Category Archives: Words, Sound & Power

Music & Poetry of the African diaspora

“HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT!”… TALIB KWELI ON THE FRONTLINE… LAURYN HILL EXPRESSES ‘BLACK RAGE’

“HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT!”… “I CAN’T BREATHE!” … THAT’S WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE CHANTING ON THE STREETS FROM FERGUSON TO NYC … TALIB KWELI IS ON THE FRONTLINE… LAURYN HILL EXPRESSES ‘BLACK RAGE’… MEANWHILE PHILOSOPHER, ACADEMIC, ACTIVIST & AUTHOR, DR.CORNEL … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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MDOU MOCTAR @ CAFE OTO… LOOKS LIKE I MISSED A GOOD ONE!

MDOU MOCTAR PLAYED TWO NIGHTS @ CAFE OTO… LOOKS LIKE I MISSED A GOOD ONE! I must have been sleeping when the Cafe Oto email dropped. I completely missed the above video. Tuareg guitarists Mdou Moctar stands apart from his … Continue reading

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Enlightenment – A Love Supreme @ James Lavelle’s Meltdown

Enlightenment – A Re-envisioning of John Coltrane’s Love Supreme  touched down on the Southbank on the final day of James Lavelle’s Meltdown. It was a glorious mid-summer’s day, there was rave kicking off on the river bank terrace and Enlightenment … Continue reading

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