Author Archives: Paul Brad

About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine & From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner

Journey To The One with Nina Miranda & Adriano Adewale at The House Of St Barnabas

Journey To The One with Nina Miranda & Adriano Adewale took place at the House Of St Barnabas last week and they filled the Chapel with the multi-dimensional sounds of Brasil. The final session of the House Of St Barnabas’ … Continue reading

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EMORY DOUGLAS: Free Palestine

Great to see that Emory Douglas is still hard at work in his neighbourhood. Here’s a nice shot of the legendary revolutionary artist, who gave us the Black Panther Party’s most evocative artwork, standing next to his contribution to a … Continue reading

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CARNIVAL WEEKEND: JAZZ RE-FEST 2014

CARNIVAL WEEKEND: JAZZ RE-FEST II kicks off at The Flyover in Ladbroke Grove. After the success of the 1st JAZZ RE:FEST last year, the Jazz re:freshed crew have answered the call to do it all again this year and the … Continue reading

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A few Late Summer Readzzz…. Part 1.

Straight after the SunRa100 at the House of St Barnabas I managed to vacate London for a much needed break and as I’m not quite psyched into owning an e-reader I predictably dragged along a case of stuffed with post … Continue reading

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SunRa100 @ House Of St Barnabas

SunRa100 @ House Of St Barnabas was a challenging and thrilling session that dug into the archives of flautist Rowland Sutherland to revive a set of charts that were written for event which took place back in 1999 and featured … Continue reading

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WOLE SOYINKA’S WARNING TO ALL SPIRITUAL LEADERS

NOBEL LAUREATE WOLE SOYINKA’S ISSUES A WARNING TO ALL SPIRITUAL LEADERS IN LIGHT OF BOKO HARAM’S ONGOING WAVE OF BOMBINGS, ASSASSINATIONS AND KIDNAPPINGS. The Nobel prize-winning author is poised to receive  the International Humanist Award at the secular body’s annual … Continue reading

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Finding Fela – The Movie

A couple of nights ago I had the privilege of taking in an advanced screening of Alex Gibney’s ‘Finding Fela’ documentary and I came away thinking, “Yeah, yeah….Fela Anikulapo Kuti… people need to see this film.” Over the years I’ve … Continue reading

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SONNY ROLLINS: IN HIS OWN WORDS – The NY Satire Backfires!

SONNY ROLLINS: IN HIS OWN WORDS was a satirical piece in the New Yorker – see below – that didn’t sit well with the saxophonist/composer, who is 84 in September, looks great, sounds amazing and regards his musical legacy as … Continue reading

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THE RISE OF CHRONIXX

The Rise Of Chronixx has been a joy to watch. Initially, it was Pierre Bost at VP records who told me watch out for a conscious new generation yout’ called Chronixx and right now he is definitely on the rise … Continue reading

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BLOODY RAIN – THE SONGS & STORIES OF SARAH JANE MORRIS

‘BLOODY RAIN’ is the latest album from SARAH JANE MORRIS and it’s an album that will make you weep and your spirits soar. As I’m on a bit a political roll after writing the short reflection the plight of the … Continue reading

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