A newsletter from BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress (BBM/BMC) and BTWSC.
BTWSC aims to develop potential, raise aspirations and promote social inclusion.
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NARM: LOOKING FOR NOTABLE, ASPIRATIONAL ROLE MODELS 1907 – 2007
Brent-based voluntary organisation BTWSC’s Heritage Lottery Funded NARM (Naming And Role Models) Project needs your role model nominations and participation at its Do We Need Role Models? open discussion on Thursday Feb. 19, 6.30-8.30pm.
Some have described President Barack Obama as the “ultimate role model”. But who are the British male roles of African descent?
The general public have up to Feb. 28 2009 to make their nominations at www.btwsc.com/NARM, where further information and rules can be found.
BTWSC is also offering a space for discussion with the Do We Need Role Models? event on Thursday Feb. 19, 6.30-8.30 at The Space, Willesden Green Library Centre. Young people, parents, mentors and teachers are especially welcome to the free event, which with the help of special guests, will discuss the value of role models and highlight some role models over the last century.
FANCY A FREE EVENT PLANNING QUALIFICATION?
BTWSC is hoping to run another cycle of its free ASET Level 2 accredited Event Planning course from late April 2009. It’s subject to a successful funding application. It’s aimed at unemployed people or those volunteering or on very low income from African or ethnic minority backgrounds aged 16-plus. If interested, fill in feedback form at …
MUSIC IS A BUSINESS: GET ENTREPRENEURIAL
BritishBlackMusic.com (BBM) has joined with Inner Rhythm to present the third of its extraordinary afternoon workshop to help you use the science and art of creating and designing a winning music business strategy to transform your music business and career to new heights.
The How To Create A Winning Music Business Strategy For The Independent Musician Or Music Entrepreneur Workshop costs £40 (can only book online; early bird £30 deal). Registration starts at 1.30pm. Event Timings are 2.00pm – 5.30pm (last half hour is for networking and one-2-ones with speakers).
THE STATE OF BRITISH BLACK MUSIC TODAY?
The Self Help News online newsletter “giving a voice to the voiceless” has published an article examining the state of British black music. We’ve published the first part in the BBM eponymous SOBM section.
JUNE IS BRITISH BLACK MUSIC MONTH (BBMM)
UPDATES ON BRITISHBLACKMUSIC.COM
Check out our Competition channel for compo albums: soulful covers by South Africa’s Abavuki’s ‘Africa’s Got Soul’ (Prestige Elite), hip-hop edged acappella by UK/US group Naturally 7’s ‘Wall Of Sound’ (Festplatte/Universal), and the drum-fantastic ‘The Divine Drummer’ (RetroAfric) by the recently departed Ghanaian musician Ghanaba a.k.a Guy Warren.
Seemper has a number of
Interviews with British up and coming artists, including Tor, Carvadeya, JayEss, plus Keisha White and Naturally 7. Plus our Music Industry Features has articles covering UK reggae and the urban music business sector, highlights of Urban Music Awards 2008, reflection on UK’s African music scene, plus an orbituary feature on the late South African grande dame of music Miriam ‘Pata Pata’ Makeba. And you can click to read the full version of this Newsletter.
CATCH A FLAVOUR WITH OUR VIDEO TRAILERS
If you missed BTWSC’s Roots To Branches edu-tainment concerts, get a flavour with these YouTube posted trailers, and also catch Kwaku’s contribution to the Reach’s Be An Inspiration video series:
MOBILE PHONES COME WITH FREE IN-BUILT POPCORN MAKER AND BRAIN TOASTER!
Are you a singer, dancer, rapper, producer, manager, filmmaker, label owner or do you have a general interest in exploring a career in the creative industries? XPRESS URSELF is organising a creative industries careers day for young adults between the ages of 15-25 on Monday Feb. 16 2009, 12-6.30pm at the east London’s Ocean Music.
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ITALO-ZAMBIAN SONGSTRESS LEONIE CASANOVA
A bit reminiscent of Sylvia Powell, London-based Zambian/Italian singer launches in UK with her first two singles featured in multi-award-winning films ‘The World Unseen’ and ‘I Can’t Think Straight’. Her debut UK single, ‘Broken’, is released March 30 2009. Her followup single, ‘Little Feeling’, is set for a May 2009 release …
GHANABA/GUY WARREN R.I.P
Ghanaian master drummer and Afro-jazz musician Kofi Ghanaba
Died on December 23 2008, aged 85. During his stay in US during the 1950s, he performed with several notable jazz musicians including John Coltrane and Duke Ellington, thus bringing African rhythms to American jazz, and the London jazz. Originally known as Guy Warren, he was one of the original members of the Tempos Band, which went on to great heights as pioneers of highlife music under the leadership of ET Mensah. Ghanaba introduced his brand of Afro-fusion across Africa and Europe. To hear him in his element, we’ve got one copy of his ‘The Divine Drummer’ (RetroAfric) to give away.
AFRICA DAY IN WANDSWORTH REQUIRES ARTISTS
This year’s Africa Day event in Wandsworth in October will be at York Gardens library, which has a big hall and access to gardens. The intention is to have the event catered by a local African/Afro-Caribbean catering firm. The format will be a mixture of talking/oral history and music, to be compered by Alex Pascal. The organisers are keen to showcase local musicians, and perhaps an accessible known name (the 2008 event featured Osibisa).
For more information: Tina Wood, Activity Co-ordinator,
Tina.Wood@peabody.org.uk, 020 7021 4066.
MAMA-SA! DIBANGO SUES MICJAC & RIHANNA!
African music icon and sax man Manu Dibango is suing Michael Jackson, R&B singer Rihanna, and their associate companies in a French court. Dibango got a settlement from Micjac for his use of the “mama-koo mama-sa maku ma-ku-sa” chant in ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’’, taken from Dibango’s ‘Soul Makossa’ ….
BRAZENBUNCH’S BUNCH OF LIVE GIGS
BrazenBunch have a couple of live gigs worth checking out. Imaani & Elisabeth Troy perform on Friday February 20 2009, 9.30-1.30am at Soul-D-Out at The Cobden,170 Kensal Road, London W10 5BN. £7/£5adv. The Vortex Tour East in aid of the charity Crisis forms part of the East Festival. Look out for Jonathan Geyevu, Fiona Bevan and Theo Bard on Sunday March 8 2009, 12noon-6pm at The Skylight Café, 66 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT. Free.
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FANCY A PERFORMING ARTS ENTREPRENEUR AWARD?
Are you passionate about performing arts, an innovator looking for entrepreneurial ways to move the UK performing arts industry forward? Are you aged between 25 and 35, have at least three years of industry experience and a UK resident? Applications can now be made for the inaugural UK Performing Arts Entrepreneur Award (UKYPAE 09), which seeks to highlight creative entrepreneurs working in the performing arts sector. It is the sixth UK award for young creative entrepreneurs as part of the British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur programme, which began in 2004. Applications must be in by 2pm on Monday March 2 2009.
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COURTNEY PINE & HIS AFROPEAN JAZZ WARRIORS
Courtney Pine supports his new album ‘Transistions In Tradition’ (Destin-E), out Feb. 23, with a launch gig at London’s Ronnie Scott’s on Feb. 28. Then he and the new Jazz Warriors, including bassist Darren Taylor, pianist Alex Wilson, reed player Jason Yarde, violinist Omar Puente, and trombonist Trevor Edwards, will support last year’s Abolition-inspired ‘Afropean’ album with tour dates in March 2009: March 8 LONDON Theatre Royal Stratford East …
BENEFIT FOR SISTER JEAN ADEBAMBO
Jean Adebambo, one of the pioneers of the lovers rock genre– she was a singer, songwriter, producer and record label owner – sadly passed away last month. Friends and family of the singer best remembered for the ‘Paradise’ reggae hit, have put together Feelings – The Jean Adebambo Memorial and Benefit concert on Sunday March 15 2009 at east London’s Hackney Empire. It’s in aid of the singer’s two daughters …
FANCY YOURSELF AS A MASTERMIND?
The BBC is looking for contestants to take part in Mastermind 2009.
To become a contestant: email
www.bbc.co.uk/mastermind, or send a SAE to: Mastermind Applications, Room 4012, BBC Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 1SJ. Applicants must be aged 18 or over. All the best!
LOOKING FOR A DRAGON?
Fancy following in the footsteps of reggae singer and Reggae Reggae Sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots? Well, apart from the TV, there is now also an opportunity to pitch up to £50,000 online. All details can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dragonsden/apply.
GET EXPERIENCE, GET QUALIFICATION, THAT’S MUSIC!
A free 1 week Music Technology or Radio Production course is starting mid-March 2009, run by Point Blank. It covers NCFE Introductory Award in Music Technology, which is an introduction to the basic functions of MIDI systems and sequencers. NCFE Introductory Award in Radio Production, which provides an insight into the radio industry. An introductory Award at level 2 is equivalent to 25% of 1 GCSE grade A to C. Applicants must be aged 16 or …
FORMER BATMAN TO LAUNCH HIS ALBUM IN LONDON
Ghanaian musician and 2006 MOBO Best African gong winner Samini, formerly known as Batman Samini, is to launch is third album ‘Dagaati’ with what promises to be a top-flight party on Thursday March 5 at east London’s Gramaphone from 6.30pm. Samini will perform songs from the new album, which features Steel Pulse, Sway and Etana.
KOUYATE IS BACK AGAIN WITH THAT NGON!
Since the release of Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba’s superb debut album Segu Blue’ (Out Here Records) nearly two years ago, this Malian act, who rely on simple stringed traditional instruments, have supported the album with numerous concerts across the UK. They’re back for another UK tour March through April 2009. March 26 – GUILDFORD Guilford International Music Festival …
ANOTHER AFRICAN MUSICAL FUSION
Real World Records will release another interesting musical fusion with guitarist collaborators Mauritanian Daby Touré and African-American Skip McDonald. Entitled ‘Call My Name’’, it’s released March 9 2009. It’s supported by a UK tour March 12 – 2. Click for more on the music and tour.
KNOW ABOUT PETITION TO SCRAP FORM 696?
You may have heard that the Police in London have been getting venue owners and promoters to provide them with details, such as the names, addresses and phone numbers of all musicians and performers appearing at an event, not to mention the racial profile of the likely audience! One of the questions on the form asks: “Is there a particular ethnic group attending?” One of the opponents of the Form is UK Music head honcho Feargal Sharkey, who says: “In explicitly singling out performances and musical styles favoured by the black community, we believe the use of Risk Assessment Form 696 is disproportionate, unacceptable and damaging to live music,”. If you want to stop this intrusion, join the campaign to scrap Form 696 by signing the petition at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Scrapthe696.
UK REPPING AT GRAMMY 2009
The 2009 Grammy Nominees CD had tracks by the likes of Leona Lewis, Adele, Duffy, Estelle featuring Kanye West, MIA, Coldplay, and Radiohead. The Brits were well placed in many of the key categories. Multi-nominated Leona went home without a gong. Duffy and Adele did, as also did Estelle, who won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with the Kanye West collabo ‘American Boy’. And MIA delivered a baby hours after performing at the awards show!
ANOTHER COMMUNITY WEB-RADIO
Sad about the demise of the British African newspaper New Nation last month. One of its columnists, Toyin Agbetu, continues his Nyansapo column as an eponymous web-radio station which broadcasts Tuesdays 9pm-midnight. You can catch it on http://ligali.org/nyansapo/index.php, and contribute to this African talks with music radio via 0208 1444 708, 0207 043 7759, email@example.com, Skype: nyansapodrum, or text message to 077286 99049.
DO YOU WANT TO REUNITE YOUR OLD BAND, DANCE GROUP OR ENTERTAINMENT ACT ON SATURDAY NIGHT TV?
Tonight’s The Night is a new BBC One Saturday night entertainment show hosted by John Barrowman. They’re looking for those desperate to be reunited with their old band mates, team mates or dance group to give prime time opportunity for a reunion performance. If this applies to you: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jay on 0208 576 1042.
AESTHETIC THURSDAY SOUNDS
Aesthetic Sounds Live takes place every first Thursday of the month at central London’s Sound in Leicester Square. It features well known UK artists supported by talented unsigned soul, hip-hop, instrumental and spoken word acts. Featured artist on March 5 is Manuela Panizzo, April 2, Jonas, and May 7, Brian Temba. For more information: www.aestheticsounds.com.
LADYSMITH ARE COMING BACK AGAIN
Veteran South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, fresh from winning this year’s Best World Music Album Grammy award with ‘Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu’, have announced their UK autumn tour starting mid-October, with the delightful UK-based Zimbabwean singer-songwriter Netsayi as support.
BIG JAZZY GATES
Gateshead International Jazz Festival celebrates its 5th year March 20-22 at The Sage Gateshead. The line up includes: Guy Barker’s Jazz Orchestra; the music of Duke Ellington played by the orchestra of The Sage Gateshead Northern Sinfonia; Courtney Pine with Jazz Warriors performing ‘Afropeans’. The Big Jazz Voice includes Cleveland Watkiss. 0191 443 4661 or www.thesagegateshead.org.
COLOURFUL MAKING DAB AT LAST
At last Colourful Radio is going to be broadcasting on DAB within the next couple of weeks. I popped into their south London HQ last week to be interviewed by Rosemary Laryea, who wanted to know what was happening in the British black music scene. I got her to play rapper Breis’ ‘Identity’ track, which entertainingly looks as the issue of the multi-faceted Afropean experience. Apart from the morning talks programes by Rosemary, and Henry Bonsu and his crew, Colourful sounds like old (i.e. pirate) Kiss FM. It’s got old Kiss hands like Gordon Mac, I saw Lindsay Wesker broadcasting there last year. It’s certainly music for old school lovers. www.colourfulradio.com.
CULTURAL DIPLOMACY IN GERMANY?
Throughout February 2009, over 200 Young Leaders from across the world are set to go to Berlin to ake part in one of the forums offered by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD). They will meet with politicians, professors, ambassadors, and civil society practitioners, and become part of a global network of like-minded individuals. The March programme include: The UK Meets Germany: A Forum for Young Leaders Berlin, March 23-27 …
XTRA YOUNG WAVES
If you’re a young person or work with young people making dancehall, d&b, dub, R&B, hip-hop, grime, donk (???) or anything new and urban, BBC 1Xtra and Youth Music have come together to give you exposure on the national digital radio station focused on new black music. Get those MP3 files to: Liam Fay-Fright,
FROM SOUTH AFRICA WITH SOUL
A South African group called Abavuki show their musical take on well-known American soul music on their album ‘Africa Got Soul’ (Prestige Elite), out in the UK March 2. 2009. The album, which is worth checking out. It covers tunes such as ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’, ‘Be Thankful For What You’ve Got’, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’. BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a making of the album documentary fronted by Midge Ure. Find out more at: www.abavuki.com. BBM has 3 of the album in its current online Competitions.
BON VOYAGE TO CONGOLESE RUMBA?
Ten years after RetroAfric released the ‘Rumba Round Africa’ compilation of Congolese rhumba-influenced Ry-Co Jazz’s 1960s tracks, we are delivered a foot-stomping, guitar-wailing, slinky vocal fest culled from the group’s mid-60s to late-‘70s catalogue of Latin influenced music. Or should it be African-influenced, seeing that many Africans were trafficked, particularly by the Portuguese, across to the Caribbean and Americas from the Congo/Angola area …
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COULD US R&B STAR BE BLAMING UK TV PRESENTER FOR HIS ALLEDGED PUNCH UP WITH RIHANNA?
In this age of blamesomeoneelse-isis, could US R&B star Chris Brown be looking to blame former GMTV, and now Sky News, presenter Eamonn Holmes, for his alleged beating of R&B singer Rihanna? Of course we don’t yet have the full story as to why the couple missed their Grammy date, and Rihanna, her Far East tour. But if the reports of Rihanna being a victim of physical abuse are right, then don’t be too surprised if lawyers point to Holmes’ words, such as “Rihanna, for example, is a beautiful girl, but if she was your daughter, you’d give her a slap and tell her to wise up.”