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The Marley family continues to play their part to keep reggae evolving. Check out Sizzla in front of the Ghana flag backdrop in this video and look out for the dub step finale too. Dopeness. Jamaica looks a lot  like Ghana here if you ask me.

and with our homegrown Afro-Dancehall, the link is getting stronger and stronger. Hold that thought for now.

The Gypsy
Jun 2011 17

Now the first glance at the title of this article may appear slightly confused but anyone who was present at Rich Mix last Tuesday night to see the first UK performance of Wanlov the Kubolor’s Brown Card album will fully understand the sentiment. Also known as African Gypsy, the album is the musical manifestation of Wanlov’s cultural heritage, reflecting both his Ghanaian and Romanian (or Transylvanian) roots, his extensive knowledge of music and his socially conscious personality. Indeed Wanlov commands the stage with his infectious sense of humour and a clear appreciation of the musicians he is playing with. Combining African drum patterns with accordion and violin solos, intricate guitar patterns and hiplife melodies any listener of the Brown Card will enjoy a globe trotting journey through multiple musical genres. Described as “music for music lovers”, it is hard to disagree with the description of Wanlov as “the Manu Chao of hip-hop” or indeed his own assertion that he is the modern day Gypsy Fela. Enjoy this footage of the Wanlov classic “Human Being” which appropriately for a song celebrating global citizens was performed with a Frenchman on accordion, an Italian-Transylvanian fiddler and a Ghanaian on the Cajo drum.

Check after the jump for footage of Wanlov in his ambassador role for Orphan Aid in Ghana!
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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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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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