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M U S I C : AFROPUNK LONDON

September 20, 2016

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AFROPUNK LONDON : SOON COME

FULL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR AFROPUNK LONDON – INCLUDING GRACE JONES, LAURA MVULA, KWABS, THE NOISETTES, LOYLE CARNER, GOLDLINK, SOULECTION : JOE KAY, THE WHOOLIGAN, HANNAH FAITH, EDEN HAGOS, MNEK, LADY LESHURR, SKINNY GIRL DIET AND MUCH MORE – “POWER TO THE PARTY”

TICKETS : http://gigst.rs/APLDN16

MORE INFO : afropunkfest.com/london/

With AFROPUNK’s September 24th date edging closer, the festival that celebrates multiculturalism and diversity announces a fresh bill of talent, with one of the most iconic performing artists of all time headlining: Grace Jones. Joining Grace are Laura Mvula, Kwabs, The Noisettes, Loyle Carner, Goldlink, Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Hannah Faith, Eden Hagos, MNEK, Lady Leshurr, Skinny Girl Diet, Jorja Smith, Big Joanie, Nova Twins, The Connectors, Mikel Ameen and more across the day. On top of this, there’ll be the SpinThrift Market hosting traders who make bespoke goods, crafts, and textiles, plus a curated food truck rally, pop up restaurants, arts and more.

An icon at the heart of the art, fashion and music worlds across four decades, Grace Jones will headline the first AFROPUNK London with a cosmic performance. Since the seventies Grace has carved her path as a true creator. Birmingham signer / songwriter Laura Mvula joins, her rich tones set for a soul-searching show. Neo-soul comes from South-London boy Kwabs, and ener- getic indie-punk from The Noisettes reunion. Rising star Loyle Carner adds a thoughtful, un- plugged element, whilst rapper Goldlink’s electronic-infused hip-hop sounds make a welcome US addition.

Soulection members Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Hannah Faith and Eden Hagos all step up to represent eclectic hip-hop beats, plus super-producer and London local MNEK will bring a twist of all things electronic to Alexandra Palace. One of the leading lights in the MC game, female rapper Lady Leshurr brings bars for days, then punk spirit shines through on Stage Three with Skinny Girl Diet, Big Joanie, Nova Twins and the The Connectors plugging in across the day. Also an- nounced are emerging London songstress Jorja Smith, and rap protege Mikel Ameen. All this on top of the already massive bill, including SZA, Akala – B.A.D, Dreadzone Riddim Section – Don Letts, Benjamin Booker, GAIKA, Ho99o9, Purple Ferdinand, NTS Radio + more.

AFROPUNK’s message is about “POWER TO THE PARTY,” encompassing education, political awareness and self-empowerment. Respect, breaking down stereotypes, and celebrating individu- ality are key to the AFROPUNK ethos, and it’s a ‘safe space / no hate’ zone for creativity. Lon- don’s first edition will welcome souls from all cultures and backgrounds for a day of positive energy and next-level entertainment. Get a feel for the AFROPUNK spirit by checking the video here.

Party is an oxymoron, it’s a gathering of many for a shared purpose and it’s also an outcast indi- vidual, it’s a lively social occasion as well as a gang – and the story of any party is never over, be- cause like naked cities and the metaphysical “I”, there’s always another take.

Power to the Party means trusting the friction, the transference of great capacity to the free spirit, belief in the high-heeled spark of the assembly, and the group mind’s ability to choose a glorious path. This isn’t about getting elected, or being protected; it’s about staking a claim. Join the party and feel its power.

A special homecoming for Hackney born AFROPUNK founder Matthew Morgan, London’s edition is one that’ll be significant for the festival organisers. On top of the music across the day, Alexan- dra Palace will play host to a vibrant space filled with artists, designers, exhibitions and food vendors, who’ll host a full agenda of extra activities. Attendees are encouraged to jump in and become a part of the AFROPUNK community through on-site pop-ups, art and stalls – it’s about creating an extended family of AFROPUNK with a united voice to be heard and celebrated. Part- ners for the UK’s first year include pioneering radio station NTS Radio, CRACK and a special stage partner TBA. On-site arts, stalls, food, DJ sets and extra’s to be announced in the coming months. Learn more at the AFROPUNK website: afropunkfest.com/london/

Freedom of expression, whilst honouring the power of individuality is encouraged. POWER TO THE PARTY – SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER – SOON COME
TICKETS : £55 from http://gigst.rs/APLDN16

New additions : GRACE JONES – Laura Mvula – Kwabs – The Noisettes – Loyle Carner – Goldlink – Joe Kay – The Whooligan – Hannah Faith – Eden Hagos – MNEK – Lady Leshurr – Skinny Girl Diet – Jorja Smith – Big Joanie – Nova Twins – The Connectors – Mikel Ameen

FULL LINE-UP

Grace Jones
Laura Mvula
WORD SOUND POWER feat Akala, B.A.D/Dreadzone & Don Letts SZA
Kwabs
Benjamin Booker
The Noisettes
Loyle Carner
Goldlink
NTS Radio
Soulection
Joe Kay
The Whooligan
Hannah Faith
Eden Hagos
MNEK
Lady Leshurr
GAIKA
Ho99o9
Skinny Girl Diet
Jorja Smith
Purple Ferdinand
Big Joanie
Youth Man
Nova Twins

Vodun
The Connectors Mikel Ameen
+ much more TBA

Saturday September 24th
Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY Maps : goo.gl/maps/4wEozHJntw12

 

T E C H N O L O G Y : BeoPlay H2

November 27, 2014

h2-broi9llt8b0r53u5b3bfBeoPlay H2 is an ultra flexible on-ear headphone that will merge easily with your daily life. Whether it’s on your ears, bringing you the acclaimed BANG & OLUFSEN Signature Sound – or resting around your neck like a fashion accessory, the H2 is the perfect companion, all day long.
It’s incredibly lightweight, weighing a modest 150 grams, yet very strong and wear-resistant too. BeoPlay H2 is made from durable composites and rugged textiles – and featuring smooth genuine lambskin on the earpads for a truly comfortable listening experience.
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A 40 mm custom Bang & Olufsen driver inside the headphones – and a bass port, designed to give you a full and rich music performance. It’s a headphone built for music lovers – with an uncompromising clarity that will reveal all the beautiful details your music has to offer.
Durable composites make Beoplay H2 incredibly lightweight, and allows for the headphone to adapt to your head, for a perfect fit.
An almost clothing-like feel comes from rugged textiles in three beautiful colours – Carbon Blue, Silver Cloud or Feldspar Green. The choice is yours.
Smooth, genuine lambskin covers your ears for a comfortable listening experience – and to prevent sound leakage.

T E C H N O L O G Y – MYMANU SHOWERPROOF WIRELESS SPEAKERS

August 10, 2014

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OK some say we only post cool looking products, which is true, but when they look cool and perform even better then everyone’s a winner.
The suction on these little speakers are major making sure they stay put whilst sounding good.

Compatible with ISO/ANDROID/WINDOWS just have wireless or bluetooth and you can send your music to these brightly colored babies (we have ours in the shower). If you are streaming say iTunes or Spotify you can also control the output directly from the little pods and take a call – genius.

Simple to operate and it packs a kick too: holding the skip track forward down increase the volume, to turn it off completely – hold the on/off bottom down till you hear the single tone and keep holding till you hear the goodbye tone… Now there is no excuse to not dance under water!

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By popular demand: Fela Kuti on vinyl Six individual vinyl LPs…

August 2, 2014

By popular demand:
Fela Kuti on vinyl
Six individual vinyl LPs to be released on 1 September 2014 
* Fela With Ginger Baker Live!
* Confusion
* Expensive Shit
* He Miss Road
* Sorrow Tears & Blood
* Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense
 
Knitting Factory Records / Distributed by PIAS
All LPs including download card
 
"Sorrow Tears & Blood": http://youtu.be/tj1wpNuQRaM
 
 
In 2013 Knitting Factory Records reissued the complete works of Nigerian icon and Afrobeat originator Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Almost 50 original albums were released over 26 individual CDs, all re-packaged, with in-depth track commentaries written by Afrobeat historian Chris May, as well as the compilations ‘The Best Of The Black President’ (part 1 + 2) and the deluxe CD box set ‘The Complete Works’.
 
Now, in response to popular demand, six of Fela’s most important albums will be reissued on vinyl. This will be the first time they are released as individual vinyl albums since their original vinyl release in Nigeria in the 70s and 80s - something which will not only delight audiophile Fela fans, but also the admirers of Lemi Ghariokwu’s iconic artwork, now again at 12 x 12 inches as it was intended.

m u s i c : FINDING FELA Soundtrack & Documentary

July 8, 2014

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Every home should own music from Fela. So here it is Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by Fela Kuti & Africa 70/ Nigeria 70/ Egypt 80, Koola Lobitos and the Fela! Band (from the musical) with special guest Femi Kuti Out 1 September 2014 (view trailer HERE).

Dogwoof presents
FINDING FELA
A film by Alex Gibney
In UK cinemas 5 September 2014
Plus special preview screening 4 September at the BFI London (part of African Odysseys season)
Academy Award® winning director Alex Gibney returns to UK screens this autumn with ‘Finding Fela’, an utterly compelling and hypnotic portrait of visionary Nigerian musician and social activist, Fela Kuti. ‘Finding Fela’ is the story of the man who created the musical movement Afrobeat, and who then went on to use it as a form of political protest against the Nigerian dictatorship, becoming a revolutionary, hero and legend.
Capturing the essence of the documentary film from a musical perspective is the ‘Finding Fela’ soundtrack.  The double album includes 15 of Fela’s classic tracks, together with an interpretation of “Zombie” from the Fela! Broadway musical, and a never-before released, magical live version of “Colonial Mentality”, recorded at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos by the cast of the musical and featuring Fela’s son Femi Kuti on saxophone.
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It was in 2011 when the hit Broadway musical Fela!, directed by Bill T Jones, made its way to Lagos. It would become the first Broadway musical ever to perform in Nigeria. The show’s instigator and main producer, Stephen Hendel, wanting to document this historic journey, approached Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side, Enron, The Smartest Guys In The Room, The Armstrong Lie, etc.) who agreed to come on board as director. A film crew from Los Angeles, led by producer Jack Gulick, accompanied the eighty-strong group of cast and technicians to Lagos where a local film crew were also engaged.  Hundreds of hours of footage were shot of the preparations, the opening at the Kuti family’s New Afrika Shrine, and at the capacious Eko Exhibition Hall where the full production was to receive a triumphant reception.
However, it soon became clear that, fascinating as documenting this ground-breaking journey may be, the story could not be told without also examining the life, times and bravado of its central character, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. So began the making of ‘Finding Fela’ which explores both his extraordinary courage in the face of implacable opposition, and his exceptional musicianship, told through the eyes of musicians, friends and family members and those that knew and admired him, from near and far.  The result is ‘Finding Fela’, the definitive documentary depicting his life and legacy.
Fela created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan-Africanist politics to the world.  The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom.
To tell the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the son of a middle-class, well-educated Nigerian family who transformed into musical icon and “spiritual guru”, a man who lived in a sprawling compound and married 27 women in a mass wedding, director Alex Gibney cuts in interviews with family, friends and bandmates; with incredible footage culled from 1,200 hours of film; and then weaves in scenes from the Broadway production of Fela! during its run in Lagos. The result is a colourful and breathtaking film that comprehensively reveals the life of a man, who was both a musical genius and political activist but also unpredictable, explosive and above all enigmatic.
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‘Finding Fela’, which made the Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, will be in cinemas in the UK from 5 September. The official soundtrack album will be released on 1 September.
‘Finding Fela’ Track-listing:
CD 1
1: Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70 – Jeun Ko Ku (Chop ‘n Quench)
2: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Opposite People (edit)
3: Koola Lobitos – Highlife Time
4: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Lover
5: Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70 – Viva Nigeria
6: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Upside Down (edit)
7: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Egbe Mi O (Carry Me)
8: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Johnny Just Drop (edit)
9: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Vip Pt 2 (Live In Berlin)
CD 2
10: Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 – Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (edit)
11: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Go Slow (edit)
12: The Fela! Band – Zombie
13: Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 – Power Show (edit)
14: Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 – Beasts Of No Nation (Edit)
15: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Shuffering And Shmiling (edit)
16: The Fela! Band With Femi Kuti – Colonial Mentality (Live At The New Afrika Shrine)
Links:
Fela Kuti
Twitter: @felakuti
Finding Fela
Twitter: @FindingFela #FindingFela
Instagram: FindingFela
Knitting Factory Records
Twitter: @knitrecords

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Childish Gambino – Sweatpants – Impact 7th July Announced for V…

June 7, 2014

Childish Gambino - Sweatpants - Impact 7th July

  • Announced for V Festival in August.
  • Deep Web Tour also coming to the UK in August.
  • Album ‘BTI’ sold over 90K worldwide.
  • ‘Sweatpants’ video has more than 4.8million views in less than a month –
  • Track ‘3005’ now has over 13.2million streams on Spotify.

t e c h : Marblue ‘headfoam’ Headphones

May 26, 2014

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Marblue, the company best known for their smart device accessories, has introduced ‘headfoams’, the world’s first all foam, mono-body set of headphones. Crafted from a single piece of EVA foam, the same material used in synthetic wine corks, the nearly indestructible and shatterproof headset eliminates the use of moving metal parts and mechanisms. Although the ‘headfoams’ are designed specifically for children ages 3 and up, they fit most heads, which feature extending ear pads made of soft foam-filled polyurethane fabric.

 

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