Category Archives: Words, Sound & Power

Music & Poetry of the African diaspora

Daymé Arocena: The Spirit of Young Cuba @ St Pancras Old Church

Daymé Arocena launched her forthcoming debut album on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint in the intimate setting of St Pancras Old Church in front an audience charged with anticipation. Last night I ventured into hinterlands of Kings Cross in search of … Continue reading

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RICHARD WILLIAMS on ‘To Pimp A Butterfly: The Shape Of Jazz To Come?

I DON’T OFTEN RE-BLOG PIECES – and hope Richard doesn’t mind me lifting his piece from thebluemoment.com – but I was vibed-up by these open and thoughtful reflections on two of the most important albums of 2015. Richard is a … Continue reading

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COSMIC FLUSH PT. 2: FUTURA meets RAMMELLZEE

Rammellzee passed away in 2010, but before he left us he recorded his magnum opus, ‘Cosmic Flush’ with producer Jonah Mociun. Unreleased, eight years have passed. The collection of breakcore and speed metal-influenced rap tracks stand as a futuristic relic … Continue reading

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THE FINAL CHAPTER: RAMMELLZEE – ‘COSMIC FLUSH’ / ‘Pt. 1 BRAINSTORM’

RAMMELLZEE: COSMIC FLUSH – Pt. 1 BRAINSTORM is released on the 30th March 2015 by Gamma Proforma and it comes hard on the heels of other mutually ambitious 21st century projects that inludes SHEONE’s BLACKATELIER, DIVINE STYLER’s ‘DEF MASK’ and … Continue reading

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OUT NOW! Dogwoof present NAS: ‘Time is ILLMATIC’

OUT NOW on DVD and on demand – ‘Time is ILLMATIC’ Twenty years after its release, ‘Illmatic’ has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching … Continue reading

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SPIRITUAL JAZZ Vol 6: Jazzman’s Journey Continues

Gerald the Jazzman continues on his Spiritual Jazz journey with this – his sixth volume. As ever, he delivers an extraordinary collection which this time round focuses on vocal offerings that reflect the spiritually charged politics of the multi-dimensional African … Continue reading

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BERIMBAU: The Art Of Mestre Lourimbau

The Art Of Mestre Lourimbau is a Soundcloud playlist that my good friend Jody Gillett just turned me onto. She’s poised to jet off to Salvador and Recife for the next chapter in the UK vs Brasil Bass Culture Clash, … Continue reading

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