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Naked Soldier Indian Portrait In preparation for the wedding season, the May issue of Lime is bursting with tips and hints on how to make the Big Day stress free and fun. We spoke to industry professionals to get an insight into the best ways to make your wedding plans unique and special. Whether you’re planning your wedding yourself or part of a wedding party - don’t miss this issue. From how to choose the perfect wedding dress and make-up trends for 2010 to recession busting money saving tips you won’t be disappointed. We went and reviewed a Burlesque night to give you a taste of what to expect if you are looking for a hen party idea, too. To avoid a cultural faux pas because no two weddings are the same we’ve broken down the wedding etiquette associated with different cultures. This month’s interviews are sizzling as ever as we caught up with DJ Sarah Love, Nneka, Jesse Boykins, Akala, Mark Norfolk and B.O.B. Now all you need is for those wedding invitations to start flooding in and you’re good to go.

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Top Five Wedding Tips DJ Sarah Love Finess First Nutritional Tips

Editor Sophia A Jackson


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Designer Ananta Kashem Features Editor Michelle Adabra Features Writer Audrey Brown Contributors Victoria Woode Cassam Looch Nicke Adebowale Tricia Wombell June Dixon Semper Azeez-Harris Micallar Walker Natasha Devon Advertising and sales Dean Serieux Event listings Published by Got Media Ltd Lime’s on Twitter Lime: a word used in the Caribbean which means socialising and good times with your friends and family – welcome to Lime magazine.

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events 01 – 03 May

Breakin’ Convention 2010: The Seventh Annual International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre The line-up for Breakin’ Convention 2010 promises to include some of the world’s finest poppers, lockers, house dancers, b-boys and b-girls. Previous performers at Breakin’ Convention include Mr. Wiggles and Britain’s Got Talent favourites Flawless. Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue London EC1R 4TN Info: www.sadlerswells. com

01 May

Miss Trinidad and Tobago UK Finals

about teenage knife crime aimed at adult and teenage readers. Lara is a powerful semi-autobiographical novel-in-verse based on Bernardine’s own childhood and family history. The event is free, everyone is welcome, and booking is not required but you can rsvp to thebooksproject@ Time: 7pm Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, London SW9

05 May

Festival of Asian Literature Opening Night: Songs of Blood and Sword Come and watch the spectacuar, as the finalists compete for the coveted title of Miss Trindad and Tobago UK, representing their country of origin. In the presence of the High Comissioner of Trindad and Tobago and featuring a cultural showcase. Featuring Jahson, singing tracks from his new album, Nikisha, Tobago Cruse, a steel band and much more. Time: 8pm The Tabernacle, Powis square, London, W11 2AY Info:

05 May

Bernardine Evaristo Book Launch Bernardine Evaristo launches the new version of Lara and her quick reads novella about teenage knife crime Hello Mum with a reading at Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival. Hello Mum is 4 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

06 May

Festival of Asian Literature: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - The Settler’s Cookbook: A Memoir of Love, Migration and Food Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a leading commentator on race, multiculturalism and human rights, shares her warm, personal memoir – an exploration of the author’s East African Indian roots through the communal experience of cooking. Through the personal story of Yasmin’s family and the food and recipes they’ve shared, The Settler’s Cookbook tells the history of Indian migration to the UK, via East Africa. Time: 6.45pm Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street London W1G 7LP Info:

16 May

Fatima Bhutto, journalist, political commentator and fearless niece of Benazir, is one of the most outspoken critics of Pakistan’s current regime. Her new book examines the interweaving of the Bhutto dynasty, politics and violence in Pakistan over the past 30 years, and discusses the building of a more just, empowered and democratic future for the country. Time: 6.45pm Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street London W1G 7LP Info:

Auditions for Bollywood Dance Championships 2010 We are now on the hunt for new talent and are holding auditions to find the next Bollywood Stars. No matter your experience, if you believe you have the energy, flair and creativity we want you to audition in London. This is the second stage of the competition for the Bollywood Dance Championships 2010. The final will take place later in 2010. Troxy, London Info: www. honeysdanceacademy. com

20 May

Supper Club Dinner with Fiona Kirk: Eat It, Live It + Love It Do you flirt with every

new diet that hits the bookshelves or are you in a stable loving relationship with food? Who’s in charge – you or the chocolate cake? For one night only, media, nutritionist, author and food voyeur, Fiona Kirk offers an insight into how affairs of the heart and affairs of the plate are inextricably linked and why they can be so hard to manage. There are three more in June, September and October. Info: www.juststjames. com


HERE COMES THE GROOM Be an irresistible groom with


e all know with any wedding, it’s usually all about bride; from the dress, to how beautiful she looks but with a bespoke suit from, it’s no longer here comes the bride but here comes the groom. Co-founded by Sena Mortoo in 2009, with the vision to create quality, bespoke tailoring for men and women, MyTailoredSuit. com caters for all wallet sizes, saving you extra money for the icing on the cake and the honeymoon. Read on.

Can you give us a summary of who MyTailoredSuit are?

MyTailoredSuit provides a bespoke tailoring service for the everyday man and woman. Our aim is for individuals to be able to find the perfect fitted suit or shirt, tailored to their individual requirements on an affordable budget, without compromising on style and quality. We give our customers the ability to design a suit that conveys your personality and your individuality and the opportunity to express yourself, something not found in an off-the-peg


Do you offer any special wedding services? We are in the process of forming a special collaboration to provide a complete groom and


however as we offer a bespoke service it gives the groom the ability to mix and match the different elements to create their unique hybrid. We also cater for pageboys to have them matching the groom or groomsmen.

completely unique, from the length and shape of the tail, to different colour or fabric on the lapels. The combinations are almost limitless.

What is your most popular suit for the groom and ushers?

How long does it generally take from start to finish to have a tailor made suit?

Words: Audrey Brown

MyTailoredSuit gives you the ability to design a suit that conveys your personality and your individuality.’’ bridal package with a dress making company who have also been working with a number of bridal parties. Once these details are finalised we’ll release the information via our website.

What are the best colours, materials and textures for a summer or winter suit for the groom?

We’ve seen many requests for grey, black or blue fabric colours; however our personal favourite for a summer wedding would be champagne coloured fabric. This colour adds a warm and romantic element that sometimes the darker colours lack.

Would you advise that a suit or tuxedo is best for a groom? My personal preference is to have a tail-suit,

The most popular suit would have to be the Onliest (with or without a tail) for the groom with a matching variation for the best man and groomsmen.

Have you dressed any famous grooms for their weddings? We are in talks with a couple of grooms but unfortunately we cannot disclose their names as of yet, but do visit our site and all will be revealed soon.

What special tweaks or features can you add to a groom’s suit to make it stand out from the crowd and be as unique as the bride’s dress?

There are a number of features that can be added to a suit that will make it

Our suits will take 4 weeks from the order being placed to final delivery. Each suit is made from scratch rather than simply adjusting a premade suit, our process is actually very quick.

Where can our readers find out more about MyTailoredSuit and place an order? What is your price range for a suit?

You can visit our website www. where we can create and purchase your own bespoke suits and shirts. You can also view our Made-to-Measure collections, which offer a range of styles and designs based on the seasonal trend. A handmade two-piece Made-to-Measure suit starts from as little as £220 and goes up to £1,400 for a three-piece bespoke suit from the finest Italian fabric. For further information visit: LIME MAGAZINE 2010


events 21 – 24 May

Africa Weekender The Africa Weekender is born out of the belief that there is a need for a platform to engage, enable and further empower Africans by showcasing an enlightened viewpoint of the skill, talents and cultural diversity of the continent. What better way to embody this narrative than to have a 72 hour live weekend festival celebrating the diverse fusion of our cultures and its evolution in different countries and climates in the Diaspora. Pontins, Camber Sands, Holiday Park, New Lydd Road, Sussex, TN31 7RL Info: www.

21 May

Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown

One of the great figures in music in the 20th century, James Brown was a oneoff, a musical revolutionary. James Brown’s musical director Pee Wee Ellis, acclaimed South African singers The Mahotella Queens, dazzling Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, the Mercury Awardnominated Ty and special guests pay tribute to the electrifying Godfather of Soul. Time:7:30pm Info: www.

21 – 23 May

Bizet’s Carmen comes to the 02 The O2 to stage its first opera with Bizet’s Carmen - the world’s most popular opera comes with over 6 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

200 performers including dancers, acrobats and fire eaters. The wonderful set and fabulous costumes will bring to life the dusty atmosphere of the town square, the cool night air of the smugglers’ mountain hideout, and the colourful festivities outside of the bullring in Seville. Time: 7.30pm The O2, Peninsula Square London SE10 0DX Info: indigo2

22 May

African and Caribbean Wedding Show (Manchester) The North West’s first ever African and Caribbean Wedding Show and Bridal Catwalk. With over 50 of the finest bridal brands showcasing their latest products and services, this is the perfect place to prepare for your special day. You will find everything from wedding attire, hair and beauty, champagne bar, demonstrations, goody bags to cake manufacturers and cosmetics – this is the one stop exhibition with everything under one roof. The Bridal Catwalk will leave you in awe, with live entertainment performances from African dancers and Gospel Choirs this is the place to be if you are looking to be entertained. Time: 10am – 4pm Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford Manchester M16 0PX Info: srsevents@hotmail.

23 May

Brides of Culture Wedding Expo BoC’s first bridal exhibition

takes place at the height of the wedding season. The expo will be jam packed full of a wide variety of exhibitors, from cake makers, to make up artists. It will be a great place for you to look for services that will make your wedding day a special one. There will be cake-tasting, wedding photography, hair and makeup, wedding planners, venue decorators and much more. Time: 11am – 5pm Rich Mix, 35-37 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Info: www.

Last Friday of every month

Break n Bowl – Bloomsbury Bowling Break n Bowl is a night dedicated to 90’s old school hip hop music. But it doesn’t end there - get transformed back into the 90’s by wearing your best bling and favourite tracksuit, sip gin n

juice, witness break dancing battles and mc battles. And then capture it all on camera in the gangsta photobooth (bandanas + bling provided!) Basement of: Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way London WC1H 9EU Info: www.

Until 31 Aug

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








Lime’s bridal march in search of different cultural wedding traditions



The bride has a special breakfast which is fed to her by her mother whilst she’s getting dressed. It’s a meal of mashed yam with palm oil served with a hard boiled egg. A celebratory meal – not something you eat every day.


In Judaism, it is customary for the bride and groom not to see each other for one week before the ceremony to increase the anticipation before the event. They also greet their guests separately.


The main Tradition is at the engagement stage. It takes place at the bride’s house in the evening. All her family and friends gathers their before a certain time. She chooses some of her female friends and family members that would act as roses. The scenario: the groom’s family come to the house and knock at the door (the groom is not allowed to attend). They have a representative that will speak on behalf of the family. So this person knocks on the door asking if he can come and pick a rose that he saw and liked when passing


Hinduism is formed of diverse traditions and is the world’s oldest extant religion. Unlike many other religions, Hinduism is a way of life, whose followers live by the Dharma, a law that governs all action. Traditionally Hindus have arranged marriages, usually filled

the house. The representative from the bride’s family will start asking them a series of questions and complaining that it’s too late etc. In the end they allow them to come in and be escorted to the living room were the conversation continues. Finally the roses come out and get paraded in the living room were the groom’s family tactfully decline until the bride comes out and they are over-joyed because this is the rose they saw when passing. They then ask for the brides hand in marriage on behalf of the groom and present the bride’s family with a bowl full of things such as a bible, money, engagement ring etc. The bowl is taken into a room with the bride and her mother and some elders and is examined before they come out and accept.


The food at a typical island reception reflects the uniqueness of the Islands: curried goat, spicy chicken jerky, fried plantains and conch fritters. In Jamaica slices of dark fruitcake, laced with rum, are mailed or delivered to friends and relatives who were unable to attend. A rich black cake baked with dried fruits and rum is especially

with rituals and tradition. The marriage ceremony is conducted by the Hindu priest who reads the ceremonial mantras from the holy book or the ‘Vedas’. At the start of the wedding there are various welcoming rituals, such as the washing of the bride and groom’s feet with milk and water, which is said to purify them for their new lives. Next comes the ‘kanyadan,’ which is when twenty four threads of cotton are wound round the shoulders of the bride and groom binding them for life.

Sophia A Jackson popular on the islands of Barbados, Grenada and St. Lucia. The recipe, handed down from mother to daughter, is embellished by each. It is considered a “pound” cake - with the recipe calling for a pound each of flour, dark brown sugar, butter, glace cherries, raisins, prunes, currants, plus a dozen eggs and flavorings. The dried fruits are soaked in rum and kept in a crock anywhere from two weeks to six months.

EDO CULTURE / WEDDINGS The Edo Culture originates from West Africa, stretching through the whole of the then Midwestern part of Nigeria, parts of the southwest region of modern Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Ekiti and Lagos states. Bride Price is practiced in the Edo culture instead of a dowry, which is typical in Yoruba and Indian weddings. Bride Price is a token of appreciation the bride’s family for the loss of their daughter. This token gift is given to the bride’s father or relatives before the elders of both parties’ communities. It is not a

purchasing of a wife, but a part of a contract between the two families. Bride Price plays a very important role in social, legal and economic customs. The bride’s wealth seals the two couples. As with many ceremonies and traditions, clothing is an important factor. Info: www. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



The Adventures of Bobby Ray

Atlanta rapper B.o.B is sitting on top of the world


.O.B (or Bob as he prefers you to call him) is lighting matches randomly and letting them burn out. We are lounging in a rather cozy room in Atlantic Records HQ and like a true star Bob is wearing dark shades, his legs are up on the sofa and his arms are folded behind his head but unlike some high maintenance rappers he has no demands and is relatively content burning his matches. ‘I love that smell,’ he explains as I raise an eyebrow in question. ‘Don’t worry I’m not an arsonist,’ he adds in his warm southern drawl and this is why the music world loves Mr Bobby Ray Simmons at present – he is just, er, himself. The hotly tipped rapper is the all singing, all rapping, guitar-


welding sensation from Decatur, Atlanta. Currently signed to T.I’s Grand Hustle label, his debut album The Adventures of Bobby Ray has just gone platinum in the States and his new single Nothing On You is already getting major radio play in the UK. We caught up with the charismatic rapper to talk about being compared to Andre 3000, going against the grain, having roots in Gospel and southern hospitality.

What can we expect from your album The Adventures of Bobby Ray?

It’s a tour through music, kind of cinematic – I mean the name says it all. It’s been an adventure, I feel like it’s all there. I got a lot of my frustration out, all of the music that I had in me came out.

What has inspired you musically?

As a child growing up I listened to a lot of O-Jays, Michael Jackson, Biggie Smalls, Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Eminem was like an idol for me because the type of stuff he said when he first came out - you just

energy at the moment – it’s more creative and open.

Your father is a pastor – were you heavily influenced by gospel music?

Gospel music is crammed inside my soul because of the fact that I went to church a lot as a child. Funny enough I was very shy in church they would give me the mic to sing and I wanted to but I didn’t (laughs), I was just too shy. There is some gospel influence in my music; you can hear it on songs like I’ll Be In The Sky and Satellite.


’m naturally unique but I don’t try to be.’

knew he didn’t give a f**k, and it worked. If Eminem came out now it wouldn’t work because people are a lot more sensitive. So I feel like my time is now, there is a different kind of

Are you deliberately going against the grain by not conforming to the formulaic hip hop we have in the charts right now? (Laughs then starts freestyling). Well here’s the thing, I’m naturally unique but I don’t try to be; I feel that everybody is unique. I could do something inside the box but I’m trying to spark change so other

events artists feel comfortable being themselves. When I look at my upbringing, how I was raised, I’m just more comfortable being in my natural element.

You’ve been compared to the equally unique Andre 3000 – how do you feel about the comparison?

I think that’s where the comparison comes from – he is a unique artist. We’re similar in the sense that we are trying to deliver the same message, we’re trying to show people that you do have choice to be free in your own right. It’s more about choice not control.

Well you can’t control if people like you or not…

…Exactly, you’ve given me a strong argument there because sometimes people say you do have control but you only have control over your own choices. I can’t make people like me or my music.

You are awfully polite – is it a southern hospitality thing?

Thank you and yes mame it’s the southern hospitality. It’s a blessing, we’re not thinking let me be nice and polite – you are conscious of your energy but it’s just second nature, you give people that energy because it’s natural to you.

to adjust to but I’m lucky because it’s been such a gradual adjustment. My album was supposed to come out two years ago and it didn’t because of the timing so it really prepared me for now. My family and friends keep me grounded.

Why did you decide to duet with UK rapper Giggs?

I’m glad that the UK acts are emerging now. I feel that America doesn’t have to be the only country producing big hip hop acts. I love the UK style, it’s just doing its own thing and I like that, and it’s a bit like what I’m trying to do. I like Giggs because he’s like a southern rapper; he’s grimey you know that real gutter and I like that and I love what we have done together so far. In future I’d love to do something with Tinie Tempah and the producer, Joker. The single Nothin On You is out 17 May. The album The Adventures of Bobby Ray is out 31 May

Words: Michelle Adabra

What’s your on stage persona like?

When I first started out I was a mad man on stage; I was wild. I think it shocks people because I’m real chilled and laid back but when I get on stage that’s when all the demons come out. It’s more about the energy levels; I just save myself and let it loose on the stage.

How are you dealing with fame? It is something you have



MUSIC Rest in Peace GURU (July 17, 1966–April 19, 2010) Words: Rachelle Reid Last month we learnt of the sad news that Keith Elam aka G.U.R.U former member of Gangstarr passed away on the early hours of Monday April 19, 2010. Born July 17, 1966 in Boston Massachusetts, Keith was the son of Harry Elam the first black judge of Boston Municipal courts.  Although Keith successfully graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta he decided to follow his belief and dream to become an MC.  His stage name G.U.R.U stood for “Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal”, known for his first solo album, Jazzmattaz Volume 1 included collaborations with Donald Byrd and Roy Ayres, his second album Jazzmattazz Volume 2 ‘The New Reality’ featured various artists as well as Jamiroquai.  He later joined forces with DJ Premier to form a group called Gangstarr.  Memorable Gangstarr albums were as Step In the Arena, No More Mr Nice Guy and The Moment Of Truth with the popular unforgettable singles such as DWYCK and Mass Appeal.  Gangstarr were affiliated with most of the early rappers in the Nineties featuring on various artist albums as well as movies, artists such as Nice n Smooth, Group Home, Afu Ra, Pete Rock and C L Smooth, just to name a few.  Keith died at the early age of 43 from cancer related and respiratory problems; he had suffered for a while with the cancer multiple Myeloma.  R.I.P GURU, your legacy lives on - gone but never forgotten.


Every Monday

ILuvLive The UK’s premier homegrown live music event which helps performers present their artistry to music industry virtuosos, journalists and fans alike and provides many artists with a unique platform in the notoriously fickle music industry.

25 / 26 May Alicia Keys

Time: 7.30pm – 1am Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH   

03 May

Fantasia Barrino + UK support from Mclean, Fundamental, Raheem: Hosted by the award winning Kojo As an artiste who needs no introduction, known for her immense stage presence and gripping live performances, Fantasia Barrino is earning herself a spot in contemporary music history, selling millions of her albums worldwide. The American Idol, and multiple award winning artiste will take to the stage for the first time ever in the UK, with a full live band. (MTV Base). Time: 7pm Indig02, The O2, Peninsula Square London SE10 0DX Info: indigo2

05/ 06 / 27 / 28 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

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

07 May

Mint Condition Modern, infectious soul grooves fringed with Latin and jazz, buoyed by fiery dashes of rock and funk. When musicians create and sustain that level of quality for nearly two decades, they are more than an average group... they become Mint Condition. Includes After Party with Mint Condition in attendance and hosted by Colourful Radio playing ‘Old School to the New Cool’ until 2am. Time: 7pm Indig02, The O2, Peninsula Square London SE10 0DX Info: indigo2

09 May

Pitbull + DJ Swerve Following rapid worldwide

success and sold out tours with dance-floor-fillers like I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) and latest hit Hotel Room Service, superstar Pitbull brings on summer 2010 with a one off concert date. Time: 6-11pm indigO2, Millennium Way, Greenwich SE10 0AX


From corny classics to full blown ballads, Lime salutes your favourite songs to get hitched to. SOMETHING OLD

Artist: Etta James Track: At Last The sublime At Last has undoubtedly become troubled soul singer Etta James’ signature hit. With its romantic lyrics and sweeping orchestration – the song has become a wedding favourite all around the world. Released in 1962, the song crossed over into the pop charts despite the heavy exploitation of black artists in the music industry at the time.


Artist: McLean Track: My Name Waving the flag for the UK and bringing us right up to date, r&b singer McLean’s top ten hit My Name has already become a firm favourite with the ladies. On the seductive, synthled track, the young east Londoner croons about wanting to give the special lady in his life his name.


Track: Let’s Stay Together The definition of a timeless classic, Green’s wonderfully romantic, 1972 soul classic has been covered by a host of singers, including: Tina Turner, Roberta Flack, Craig David, Lemar, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, Jimmy Smith, Michelle Williams, Boyz II Men, Big Mountain, Issac Hayes, Robin Thicke, Brian Kennedy, Margie Joseph and (gasp for breath) Shirley Bassey. Now that’s something borrowed!


Artist: Bryan Adams Track: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You It held the top spot at the top of the charts for 16 agonising weeks in 1991 and is probably one of the most depressing tracks of the twentieth century because of that fact. Nevertheless, Everything I Do is a wedding phenomenon and every year hundreds of people get married to the husky tones of Bryan Adam’s most successful song to date.

WE ASKED LIME READERS ON TWITTER WHAT THEIR FAVOURITE WEDDING SONGS OF ALL TIME WERE: Let’s Get Married by Jagged Edge Forever My Lady/ Love You For Life - Jodeci You by Jesse Powell Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith Endless Love by Luthor Vandross Nothing Compares To You by Sinead O’ Conner Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley All My Life by KC and JOJO Unforgettable by Nat and Natalie King Cole

LIME’S WEDDING PLAYLIST Album review: Wale, Attention Deficit

Words: Michelle Adabra Lime rating: HHHH Release date: Out Now Hailing from Washington DC, Olubowale Folarin aka Wale has been heralded by critics as a front runner of the new generation of hip hop stars. Wale’s debut Attention Deficit is a refreshing, innovative and thoughtful slice of hip hop. His clever word play and laid back delivery adapt perfectly to every beat thrown at him, making it easy for him to tackle complex social issues like bulimia and cocaine use on 90210 and skin tone discrimination on the honestly sublime Shades. Wale’s current single Pretty Girls is a catchy, laid back summer jam which will have you humming along. Let It Loose – a synth-led Neptunes production is another banger; while Wale gets intimate on the Marsha Ambrosius assisted, Diary. If you thought hip hop was dying – you thought wrong. An exceptional debut, add this to your collection.

Album review: Akala, Double Think

Words: Michelle Adabra Lime rating: HHHH Release date: 3 May 2010 The fearless Akala is back with Double Think his highly anticipated third album and what a shot in the head it is. Fierce, provocative, unrelenting and intense – this is Kingslee Daley at his rawest and I love it. Filled with literary references, Akala addresses issues of race, politics and social conditioning over some ferocious beats. He rhymes passionately about his time spent in the Brazilian favelas, in fact as the music intensifies so does his flow. He’s already proven himself to be a hip hop juggernaut in the UK music scene however Double Think will make it even harder to classify this talented young orator. Perfect timing Mr Daley, the industry was in dire need of an adrenaline rush.





hicago based Jesse Boykins III is about to take soul music into the twenty first century. His rich, soulful sound and heartfelt lyrics are earning him fans all around the world and critics are already hailing him the future after his breakthrough 2008 EP, Dopamine: My Life On My Back. We caught up with the 25-year-old crooner to talk about his work with Bilal, weddings and his greatest inspirations.

For those UK music lovers who don’t know you yet - how would you define your sound?

It’s soulful. I’m an emotional song writer – I write from the heart. My songs are very catchy, trendy and playful. You can really get a sense of that when I perform live; I can say my shows are not forgotten easily. I always perform to be memorable.

You’re a young man yet you write such mature songs. Have you drawn on your own personal experiences?

Most of the time you find the best songs are from personal experiences. Sometimes my friends will tell me stories and I just know that the story will make a great song. I’m a natural romantic, so that helps too.

Critics are hailing you among the new generation of soul artists after the likes of Dwele, Bilal etc – how do you feel about that? 12 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

may have a thought or an idea and may not know how to put it into music, Bilal taught me how to put my thoughts into music.

Who has been a major influence in your musical career?

My peers and anyone who is doing what I’m doing. They’re paying as much attention to me as I am to them. A lot of times when you’re around a group of creative people – you just feed off one another. If someone writes eight songs, you want to write 18, it’s a positive thing, friendly competition. Also my mother taught me how to be comfortable on stage in front of people. We’d be at a party and she would just make me sing in front of everyone, she knew how to put me on the spot so now when I get on stage there’s no fear.

Words: Michelle Adabra


ilal taught me how to put my thoughts into music.’

To be put anywhere near those artists, who have such great careers is amazing and all I can do is appreciate it. Those are the kinds of artists I listened to when I was a student. So to be around them now and be acknowledged by them and

they who I am, that’s like, ‘wow’. It’s a blessing.

You’ve worked closely with Bilal – what is it like working with him?

It was interesting, I learnt a lot in terms of being an artist and getting an idea out. You

BIG DAY QUESTIONS What are your views on marriage - dying out, or here to stay?

To me it’s really about connections, I think marriage is a sign of sacrifice. If I’m getting married to you, everyone will know that I’m definitely not available. Now if you look at how society is changing, it looks like marriage is fading. I appreciate both sides of the argument, I love it that people get married but

sometimes people don’t think it through properly.

What song would you get married to?

It would probably be Simply Beautiful by Al Green and the second song would be You’re Beautiful by James Blunt (laughs). I love that song, it’s beautiful.

Can you share a funny wedding anecdote?

I’ve been to some really weird weddings. Back

in the US, I once had to play at a wedding that took place at the Natural History Museum and they set up a stage around the exhibitions. It was cool because that was the same place they had actually met each other. So to be a part of that was really special to me and their favourite song was one of my records. The album The Beauty Within is out now.

MUSIC 28 / 29 May

26 May

Jungle Sessions at Guanabara: Casuarina

The first ever UK performance from the acclaimed samba band - as one of Rio’s hottest musical projects, Casuarina have been heralded for attracting the carioca youth of Rio back to their samba roots. Parker Street (Corner of Drury Lane), London, WC2B 5PW Info:

10 / 11 May

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

13 May

Joan Armatrading

Joan will be performing many of your favourites as

well as new material from her CD This Charming Life released in March 2010 to accompany the tour. Fairfield Halls, Croydon Info:

14 May

Muyiwa After a two-year hiatus, one of the most recognised figures in British gospel music will make his grand comeback to the stage for one-night only. Over his eight-year reign, Nigerianborn Muyiwa has amassed a huge celebrity and public fan base and is one of very few artists within his genre to attract listeners from all walks of life. Time: 8pm IndigO2, The O2, Peninsula Square London SE10 0DX Info: indigo2


Osibisa is a British Afro-pop band, formed in London in 1969 by four expatriate African and three Caribbean musicians. Translated from Ghanaian, Osibisa means “criss-cross rhythms that explode with happiness” and the band’s unique fusion of African, Caribbean, rock, jazz, Latin and R&B is sure to have revellers at Ronnie’s dancing in the aisles. Time: Doors open 6pm Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT Info: 020 7439 0747

Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown FRIDAY 21 MAY ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

Pee Wee Ellis, Ty, The Mahotella Queens, Vieux Farka Touré and special guests pay tribute to the electrifying Godfather of Soul. TICKETS 0844 847 9910 WWW.SOUTHBANKCENTRE.CO.UK




DOUBLE THINK The fearless rapper is back with an inspiring new album


apper, poet, teacher, musician – Kingslee Daley otherwise known as Akala wears many hats and is equally compelling in them all.

fiction as a vehicle to say something, as opposed to saying something outright politically, as you could get into trouble for doing that now. I thought the ideas had importance for all of society.

The 26-year-old rapper defied critics when he recently set up the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company running Bardic workshops in schools throughout the country, successfully proving that art comes in various guises.

Your album is called Double Think – tell me about the title.

There’s a mode of operation in place right now in many societies which is double

forget a fact the moment it becomes inconvenient’ and that’s exactly what we do.

Your album is quite frenzied in some places and calm in others – does this reflect your mood at present? The psychosis of the album – the way it’s frantic in some places and still in others is because I found calm within myself, I can

A lot of people read George’s Orwell’s 1984 in school but I didn’t, I read it just before making this album actually, it seemed uncanny how much of what he said is true. Brave New World looks at the proliferation of drugs and sex and the encouragement of recreational enslavement and 1984 is kind of at the other end looking at a big brother state. So reading those books seemed almost prophetic to me, I found I could use that 14 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

Can you tell me more about your experiences in Brazil?

It was a life changing experience for me. I’ve always felt an affinity with Brazil but going there and seeing the beauty of the culture and spending time in the favelas changed me. I’m talking about a place where in some cases, you are not going to make it to 25 if you’re a boy and if you do, you’re an old man. We’re talking about police coming to the neighbourhoods with hand grenades and AKA-47s and just randomly

Fresh from spending three months in Brazil’s toughest favelas, the Hackney born artist is back with a new album and a whole lot to say, take notes pupils.

Your bio says your album was inspired by three classic novels, George Orwell’s 1984, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We – why these three books in particular?

in places like that around the world, I’ve got more reason to smile and feel fortunate but not ignore the realities. If we are content with a world where I read something like 70 per cent of the world doesn’t have running water then I think we all have a problem.


f you took kids from this country to see real suffering, I think they would think twice about ‘repping their ends’. think. To pretend that we love freedom and honesty and peace but at the same time practice war and celebrate murder in our music and movies – these contradictions in society interest me. When you read the definition of double think in the book it says something like, ‘to mutually accept two completely contradictory liberties and to

express certain things now and not drive myself insane. The perception that some people may get from listening to the album is completely opposite to who I am. I’m a smiling, happy person but that doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore what’s going on in the world. Having just spent time in the favelas in Brazil and knowing what happens

shooting. Seeing how people cope with that and how much love and compassion the people are still able to maintain in the face of hell amazes me; if there’s a hell on earth it’s in Brazil. It’s not like this thing in England where people are like, ‘I’m from the hood’, the hood isn’t something to boast about when you live in a real slum. I was welcomed

MUSIC in a way that I’ve never been welcomed before other than when I went to West Africa. Every day people would invite me to stay in their homes, and cook for me; kids would have their guns on and put them down to greet and hug me. If you took kids from this country to see real suffering - I think they would think twice about repping their ends.

What are your thoughts on the UK hip hop scene – do you think it still exists?

Yeah there’s always been a UK hip hop scene; the problem is a lot of people who are able to rap are called UK hip hop. If you go through UK hip hop there’s always been a scene of conscious, uplifting rappers but for some reason the corporate world has said we’re not going to embrace that, no matter how many records these acts are selling. They’re only interested in promoting young men, particularly young black men that fulfil a certain role - which is

perfectly in line with how black men have been represented throughout the twentieth century. Even though what made hip hop popular in the first place were acts like Public Enemy and KRS-1, it was about truth but they don’t like truth it’s boring, they prefer tits and arse. If you speak to acts like Roots Manuva, he’s getting requests for shows from around the world and so do I. So I know the scene is healthy.

BIG DAY QUESTIONS This is Lime’s wedding issue. What are your feelings on marriage – dying out or here to stay?

I don’t know how traditional my wedding would be but I still think the thought of making a woman your wife in accordance to the law – whether or not you value the law of course – is an important step. To give that woman the respect to call her your wife and not just your girlfriend is important. The single XXL is out now digitally. The album Double Think is out 3 May 2010 (physical and digital release) LIME MAGAZINE 2010


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15 May

The African Jazz All Stars

24 May

Dru Hill + Miss Frank: hosted by Kojo (MTV Base)

JK Entertainment brings you a very special show with some of the best old school artists in today’s music industry - Dru Hill. Having conquered the US and worldwide, Dru Hill have a huge UK fanbase. With Sisqo just completing a successful spell in the Celebrity Big Brother house, and the highly anticipated new Dru Hill album, InDRUpendence Day, be sure not to miss this amazing show. Time: 7pm Indig02, The O2, Peninsula Square London SE10 0DX Info: Lime magazine has a three pairs of tickets to give-away. To enter, visit by 19 May 2010.

31 May

TY Album Launch with Special Guests + After-Party International hip hop artist Ty returns to Jazz Café with Ty’s live Launch – with his fourth studio album Special Kind of Fool on BBE Records. As one of the most revolutionary rappers on the British hiphop scene, Ty embodies the intellect, talent and ferocity of an MC always destined to become a legend. His evolution from roguish wordsmith from South London to an internationally-acclaimed hip-hop connoisseur in 2010, presents a rapper determined to remedy hip-hop from the facade of pop commercialism. Time: 7pm Jazz Café, 5, Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7PG Lime magazine has a pair of tickets to give-away. To enter, visit by 24 May 2010.


Led by the incredible African guitarist Lucky Ranku, the 11-piece All Stars explore diverse influences and styles, effortlessly integrating their African roots with jazz to create a sound that sizzles like an African sun. Featuring a stunning lineup that includes Bukky Leo and Tony Kofi on saxophones and Lekan Babalola on percussion. Time: Doors open 6pm Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT Info: 020 7439 0747

20 May

Noisettes + Chew Lips

The Noisettes bring with them, an exciting and alternative sleek pop sound. Time: 7pm HMV Forum, 9-17 Highgate Rd, Kentish Town, London, NW5 1JY. Info: www.meanfiddler. com

22 May

OKRA presents Simo Lagnawi Gnawa is a traditional music brought from Sub Sahran Africa to Morocco by the former slaves of the Arabs. In its original context it is used to heal by inducing trance. Simo Lagnawi is one of a handful of Gnawa masters resident in the UK. For OKRA he’ll be performing a rare fusion of original Gnawa songs and traditional African rhythms. Curated by DJs DUKE ETIENNE and SUGA

KAN’N, OKRA is Brixton’s freshest monthly bringing the energy of African, Caribbean and South American culture; from ancient traditional drum rhythms to the buzz of the afro-future. Time: 8.30pm Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton Oval, London SW2 1JG Info: www.

07 / 09 June

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

02 - 04 July

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


The Electro Pop Sister

WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris


hilst H-boogie (aka Haidara Sware) is the younger sister of Estelle, she is to put it bluntly quite a different musical prospect. Delving into the world of electro pop that she confesses to being more “comfortable” with, she is forging her name. Somewhere in the rather trendy Victoria Park, I check out this ready-to-blow talent who is a real pleasure to talk to.

What was it about your upbringing that has seen you and your sister go into the entertainment field?

I can only speak for myself I am not sure about my sister as we grew up separately in our early years. We both used to go to church however and we always used to be around music and luckily my dad is also a music teacher and drummer and so I suspect just being open to music has had an effect on my choice of career. How would you describe your music? Well I would say it is pop

with elements of dance and electro - that is essentially it. I did do a bit of r&b and I can do it, but pop is where I feel most comfortable and so I just prefer to stay with what I know.

the track and that was it. He was there like the next week and dropped his lines and ended up using it for his first single.

Love the fact that much of your music seems to be geared more to the live performance. In the urban field do you think there is too little of the live music factor?

Well, never say never maybe when I am at the height of my career.

Sometimes I do think that people forget that music is supposed to do something to you and maybe make you remember a time or a place. So sometimes it becomes just a beat and a thing that people do. But there are also people like myself that keep it musical and inspirational.

How did the Bashy collaboration occur?

We had this track that Myx Quest produced for my project and I had already written the hook for it and I was just thinking if we could get any rapper on the track who would it be and luckily we met Bashy at the Brit Awards after party. He came and checked out

Is a Sware union on a track a possibility?

tracks for the album and we have completed a bulk of it already and so we are nearly there. We are working with live musicians because we want the album to have that authentic live feel. There are a few dance type tracks, some mid tempo tracks but it feels like a timeless album and so I am happy.

Are you conscious of not wanting to appear like you are riding on the back of your sister’s success and instead being your “own” artist?

I am aware that people will say that or indeed think that but at the end of the day as it stands Estelle is on one end of the spectrum and I am doing a completely different type of music but a union is never out of the question.

Musically what are you working on right now; an EP, album mix tape and are you going to be experimental? Well we are just recording


Lastly, what are your views on marriage?

I think you should enjoy life when you are younger and then when you are like 99 then get married. New single The Radio (Get Far feat H-Boogie) is out in May on Island Records.





neka Egbuna, a qualified anthropologist, is the epitome of cool and with her trademark afro and her unique fashion sense, she stands out but it is her music that is taking the fore. Soulful, conscious and occasionally lightly controversial her album Concrete Jungle (released in the US) is again receiving plaudits. Her latest UK single release, Walking, is a reggae influenced cut and again exemplifies her increasingly recognised talent that is taking her to world-wide success and recognition.

It has been a phenomenal passage of time in your career, what has been the highlight so far? Getting onto the Letterman show was probably the biggest thing for me this year so far. It was only three minutes to prove myself to the US audience but I did well and David Letterman was a really nice man and down to earth. 18 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

want that to happen.

How did the whole US promotion of your music come about because you are now signed to Sony Epic in the US?

It was great because Sony Epic did not realise that I was signed to Sony Europe because I was signed to a subsidiary of Sony. Sony Epic found out and contacted their counterparts in Europe because they wanted to promote me in the US and I was then signed to Sony Epic.

And what has that been like?

America is really tough because Sony in Europe do not impose. In the States, you have all sorts of people


Now I know you are touring in the US how is that going?

Well it is going really well. I have already performed in a number of places in the US like San Francisco but one of the big highlights will be in the beginning of June when I get to tour with Nas.

You must however be really because it is a massive move in terms of your career?

Well I am trying to take it easy and not think too much about the moves. I am trying to maintain my initial

It must have been amazing when you found out? Yes I was really excited. When we spoke on the phone I thought; “I cannot believe I am talking to Nas”. It actually happened because we were due to do some things before

hen we spoke on the phone I thought; “I cannot believe I am talking to Nas’ coming to you back stage saying that they work for you and saying “why don’t you do this?” it is very different and very difficult.

intention and vision I had. I think if I was to focus too much on what is starting to go on around me, I would lose my focus and I do not

and so we contacted his people. Three weeks later, he phones me up and said he was doing the Distant Relatives Tour with Damien

MUSIC Marley and he wondered if I would like to join him. I was in shock but I said “cool” because it is such a great opportunity. What are your thoughts on performing in the UK? The UK is difficult. I would love to tour in the UK but they have certain criteria. I was trying to hustle in the UK way back four years ago and nothing happened. I went to the US once and it really has blown up. After the MOBO awards and winning the Best African Act I really thought now we can do something but I am unfortunately still waiting.

I have heard your single Walking [taken from the album Concrete Jungle] which is a great single. A rather formulaic question but what was the inspiration behind the track? Well my sister and I were in hospital after some issue in Lagos with these armed robbers. We came out of that despite what happened and it kind of inspired me to write the first verse, that no matter what happens or comes, that we can keep on walking, we can get through a problem. But then I took it to another level and made the song for

black people and to inspire them from their struggles but it is a global message about love and striving.

So you are well past your sophomore stage and whilst you are still pushing material from your most recent album, you must have started work on your next album? I am working on the next album but like I always say I have no expectations so you do not get disappointed but it will be “me” it will be another chapter in my life. It is the next chapter in my life which has been a mad two years full of ups and downs. I hope that the album will be released by the grace of God early next year.

BIG DAY QUESTIONS What are your views on this institution?

Well, you know how it is? It is dying out because people are interested in their careers and men at the end of the day are polygamous so the institution of marriage is shaky.

Are you single and this is not for my benefit, this is strictly journalism?

Well yes I am but I am not supposed to tell you that because then I will be getting all these people on Facebook asking me weird things.

So what would be your idea of the perfect wedding?

When people speak the truth, you know when people are standing at the altar and you have to swear all that for better or worse for richer or poorer, they should also put in there “I might betray you” “I might have more wives?”

That sounds like some long convoluted in your face disclaimer. I know but you need it!

WORDS: Semper Azeez-Harris



REVIEW Bride to Be review: Hen party

Tassle Club at Proud Cabaret Words: Victoria Woode Through the doors of Proud Cabaret, you could never imagine what is to be found down the red-lit stairway. I felt like I had stepped into a time warp taking me into a romantic speakeasy era. The attention to detail is meticulous, red roses, candles, velvet curtains etc. The burlesque show goes on all evening and you can book table’s to enjoy a luxury three course meal as you watch magic unfold. The menu is hearty and mouth watering. The striptease performances were extremely tasteful and kept with the true art form of burlesque- leaving a lot to the imagination, slowly removing extravagant costumes and delaying our expectations in the most positive of ways. There are around five dancers every night who do three performances each. Proud Cabaret insures that every week each dancer performs a whole different routine. The women on stage were absolutely gorgeous. With stage names like ‘Emerald Fonatine’ and ‘Fifi Fatale’ you cannot help but be absorbed into the authentic atmosphere. Overall the burlesque itself was amazing, a wonderful singer kept us engaged during the interludes and there was a surprise act by Hula Boy which was incredible, I kid you not. There were around seven hen parties in tow, a group of stags and many couples out to share good times. The Tassle club at Proud Cabaret is definitely suitable for any occasion and crowd. A lot of guests at the venue were dressed in traditional early twentieth century dresses, flapper style gowns, headbands, jet-black wigs, fishnets and bright red lipstick. The crowd were sophisticated and out to have a fun-filled alternative evening out. Ladies if you are looking for somewhere to celebrate a hen night I recommend the Tassle club at Proud Cabaret in Tower Hill you will not be disappointed. Info:

Bride to Be review: Hair Salon: Adornment365 Words: Sophia A Jackson

In my bid to embrace the natural hair revolution and research for Lime’s Big Day issue I set natural hair salon Adornment365 with the task of turning my tresses into wedding day fabulousness. Based upstairs of Morleys department store in Brixton, on arrival I filled out a form about my health. I then had an extensive hair and scalp consultation with salon manager, Aline, about the food I eat (more fruit and veg), the water I drink (not enough) and why I should never use anything with petroleum jelly on my hair. Oops! Oh and silk or satin are the best materials for me to cover my hair with at night – only the best will do. As they got to know me and my hair a little better I absorbed the positive vibes and soaked up the soothing and relaxing surroundings of mahogany wood and Adornment’s hot pink branding that completed the sophistication of this busy salon. A musical ensemble of African beats and nu classic soul filled the air as I sipped on some herbal tea. Men came to get their hair done did, as did children and of course women. Their clientele come from all works of life getting locks redone, braids, twists or just a simple treatment to freshen up their hair for the weekend. My stylist, Omoyemi, worked her magic to get my bride-to-be transformation which included the amazing deep moisturising African Rainforest Treatment. I was given a combi style of rod sets (much time was spent under the drier so the curls would last) to get super tight and feminine curls at the back and braids at the front (see pic). To finish off we used a stylish cream, lacy bridal head band to achieve the perfect bride to be look. As with any wedding day preparation you’ll need to set aside some serious time as I was in there for a whopping SIX hours. No joke. But it was worth it. That weekend I turned heads as people came up to me telling me how fabulous my hair looked. We like that. Big thanks to Adornment365 owner Margot Rodway-Brown and her team.



REVIEW Book Review: Mma Ramotswe’s Cookbook: Nourishment for the Traditionally Built by Stuart Brown

Polygon £18.99 Words: Tricia Wombell Lime rating: HHHH Whether you are into The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels or not, you will enjoy the recipes in this sumptuous cookbook, and its glorious photographs of the food and people of Botswana. It celebrates the cherished food of Mma Precious Ramotswe and her friends and colleagues from the novels by Alexander McCall Smith. Beautifully produced, the book starts delightfully with how Precious makes a cup of rooibos (redbush tea) and easy to make biscuits, and goes onto some amazing looking cakes. There are delicious looking stews, curries and spicy chicken recipes, and for the more adventurous, a couple of options for the Botswana delicacy - Mopane worms - a caterpillar that can be eaten fried or just plain boiled. You can, if you like, ignore the passages from the novels, as the summaries of how to prepare the food of Botswana and southern Africa, are well written and informative, but it would be a shame to skip these as they do give a flavour of Mma Ramotswe’s world and the wonderful country that is Botswana.   Tricia Wombell blogs on black interest books and authors at

Bride to Be review: Facial

Elemis Day Spa, Visible Brilliance Facial Words: Michelle Adabra Lime rating: HHHHH Finally your big day has arrived and you are in dire need of a miracle working facial the day before, we all know that the grind of day to day life, pollution, stress, dehydration and sleep deprivation can all contribute to tired, dry, spotty, pigmented and oily skin. Every bride wants to look her wonderfully vibrant self on her big day so having a bad skin day is simply not an option. Thankfully this is where Elemis Day Spa steps in. You may be familiar with Elemis from their cult celebrity following and the sheer brilliance of their products but the spa is a real treat. Located off New Bond Street, it’s tucked away perfectly and provides a wonderfully tranquil and relaxing environment for your facial and we’re not talking about any old facial. The Visible Brilliance (yes, the name says it all) is tailor made to suit your skin’s needs. After your face is snapped using the very hi-tech skin lab software you will be presented with six

images of your face and everything you really didn’t want to see or know. These canny images reveal UV exposure, winkles, dehydration and bacteria build-up; however fear not ladies as this is where the friendly and knowledgeable staff come in. Having identified your problem areas – your therapist will select a range of products that are matched to your skin type. The one hour plus treatment is divine, you’ll be taken to a private relaxation suite where your therapy will begin. Brace yourself for a series of sublime procedures which include cleansing, masks,

exfoliation and moisturising – all penetrative and deeply soothing. I fell in love with the Papaya Enzyme Peel, Balancing Lavender Toner and the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream – ideal for oily/combination skin. I left a new woman, my skin was glowing and a wonderful head and shoulder massage had completely de-stressed me. A must for all brides to be, in fact make a day of it as the Elemis Spa offers several great packages for mums to be, couples and friends. Info: Elemis Day Spa, 2-3 Lancashire Court, Mayfair W15 1EX



Comedy 01 May

Comedy Crunch Join us for an evening of side splitting blockbuster comedy with some of the best on the stand up circuit. The entertainment starts with Prince Abdi, an award winning comedian who is guaranteed to keep you in stitches. Our headline act, Inder Manocha, is one of the best British Asian stand ups around.  With his keen observational humour, Inder perfectly captures Britain’s infatuation with ethnic integration by laughing at the fears that unite us all. Time: 8pm Harrow Arts Centre, Elliott Hall, Uxbridge Road, Middlesex HA5 4EA

Guide to Acting English.   Jon is one of the most in demand young artists on the UK comedy circuit, has toured with the likes of Alan Carr and hosts his own show on BBC6 Music where he has won over thousands of loyal listeners.  Time: 7.30pm The Broadway, Broadway Barking IG11 7LS Info: www.

20 May

Ritzy Crackers Comedy Night: ft Rufus Hound, Ray Peacock + more

Time: 7.30pm Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton Oval, London SW2 1JG Info: www.

30 May

Will E Robo UK support: Kane Brown (UK’s rising comedy star); Glenda Jaxson (multi- award winning duchess of comedy); Dibbi (The Fabulocious Bajan Dancehall Queen) and announcing the return to the big stage, The Real McCoy’s Ismael Thomas Hosted by Choice fm’s Rollo. Time: 8pm O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London W12

16 May

An Evening with Shappi Khorsandi and Jon Richardson

Who needs TV when all the performers are here? Come hither, and laugh!

Ray Peacock is a prolific writer and comic performer who first came to prominence as part of the Big and Daft comedy trio, who enjoyed their own BBC London radio series, three consecutive years of sell-out Edinburgh Festival shows and their own series for the BBC’s PlayUK, Terrorville.


06 June

Sunday Night Live Hosted by the hilarious Tameka Empson (Three Non-Blondes), who will appear as her loveable character Mrs Aphrodite (as seen in the hit West

LIME RECOMMENDS Feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny Shappi Korsandi and Jon Richardson, rising star of the UK comedy scene, share the spotlight on what promises to be a sparkling and spiky night of some of the freshest and funniest stand-up comedy around. Shappi handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm. Shappi has played live at the Apollo several times and is the best selling author of A Beginners 22 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

30 ROCK IS BACK Who knew? Words: Nicke Adebowale (A really, really big fan) The following four words should be music to the ears of any comedy fan: 30 Rock is back. Sadly on hearing the news most people will stare blankly or vaguely recall seeing part of an episode once on Five. Badly treated by the terrestrial broadcaster then eventually dropped, 30 Rock found a new home on Comedy Central last year and the new season has just started. The show has been showered with awards and guest stars including Oprah and Mary J Blige. Check it out for Tracy Morgan who delivers one of best comedy performances in years. It’s laugh out loud funny every time. Time: 10pm Monday’s, Comedy Central: Sky channel 126 Info:

End musical The Big Life), Sunday Night Live will feature the hottest acts on the UK urban comedy circuit. Appearing on the night will be: Slim, Felix Dexter, Eddie Kadi, Richard Blackwood, Leo Muhammad, Curtis Walker, Miss London and Kevin J. Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline Street, London W6 Info: 08448 44 47 48

31 July

DL Hughley DL Hughley is one of the most popular and highly recognised standup comedians on the road today. Hughley has also made quite an impression in the television and radio arena. DL can currently be heard on the New York airwaves, as host of the morning show on WYKSFM.  In just a few months on air, DL has managed to increase the listenership for the station.  Most recently, DL served as host of his own late night talk show on CNN “DL Hughley Breaks the News.”   Proving he could, indeed break news, DL was able to uncover startling, news-making comments from such guests as former White House press secretaries Scott McClellan and Ari Fleischer, as well as a recent controversy-stirring comment from RNC chair Michael Steele.  DL has undoubtedly proved himself as one of the hardest working men in showbiz.   In addition to his growing tv and film resume, DL continues his reign on the standup comedy front, filling out concert halls and headlining comedy clubs across the country. Time: 7pm HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline Street, London W6 Info: 08448 44 47 48

THEATRE 14 May/28 June/20 July

Flipping the Script: the best untold stories of black Britain


Flipping the Script gives you the chance to hear a few of the thousands of different voices that make up the black British experience. Featuring a selection of some of the rich abundance of plays reaching Talawa, the season showcases work by Faith Miller, Olu Alakija and Kolton Lee. Time: 7pm Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ Info:

Until 16 May

Britain’s Got Bhangra Britain’s Got Bhangra charts the rise of British Bhangra from the sequin clad 80s through to the RnB fusion of the current charts. Twinkle arrives fresh from the fields of the Punjab with a song in his heart and no money in his pocket. Can his talent shine through or wil l the remixed bling of the 90’s DJ’s ruin his dreams? Bring the family and move to the rhythm and Bhangra. Shake your shoulders, twist that lightbulb; this is the story of how Britain got Bhangra. A new musical guaranteed to lift you from the dhol drums! Time: 7.30pm Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, London, E15 Info: Lime magazine has two pairs of tickets to give-away to see Britain’s Got Bhangra on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 4 May and 13 May. Dates subject to availability. To enter the competiton, visit www. by 4 May, 2010.

7 May

Flight of Hope A work in progress: a beautiful piece of theatrical poetry, told through live music, recorded sound and movement. ‘Flight of Hope’ is the story of a West African asylum seeker arriving and dealing with the asylum process in London. A story about what ties us to one another living in the same city. A story of integration, acceptance and survival. Developed through research and collaborative work with refugee groups

in London. Followed by a feedback discussion and drinks. Time: 3.30pm / 7.30pm The People Show, Pollard Row (off Bethnal Green Road), London E2 6NB Info: info@ strikeachordtheatre.

Until 8 May

Behud (Beyond Belief) In December 2004, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s controversial play Behzti rocked the world of theatre

when it was sensationally cancelled after protests in Birmingham. The closure of the play sparked a vehement debate about offence and freedom

of speech. In Behud, a playwright attempts to make sense of the past by visiting the darkest corners of her imagination. Set amidst the theatre establishment, LIME MAGAZINE 2010





et in London, Naked Soldiers explores the ever-changing face of British culture. The play follows the story of a white working class teenager accused of stabbing a young black boy. When he comes face to face with an illegal immigrant he is forced to examine the rigid moral values which he has been brought up to believe in.

What inspired you to write Naked Soldiers? Some years ago whilst a

Writer Mark Norfolk on his latest play Naked Soldiers and the changing face of British culture

youngster I’d seen a story about a former Nazi Concentration camp Guard who was living as an elderly gentleman in a quiet London suburb. However one day someone recognised him and went on to describe his litany of crimes against humanity during the Second World War. Eventually, the German government put in a request for his extradition which he fought tremendously, citing his age and feigning illness. He was brought to justice and given a long prison sentence. This intrigued me and the question arose about the hidden past that most of us carry with us. This inspired me to write a play about it.

Could you summarise the play in your own words?

The play is multi-faceted. Not only am I exploring the plight of the ‘outsider’, the immigrant attempting to eke out a life in a seemingly hostile environment but I am also piercing deep into the psyche of western ideologies in regards the ‘foreigner’,

the ‘other’. The play is fundamentally about power.

further enhanced by the Ka Zimba art form.

Naked Soldiers is an interesting title – what’s the concept behind it?

Your play addresses the changing face of Britishness sparked by ongoing debates in the media – could you share some more insight on this?

To me the title suggests soldiers are commonly thought of as powerful figures, fighters or warriors equipped to deal with brutal force. But deep within them there is also a sense of humanity. If you were to strip away their armour and their uniform they are in fact naked, vulnerable.

How did the collaboration with Ka Zimba come about and what will they bring to the table? Ka Zimba Ngoma is an Afro-Caribbean martial art form that derives from dance and movement and is interconnected with the rhythm of the drum. Ka Zimba itself has a relationship with the movement of animals and Ka Zimba Theatre utilises aspects of this to help performance, such as spirituality and presence. This play has a particular energy that used correctly will form its own spirituality. All the characters in the play operate on some spiritual basis which will be

We have a general election this month. Regardless of who wins, the debate on Nationalism will continue. During the recent European elections far right groups polled more than one million votes. In the UK we are quite lucky. Because of the history of the country and its ‘liberal’ politics we have become complacent. Yet when the problem arises we discuss it, debate it and act on it. However if you were to travel to many of the countries of our so-called European cousins you would be shocked to see the extent to which fascism and right wing nationalistic politics exist. I’m talking about Germany, Poland, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Norway and countless others.

What more does 2010 have in store for you?

I have another play in development which I see as a study of the modern British family.

BIG DAY QUESTIONS What are your views on marriage - dying out, or here to stay?

Marriage is here to stay. Although its popularity fluctuates from time to time, people will always want to make that ultimate commitment. Naked Soldiers will be at the Warehouse Theatre from 21 May to 20 June 2010. Info: . 24 LIME MAGAZINE 2010


politicians and protesters, Behud is a playful response to the events surrounding Behzti, and the story of an artist struggling to be heard. Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Info: www.sohotheatre. com

18 May

The Merchants of Bollywood

14/15 May 2010

Sus A timely revival of Barrie Keeffe’s multi award winning play set on election night 1979. Two detectives on the graveyard shift place odds on the outcome of the election as a black man is brought into the station, picked up under the new ‘SUS’ laws that made it legal for police to stop and search anyone – purely on suspicion. Accused of the murder of his wife, his treatment by the cops makes it clear as much as anything else his race marks him as guilty. Time: 7.30pm The Broadway, Broadway Barking IG11 7LS Info: www.

17 – 20 May

Markus the Sadist As hip-hop culture evolves and continues to court controversy, Jonzi Productions returns to the Bloomsbury Theatre with Markus the Sadist, following a successful national tour last October. A bold new theatre show, this lively production takes a wry look at both celebrity culture within the hip-hop ‘industry’ and the manipulative players masterminding urban myths. Markus the Sadist tells the story of a talented young emcee from humble UK origins, earning his accolades at local battle championships as he sweeps the board with his raw, precocious skills.

An authentic introduction to the vibrancy of the all-singing, all-dancing Bollywood films, The Merchants of Bollywood charts the history of the world’s largest and most prolific film industry, and the succession of stars that have lit its way over generations. This uplifting show features dance scenes choreographed by one of Bollywood’s top young choreographers, Vaibhavi Merchant,and incorporates many different styles of Indian dancing including folkloric dance from Rajasthan and contemporary forms such as disco, and demonstrates the true variety of Bollywood musicals. Featuring a cast of 40 performers, all of whom regularly work in Bollywood cinema, over 1000 stunning costumes and smash hit songs from the biggest Bollywood blockbusters, this heart-warming show is both a delightful homage to the world of cinema and a truly extraordinary evening of music and dance.The success of films like Slumdog Millionaire has brought worldwide attention to the Bollywood film industry and has certainly widened its audience. The UK has the largest Bollywood fan base outside of India and there is a notable diversification of its output which is developing traditional genres to accommodate enthusiastic British Bollywood fans. Stage shows like The Merchants of Bollywood go further to offer a live Bollywood experience to a growing international audience. Time: 7.30pm Peacock Theatre, London WC2 Info:

Until 15 May, 2010

Desert Boy Soldier Boy’s in a deep situation. Minding his own on the streets of Deptford, he collides with the wrong crowd and meets trouble. Just one more hoody with a knife in his belly, he lies crying for his mother on a riverbank. Instead his cries are heard by the longdead Desert Man, from Mali 300 years ago. Shot with killer voices, singing across the ages from Mali to hip hop, from slave songs to rap, Desert Boy is a funny, fantastic and provoking new musical epic. Written by Mojisola Adebayo, music and direction by Felix Cross. Time: 7.30pm The Albany, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG Info: 020 8692 4446




Behud (beyond belief) Lime theatre review: Behud (beyond belief)

A New Play by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti Directed by Lisa Goldman Cast includes: Chetna Pandya, Priyanga Burford, John Hodgkinson, and Lucy Briers Words: Karla Williams Lime rating: HHH

Back in 2004, Sikh playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti wrote a play that sent shock waves through both British theatre and the Sikh community. Behzti (dishonour) depicted physical abuse, murder and even rape within the Gurdwara, or Sikh temple, and many Sikhs found it deeply offensive to their faith. As a result violent protests broke out around the theatre and the play had to be cancelled after only a few performances. Behud is Bhatti’s response to the whole experience and tells the story of


Tarlochan Kaur Grewal (Pandya) a young British Sikh who has written a play illustrating abuse within a Sikh temple. The play follows the uproar that ensues and highlights the situation from a number of different viewpoints including the local Sikh community, the artistic team at the theatre and even the local council. The structure of the play is nothing short of brilliant and at the start it shows Tarlochan as an invisible playwright who is controlling the play and ‘characters’ in. For example, during one scene the artistic director Andrew Fleming (played brilliantly by John Hodgkinson) and local councilor Joanne Stevenson (Lucy Briers, who is equally outstanding) are talking about the possibly affects within the Sikh community of producing the play.

As they are speaking Tarlochan – who is invisible to them – frequently tells them to stand, sit, fall down to which they willingly comply. However as the play goes on Tarlochan has less and less control over what the actors will do and she soon becomes visible to them as nothing more than somewhat of a raving lunatic. This works well as a metaphor for Bhatti’s feelings towards BehztiGate as it skilfully highlights how her own creation soon snowballed outside of her control. However none of the characters ever really change their point of view and the play, especially towards the end, feels little familiar. Also as we know how this saga ends there isn’t much in the way of revelation and because of this the last 20 minutes dragged. There are no weak links in the cast of seven and

each of the actors given outstanding performances. However my favourite has to be John Hodgkinson who demonstrated the greatest skill due to the diversity of the two characters he played. On one hand we have Andrew Fleming, the camp, dramatic, middleclass Artistic Director who seeks to ‘empower artists to explore ideas’ and on the other is DCI Vincent Harris, the simple, somewhat misguided police officer who has a bizarre pre-occupation with a cheese sandwich. Due to the frenzy surrounding Behzti, it was inevitable that Behud would demand high expectations and while the overall structure of the play was much to be admired, I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed. Behud is playing at the Soho Theatre until 8 May 2010

THEATRE Time: 8pm Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH Info: www.

27 May – 03 July

August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

tainted with the stigma of their recent past arrive, Mama is forced to reassess her business priorities and personal loyalties. As tales of local atrocities spread and tensions between rebels and government militia rise, the realities of life in civil war provide the ultimate test of the human spirit. Time: 7.30pm Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street Islington London N1 1TA Info: 020 7359 4404

Until 05 June Eurydice August Wilson’s masterpiece receives its first major London revival at the Young Vic. Delroy Lindo (The Cider House Rules, Malcolm X, Get Shorty) leads a stellar cast including Adjoa Andoh, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Petra Letang and Danny Sapani for David Lan’s new production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by the two time Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright whose work includes Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Piano Lesson. August Wilson’s spellbinding account of a people’s recovery from the trauma of slavery won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play when first performed on Broadway in 1988. Delroy Lindo was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Herald Loomis in this production. He will play the part of Bynum Walker at the Young Vic. Time: 7.30pm Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London SE1 8LZ Info:

Until 5 Jun

Ruined by Lynn Nottage A small mining town deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Mama Nadi’s bar her rules apply. No arguments, no politics, no guns. When two new girls

25 May – 12 June

Bend it Like Beauty by Ben Voss One of South Africa’s sharpest and most uncompromising satirists, Ben Voss unleashes an alter-ego who represents the face of the new South Africa – the rich, black, opinionated and botox-ed Business Woman of the Year, Beauty Ramapelepele. Here she celebrates winning the largest fabric contract in South African history through expert insider dealing: the manufacture and supply of all costumes for the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup.  A cross between Lily Savage, Dame Edna Everage and Rory Bremner, Beauty brings her sharp mind, and even sharper tongue, to a post-election London with a brand new show that sees the British join the ranks of her satirical targets alongside South African politicians, international soccer stars, and Robert Mugabe. Time: 7.45pm Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW Info:

European premiere created by the team behind the multi-award-winning The Brothers Size.Eurydice loves Orpheus. Her dead father’s letters of advice for her wedding aren’t reaching the land of the living. She crashes down a flight of stairs and wakes up in the underworld, her memory wiped. How will she ever get home...? Alice in Wonderland meets Greek mythology in this playful and heartbreaking take on a timeless tale of grief and redemption. Time: 7.45pm Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ Info: LIME MAGAZINE 2010


Children Every Weds

Afrikan Expressions for Afrikan Children For all African parents and carers that have children from 0-8yrs. This is two hours of culturally nourishing, creatively stimulating, intellectually enhancing, socialising and vibesing for the whole family! If you live in the east side of London this would be an ideal place for you and your children. Time: 12-2pm. 282 High Road Leyton, London E10 5PW Info: Call Sis Habiba on 07956 640 612

the ancient trade route. The Silk Road passes through icy mountains, quiet villages and crowded bazaars. The travellers on the road are full of stories about merchants and muleteers, spies and shepherds, priests and pilgrims. Time: 2-3.30pm Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street London W1G 7LP Info:


09 May

Enter the Royal Commonwealth Society’s Young Commonwealth Competitions: Commonwealth Photographic Awards The Young Commonwealth Competitions take a different theme each year. In 2010, the focus is on Science, Technology and Society. We want to encourage you to think about the role that science and technology can play in helping to tackle challenges faced by your own community, or those living in another part of the world. One powerful image can often say more than many pages of writing. If you want to make your response to the Science, Technology and Society theme an image, then start snapping! Whether you use a digital, analogue, or disposable camera – or even a mobile phone – we want to see your pictures.

When Luke and his sick grandmother travel to the seaside so that she can convalesce, he discovers that their hotel is hosting a Witches Conference. Despite being caught by them and turned into a mouse, he still has the courage to plan a way to save the day. It’s the film’s 20th anniversary: the year it was released was sadly the year that we lost Roald Dahl who, through his writing and new versions of his work (including Fantastic Mr Fox), will always be with us. Time: 1.30 BFI Southbank, NFT1 Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT Info:

Send them in by 1 June 2010 and you’ll be in line for some fantastic prizes. Deadline: 1 June, 2010 Info:

BFI’s Film Funday: The Witches

08 May

Runaways @ Museum of London Docklands

Runaways, tells the story of slave boy from Africa who runs away from persecution to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Time: 12:30 - 13:00; 14:30 - 15:00; 15:30 - 16:00 Info:

08 May

Festival of Asian Literature Family Programme: Stories from the Silk Road - China & Central Asia with story-teller Seema Anand

15 May

Let the spirit of the Silk Road be your guide on this enchanting journey along 28 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

Saturday School Careers Day 15 May 11-2pm    This is aimed at conscientious adults who take education seriously, and ambitious children who wish to be the best. This session features

a film director, consultant psychiatrist, DJ, novelist, playwright and journalist talking about how they got to be where they are.. A few seats are put aside for individual parents outside of the Saturday school system. Time: 11am – 2pm Info: info@  

9 Nov 2010 – 30 Jan 2011

RSC’s New Musical Version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda – Public Booking Open Public booking opens for the world premiere of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new musical version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda – the magical story about a little girl with extraordinary powers. Matilda has been a favourite

novel for millions of children across the world since it was first published in 1988. The RSC is working to gather a cast of talented youngsters and professional actors. Matilda and her classmates will be played by children, and the rest of the cast will be played by adults. Info: www.

Gallery 14 May

Wole Soyinka: Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Soyinka discusses his work and his influences, and reflects on the state of Africa today. Related to the Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures of West Africa exhibition. Time: 7pm British Museum, BP Lecture Theatre, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG Info: www.britishmuseum. org

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 22 May

Genesis The Apricot Gallery is opening a flagship gallery in Albemarle Street, Mayfair. As the only gallery in the UK to specialise solely in contemporary Vietnamese Art, Apricot Gallery offers a unique platform to view the very best of a young, dynamic school of art and access a vital branch of the growing Asian market. The Apricot Gallery, Birkett House, 27 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BJ Info: www.apricotgallery.

Until 06 June

Kingdom of Ife: sculptures

from West Africa Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa will tell the story of the legendary city of Ife (pronounced ee-feh) through some of the most refined and beautiful sculptures ever to be found in Africa. Info: www.britishmuseum. org Room 35, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Until 30 June

Post Abolition: Commemorative stamps from around the world This new display in the London, Sugar and Slavery Gallery looks at how the abolition of slavery has been commemorated through everyday postage stamp. Museum of London Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, London E14 4AL Info: www. museumindocklands.

Until 20 June 2010

Contemporary Connections: The Singh Twins Work by The Singh Twins will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery for the first time in March. The twin sisters are contemporary British artists whose awardwinning paintings explore issues of social, political, religious and multicultural debate. The display will offer a contemporary response to the concurrent exhibition, The Indian Portrait 15601860, and The Singh Twins have created a new Gallery trail to draw links between their work, The Indian Portrait 1560-1860, and the Gallery’s permanent Collection. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE Info:

Until 20 June 2010 The Indian Portrait 1560-1860


An important exhibition telling the story of the Indian portrait over three centuries will open at the National Portrait Gallery on 11 March 2010. Bringing together 60 works from international public and private collections, The Indian Portrait 1560-1860 will celebrate the beauty, power and humanity of these works of art. The exhibition sets out to show that Indian portraiture - an area of artistic achievement overlooked in Britain - should be seen alongside other outstanding portraits from around the world. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE Info: Until 20 June 2010

Until 5 Sept, 2010

Urban Africa – David Adjaye’s photographic journey One of the leading architects of his generation, David Adjaye has stepped out of his regular line of work to photograph and document key cities in Africa as part of an ongoing project to study new patterns of urbanism. This collection of photographs is a personal quest through the eyes of an architect to address the scant knowledge of the built environment of the African continent. Time: 10am – 5.45pm Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 27D Info: www.designmuseum. org

Until 26 Sept

Glastonbury: Photographs by Venetia Dearden Venetia Dearden’s portraits taken at Glastonbury festival will be on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery in April. Since 2004, Dearden has been documenting the music festival and taking portraits in an on-site temporary studio.

The 16 photographs on display will include portraits of Dame Shirley Bassey, Lily Allen, Pete Townshend, Leonard Cohen and a selection of festival goers. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE Info: Until 14 Nov, 2010

London 2010: Festival of Stamps

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





How to Find your ‘Real’ Perfect Wedding Gown


he ‘perfect wedding’ fantasy is something ladies all over the world devote countless hours to. We conjure visions of colour schemes, cakes and bouquets, play-lists, guest-lists and party-favours - most of all, though, we dream about the dress. The problem is that all these years of visualizing ourselves on our wedding day in the “perfect” dress has left many of us with a very rigid, and often inaccurate idea of what would suit us best. So, the question is, how do we track down the dress that’s perfect for us in reality? Luckily, Lime Magazine was able to grill style guru Christine Donnelly*, who has helped hundreds of women look genuinely gorgeous on their big day, for her advice. Here are Christine’s top tips: Style This year we have seen the return of the portrait neckline” (“off the shoulder” for those of us less in the fashion-jargon know!), which looks great on an amble bosom. Good news for curvy ladies - the ‘Grecian style’, which falls from under the bust line and is usually made from fluid, “ice-creamy” fabric (such as silk jersey), is officially in vogue. This type of gown is fantastic if your waist isn’t your best asset and is glamorous without being constricting.


beautiful, but remember it’s going to be a long day, so chose something that won’t have you hobbling around or, even worse, left unable to shake your booty. Opt for mid-height heels, which are elegant AND comfy.

A fuller skirt in taffetta fabric (giving a wonderful bridal rustle) can disguise lessthan slender thighs. Beware of the ‘fishtail style unless you’re statuesque - it requires height as the point of flair from the thigh can emphasize short legs. Fit The importance of the correct fit can never be over-emphasized. Most of us have been witness to a potentially elegant bride spend the day ‘hoisting’ and adjusting herself as their dream dress slowly shifts southwards and this could have been easily resolved with a good fitting. Remember that it’s as much about how you feel in your wedding dress as how you look. If a gown makes you feel self-conscious, it’s not your perfect match. Accessories One of the most noticeable trend shifts has been in the headdress department.

Tiaras are now sadly passé, ladies, (and tend to evoke visions of 16 year olds at their first prom). Instead, go for something more understated, like a beautifully crafted fascinator. If you chose a simple gown then you can wear “statement” jewellery, whereas a heavily decorated dress requires something subtle. When choosing accessories, be aware of the neckline of your dress, which should be reflected in the shape of your chosen necklace. Shoes A note of caution about shoes – Yes, they may be

Skin tone A pure white dress, whilst appealing on the hanger, is difficult to pull off because it has a blue/grey hue. Choose ivory if you have any natural warmth to your skin - be it creamy white through to luminous black. Matt black skin tones are better complemented with a silky fabric than, for example, lace, which can look a bit flat. Eyebrows Christine is passionate about one very important detail: Eyebrows! She pleads – “Whatever else you do, please make sure that eyebrows are correctly groomed and give them some soft definition-they frame your whole face, not just your eyes”. One last pearl of wisdom from Christine: “there is only one surefire way to look beautiful and that is to smile”.

*Christine Donnelly, 51, is an ex-model turned fashion buyer and a graduate of the London College of Fashion. She is a firm believer that beauty comes in many guises and is an ambassador for multinational, celebrity endorsed confidence campaign Body Gossip (www. Christine is a Style Consultant for Bodice & Bustle boutique in Hertfordshire (www.bodiceandbustle. com). She married Paul Donnelly in May 2009 and he thought she looked “bloody marvelous”.

community 01 May

Black History Walks: African History in the City of London  In 100 minutes your guide will take you through hundreds of years of the African presence, and contribution, to London’s way of life. Discover secret alleyways and enormous buildings all connected to Africa and the Caribbean in ways which the owners do not want you to know. Find out about black loyalists and African revolutionaries. Uncover the submerged links between racism, trade, religion, slavery and politics which are still evident in the very streets and buildings of the oldest part of London. Time: 2pm St Pauls/Bank area Info: www.

02 May

Keep Black Love Alive: Second Annual Family Picnic

Car parking, games, bikes for hire, rounders: don’t forget the hot pepper sauce. Time: 11.30 – 7pm Dulwich Park, London SE21 7BQ

05 May

Brand You Is your brand sending out the right message about you, your career or your business? If you would like the opportunity to revamp your current brand or simply looking for a way to create your own winning blueprint, then the Brand You workshop is the perfect workshop for you. Facilitated by Sonia Brown, this fun, exciting and powerful workshop is aimed at people looking to increase their brand

awareness, value and image. Time: 6pm – 9.30pm The Grange, Neasden Lane, London NW10 Info:

04 May

Smart Opportunities for Women - recruitment event

07 May

Increase Your Value by Mastering the Art of Presenting Part 1 of the Presenting Workshop is an interactive group session, where you learn and practice the technique I have used in over 15 years of presenting. Part 2 is one-to-one and takes place in the Colourful Radio studio where you will shadow me on my radio show and experience a live broadcast -  more importantly you will see that I use the same technique taught in part 1. The Presenting Workshop is proof that the technique is the same regardless of industry. I was an IT consultant before moving over to the media industry and within my first year of broadcasting, the listeners voted me best female presenter and best interview. Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm Info: rosemary_laryea@

8 May

African Market Day This is set to be a fantastic day with a range of stalls including Grace foods UK, Phoenix Photography, Elimonn and Afriqiyah Airways and host of other exhibitors. There will be stalls selling jeweller, food, arts and crafts. The day will include live music and fashion. Time: 12-8pm Hampstead Town Hall, Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP Info: www.

09 May

Black History Walks: African History in the City of London Millions of people walk through WC2 (Trafalgar/

This event is devoted entirely to supporting the personal and professional development of women. Join us for an exciting one-day recruitment, professional development and networking event for women of diverse sectors. The event features a free exhibition and several empowering workshops on various subjects, including how to ‘Communicate with Confidence’ and ‘See Beyond the Gates’, as well as advice on pensions, self-employment and free CV reviews. Time: 10am to 3pm The Ballroom, Acacia Hall, High Street Dartford, Kent DA1 1DJ Info: eventch Leicester Square area) every day and have no idea of the centuries of African history under their feet. In 2 hours your guide will uncover the black presence and influence in the area. African Princes, Generals, Resistance Fighters, Civil Rights Leaders, Pilots, Nurses and Sailors all make an appearance. We highlight the links between Africa, China, India and the Caribbean and explain how history was whitewashed

and racism institutionalised. In 2007 there was a huge emphasis on the 200th anniversary of the British ‘abolition’ of the human trade in 1807, but  African freedom fighters in the Caribbean island of Haiti defeated the French, Spanish and British armies and had already declared their independence in 1804 Time: 11am Trafalgar Square Info: www. LIME MAGAZINE 2010


Community 14 May

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Rev Mpho Tutu, with The London Community Gospel Choir The event will be hosted by Juliet Alexander, who will also be interviewing the Archbishop and Mpho about their new book Made for Goodness Time: 12-1pm The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore London SW7 2AR 

15 May

Nubian Ski Holiday Launch The launch party is open to everyone, friends who ski, friends who don’t ski, basically, its open to anyone looking to meet new friends, touch base with existing ones and to people who have a sense of adventure in their hearts. 2010 will be their tenth anniversary trip. Time: 7.30pm Venue: Black Grape, 268 West Green Road, London N15 3QR Info:

19 May

Black Christian Civilisations in Early Africa This is a visually stunning programme of five lectures that addresses the ancient and early medieval history of Christianity in Africa. This is a history that is earlier than the history of Christianity in Northern Europe. The course focuses on the history, culture, religious beliefs, art, architecture and achievements of the Black Christian civilisations of Ethiopia and Nubia (i.e. modern Sudan). Time: 7-9pm PCS Learning Centre, 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH Info: info@

22 May

The What Next Challenge Coaching Programme: Stop trying to “get somewhere” 32 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

The What next Challenge coaching programme provides a structure of coaching and support as you grapple with what is needed to bring transformation powerfully present and alive in your daily life. Time: 9.30-1pm Grange Fitzrovia Hotel, 20-28 Bolsover Street, London, W1W 5NB Info: www.

12 May

Centre of African Studies, University of London Annual Lecture

29 May

Healthy Communities Day Local Business supports good causes and promotes Healthy Communities in Lambeth RAFFA Local Renewal and The Colour of Food Brixton, Lambeth are joining forces to provide diabetes information and nutritional advice for the Windrush Generation and young people in their bid to encourage and promote healthy communities. Attendees will be also able to enjoy the social interaction of learning and playing Dominoes. Time: 12-8pm Pappa’s Park, 10-17 Pulross Rd, Brixton, SW9 Info: thecolouroffood@

29 May

Breast Cancer and Women of African Descent + Q & A with Sister Abi This presentation aims to empower women with information to help defeat breast cancer. It will cover:  The reality of risk rates for black women; how white women skew the risk indicators Five steps you can take to reduce your risk ,  How not breast feeding can increase your risk What food and lifestyles increase liability The signs that ensure early detection. How such information is difficult to access (there has only ever been one study

The Revolution will not be televised: Four decades of African History on British Television with Gus CaselyHayford. Every decade since the seventies there has been at least one major series on African History on British terrestrial television, each with different pre­ senter, with a contrasting perspective. Gus CaselyHayford, presenter of Lost Kingdoms of Africa will talk about what those series tell us about how our view of Africa has changed, and how television has changed as medium. Time: 6pm Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG Info: / 020 7898 4370 on how cancer affects black women in the UK) Bring pen, pad and be on time. Time: 3pm-5pm Roxy Bar, 128 Borough High St SE1 Info: www. 

On going…

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London is a must-see entertainment attraction for all visitors to the capital. It consists of unique, original,

and unbelievable artefacts collected from all over the world, many by the founder of Ripley’s - Robert Ripley himself, during his global travels from 1920’s and the 1930’s. With over 500 exhibits to see; some of which are so bizarre and remarkable that visitors will not believe it until they see it for themselves. Time: Last entry at 10.30pm 1 Piccadilly Circus, London Info: www.ripleyslondon. com


Recessionista Wedding Day Tips

Prenuptial Angel shares tips on how to be a penny pincher when planning your big day We all want that Big Day, with no expenses spared; unfortunately we do not all have the bank balance to match, nor do we want to go further into red to finance the day. Don’t despair; you can still have the day of your dreams without breaking the bank. We have put together some easy ways to save money on your wedding day.

Pick the Right Date:

The time of year in which you decide to hold your wedding can have a big impact on the cost. Deciding to have your wedding in the off peak season you could significantly reduce costs; November through to March (excluding December and February is the most cost effective time of year to have a wedding.

What’s the Season?

Speak with your florist about the variety of flowers that will be in season for your wedding. If you opt to use flowers that are naturally out of season, the cost will be significantly more. Remember, if you are planning your nuptials around Valentine’s Day the cost of flowers will be more expensive.

Get the Best Deal Possible:

Don’t be afraid to ask your supplier (including the

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venue) if they can better the quote that they have given you. You’d be surprised at the amount of suppliers that will lower their quote.

Don’t Forget the High Street:

You can find a great selection of attendants wear at a fraction of the cost in your high street shops such as BHS, John Lewis and, Debenhams.

Use a Wedding Planner:

A lot of people think that using a Wedding Planner is an expensive luxury for the rich. However, as well as bringing their expertise, a Wedding Planner will also be able to get you good deals with other suppliers. The savings that you get will often outweigh the cost of hiring them. Alternative Favours: Some couples spend around £4 per head on favours. Instead of spending that money on a something half your guests may

never use; purchase a lucky dip lottery ticket for each guest. If your wedding is on a Saturday you could incorporate the Lotto draw into part of the night’s entertainment. And remember, play a duplicate of the lucky dip numbers for yourself; you wouldn’t want to miss out on winning the jackpot.

Bake It, then Fake It:

If you will be having a large wedding you will need to have enough cake to go around. With more tiers in the cake comes more expense. There are two possible ways to save money when you are faced with this scenario: Stick to a normal three tiered cake and have a plain cake prepared to serve to the additional guests once the display cake is cut for the photos. Have your pastry chef make

the top tier (the one that will be cut for photos) as normal, and then have them decorate dumpy cakes for the other two tiers then have a plain cake prepared to serve to the guests. You could negotiate a deal with the pastry chef to return the dumpy cakes for them to use again once the wedding is over.

EBay It:

Before purchasing items such as centrepieces and confetti for your wedding, have a browse around EBay to see if you can bag yourself a deal from one of the EBay shops. You should be able to find a vast amount of items at a fraction of the recommended retail price.

Protect It:

It may seem like an additional expense; however investing in wedding insurance may be the best £30 spent. If you were to fall ill, the venue had to pull out or, the photographer did not show up, you would be compensated for the inconvenience or the difference would be paid to hire a new supplier. Hopefully you will never have to claim on the policy, but it is always better to be safe then sorry by having a contingency plan.

Established in 2006, Prenuptial Angel provides a bespoke wedding planning and consultancy service to its clients. The company has expanded into planning destination weddings to Barbados. No wedding is too little or too big, and no budget is too small. You dream it. They create it. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



bridal beautician Joyce Conner, a top bridal hair and beauty consultant shares her trade secrets


oyce Conner is an established make-up artist, bridal hair and beauty consultant; she is also founder of and Blackandmixedskin. com. We picked the brain of this remarkable woman for her top tips on wedding beauty trends for 2010 and how you can achieve the celebrity look on your big day.

What are the top wedding beauty trends for 2010/11?

Pastel eyes will be in vogue this coming season. From spring into summer brides will be choosing different shades of pale lilacs, pale pinks and blues to make their eyes captivating. Stronger more vibrant colours will be the favourite choice for the autumn/ winter season. Pastel shades set off the beauty of a spring bride perfectly and lots of mascara or eyelash extensions, applied tastefully, will help to enhance the eyes. Nude coloured lips and flawless foundation will complement the sheer, flawless, natural look. If you’re applying false eyelashes yourself make sure you measure the length and look against your own eyes before you apply the glue. They may need cutting to shorten them.

Weddings can be a stressful business – what facial products would you recommend to an anxious bride in the build up to her big day? I would recommend the bride uses a hydrating


spritz, which is refreshing, in the run up to the wedding to keep her skin soft and hydrated. A good moisturiser and an eye cream are always a worthwhile investment. Stress can show on the skin in the form of blemishes, so keep a small bottle of tea tree oil handy as it will reduce the redness.

How can a bride achieve celebrity-type glamour for their big day? I recommend a course of facials prior to the wedding to get the skin glowing and blemish free (See Elemis Visible Brilliance facial review). I wouldn’t advise having a facial in the week before the wedding though, just in case you have an adverse reaction. Exfoliation is important, not only for the face but the entire body. Try not to over do it and remember that oilier skins need less exfoliation. If your budget allows it hire a professional make up artist for your wedding day and have a trial run to achieve the look you want.

WORDS: Michelle Adabra Match your foundation by testing it on your cheek, not on the back of your hand. If you don’t see the foundation on your skin then it’s the correct colour.

What are your top makeup tips for brides-to-be?

If you’re not used to wearing make-up but want to wear it for your wedding day, start trying out different looks. If you’re not brave enough to do this all by yourself, make up counter staff will do a quick make over for you. If you do try out make up in a store make sure you look at the finished look in natural daylight before you buy, store lighting has

a yellow undertone and can create a deceptive effect. If you have dry skin, use a cream blusher and a liquid foundation. For oilier skins it’s better to use a powder or oil-free foundation and a powder blush. If you’re lucky to have a blemish-free skin you can opt for a tinted moisturiser to give a light sheer coverage to the skin.

Do you have any beauty faux paus?

Glitter eye shadow for the bride is an absolute no-no. The camera flash will pick up the glitter and it will not look good in photos. Also, steer away from the bronzed face and pale body look at all costs. Pencilled eyebrows in a thick line will make the bride look stern so it’s far better to use a brow powder for a natural look. Berkshire based Brides and Beauty offer a personalised service for all skin types and colours across skincare, makeup, hair and beauty. www.bridesandbeauty. / www.


Get Your Voting On

Election fever has gripped the nation. Are you involved?

WORDS: Sophia A Jackson


he decision is yours… The Labour Party won the 2005 UK general election with 35.3 per cent of the popular British vote. The Conservative Party was just a few points behind with 32.3% of the votes, but because of the first past the post voting system, the Labour Party had a significant majority with 356 parliamentary seats (MPs) compared to 198 seats for The Conservative Party. Just over four years on with political scandal after scandal, all political polls point to a speculation of a possible Hung Parliament (rare in British politics). The Labour Party won the 2005 UK general election with 35.3% of the popular British vote. The Conservative Party was just a few points behind with 32.3% of the votes, but because of the first past the post voting system, the Labour Party had a significant majority with 356 parliamentary seats (MPs) compared to 198 seats for The Conservative Party. How will you vote on May 6?

04 May

The final countdown - Ealing General Election 2010 Debate

This will be your opportunity to listen to and question the leading candidates standing to represent Ealing Southall. It will focus on issues affecting Ealing and beyond. All are welcome for what is more is more than likely the final debate in the country for the General Election 2010. Refreshments will be available. Time: 6.30-8pm Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College, Southall campus, Beaconsfield Road, Southall, Middlesex UB1 1DP Info:

06 May

General and Local Election 2010 You can vote in one of three ways – in person, by post or by getting someone to do it for you (a proxy vote). This is your chance to have a say in choosing Members of Parliament at Westminster. Info: Elections General elections are held at least every five years. However not all Parliaments run for the whole five years, and a general election may be held before this period is up. In the event of a

government having a small majority the election may well take place much earlier. For example, the general election of February 1974 resulted in a minority Labour government. The then Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, therefore called another election in October 1974, which resulted in Labour increasing its representation to just above 50% of the number of seats. Despite its small overall majority, the Labour government then remained in power for fourand-a-half years, finally calling an election in May 1979. The last General Election was held on 5 May 2005. In between general elections, by-elections are held as necessary to elect a new Member of Parliament to an individual constituency. The House of Commons currently has 646 Members of Parliament (MPs), each representing an individual constituency. Of the 646 seats, 529 are for England, 40 for Wales, 59 for Scotland and 18 for Northern Ireland.

Ashok Kumar, Dr., MP Labour MP for Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland. David Lammy, MP - Labour MP for Tottenham Dawn Butler, MP - Labour MP for Brent South Diane Abbott, MP - Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Keith Vaz, MP - Labour MP for Leicester East Khalid Mahmood, MP Labour MP for Birmingham, Perry Barr Mark Hendrick, MP - Labour MP for Preston Marsha Singh, MP - Labour MP for Bradford West Mohammed Sarwar, MP - Labour MP for Glasgow Central Parmjit Dhanda, MP - Labour MP for Gloucester Sadiq Khan, MP - Sadiq Khan is the Labour MP for Tooting Shahid Malik, MP - Labour MP for Dewsbury Shailesh Vara, MP Conservative MP for North West Cambridgeshire Virendra Sharma, MP Ealing Southall

Current black and Asian politicians are: Adam Afriyie, MP Conservative MP for Windsor

Information courtesy of Operation Black Vote – The home of black politics Info:




FROM MICROSOFT TO LITTLE CAKES The Little Cakery was founded by 27-year-old Svarna Radhika Singh in 2009. Svarna left her position of marketing product manager at Microsoft and threw herself into the sweet world of couture cakes. Raised in Harrow, north west London, Svarna now lives in Canary Wharf with her husband. She likes all things savoury and dislikes doing the dishes when she’s finished her baking.

I’ve just been looking at your website and your cakes look scrumptious. Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?

Design ideas are also drawn from various cultural elements. For example, currently our most popular range is the Indian Summer range, which is inspired from paisleys and other eastern shapes. Many of our novelty cakes are inspired by people’s hobbies or personality traits.

Why did you choose cupcakes instead of normal sized-cakes?

The Little Cakery creates cupcake designs as well as larger ‘normal’ cakes for all sorts of occasions. Whilst some brides still seek out the traditional tiered wedding cake, cupcakes are a great way to add a touch of ‘chic’ to your event. Cupcakes continue to increase in their popularity because they make a fun alternative for people that have previously only been faced with the option of a traditional 36 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

tiered cake. Nowadays increasing numbers of people have allergies and dietary requirements, and cupcakes are a great way of accommodating for everyone’s requests. It’s easier to order a variety of flavours with cupcakes, and it also takes the mess and hassle out of cutting cake.

WORDS: Sophia A Jackson

How have your Asian roots influenced your business venture?

For the larger part of my life I have followed and practised the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita through Krishna Consciousness and these teachings of kindness, compassion and devotion have been imbibed in the overall ethos of the business model at The Little Cakery. Because the cakes are baked with love and devotion, they are considered ‘karma-free’ food. All of these values are central to my personal life and therefore also sit at the heart of The Little Cakery’s business model. Furthermore, I personally follow a pure vegetarian diet which also includes refraining from onions, garlic and mushrooms. Knowing what a tough time I have in

some restaurants to find food suitable for my diet, I felt inspired to create a range of cakes which are easily accessible and still totally yummy for people with other dietary requirements.

Tell me about the Asian/ Indian figurines you are launching.

I’m so excited about the launch of our Asian sugar Bride and Groom figurines for wedding cakes. The figurines are an expansion of our existing range known as the ‘Mr & Mrs’ collection. I felt that there was a gap in the market for bespoke Bride Groom figurines which can be made to match the attire from an Asian wedding. There are so many beautiful elements to an Asian brides wedding outfit which can be mimicked on a sugar figurine, such as her bindi, her bangles, and the exquisite embroidery on the red lengha, so these cultural elements have inspired me to create the bespoke collection especially for the Asian wedding market.

This is the wedding issue of Lime, can you tell me a bit about the main wedding traditions that are part of your culture?

The culture based on the Vedas (books of knowledge); known as ‘Sanatana Dharma’ and now more commonly expressed as ‘Hinduism’ prescribes what is known as the most oldest wedding ceremony in the world. The wedding ceremony is a sweet one filled with deep and meaningful rituals and lots of laughter.

Has the recession had an affect on your business at all – as cup cakes are more of a luxury than a necessity?

Some people might regard cakes as a bit of a luxury, but I believe that most people will always source cakes for important events like birthdays and weddings. The Little Cakery business started in the heart of the credit crunch in 2009, but business has been booming with increasing revenue intake on a monthly basis. Info: www.thelittlecakery.






f you’re currently exhausted from either planning a wedding or from waiting to be asked those four magic words, sit back, relax and watch Hollywood’s take on things. By way of soothing the ever constant chip on my shoulder currently engraved with “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride”, here are my top five wedding movies with a couple of curve balls thrown in for good measure.

who are about to celebrate their daughter’s marriage (you guessed right – it’s the rainy season). Nair expertly balances five varying plot lines whilst deftly introducing no less than twelve main characters – thanks to a cleverly crafted script. Not just a film about a wedding, difficult issues such as paedophilia, secret trysts and fears are explored as the drama builds to an extravagant, feel good finale.

If nothing else you can brush up on your motherin-law jokes and revel in the confetti strewn ridiculousness of it all.

THE HANGOVER (2009) Four best friends plus a tiger plus a suite at Caesars palace plus a missing groom plus a baby plus a Mike Tyson cameo = very good times indeed. This film stood up to a second viewing on Christmas Day with family and friends and everyone agreed it was 96 minutes well spent. As far as bachelor parties in Vegas go, this one is the crème de la crème. Stay watching until the last scene – probably the funniest three

MONSOON WEDDING (2002) With the trio of Karma Sutra, Mississippi Masala and Salaam Bombay! under her belt Harvard educated Mira Nair returned to her roots shooting and directing this title in India. Set in present day Delhi this dramedy focuses on the Punjabi Verma family

minutes of any ‘buddie’ comedy EVER. Girls be afraid. Be very afraid!

THE BIRDCAGE (1996) Meet Armand (Robin Williams) a gay Miami Beach cabaret club owner and Albert his partner who happens to be the star attraction at the club. Enter the ridiculously conservative US Senator and his wife – Kevin and Louise Keeley. Armand’s son and the Keeley’s daughter are engaged to be married and all we can do is sit back and watch the eccentric hilarity unfold as two opposite worlds are forced to collide simply for the happiness of their children. A big, fat gay comedy of errors. THE BEST MAN (1999) Harper (Taye Diggs) is a writer and the ‘best man’ at the wedding of Lance (Morris Chestnut) and Mia. His latest novel – ‘Unfinished Business’ is about to hit the streets but there’s just one thing,


unbeknownst to his old college friends (who are reuniting the weekend before the wedding), it is a semi autobiographical account with characters that bear a striking resemblance to them all. With an all African-American cast and co-produced by Spike Lee, The Best Man was accused of not bowing to the ‘cross-over’ audience. I beg to differ. Beautiful people exploring friendship and love - this is a warm and well-crafted wedding movie with all the trimmings for everyone. Electric slide anyone? THE GRADUATE (1967) Because even after you’ve both said ‘I do’, there’s still time to ditch him or her at the alter and run from the church at break neck speed towards the awaiting sunset and into the arms of the one you are truly, madly and deeply in love with. You know - the one who makes your heart skip a beat. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



In Prison my Whole Life: The Mumia Abu Jamal story


15 May

BFI’s South African Cinema Season - Part two

Black Panther Mumia Abu Jamal was locked up in Philapelphia for a crime he did not commit . Evidence was withheld, due process  ignored and despite evidence to prove his innocence he has been inside for 29 years. In this film Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Mos Def, Noam Chomsky, Snoop Dogg  explain exactly why his situation is so unjust. Plus Q and A with filmmaker William Francome and Seeta James (international feminist icon, wife of CLR James . Philadelphia was the scene of the police aerial bombing of the MOVE 9 civil rights group in 1985. Time: 7.30pm – 10pm West Green Learning Centre, 268 West Green Road, London, N15 Info:

08 May

Future Film Presents: Visions of South Africa / The Wooden Camera Future Film is the BFI’s exciting monthly programme of screenings, workshops, competitions and ticket offers for 11-25 year olds. This month Future Film explores the potential of filmmaking to change lives in South Africa. The Wooden Camera: A township near Cape Town. Two young teens, Madiba and Sipho, find a gun and a camera. Sipho takes the gun, and Madiba the camera, sealing their fate. Plus Township Training (11min): Nolitha and Zacharia have ‘never, ever, ever, touched a camera before’. We follow them as they make their own short film – in a day. Time: 12pm BFI Southbank, NFT3 Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT Info:


Part Two of the BFI’s South African Cinema Season in May celebrates films made post 1994 when the rule of the racial white elite ended and a new society emerged, opening up opportunities for previously excluded black students to study film. Hugely talented black filmmakers emerged - Dumisani Phakhati and Tebeho Mahlastsi to name two. This section of the programme includes films and shorts and documentaries made only in the last few years such Claire Angelique’s debut My Little Black Heart and Triomf by Micahel Raeburn (both made in 2008) to District 9 (2009).   BFI Southbank, NFT1 Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT Info: Lime magazine has three pairs of tickets to giveaway to part two of the BFI’s South African Cinema Season. To enter, visit by May 11, 2010.

SCREEN Words: Cassam Looch

’s May film reviews

Film review: Four Lions Lime rating:HHHHH Release date: May 7

Four Lions is a challenging film that manages to deliver on all counts. Chris Morris brings his satirical eye to the issue of Islamic extremism in the UK and manages to extract the laughs from an otherwise somber subject. It’s brave stuff and aided by a wonderful cast (Nigel Lindsay stands out as the recent convert looking to over-compensate) the film tackles issues that others dare not touch. You might well find yourself laughing and then recoiling at what you see, but the story feels like a massive release of tension for a country otherwise walking on eggshells or falling prey to tabloid scaremongering. No excuses are made for the terrorists and their actions are treated as dismissively as they should be, but the plot cleverly avoids passing judgment on religion and develops believable if utterly misguided characters. Four Lions is a reminder that when done properly British filmmaking remains groundbreaking. Cast: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak and Adeel Akhtar Film review: Lebanon Lime rating: HHHH Release date: May 14 Told entirely from the point of view of four characters stuck in a tank during the Israeli-Lebanese conflict of 1982, Lebanon might seem an arduous experience to undertake. The atmosphere is intense from the off and the sound of the crunching mechanical parts surrounding the naive soldiers overwhelms us as much as it does anyone in the film. The framework might not be entirely original (as well as the obvious Das Boot comparisons, one is also reminded of various closequarte war films), but the excellent direction brings out something raw from the story. If Waltz with Bashir managed to capture your imagination and tell you something about a dire situation that you had not known before then this will do the same. It’s an enthralling a brutal experience, not one for everyone… but impossible not to recommend. Cast: Reymond Amsalem, Oshri Cohen and Michael Moshonov

Film review: StreetDance 3D Lime rating: HHHH Release date: May 21 Following on from years of American ‘Dance Movies’, it is with trepidation that we welcome a UK take on the genre. Surprisingly the film is a success with little to be said against it. The addition of 3D makes this stand out in the crowded field and focusing on a vibrant and recognisable capital city gives it a sense of relevancy that might otherwise be lacking. Sure we get the obligatory London skyline and even an impromptu race through the streets in a convertible mini, but elsewhere there is a sense of something fresh. The performances are as energetic as they need to be, with Burley and Rampling taking on the dramatic duties. The story showcases StreetDance and Ballet with the two cultures clashing in predictable fashion, but the dancers in both respects excel. Special mention for George Sampson who manages to show he can act as well as dance. Cast: Nichola Burley, Charlotte Rampling, George Sampson, Flawless and Diversity. Film review: Bad Lieutenant Lime rating: HHHH Release date: May 21 When legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog announced that he was to remake the controversial Abel Ferrrara, there

were cries of derision. Herzog has forged a career of making original and thought-provoking fare; why was he onboard this project? Now that the film is imminent, you can see why for yourself. It is as original and single-minded as any of the director’s other films. He is having fun with the material and the expectation of an even darker version of the already grim 1992 film. Instead we get Nicholas Cage back on great form and a deliberately obtuse plot which goes from one extreme to the other. This is highly-charged and unapologetic with bravado sequences that only Herzog seems capable of consistently delivering. Cast: Nicholas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer and Xzibit Cassam Looch is a co-founder of – providing real movie fans with real movie content. LIME MAGAZINE 2010



Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too + Q&A with Tyler Perry

Four couples reunite for their annual vacation in order to socialize and to spend time analyzing their marriages. Their intimate week in the Bahamas is disrupted by the arrival of an ex-husband determined to win back his recently remarried wife. Cast includes Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson and Jill Scott. This event is in association with The Ritzy and Lionsgate Films. Info: please note this event is to be confirmed check www.picturehouses. for up-to-date information.

09 May

BFI’s Film Funday: Roald Dahl Workshop Continuing our celebration of Puffin’s 70th birthday, we invite you to come and party with us at our Roald Dahl workshop. Come equipped to tell us what your favourite Roald Dahl book is, and re-create his amazing characters in your very own animated films. Whether it’s The BFG, The Twits, Matilda or The Witches, we’ll help you draw and then make your character, before sending them on the sort of adventure that Roald Dahl would be proud of! In line with our special 20th anniversary screening of The Witches, you can also enter our competition to come dressed as the best 40 LIME MAGAZINE 2010

12 May

Zora Neale Hurston- Jump at the Sun Black History Studies is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day with a film screening about iconic figure Zora Neale Hurston. Only 40 places available. The film intersperses insights from leading scholars and rare footage of the rural South (some of it shot by Zora herself) with re-enactments of a revealing 1943 radio interview. Hurston biographer, Cheryl Wall, traces Zora’s unique artistic vision back to her childhood in Eatonville, Florida, the first all-black incorporated town in the U.S. There Zora was surrounded by proud, self-sufficient, self-governing black people, deeply immersed in African American folk traditions. Her father, a Baptist preacher, carpenter and three times mayor, reminded Zora every Sunday morning that ordinary black people could be powerful poets. Her mother encouraged her to “jump at de’ sun,” never to let being black and a woman stand in the way of her dreams. Time: 7pm PCS Learning Centre, 3rd Floor, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EH witch. Time: 11.30am BFI Southbank, Foyer, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT

12 May

Rebound - The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat‘ Manigault

actor ‘Don Cheadle’ gives an amazing performance. Award winner James Earl Jones also adds life and warmth to this incredible story of a man’s determination to rise above poverty, his mistakes and the hand life has dealt him. His experiences encourage him to help others through sport and enable them to not follow the same perilous

path. This film also sees some truly outstanding performances from Eriq La Salle, Loretta Devine, Michael Beach, Clarence Williams III, Colin Cheadle and Forest Whitaker. Time: 8pm Black Grape Cinema, 268 West Green Rd, London, N15 3QR Info:

03 June

Based on the life of real-life Basketball legend and community activist Earl Manigault. Whose drug addiction destroyed his hopes of a professional basketball career, but who went on to become one of Harlem’s most influential citizens after his recovery from drug abuse. In this dramatisation much-loved

SERTUC Film Club Presents: Hidden Herstories: Women of Change Filmmakers and guests panel discussion (Q&A) Hidden Herstories: Women of Change is a youth-led heritage project which looks at four influential women who haven’t had their rightful place in the history books. 20 young people from West London have set out to right this wrong; using their film-making and writing skills, they have made a one hour documentary and published a magazine. The film exposes the plights and determination of Octavia Hill, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Claudia Jones and Jayaben Desai. Time: 7-9pm Info:

CLUBS 01 May

Prologue presents Norman Jay (Goodtimes)

06 / 11 May

Just Blaze vs The Alchemist - The Sound-Clash Two of the hottest producers in the world are coming to London to battle each other head to head at this completely unique event. With a catalogue of hits for the biggest names in the game these two legendary beatsmiths are showing their skills on the decks as they go up against each other in a display of skills and selection in true sound clash style. Time: 9.00pm – 2am East Village, 89 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HX Info:

Prologue brings Goodtimes to East Village with Norman Jay back at his favourite London club night. Basement: Norman Jay (Goodtimes); Paul Louth (Prologue) and Sean Garnham (cratedigger). Lounge: Anja Womso (womso); Katya (Aphrodisiacs) and Vitamin J. Time: 9pm-4.00am East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2 Info:

04 May Volume

01 May

Fancy: Rock Your Shades Launch for Teenage Cancer Trust Fancy supports Teenage Cancer Trust with a proportion of the ticket sales helping the charity improve the lives of young people across the UK with cancer. Fancy will also be encouraging people to bring along their sunglasses to support the charity’s inaugural Rock Your Shades campaign. Guests will be asked to act like a rock star, strut their stuff and wear their sunglasses with attitude all evening.  In return the charity is asking people to donate 1 to Teenage Cancer Trust to help give teenagers the fight and attitude they need to beat cancer. Line up: Beat A Maxx, Silent, Simon Guirao plus much more.  Time: 9.30pm-3am O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green,W12 8TT  Info:

Volume is a new club night with the biggest and only the hottest hip hop and r&b tunes rocking the air waves all night. At volume it’s all about rhythm, energy and dance. So for all the mad party lovers and dancers out there this is the one. Volume will also be hosting dance performances from some of the sickest dance crews and artists from across the UK as well as professional photographers on the night. Volume will be the first club night to provide an unrivalled clubbing experience coupled with a devotion to social cause. Volume plans to be actively involved in community development and the support of charitable causes by pledging a percentage of every ticket sold to a different charity or community development project on every occasion. Time: 7.30pm – 1.30am Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH Info: LIME MAGAZINE 2010




We delve into the world of hip hop politics with Sarah What inspired you to become a DJ?

WORDS: Victoria Woode

I’ve had a life long dedication to music. By age eight I knew I wanted to work in music. My background is in live music and later I started learning on turntables. I was always drawn to hip hop thanks to my sisters. One of my first jobs was working in the original Pete Real Deal Real Records a legendary music shop in London.

Where is your favourite place to DJ?

I loved DJ-ing in Africa for the first time. It was an amazing experience to be in the motherland with my record box. New Year’s Eve in Sri Lanka at midnight on the beach was dope. DJ-ing anywhere in the world with open-minded music lovers is great but our London party Kung Fu back in the day was just legendary.

Have you ever been completely star struck? I’ve interviewed and met a lot of people I admire but I’ve never been starry-eyed like that. The only time I felt remotely star struck, was in New York I went to a show and unannounced Rakim stepped out. I was just so caught off guard like ‘wow that’s Rakim’s voice!’ It was a total fan moment.

Do you think that you’ll ever get tired of hip hop?

I can’t see that happening, hip hop is us. It’s a cornerstone of black music, it’s like a soap opera too, there’s always something 42 LIME MAGAZINE 2010


he corporate world recognises hip hop’s power and influence and wants to control its wealth’

different happening. Right now hip hop is in a renaissance. Constantly contextualizing itself.

What do you think is the biggest hip hop track of the year so far?

Maybe Exhibit C by Jay Electronica. It’s a dope record and Jay has also made a great impact in that, due to industry regulation, he’s been allowed to take hip hop to the other side.

Can you explain what you mean by industry regulation?

There is a lot of corruption in the music industry; some of it is about if a label can

afford to get a track on radio rotation. For example, some influential DJ’s get paid to play a record or push an artist. Then there are the DJ’s who follow and perpetuate the corporate plan - homogenising culture through brainwashing for monetary gain. These things don’t just happen for arbitrary reasons. The music industry is not always an even playing field and the average listener is not going to know the intricacies behind the scene. They trust that what’s being presented to them is a fair picture. We had pioneering shows like Stretch and Bobbito on WKCR who had their own ears. They were trailblazers who inspired

BIG DAY QUESTIONS This is Lime’s wedding issue; what is your favourite wedding song?

I went to my cousin’s wedding last year and their first dance was to Al Green Let’s Stay Together. It was beautiful, the lyrics had never sounded so true.

creativity and that’s how they made true pop culture history. That doesn’t happen when everyone is copying everyone else. Music is art. The corporate world recognises hip hop’s power and influence and wants to control its wealth. It’s political - which is where rap music comes in.

Thanks for enlightening me. So for the record, what’s your view on rap music?

Rap music is speaking using rhyme and rhythm over a track. It reflects and follows the corporate world’s vision to me. I’m about art. Rap and hip hop are two different things. Hip hop is an organically generated, 300 years plus, cultural legacy that celebrates originality, artistry and us. It was created by us and enriches our community. Rap is enslaving your mind and hip hop is empowering it.


08 May

The Last Skeptik’s Quarter Life Crisis Party Downstairs: Skitz [hosted by Ti2bs]; Jehst [DJ set hosted by Micall Parknsun] DJ IQ [hosted by Joker Starr]; The Last Skeptik [hosted by Stig Of The Dump]; Spin Doctor [The Doctors Orders]; Hobbit [human beatbox] Upstairs: The King Blues [DJ Set]; DJ LoK; Chris P Cuts; Mighty Mike Lewis; Lost in Paris + very special guests Time: 8pm – 3am The Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX

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In 2010 an obscene number of Ment2Excel friends and family will be turning 30. And as such we felt it necessary for an event to celebrate the last three decades on this earth. It’s also an opportunity for us to give back and say thanks. Real Talk - all of you have supported us over the years, and for that we are more than grateful. Therefore this special event will be absolutely free. And were not talking that FREE before a certain time stuff. Were talking FREE - All you gotta to do is tell us you’re coming. Time: 10pm - 4am The Wall, 45 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HU Info: guestlist@

07 May

Together featuring Kelis, Tinchy Stryder, Afrika Bambaataa and more

29 May

Crazy P Thames Boat Party With Crazy P special guesting on the wheels of steel with the inimitable Crazies mixing their unique brand of hijinks and dance floor cajoling on the mic whilst we sail up and down the River Thames taking in the sights. Time: 9pm-2am Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2PN Info: www.

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

In addition to a what-you-should-expect-from-Togetherby-now line-up they’ve also managed to pull an ace card out of the pack by booking the New York legend – often referred to as the Godfather of hip hop – Afrika Bambaataa. Yep, you read right. Joining him will be the Number 1 star Tinchy Stryder, the renowned r&b pop star Kelis, Roska and the YoYo, Work It and Livin’ Proof DJs. Room Two will be taken over by Apocalypso with the likes of Lee Mortimer, Hot City, Dekker, Exploited Record’s Shir Khan and John & On. Room Three is yet to be confirmed. Together is every Friday until 25 June 2010 Time: 10pm – 5am The Coronet Theatre, 28 New Kent Road, London, SE1 6TJ Info: Lime magazine has two pairs of tickets to give-away. To enter, visit competitions by 5 May 2010.

boogie with just a touch of 70’s disco and 90’s hip-hop. Time: 2pm-1am East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HX Info: info@

30 May

La Bomba – Latin Explosion London’s premier Latin music event Line Up. Main

Room: Guest DJ El Dany with London’s top urban Latin DJ team, Jose Luis, Loco and Moreno mixing, scratching and cutting up reggaeton, dancehall and Latin hip hop with house. Upstairs: Salsa, Merengue and Bachata with Julián Mr M, Flecha, Miguel SalsaMagic. Time: 10.30pm - 5am Pacha, Terminus Place, Victoria, London SW1

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