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
WORD SOUND POWER feat Akala, B.A.D/Dreadzone & Don Letts SZA
Skinny Girl Diet
The Connectors Mikel Ameen
+ much more TBA
Saturday September 24th
Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY Maps : goo.gl/maps/4wEozHJntw12
London’s Jack Bell Gallery brought two paintings by Ivorian artist Aboudia. Born and based in Abidjan, his work is brutal, layered, and heavily influenced by the clashes that followed Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010 presidential election. According to gallerist Jack Bell, “his paintings reference street art and vodou and look at social inequalities in downtown Abidjan.” Aboudia’s works are currently exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, through September 2015. Please visit before it’s too late.
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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!
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).
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This is the Tunes and Whispered
Paintings by John Duckworth
An exhibition curated by Franco la Russa
cueB is pleased to present John Duckworth’s first exhibition in London.
‘This is the Tunes and Whispered’ will feature seven large format paintings that explore a dialogue between Eastern Buddhism and Western consumerism. Each painting is embedded with eastern spiritual and art historical iconography and text, which is juxtaposed with imagery from contemporary Western culture and nature.
Embodying these thematic concepts, the work evokes questions of identity, purpose, and perspective.
‘This is the Tunes and Whispered’ highlights work from Duckworth’s series of the same title – born of the artist’s fascination with Joseph Campbell’s monomyth and the placement of himself along the path of the “hero’s journey.” It is from the ‘Call to Adventure’ stage in which Duckworth began further investigating Eastern philosophies and practices and incorporating these into his daily life and work. The multitude of layers in the paintings indicate the complexity of Duckworth’s process in addition to its visual and conceptual content.
Duckworth’s work is based in processing the vast and overwhelming array of visual stimuli received daily in consumer driven Western contemporary culture and balancing this input with an Eastern contemplative practice. The self-hypnosis of modern
mass-communications, combined with political, environmental, cultural, and social uncertainty has led to an omni-present low-level anxiety that permeates Western society at large. Duckworth’s meditation practice is fundamental to his creative process. For the artist, it is through witnessing the results of a deeper inner awareness of habitual thoughts, words, and actions that he becomes more adept at finding balance in these uncertain times.
For this exhibition at cueB, the gallery will be transformed into an intimate quasi-spiritual space. The large, content and color-rich paintings will surround audiences to create a highly subjective experience that encourages understanding, reflection, and contemplation.
John Duckworth Artist Biography
(Born 1972, San Diego, California) John Duckworth lives and works between Charleston, SC and New York City. Formally trained in painting and photography, Duckworth received his B.A. in Studio Art from the College of Charleston after a short foray into biological science – an influence still evident in his subject matter today. Duckworth’s focus driving his artwork is one of quiet and calmness. His process is derived from a desire to seek inner peace and a balance between one’s true nature and the hectic modern world.
Channeling his Buddhist practice through a Western lens, Duckworth has produced “Tunes and Whispered,” a series that juxtaposes Eastern and Western iconography through harmonized compositions of screen printing, painting, photography, and drawing.
Duckworth has exhibited internationally in more than 30 solo and group shows, and his work resides in private and corporate collections around the globe.
2nd May – 1st June 2014
325 Brockley Road
London SE4 2QZ
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The Simple Things, Sara Mellone‘s graduate project from the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, comprises pieces of furniture made from 2.5-millimetre sheets of aluminium that have each been folded four times. The process of bending the lightweight aluminium gives the furniture strength and ensures that the stools and benches have a stable footing.
Both designs can be manufactured without any offcuts and don’t require any additional parts for assembly. Mellone has also created a version finished with a white powder coating, which protects the surface from fingerprints and scratches. ….Not sure about you, but we can’t stand up!
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As fans of his music will know, Raf Simons and Rick Owens are usually what he’s dressed in, but on his recent visit to London we invited the New York rapper to try out a range of oki-ni brands including new spring/summer ’13 pieces from Margiela, Kenzo and Paul Smith.
Mo Farah CBE
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah who won the 5,000m and 10,000m, is honoured with a CBE
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