US Billboard music magazine writer Kwaku gives The-Latest readers an update on clubbing in London for Black music lovers.
Pressure group Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) have some projects lined up through May, and a Black Music Congress connected event in early June. On April 21 they presented stars of the UK R&B and garage music scene: Big Brovaz, Pied Piper, Nu-MCs, KMT at a gig in the capital.
"Racism comes from ignorance, and when we educate people, hopefully we will eliminate racism. Music is our way of educating people to see beyond the colour," says Big Brovaz’s Randy.
LMHR’s monthly night brings you The Boyfriends, Lupen Crook, Kites and top DJs The Dolly Rockers. £5. 8pm - 2am. G-lounge, 18 Kentish Town Road, London NW1 (1 minute from Camden Town tube). They have a £4 cheaplist for LMHR supporters who arrive before 9.30pm. Simply email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org ...Plus, the Bigger Than Hip-Hop tour, which hits Bristol, Leeds and Liverpool, comes to London’s The Coronet on 28 New Kent Road, SE1 on May 4. It features Dead Prez. The Bigger Than Hip Hop tour, which also features Rodney P, MC D, Blak Twang, plus DJs 279, Fabio, Nicky Blackmarket, Skitz, Kane ...
A mature, over 21s vintage soul club called Soul Inspired has just begun every Friday 10pm-3am at Teatro, 93-107 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1. Resident DJs bringing you that old school Wonder, Gaye, Brown, Byrd, Ayres, Chic, Khan, Stone, Scott, Musiq and Legend 70s, 80s, 90s and Noughties soul, funk and neo classic soul. DJs include Ronnie Herel, and Steve Wren. Rachael B’s the promoter. £10 (BBM will be arranging some freebies soon-ish). email@example.com, 0208 671 2161, or text: 07939 593 718.
Another club aimed at an older clientele is the Players Posse promoted monthly Saturday nighter So Fresh - So Fly: “An elegant party night, for fun loving professionals, with some of London’s finest DJs playing the best in: R&B, Hip-hop, dancehall, funky house, soul classics & more!” £10 before 12.30am. Waterfront,: South Quay Plaza, 187 Marsh Wall, Docklands, London, E14. 10pm - 3am, May 13 and June 10. DJs are The Players Posse, Smooth Connection.Co.Uk, and Da Ill Kidz. Info@theplayersposse.com, 07949 131 996.
Grizzle & Drive Time Special Radio
A fortnightly Tuesday adventure focused on fresh and unsigned UK break beat, and spoken word artists. Tune in 9pm April 25 and forthnightly.thereafter. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.akrasi.com/grizzle, PO Box 37271, London, SW11 .... The Drive Time Special show on Ice Cold 97.1 FM, hosted by DJ Fat Suzie and MC Lady Nixs every Monday 4-6pm, is searching for genuine UK talent for the show ...
Me Still Concerned
Another artist with a new record out this week is Me 1, with the 'Still Concerned' EP (Frenemy) ... The EP features bluesy, folky, alternative hip-hoppy tinged songs worth discovering by those with open minds. Think of Michael Franti of Spearhead, and it will give you a better picture ..
Squeezing Money Out Of Online Music
If you are interested in the business of online music, perhaps how to make money on the net, then you need to attend the second 'Squeeze The Most From The Web session next Tuesday April 25, 6.30-9pm at The Strongroom in London's Shoreditch. £15. For more info: www.musictank.co.uk/events_buzz_building.htm.
* Check out Kwaku's website www.blackbritishmusic.co.uk