• Tottenham: Jazz Off The Beaten Track

    By Chris Wells on May 23, 2017
    There are still not enough venues in London to accommodate all of the capital’s jazz artists. While long established venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Vortex, 606, Café Oto and Pizza Express, to name but some, are stalwart institutions, both musicians – and audiences, for that matter – need more options. While Soho and Dalston are recognized as places where […]
  • Soul Of A Nation

    By Chris Wells on May 12, 2017
    This summer Tate Modern will present Soul Of A Nation: Art In The Age Of Black Power, a landmark exhibition exploring what it meant to be a black artist in the USA during the Civil Rights movement and at the birth of Black Power. Seeking also to explain that art’s purpose, it will additionally consider the art’s target audience and […]
  • Sisters Doing It For Themselves

    By Chris Wells on May 5, 2017
    The Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham continues its adventurous film programming with a short season dedicated to female freedom fighters who took the fight to a sexist, racist, capitalist establishment. Women In Activism is curated by Charmaine Simpson, and kicks off tonight with The Supreme Price, a documentary on the struggle for women’s rights in Nigeria before presenting three […]
  • Chesnutt Time

    By Chris Wells on May 4, 2017
    About to drop his new album My Love Divine Degree as well as appear on the cover of the May issue of Echoes, indie music man Cody Chesnutt has lined up a live date at London’s Bush Hall on June 8. Visit for more details and to book.
  • StunnahGee/Kymo EP Raises Cancer Awareness

    By Chris Wells on May 4, 2017
    UK Afrobeat star StunnahGee has teamed with Nigeria’s King of R&B Kymo Kingin for a new breast cancer awareness EP, entitled Nipples. Fusing R&B, afrobeats, pop and trap, the pair has come up with a genre-crossing record, produced by T-Izze, and with a powerful purpose. Lead single I Need An Answer is an R&B ballad, led by delicate piano and […]
  • Jazzie Talks The Classics

    By Chris Wells on May 2, 2017
    Soul II Soul leader Jazzie B will this month be taking part in The Royal Albert Hall’s Summer of Love: Revisited programme, sitting in with Classic Album Sundays’ Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy in the Hall’s Elgar Room to discuss how black musicians and producers inspired new musical genres, and became entrepreneurs in the face of racial adversity. Music from James Brown, […]
  • Salute Music Makers Launches

    By Chris Wells on April 28, 2017
    TAKE PART IN SALUTE MUSIC MAKERS – A NEW COMPETITION TO FIND THE UK’S BEST NEW, UNSIGNED SONGWRITERS What is it? Salute Music Makers is a brand new online talent search, just launched, to locate our finest young, unsigned songwriters. It costs £20 per track to enter [up to a maximum of four], but there’s every chance you’ll at least […]
  • Top Of The Hill

    By Chris Wells on April 27, 2017
    Rap originals The Sugarhill Gang are about to embark on an early summer, eight-date trek across the UK, supported by The Furious 5 featuring Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio. Kicking off on May 31 at The Welly in Hull, the schedule then runs: Norwich, Waterfront [June 1]; Sheffield, Foundry [2]; Leeds, Brudenell Social Club [4]; Manchester, Gorilla [6]; Liverpool, Hangar […]
  • Jacksons Summer Heat

    By Chris Wells on April 26, 2017
    Pop’s first family The Jacksons have scheduled a whole summer’s worth of live dates across the UK, celebrating an extraordinary half-century in the business. Catch them at: Scarborough, Open Air Theatre [June 17]; Woodstock, Blenheim Palace [18]; Glastonbury Festival [21-25]; Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena [25]; Newmarket, July Racecourse [30]; Glynde Place, Love Supreme Festival [June 30-July 2]; Greenwich Musictime Festival [July […]
  • Love Of The Common People

    By Chris Wells on April 24, 2017
    House of Common are delighted to confirm that Soul II Soul, Norman Jay, Dennis Bovell and Sherwood & Pinch will be joining the lineup at House Of Common 2017. They will play alongside previously announced acts, including festival headliners Madness, De La Soul, RAMJAM stage curator David Rodigan, Toddla T, Dawn Penn, Craig Charles, Hackney Colliery Band and very special guests […]