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RUBBLE KINGS: NYC’s gang wars

RUBBLE KINGS is an illuminating and poignant the documentary by Shan Nicholson that boldly documents NYC’s gang wars and the truce that led to the birth of b-boying and hip hop. Yesterday afternoon, we slipped into the Curzon Soho to … Continue reading

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ARAB JAZZ, CUBAN NOIR & A REVOLUTION BETRAYED

ARAB JAZZ, CUBAN NOIR & A REVOLUTION BETRAYED…. this summer’s reading has been heavy! It kicked off with Marlon James’ A Short History Of Seven Killings – see the earlier post on that devastating tome – and that was followed … Continue reading

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ALL MUSICS FOR ALL PEOPLES: STRATA meets CARHARTT

ALL MUSICS FOR ALL PEOPLES – Sound Of Detroit – Motor City Rhythms – Carhartt WIP has teamed up with DJ Amir Abdullah (of Kon & Amir) to assist with the creation of a modest Strata clothing collection plus a radio … Continue reading

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THE SOUND OF XAOS: A 21st Century Greek Odyssey

The Sound Of Xáos: This is a Greek Odyssey with a 21st century sensibility that proudly delves into a nation’s rich, mysterious musical past to produce an album that flies a defiant banner for a Greek nation battered and bruised … Continue reading

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KAMASI WASHINGTON – The Epic: Sweeney Kovar interview

L.A. born and bred saxophonist Kamasi Washington has just sent shockwaves around the globe in the form of a 3CD album ‘The Epic’ which was released in the USA on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label and here on Ninja Tune. While … Continue reading

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TRIBAL WAR, CIA, DONS & DRUGS – Marlon James’ ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings

One evening, as I left the home of friend and fellow scribbler, Neil Spencer, he thrust a weighty tome into my hands and said, “You need read this but I want it back after.” The book was A Brief History … Continue reading

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FREEDOM! The Festival… Tony Kofi conjures Ornette, Xenicibis arrives & Black Top mash it up!

Next Monday – July 13th – will see the first FREEDOM! – The Art of Improvisation jam since the highly enlightening two day FREEDOM! Festival held at The Vortex in Dalston’s Gillett Square over the weekend of June 27/28th. The … Continue reading

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