Championed by the likes of Grooverider, Ratty and Randall. Making the move to London and working at Turnkey in Soho he set up drum n bass old skool night Rupture with DJ Mantra and recently set up Rupture London, a label dedicated to good quality electronic music.
Assuming a name meaning ‘life’, Pamela Ross, and occasionally referred to as ‘Sister Aisha’,began singing at the age of eight, and through her live performances built a significant following in and around the Midlands.
Demonstrating her individualism, she followed in the direction of roots music as opposed to singing soulful cover versions of R&B hits, the latter being the most frequent route for reggae divas. In the late 80s Aisha began recording with the Mad Professor and released ‘Prophecy’ on his Ariwa Sounds label.
This success led to other recording sessions with female vocalists, performing conscientious lyrics and culminating with the Roots Daughters series, in which Aisha featured alongside the revitalized Fabian, Kofi and Sandra Cross. In 1996 Aisha released ‘Hail H.I.M.’, which resulted in her appearance at the Essential Music Festival in that year. This salute to Haile Selassie was followed by ‘Don’t Tell Me No Lies’ and ‘Raise Your Voice’, both of which achieved acceptable placings among the ragga hits that dominated the reggae chart. Aisha’s work with Norman Grant of the Twinkle Brothers led to her featuring as part of the Twinkle Showcase alongside Princess Sharifa, Kid Livi and Steve Santana.
Aisha has been showered with accolades for her accomplished performances, captivating audiences wherever she appears, and she continues to pursue a career based on her assertion that ‘music comes from the root of love’.
27th November 14
All Featured Musicians/DJ’s Live in Brixton
This Week 24th – 30th November 14
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Thoughtfully Incendiary Music… from South of the River.
Earth Before the Deluge is a new South London based musical collaboration between; drummer Nick, bass player Gabriel and songwriter and singer, Ali.
The songs have recurring themes: skewed perceptions, psychological confusion… and the yearning for lost, elusive ethereal wonders.
Earth Before the Deluge has drawn comparisons stylistically with artists such as PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Pixies, Radiohead and Nirvana. The band strive for a similar visceral sound, coupled with emotional complexity. Having spent most of 2014 hunkered down developing the music and sound, the band is now focused on live performance and recording. We’ll let you know when they are playing live in Brixton!
A truly Brixton band, comprising of a Trinidadian, a Jamaican, an Irish man and an Australian; Mangoseed fuse soulful glittering guitar, funk bass, a poetical hip-hop lyrical delivery and heavy samples to create their own unique sound.
They are known for their high energy live shows and their eclectic sound, drawing from genres that range from reggae to funk.
“Mangoseed blast an energetic mix that blends rock, reggae and dub.
Mangoseed have supported artists including Alabama Three, Grammy Award Winner Micki Free, and Manu Chao.
Whenever possible, Mangoseed show their support at fundraising and charity events: – Music for Children, Sahara Arts Oasis and Oxjam just to mention a few.
With funky guitar riffs, pulsating rock bass and swinging drums, Mangoseed bring forth strong, lyrical and masterful tunes. From the angst-driven punk/funk protest of Standing on a High, to an epic reggae, jungle, break-beat journey of Devil in the Road. Mangoseed’s sound is funky, poetic & infectious.
Their distinctive sound and live shows have earned them a spot supporting Manu Chao, Alabama Three and Grammy Award winner Micki Free.
‘You take one look at us and expect a reggae band and not for our songs to have the size of the sound or the colours that they do. We like to party on stage and people just come with us.’
Nicholai La Barrie Front man of Mangoseed
“Mangoseed are creating a unique musical global fusion! “, says music journalists Emma Smart. “Their signature is to make songs that you can dance to, but still carry life affirming messages”.
Many bands in the past have not been given the chance to have a voice. The only way to hear a band or a musician was to catch them in a local pub and hopefully follow them until a label takes interest.
On this particular evening, Mangoseed began to play a fusion of influences from reggae to rock with funk laden heavy bass in between. Their energy filled the crowd, who moved to the dance floor when hearing the groove in their sound. Mark Wincott
As soon as these guys came on stage, it went off, this here was a fusion of reggae, funk, rock, metal, it had it all, for the few tracks they played and the amount of people that went to the head of the crowd to get out some dance moves. Mangoseed will need to be seen. Love Music Magazine
We’ll let you now when they are next playing Live in Brixton here!
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