Kenya Photo Exhibition Launch Night @ Open The Gate – 24th November

Massive THANK YOU’s to all who helped out with this event, all who turned up and supported, the live acts, everybody, it was a lovely night…

A great honour for myself to hold my first exhibition/event and have so many of my lovely friends and family present.   I have been blessed to bump into some amazing souls in my life, many of these being musical ones, so it was only right to spread the vibes by having 4 brilliant live acts downstairs.

Musicians I have had the pleasure of working with over the years, all doing great work here in the UK as well as performing abroad, working and collaborating with other musical talent around the globe.

Funny man Special P hosted the night and gave us some pretty controversial comedy, something that Wancee picked up on and had me in stitches when they went at it, joke for joke on stage, thats what happens when fire meets fire!  Wancee also dropped some tracks fresh from his time in India earlier this year, conscious and thought provoking, Wancee had every bodies attention focussed when he read his latest BHM poem – “A Storm No Teacup (Corrupt Cop)”  in memory of Smiley Culture and Mark Duggan who were both murdered in police custody earlier this year.

Aruba Red along with the amazing Chantelle Nandi Masuku and Julie Iwheta performed some tracks acapella style which was a nice surprise and really gave us the opportunity to hear these young ladies in their full capacity.  Aruba Red is a good friend of mine and has done some amazing work on the musical circuit performing at many big name summer festivals as well as continued support of local charities, she will soon be touring with Maverick Sabre and Miss Dynamite beginning March 2012.

Cherri Prince and Mangaliso Asi plus Mista Dex are an amazing trio of soulful jazzy HipHop that any Neo Soul head would be feeling. From the sweet vibes of “Just Say Hi” to the revolutionary “Whispers of Revolution”, this is the kind of stuff I wanna hear!  Along with Kensaye on percussion to add to the atmosphere, the crowd were loving these guys.

Renn Washington, where do I start?  Lol, we were not actually sure Renn would make it, he’s just laid back that’s all, its the Trinidadian in him I guess!  He did make it though, and what he did make, was some amazing soulful sounds, guitar in hand, I dont think many people were really ready for what one make can do live when given the opportunity.  With a great vocal range and moving lyrics to match, Renn had us giving thanks for a great ending to the evening, thank you brother.  We did spend 3 weeks together in Kenya, we even camped one night in Nakuru national park, on some blair witch project type ish!  Thats captured on Renn TV, but I wont display that now… :-)

Pictures below supplied by the beautiful and amazingly talented photographers Miss Joanna Woodrow and Miss Saira Awan, more blessings to know these two crazy and lovely ladies, JW in colour and Sai’s in B&W….Huge thanks also going out to Anthony at ATO Producitons for turning up and filming the night!  In fact it was the first time we met, give thanks to Dre for bumping into Anthony on the bus earlier that day and giving him the knowledge on the event, im feeling the Love!  Video footage also below…enjoy!

MAVERICK SABRE, ARUBA RED & LOGIC @ JAZZ CAFE – 9th JUNE 2011

Opening up the night was DJ Snuff followed shortly by MC Logic, introduced by Rodney P, Logic for me is the freshest guy in UK HipHop right now, straight talk real revolutionary flow, breaking things down nicely to any crowd, hollering PEOPLES ARMY whenever he feels to. Logic got things started nicely, especially when going into his tune bigging up the pioneers in the industry, big tings and I hope to see more of this brudda shine through the music game.

Then miss Aruba Red graced the stage in Vintage style, bringing a more subtle sound to all inside, revolutioanry with her flow also, Aruba has developed and tweaked her sound over time, with all band members fully on point, Aruba set the vibe nicely with her mellow sound.

Hot off tour with Snoop Dogg around the UK, Maverick Sabre returned to good old north London to blow the roof off of Jazz Cafe. I’ve seen many gigs at this infamous venue but this was different, the energy inside created by the sold out crowd, singing along with Mav and the band, created a beautiful atmosphere that was a joy to witness.

Attracting a young and old crowd with all in between, Mav unleashes some classic Motown Soul through the mic, as well as tuning into the dub step frequency when its time to get things bouncing.

All in all a great night for UK music! Big up D and the fam, Peace!

Aruba Red Photoshoot, March 2011

Aruba Red

Hooking up once again with the beautiful Aruba Red, this time with a selection of garments including a One Love hoody from statemeant – “A new and unique upcoming brand of clothing designed for the conscious individual focusing on thought provoking statements”  Taken from their website, check out http://www.statemeant.com/ for more info

One Love - http://www.statemeant.com/

The following shots were also used for a recent interview with Aruba by The First Lady blogspot:

Dress by Kenema & Co: http://kenemasays.blogspot.com/
Jewelry by BeRare: http://etsy.com/shop/beRare

Aruba Red, Dress by Kenema & Co - Jewelry by BeRare

Aruba Red, Dress by Kenema & Co - Jewelry by BeRare

Experimenting for the first time with this type of shot, as soon as I stepped into this room (secret location!) I thought of two things – Fisheye and multiple Aruba Red’s.  Placing the camera on the tripod and snapping away, plus a few hours in photoshop and this is the result:

Multiple Aruba's

THTC Photoshoot, 7th May

thtc black

Founded in 1999, THTC- The Hemp Trading Company – is an ethically driven underground clothing label, specialising in eco-friendly, politically-conscious hemp street wear.

Working alongside the lovely Aruba Red and Dulcie, who were very brave in the cold May weather, down by the canal in Dalston we snapped the new range of women’s garments which are available to purchase online here.

 

THTC’s new range of recycled hemp ladies’ garments is now available exclusively on the THTC web shop! The range, which has been designed by recycling pioneers My Only One is very limited edition, with no more than 30 pieces per style ever to be produced!

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 This range is expected to sell out very quickly, so why not grab yourself a piece of history while you can. THTC is the only company in the world to produce recycled hemp clothing!

If you use the voucher code ‘recycle’ at the online checkout you will be able to receive 20% off any of these, and all the rest of THTC’s range. This offer is for retail orders only, not for shop wholesale orders.

The range has been modeled so far by singer  and model Dulcie Olivia.

 

Lyrix Organix @ The Paradise Club, 24th September 2009

Travelling west to Kensal Rise was a funky night of live music and comedy in a cosy little venue called Paradise.  Beat boxer Special K opened up with some funky voice skills just before Doc Brown took the stage, a man who I’d photographed 5 years ago at the Jump Off when he was tearing up emcees on stage.  Now coming with a completely different flex,  DocBrown incorporates rap and comedy to the extent that it just flows nicely and makes sense and makes you laugh!  Big up Doc on this, something I haven’t seen live before, he also came with a great theme of using cards to explain and translate street slang into formal English, one of the funniest parts of his set.

Up next was the revolutionary Aruba Red who uplifted the venue with Soulful Reggae infused music, followed shortly by Maverick Sabre who did pretty much the same, almost like an Irish version of the artist Natty, Maverick has some lovely soothing conscious lyrics sung in a way that just captivates the mind and allows it to relax in tune with the guitar strings and lyrics.  If that wasn’t enough, the Empress Floetic Lara then stepped up to feed minds with a deeper level of lyrical talent, opening up her set with “Passionate Poets” (check it out on her myspace page) – the kind of song that you appreciate so much it makes you wish you were the one who wrote it!  If your thinking on that level anyway…

A wicked night, nuff respect to Dan Tsu who put it all together and also rocked the stage during the jam session at the end.