good work on promoting women in the arts and have put our considerable weight behind delivering energetic solutions in that area. We haven’t gone nearly far enough yet with people from black and minority ethnic or disabled communities so I talked with my communications and human resources teams about what the RSC could do about that. We also looked at changing the way the RSC

advertises and sends out messages and additionally what else we could do to communicate with a vital part of the British community to make ourselves worth considering. There have been improvements in attracting people from these communities to creative opportunities, but not to back of house roles.

What are the biggest obstacles you face in trying to achieve these goals and what more could be done to tackle them?

I think the biggest obstacle is impression and personal experience. There are a whole range of initiatives that are happening and you can see an industry that is taking

these issues seriously and is trying to do something about them, but the question is why isn’t it making a difference? I think it’s to do with personal impression and that’s something that we have to move on, in the same way as we have casting, marketing and through the shows that we put on for the range of audiences we attract. We need critical mass; continual positive images and experiences that tell others if you come to work at the RSC this is a world that includes you. Also, finding key individuals who will say I’ll be a circle breaker and I want to come in and change things for the next group of people to follow suit would help. More information about Think Theatre can be found at thinktheatre Published courtesy of Afridiziak Theatre News: LIME MAGAZINE 2010



The 14th Tale,

Inua Ellams, Cottesloe, National Theatre


nua Ellams has been described as a word and graphic artist due to his love for visual arts and a passion for writing. In The 14th Tale, Inua, shares his life story with an audience of individuals eager to observe his modern day monologue in action. He started by sharing his experiences of his time in Nigeria, where he was born and partially bred. The scene opens with him sitting alone anxiously in isolation; he is waiting in what we discover to be a hospital waiting room. We wonder to ourselves why? But all is made clear throughout the duration of the play. “I’m from a long line of trouble makers. A line of ash skinned Africans, born with clenched fists and a natural thirst for battle.’ Inua shows how he has always been a mischievous fellow as he takes the audience through various chapters of his life, includingterrorising lizards, separation from his best friend and avoiding beatings from the school bully. Throughout the one man show we see that as a youth Inua enjoyed extracting revenge on those who had hurt him whether this is by squeezing toothpaste all over his enemy or pouring red paint into the shower head at the home of his ex-girlfriend. The story follows Inua as he goes through twists and turns of boyhood as


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WORDS: Victoria Woode

well his feelings towards migration. At age 12 Inua is uprooted from the only country he has ever known as his family make way to start a new life in London. The cultural differences are captured wonderfully. The use of accents and mannerisms allowed Inua to play umpteen characters. The whole performance was mesmerising. Towards the end of the play Inua comes to terms with who he is as he successfully completes the journey from boyhood to manhood. The 14th Tale is worth seeing as Inua’s journey is a capturing and eyeopening experience.

Until 13 Mar

The 14th Tale Written and performed by Inua Ellams, The 14th Tale is a free-flowing narrative that tells the hilarious exploits of a natural born mischief growing from the clay streets of Nigeria to rooftops in Dublin, and finally to London. Inua Ellams vividly recreates the characters that punctuate his upbringing in deft and beautiful poetry, while challenging the audience’s expectations of what it is to be a young, black male in London today. Inua Ellams was born in Nigeria in 1984 and moved to the UK as a teenager. His work merges visual art, spoken word and theatre. He has performed in a wide variety of venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tate Modern, The Albany, The Drum, Theatre Royal Stratford, Glastonbury and Latitude. He is working on a second collection of poems, following the publication of his first, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales. Time: 8pm Cottesloe Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 Info:

THEATRE night to claw back the cash spent by Americans crippled by debt. Time: 7.45pm Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1 Info: www.

Until 28 Mar

Nation A parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau’s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress; neither speaks the other’s language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal Raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of

his tribe’s fiercely patriarchal gods. Together they come of age, overseen by a foulmouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation. National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX Info: www.

Don’t Miss

11-28 Mar

Blaze – World Premiere

Until 10 April

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 has a limited season and will finish in April. Featuring a dynamic all black cast led by James Earl Jones and includes Phylicia Rashad, Adrian Lester, Nina Sosonya and Sanaa Lathan. The play is directed by Debbie Allen of Fame. Novello Theatre, Aldwych London, WC2B 4LD Info: 0844 482 5170

Street dance, one of the most popular dance styles today, explodes onto the West End stage this spring with the brand new show. Making its world premiere in London, Blaze features some of the world’s best DJs, B-Boys and street dancers, mixing nightclub vibes with West End production values in a highenergy theatrical show of non-stop dance. Finding inspiration from the US hip hop scene of the 80s, street dance fuses many different niche styles including breakdance, popping, locking, krumping, and is heavily improvised. The brand new stage show Blaze sees these dance influences blended with an exciting soundtrack and eye-catching set design created by Es Devlin (set designer for Kanye West, Mika, Take That, Pet Shop Boys and the upcoming Lady Gaga tour). Street dance has seen a significant rise in popularity on stage, at music festivals and on reality TV shows such as Britain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing, and has captured the imagination of a whole new fan base. Blaze perfectly taps into this cultural phenomenon and guarantees to delight street dance enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Time: 7.30pm Peacock Theatre, London WC2 Info:



SCREEN with Cassam Looch


arch is when the Awards season finally arrives, with the leading contenders for best lead performance hitting the screen in the form of Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock in Crazy Heart and The Blind Side respectively. If you can face going back

’s March Movie Round Up to the cinema for more 3D shenanigans then Tim Burton’s dark take on Alice in Wonderland (catch it at the BFI Imax) might just do the trick. If Johnny Depp doing what Johnny Depp does best isn’t to your liking then be sure to check out a truly original performance from Jim Carrey in I Love

Out 26 Mar

Film review: Shank directed by Mo Ali Words: Jez Sands Lime rating: H

In the dystopian London of 2015, so-called ‘feral youth’ has over spilled into the streets and the city is run by gang violence. One such gang is The Paperchaserz, made up of sensible tough guy Rager, his younger brother Junior, and assorted delinquents Kickz, Craze and Sweet Boy. After Rager gets stabbed by a rival gang, Junior assumes control and begins a city-wide search for his brother’s killers. The plot is paper-thin and goes nowhere. The gang performs tasks for one group after another only to be told like Super Mario that their princess is in another castle; it’s repetitive, boring and derivative. Every character is violent, misogynist or just plain irritating. And lines, styles and shots are stolen outright from other more successful movies which it’s clear Shank is trying to emulate – Lock Stock, Scarface, Kidulthood, Fish Tank – pretty much every urban or gangster drama ever made is ripped off and stuffed into the mix. This charmless waste of celluloid is a teenager’s idea of good film: badly filmed, directed, written and acted. On top of this it sends out a reprehensible message by glorifying the worst aspects of thug life – drug use, violence and even dog-fighting (appallingly depicted with beat ‘em up style energy bars). Under no circumstances see this film, not even out of curiosity. Starring: Kedar Williams-Stirling, Ashley ‘Bashy’ Thomas, Adam Deacon, Michael Socha, Jan Uddin and Kaya Scodelario 34 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

You Phillip Morris. It is one out of leftfield for sure and not to everyone’s taste, but does boast the comedian’s best role for ages. European thriller Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has a huge following already and is the latest book to screen adaptation. If the sedate pacing gets too much

though, rest assured of some action in Green Zone starring Matt Damon and directed by Bourne stalwart Paul Greengrass. Finally if you fancy a laugh check out the entirely different but similar sounding Irish caper Perrier’s Bounty and Jennifer Aniston vehicle The Bounty Hunter.

Out 12 Mar

Film review: Shutter Island directed by Martin Scorcese Words: Cassam Looch Lime rating: HHHH Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are in the midst of forming the sort of collaborative partnership that in the past has yielded some of the greatest films ever made. Some of their earlier films might not have been up to the high standards they are aiming for, but this dark and complex psychological thriller is a mouth-watering opportunity to watch the pair at the top of their game. When two US Marshals arrive on Shutter Island in 1950’s Boston, they soon find that the simple disappearance of one of the inmates actually masks something else more sinister. The island houses an asylum where the most dangerous criminals are housed and the oppressive environment begins to

04 – 12 Mar

Birds Eye View Film Festival Film fans should also get down to the Birds Eye View Film Festival which is now in its sixth year. Highlights include award-winning Kenyan film From a Whisper directed by Wanuri Kahiu which shows as part of a superb double-bill alongside Killer Necklace. Info:


supported by the City Bridge Trust, is free for over60s and under-18s. Time: 00.00 BFI South Bank, Waterloo, SE1 Info:


05 Mar

Burning an Illusion – directed by Menelik Shabazz (1981) Cast: Victor Romero, Cassie McFarlane A young Britishborn black woman begins to question her attitude to love and life and desire for middle-class respectability and security through marriage. A crucial moment in the history of Black British cinema Info: illusion

Awra Amba

My Name is Khan has become Bollywood’s most successful box office opener in the UK. It has already grossed more than £936,000 since hitting screens and entered the UK Box Office charts at number six.

The story of a remarkable rural community founded by Zumra Nuru, an illiterate Ethiopian farmer, that is lauded around the world as a model for a just society. Time: 7pm Info: www.


17 – 26 Mar

Freestyle Exclusive soundtrack by the notorious Bashy and directed by up and coming director Kolton Lee. Info: freestylemovie

04 Mar

Special Intergenerational Event: Babylon + Q&A with novelist Alex Wheatle

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival In recognition of the power of film to educate and galvanize a broad constituency of concerned citizens, Human Rights Watch decided to create the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. Each year, the festival’s programming committee screens more than 500 films and videos to create a program that represents a range of countries and issues. Info:

27 Mar London circa 1980, and Margaret Thatcher is in power. In South London, a young group of musicians battle with a rival soundsystem but are at war with the ‘mother country’. Brinsley Forde stars as Blue, a talented, alienated youth in this potent mix of music and social commentary, flawlessly photographed by Chris Menges. This event,

South Asian Classic Cinema South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF) continues with South Asian Classic Cinema experience with Kamal Amrohi’s 1971 classic Pakeezah (Pure), known for its grand sets, mesmerizing music and unforgettable dance numbers. Film historian/ director, Lalit Mohan Joshi will explain why it took the director 14 years to

Win copies of Burning an Illusion and The Night of Truth

La Nuit de la vérité (The Night of Truth) – directed by Fanta Régina Nacro (2005) Cast: Naky Sy Savané, Moussa Cissé In her poetic and visually stunning feature debut, director Fanta Régina Nacro has no qualms about portraying extreme violence while leading her story to an unexpected bid for peace. Set in an unnamed country racked by a decade-long genocidal civil war, The Night of Truth tells the story of the efforts of the opposing community leaders to overcome their differences. The film provides a compelling, suspenseful and compassionate insight into the difficulties of consigning years of murderous aggression to the past. Info: truth Lime has three copies of Burning an Illusion and The Night of Truth courtesy of the BFI. To enter, email with ‘BFI Burning’ or ‘BFI Night’ in the subject header by March 31, 2010.




This is My Life Anokye - the making of the UK’s first black animation feature film


y name is Akua Ofosuhene, a filmmaker from London. In 2007 I started A Serendipitous Production, in the spring of 2008 ‘Keep Her’ my 10 minute drama won the Images of Black women 2nd Best Newcomer award. In June 2008 A Serendipitous Production won an award from Film London for ‘Closing the Gap’, an educational project that takes positive films about Africa into UK schools. Sunday I try not to work on a Sunday’s, but needs must. My 7-year old-son Seren and I begin matching characters to the photos of people who have donated £50 to the production to have a character based on their likeness. Not all the photos suit the characters that have to be drawn right now and we struggle on the face for Kuffour, an elder shaman who will be to Anokye what Mr Miyagi is to Daniel in Karate kid. Kuffour is tall, dreadlocked and in his late forties. Levi Roots is our man. Monday Sent Levi Roots an invitation to have a character based on him, by more than one method. I hope he does not think I’m a stalker. I am asking our artists to work for another four weeks to produce the trailer for very little money, so we can get the project to the level


WORDS: Akua Ofosuhene funders need to see. I hate these conversations, but their belief in the project is inspiring. Tuesday I talked with my co producer Caroyln Carew in South Africa. She knows some big international actors who can narrate a two minute version of the animation to be shown to potential funders. Unfortunately she does not know Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith or Morgan Freeman but I am sure we will meet someone who does, soon. Wonderful news, Kamben Designs have offered to design all our branding and marketing for free and we have been sponsored the use of a yacht at Cannes film festival. Wednesday Levi Roots is happy for us to base a character on his photo. I would like to make the presentation of the drawings at an event. Some of our artists could sketch passing kids and we can give out free stickers about Anokye. Levi Roots could do some jerk chicken and we could get some press

coverage. I know press photographers will go almost anywhere for free food. This has got my mind racing; we also need 25 faces of young soldiers. I could approach premiership footballers from all over Africa and the Diaspora. Anokye is a pan African production after all. Thursday Italy’s number one animation producers want to see something by the end of the month. I cannot see how we can do it, but by god we will try, even if it is just 10 seconds long. I am having a dinner meeting followed by a meeting with a new artist in a Jazz club in Notting Hill Gate London. I am so tired I hope I can stay awake.

Friday Yoga with Paola Brunetti, our production secretary is great but at 40 I cannot get into some of the positions, when did this happen to my body? Bad news from a funder, they will give us money but not yet. It means one of our artists cannot work. I just cannot ask him to do anymore for free. I will have to send my son to my mum’s for Saturday. I just need time not looking for money, talent or photos so I can concentrate on the story of ‘Anokye’ the most powerful story of African unity ever told. Info: www.

Anokye is a (U) certificate animation from A Serendipitous Production: a shaman and a prince are on a quest to free their people from a tyrannical overlord, but first they must do the impossible, unite all the clans of Akan. ‘Anokye’ is the real story of the immoveable sword and the unification of the clans of Ashanti in 17th century Ghana.

SCREEN make this epic and how this classic tale of love has achieved a cult status in South Asian Cinema. Includes a screening of the film. Time: 1.00 South Asian Classic Cinema / 2.30 Pakeezah (Pure) Watermans Cinema, 40 High Street Brentford TW8 0DS Info: www.watermans.

28 Mar

In the Land of the Free + Q&A with Robert King –the only free member of the Angola Three Narrated by Samuel L Jackson, In the Land of the Free is the story of The Angola Three. Three men (grossly and falsely imprisoned) who between them have spent nearly 100 years in prison in solitary confinement in Angola Louisiana State Penitentiary - Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King. Time: (tbc) Clapham Picturehouse, 76 Venn Street, London SW4 0AT Info: www. inthelandofthefreefilm. com

20 Mar

A Night with Adinkra Films: Skin + Q&A

ancestry. Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, who lovingly bring her up as their ‘white’ little girl. But at the age of ten, Sandra is driven out of white society. The film follows Sandra’s thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world - and triumphs against all odds. Time: 7pm Shortwave Cinema, 10 Bermondsey Square, London Bridge SE1 3UN Info: www.adinkrafilms. com


Sixth Annual Images of Black Women Film Festival Images of Black Women Film Festival unveils our exciting programme for 2010! Back at the Tricycle Theatre for our 6th year, we look forward to welcoming you to our evenings, filled with fantastic films, celebrity Q&As panels, workshops, and great company. Why not buy a festival pass, have a great weekend with friends, family, that special person, or come on your own for that one special film you want to see. This year it will be held at the Tricycle, north London. Info: www. imagesofblackwomen. com

20 – 30 Apr

Happy Soul Festival 2010

Skin is one of the most moving stories to emerge from apartheid South Africa: Sandra Laing is a black child born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners, unaware of their black

A free festival of Asian and black film, arts and music exploring well-being. Info: www.

Don’t Miss

07 Mar

The Oscars – 82nd Academy Awards - hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin

The biggest event in awards season is here and Hurt Locker and Avatar are up against each other with nine nominations. Lee Daniels’ Precious has six and he is nominated in the best director category with newcomer Gabby Sidibe for her lead as best actress. Will Mo’Nique continue on from her Golden Globe success as she’s up for the best supporting actress gong, also. Also, Disney’s nomination for best animated feature for The Princess and the Frog and Morgan Freeman in Invictus for best actor are ones to watch. Info:


23 Mar

No One Knows about Persian Cats – part of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival A drama that plays almost like a documentary, Bahman Ghobadi’s No One Knows About Persian Cats portrays Tehran as a city with a vibrant underground indie rock scene and a forceful emerging generation of Iranian artists. It has received amazing reviews and won the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the Cannes film Festival 2009. Time: 7.30pm – screening; 9.20pm – live band performance; 9.50pm - DJ Shahram set at Upstairs at the Ritzy Ritzy Cinema, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton Info: Lime magazine has teamed up with City Screen and has two pairs of tickets to give-away for No One Knows about Persian Cats. To enter, email with ‘Persian’ in the subject header by March 19, 2010.



SCREEN Festival preview:

24th Annual BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Words: Jennifer Rock The BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival aims to project gay cinema into the mainstream and has become the UK’s third biggest film festival. Lime magazine attended the 2010 press launch and here’s a snippet of what’s in store. Opening night will feature the world premiere of The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, a new British film chronicling the life of this 19th century traveller and prolific novelist who also happened to be a lesbian of her time, debuting at the Odeon Cinema West End on March 17th. One of the festival’s centrepiece films is New Zealand based documentary The Topp Twins Untouchable Girls, focusing on two folk-singing lesbian twins who push for radical reform and gay rights. The controversially titled I Killed My Mother explores the troubled and often volatile relationship between 16-year-old Hubert and his mum. Although Hubert happens to be gay, this is not the main focus of the film but is one source of the tensions between them. On a slightly lighter note, Family, is an African-American led drama which focuses on a group of women who decide to come out in the next 30 days shedding the weight of suppressed identity which in turn brings emotional upheaval with elements of comedy and pathos. There will also be a series of shorts depicting the turbulent issues surrounding LGBT Africa. This year’s festival includes 75 feature length films, documentaries, shorts, world cinema, premieres in both British and European film, animation, comedy, club nights and film-making workshops. At the launch I snatched a few words about this year’s festivities with press officer, Billy Wiz. I asked how this year’s event was going to surpass the success of last year’s and

he said: “This year is hoping to be even better than last year. We are trying to make it as inclusive as possible and not just for ‘queer’ people, we want everyone to come and watch it.” Info:

Film review: Freestyle

competition they enter together? Kolten Lee, director, Freestyle, a British film said; “there has not been a UK film like Freestyle before that looks at youth culture from a different perspective”. There are many things to like about the film; its exploration of youth culture from a positive angle, the positive message that people can achieve and the banging soundtrack supervised by one Ashley “Bashy” Thomas make this a film that you want to warm to. Arinze in his first feature film leading role is particularly good and his strong portrayal of his character and the issues he faces hold the film together well. Of course there are moments where we witness some freestyle action and when those moments happen it captures the attention because they are that good. The film is bold because it tries to take a look at youth culture from a different angle and that has to be applauded. More importantly however is, it is an enjoyable film. Freestyle is out now

Words: Semper Azeez-Harris Lime rating: HHH Freestyle is a modern day love story with freestyle basketball as the catalyst for young love. Arinze Kene plays Leon the exceptional freestyle basketball player who at heart wants to break free from his deprived council estate up-bringing in the East End by fulfilling his potential and going to university. Lucy Konadu who plays his love interest Ondene is the privileged girl whose destiny to attend Oxford University seems assured. Can their burgeoning relationship survive; the class divide, ex girlfriends and the pressures of the freestyle


Highlights include: Beyond Labels (30 March) – a documentary made

in collaboration with health education group GMFA which interrogates a cast of gay black Londoners about how they live and love, how they feel about their lives, from Gay Lib veteran Ted Brown to more recent arrivals on the scene City of Borders (24/27 March) – a powerful documentary revolving around Jerusalem’s only gay bar and the patrons who brave tradition, religion and conflict to be who they are. Mississippi Damned (25/26 March) – a confrontational ensemble drama that follows the dreams and disappointments of three poor African American children in rural Mississippi


HISTORIES FORGOTTON HEROINES Innovative documentary by young filmmakers unveils the lives of the heroines society forgot.


documentary film that uncovers four of histories most significant, yet unsung heroines has been made by 20 young people in an extraordinary community project. Hidden Herstories; Women of Change will have its world premier on the weekend of International Women’s day, on 6 March at the London School of Economics (LSC) in front of a VIP-studded audience and has already been booked for a screening tour across the Capital. Made by 20 young people aged 13 to 24, the film was part of an innovative project run by local charity, the Octavia Foundation with £50,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Octavia Housing is a housing association which manages 4,000 homes in central and

west London. The film exposes the plight and determination of Octavia Hill, a pioneer in social housing and one of the founders of the


WORDS: Michelle Adabra Mrs Jayaben Desai protesting

hrough the screening tour, we hope that the inspirational lives of these four women will be shared by many people.’ National Trust; Claudia Jones, a pivotal figure in establishing the Notting Hill Carnival and the West Indian Gazette; Amy Ashwood Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the Association for the Advancement of Coloured People; and Jayaben Desai, who protested against racism at the Grunwick film processing factory by campaigning for trade union

Young people interviewing Colin Prescod, Chair of HISTORYtalk and the Institute of Race Relations

rights for black and Asian people. Stephanie Vaz, one of the young people involved said: “We have had the chance to be involved in every aspect of film making, we are learning so much. The group work really well together, it’s really professional.” Reena Mukherji, director of the Octavia Foundation told Lime: “Hidden Herstories has given 20 local young people the opportunity to hone their film-making and research skills by producing top quality documentary films about four women who have made an amazing contribution to our society.” The film which also features contributions from some of Britain’s most successful ethnic stars including director Gurindha Chadha, MOBO award-winning singer Ms Dynamite and UK rapper Bashy – will be brought

to the wider community through a free screening tour of theatres, cinemas and education centres beginning with the public premiere at the London School of Economics, a conference where the public can view the films and engage in a question and answer session with the young people. Mukherji adds: “We are delighted that so many leading musicians, artists and public figures gave their time for interviews with the young film-makers. Through the screening tour, we hope that the inspirational lives of these four women will be shared by many people.” Hidden Herstories; Women of Change premieres on 6 March at the London School of Economics (LSC). Info: www. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


CLUBS Don’t Miss

06 Mar

*NEW* Fancy – Let Your Fancies Run Riot

06 Mar

Chipmunk headlines Ghana Independence celebration

Fancy plans on reinventing the easily attained escapism of fancy dress to an invigorated generation intent on shedding their existing lives and nine to fives, for a more exciting alter ego. Just for the night. “Let your fancies run riot” for the evening at this noholds barred event, where everyone is invited to come as what they would really like to be, throwing caution to the wind and letting loose at the first ever Fancy party. Time: 9pm-3am O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green,W12 8TT Info: 

11 Mar

Marcelinho da Lua & Sururú

MOBO award-winning rapper, Chipmunk will headline this year’s star-studded Ghana Independence celebration. Comedians Richard Blackwood, Eddie Kadi and Kojo and are among the names that will join the north-London talent on stage. Rising star, Tinie Tempah will also be performing hit single ‘Pass Out’. The annual event, now in its 10th year is the brainchild of Ghanaian DJ, Abrantee (Choice FM) and his powerhouse team, the event promises to be an absolute roadblock, with this year signalling its strongest line up yet.Top Ghanaian acts V.I.P (I think I like em) and Ruff and Smooth (She Got Swagger) will be flying in especially for the event. Attendees are encouraged to wear traditional kente outfits although smart dressed attendees will also be welcomed with open arms. Ghana achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, becoming the first black African nation to do so. The event will be filmed for the ‘DJ Abrantee Show’ on Sky television. Time: 9pm-late Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 OHX Info: East 07949 920 288/ North   07536 753 567/ South 07960 725 103/ West 07834 601 206


Dancing to Marcelinho Da Lua’s turntables anywhere in the world guarantees a packed dance floor moving along with the joy of sound and the powerful electricity of his impeccable grooves, beats and mixing. Marcelinho’s awarded career is the portrait of the new 21st century Brazilian musician: An artist who blends styles and riffs, working creatively on the many borders between technology, innovation and tradition. Time: 9pm Guanabara, Parker Street London WC2 5PW

Info: www.guanabara.

19 Mar

On the Real Bringing you true school hip hop and soul from Prince and Premier to Motown and Mos Def. With resident DJ’s Shortee Blitz (Kiss FM / Extended Players), DJ 279 (Choice Fm), DJ MK (Kiss FM / Extended Players), Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders). Hosted by MC Prankster and Southern Hospitality hosting room two dedicated to the sounds of 90’s Swingbeat and r&b. Time: 9pm – 4am Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AY Info: info@

27 Mar

80s Vs 90s For one night only relive the good old days with classics from the 80s and 90s. For those who remember House Party with Kid N Play, hi tops and shell suits, Full Force with their jerhi curls, Musical Youth with their drain pipe jeans, Salt n Pepa with their spandex, Shabba Ranks with his click suit, Jodeci with their s-curls, Mary J. Blige with her hot pants and Doctor Martins. Time: 10pm – 4am The Wall, 45 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HU Info: malinnga@mandinka. net / 07944 090 805

28 Mar / 25 Apr / 30 May

The Doctor’s Orders and Back II Life present Back II Boogie Last Sunday of every month with residents Jazzie B, Spin Doctor, Johnny Reckless and Ben Waist - a night dedicated to 80’s soul and boogie. Playing the very best 80’s soul and boogie with just a touch of 70’s disco and 90’s hip-hop. Time: 2pm-1am East Village, 89 Great

CLUBS Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HX Info: info@

EVERY THURSDAY Kizomba UK Weekly Kizomba Party in the heart of London with Kizomba classes for all levels from 7 to 8pm then free club from 8pm till late. Club will be rocked till late by Kizomba UK resident DJ Marito + special guests, mixing the best of Kizomba and Zouk, Zouk & Kizomba + other Afro-Latin and Caribbean beats. Time: From 7pm 101 Bar, 101 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DB Info: www.Kizombauk. com yOyO – guest list only Fed up with the usual r&b, chart gangsta hardness, chavvy clientele and the same songs over & over? Well look no further, as resident hip-hop aficionados Seb Chew & Leo Greenslade continue their much loved yOyO night. The music policy is varied to suit all tastes, with an eclectic mix of everything from 80’s boogie and soul through to to hip hop, r&b, ragga and even a touch of old skool drum n’ bass. Time: 7pm – 2am Notting Hill Arts Club, London W11 3JQ Info: yoyouk


*NEW* Blow* Special Guests**BASEMENT** Arno Cost + Hoxton Whores  + Resident DJ’s, Phil Drummond +  Mark Storie (Toolroom) + Darryl Green + Neil Barratt. Four rooms of musical mayhem blowing up all night on a Funktion One sound system in pure

mash up style, against a customised production set and some tearing visuals and special fx. Free Giveaways and Drinks Offers on all night!  Time: 10pm – super late Egg,  200 York Way, Kings Cross, London N7 9AP Info:


13 Mar

Muak – (People Together) presents The 5 Beats Party

Hypnotik Fridays The ultimate end of week, after work, Friday night. Nonstop party music by the party generals – Special Selexionz and Platinum X. Time: From 7pm until late 75-79 Norwood Road, London Info: 07960246034 Roof Gardens presents Live Music Nights in association with Jack Daniels until end of March A great line up will include the likes of jazz soul singer Rebecca Poole and funk/soul band Alex Le Roux. London’s stylish new music enthusiasts can enjoy a JD-inspired cocktail and sample the culinary winter BBQ delights whilst listening to some of 2010’s leading musical talent. Time: 7-10pm (normal club night starts from 10pm) The Roof Gardens, 6th Floor, The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA Info: www.roofgardens. 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. Time: 9pm-2am, Free Entry Hobgoblin, 73 White Lion St, Angel, N1 Info: 07821 357713 / keepthefaithful@gmail. com

Continuing their mission to bring together the world’s premiere DJs, producers and musicians, this night is no exception as they welcome the 5 Beats for an Exclusive London show with France’s Franck Roger, and cutting edge US DJ/Producers, Mr V and Alix Alvarez. All night and all day - spread across five rooms. Time: 10pm - March 13th until midday Sunday March 14th Egg , 200 York Way, Kings Cross, London N7 9AP Info: Lime has two pairs of tickets to give away. To enter, email with ‘Muak’ in the subject header by 4 March, 2010.



Coco Blush Resident DJ’s playing r&b, funky house, ol skool, Desi beats and much more. Lounge bar until 10pm, then party afterwards. DJ’s: Allstar DJs, Mr Mark & Edge Time: 8pm-6am Arch One, 1 Mepham Street, London SE1 8RL Info: http://ceriseentertainment.

The Electric Lounge A fine dish of melodies and beats served on a fine platter of house and disco. Experimental chill out and ambient grooves to start with, then electro and tribal mixes to end the week. Time: 8pm-4am 101 Bar, 101 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DB Info:




The DJ interview with

Pheobe One that song. It depends on my mood as to what I like to listen to.

How did you become a radio presenter?

Well, I got a phone call from Jigs from Choice FM. One day he just called and asked if I wanted to do some stuff for Choice, so I did some promos, then I went back to do some more and then Jig’s asked me to join the Choice FM family. When I got that phone call I just couldn’t believe it, as it’s something I always wanted to do. We set up a meeting and we kind of jumped off from there.

Who is your favourite old school singer?

I’m a big fan of Freddie Jackson, George Benson and Michael Jackson. If I had to choose an all time favourite singer it would be George Benson. The quality of music was a lot better back then. Artists struggled but had belief. You could hear their passion.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

The favourite thing about my job is finding new music, and playing new music. I enjoy giving fresh artists opportunities. When people send in demos I always try and give them feedback, I mean if it’s genuinely not good enough I will suggest they re-do it and send it back in, I’m honest. I understand how it all works and it’s not an easy ride. I’ve had cases when artist have contacted me and thanked me for my advice as they’ve realised what I’m saying helped them.

Has being a radio presenter opened up other doors for you in media? Oh yeah. Definitely, currently I do all the voice work for Choice FM; they call me, ‘The Voice of Choice’. I’ve been able to interview some amazing artists. Erick Sermon and Stylez P were a couple of my favourites but there’s so many. I always enjoyed interviewing people as 42 LIME MAGAZINE 2010


Goddess Experience


Where in London would you recommend to visit to feel like a goddess and why?

love my voice! It’s a gift. If I didn’t have it I’d cry.’

being an artist I know how to put questions across.

Tell me about your time as an artist.

Well I was a rapper back in the day (laughter). I won the 1998 MOBO award for Best Hip-Hop. I’ve done ghostwriting and worked with people in the charts.

Is doing radio work more relaxing than being an artist?

Yeah, it is. I mean it’s work and I enjoy the entertainment industry. This is something I’ve always wanted to do. My next big thing is to do voice-overs for

movies and programmes.

Are you happy with the sound of your voice?

I love my voice. It’s a gift. If I didn’t have it I’d cry. I mean I kiss the mirror before I leave my house and thank God, that’s how much I love myself. We all criticise ourselves but then you see somebody that can’t walk or talk and it makes you appreciate things again and puts it all in perspective.

What’s your favourite song at the moment?

I love Pyrelli at the moment. He’s got a new track called Riding on Pyrelli’s, I love

First of all you have to feel like a goddess within yourself, but I would say The London Eye, I’m afraid of heights but it would be so nice to be up there and see the views.

Where in London do you go to feel special?

I would go to a spa. A good pampering would be lovely. You know, get a manicure and a pedicure, get your weave fixed (laughter), spoil yourself man. I can’t think of one in a particular but spas can always make women feel great.

What is your definition of a goddess? A woman who is a strong person with a strong mind, has time for others, inner beauty and strength.

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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,


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