It was another fabulous night at St Georges and Byron, who is one of my favourite musicians of all time, played this deep majestic Gnawa influenced tribute to Bilal which readily utilised the natural reverb of the church’s magnificent stone structure. Byron then went on to a explore a cyclical piece inspired by the Book of Changes – the I Ching. Loved it!


To see more footage of this gig and others from the Nexus One World / Jazz Warriors International season tune in to Big Mike Macfarlane / UK Vibe channel here:

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KATE TEMPEST: Brand New Ancients on vinyl!

kate tKate Tempest’s ‘Brand New Ancients’ makes it onto on double-vinyl thanks to the dynamic audiophile obsessed duo at Gearbox Records.

Back in September 2012 I penned a piece extolling the virtues of poet Kate Tempest’s seismic performance of her self-penned ‘Brand New Ancients’. It was a co-production with Battersea Arts Centre and seeing it released 18 months later as a classy slice of hi-end cultural vinyl is indeed a treat.

The LP... Brand New Ancients

The LP… Brand New Ancients

Brand New Ancients is a gripping the tale of two families,  lives intertwined and set against the background of the inner city and braided with classical myth. Onstage with the aid of her chosen musicans Tempest storms through modern day scenarios to illuminate how the ancient myths live on in our everyday acts of violence, bravery, sacrifice and love – and that our lives conjure up tales no less dramatic and powerful than those of the Gods.

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest – Ted Hughes Poetry Prize winner!

‘Brand New Ancients’  has toured to sold out venues around the UK and in New York and it was following one Kate’s performances that Gearbox Records’ Founder/Producer Darrel Sheinman was convinced that it needed be recorded and transferred onto wax. And that’s exactly what’s come to pass. Operating under lisence from Picador, they got Kate together with Neil Catchpole, who composed the score,  along with  Kwake Bass (percussion + electronica), Raven Bush (violin), Jo Gibson (tuba) and Natasha Zielazinski (cello), in the Angel studios and recorded the entire piece. They then sent it off to NYC to be mixed in by Frank Verderosa (a legend no doubt!). Once back in London it was mastered for vinyl as only the Gearbox crew know how!*

Back on Record Store day in 2013  Gearbox Records released Michael Horowitz’s ‘Bankbusted Nuclear Detergent Blues’ – an LP of performance poetry accompanied by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller and as Record Store Day 2014 nears we can celebrate ‘Brand New Ancients’ as another unique and valuable addition to the canon of spoken word on vinyl.

Kate - GB1527 BNA Cover-1 copy

* Easy now! Tech-Info: The record was mastered for vinyl at Gearbox Records and cut on a Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head and Telefunken U73B tube limiter; Maselec master control and equalisation.

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STOP PRESS: Watch this space for further news on a baaad new project between Kate and Will Ashon’s Big Dada imprint… comin’ like a Ninja!

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ED MOTTA : Brasilian jazz-funk/MPB legend – La Linea Festival On Tour.

“ED MOTTA is the DON” – Gilles Person.

Brasilian jazz-funk/MPB legend, Ed Mott is on a debut UK tour April 3rd-9th 2014.

Ed Motta at home with vinyl

Ed Motta at home with vinyl

Brasilian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ed Motta is a free spirited soul with serious chops and is the undisputed heir to a genre of Brasilian funk initiated by his wayward uncle Tim Maia.

Ed Motta makes deceptively airy, virtuoso jazz-funk that has earned him mega status in his native Brasil. His live sets and his recorded output effortlessly combines a host of genres including jazz,  MPB, bossa nova, rock, soul, funk, reggae, classical and film soundtracks.

For this tour, Ed and his stellar band of musicians delve into his extensive back catalogue and showcase music from his latest release, ‘AOR’, an outrageously accurate tribute to the super-smooth, musicianship of late’70s Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers et al.

Ed has played with everyone from Roy Ayers, Chucho Valdés, Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Bo Diddley to Brazilian legends such as Ed Lincoln, Marcos Valle, João Donato and Dom Salvador. So, if you like some Doobie in your funk…. you know what to do… get on down…

Ed Motta is on a La Linea/Arts Council Of England UK tour…

ed mThursday April 3
Band on the Wall – Manchester
Tickets: £15.00 Advance

Friday April 4
The Sage Gateshead
Tickets: £15.00

Saturday April 5
The Wardrobe
Leeds 8pm – 2am
Tickets: £12 advance / /

Monday 7 April
Union Chapel – London
Doors 7pm / Support: Dominique Pinto
Tickets: £20 in advance http://

Tuesday April 8
Turner Sims – Southampton
Doors: 8pm
Tickets: £9/£17/£18 /

Wednesday April 9
Brighton Studio Theatre
Doors: 7.30
Tickets: £14 Advance /

For further tour info contact La Linea Festival/Como No: – 020 3302 0177

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Andrew Weatherall’s Social: The House of St Barnabas

Andrew Weatherall

The House of St. Barnabas and Faber Social, in association with Festival No.6, are proud to present ANDREW WEATHERALL’S SOCIAL on Saturday 29 March 2014. Part of The House of St Barnabas’ ongoing Culture Series, this is the first of their “Collaborations” series for spring 2014.

Caught - MichaelSince April 2013 Andrew Weatherall has held the year-long role of Faber Social’s inaugural Artist in Residence, undertaking projects as broad as annotating and providing the soundtrack to Michael Smith’s recent novel Unreal City, or creating one-off pieces of art, to composing the music to the forthcoming Faber Social podcast series.

As Faber Social prepares to announce the next Faber Social Artist in Residence exclusively at this event, they present, in creative collaboration with The House of St Barnabas and Festival No.6, a unique day of cultural happenings curated by Andrew Weatherall. Featuring interviews, music and art from Andrew, Irmin Schmidt of CAN, Green Gartside, Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) writer Emma Warren, musicians Cian Nugent and Mike Garry & Joe Duddell, writer and filmmaker Michael Smith, writer and actress Sophie Parkin, plus more to be announced.

ABOVE: Trailer for A London Trilogy: The Films of Saint Etienne 2003 – 2007 –

andy w @ BARNABUS-A6-WEB2Where: The House of St. Barnabas, 1 Greek St, London, W1D 4NQ
When: March 29 2014. Doors open at 15:00
Tickets: £30 in advance
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XTRA: Check out A Year in Oxleas Woods: February by Emma Warren

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NIGERIA’S WILLIAM ONYEABOR – ‘Fantastic Man’ – the documentary, the music and the concert….

Just discovered this via Noisey. You Need To Hear This is proud to present Fantastic Man’ – a documentary investigating reclusive Nigerian musician William Onyeabor, a man shrouded in mystery and myth. Directed by Jake Sumner (Alldayeveryday) the film tells the story of a label’s attempt to track William down, speaking to fans such as Damon Albarn, Caribou and Femi Kuti and travelling to Nigeria to meet those who’ve worked with him in a bid to uncover the truth about his story.

WilliamIf you don’t know this man’s music you need to. Check out ‘World Psychedelic Classic 5 – Who is William Onyeabor?‘ which comes to us via Luaka Bop. William Onyeabor studied cinematography in Russia for many years, returning to Nigeria in the mid-70s to start his own Wilfilms label and set up a music and film studio. He recorded a number of hit songs in Nigeria during the 70s, the biggest was ‘Atomic Bomb’. ‘Better Change Your Mind’ is taken from the same album, and, as well as slating the power-crazed nations of the world, the second half settles into a unique slice of stripped down spacey, lo-fi funk which is unlike any other Nigerian music being made at the time. If you plump for the Triple Vinyl set you get four extra tracks… gwaan, you know it makes sense.

STOP PRESS: This is not a joke… ‘Atomic Bomb – Who is William Onyeabor?’
+ very special guests.
Tuesday 1 April 2014 / 19:30, Barbican Hall
Tickets £17.50 – £25

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Dr Yusef Abdul Lateef RIP : Gilles Peterson’s Tribute Mix Pt 1

Yusef Lateeef: Gilles Peterson’s Tribute Mix Pt 1…. DEEP!

Dr Yusef Abdul Lateef RIP Photography © Peter Williams. All Rights Reserved

Dr Yusef Abdul Lateef RIP Photography © Peter Williams. All Rights Reserved

I’ve been meaning to do something on the master musician, Dr Yusef lateef, since his passing at the age of 93 in December 2013 and then Gilles Peterson rang me to say he was working on podcast that takes a chronological journey through his musical career. I therefore just had to sit back and wait – and this is it! Gilles has trawled through the composer/multi-instrumentalist/innovator’s extensive back-catalogue going all the way back to the 1950s, pulling out some of his personal favourite tracks. Apparently, this is Part One of his tribute mix. Enjoy – this a deep celebration, a life enhancing journey into the life and music of the mighty Yusef Lateef.

Podcast Photograph of Yusef Lateef in Brownswood by Jonathan Oppong Wiafe, 1994.

Morning (Jazz Mood, 1957, Savoy)
Before Dawn (Before Dawn, 1957, Verve)
Anastasia (Other Sounds, 1957, Prestige)
Taboo (Other Sounds, 1957, Prestige)
Hapology (Jazz For The Thinker, 1957, Savoy)
Chang Chang Chang (Before Dawn, 1957, Verve)
Titora (The Centaur And The Phoenix Bonus Track, 1960, Riverside)
Moon Tree (The Fabric Of Jazz, 1959, Savoy)
Night In Tunisia (Prayer To The East, 1958, Savoy)
Abana (Jazz Around The World, 1963, Impulse)
1984 (1984, 1965, Impulse)
Plum Blossom (Eastern Sounds, 1961, Prestige)
You’re Somewhere Thinking Of Me (The Complete Yusef Lateef, 1968, Atlantic)
Like It Is (The Blue Yusef Lateef, 1968, Atlantic)
Woodward Avenue (Yusef Lateen’s Detroit, 1969, Atlantic)
Eboness (The Diverse Yusef Lateef, 1970, Atlantic)
Technological Homosapien (The Doctor Is In….And Out, 1976, Atlantic)
Hellbound (The Doctor Is In…And Out, 1976, Atlantic)
Love Theme From Sparticus (Eastern Sounds, 1961, Prestige)
Hold Your Light (Yusef Lateef And Adam Rudolph Live In Seattle, 1999, Meta)
Brother John (Live At Peps Vol 2, 1964, Impulse)
Passacaglia (Suite 16, 1970, Atlantic)

Dr Yusef Abdul Lateeef – October 9, 1920 – December 23 2013

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After a little detour that skirted Victoria Park and with a little help from Gina Southgate’s ipad we finally we eventually found our way beneath the AI2 and arrived at the Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery on Fish Island in Hackney Wick to check out the Scream Print exhibition. The gallery is an impressive upstairs space punctuated by white metal girders that overlooks the Olympic park and it currently plays host to an eclectic quartet of artists- Swifty, David Apps, Lynn Blackburn and Ian Bailey

Having recorded the building of the Olympic Village and the changes in the surrounding area since around 2008 Lynn Blackburn is no stranger to the Hackney Wick area. Her delicate digitally manipulated multi-layered screen prints are based on her own photography of buildings and the objects within and are well worth exploring. I was drawn to her ‘Scary Steps Seven Kings’ which a bit of a departure from her other works.

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Ian Bailey‘s bold screen printed wallpapers are the centre pieces of his show and boast titles like Dirty Money, Funny Money and Come Rain or Shine Do Your Thing Rebellion and are apparently inspired by such luminaries as Augustus Pugin, Joe Strummer, Jamie Reid and George Orwell.
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Scream Print 3

Another east London based artist, David Apps is deep into digital photography and the imagery he’s chosen to show includes an array of antique mirror art that take us into the realm of the “dark and angelic” with more than a touch of kitsch.

swiftyFor this show Swifty revived his classic re-interpetation of Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans in a bold colourful sequence and delivered a new screen print featuring a quartet of his favourite jazz artists.. Yusef, Roy Ayers etc. The Herbie Hancock, Fela Kuti posters on wood still look great and was interesting to see him revive the abstract ideas in various colourways from the early Mo Wax 12″ – MW003. His recycling and restoration of a vintage radiogram and a record player pay homage to the tradition of Jamaican sound system. As artworks he’s quite attached to them and seems, at times, reluctant to sell them.

Swifty stereogram + MW003 prints....

Swifty stereogram + MW003 prints….

It was excellent to see the posse in the house – respek to Mitch, Robi Walters, Jessica Lauren, Beatrice Venturini, Janine Spike & Jake, Richard Spaven, Angelo, Kath Willgress, Gina, Neil Spencer, Tony Minvielle and Ian Wright…. and
f you can find you way to Fish Island… check out Scream Print – and snap up some the fishy delicacies in the Forman’s shop or check the restaurant which has a rep for quality fare.

Scream posterForman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Rd, E3 2NT / + 44(0)20 8525 2375
PS… If you go by rail to Hackney Wick … use Google maps and not the map from the Forman’s website!

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