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ukb i EDITOR’S LETTER
We are back again with another smashing issue with big features and exclusives from the industry, but first I want to say thank you to Context mc, who featured on the cover of our last issue of UKB. He’s doing big things and climbing to the top of the industry fast with his Dubstep vibe. You might have caught UKB on a few radio stations in the past couple months promoting the next steps. We will now be covering events large and small, industry events from film premiers to talent shows across the UK, raising their profiles and providing the promotions, which are well deserved so keep a look out. This issue includes Fearless gracing our cover. BIG shouts to him!!! Not forgetting A Dot comedian lool he will have you laughing for days.
Catch the UKB team interviewing at industry events across the UK To get all issues of UKB Magazine sent to you through the post FREE, send your Name & Address to firstname.lastname@example.org. This magazine is a fresh, quirky, HD version of a TV screen on paper, bringing you a diverse choice covering areas of dance, music, fashion, models, the latest news and more straight into your hands. Uksbiggest.com gives you the chance to create a profile, upload your material and promote yourself while receiving front page promotion. Simply update your profile, as often as you like, with your latest news, tracks, videos and pictures and you will have the opportunity of being featured on the front web page of the Uksbiggest.com - it’s that simple... Your fans can watch your profile and have quick and easy access to your material, information, events and projects. UKB News (SMS Alerts) - This is our direct SMS service of which we already have over 10,000 people plugged in. They will be receiving updates from the industry direct to their phones in the form of a txt message. UKBtv our ‘youtube’ channel will be bringing you in on the fun from behind the scenes of our front cover photo shoots and interviews.
Andre Anthony, Director
This issues trending topic is: Art
Creative Director Deputy Editor Illustrator Photographer
Andre Anthony Louise Baker Leyah Knight Haze (HZV Studios) Head Designer Prar Eshun Marketing Manager Colin Rose Contributors Jem — Researcher Ismail Bello — Researcher Aaron Wallace — Writer (rant of the month)
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ukb i CONTENTS
Contents 7: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse 8: Graffiti is Art and Art is Expression 10: Daley and Wretch 32’s Music Review 11: Business for Newbie’s 13: Shimzie, Vengence Feature
10: WRETCH 32 & DALEY
16: Fearless’s Exclusive
19: Akre’s Feature 14: Adot’s Comedians Exclusive 18: Jay difference Feature 20: His Fashion 21: Her Fashion 22: Rant Of The Month
25: Kanya King MOBO Awards 23: Harry Ashby, Starz Feature 26: Shantelle Rochester’s Rise To Fame 27: Celebrity Gossip 28: Top Theatre Productions 29: Recommended Movies/Top YouTube Videos uksbiggest.com :05
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I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure-which is: Try to please everybody. - Herbert Bayard Swope
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ukb i Love is a Losing game
Love is a Losing game: R.I.P Amy
Amy Winehouse is dead and a sad time for British music is on the cards. I’ll say I wasn’t even the greatest Winehouse fan, but regardless she was an amazing artist whose talent you simply had to admire. Drugs seem to be the biggest villain for many celebrities and pop stars and I just wonder what, if anything, can be done to save them from themselves. Amy had to cancel her European Tour in June after stumbling around the stage giving a disastrous, incoherent performance in Belgrave. I think Amy’s death should serve as a wake up call for many youngsters. It would appear that the dizzy heights of fame can make fans view their idols as immortal; this resonates in the minds of the celebrity themselves. But we need to remember that every celebrity is still human, we all feel, we all bleed and we all die. I hope that Amy’s death is not in vain. There are so many in
her position fighting an internal battle and I just hope that this shows them where they will end up if they cannot find help. We also need to remember her parents, friends and family. In an interview in 2008, her mother Janis said she would be unsurprised if her daughter died before her time. She said: ‘I’ve known for a long time that my daughter has problems.’ This for me is the saddest part, a parent watching their child on a suicidal joy ride. Knowing they are about to crash and feeling powerless to help. And now with her passing, undoubtedly a sense of guilt will forever follow. It would also seem that we, the fans, are partly responsible, we feed off reading these tabloids and we love to see stars causing controversy. Winehouse was nowhere near as big a celebrity as she was before her drug problem, it would seem that drugs and scandal makes big money in this country and I’m pretty sure that someone somewhere was cashing in. There has been talk of her label releasing her third album, which is a huge topic right now,
I for one am all for it. Yes I know the label will make millions out of her but Amy was last year on the rich list worth over 6 million, so I doubt her family is desperate for the money. I say release the album and complete her legacy- if the songs are already recorded and ready to go I don’t see a problemit could be her greatest work yet!
‘... If I died tomorrow, I would be a happy girl.’ Yes Amy Winehouse is dead, I never got to meet her but she seemed like a good person. She had her demons but she always struck me as real. This was reflected in her music. In an interview last October with Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Amy was asked if she was happy and, asked if she had any unfulfilled ambitions, Amy replied: ‘Nope! If I died tomorrow, I would be a happy girl.’ It seems artists, who leave too soon always predict their own fate. Lets pray she’s finally happy now.
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ukb i ART GALLERY
ART GALL ERY. My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
Great art picks up where nature ends.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
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ukb i ART GALLERY
All art is but imitation of nat
I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldnâ€™t say any other way - things I had no words for.
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home
Every artist was first an amateur.
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ukb i Wretch 32 and Daley Review
Album Reviews Wretch 32 - Black and White (Album) Wretch 32 may only have surfaced the charts recently clocking up two top 5 singles, however his emergence from the Grime scene working in close conjunction with team members Scorcher, Devlin, Ghetts and Mercston made his presence clear.
Wretch 32 and Daley Review Born in Tottenham, Scott grew up alongside crews Combination Chain Gang and The Movement, the latter of which featured Scorcher, Ghetto, Mercston and Devlin. Beginning his MC career in 2006, Scott under the name Wretch 32, released a series of mixtapes, including Teacher’s Training Day - which featured guest appearances from Ghetts, Bashy and Scorcher. After coming to the attention of BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s DJ Cameo, Wretch went on to win a 1Xtra Mixtape Award. The movement into mainstream began when Wretch 32 appeared at Radio 1’s Big Weekend on the BBC Introducing stage in 2009. His debut studio album, Wretchrospective was released in the United Kingdom during 2008, prior to Wretch’s signing
with record label Ministry of Sound. On 6 December 2010, Wretch 32 was named as one of the nominees for BBC’s Sound of 2011, an annual poll, which predicts artists that will progress during the upcoming year. Wretch 32 then continued to release his debut single, “Traktor”. The single featured vocals from L and Marteria and was released on 16 January 2011 through Ministry of Sound, as both a digital download and a CD single. The single debuted at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart as the third highest entry of the week; whilst also debuting at number 2 on the R&B singles chart. In an interview with Soccer AM, he stated that he hoped for his second album, Black and White, to be released in August 2011.
Daley - Those Who Wait (Mixtape)
In the mood for something soothing and soulful for your Sunday? Look no further than UK emerging talent Daley. This tantalizing singer/songwriter, who was featured on The Gorillaz Plastic Beach album, has just released his debut mixtape/free album. The 10 track project features original material including a heartfelt duet with Marsha Ambrosius (Alone Together), buzz track “Game Over” and smooth acoustic covers of Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings” and Madonna’s “Like A Virgin.” Shout to Marsha of SoulCulture for the heads up.
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ukb i Business for Young Entrepreneurs
Business for Young Entrepreneurs By Louise Baker When leaving school / college or university you may want to venture off and work on your own ideas for a business, whether you possess all the skills and knowledge needed or not. For a lot of people the thought of working for someone else and taking orders is not an option and this drives you harder to set up your own thing. The best way to gain experience and knowledge of starting a business is to jump in the deep end and do it. You may have fears and reservations about many different aspects i.e. will the idea work, will it make money, the struggle of going at it alone... You need to put your fears aside and soon those aspects won’t seem as much of a barrier anymore. Firstly, you would need an idea and to have done your research. Write your ideas
down and brainstorm, branch out on the ideas. Once you have a, 1st base, then Google the idea, try to find if anyone else has done it before. Remember, just because an idea may have been done before it doesn’t mean you can’t add different avenues that were missed and if you can’t find that your ideas have been previously done... there isn’t a reason why i.e. it didn’t work or was a bad idea, remember others may have come along and thought the same thing. You will need to evaluate any skills you may need for the idea and create a business plan. How will you cope financially? Although some businesses don’t require major start up costs there are hidden costs around every corner so money will be needed. Visit different banks, many will help you put together a business plan and help with finance. You may
want to work part time at first in a job that may benefit your own business just so you have a regular wage coming in. It is of paramount importance that you have good credit to start your company, so make sure any debts are paid off in advance. You can gain support from business advisors. There are many companies offering advice for a small fee. www.ehow.com – Articles on business start ups www.businesslink.gov.uk – Advice, assistance and tips “Ideas are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.“ Carl Schurz uksbiggest.com :11
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ukb i Shimzie / Vengence
Hailing from southeast London, Daniel Taylor- Rose AKA Vengeance, has been writing since the age of 16, but only started taking his music seriously at the age of 19. Growing up around vast ranges of music, his influences are everyday life and what goes on around him both positive and negative. His first show was for a Choice FM open mic event at the City of University, from then Vengeance began to develop his sound, stage presence and charisma in his music. As he began to develop and sharpen his word-play abilities Vengeance got given the chance to support UK rapper Sincere at an urban youth event in October 2007. His sound consisting of Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul and Jazz genres is never afraid to go outside the box of music or collaborate with another artiste. Vengeance is currently known for his 1st
single “There you go” also his very soulful Jazz remix to his summer single “Ooh la la”. He has currently done a song with north London rapper Razor named “That’s just us” and is also in talks of doing a track with EC from Soundboy Ent and Jamm Tyme. Catch Vengeance at Open Mic nights around London including IloveLive. He previously performed at a show for “Positive Deviance” Anti-Knife and T2N and as if this isn’t enough for him, he has also created his own clothing line, (Sugar-Sloganz S3) which he uses as a key promotional tool when on stage, “I’m so sweet, No added sugar” website, which is coming soon. www.youtube.com/85wade www.soundcloud.com/ venencevng www.Myspace.com/ vengencevng Facebook - Daniel Taylor-Rose BBM - 22c9ecd1
Shimzie The African Prince There’s a new kid on the Block, Michael Olorunfemi, (Known as Shimzie) who is set to take the country by storm with his new sensation of Urban and Afrobeat music.
Shimzie (Mr Lectz/Flygezie Boi) is one of the best aspiring young musicians out there at this tender age to touch artistry with a difference. From lyrical wordplay to conscious rhymes, Shimzie can touch any production with an alternative rhythmic flow, giving him a status of an incomparable artist. He’s an artist who will always deliver a unique creativity from the heart of his musical abilities. After he started performing from a young age at 12 years old, his skills have evolved him to an incomparable artist with such a full star quality… “He owns the stage and whenever he performs you immediately notice that this kid is without doubt different from the rest” – Andy Hewes Sound Engineer. He’s performed in numerous gigs alongside known artists like Eliza Doolittle, Professor Green, Griminal, Meleka, Mikill Pane etc. Watch out for his new singles ‘Omo Naija’, ‘Magnificent’, ’Broken Love’ African Prince’ and more hitting your screens soon. uksbiggest.com :13
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ukb i Adot Comedian
An Audience with Adot Comedian “Lemme tell you sumthing” This young comic from Peckham South East London has shown that not everybody from Peckham is a criminal, or a gang banger, as many people believe so. Mr A Dot’s style of comedy is very unique and his ideas for comedy come from a range of different sources e.g. past experience, dreams, one to one convo’s with other people and pure imagination. A Dot does sometimes have a tendency to pick on someone in the audience so please be
aware of this when going to see him at a show, because you may be his next victim, LOL. However having said that he is also one of the very few comedians that keeps his jokes clean making his comedy family friendly and appealing to people of all ages. Coming from a Nigerian background and living in the heart of Peckham aka mini Lagos, A Dot’s comedy has hugely been influenced by this. This young comic has brought smiles and happiness to the lives of many and has the power to make
the unhappy, happy whilst he is on stage. Famously known for he’s catch pharses ‘’ Lemme tell you sumthing’’ & ‘’ Its Not Easy’’ which he using to generate laughter from his audience in between his jokes.
“Give me your number NOW!!! Dont get me maaaaad.”
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ukb i Adot Comedian How old was you when you done your first stand up comedy show? 16-17 The FUNNIEST sketch we have seen was ‘how not to chat up a girl’ what the most enjoyable one you have done? The most Enjoyable sketch ive done is AH AH PART 1 & 2. Whom do you consider the best comedian in the UK? I really couldn’t say. There are too many talented comedians to choose from. What is your style of comedy? My comedy is my lifestyle, things i come across on a daily basis, imagination etc How did you become a stand up comedian? It started at secondary school ( Archbishop Michael Ramsey Technology College) in 2004. I always use to entertain my fellow students in the play ground, classrooms, bus stops etc.
What makes you laugh? Things that everybody has experienced in the past. E.g. Getting beats by your parents, Runnin for a bus and missing it. What’s your best chat up line? Give me your number NOW!!! Before i throw acid in your face. What skills do you need to have in order to be a good comedian? 1. 1st thing you need is confidence. 2. 2nd thing you need is to be able to stand your ground against negative comments people say to you. 3. Good body language and acting skills when telling certain jokes make the jokes alot more funnier What’s your most embarrassing moment while performing? Tripping on stage
You have been doing comedy for a while now and you are now established, do people recognise you on the street? how does that feel? Yes people do recognise me on the street, It feels good as it show me that i am doing something constructive that people like and appreciate so it motivates me to continue working hard. What can we expect to see from you in the future? Only God Knows. I guess we shall all wait and see. All i can say is that i shall continue to work hard. If you havent heard or seen A Dot Comedian in action yet make sure you head down to his next event where you will be guaranteed to laugh till you cant laugh no more. Thanks for dropping by to visit his website. God bless you for doing so.
A scene from How not to chat up a girl uksbiggest.com :15
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‘’My major influences are people who were
raised from the same area and background as me because it shows we can all achieve and fulfil our dreams
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ukb i FEARLESS
fearless Fearless’’ also known as ‘’Dukuman’’ is a talented recording artist from north London. He’s featured in songs with N-Dubz, Ultra, Tinie Tempah & many more. He’s been working in the studio with a few producers like Jorg, Martin Anderson N.H.D & Fazer from N-Dubz on his upcoming debut album, which hopefully should be dropping soon. Fearless started rapping & writing as a youngster doing it as a hobby but now he’s taking his music to another level. His new E.P “UNSTOPPABLE” is OUT NOW via a free download, so support & get yourself your copy.
Do It Again” Remix produced by Maze Beats. Big up Ultra, Mark Asari & Loick Essien too.
How you doing Fearless? Before we begin just wanted to say thank you for arriving to your shoot nice and early lol. I’m fine thank you and yourself lol... Thank you for having me.
What is your biggest achievement to date? My biggest achievement up to date is performing in Glastonbury in front of thousands, Supporting N-Dubz on their Arena Tour, did a big show in Planet Dance BCM which holds 5000 people in
We seen you’ve been in a number of videos with Ndubz and you’ve got a big track with Dappy called Duku Man, I must say that got heavy rotation in the office lol. Are you old friends from Camden? For real well that’s what I like to hear, Me and Dapps are brothers.
What is your most embarrassing moment while performing? The most embarrassing moment was on the N-Dubz Arena Tour when the ladies are screaming ‘’Take your top off’’ haha What image would you say your music conveys and what is your music making process? Like i say I’m all about good music so its definitely positive, my music conveys my experience in life, what I like to do and how I like to do it etc
Mallorca (Spain) and getting over a millions of views on YouTube What UK artists and producers would you like to work with? UK artists that I’d like to work with are Calvin Harris, Example, Wretch 32 Kanye West, and Skepta! You gotta love grime Who are your major influences in the industry? My major influences in the industry are all types of people who were raised from the same background as me because it shows you can all achieve and for fill your dreams. What can we expect to see from you in the next coming months? You can expect me touring up the UK, i want to bring out another mixtape, im still working on my solo Album as we speak. Thanks for having me it was a honour..DuDuDuDuku!!!x
Who in the industry have you enjoyed working with? Ive defo enjoyed working with Dappy Tulisa & Faze, I’ve been working on my album with Maze Beats, also enjoyed working with Tinie Tempah on the Jaya “Dj
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ukb i JAY DIFFERENCE & AIMZ “We are proud of the response we are getting from the single package. The two mixes are truly worlds apart but still typically MPz!” (AiMz) What has been your biggest achievement to date? “We have so many goals and things we want to achieve! I felt a real sense of pride the day I finished the video for “Money won’t Change me” I took it to JMoe who longed the vibe of it so much he made a call there and then. Since then we have been engaged with a label, which is preparing the release whilst the remix video is completed.
Jay Difference & AiMz Brings You The MP’z The MP’z (Jay Difference & AiMz) started when the two met at school in Bromley. Jay had been collaborating with various artists and directed, shot and edited videos, which are available on YouTube. Whilst AiMz’s inspirations came from the Grime movement, AiMz noted J’s versatility on a track he heard from a mutual friend, so the following lunchtime he approached him with the suggestion of collaboration. “The MP’z project truly allows Aims and I to exploit our differences. The fact that we have each other’s backs makes the process richer and deeper” (Jay Diff) The MPs are a team of highly creative, competitive perfectionists. Their
focus has been on the recording of the debut album “way overdue” What have you got coming up? At current the MP’z are in the studio working on their album, which will be available on download early next year. Jay Difference also has his debut single “Money Won’t Change Me” which will be available to download from September 2011. The single package contains a new Hip-Hop anthem, as well as a smooth club mix featuring AiMz and JMoe and two accompanying videos.
What’s your music making process? The MP’z music is not forced in the slightest. Their music making process is very much fun and free. Jay Difference says, “Hitting the booth on a bad day is like talking to a councillor” & AiMz says, “Most of my lyrics come to me it’s very rarely forced” Overall they hit the studio in south London with producer Jay Moezart and occasionally there is a direction that the MP’z want to go in, however JMoe is always able to set the tone. What’s your music’s sound? We love the diversity of the new school of Hip-Hop. The MP’z dip into a variety of sounds and influences to create the unique brand of Hip-pop. The arrangements are radio. Aimz is going through a melodic phase whilst J Difference is expressing the many changes he’s been encountering through his verses.
“Hitting the booth on a bad day is like talking to a councillor”
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ukb i AKRE
Make “Akres” of space for the freshest sound to hit the UK!!! Akretainment is proud to present their primary recording artist Akre. Jason Kane, aka Akre, is a lyricist, songwriter and all round entertainer from south east London.
His witty metaphor use and excellent lyrical content has already left people wondering what’s next. With beats that are guaranteed to make you get up and dance and lyrics that will have you laughing, crying, reminiscing and, no doubt about it, listening all at the same time Akre is sure to cause a major raucous in the music industry. Akre embarked on a solo career after Garage Connection, the well known garage collective decided to go their separate ways. Since then Akre has performed at various locations around London including Turning Point festival in Camden’s famous Roundhouse studios and The Theatre Royal in Stratford. He also took part in UK Unsigned & Talent in Your Community showcase tours as well as making a name for himself on the underground radio scene.
What’s been your biggest achievement to date? My biggest achievement to date would be performing at the Turning point festival at the Roundhouse theatre in Camden, the atmosphere was great, seeing different cultures enjoying different genres of music and being a part of it was a great thing. Another moment would be opening up for rapper Knaan, that was my first time opening up for an established artist and it gave me confidence and belief that I could really do this! What’s your music making process? I enjoy writing, sometimes I don’t even listen to a beat I just write, sometimes I will listen to an instrumental on repeat and get into a zone and see what emotions the instrumental brings out, which creates the theme of the song and the flow, then find the words that best describe what it is I want the listener to feel.
What’s your music sound? I’m not sure of a word to describe it, I try to incorporate different influences into my music. I try to create music that exposes my personality, showing the different aspects of my life and experiences that make up Akre, keeping it true to myself and the art. His debut single from his forthcoming EP of the same name, ‘Next To Me’ has been very well received by DJs from all four corners as has the remix, ‘Angel Eyes’ featuring A.L Bennett. For more information on Akre you can make contact via the following: Twitter @officialakre @ akretainment @teamakre LIKE and SHARE the Akretainment page on Facebook Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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ukb i FASHION
The 50’s meets the USA
The 50’s meets the USA. Go for printed varsity T- shirts and cuffed trousers mixed with patterned shirts in darker winter colours. High tops and Gilets will go with this look well.of Espadrilles.
River Island £45.00
River Island £42.00
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ukb i FASHION
70’s chick in the 21st century
70’s chick in the 21st century... think big hats, scarves, leather gloves, bell bottoms and pussy bow neck lines. Top it off with autumn shaded tights, a little fur and loafers.
River Island £40.00
Miss Selfridge £85.00
topshop £100.00 Warehouse £45.00
River Island £60.00 uksbiggest.com :21
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ukb i rant of the month
Rant Of The Month Ok I’m back for another month and I’ve realised a few things from doing this. One is that I’m very grumpy. And two, getting all this stuff off my chest is probably what keeps me young and sexy!! (oh yeah!) *looks down at 6pac* Aaaanyways, like I promised this month I said I would get on the guy’s case, so this week, Mommas House Ballers! This is the name I have given to guys that think they are ballers when they still live at home. This shit pisses me off! You’re not a baller if you still live at your mothers house. FACT. If your mum is struggling to pay bills whilst you buy a new watch and take pictures posing next to money you’re just a waste man. FACT. Now don’t get me wrong, if your mum is living nice and your kids are well fed then by all means do your thing, but spending money on bottles in the club then asking your boys for petrol money on the way home/struggling to buy food for the rest of the month is not a good look! Neither is being in grands of debt just to have 10 pairs of different colour Air Max’s Please, I beg, just stop it, you got an extra £400 a month cos you live at home and don’t pay rent then you wanna get gassed and by champers. Long! Some people just love to make everyone know when we’re making money, but really the richest guys will walk past you on the street wearing some old jeans and a t-shirt and you’ll never know this guy’s company just made 12 million! I’m just saying, do you, enjoy yourself and live life. But we need to start thinking outside the box, there’s more to life than Bling and Champers, we need to start climbing the economic ladder as people. Only then will we have real money and power. Trust me. Mufasa out!
Follow Aaron on Twitter: @aaronmufasaaaa
Facebook: Mufasa’s house
By Aaron Wallace
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ukb i STARZ / HARRY ASHBY
Breathes New Life To The Music.
Starz is not your typical Grime artist. He has been working with all genres of music, with a variety of artists, some who are known as well as unknown unsigned acts all in a bid to further his ability in becoming a complete artist.
Starz is influenced by all sorts of things, not even fellow musicians, just mainly things that happen in day-to-day life, which inspires him to create a variety of music for all to listen to. With a unique individual style and verbal swagger of his own, Starz is sure to be the next big thing. Breathing new life to the Urban Scene in the UK. With the lead up to the release of his new mix CD “Boy with a dream” and debut single, “Fly away” which has already had airplay on 1xtra’s Ace & Vis show. Starz is definitely a talent to watch out for and in the next coming months he will be seen all over London performing at various events promoting his new music. Label Management http://www.look4meent.com/artists/starz Twitter http://www.Twitter.com/SongwriterStarz YouTube http://www.Youtube.com/StarzSongwriter SoundCloud http://www.Soundcloud.com/StarzSongwriter
Harry Ashby To Become The Next Craig David
Harry Ashby from Birmingham dream is to become the next J Sean or Craig David as he thinks the UK is ready for a new solo male singer. ‘’I have always sung from a youngster but never had voice coaching or took it seriously until a few months ago when a group called Downside heard about my singing and got together to make Take it away”. ‘’Take it away’’ has been on over 300 small radio stations and AKA music TV. Also the hits have rocketed on YouTube. The singers that have inspired Harry Ashby are Justin Timberlake, Sisqo, Maxwell, John Legend and many more. ‘’My aim now is to get more known as a singer and get a record deal so I can live my dream instead of thinking about it, but we all have to start somewhere and plus singing makes me happy’’. uksbiggest.com :23
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ukb i Birth of the MOBO Awards
Birth of the MOBO Awards Launched in 1996, by founder and CEO Kanya King MBE, the MOBO Awards were the first Awards show in Europe to celebrate urban music. In our 16 year history, the MOBO Awards have, undoubtedly, played an instrumental role in elevating black music and culture to mainstream popular status in the UK.
The Awards continue to attract the largest prime time multicultural audience in Europe, due in no small part to the fact that MOBO has played host to the music industries finest, witnessing jaw-dropping performances from the cream of both UK and international talent. Over the years artists have included: Janet Jackson, P Diddy, Mark Ronson, JLS, Tinie Tempah, Dionne Warwick, Tina Turner, Jay- Z, LL Cool J, Amy Winehouse, Usher and John Legend to name but a few.
Founder of The MOBO Awards, Kanya King
The home of show-stopping performances, MOBO strives to continually surprise and delight our fan base. For example, in 2005 as MOBO celebrated its 10th Anniversary, opening the show with a performance by former Fugees band member Lauryn Hill and closing with an explosive collaboration by the Marley Brothers in tribute to their father, the late Bob Marley, has people talking to this day! As well as showcasing a wide array of top international talent, MOBO is proud to have been a catalyst in the careers of numerous UK artists such as Craig David, Ms Dynamite, Estelle, Kano, N-Dubz, Chipmunk – all of whom have gone on to achieve massive success after winning the MOBO Best Newcomer Awards.. In 2010 the awards made another move, this time to Liverpool Echo Arena to celebrate our 15th anniversary. A powerful line up of some of the hottest names in the urban music scene performed at the 2010 Awards including where the UK’s biggest acts including Tinie Tempah, JLS, Tinchy Stryder, Professor Green and Roll Deep as well as U.S stars Nelly and Travie McCoy. Now in its 16th year, the MOBO Awards has helped champion the extraordinary rise of urban music over the past two decades from niche, to now leading the UK charts. The 2010 awards featured some truly unique performances and collaborations from some of the best talent around. Without a doubt MOBO’s will be bringing many more award ceremonies to our screens for many many years to come. Catch UKB behind the scenes of MOBO’s footage on YouTube. uksbiggest.com :25
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ukb i Shantelle Rochester Give us in your own words what Shantelle Rochester is all about? I’m all about entrepreneurship and creativity. As its because of these things I strive to do my best in all I put my mind too. I don’t want to be held down to 1 title and in the 21st century that’s not necessary. I believe that if you don’t give up and work really hard at whatever you want to do the sky’s the limit.
Shantelle Rochester’s Rise to Stardom Shantelle Rochester is a south London born and raised multi talented female, who has developed her many skills in depth and used them to create her businesses. As an entrepreneur, she has her own production company; she is an actress, singer, model and mother. Whilst striving towards success within the various industries she has recently begun filming a reality series to show the struggles, successes, and all round daily life of a determined individual getting into the entertainment industry.
Hey Shantelle, how you doing? The last time we saw you we were in the rain filming for your show and doing a shoot lol, what’s it all about and how’s it going? I remember the rain that day! I was doing my first photo shoot for Booshie Bagswhich is an online fashion boutique which sell handmade unique bags that I modelled that day. It went great we got some great photos. Since then I did my first catwalk for them in-conjunction with ‘Most Wanted Talent’ agency. It was a really good evening with lots of talent on show.
We hear you’re doing a movie, what’s it all about and how did you get this opportunity? I wanted to create a film that represented a new turning point in urban films. So myself and a great friend of mine Adrian Scott created and wrote a fantastic urban sci-fi Thriller script. Through my company Urban Media Productions with myself as main lead and producer I filmed a few scenes to create a trailer which was screened at Canes film festival last year. Since then we have sourced part funding and are awaiting the rest to film next year. So in essence I created an opportunity for myself. What can we expect from you in the on coming months and when is the show out? In the next few months I expect to complete financing the film and finish filming for the first series for the reality show. There is no release date yet but it will be this year. As always I will keep creating and making things happen, so watch this space! nYou can keep up to date with how it’s going @sirrochester or umpltd or fb southside fanpage and ump.
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ukb i CELEBRITY GOSSIP
Dappy from N-Dubz: ‘Def Jam tried to change what we are’
The MC has been releasing new freestyles each week as part of his Wheel & Come Again series. Bashy has let loose his bars on popular songs such as Ed Sheeran’s ‘Angel’s Can’t Fly’ and Wretch 32’s ‘Don’t Go,’ and has even been mentioned in The Times newspaper for his impressive covers.
UK rapper Devlin says he “can’t enjoy” current chart music.
The 22-year-old said: “Nobody is spitting bars, it’s synthesised music, club music, and [has] watered down lyrics. “I appreciate singers like Jessie J and Adele and Ed Sheeran, but when it comes to the rap thing it’s lonely out here.” The Dagenham artist has teamed up with Childline to give a young fan the chance to rap a verse on one of his tracks. He advised MCs who wanted to enter the competition to show “heartfelt emotion”.
Jamal commissioned 5 more episodes of documentary
Google continues its ‘the web is what you make of it’ campaign with its latest spot featuring Jamal Edwards, the 20-year-old entrepreneur behind youth broadcasting website SBTV. Jamal Edwards documentary which was on Ch4 “From
Bashy has been releasing new freestyles each week as his push to get back to the top
A little more than a year after launching their American invasion, N-Dubz have left their US label Def Jam. While the record company cited “creative differences”, Dappy claimed it had tried to “change what we are”. “We’re not just a silly bunch of pop tarts,” Its clear that Dappy has his own vision and goals and nothing is going to stand in his way “This was 100% the band’s decision and they remain signed to Universal worldwide.
“They ask me are you signed? I answer yes and no/I had to sign myself, but rolling with the major labels though/But I stay on my grind, I am getting dough/I been on so many shows to see me you need a telescope,” raps the confident North West London Bedroom To Boardroom” has been commissioned another 5 more episodes and he is now working on a project with Vevo. What Jamal has achieved is not luck, but hard work and determination, and we are definitely going to be hearing more achievements from this young genius.
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ukb i TOP THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
top theatre productions
The Lion King
A heartfelt harmonic adaptation of the 1994 Disney movie based upon one lion’s tale of pride and deception. The story begins at sunrise in the depths of the jungle when all the gathered animals are presented with newborn cub Simba, the son of King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi. Simba’s evil uncle Scar’s hopes and dreams of becoming King get pushed further down the timeline with the arrival of new cub, something which Scar is unwilling to accept. Booking Until: 01-Apr-2012 Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2:30pm Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm Running Time: 2 hours 50 min
Lend Me a Tenor
Don’t miss this new musical comedy hit! This uproarious new musical comedy by Peter Sham and Brad Carroll is a riotous, unpredictable explosion of mistaken identities and unexpected romance based on the award-winning West End and Broadway hit comedy by Ken Ludwig. Booking Until: 19-Nov-2011 Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
The dazzling new musical GHOST, based on the phenomenal Oscar winning Paramount Pictures film, opens at the Piccadilly Theatre in June 2011. A timeless fantasy about the power of love in which Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic, in the hope of saving her from his murderer. Booking Until: 28-Jan-2012 Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2:30 pm Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7:30 pm
For the eleventh year, the stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved book continues to delight children everywhere as it returns to the Peacock for Christmas. When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels, they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and, of course, Father Christmas. Booking Until: 08-Jan-2012 Matinees: Dates and times vary Evenings: Dates and times vary
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ukb i RECOMMENDED FILMS & VIDEOS
MOVIES: Chosen by UKB
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Action, Drama, Sci-Fi Rating 8.5/10 The film opens at Gen Sys (pronounced “Genesis”), a genetic therapy pharmaceutical company. (Plot side note: Genetic therapy is real science. A virus is used to deliver new genetic material to a living organism, thus changing its DNA. This works on children and adults, whereas most genetic manipulation would take place before or at fertilization. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Rating 6/10 Autobots, Bummblebee, Rachet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and
Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon The Change Up Comedy Rating 6.5/10 Growing up together, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they’ve slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch
has remained a single, quasiemployed man-child who has never met a responsibility he liked. Cowboys And Aliens Action Sci-Fi, Thriller Rating 6.5/10 The Old West. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist.
Top YouTubeiT Videos 1. Wretch 32 x Daley - Long Way Home
2. Daley - Blame The World 3. Dappy - SBTV Tarzan Freestyle [Music Video] 4. Angel ft Sneakbo - Ride Out 5. Wiley ft Alexa Goodard - Sediction 6. Kurt Collins - Top Of The World 7. Kozzie - I’m Famous 8. Juvenilez - Til I’m Gone Remix 9. Amplify Dot - Warm up session 10. Angel reveals his deepest song (interview)
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