Strange Brew @ The Roundhouse

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Strange Brew is back.  This eclectic night showcasing the cream of fresh talent is quickly building a reputation as being the hub for the hottest in new live music in London. Hosted by soul-rebel Aruba Red and featuring the stunning vocal talents of Jem Cooke, Mellow Baku’s smooth vibes and addictive gothic-folk chanteuse Catherine A.D. plus many more, this one is not to be missed.

Purchase your discounted early-bird tickets now for a mere £4.
£6 on the door subject to availability.

February’s Strange Brew was a sell-out success and looking at this line-up, April is set to be no different. Strange Brew is generating glittering reviews and rightly so; nowhere else will you find talent of this quality & prestige within such beautiful surroundings and for such a low price! Attracting a mixed audience of all tastes, ages and backgrounds, Strange Brew showcases everything from Reggae to Experimental Electronica, Gothic Folk to Electro Hip Hop. All this fused with funky beats, live percussionists and impressive visuals, Strange Brew is sure to bring another inspiring evening to the Roundhouse:

“Showcasing acts about to blow”
– Metro
“A night of eclectic live music” – TNT
“This is no normal showcase this is the best of the best, an event of the highest musical calibre” – Phatriff
“An exciting genre mix-up of live music” – Eventful
“I left Strange Brew feeling inspired and in awe of what I had seen” – R.H.A.S Journal

Pre-booking your tickets early is advised to avoid disappointment

Featuring:

Aruba Red – Reggae / Dub / Political Soul

Nitin Sawhney’s ‘London Undersound’ / BBC ‘Hottest Homegrown’ / iTunes ‘Best of  2008’

http://www.myspace.com/arubaredmusic

Bellatrix & the Boxettes – A’cappella / Jazz / Experimental

International Beatbox Festivals / UK Beatbox Championships

http://www.myspace.com/boxettes

Catherine A.D. – Alternative / Melodramatic Popular Song / Gothic

Gorgeous sick beautiful voice” – Courtney Love

http://www.myspace.com/catherinead

Iron Braydz – Hip Hop / Rap / A’cappella

Immortal Technique / Dead Prez / ‘Iron Rap Show’ on Bang Radio

http://www.myspace.com/gmabraydz

Jem Cooke – Acoustic / Soul / Rock

The National Theatre / Residency at NY’s ‘Bitter End’

http://www.myspace.com/jemcooke

Mellow Baku – Jazz / Roots / Soul

Michie One / Courtney Pine / Birmingham Jazz Festival

http://www.myspace.com/mellowbaku

Riz MC – Lyrical / Big Beat / Alternative

Glastonbury Festival / BBC Live Sessions / BBC Electric Proms

http://www.myspace.com/rizmc

The Safires – Electo-Acoustic / Folk / Experimental

“Perfect for all seasons” – Nitin Sawhney

http://www.myspace.com/thesafiressound

Plus an exclusive blues / gospel set from very special guests ‘Roundhouse Voices’

DJ: Adam Nicholas ~ with live percussionists – Brazilian Hip Hop / Funk / Mash-up:

http://www.myspace.com/themusicofparadox

VJ: Joe Catchpole (Jammin Live Crew) ~ Stunning live visual art:

http://www.joecatchpole.co.ukhttp://www.jammincrew.co.uk

For more information please visit http://www.myspace.com/strangebrewevents

GIGGS – You Raised Me/Open Up

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Director Teddy Nygh, a talented man who has starred in feature length films such as Sugarhouse and also directed and produced his own full feature hip-hop documentary Clash of da tights 1’s, explains that he had vision for a video when he heard this new track from the south London rapper.  Giggs himself is a controversial artist which gave Teddy even further inspiration for running the project. Teddy explains that when he heard the track for the first time it touched him, he really felt it and instantly visualised the scenes and with Giggs being a very visual rapper this just made things come together.


The video is in two parts, with the first part being a dedication to his mum (the video was released on Mother’s day) and then blends into the second part which is a club scene with some brilliantly made up geisha models shaking their thangs on the dance floor.  This video did in fact make history to be the first UK hip hop music video to have a screening for its release in the warm and cosy Riverside studios in Hammersmith.

I shot the stills on the set over two days, missing the green screen filming on day3 due to other commitments!  But still got some good shots, the second day also involved me shooting two particular shots during the filming of young Giggs that I then printed out and placed in the picture frames on the wall, to then be used for the effect of zooming into the picture and merging into film…Teddy also dragged me down to Peckham one night to shoot some stills of the traffic on the high street, we setup the tripod, found the angle we needed and shot around 250 stills each exposed at 2 seconds, with the camera on interval timing (taking a shot on its own every 3 seconds), the resulting 250 pics were then blending together by the editors and used (briefly!) in the video, just as Giggs says “I think the hood kinda changed me”

Big up to all involved, it was a good shoot and everyone put in hard work to get the job done, bring on the next vid!


The Allstar Comedy Explosion @ The Broadway Theatre, Catford, 28th Feb 2009

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The biggest and THE best in stand up comedy for one night only – Curtis Walker, Felix Dexter, Robbie Gee, Richard Blackwood, Slim and Donna Spence


 

 

Wiley – Slippin’ Directed by Jason Nwansi, OCT 2007

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bbc new music shorts

Five aspiring filmmakers have had their ideas selected and been awarded £5000 each to make a music-based short film. The films will be premiered at the BBC Electric Proms festival in October and online on BBC Film Network, before commencing a UK festival tour.

The winners of BBC New Music Shorts 2007 were chosen from 456 entries and will make their film under the guidance of experienced producers from Warp Films. Each film is inspired by music from four leading independent record labels – Domino Records, 679 Recordings, Warp Records and Ninja Tune.

Jason Nwansi

Track: ‘Slippin’ by Wiley (Ninja Tune/Big Dada)
Synopsis: Kids on a school trip to a museum have a strange encounter with some mummies.

See the full video here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/filmnetwork/films/p004wmbt

Chester P’s Five Word Final Freestyle Trials

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This has to be one of the best hiphop nights I’ve ever been to in London.  Residing in the small sweaty back room of the Dublin Castle in Camden, ganja smoke in the air and crazy people in the crowd shouting out random words like MUTLEY to the host, Chester P who then writes the suggestion down on a large board to the side of the stage.  Once enough suitable words have been provided, the enlisted emcees then take stage to battle it out using the words wrriten on the board.  As you will see from the pictures this was some real funny shit and was a great show of fresstyle flexability and skill…