Back in the small picturesque town of Cluses in North Eastern France, just over the border from Geneva, this small town comes together once again to put on a full 4 day festival with a decent line up, this time also including Asian Dub Foundation.
Travelling alongside the head banging HEDNOKA’s this is a couple of flicks from their performance, video footage below…
While sitting down deciding what to do with my Saturday night, a call came through that said “hey, you want to cover a gig?” that was a very nice phone call, from my good photographer friend Mala – MKV Photography – Turning up at the Apollo with a fat smile on my face, I was now about to witness the collabo of John Legend and the Roots performing material from their recently recorded album “Wake Up”
Being a fan of many of the classics on this album, it was great to discover that this collaboration had taken place and to see John Legend sing these tracks live was something else, the man can sing!
Big up to the Roots every time, this is the 3rd time I’ve seen them now and it must always be said, the best HipHop band out there does it again.
Shooting for Soul Culture magazine, be sure to check them out for the full write up by Jacqueline Shepherd. Much Love
Featuring London’s young and fresh new talent; X7EAVEN ACADEMY’S 2010 annual show DARE 2 DREAM follows the journey of young people who have lost their way and discovering a new path to their bright, innovative future. DARE 2 DREAM will take you on an exciting and fun journey using LIVE MUSIC, SINGING, DANCE and DRAMA to transport you to exotic and striking places you’ve never been before!
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.
Hosted by none other than Funk Physics creator Kymberlee Jay. Kym pulled out all the stops to bring us performances on the night by 11 of the best dance crews in the country, all of which performed specially choreagraphed dances in honor for Michael Jackson. There have been tributes taking place all over the world, some just hours after his death. Many people including myself have grown up on MJ’s music and the influence is not hard to see, the man was a revolutionary in musical terms, producing timeless music that continues to inspire to this day.
Also on the night we had beautiful vocalist Kele Le Roc bless the stage to sing us two songs, as well as Duane Flames feat Shan and Insight who both delivered songs to touch hearts.
It was great to witness the sheer energy on the night, with the youngest of the performers aged just 6 years old and already packed with knowledge on MJ’s music, big shouts out to Kym and all the dancers who performed on the night, as well as the audience for making it all possible, money made from the night has also been donated to Amnesty International.
Myslef Dance Company – “Scream”Interlude Youth Dance Company – “They dont really care about us”TK Spin Master of Movement – “Ghosts”Avant Garde – “Thriller”Clara In Da House – “Butterflies”Duane Flames ft. Shan – “Never can say Goodbye”Kele Le Roc – “Working Day & Night”Animaneax – “Unreleased”School of Funk – “Dangerous”Pop C & Diva J – “Stranger in Moscow”Plague – “Off the Wall”Boy Blue Entertainment – “Bad”Flawless – “MJ Tribute”Insight – “Music & Me”