Upcoming Events in London
Apr 2011 23

Wow! So much is going on at the moment that it is hard to know where to begin… so we’ll start at the beginning. Apparently there is some sort of wedding happening this weekend – not sure what all the fuss is about but still the day off will be appreciated!!

28th April: London West Bank exclusive opening exhibition, the big launch, will take place at 1900 hours. Having been extremely busy curating a fine selection of original urban art work by some of the scene’s most reputable artists., London West Bank opens its doors on a new premise in Westbourne Park, featuring work by the one and only Otto Schade (www.ottoschade.com).

29th April: The Shrine’s Republican Yell featuring M3nsa. The Shrine marks the royal wedding day with a Republican Yell Session for the people by The Shrine people at the Rich Mix in East London. The jewel in the People’s Crown is a headline set from Ghana’s number one Soul ‘n’ Hip-Life beat maker, M3NSA, and his band, The Light Offs.  As a very special treat there will be a screening of the short film Coz Ov Moni featuring M3NSA himself. Advance tickets on sale here.

30th April: “U GOT JOKES” Vol 5 comedy showcase at Indigo @ the O2 in Greenwich. Returning for their fifth and biggest show to date, the entertaining and hilarious U GOT JOKES features some of the best comedic talent around including Funmbi, Slim, Kat, Mo, Adot and Axel the Entertainer.

7th May: Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African Knowledge Premiere @ The Ritzy, Brixton from 1830. An educational documentary spanning two continents that opens up a much-needed debate about traditional African spiritual systems; their cosmologies, ideologies and underlying ethical principles.

7th May: Wara Live @ Rich Mix in Shoreditch from 1930 onwards for an evening of Cuban funk, tropical mash-up and everything and anything with rhythm and soul!! Also featuring a live performance from the wonderfully talented Ruby & The Vines.

14th May: Guaguanco @ De Nollywood in Camberwell is a monthly school Salsa night that aims to pay homage to Salsa, it’s Roots and People by bringing salsa back to it’s origins and exploring Latin culture through visual and performing arts. This month’s theme is entitled ”Sentimiento De El Barrio” and will include a viewing of ”Yo Soy Del Son a La Salsa”. Playing Salsa from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s only the Old School Salsa DJ’s will be spinning the decks from 10pm until the early hours. There will also be a live art performance by Chilean graffiti artist and Aspecks Affiliate Otto Schade.

28th May: Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African Knowledge Second Showing @ The Ritzy in Brixton from 1830.

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Muntu Valdo presents The One & The Many
Apr 2011 20

Welcome to the wonderful world of Muntu Valdo, Cameroon’s answer to Phil Collins according to the Financial Times. Now for those who do not know that Good Music Travels Fast, Muntu has been playing the guitar since the age of eight when he picked up a friend’s two string made from plasterboard and fishing wire but has since evolved into a veritable one man band, using loops, delays, and effects in perfect harmony with his voice and harmonica. The videos below demonstrate Muntu’s eclectic talents as he launched his new album “The One & The Many” at an amazing show in Hoxton on Monday night.

Muntu is about to embark on a thirty date UK tour supporting Lady Black Mombazo and you can get your tickets here. Check after the jump to see Muntu playing with a full band live on stage!
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Apr 2011 20

When we first found out about the possibility of Nas and Damian Marley collaborating we got excited, then when the album Distant Relatives came out, we got very excited. So you can imagine the excitement in Aspecks HQ when we found out that these two giants of music would performing in London. For those of you not lucky enough to have been in attendance at their recent Wembley gig check out the footage Aspecks managed to capture in between jumping up and down and jamming hard to an array of banging hits!

Also check the extended highlights of performances of “Leaders” and “Count your Blessings” from the Distant Relatives album.
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Apr 2011 20

There is not a lot you can say about Wiley that has not already been said. Having been big in the game since the late nineties Wiley’s influence on the UK scene is undeniable. Starting out as a DJ before becoming legendary as an MC and producer Wiley has always put his love of music first and refused to compromise on his artistic vision, as evident by his release of the Zip files in July of last year where he literally gave away over 200 tracks of old and new music! In fact Wiley has always been a pioneer for expression,  whilst being prepared to beef with all those willing to test their skills, the number of artists that he has helped out or has worked with is immense. The song below is entitled “Numbers in Action” and is from Wiley’s forthcoming Big Dada project. The track is out now on iTunes!

Wiley’s willingness to collaborate was again evident on his recent Elusive Tour at the O2 in Islington!

Check after the jump for footage of a host of MCs hitting the stage, including Ghetts, Jammer, JME and Skepta!!
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Check the drop from Muntu Valdo as he visited the Aspecks HQ (fresh from his visit to BBC London) to finalise the details for his tour merchandise.

Described in the Financial Times as “a literal one-man band, providing all the singing and playing every instrument from guitar to harmonica, like a Cameroonian Phil Collins…” Muntu has just released his new album “The One and the Many” (available in HMV, iTunes, Amazon and Rough Trade) and is about to embark on a thirty date UK tour with Ladysmith Black Mombaza. Indeed as the Sawa Blues maestro himself says “Good Music Travels Fast!” Check the Sawa Blues print video to below!!

Get your tickets for the album launch at Hoxton Sqaure Bar & Kitchen on Monday 18th April here.

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