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Entertainment L i s t i n g s Issue 10 March 2009

London Edition


Musiq Soulchild and Estelle.


The best club nights in London


Obama On My Mind


War on Want Comedy Gig


Int’l Women’s Day Special


Marley and Me


London Community Gospel Choir


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Focus on Women’s Soccer


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Yes, people, this was t h e w ay i t w a s intended and in honour o f M o t h e r Na t u re, we dedicate this issue o f L i fe i n Co l o u r to some of the greatest wa r b l e r s a ro u n d ! M usiq S oulchild talks m u s i c, a n d re f l e c t s on how much he’s ach i e ve d. O u r l ove l y cover gir l this month i s I r i s h l a s s L a u r a I zibor – a hotly-tipped s o u l s i n g e r w h o i s being called the ne w Are t h a Fr a n k l i n . S h e talks about how she did n’t re a l i s e s h e h a d talent as a k id. Sista, we c a n s e e yo u’ ve got nuff talent, so don’t d o u b t i t ! The ladies will apprecia te o u r i n te r v i e w s with hear tthrob Ashle y Wa l te r s, w h o re veals he’s “not a s a i n t ” ( u m m , we noticed) and the muscl y a n d ove r- s e xe d Prett y R ick y - who are o n t h e l o o k o u t fo r potential baby mammas… b u t o n e s w h o can get sand bet ween t h e i r to e s ! No, we don’t have a clue either, b u t c h e c k t h e m out and see if any of it m a k e s s e n s e. Visit us online at w w fe i n c o l o u r. u k . c o m for the ver y latest on t h e e ve n t s s c e n e. We want to hear from yo u a s we l l, s o send us your letters te l l i n g i s w h a t yo u think of the e vents yo u’ ve b e e n to a n d the best contr ibution w i l l w i n a b o t t l e o f Cockspur Rum. Email m e a t l i fe i n c o l o u r @ le Stay blessed, stay aware, a n d i f t h e DJ s ay s “ the roof is on fire”, do yo u r s e l f a f avo u r and look up. The 90’s a re l o n g g o n e… i t might be a genuine fire a l e r t !

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MUSIC 01 March

UK Soul Jam

UK Soul Jam captures the energy and musical talent from London’s Contemporary Soul Scene. Bringing together singers, players, and connoisseurs of Neo Soul, Nu Jazz, credible Hip Hop and RnB, Brokenbeat, Bashment, Gospel and the Soulful House scenes in London. Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £8 Ticketmaster 0844 847 2514 (24hrs) Info: 020 7485 6834 or keepthefaithclubnight


05 - 07 March Eric Benet

Probably best known for his 1999 debut recording ‘True To

Myself’ and the smash hit single ‘Spend My Life With You’, it has been too long since we’ve had the opportunity to see the man on stage in the UK. Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £26.50 Adv Ticketmaster Info: 020 7485 6834

05 March

Anthony Joseph and the Spasm Band

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm band take their rightful place as top bill for a fine display of African and Caribbean sounds tinged with spirituality and

good vibes. The New York powerhouse group expertly mash up Fela Kuti stylings into James Brown classics with a twist of Latin and Jamaican flavours thrown into the mix. If it doesn’t make you wanna move, consider yourself officially dead! Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, London EC1 Price: £8 Adv Ticketmaster UK 0870 4000 717 Info:

Concert for the Children of Gaza

Performed by the English Chamber Orchestra. All box office proceeds will be donated to: Save the Children Gaza Appeal, United Nations Relief and Aid/Gaza and the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, all specifically focussed on helping children. Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y Doors 7.30pm Price: £8 Info: 020 7638 8891 (9am-8pm daily)

Herbal, 10-14 Kingsland Rd, Hackney, London, E2 Price: £5 Tickets: Info: 0207 613 4462

09 March

Oliver Mtukudzi, Baaba Maal and Extra Golden

Senegalese singer Maal fuses ragga, salsa and traditional African rhythms to create a popular sound. The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £22 Ticketmaster 0870 4000 717 or 0844 482 8008 Info: 0844 482 8008


March DJ Mr Drew

Upfront R&B, Hip-Hop, Naija Beats, Bashment, 80’s & 90’s Classics, Disco, Funky House + so much more supplied by Mr Deezel, Mr Drew & Phat Kontrolaz. Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London NW1 Doors 11pm 0844 847 2514 (24hrs) Info: 020 7485 6834

06 - 07 March Doctors Orders

The place to be for the best in underground Hip-Hop from both sides of the pond. Doctor’s Orders has become the not to miss event of the month. These gigs feature Skinnyman, Harry Love, Spin Doctor, Foreign Beggars (Dubstep Set) , Chris Read, Patchwork Pirates and DJ Odin.

John Legend

American soul singer-songwriter and pianist who mixes classic RnB grooves with modern HipHop sounds. O2 Academy Brixton 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 Doors 7pm Price: £24 Box Office 08444 77 2000 (24 Hr.) Info: 020 7771 3000


March Bharati - The wonder that is India

‘Bharati’ is a musical extravaganza, a composite mix of the varied dances and folk traditions of India. This show gives a scintillating sampling of India’s rich and breath-taking diversity. Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street,

MUSIC London, W6 Doors 8pm Price: £24 to £37.20 Ticket Line: 08448 44 47 48 Info: www.bharatitheshow. com or

14 March

Florida-born rapper. IndigO2, Millennium Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 Doors 7pm Price: £27.50 - £40 Ticketmaster 0844 844 0002 Ticketline 0870 444 5556 Info:

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Rev Chunky and the Jezebel Sextet

Rev Chunky with Hammond’n’Horns from the Jezebel Sextet perform the songs of Otis Redding. The result is a truly uplifting show that is steeped in the raw soul and hard funk from the late 1960’s ... and guaranteed to get you on the good foot! Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London, NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £10 Adv Ticketmaster 0844 847 2514 (24hrs) Info: 020 7485 6834

Feelings - The Jean Adebambo Memorial & Benefit Concert

Jean Adebambo’s legacy lives on in this tribute charity concert and memorial ceremony. Hosted by Angie Le Mar and Eddie Nestor, musical performers include some of the UK’s biggest stars of the Lovers Rock genre as well as some of the UKs top comedians. Current line-up includes Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Paulette Tajah, Peter Hunnigale, Sylvia Tella, and YolanDa Brown. Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St London, E8 Price: £20 Stalls and Dress Circle, £17.50 Upper Circle, £15 Gallery Box Office: 020 8985 2424 or

18 March

Daby Toure

15 March


T-Pain spent much of 2007 and 2008 on top of the US charts with anthems such as Buy U A Drank, Bartender, and his smash Can’t Believe It - which also features Lil Wayne. 2009 looks to be an even bigger year for the

Daby is one of the most sensational guitarists you will ever witness. Peter Gabriel was one of the first people to recognise his potential when he invited him to support him on his ‘Still Growing Up’ European stadium tour. Daby has created new boundaries and categories that go beyond territory, ethnicity or birthright. Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London, NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £15 Adv Ticketmaster


A Tribe Called Quest disbanded in 1998, after which Q-Tip pursued a solo career. Q-Tip has recently stated that he will be forming a Hip-Hop group with fellow rapper Common called ‘The Standard’. The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £20 Ticketmaster 0870 4000 717 or 0844 482 8008 Info: uk/ or

Located in the heart of London’s West End, on Leicester Square, Vertigo set over three uniquely designed floors boasts a funky club, bar restaurant and an exclusive VIP members lounge. The décor is contemporary with a mix of luxurious wall papers, granite and stainless steel bars, leatherette seating and of course windows casting one of the most beautiful panoramic views over London. Vertigo is open Monday to Saturday with a late 3am license, opening at 5pm on the 7th floor the bar and restaurant will have an early lounge feel, relaxed and intimate. Later in the evening from 10pm all floors open and the whole venue will develop into a dance club with music selected by some of the most prestigious DJs in the world. The 8th floor will operate a membership policy which will be strictly upheld ensuring privacy and discretion for you and your guests. As a strict members club Vertigo can offer various membership packages to suit your needs, visit www.vertigolondon to apply for yours or to get on our exclusive guest list mail to alist@

Vertigo No.1 Leicester Square London WC2H 7NA Opening Times: Mon to Sat 10pm - 3am For Booking: Tel: 020 7734 0900 Email: contact@ Website:


0844 847 2514 (24hrs) Info: 020 7485 6834

Musiq Soulchild

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Q: You titled your debut album Aijuswanaseing (I Just Want to Sing), so, eight years later is it safe to say that you’ve accomplished so much more than just that? Musiq: Yeah, definitely. I’ve released three other projects, I’ve had some very, very successful singles. I can do shows, even when I don’t have an album out, that will consist of my core audience - which is a lot of people – that I’m really grateful for. I’m just honored that I have a career that always does me good, and I’m doing something that people love and care about musically. Yeah, I like to think that I’ve done a lot. Q: ‘On My Radio’ is going to be your fifth studio album this decade. Does that statement amaze you, or did you expect to be five albums deep only eight years into your professional career? Musiq: No, I didn’t necessarily expect that, however I did make an attempt, or I did intend to put out as much music as I possibly could at any given time. It wouldn’t have surprised me if I put out more than that in 10 years, ‘cause I just have a whole lot of music that I’d like to put out. I’m always inspired, however I had to learn that the music industry has their own schedule of doin’ things, you know? Q: How have you gone about prioritizing the evolution of your music? Musiq: I think true artistry promotes progress. Redundancy doesn’t infuse new life into your artwork. I’m not the type of person who thrives off of redundancy; I thrive off of progress. I’ve maintained a certain pace through my career so far because I know that there’s people out there who might be shocked by the leaps that I could have taken in the name of being progressive, so I’ve honored that, but I’ve gotten to the point, also, that I feel as though I’ve accumulated enough of a core audience that they’ll be willing to go further with me. Q: Is there ever a worry that, in the process of trying to appeal to a broader fanbase, you might abandon your loyalists, who have followed you throughout your career? Musiq: The thing about that is, if you say that you’re loyal, then you’ll be willing to follow me, whatever I do. But I don’t have a worry, I don’t have a fear. Not to be overconfident, not to sound cocky, but this is what I do every day. I take what I do pretty seriously, and so when I do it, I put a lot of thought and work into it, and consideration, not just my own feelings about music and making music for myself; I can make music for myself somewhere else, but what I do, I do it for the people – whoever’s willing to listen - whoever’s willing to invest in it. Check out musiqsoulchild

IndigO2, Millennium Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 Doors 7pm Price: £27.50 - £40 Ticketmaster 0844 844 0002

19 March

Biz Markie

Biz Markie is a Hip-Hop legend and part of the first historic Rap supergroup ‘The Juice Crew’ including Big Daddy Kane, and has gained a global reputation as one of the greatest acts ever to have graced the stage. Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London, NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £18.50 Adv Ticketmaster www. 0844 847 2514 (24hrs) Info: 020 7485 6834

Heather Small

Heather Small is one of Britain’s most recognised voices and best female British soul singers of recent years. Known for fronting the hugely successful 90s band M People, Small’s career has spanned over seventeen years with hits including One Night In Heaven, Moving On Up and Search For The Hero to name but a few. Never afraid to challenge herself, Heather also appeared in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. IndigO2, Millennium Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 Doors 7pm Price: £20 - 35 Ticketmaster 0844 844 0002 Ticketline 0870 444 5556 Info:

20 March

The Heptones

The Heptones performing with original members Leroy Sibbles and Barry Llewellyn. Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London, NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £18.50 Adv Ticketmaster 0844 847 2514 (24hrs) Info: 020 7485 6834


March Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers In the 1960s, no one combined equal elements of jazz, Latin music, soul, and funk as well as Henry “Pucho” Brown. A somewhat forgotten figure until recently, Pucho never achieved the wide recognition of some other Latin jazz performers exploring similar territory, such as Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, and Cal Tjader. Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London, NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £17.50 Adv Ticketmaster 0844 847 2514 (24hrs) Info: 020 7485 6834

22 March

Musiq Soulchild

For years, the Philadelphia singer has brought his own unique

sound, fusing together the essence of soul music with funk and Hip-Hop swagger. Boasting four critically acclaimed albums, this multi-platinum selling artist has left a deep impression on the charts and touched many souls with just some of his biggest hits such as Just Friends, Half Crazy, Teach Me, and Buddy. IndigO2, Millennium Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 Doors 7pm Price: £30 - £40 Ticketmaster 0844 844 0002 Ticketline 0870 444 5556 Info:


March Finley Quaye + A Certain Shade

El Hadj N’Diaye

After two albums N’Daiye has now become an international renown artist. He won the prestigious Charles Cros prize in 2000. Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, London EC1 Price: £5 adv, £6.50 on the door Ticketmaster UK 0870 4000 717 Info:

Vocal trio the Mighty Diamonds were one of the most internationally popular reggae groups to emerge from the ‘70s roots era. The Diamonds boast soulful, gorgeously pure harmonies and tight, catchy, songwriting. Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London, NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £17.50 standing. £36 table Ticketmaster 0844 847 2514 (24hrs) Info: 020 7485 6834

The Restaurant

26 March 07

Award-winning reggae artist and multi-instrumentalist Finley Quaye emerged in the late1990s to reshape and breathe new life into time-tested reggae styles. Quaye, not of Jamaican or Caribbean decent but of halfGhanaian, half-Celtic heritage, excelled in a modern form of music often described as “new roots.” Cox’s Yard, Bridgefoot
CV37 Doors 8pm Price: £10 Tickets: Info:


March The Mighty Diamonds and the Rasites


Z-Star’s live shows are quite simply unforgettable. Her presence onstage ignites the audience with an energy that is infectious. She can be still as a slow burning candle or as wild as a Molotov. The deep raspy blue tones of this Trinidadian flow effortlessly through a dynamic emotive sound. Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London, NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £12 Adv Ticketmaster www. 0844 847 2514 (24hrs) Info: 020 7485 6834 Email:

27 March


This nine-piece band now offers a storming live show comprising of original deep funk gems alongside better-known and some not so well known obscure funk covers. Expect wild funk drum breaks and a razor sharp rhythm section, driven bass lines, killer horn lines and a whole lot of soul on the vocals! Jazz Café, 5 Parkway,

Vertigo Located in the heart of London’s West End, Vertigo’s No.1 Leicester Square London WC2H 7NA 7th Floor Bar & Restaurant set high above Leicester Square is the perfect place Opening Times to relax before a show or on the way home from the Wed to Sat office. At Vertigo you can 5pm - 10.30pm enjoy a complete dinner in stunning surroundings with a breathtaking view of Central For Booking London. The décor is contemporary with a mix of luxurious wall papers, granite and stainless steel bars, leatherette seating and of course windows boasting one of the most beautiful panoramic views over London. Sit back and enjoy a selection of world cuisine prepared by our international Chefs headed by Danillo Doro, Visit www.vertigolondon. to view the full menu.

Telephone: 020 7734 0900 E mail : contact@ Website:

MUSIC London, NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £10 Adv Ticketmaster 0844 847 2514 (24hrs) Info: 020 7485 6834


Malkit Singh and the Dohl Foundation

The king of Bhangra and recent MBE, Malkit Singh brings his full band flavour for a lucky selection of his die-hard UK fans. Malkit is the biggest selling Bhangra artist in the world working across his varied and successful career with the world’s top musical legends. Text SINGH to 67777 for a chance for you and a friend to win tickets IndigO2, Millennium Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 Doors 7pm Price: £19 Ticketmaster 0844 844 0002 Ticketline 0870 444 5556 Info: www.theindig02. com www.morandi-music. com thedohlfoundation

28 March

Cleveland Watkiss

Cleveland Watkiss’s Ground Breaking Solo Voice Project VocalSuite will perform a one off special concert. Thai Restaurant YUM YUMS 187 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 Doors 8pm Price: £7 Ticketmaster or call 020 7254 6751 Info: or

voice they pushed him to drop rap and start crooning. Songz did just that and has never looked back. IndigO2, Millennium Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 Doors 7pm Price: £27 - £35 Ticketmaster 0844 844 0002 Ticketline 0870 444 5556 Info:

30 March

29 March Meshell Ndegeocello Trey Songz and J Holiday

Although Trey Songz loved HipHop while growing up, when his friends heard his perfect tenor

Meshell Ndegeocello (real name Mary Johnson) sings about subjects that America tries to avoid (sex, politics, race discrimination), and her original


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music mixes funk’s energy with a freedom borrowed from jazz and folk. Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, London, NW1 Doors 7pm Price: £25 Adv Ticketmaster 0844 847 2514 (24hrs) Info: 020 7485 6834


March Yo Majesty

Shocking lyrics, deep spirituality, matter of fact sexuality (these girls dig on girls), and an overriding commitment to consciousness elevation, Yo Majesty have definitely got it going on. Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, London EC1 Doors 7pm Price: £8.50 Ticketmaster UK 0870 4000 717 Info:



Lush Mondays

RnB, Hip-Hop and bashment spun by DJ Jolly Roger, Starlight Family. NUS discounts and drink deals all night. Sound, 1 Leicester Square, London WC2 Info: call 0870 863 1010 or visit 9pm-3am, £10 before 11pm

Southside Soul (classic funk/ soul oldies)


Obscure singles, album tracks, and rare vault material going past the obvious. DJ Denato picks out gems from the 50s and 60s to reissues. The Dogstarr, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton London SW9 8LQ Info: call 0207 733 7515 7pm – 2.30am, Free

True Skool

Hip-Hop, reggae, dub, funk, breaks, dubstep and house. Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue. Info: call 020 7287 6933 or visit 9pm - 3am £5, NUS £3, free before 10pm


Barrio Latino (salsa/ reggaeton/R&B)

Salsa Boogie brings you a new night for all lovers of salsa and urban Latin dance music. Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue. Info: call 020 7287 6933 or visit 6pm - 3am (salsa class 7.15pm £7). Free before 9pm, £5 after.

Roots Vibes

International reggae roots, dub, studio one, ska, dancehall and fresh dubplates with residents Steve (Rhythm 365), AKW, Naoko (Tokyo). The Dogstarr, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LQ. Info: call 0207 733 7515. 7pm – 2am, free

Weds Deviation

Expect a musical soundtrack that weaves its way through the

underground: soul, Hip-Hop, dubstep, disco, broken beat, house and more. First Wednesday of every month with DJ Benji B. Gramaphone, 60 - 62 Commercial St, Spitalfields, E1 6LT. 9pm – 2am. £5

Stacked (Hip-Hop/RnB/ bashment/soul)

A new weekly night out for those looking to get down and have a good time. Joining resident DJ Spin Doctor are the best names from the UK scene as they bring the bump and grind back to Islington. The Elbow Room, 89-91 Chapel Market, London N1 9pm – 3am. Free

the best soulful music, old and new in Amp’s unique style. East Village, (former Medicine Bar), 89 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX Free before 9pm / £5 after. First Thursday of every month. 7pm-2am

Soul City Shakedown

Start your weekend early with a dose of funky fresh ska & reggae, hip-windin soul, a smile on your face and general good time nonsense from JStar, JB Marketplace, 11 Market Place,

London WC1A 1JJ. Info: call 020 7419 9199 10pm – 3am. £7 / £5 before 11pm

MoSoulTown (soul/R&B/ soulful house)

MoSoulTown aims to bring the past into the present with memories and warmth of the famous singers of the 60s, 70s and a touch of the early 80s. Ion Bar, 161-165 Ladbroke Grove, Ladbroke Grove, W10 6HJ


Soul Fever at Rhum Jungle aka Cottons

DJ Victor Anderson & Guest DJ’s gives you a weekly dose of Soul & Neo Soul from the 70’s,80’s,90’s, and the present + some Soulful House on some weeks a live soul performance will take place. Cottons supplies the Caribbean cuisine & happy hours are between 6pm & 8pm. DJ’s supply the tunes from 8pm. Cotttons, 70 Exmouth Market, Islington, Clerkenwell, EC1 4QP Info 0207 883 3332 / 07970 886 149 Every Thursday Night 8pm1am. Entry Free Email: or visit victoranderson

Hot Thursdays

It’s long overdue... a night where you can enjoy a venue with comfortable surroundings, meet nice, polite and friendly people, reasonably priced drinks, and of course great music - for people who want to have fun. Graneries, Overtons Yard, Off Surrey St, Croydon 10pm – 3am £5 before midnight, £8 thereafter.


The original Thursday night party session is back. Amplified returns to Old Street at the allnew East Village, bringing you

London, W1W 8AH 8pm – 1am. Free

Full Flava Remixed

Old skool/new skool, Hip-Hop and funk with DJ D-Zine. Roadblocked night features a road tested mix of funk, disco, soul and club classics. One -stop shop for Hip-Hop. The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LQ Info: call 0207 733 7515 9pm – 3am. Free


Seriously soulful underground house music with Rap Saunders, Dennis Christensen and friends on the mic. The End & AKA, 18 West Central Street,

Info: call 020 7221 7299 or 07956 492 528. £10 at the door / £7 Adv 9pm – midnight, and half price drinks 7pm-9pm

Tastik Thursdays

Thursday is the new Friday with DJ’s spinning RnB and hip-Hop from old skool to the Nu. Drink deals and tables available. Sound, 1 Leicester Square, WC2 Info: call 0870 863 1010 or visit £5 before 11pm £10 after.


Groove Lineage with Paul Aaaron

A five-hour set with a little live

CLUBS percussion and occasional impromptu guest artist, singer or MC stepping up to the mic if in the house. Freestyle eclectic dance music policy inc soul, nu jazz, acid jazz, jazz dance, funk, disco, breaks, Hip-Hop, latin, world music, rare grooves, reggae, dancehall, ska, blues, RnB, afrobeat, brokenbeat, dub, disco, classic and soulful house. Hobgoblin, 73 White Lion St, Angel, N1 Every Friday, 9pm2am, Free Entry.

Get Down (RnB/Hip-Hop/ bashment /jungle/garage) A weekly club night with residents Sharma, Blakey and guests from Def Jam, Warner and 1Xtra. Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 Info: call 020 8340 1887. 6pm - 4am, free before 9pm £6, before £8 thereafter plus concessions

Grandmasters of Diversity


Playing RnB, Hip-Hop, funky house, bashment, niche and old skool. Every Friday at The Palace, 52-54 Wandsworth High Street, SW18 4LD Info: www.myspace. com/sincerenights or call 07990 844 731

Every Friday at the Sports Café

Info: call 07821 357713 or visit keepthefaithclubnight or email:

Club Delicious

RnB in the main room with DJ Phyz Ed, DJ Andy Pierre in the 5th floor Ivory Room. Sound, 1 Leicester Square, WC2 £10 before 11pm £15 after. Info: call 0870 863 1010 or visit

Fabric Live

Three rooms of hip-Hop, RnB, and funky house. Fabric, Charterhouse Street, London EC1 9:30pm-5am. £12

80 Haymarket, London. For guest list: 07947 723 623. Info: email DJ Senior P at or visit specialselexionz


Cherry Pop

Pop hits, club classics in the main room with DJ Rick Spirez. DJ Marko Hack spinning RnB in the fifth floor Ivory Room. Sound, 1 Leicester Square, London WC2 Info: call 0870 863 1010 Entry £10 before 11pm £15 after.


Urban eclectic: RnB, dance classics.

9pm – 3am / free entry before 10.30 pm with invite or £10. For info: call 07506 314 138 / 07961 269 948

Je Ne Sais Quoi

Keep the Faith and Soul Lounge presents UK Soul Jam

Hip-Hop, boogie, house, broken beat, dancehall, jungle and beyond. Vibe Bar, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL Info: 8pm -1am, £4


Expect a deep eclectic mix spanning house, disco, classic boogie, Afro/Latin grooves, nu jazz, fresh funk and broken beat, all played with soul-fuelled love by talented like-minded folks. Marketplace, 11 Market Place, W1W 8AH Third Saturday of every month, 8pm and 1am Entry free at all times except after 11pm Friday - Saturday when admission is £7

Step Out

Last Saturday of the month at newly refurbished Redstar. Funk, soul, Hip-Hop, party breaks, disco, reggae, roots, studio one and dub. Redstar, 319 Camberwell Road, SE5 0HQ 10pm-4am, free b4 11 £5 b4 12, £7 after. Students £5 Info: or call 07932 467 907

Soul Nite Out


Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 £10 advance, or £15 door (£5 conc). G-list - email names at least 48 hours before showtime to: keepthefaithful@ 7pm – 1am

Any Given Sunday

London’s Number 1 Urban Sunday Night Each and every Sunday. Neo-Soul, RnB, African Beats, 80s & 90s Classics. Ruby Lo, 23 Orchard Street, W1H (Opp Selfridges Hotel) 7pm ‘til Midnight. Ladies free before 9pm, £5 thereafter. Gents £8 all night. Strictly 25’s and over, for more info or birthday bookings call 07932 403497 or email info@

Creative Events presents House Party

Featuring Calvin Francis from Choice FM The No.8 Bar, 305 High Road Willesden NW10 Every Sunday. £5, over 25’s only. 9pm till 1am

Chocolate Sundae

Don’t miss this night if you love classic soul and disco music in big funky helpings. Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green, W12 Last Saturday of the month £12.50 in advance from Ticketweb 0844 477 2000 or £15 on door. Info: email sandrapressforhire or visit www.

RnB, neo soul, and soulful house. Beduin (Formerly Bed Bar), 57-59 Charterhouse Street. Every last Sunday of the month. 7:30pm 1am Free for ladies before 9pm, £5 after for ladies and gents. Info: email sexykrazykool@


The Sunday chill out session and home to Amplifed - its neo-soul vs brilliant RnB classics and jazzy breaks on this one. Marketplace, 11 Market Place, W1 8AH Free admission. Info: visit

Catch Blaze It Up Entertainment every Saturday playing the best in RnB, soulful/funky house, reggae, classics, Hip-Hop and rare grooves. EDO Restaurant and Bar, 66 Streatham High Road, SW16 1DA

Amplified’s Mahogany


Brilliant night where the best spinners of the rarest of funk plus are let out of their cages to unleash dance floor mayhem with residents. An evening of breaks, beats and Hip-Hop nuggets via the medium of vinyl. Vibe Bar, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL 8pm -1am, £4 Info:

Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue. Info: call 020 7287 6933. 8pm - 3.30am. Free before 10pm, £10 after, £5 concession. Guest list before midnight.

CLUBS 05 March


The UK Asian Music Awards 2009

It’s bigger…it’s better… and it’s back! The UK Asian Music Awards 2009 is the most talked about event in the music industry. Come and see the country’s most talented music artists being recognized for their hard work as voted by you and our team of judges. Spectacular Live performances by some of your favourite stars. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Time: 7pm After Party 10.30pm. Price: Seats from £22 - £49.50 VIP Box (4 people) and after-party £385 at the SWAY BAR - 61-65 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5BZ Dress Code: Smart Casual Tickets: EventOrganiser/theukama


March Glamour at Tamarai

Dress to impress, glamour is a must. Each & Every Friday we will bring to you the very finest RnB, Hip Hop & Funky House, expect to party with a cosmopolitan crowd and unlike our Tiffinbeats night this night will be Asian music. Over 23’s. 167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5PG Time: 10pm – 3am Price: £15 Tickets: www.chillitickets. com/EventOrganiser/ voodooentertainment

Mumbai Nights

Come and join us at West London’s most sophisticated Friday night regular, hosted by Madhu’s. Music hosted by Paragon Roadshow, playing the latest Bollywood, Bhangra, RnB and Chart. Smart Casual. Sheraton SkyLine Hotel, Bath Road, Heathrow, UB3 5BP Female ticket (after 10pm) £10 Male ticket (after 10pm) £25 Time: 8pm - 2am Tickets:

07 March

So Chique Presents The Soul Sensation Join ‘So Chique’ at the eminent Radisson Edwardian Hotel, for the long awaited evening of

glamour, great music and an older, cosmopolitan crowd. The very best in Soul, Motown and Jazz sounds, and to set you off in the right mood, prepare to be greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne. Dress Code: Smart, Chic and Glamorous. Radisson Edwardian Hotel,140 Bath Rd, Heathrow, UB3 5AW Price: £25 Time: 8pm - 1am Tickets: Tickets: www.

The Masquerade Affair

Voodoo Entertainment invites you to a one off themed party The Masquerade Affair, come and experience an evening of mystery, delight and great entertainment. Standard masks shall be provided however we request you make the effort to bring you own. Express your individuality and personality with a cool/chic mask and join in the Masquerade fun. DJ’s on the night shall be mixing up sexy beats across all genres. Expect RnB, Hip-Hop, Old Skool and Desi Beats! The Worship, Worship St, 3 Triton Court, Finsbury Sq, EC2A 1BR Time: 10pm - 3am Age :23+ Dress Code: Smart and Sexy (No Sportswear) £10 Female, £15 Male Tickets:

Kandy Nights at Piya Piya

Mr Kay & The Groovemasters will go back to back and cause a storm on the dance floor till the brink of meltdown!

This event is expected to be a sell out.

Party with like minded young professionals in a safe and secure environment. Piya Piya, 1 Olivers Yard, City Road, EC1Y 1HQ All tickets: £10. Time: 10pm ‘Til Late. Age Limit: Over 21’S Only. Dress Code: Sexy Stylish Tickets:


March Ladies Only - A Dinner and Dance

Ladies Night - A Dinner and Dance for all you Ladies only!!! 

Fancy a night out with just your girls? Enjoy a Champagne Reception
3 Course Meal (Veg/Non Veg and Halal/

Non Halal)
Free Mehndhi
Sweets and Lollipops

And live entertainment from some of the UK’s hottest talent, including: H Dhami
Jaz Dhami
Navin Kundra
Simon Nandhra
Jus Ritz
Plus Surprise Guests. Regency Banqueting Suite, Foxs Lane, Wolverhampton, WV1 1PA Ladies Ticket £27.50 VIP Ladies Ticket £50. Time: 7pm Dress Code: Traditional Dress Tickets:

14 & 15 March

Asiana Presents Party In Paris The Experience 
Well informed, eloquent and oh-so-romantic, the ‘City of Light’, the “City of Romance” and of course “The Fashion Capital of the World”. Pay your deposit of £44.45 now. And be on your way to Paris with Asiana! Total package price from only £175 inclusive of booking fee. Pay your deposit of £44.45 now. And be on

your way to Paris with Asiana! Total package price from only £175 inclusive of booking fee. Package includes: Travel on Eurostar, One Night Stay in the luxury Marriott Rive De Gauche Hotel in the centre of Paris. Paris - France Age Limit: 21+ Dress for the Weekends Occasions All for a total package price of just £175! Prices will increase closer to the time so book your rate now! Tickets:


March Desi-Licious - The Official Panjabi By Nature Album Launch Party

Desi-Licious - The Official Panjabi By Nature Album Launch Party. The Biggest Asian Night in the UK is Back !!!! At the world famous Ministry of Sound. It’s the 3rd Birthday Party for Desi-Licious, so we had to make it Bigger and Better!!! More of a reason to get your ticket’s ASAP!!!



Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Ministry Of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DP Tickets: £13 or VIP £22. Time: 10pm - 3am Dress Code: No Caps, No Hoodies. Room 1 - Bhangra / Desi Beats / Bollywood. Room 2 & 3 RNB / Old Skool / UKG / Funky House / Bassline. VIP Tickets include: Q-Jump, VIP Room Access. Tickets:


March 20 Years of Taz Stereo Nation B4U Music in conjunction with Bombay Dreams Club hosts the Official London Party Celebrating “20 Years of Taz Stereo Nation”! Taz - who is established as the biggest record selling artist in the UK, will perform his greatest hits from:

* Galan Gooriyan
* Nachangeh Sari Raath
* Oh Carol
* Gwandiya
* Larl Larl Buleeya
Plus exclusive tracks from his forthcoming album. Bombay Dreams Club,

Sevenex Parade, 2 - 3 London Road, Wembley, HA9 7HQ Tickets: £22.50 Doors 8:30pm Dress Code: High Fashion and Glamour. Tickets:


March Mothers Day Exclusive Mohammed Rafi Tribute Night Pavilion Entertainment Exclusive - Mohammed Rafi tribute night by Shin of DCS having performed alongside Sonu Nigam in sell out Mohammed Rafi tribute shows - Shin performs this amazing night at the City Pavilion. Live band Strings and also female vocals by Anu Shukla. The City Pavilion, Collier Row Road, Romford, Essex, RM5 2BH Bronze Ticket – £27.50 Silver Ticket £37 Gold VIP Ticket £46 Time: 8pm Dress Code: Smart or Traditional Tickets:

Talks About Growing Up...

Even as a child, I was a dreamer. I conjured up my own dreams and created a world of my own. At the same time, I was this sensible kid. In the family, I always spent more time with my aunts and uncles than with my cousins. It was not like a kid trying to be grown up. It was a comfortable atmosphere. My parents had always encouraged open communication. Between the four of us - mom, dad, my brother and I - we were a very closely-knit family unit. Grown-up things were discussed; I don’t mean the birds and bees; but family matters, relationships, friends... My dad was on ship, sailing constantly. So, most of the time, it was mum, brother and me. I always behaved more grown up than my brother. Even today, people are surprised that he is older than me. It’s very funny. Even in school, my juniors, my classmates and some of my seniors would so naturally discuss their problems with me. I was a very talkative child. I used to speak better than other kids my age. I was always ahead of my time. I got into these little conversations with people and I was convinced that I was putting my point across, even if they were perceived as arguments




Until March Phizzical Productions presents The Maids by Jean Genet

An extraordinary re-telling of Genet’s classic play set in ancient India. When the mistress is away, the maids will play. As the line between fantasy and reality begins to disintegrate, their games take a deadly turn. Jealousy, resentment, sexual tension and betrayal converge in this classic French thriller. Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Harrow, HA5 4EA Tickets: £11 Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children) £34 Time: 7.30pm Tickets:

07 March

Aaj Ka Bollywood

A concert of live music and hit songs from the last 10 years of Bollywood with Dil Wale Dulhania Ley Jayenge to Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi! Live Band, Bass 2 Base with Anmol Jivani, Wahab Parkar leading on the vocals – the best of dance numbers and romantic melodies! Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Harrow, HA5 4EA Price: £11; Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £34. Buy 10 tickets and get one free - £110. Time: 7:30pm Tickets:


March Deepa Metha Trilogy – Earth FILM: Earth is Deepa Mehta’s epic tale of the hateful religious and civil wars that took place

in India and Pakistan to gain independence from the British in 1947. Seen through the eyes of a little girl, Lenny, Earth is an intense and moving film that illustrates the terrifying political and cultural atmosphere of 1947 India. Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Time: 2pm Tickets:

11 12

& March Tongues On Fire Asian Film Festival

Tongues On Fire Asian Film Festival is dedicated to expressing the drive and spirit of Asian cinema cultures of South Asia. It provides a unique international platform for Asians working in film and media around the world. Screenings will be followed by a Q&A session with the films’ cast and crew. Please note that we will close ticket sales at 2.00pm on the day of the event. Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Time: 7:30pm Price: £8.50 Box Office: 020 7613 7498 Info: or


March Baharan - Spring Dance

Baharan features highly charismatic Kathak dancers combining traditional dance with modern choreography, poignant poetry and collaboration with Indian and Western classical music. Watermans Theatre, 40 High Street , Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 0DS Price: £8 Time: 7:45pm Tickets:


March Humili-Asian presents - The Professionals Humili-Asian is back in 2009 with a night of professional comics for your pleasure, hosted by the man from H.U.M.I.L.I. - Hyde Panaser and joined by three great acts who have all in their own right conquered the comedy circuit. Watermans Theatre, 40 High Street , Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 0DS Doors 6.30pm show begins 7.30pm Price: £11.50 Early Bird £8 Tickets:

Chak De 89 presents a Live Concert in Aid of Gaza Hosted by Ameet Chana Chak de 89 Presents LIVE concert with H-Dhami, Juggy D, DJ Krash, Mumzy, Veronica,Tasha Tah, Flow Junction Dance Team, DJ Precious, Asha Jassal, Versatlye and many more! Dress to Impress. It doesn’t matter what religion or race you are the one thing that someone can do is help someone in their hour of need. Watching the tv pictures of what is happening in Gaza, no one would wish it on anyone. CHAK89, 105 Bond Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 3HG Time: 7pm - 1am Price: concert £30, VIP ticket £50. VIP Tickets include: Canapés, VIP Lounge, Mingle with Artist and Celebs. Tickets:


March The Last Thakur Bangladesh Independance Day Film: An intense contemporary Western, which takes place in a remote town in the marshlands of Bangladesh. A mysterious young man arrives, armed with a rifle. Causing a stir in the small town, he attracts the attention of two rival leaders: the ruthless and powerful Chairman, who believes he represents the people, and the local Thakur, who is manically re-claiming all the surrounding land for which loans remain un-paid in order to build a temple. Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Price: £8.50 Time: 7:30pm Box Office: 020 7613 7498 Info: or


March Olli and the Bollywood Orchestra Olli and the Bollywood Orchestra do not belong to the generation who, guided by the music of Ravi Shankar, used to hitch-hike all the way to India on a soul-searching quest in some remote ashram. Avoiding the traps of exotic mimicry they manage to find a tone and a style of their own. Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Price: £11.50 Doors 8pm; show 8.30pm Tickets:

Irish Cream Laura Izibor


orn and raised in Dublin, 20-year-old Laura Izibor is a piano-playing dynamo who is quickly becoming the talk of Hollywood. Her debut album Let The Truth Be Told has created a buzz on both sides of the Atlantic. The Irish songstress was introduced to the piano aged 13, and she has bow been compared to Aretha Franklin and Roberta Flack. ‘One of the greatest voices Ireland has ever produced’, according to one industry bigwig. Michelle Adabra a megastar in the making.

You’ve been called on of the greatest voices that Ireland has ever produced. How does that make you feel? It’s really great. One of the things people don’t really know though is that I didn’t just pop up out of nowhere, I’ve been plugging away for some time now. It’s really been a long drawnout process, but the blessing is I have kept my head together. I’ve been able to enjoy and embrace the love without feeling too much pressure. When were you first aware that you had a musical talent? I never really thought about it. When I was younger I just enjoyed singing, it wasn’t until my family and friends started to say “wow, you can really sing” that I thought about other things. I think for a long time it was a confidence issue with me. I just had doubts if I was really a singer or just someone who could belt a couple of notes here and there. But when I won the songwriting competition, and corporate industry people were telling me I was good, I thought “okay, maybe I can do this.” Do you get nervous when you’re about to perform? No not really, I get a heathy dose of nerves. I think if you don’t get nervous there’s a problem. It’s more of an adrenalin thing for me. I’m one of those people who really likes a challenge. I usually perform better under pressure, which is kind of crazy. Have you ever felt pressure from label execs to change your image? No, not really. I’ve always had my own personal sense of style. I think the best thing is to have that freedom with it. I don’t believe that people should be told what to wear. I found my own style and image, so I’m like, if they don’t like it, they can stuff it! My label has been really cool and I’ve been lucky in that sense. For people who aren’t familiar with your music, how would you define your album? I think the album is very pure, in the sense that there are no real interferences from huge producers, it’s completely me. It’s got a foundation of soul and r&b but most importantly, it’s just a sincere, honest album. The songs really breathe, you hear my voice and you hear the melodies. You’re from Ireland, what was it like for you being a soul singer there? Growing up, my family weren’t that into soul and I kinda fell into it myself, it was a bit strange. Before I started to do gigs I was so nervous, I remember thinking: ‘does Ireland even like soul and are people going to get this? As a black singer will they get me?’ But I watched over the years a real desire and thirst for soul and black music really take hold. People like Al Green and Erykah Badu would sell out shows in Ireland. Now I love performing at home more than anywhere else in the world. Check out www.myspace/lauraizibor

THEATRE PLAY OF THE MONTH Foreplay 22 May , 13 May


Adapted from La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler Presented in association with The South African State Theatre In 2006, Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom’s Township Stories was hailed as “one of the most remarkable pieces of theatre to emerge from post-apartheid South Africa” (Lyn Gardner, Guardian). Foreplay, his thrilling new play, has the same gripping, raw style and energy. Based on La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler, Foreplay looks at a South Africa seemingly obsessed with sex despite AIDS devastating too many lives. Written and directed by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom Choreographed by Israel Bereta Designed by Wilhelm Disbergen Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square London, E15 1BN Box Office: 020 8534 0310

01 March

Foreplay When Do We Start Fighting? A play looking at The

Weathermen, the lateSquare ‘60s Gerry Raffles American radicals recently linked to Barack London, E15Obama’ 1BNs election campaign. It’s 1969 and

Talawa Theatre Company. Bring all your peeps to laugh and learn from Anansi’s antics! Starring Kat as Anansi and Tameka Empson as Nana Susu! Suitable for 6 years and over. Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St London, E8 Price: Premium £11 - £15.50 (Shows Fri, Sat Sun) U16’s £9.50 / Standard (all shows weekdays): £9 - £13.50 U16: £7.50 Box Office: 020 8985 2424 or Info:

the confusion of the2009 early Fritoseventies, 22 May (19:30) and the Weatherman organisation gathers... their Sat 13 Jun 2009 (19:30) primary aim: to violently the promise of the sixties turns

overthrow the American government. The Courtyard Theatre, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street London N1 Price: Pay what you can! Box Office: 0870 163 0717 or visit Info:

01 –07 March

Anansi and the Magic Mirror

The naughty spider-man is Contact details brought to life in a fun-packed

03 – 21 March

cheek homage to “boy band” style. Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA Price: £7 (£5 Conc) Time: 6.30pm and 7.30pm Box Office: 020 7613 7498 Info:


Until March Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea

A collective of British and Palestinian theatre-makers team up to create a multi-media verbatim testimony about Gaza. Written and directed by Ahmed Masous and Justin Butcher, presented by Passion Pit Theatre and Zeitgeist. Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Rd, London, NW1 Price: £12.50, concs £10 Times: Mon-Sat 7pm Tickets: call 020 7387 6617

04 – 08 March

14 – 15 March

Fabrik: The Legend of M Rabinowitz

Four Bulla’s And A Pattie At John’s Cornershop

Inspired by Nordic and Yiddish folktales, and featuring puppets, masks, sets and music, “Fabrik” tells the exceptional story of Moritz Rabinowitz, the Norwegian Jew who “built a factory from a button” and dedicated his life to fighting anti-Semitism and the rise of Hitler. Suitable for age 10 and above. The Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, off Cross Street, Islington, London N1 £12.50 / £10 conc Time: Wed-Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm & 6pm 020 7226 1787 (Box Office) Info: visit www.

A comedy set around Mr John (Charles Tomlin) local store in the small rural district of Bell Castle, Jamaica. Also featuring Lavern Archer and Olive Miller. Come and see this hilarious Jamaican comedy suitable for the entire family. Broadway Theatre,
 Catford Broadway,
 Catford, London SE6 Price: £17.50 - £20 8pm Box Office: 020 8690 000 or

17 – 18 March


March Drive Walk Ride Obama On My Mind

Celebrating the election and inauguration of America’s first black president, Obama on my Mind takes a humorous look at

020 8534 0310 family show by the famous

the weird and wonderful world behind the scenes of a small Obama campaign office and the larger than life characters who make the wheels turn, the cogs whirr and bring in the votes. Pop, gospel, jazz and soft rock come together in a politically inspired romp featuring over 11 loyal, obsessive and downright peculiar personalities, striving to get their man into the White House. Hen and Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul’s Rd, Highbury Corner, London N1 Price: £12 Times: Tue-Sat 7.15pm, Sat 3pm To Book Visit: www. or http:// or call 020 7704 2001 Info: visit www.

An exhilarating and challenging piece that creates its own platform somewhere between Opera and ‘The Musical’. Using jazz, dynamic Brazilian body percussion and a tongue-in-

The African Company presents Richard III

While slavery still ravages a divided nation, Billy Brown’s African Company has mounted an all-black production of

THEATRE Shakespeare’s Richard III. But the all-white Park Theatre next door is mounting its own production and they will stop at nothing to subdue their increasingly popular competition. Based on the little known history of America’s first Black theatre company. Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval 
 London SE11 Price: £12
Conc £6 7.45pm evens, 2.30pm matinee 18th March Tickets: / Tel: 020 7582 0080

appearences by Eddie Nestor and Carroll Thompson. Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St London E8 Price: £20 - £15 Box Office: 020 8985 2424 or

19 – 22 March

David Oluwale was the first known person to die in police custody. 40 years later, the case remains the only one where cops have been found guilty of any offence leading to a black person’s death. Based on Kester Aspden’s award winning book, Oladipo Agboluaje brings David Oluwale back to Leeds to tell his story, face to face with the Scotland Yard detective charged with investigating the case. Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St London, E8 Price: £16.50 - £14.50, Tue evening & Sat matinee £12.50 Time: 7.30pm every evening. Also 1.30pm matinee on 26th, and 2.30pm matinee on 28th. Box Office: 020 8985 2424 or

Returning to Little Angel, London band Little Sparta have created a musical performance to accompany the world’s first feature length animated film ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed.’ This Lotte Reiniger film is based on stories from Arabian Nights - a work of beauty created painstakingly by hand during the 1920s then almost lost during the war.
 The Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, off Cross Street, Islington, London N1 £12.50 / £10 conc 8pm 020 7226 1787 (Box Office) Info:

The Hounding of David Oluwale

Until 12 Sept

22 March Zorro In Celebration of My Sisters

The 13th year of In Celebration of My Sisters, hosted by Brenda Emmanus with a star studded line-up paying homage to International Women’s Month and Mothers Day. Featuring, inspirational speakers, dance, poetry, theatre, and a musical finale. A Mother’s Day show not to be missed. With special guest

A love plot between fun-loving hero Diego (a Robin Hood for the 19th Century Spanishoccupied California) and his maid Luisa. The show includes a rumba flamenco score, with hits ‘Bamboleo’ and ‘Djobi Djoba’ provided by the Gipsy Kings. Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H Price: £48 - £57 Time: 7.30pm Box Office: 0870 890 1104 Info:


The Adventures of Prince Achmed

24 – 28 March

THE REEL TALE O How India’s film industry emerged from humble


OLLYWOOD is unique. On average, 800 films are produced and distributed every year, that is more than two per day, and shown to 11,000,000 people every day in 13,000 cinemas across India. To these statistics can be added the export of film to over a hundred countries where they are watched by millions of expatriate Indians, mostly in Britain, the United States, and Europe. It is India’s sixth largest industry and employs over 300,000 workers. No-one can convincingly explain the reasons for this phenomenon. Cinemas are like modern temples but with bright colours where devotees come to be transformed into another life in another world. They go back to see the blockbusters dozens of times; the stars are everywhere mobbed despite their platoons of armed bodyguards; the movie songs blare out from every radio, every shop and every passing car. And now the Internet is jumping with film and cinema websites and DVDs. There have been fundamental changes to Indian films over recent months and over the last few years. But such changes are seen to be much more interesting and even dramatic when viewed in the context of their historic background. The British connection meant

that film came to India at around the time of its very origin in Britain, America and the West. The first (silent) films of the Lumiere brothers were shown in Bombay in July 1896. Up until the 1930s the majority of films shown in India were imports from Hollywood or Europe, and although over 1,000 silent movies were actually made in India, even these tended to follow the successful formulas of Hollywood. The first talkies in India were made in 1931 and immediately there were two major impacts which have lasted to this day. One was the all-importance in Indian movies of song. And the other, more complicated, was the matter of language. The silent film could reach a universal audience in the whole country without reference to the reality that viewers spoke scores of different languages. While other cities made local-language productions, the output of films in the most widely understood language of all, Hindi-Urdu, by Bombay was the basis of its early and continuing dominance of the industry. The obvious similarity with its American equivalent gave rise to the well known ‘Bollywood’. At the same time, Bombay and the whole industry came to be organised into studios which could raise money, manage, direct, and distribute films and which could capture audiences


beginnings to dominate the silver screen

with their ‘brand’. The period up to Independence in 1947 saw a growth in the types of film being created and some commentators have identified at least two of the more purely Indian themes. By the 1950s filmmaking took idealised forms of the masculine and the feminine, like icons above and beyond the realms of natural or plausible characters. The images of the heroes and heroines such as Kumar, Anand, and Kapoor dominated newspapers, magazines and advertisements. The system also focused on expensive dress and song and dance and it has been the major formula identifying Indian film for several decades until recent times. Directors such as Khan, Dutt and Roy are permanently identified with this golden age but they are also sometimes known as the Movie Maharajas or the Sultans of Kitsch. On the other hand these big romantic technicolour productions like Aan and Mother India have been criticised by some because the settings, costumes and music were more important than the story or the dialogue. The decade of the 1970s experienced an even further extension of the lavishly coloured, starry, song-and-dance, love story. ‘Multi-starters’ as they became known, such as Zanjeer, Sholay and Deewar, sold on the basis of the number of big stars in the cast. At the same time there was

something of a development of an alternative formula, that of action, violence and bad behaviour. Amitabh Bachchan personified the angry young man, anti-hero whose

disillusionment makes him turn to crime against an unjust society. The 1980s saw the introduction of colour TV to India and at the outset it could only be afforded by the better off middle class and there was a falling off in the numbers of the well-off going to the cinema. As a result the films competing for this audience had to become more polished, glamourous and glossier than ever, the love themes, songs and the happy endings safer than ever. The art film genre had to take a different tack to


period the cinema continued to attract the masses of poor, illeducated, lower classes and this became more than ever the target for producers and directors. For this market the genre of anti-hero action movies of the seventies developed further in the following decade, with the production of films where violence was the major attraction. The 1990s was the decade which saw the advent of cable and satellite TV but despite this there was a return of the middle class to the cinema, largely as a result of better marketing and much improved comfort and facilities in the better picture houses. There arose a marked differentiation in audiences whereby poorer people would pay, perhaps, 10p in a downmarket flea pit while richer people would pay ten or twenty times as much for a modern, clean, ventilated cinema. The result was that the violent films continued to be shown to the masses while, for the better-off the films had to be yet bigger-budget, starrier, plushier, more romantic, more songand-dance than ever. By the end of the twentieth century, this progression seems to have reached saturation to the point

of boredom for many viewers. Only very few productions became hits or even broke even in the first year or two of the new century and by 2002, Bollywood saw itself in financial crisis. The £40 million loss which Bollywood clocked up in 2002 produced a radically new look not only at its economics but at its whole cultural tradition. Producers and directors had to have the courage to risk ditching the old formula of the hero, heroine, love-affair, happy-ending all set to music. Ram Gopal Varma, the producer/director of the film-making company Varma Corporation, has successfully decided to go for a low budget formula. He has said that getting away from the 50-year traditional mainstream is the only way to success in the current cultural climate. His films Raat and Kaun for example are completely songless. Another low-budget house is Vishesh Films owned jointly by Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt, who claim never to have spent more than £1.5 million on a film and they, too, look to unorthodox themes like the supernatural. Their film, Raaz, is one of the most profitable films of recent years. Ram Gopal Varma’s movie, Bhoot, is the latest one to break cash register records. It was made for under £1 million and Varma shares the same view as the Bhatt’s, namely that the formula for economic profit is to have no big stars or big budgets but to have a big (new or newish) idea, and a big story. Guddu Dhanoa’s box office hit, Hawa, is another in the current

vogue. At a cost of £0.5 million it involves the leading lady being harassed by a phantom who repeatedly wants to go to bed with her. By way of explanation of the thinking behind the genre, Dhanoa explains ‘People love a good fright’. The idea that people love a good fright seems to have not only spread but seems to have become the basis for a recovery in the fortunes of Bollywood and a change in the culture and expectations of Indian film lovers. It may be a change from recent times but there is no way that it is new. There have been horror stories everywhere in the world since storytelling began and horror movies since movies began. The twenty-first century is seeing a rediscovery of horror, albeit in a slightly different guise. Early Indian horror films tended to make use of creaking doors, hooting owls, whining dogs and howling winds similar to the tools used by Britain’s famed House of Hammer. Then came the decades of the overdressed, over-glamorised love triangles which has inevitably resulted

in the pendulum swinging to the other extreme. Now, in the revival of weirdness and the new version of the genre, a few haunted houses and meowing cats remain, but there is more in the way of decomposing bodies, werewolves on the prowl and humans turning into animals. Even newer concepts are introduced which were previously little used or even taboo. These include rape, communication with the dead, and modern every-day items like computer games and household gadgets. The most common feature of the new wave of Bollywood movies is that the majority of even the most successful productions can be made for under £1m and the industry is in something of a frenzy of horror-house output. The horror vogue powers on but there is no doubt that, like all vogues, it will peter out as it has done before. Where Bollywood goes from here will be much

influenced by the continued swing away in public taste from the nowtraditional happy-ending, music-filled productions. It will also have to cope with the accelerating spread of cable and satellite TV across the country and across wider sections of society with a consequent decline in the appetite among the poorer segments for their traditional diet of violence and romance. They are becoming more accustomed to Hollywood’s slick and polished output and Bollywood is already showing that it can make different types of film with different types of entertainment experience. It is becoming more confident on themes away from the kitsch and the corny and even the remaining productions of the old highly-coloured, romantic genre are better looking and better produced than before.

COMEDY Every Monday Comedy Nights at Theatre Royal Stratford East

As ever, entry to all these events is completely and utterly free. There’s food (not free), there’s drink (no, you’ve got to pay for that too) and if you get there early enough, there may even be a seat. Theatre Royal Bar, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN Entrance: Free Info: 020 8279 1160

01 March

Shappi Khorsandi

06 March War on Want Co


Andi Osho

Crack Comedy Club, Grey Horse, 46 Richmond Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 Doors 8pm Show 8.30pm Price: £10 (£6 concs) Tickets: Call 020 8549 9790 or email Info:

07 March

Andi Osho and Reginald D Hunter

Previously an actress who had appeared in the likes of Casualty, Doctors and Footballers’ Wives, Andi Osho won the Funny Women new act competition in 2007. Comedy Tree Putney, The Walkabout Putney (Basement Bar), 14 - 16 Putney High Street, London, SW15 8.30pm Price: £8 (£4 concs, £7 Adv) Tickets: Call 020 8549 9790 or

Box Office: 0845 838 5191 Info:

Email: info@comedycarnival.


25 March

March Amadeus Martin

Paul Sinha and friends

Paul Sinha is a qualified GP and international stand up comic of many years standing. 99 Club Leicester Square, Storm Nightclub
28a Leicester Square,
London WC2H Doors 8.30pm Prices: £10 (£8 concs) 2-for-1 Tickets: or Info: or call Emily on 07530127503 or James on 07760488119, or email

Gig A can’t-miss ev en global poverty t in support of their work fig hting and exploitatio n. Will feature stand-up and explosive polit Bloom, Andi Os ical satire from Mark Thom as, ho, Paul Sinha, Shappi Khorsa Adam Vine, Jack Whi ndi, Tim tehall and host ed by Daniel Ki 02 Shepherds tson. Bu Green
London sh Empire, Shepherd’s Bush , W12 Box Office 0844 4 77 2000 (24 Hr) Visit www. com and click seetickets. ‘comedy’ Price: £17.25 (in c booking fee) Info: 020 8354 3300

Andy White

Andy is a Brummie who escaped from a call centre to become a stand up comic. Comedy Carnival Wessex House, 1 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction (opposite Clapham London SW11 Doors 7pm (show 8pm) Price: £12 (£6 concs) Tickets: Call 020 7736 1446 Email: info@comedycarnival.


March Gina Yashere

Born in Bethnal Green, East London, to a Nigerian family, Gina got her first TV exposure as a regular on the BBC Two comedy show Blouse and Skirt. In 2008, she became the first British comic to appear on Def Comedy Jam. Roar With Laugher Colliers Wood, GJ’s Bar, High Street, Colliers Wood, London, SW19 Show 9pm Price: £8 (£7 concs)

Amadeus Martin has quickly made his mark on the stand-up scene. He loves speaking trivia, and the current news, but will sooner speak his mind, than be politically correct. Crack Comedy Club, The Grey Horse, 46 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 Doors 8pm Show 8.30pm Price: £10 (£6 concs) Tickets: Call 020 8549 9790 or email Info:


March Reginald D Hunter

Alabama-born Hunter was nominated for the main prize in 2003 for White Woman and 2005 for A Mystery Wrapped In A Nigga. Comedy Carnival Wessex House, 1 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction (opposite Clapham London SW11 Doors 7pm (show 8pm) Price: £14 (£6 concs) Tickets: Call 020 7736 1446

Shazia Mirza

Shazia Mirza is a very funny award winning British Asian stand up comedian from Birmingham England. The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 7pm Price: £6 - £8 Tickets: Info: 0207 820 1222 or www.


March Shazia Mirza

Crack Comedy Club, The Grey Horse, 46 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 Doors 8pm Show 8.30pm Price: £10 (£6 concs) Tickets: Call 020 8549 9790 or email Info:


03 March


05 March

An Iranian female stand-up comic who has established herself on the London circuit. Upstairs At The Masons, The Masons Arms, 38 Maddox Street, 
W1S 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm) Price: £6.00 / £5.00 conc Tickets: call 020 7491 7809

Stephen K Amos

Fresh from his Prince Harry controversy, Amos returns to the comedy circuit. Winner of a 2004 Time Out award for comedy, he’s guaranteed to have you in stitches. Churchill Theatre Bromley, High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 Doors 7.30pm Price: £15 Box office: 0870 060 6620 Info: www.ambassadortickets. com/The-Churchill


email Info:

‘it’s flames Ashley Walters


aving been locked up in jail for seven months for carrying a loaded gun, starring in a movie alongside one of the biggest rap stars on the planet, and scoring a number one single and album, life’s been far from dull for 24-yearold Ashley Walters aka Asher D. We caught up with the former So Solid member to talk 50 Cent, ladies and stereotypes. On his new album, In Memory of the Street Fighter:
 It got its’ title from my dad who passed away in the middle of last year. His nickname was Street Fighter. I dedicated the album to him. It also means a lot about the struggle. There’s a street fighter in a lot of people but sometimes they don’t know it. It’s really just about battles in life, experiences and just life stories. I would near enough say every track on the album is about something that happened to me

or something I know about or someone close to me. It’s not a ploy or marketing plan. I think people would rather hear real life than fairy tales. On my album, I want people to learn something about me.

On collaborations: I’ve got Swiss, Omar, Nathan, JD, loads of names on the album. I know JD and Swiss and I know Nathan as well. Omar just came about really through one of my producers. One of my producers gave me a track and it just sounded right for it. I could hear his voice for it. It was hard to get him in the studio as he’s a busy guy and he’s trying to get into acting at the moment, so we kind of made an agreement that we could help each other out. On sales vs. critical acclaim: Obviously, I wanna sell units but the acclaim is much more important to me. People understanding and respecting your work is important, people can appreciate it like I did when I

Pretty Ricky


iami-foursome P re t t y R i c k y h a v e re t u r n e d to put the sexy back into RnB. With their seductive s o p h o m o re album Late Night Special b ro t h e r s P l e a s u re , S l i c k ‘ E m , B a b y Blue and Spectacular a re g r i n d i n g h a rd e r a n d sounding slicker than ever b e f o re .

C h o c o l a t e g o t o n the hotline to grill Slick ‘Em on raunchy dance ro u t i n e s , h i s i d e a l w o m a n and ‘naked-tivity’. Te l l u s album:




On the album, instead of talking about sex all the time,

it’s sexy made it, that’s when my job is done. It’s all about people talking about you and saying that your stuff is quality. On the British urban scene: It’s flames, it’s hot, it’s sexy! I don’t know it’s something everybody wants to get into. It’s an attractive thing. It has prospects. I think we are doing well now. We’re getting recognised here and around the world. We’re doing us, we’re doing our own thing. Which is what people wanna hear rather than us imitating someone else. It took time for us to find our own place but now we’ve found it. Right now I’m feeling Klashnekoff, Swiss, obviously, and that’s not just because he’s a friend of mine. Ghetto, Kano - loads of people. On his image:
I probably have been misunderstood but I’ve had my part to play in it. I haven’t been a saint. I haven’t been an angel, so I can understand why people would misunderstand me. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past but I’ve learnt from them. I’m still making mistakes. Words: Michelle Adabra

it’s more about roman c e f o r t h e ladies. So you can jus t t u r n t h e lights down low and li g h t s o m e incens e and some can d l e s a n d a lot of ‘naked-tivity’ is g o n n a b e going down.

E x a c t l y ! [ L a u g h s ] . I d o n ’t l i k e Hollywood girls. I like a girl who c a n t a k e o ff h e r s h o e s a n d i s n ’t afraid to get sand in between her toes. I’m looking for about t h re e b a b y m a m m a s !

Everybody knows Pre t t y R i c k y love the ladies but w h a t d o you look for in a wom a n ?

Yo u r n e w s i n g l e . . . H o t l i n e i s a re a l o l d s c h o o l , s e x y t r a c k . I s P re t t y R i c k y p u t t i n g t h e s e x y back into RnB?

I like real down to ea r t h g i r l s . I like a girl who has a s t ro n g background, who gon n a r i d e o r die even though she k n o w s I ’ m cheating on her with ab o u t t h i r t y other girls. She’s gon n a b e o n my sid e no matter wh a t . That sounds like a d re a m woman. I don’t kno w w h e re you are gonna find he r …

T h a t ’s w h a t w e ’ re t r y i n g t o d o , w e ’ re t r y i n g t o b r i n g b a c k t h a t love and that sexy RnB with P re t t y R i c k y t a l k i n g a b o u t s e x but not only talking about sex ‘cause we keep it tasteful and c l e a n a t t h e s a m e t i m e . O u r c o re d e m o g r a p h i c r a n g e s f ro m e i g h t y e a r o l d s t o g r a nd m a s .

Yo u r d a n c e ro u t i n e s a re p re t t y r a u n c h y, w h o p u t s t o g e t h e r y o u r c h o re o g r a p h y ? We d o e v e r y t h i n g . F ro m t h e dance moves, my mother helped out, my father helped out. Yo u r p a re n t s h e l p e d p u t y o u r dance moves together? Of course! ...Hotline sounds like b a c k i n t h e d a y s l o w R & B f ro m To t a l , J o d e c i , T L C , y o u k n o w what I’m saying. So we just added a bunch of old school dances. w w w. m y s p a c e . c o m / p re t t y r i c k y o r w w w. P re t t y R i c k y. c o m By Michelle Adabra

HEALTH Until 15 March

African Dance & Drumming Courses

Tuesday Evenings


Paradigmz A fast-paced contemporary dance class to the latest street sounds. Danceworks, Balderton Street (off Oxford Street opposite Selfridges) Price: £6 (plus nonmembers entrance fee) Time/Date: Every Tuesday, 8-9pm Info: email paradigmz@

Tuesday Evenings Traditional African Drumming & Dance with Frititi
 Brixton Recreation Centre, 27 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8QQ Cost: £10. Tuesday evenings 8pm - 10pm
 Info: Visit or call 020 7926 9779

Learn authentic cultural dance & music on these lively 10 week courses. No experience necessary. Drum provided for use in class if you don’t have your own. Dance classes accompanied by live drumming. Horniman Museum, London Road, SE23 Price: Adults £50. Children £20. (Adults and children have seperate courses). Info: Nzinga Dance, call 0208 3145498 or email

Monday Evenings African Dance & Drumming Workshop with Vicky

Robin Redmond Centre, 440 Seven Sisters Road, N4 2RD Cost: £5 per session Monday evenings (7pm 8pm Adult Dance Class, 8pm - 9pm Drumming)
 Info: Contact: Vicky on 079 393 77 222 or email

Wednesday Evenings Traditional West African Dance Class

Victoria Park Baptist Church Hall, Grove Road, London, E3 5TG Cost: £3.50 Date/Time: Wednesday evenings (7pm - 8.30pm)
 Info: email aledouvan@tiscali. or call 020 8980 3232

Dancehall and Street dance classes Prepare to get down and sweaty with this dance hall class if you want a body like

wow! This class will keep you fit with moves like pon de river. So com whine your pelvis, roll your waistline and gyrate your body to the music. A great way to improve your heart rate. Red Onion Studio, 26-28 Hatherley Mews E17 4QP Time: 7pm dancehall and 8pm street dance. Info: Call 020 8520 3975 or email

Friday Evenings African Drumming with Master Drummer Souleymane Compo

All Saints Centre, New Cross Road, SE14 5RF Cost: £8 plus £2 for drum hire Date / Time: Friday evenings (7.30pm - 9pm) Info: email mastercompo@ or call Souleymane on 07931 812 183

Every Second Friday African/Caribbean Cancer Support Group

The African/Caribbean Cancer Support group welcomes males and females, relatives and carers who have been affected by cancer. Meet monthly every 2nd Friday. The Cancer Resource Centre 20-22 York Rd (First floor) Wandsworth, SW11 3QE Time: 12pm - 2pm Info: visit or call landline 020 7924 3924 or mobile 07875 657778

Skanking Chipmunk Got The Grades A

t only 17, North London based Chipmunk already has an impressive three mixtapes under his belt. With music industry heads proclaiming him as the next big thing - there hasn’t been a buzz this big since Dizzee Rascal’s name first began surfacing. Despite the allure of fame and the attention from girls, Chipmunk real name Jahmaal Noel Fyffe achieved glowing exam results. Michelle Adabra caught up with the talented MC to talk fame and more importantly… that skank. Don’t you think it’s funny how some ‘street’ slang is slipping into mainstream use, for example ‘one-away’? Chipmunk: (laughs). Yeah, it’s happening man, but do you know what it is, it’s the adaptation of cultures. The opinion of young people is more valid now, so in order to understand inner city or urban culture you have to understand the young people. Following the success of Wiley’s Rolex do you think artists such as yourself in the Grime arena have a better chance of penetrating the mainstream? Chipmunk: Yeah, I think it will be, but you have to be careful when you’re crossing over that you don’t loose your original fan base. You just have to get the balance right. Shout out to Wiley on that track; it’s a massive track, it’s not Grime obviously but you have to pay the bills man, that’s how it works. Let’s talk about Who Are You, which is a huge track with a big video but more importantly we need to discuss your skanks in the video... very inspiring - especially the ‘I am in a league of my own’ bit... Chipmunk: (laughs... for long). You know what, I’m like a funky person, seriously. What can I say, it just came out. I’ve got skanks, I’m like the king skanker still, at a dance you’ll see me in the middle. When I go out and Who Are You comes on - I do the skank too... Chipmunk: ...Yeah! That’s big; that’s right, you have to say your in a league of your own, everyone should do the dance. When I do shows, I don’t say that lyric anymore, everyone just does the dance. I like that, but watch out for my new video, there’s gonna be some moves in there still.

So you’re at college - what are you studying? Chipmunk: I’m studying sociology, drama and accounting. That’s serious. How are you balancing the music with your college work - is it hard? Chipmunk: There’s a lot of times when you don’t eat and you don’t sleep, but it’s all about timing. I know I have studio at this time and school work at this time, I know I have to dedicate time to revision as well. How does your mum feel about it? Chipmunk: She’s cool still, they weren’t sure if the music thing was stable in the beginning but now they are seeing that I can balance. They know I’m not dumb - I’m the first person in the family to get good grades still. As your popularity grows, how are people responding to you. Are you still Jahmaal at college? Chipmunk: Yeah, I’m still Jahmaal. Some people call me Chip or Chipmunk; it’s whatever feels natural. I don’t get no superstar treatment in college ‘cause everyone knew me from before innit; I wouldn’t expect that kind treatment happy to hard

of anyway. I’m just see that all of the work has paid off, I have literally slugged my guts off since the age of 14, ask anyone. When all of the artists that are out now were doing their thing, I was the kid with the rucksack who would just run in and take the mic. I’ve tried to stay level headed and keep concentrated on the music.

SCREEN 06 March

American Teen (15)


The Plot: A touching and hilarious Sundance hit that follows the lives of four teenagers - a jock, the popular girl, the artsy girl and the geek – in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school. Starring: Hannah Bailey, Colin Clemens Diversity: All-white cast Length: 1hr 35mins Rotten Tomato Rating: 6 out of 10

Flame And Citron (15)

Pullman Diversity: All-white cast Length: 1hr 37mins Rotten Tomato Rating: n/a

13 March

20 March

Marley And Me (PG)

The Plot: Comedy from the makers of The Devil Wears Prada chronicles the relationship of John and Jen as they face the challenges of marriage and work to start a family. Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston Diversity: All-white cast Length: 2hrs Rotten Tomato Rating: 6 out of 10

Bronson (18)

The Plot: Drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group. Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thure Lindhardt Diversity: All-white cast Length: 2hrs 10mins Rotten Tomato Rating: n/a

The Plot: This drama tells the real-life story of the infamous British prisoner Charles Bronson (not to be confused with the American actor of the same name). Starring: Kelly Adams, Katy Barker Diversity: All-white cast Length: 1hr 32mins Rotten Tomato Rating: n/a

Reverb (15)

FAQ About Time Travel (15)

The Plot: A musician discovers a voice hidden in an old record -- one that sets into motion a series of horrific events. Starring: Leo Gregory, Eva Birthistle Diversity: All-white cast Length: 1hr 28mins IMDB Rating: 4 out of 10 Info:

Diversity: Spanish cast Length: 1hr 30mins Rotten Tomato Rating: 7 out of 10

Lesbian Vampire Killers (15)

The Plot: Their women having been enslaved by the local pack of lesbian vampires thanks to an ancient curse, the remaining menfolk of a rural Welsh town send two hapless young lads out onto the moors as a sacrifice.

Starring: MyAnna Buring, Silvia Colloca Diversity: All-white cast Length: 1hr 28mins Rotten Tomato Rating: n/a

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)

The Plot: A single, suburban dad tries to make ends meet as a security officer at a New Jersey mall. It’s a job he takes very seriously, though no one else does. Starring: Kevin James, Keir O’Donnell Diversity: Latino child Raini Rodriguez. Adhir Kalyan has bit-role as another kid. Length: 1hr 31mins Rotten Tomato Rating: n/a

The Plot: While drinking at their local pub, three social outcasts attempt to navigate a time-travel conundrum. Starring: Ann Faris, Chris O’Dowd Diversity: All-white cast Length: 1hr 23mins Rotten Tomato Rating: n/a Info:

In The City Of Sylvia (rating tba)

Surveillance (18)

The Plot: Sci-fi thriller. Though the Santa Fe desert appears calm, it’s the site of a number of gruesome murders. Starring: Julia Ormord, Bull

The Plot: A young foreigner in Strasbourg spends his days sitting at an outdoor cafe, sketching the gestures and expressions of the women around him. Haunted by the memory of Sylvia, a woman he encountered there years before. Starring: Xavier Lafitte, Pilar Lopez de Ayala

Paul Blart: Mall Cop



TV. RADIO ever R’n’B collaborations.

12 March




Sky Digital channel 191 & 198. Freesat channel 140 & 141


14 March 8pm. Hollywood stars Derek

Luke (‘Notorious’) and Joy Bryant (‘Honey’) are ready to hit the runway at BET’s annual fashion event ‘Rip The Runway.’ It will showcase the latest trends in fashion, hip accessories, music and the hottest models on the runway. In addition to hosts Derek Luke and Joy Bryant, ‘Rip the Runway’ will feature leading urban designers including Akoo, Korto Momolu (Bravo’s “Project Runway), Protege’, and Johnny Vincent Swimwear.



8pm. This half-hour weekly docu-drama chronicles the lives of Baldwin Hills teenagers and how they interconnect with the young hard-working strivers from South Central Los Angeles, just a few miles away. Striking and supersocial, the Baldwin Hills kids face universal issues with parents, dating, classmates and figuring out their futures. The top-rated series brings the world of ordinary middle-class African-American families out of the shadows and onto the

national stage – proving to be a hit with parents and teens alike.



9pm. Harlem Nights provides a window into the fascinating world of New York’s young, black and fabulous. Set against the backdrop of Harlem, New York City, the series features a diverse cast of eight young adults who share common goals as they make the postcollege leap into adulthood, finding love and success in the big city on their own terms. Every cast member gets through their days in the big city with their dreams of living the good life. But if they lose focus, those dreams can turn into nightmares in a New York minute.



10.35pm. Film: Legal thriller set in America’s Deep South. A young lawyer must defend a black factory worker accused

of murdering two racist thugs who raped his daughter, amid rising hysteria involving the Ku Klux Klan and civil rights campaigners. Stars Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock.

11 March

9pm. Mariah Carey: The Billion Dollar Babe lifts the lid on the crazy world of the biggest selling female pop star of all time. This unauthorised profile tells the rags-to-riches story of the ambitious teenager from Long Island, New York, with an operatic seven-octave voice, who met the most powerful man in the music recording industry by chance, and then married him. It is the tale of the girl who became the workaholic pop diva with the Midas touch.



8pm. It’s the day of Bolton’s (Tachia Newall, above) boxing match, and PE teacher Rob is determined to help Bolton win. He gives him some pills to calm his nerves, as the drama set in a state secondary school continues. Rob’s life is soon turned upside-down, however, when Jasmine finds out about the pills and reports him to the boxing medic and a furious Rachel.

4 Music



7pm. Urban superstar Akon takes time out to present his countdown of the 20 biggest


12.15am. A bright but underachieving teenager with a domineering single father strikes up a friendship with two brothers, and over time, the three young men each follow their own path - but a tragedy eventually leaves them facing a dangerous choice. Oscar-nominated drama, with Cuba Gooding Jr, Laurence Fishburne, Morris Chestnut and Ice Cube.


AIT Sky 198 AIT MOVISTAR Sky 333 BEN - Entertainment channel Sky 194 BET – Black Entertainment Television Sky 209

COMMUNITY CHANNEL - Giving a voice to the community Sky 539, Virgin TV 333, Freeview 87 DIVA TV – A channel dedicated to strong and successful women such as Oprah Winfrey Sky 282 E - Celebrity entertainment channel Sky 152

Sky 282 Virgin 192

MTV BASE - Urban music and entertainment channel Sky 342 mtvbase

UKTV Style – Style and fashion tips Sky 246 Virgin 265

NOLLYWOOD – A station dedicated to African movies Sky 331 OBE – A station dedicated to informing, educating and entertaining people about Africa Sky 204

Discovery: Home and health Shows and documentaries

TROUBLE - Entertainment channel which include many hit sitcoms from the US Sky 177 URBAN TV – An urban entertainment and lifestyle channel Sky 202 Sky E4 – Teen dramas and comedies Sky 138

GOD THE CHRISTIAN CHANNEL – Religious channel FILM 4 – Shows popular film Sky 760 releases Sky 316 Virgin 445 FLAVA - Urban music channel Channel U – Urban Music Sky 357 channel HALLMARK – Drama channel Sky 370 Sky 153 PARAMOUNT COMEDY KISS - Urban and dance Specialises in old-skool music channel comedy Sky 351 LIVING – Entertainment channel which includes chat Diva TV – A channel shows, dramas and reality TV dedicated to television divas

More 4 – Presents social drama and documentaries Sky 139

Radio Channel Listings 92.7 KISS - commercial R&B music

THE AFRICA CHANNEL - Documentary channel focused on Africa Sky 281 REVELATION TV - A passionate religious channel Sky 772

about health Sky 252 Virgin 275 homeandhealth

100 fm KLIMAXX -lifestyle and music station HAV IT LIVE– An upbeat lifestyle and music station, which specialises in a wide range of black music. 99.1 fm ENERGY – specialises in reggae and bashment 97.1 fm

92.9 fm LIFE FM – community station specialising in gospel, garage and R&B 103.6 fm MYSTIC specialises in Hip-Hop, reggae and R&B

FLAMES – specialises in basehment, R&B & Hip-Hop 98.1 fm 102.8 fm mystic981fm 1XTRA – dedicated to playing black music DAB, Sky 0137, Freeview 701, Virgin 907

ON TOP FM – specialises in black music 99.5 fm

BLAZE IT FM - specialises in PYRORADIO – funky house and R&B specialises in Hip-Hop and 104.2 fm black music CHOICE FM - specialises in RINSE - specialise in R&B and Hip-Hop dubstep, garage and grime 107.1fm & 96.9fm 100.3fm FLAVA FM – specialises in Hip-Hop and R&B UK FLOW RADIO – specialises in D&B, House, FREEZE– specialises in UKG, garage & rare grove D&B, Funky House & R&B


CHANNEL U - Music channel with strong focus on UK underground talent Sky 360

Sky 112

A S I A N R E S TAU R A N TS Chutney Mary

535 King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 0SZ For a masterclass in modern Indian cuisine, Chutney Mary can’t be beaten. A seductively elegant interior prepares the way for a gourmet trail of the regional foods of India, with an emphasis on current trends such as seafood or kebabs. Set at the Chelsea Harbour end of King’s Road, this acclaimed restaurant is a favourite for professional lunches and romantic evenings.



148-150 Bethnal Green Road E2 6DG Right in the heart of the East End of London, Maida is a sleek, contemporary Indian restaurant in Bethnal Green. BThere is an imaginative selection for children, with milkshakes and mocktails to wash it all down. Two private dining rooms, one with floor seating.


167-169 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 8WR Created by the team behind Michelin-starred Tamarind, Imli serves up a tasty and well-thought out menu of Indian cuisine, tapas-style. The warm wood interior with huge picture windows looking out onto buzzing Soho adds to the bubbly and welcoming ambience of the restaurant. Perfect for those who don’t want too heavy a meal. Vegetarians welcomed. We look forward to seeing at Imli soon.

Red Fort 103-107 Waterloo Road London SE1 8UL Tel: 020 7021 0886

77 Dean Street, London , W1D 3SH Red Fort is a firm favourite in Soho for its inventive Indian cuisine and glistening sandstone and slate interior, hidden behind a listed carved

wooden façade. Experienced chef Mohammed Rais has a 300-year-old family background in traditional Mughal cooking, with signature dishes such as avadhi gosht biryani and spicy lobster with saffron and garlic. Late-night dining.

Urban Turban

98 Westbourne Grove, W2 5RU This fabulously-named restaurant in London’s Notting Hill is the first ‘street food eatery’ from owner Vineet Bhatia. Based on his food experiences growing up in Mumbai, Vineet has opened a slinky restaurant with mirrors, banquettes and high purple ceilings. An extensive drinks menu completes the experience.


167 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PG Sitaaray (meaning ‘stars’ in Hindi) is a celebration of Bollywood in all its technicolour glory, nestled in the heart of theatrical Covent Garden. The Indian cuisine is as bold and vibrant as the deep-red décor, swathed in gilding and scattered with themed booths showing clips of film classics. Authentic all-you-can-eat north Indian grill dishes are served up in the evening, while lunchtime diners are treated to street food and popular classics. Shimla Pinks - Birmingham Venue: 214 Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1AY The flagship restaurant of this popular group, Shimla Pinks on Birmingham’s buzzing Broad Street is an enticing blend of modern design and traditional Indian cuisine. A range of set menus and à la carte specials features dishes from across the subcontinent, with a strong showing of old favourites and newcomers alike.


London, NW2 3EL Tel: 020 8830 6771Lubanna 343 - 345 Cambridge Heath Road Bethnal Green, London E2 9RA Tel: 0207-739-8351

Ace Fusion

Rachel’s Restaurant & Stush Bar 805 Restaurant

110 St. John’s Hill, London SW11 1SJ TEL: 020 7228 5584

Anda De Bridge

(Caribbean bar and restaurant) 42 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DA Tel: 020 7739 3863;

Bamboo Grove

33 South End, Croydon, Surrey CR0 1BE Tel: 020 8667 0070

Bamboula Jerk Kitchen

12 Acre Lane, London, SW2 5SG Tel: 020 7737 6633 11 Beehive Place, London SW9 7QR Tel: 020 7924 9262 Brown Eagle 236 High Road, Bowes Park London, N22 8HH Tel: 020 8889 8042

Brown Sugar

(Contemporary Caribbean restaurant and lounge bar) 165-167 St Johns Hill, Clapham Junction, London SW11 1TQ Tel: 020 7228 7713

Caribbean Scene Royale


Abesha Village

The Humming Bird

Abyssinia (African Cuisine) 9 Cricklewood Broadway, London, NW2 3JX Tel: 020 8208 0110

230 Hornsey Road, Holloway, London N7 7LL Tel: 020 7619 0959 (Caribbean restaurant) 84 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London N4 3EN Tel: 020 7263 9690


55 Chalk Farm Road, Camden London NW1 8AN Tel: 020 7485 8388

Island Fusion

57B Westow Hill, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 1TS Tel: 0208 761 5544

Paradise Inn

1443 London Road, London, SW16 4AQ Tel:020 8679 6519

(Caribbean cuisine) ExCeL Marina, 17 Western Gateway (ExCeL West), Royal Victoria Dock London E16 1AQ Tel: 08453718000

Mango & Papaya

Glistening Waters

10-12 Kentish Town Road NW1 8NH Tel: 0207 482 5065

(Riverside Caribbean bar and restaurant) 5, Ferry Lane, Ferry Quay Brentford, Middlesex TW8 0AT Tel: 020 8758 1616 07737 812 949


12 Chapel Street, London IG1 2AG Tel: 020 8911 8350

Caribbean Spice

47 West Green Road, London N15 5BY Tel: 020 8245 5013


378 High Road, London, IG1 1QP Tel: 020 8553 0080

Heritage Inn

82-84 Cricklewood Broadway,

(Traditional African) 805-807 Old Kent Road, London, SE15 1NX Tel: 020 7639 0808

257 Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17 Tel: 020 8520 2637

Mango Rooms

Mr Jerk

189 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8ZD 020 7437 7770

The Waterfall Caribbean Restaurant LTD Colman House High Street, London SE20 020 8778 1020

Windies Cove Caribbean Bar & Restaurant

135-137 Trafalgar Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9TX Tel: 020 8305 2500 www.windiescove-restaurant.

(Traditional African) 46 Dalyell Road, London, SW9 9QR Tel: 020 7501 8761

Accra Nima (Traditional African) 172 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LA Tel: 020 7622 2242 Adam’s Café

(North African) 77 Askew Road, London, W12 9AH Tel: 020 8743 0572


(Ethiopian) 40-42 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DT Tel: 020 7278 0679

Adwoa’s Kitchen

(Traditional African) 35 Whitehorse Lane, London, SE25 6RD Tel: 020 8771 9444

Ahenfie (Traditional African)

272 High Road, London, N15 4AJ Tel: 020 8493 9177

Buka Restaurant (Nigerian)

222 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 4JP Tel: 020 7625 1550

Bbar (South African)

43 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria Tel: 020 7958 7000

Chakalaka (South African) 136 Upper Richmond Road, London, SW15 2SP Tel: 020 8789 5696 Cornerstone (Traditional African) 72 High Road, London, N15 6JU Tel: 020 8880 1123

The Gold Coast Bar and Restaurant (West African)

224 Portland Road, Wood Side, London,SE25 4QB Tel: 020 8676 1919

Xperience African Restaurant (Traditional African) 88 Loughborough Road, London, SW9 7SB Tel: 020 7501 8655

Le Uche Afrique (Eritrean ) 249 Amhurst Road, London, N16 7UN Tel: 020 7249 0910

Marathon Restaurant & Bar (Ethiopian) 93 Caledonian Road, London, N1 0SL Tel: 020 7837 4499

Mahogany African Restaurant (Traditional African) 61 Vicarage Lane Stratford London E15 w4HG Tel: 0845 345 1723

Mosob (Eriterian) 339 Harrow Road, Maida Vale, W9 3RB Tel: 020 7266 2012


Brixtonian Havana Club

46 Golborne Road, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5PR Tel: 020 8968 2200 stushbar.htm


Mama Calabar (North Africa) Dexion House, 2-4 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0XA Tel: 020 8902 2277 Tagine Restaurant (Morrocan) 1 Fearnlea Road, London, SW12 9RT Tel: 020 86757604

Safari (Traditional African) 440 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 3PX Tel: 020 8679 9055

Smokey Bites 177 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 6EG Tel: 020 8677 1771

Souk Medina (North African) 1a Short Gardens, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9AT 020 7240 1796 Zigni House (East African) 330 Essex Road, London, N1 3PB Tel: 020 7226 7418



March Fresh Fire Healing and Deliverance Service

March Revive! Gospel Showcase

A fun-filled evening combining live gospel entertainment, a light meal and fellowship on board the luxurious Tereza Joanne Boat. Bring your dancing shoes for the after party that guarantees not to disappoint! Entertainment will be supplied by the finest in UK Gospel, with performances from MOBO award-winning artist Jahaziel, UK Sensations GK Real, along with Ryan Carty, Tabitha, Shadrach, GP and Knonaim aka 8051. The Tereza Joanne Boat, King George V Dock, Woolwich Manor Way, E16 Doors 8.15pm, show starts at 9.15pm ‘til 3am Price £17.50 in advance, £25 on the door Tickets: contact Patience on 07957 925 346, or Neville on 07960 537 875, or email or go to

Lee New Testament Church of God presents Fresh Fire – a healing and deliverance service. God is transforming the lives of his people through these meetings. Lee New Testament Church of God, 370 Lee High Rd, SE12 8RS Time: 5.30pm to 10pm Info: call 0208 265 2120 or visit


Souled Out – Ladies Night!

Firstborn Presents… in association with the Urban Gospel Network… Souled Out – The Ladies Way!! That’s right, the ladies are taking over the night with an all female line-up. Featuring Lejuene Thompson, Siani, Tekiva & Natalie Fiawoo. Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 Price: £10 Info: call 07983 613183 or 07533 742012

06 – 08 March

Going for Gold - Men’s Encounter with Colin Dye

04 – 07 March

Come and discover how to become a strong man of God. Learn to walk in the blessings of God every day. See God’s power become a reality in every area of your life. Annan Court, East Sussex To register: Call Adan Cueva on 020 8799 6139 or email adan. Alternatively pick up a registration form at the Kensington Temple reception

Community Outreach Event

Four-day conference dealing with family, finances, credit crunch, gun and knife crime and health. Speakers include Dr Smile, Rev Lee Martin, Pastor Eddie. Wesleyan Christian Centre, 1 Harrow Green, Leytonstone, E11 3HP Daytime sessions 10am – 3pm, Evenings from 7.30pm Info: call 020 8558 5632 or 07956 674 445




07 March

Whatever adjective you choose to describe the sound and vision of the London Community Gospel Choir, “there ain’t no stopping them now”. They will continue to go where angels fear to tread. LCGC will be performing a live and funky set as part of the London Revelation Rock Gospel Choir. University of London Manning Hall, Malet St, WC1E 7HY Time: 7pm Price: £10 (£8 conc) Tickets: visit Info: and


March Dare To Dream… Again! 2009

Daytime conference and evening gala for women, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Come and be inspired, be empowered and be transformed! Harwood Manor House, Milton Keynes Info: call 07958 958 686 or email info@womenrmad.

Christian Pregnancy Counselling Course

This counselling course is accredited by OCN and ACC and is for Christians who provide support for individuals with pregnancy issues, pre and post abortion counselling and teenage pregnancy. Raleigh Park Baptist Church, Arodene Road, Brixton Hill, SW2 3BH Time: 9am to 5.30pm Info: call 07753 784 573

Praise Party

Come and dance like David danced… meet new people… a night of music, ministry… refreshments on sale. You won’t want to miss it! Uppingham Road Baptist Church, Leicester, LE5 0QE Time: 7pm to 11.55pm Info: call 07926 474 521

13 March

Blessed Souls UK New Open Mic / Showcase Adelaide Mackenzie presents a great open mic with the Mac Band! All are welcomed to sing, rap, dancers, recite poetry, etc. All beautiful hearts and souls welcome everytime…bless up! The Blend, 111-113 Wandsworth High Street, SW18 4HY Time: 8.30pm – 3am Price: £5 Info: call 07825 604 339 or visit blessedsouluk

21 March

London Community Gospel Choir

Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ Time: 8pm Price: £16 (£14 conc) Tickets: Box Office 020 8807 6680 (10am - 6pm, Mon - Sat) Ticketmaster 0870 4000 847 (24 hours) Info: and

London Community Gospel Choir

MOVING ON UP! Basil Arrindell began his sales career as a young adult working for just £80 per week. Since those humble beginnings he has become a major player in the advertising field. 32 years later he heads a multi-million pound Hill Davenport company based in the Docklands, providing among other services, big screen media for LARGE prestigious events. ‘I seemed to have a knack for selling’ he said as he reflected on his early days while looking out his Docklands office window. ‘I never wanted anyone to sell more than me; second place simply is not good enough.’

The product of Antiguan and Monserratian parentage, Basil believes he was born with a competitive nature but pays tribute to his family for bringing him up with the skills to succeed. Under the leadership of Basil, Hill Davenport grew to employ over 400 staff in several offices around the globe, including Toronto, Sydney and Shanghai. His first major project was in 1986 when the company sold advertising over the telephone for the ‘Goodwill Games’ in Moscow - an international sporting championship founded by Ted Turner to help combat Cold War tensions. Twenty years ago the concept of telesales was rare. ‘At the time the idea of selling advertising like this was completely unheard of. Many people told me it wasn’t possible, but look at the world of telesales now.’ Basil went on to provide on-screen advertising at the 1994 Atlanta Olympic Games which was, he explains, ‘outdoor television with commercials inbetween.’ ‘There are millions of people watching and they can’t change the channel when the advert comes on! There are great benefits to this type of advertising.’ Hill Davenport were also involved in the Times Square celebrations in New York, and the Monaco Grand Prix and Euro 2008 sporting competitions. The combination of telesales and outside screen advertising proved profitable, and three years ago Basil sold his worldwide business, while keeping his UK operation. But any thoughts of retirement were soon abandoned as Basil itched to get back into the thick of the action. This drive to succeed was an aspect to his character that surfaced as a child when a teacher told him he would never make it in his chosen career. ‘The worst thing you can say to me is ‘you can’t do something’ because I will do everything in my power to prove you wrong.’ He added: ‘I see life like an American football game, once the ball is thrown to you, you have to struggle forward. If you don’t have the kind of strength to hit the blockers, then you must develop skills to get past the obstacles. Most importantly there is no chance to turn back.’

...Flying High



Me, Myself and Others

A drop-in art activity examining individual identity in a global community. Linked to the From War to Windrush exhibition. Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ Time: 11am – 5pm Info: Contact Liz Puddick on 020 7091 3034

07 08


& March Nature of the Beast

Turn tanks into dinosaurs and aircraft into insects. Drop-in art activity. Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ Time: 11am – 5pm Info: Contact Liz Puddick on 020 7091 3034

Lenny-the-Lion and his pals prepare to leave their island, only to find themselves lost in Africa. Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA To Book: call 020 7613 7498 Adults go FREE with each paying child. £4. Info:

need your help so be prepared to join in and draw. The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 Performance at 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm. All tickets £5
 To book visit: www.thealbany.

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA To Book: call 020 7613 7498 Adults go FREE with each paying child. £4 including Super Sunday and Super Holiday Kids’ workshops. Info:


Using ideas from urban graffiti as a way of exploring contemporary gun crime. Dropin art activity Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ Time: 11am – 5pm Info: Contact Liz Puddick on 020 7091 3034

15 March

08 March

21 & 22 March

Kids Cine Tim Despereaux e: The Tale of

A misfit mouse who prefers rea ding books to eating them, an unhappy rat wh o hopes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, an d a bumbling servant girl with ca mysteriously inter uliflower ears find their fates ar e twined in this fa mily film. Rich Mix, 35-4 7 Be London, E1 6LA thnal Green Road, To Book: call 02 0 7613 7498 Adults go FREE w Info: www.richm ith each paying child. £4


Animal Olympics

Meet Dragon, Rabbit, Tiger, Monkey and all the stars of the Chinese Zodiac. Who will win? Your vote decides! Funny, musical and participatory theatre for children, featuring a pair of Magic Pants! Suitable for ages 4+ The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 Performance at 3pm. FREE workshop in the cafe from 1pm. All tickets £5
 To book visit: www.thealbany.

Choose your characters and stories and watch the performers bring them to life - a world of fabulous forms, from amazing animals to morphing monsters. Then come onto the stage to enjoy some messy play in the clay! The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 Performance at 3pm, FREE workshop in the cafe from 1pm. All tickets £5
 To book visit: www.thealbany.

21 March


March Me, Myself and Others

See 1 March. Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ Time: 11am – 5pm Info: Contact Liz Puddick on 020 7091 3034

28 & 29 March

14 & 15 March

Desperate to return to New York,

Artists and historians will lead a tour around the collection and set drawing tasks along the way. Suitable for all ages. Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ Time: 2pm – 4pm Info: Contact Liz Puddick on 020 7091 3034

We Are All Born Free

Little Hippo and his Magic Pen

Kids Cine Time: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

A Drawing Tour of the Imperial War Museum

Little Hippo received lots of beautiful birthday presents, but his favourite was the red pen that Daddy Hippo gave him. Inside the pen are the most beautiful things in the world, but how to draw them out? He’ll

Kids Cine Time: Kirikou & the Wild Beasts Kirikou meets adventure in this stunning animation based on West African folk tales – the sequel to the hugely popular Kirikou and the Sorceress.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights protects everyone on this planet. Join this drop-in art activity and help illustrate some of the 30 articles that shape the world in which we live. Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ Time: 11am – 5pm Info: Contact Liz Puddick on 020 7091 3034

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COMMUNITY 01 March Blood Registration Clinic at Cobourg Primary School


The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) is recruiting bone marrow donors 18 -49 years. ACLT is highlighting the wife of former Jamaica International (Reggae Boyz) footballer Andy Williams who’s wife Marcia Williams (diagnosed with leukaemia in May 2008) and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. Cobourg Primary School, Cobourg Road, London SE5 Info: Call 020 8240 4480 or email: Marcia’s story is highlighted on: appeals/showappeal/101

02 March

Evening with Trinidadian writer Michael Anthony

Lewisham Library, 199-201 Lewisham High Street, London SE13 6LG

Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm Info: Call 07981 362 374 or email: ian@

06 March

Centerprise Presents Spring Literary Festival

A two week extravaganza, inc. book launches, lectures, debates, poetry, films and music. Festival launch by Hackney Writers Group featuring the I-storians viz., OmaRa, Dimela & Ngoma Silver. And Black Women In the Arts featuring poet Chantel Tagoe and Jazz Singer Joanne Archer Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High Street, E8 2NS Admission: £5 £3 Conc. Time: 6.30-10pm Info: Call 020 7254 9632 or email literature@


March Caribbean Book Explosion with Michael Anthony

Meet Michael Anthony and autograph your book, view and purchase a wide range of books at discounted prices. Learn how to get your book published and bring the entire family for an enjoyable educational learning experience. African Caribbean Community Library, Inside Battersea Library, 265 Lavender Hill Time: 11am - 4.30pm Info: 020 8871 7466


March Fred Kennedy & Michael Anthony @ Brixton Library

Featuring Fred Kennedy reading from his book ‘Daddy Sharpe’ and the Trinidadian writer Michael Anthony with select readings from his classic books. View and purchase a wide range of books at discounted prices; meet the publishers and learn how to get your book published. Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ Time: 4pm - 8.30pm Info: Call 020 7926 1105


March David Simon author of How to Unlock your Child Genuis, launches his Routes in African and Caribbean Publishing

Do you want advise about how to get your work published? Feel disappointed with mainstream publishers? Whether you’re a student, academic, or writer, receive expert advice, come and network! Room G50, Main Building, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H OXG Time: 6pm - 9pm Info: Call 07903 570 319 or email: maathian@hotmail.


March Dwain Chambers

Dwain Chambers launches his autobiography ‘Race Against Me - My Story’ with a reading and discussion of his work. On 11th March Dwain Chambers will be signing copies of his book between 4pm - 6pm. Manor Gardens Welfare Trust, 6-9 Manor Gardens London N7 6LA Admission: £5 conc £3 Time: 6.30pm - 10pm Info: Call Emmanuel Amevor on 020 7254 9632 or email: eamevor@centerprisetrust.

latest book, ‘How to Unlock your Family’s Genius Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High Street, E8 2NS Admission: Free Time: 6.30pm -10pm Info: Call 020 7254 9632 or email: literature@


March International Women’s Day Event

Lecture by Prof. Verene Shepherd, University of West Indies - who discusses her literary works supported by Black Women in the Arts poetry/Jazz event. Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High Street, E8 2NS Admission: £6/ Conc. £4 Info: Call 020 7254 9632 or email: literature@


March Michael Anthony, Trinidadian author launches his latest book Supported by Hackney Calypso Tent, featuring De Alberto & Tobago Crusoe, and Deloris Francis. Centerprise, 136 Kingsland High Street, E8 2NS Admission: £6 Conc. £4 Time: 5pm - 10pm Info: Call 020 7254 9632 or email: literature@

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07 March

SQUASH 14 – 17 March

ATCO Super Series Finals


London Capital vs Cheshire Jets Capital City Academy, Doyle Gardens, 
Willesden ,
 NW10 3ST Time: 7.30pm Info: and www.capitalcityacademy. org or call 020 8838 8700

Saturday 14th March
 2pm Gregory Gaultier vs. David Palmer
 3pm Amr Shabana vs. Thierry Lincou
 5pm Karim Darwish vs. Wael El Hindi
 6pm Ramy Ashour vs. James Willstrop Sunday 15th March
 2pm Gregory Gaultier vs. Wael El Hindi 
 3pm Amr Shabana vs. James Willstrop
 5pm Karim Darwish vs. David Palmer
 6pm Ramy Ashour vs. Thierry Lincou

Monday 16th March
 6pm David Palmer vs. Wael El Hindi
 7pm Ramy Ashour vs. Amr Shabana
 8pm Karim Darwish vs. Gregory Gaultier
 9pm James Willstrop vs. Thierry Lincou Tuesday 17th March 6pm 3/4 Play-off
 7pm ATCO Super Series Finals The Queen’s Club, London, Palliser Road,
West Kensington 
W14 9EQ Price: £20 - £35 Box Office: 0844 870 0000 Info: call 020 7385 3421

21 March

London Capital vs Guildford Heat



Capital City Academy, Doyle Gardens, 
Willesden ,
 NW10 3ST Time: 7.30pm Info: and www.capitalcityacademy. org or call 020 8838 8700

28 March

Tues - Fitness First Platinum Gym, 1 Thavies Inn, London, EC4A 1AN Info: call 07881 957 977, or 020 7681 0114 or email info@ or visit www.

Zen-Do Kickboxing

29 March

London Capital vs Worcester Wolves

Hayes BMX Race

Capital City Academy, Doyle Gardens, 
Willesden ,
 NW10 3ST Time: 7.30pm Info: and www.capitalcityacademy. org or call 020 8838 8700

Lake Farm Country Park, Dawley Road, Hayes Registration for the race: 9.30am – 11am. Racing starts 12.45pm Race Fees: Novice £3 - Expert £7 - 17& over payback £10. Directions: www.hawksbmx.

Every Weekday Kickboxing Classes KB Kickboxing. Martial Arts classes for women and men. Female Instructors Kelly Bunyan and Dalia Terret. Mon, Wed, Thurs - American Church/Whitefield Memorial Church, 79A Tottenham Court Road, W1T 4TD.

Zen-Do is central London’s premier martial arts club. Our aim is to teach real martial arts in a safe, fun and exciting environment. Zen-Do classes give both a great aerobic and anaerobic workout and will also develop speed, flexibility, strength and co-ordination. Seymour Leisure Centre, Seymour Place, London W1H 5TH Classes available every day Info: Call 020 7723 0206 or e-mail: info@zendokickboxing. com or visit

Fly the Arab way Welcome on board

Libyan Airlines Terminal 2 Heathrow Airport Tel: 020 88972700




KO is primarily a traditional Muay Thai gym, although many western kickboxers and orthodox boxers train with us as well. Often you will hear students refer to their instructor as ‘Kru’, a term of respect.


KO Globe Road Training Centre, 186 The Arches, Globe Road, Bethnal Green London £10 Adults, £8 Students, less for kids. Open 10 am to 10 pm Monday to Friday and 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday Info: call 020 7265 9693 or 079 5657 8449. Email or visit www.ko-muaythai. com/

Race starts at 3.40pm Info:


20 March

01 March

Ian Napa

15 March Couldson & Purley vs. Godalming South Croydon Sports Club, Beech Copse, Birdhurst Rise, South Croydon, CR2 7ES Info: Call 020 8688 1782
or email: info@


29 March

Watford Ladies v Fulham Ladies Mid-table Watford Ladies take on bottom of the league Fulham Ladies. Northwood Park Stadium, Chestnut Avenue, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 1HR Price: £8 Time: 2pm Info: or www.fulhamwomenfc.

European bantamweight champion Ian Napa, a British boxer, originally from Zimbabwe, takes on an opponent (yet to be confirmed) in what promises to be an exciting clash. The Hackney resident is determined to hold onto his belt, won last year. Newham Leisure Centre, 281 Prince Regent Lane, Newham, E13 8SD Tickets: On sale nearer the time. Visit: Info: Newham Leisure Centre 020 7511 4477

155th University Boat Race – Oxford vs. Cambridge

FREERUNNING Ever wanted to leap tall buildings in a single bound? The impossible becomes easy with free running London classes taught by a group called Urban Freeflow, which will teach you to master all sorts of athletic feats. Moberly Sports Centre, aka ‘The Greenhouse’ Court Kilburn Lane, W10 4AH Cost: £5. A weekly outdoor class is held on Wednesday evening at different locations. By reservation only, £10 Private tuition is also available for £40 an hour. 7.30pm – 9.30pm every Monday and Friday Info: email ez@urbanfreeflow. com

Begins at Putney Bridge, finishing at Chiswick Bridge.

22 March

Arsenal Ladies v Everton Ladies

Semi Final: FA Women’s Cup Sponsored by E.ON High-flying Arsenal Ladies, the top women’s team in Britain, host Everton Ladies, possibly the second-strongest team in the league, in this mouthwatering cup semifinal clash. There can only be one winner! Woodside Park
Stadium, Dunmow Road,
Bishop’s Stortford,
Herts,CM23 5RG Price: £3 (Conc £1) Time: 2pm Info:

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Debach Enterprises

My membership forces me to take time out of the business and to reflect on the future. Before The Academy, I was too immersed in my business to take a step back. Clarity on direction for me and my company provide the most valuable benefit for me. I’m also, finding more time for the family which has improved my work/life balance and I feel more relaxed.

The Academy has given me a boardroom of my own where there are no hidden agendas, just people who are working to help me. It has taught me skills, which I use all the time in my day to day life. It has given me direction out of a life filled with stress and dissatisfaction. Life’s ups and downs now seem manageable and look forward to each new adventure.

Meet the board you

Why join? There are many shared benefits of membership, and indeed many very individual ones. Our members most frequently cite the following for why they joined, and why over 80% of them renew their membership every year: • They felt isolated in the top job. • They needed people to talk to without any vested interest in their business. • They needed to refuel and replenish their own energy and desire to grow. • They needed to supportive but challenging environment to explore new ideas without feeling exposed. • They needed first hand access to practical models and concrete examples of how others deal with similar dilemmas. • They needed more rigour in tracking business performance. • They needed to raise their aspirations about what they can have, what they can do and, crucially who they can be.

u could never afford

Let’s Meet! The Academy for Chief Executives are holding over the coming months Meet The Board You Could Never Afford FREE Open Days giving business leaders and chief executives a opportunity to benefit from experiencing a day with the board and meeting the chairman.

Free open day seminars North London Venue: Hilton Islington, 179-199 Holland Park Avenue, London, W11 4UL Dates: 7th April 14th April 21st April

South London Venue: Hilton Croydon, 101 Waddon Way, Croydon, CR9 4HH Dates: 5th May 12th May 19st May

East London Venue: Hilton Canary Wharf Canary Wharf, South Quay, Marsh Wall, London, E14 9SH Dates: 26th May 2nd June 9tht June

West London Venue: Hilton Hyde Park 129 Bayswater Road, London, W2 4RJ Dates: 16th June 23rd June 30th June

To book your opportunity to meet the board simply email your details to specifying the day and venue you wish attend or book online at

Where else can you receive so much valuable, challenging, supportive advice and direction?

Join us and Meet the Board you could never afford United Kingdom office The Academy for Chief Excecutives Limited Wisdom House, 4 Brockley Close, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 4QL Telephone: 0870 228 3369 Facsimile: 0208 958 7651

Life in Colour  

LIC Magazine MAR 2009