Rasharn Powell is an Eighteen year old Singer Songwriter with a dynamic soul and a rising star.
Trio Kahout are a contemporary piano trio who create music that is both surprising and familiar. Influences from jazz, rock, classical and world music are blended in an evocative, beguiling and powerful mix of moods, grooves and textures.
Fragile, bold, nostalgic and sometimes even humourous. Trio Kahout weave short stories in sound or soundtracks for short imaginary films. Their lyrical styling is both potent and mesmerizing.”
Go and see them at The Cambria – no admittance charge!
Katarina Gadjanski & Gypsy Fever Quartet will take you on an enchanting musical journey across ex-Yugoslavia, bringing you delightful folk music from all over this region (starting in Vojvodina and Serbia via Macedonia and Bosnia to the coastal line of Dalmatia).
Heartbroken by the fragmentation of Yugoslavia Katarina longed to once again reunite the disjointed regions of the country, through the beauty of its traditional music. She embarked upon mesmerising journey re-discovering wonderful archaic folk tunes of Yugoslavia – and this new GF project was born as a result. Although born in peoples sorrow, the celebratory nature of the traditional folk music of Yugoslavia defies the difficult and marginal existence of the war-torn country, a country that now exists only in its soulful traditional music.
Katarina Gadjanski & Gypsy Fever Quartet are:
Katarina Gadjanski: vocals, harmonium
Lorien Secanska: vocals
Alex Paton: mandolin & Serbian frula
Richard Collins: classical guitar
Howard Dann: percussion & bassoon
David Cronenberg’s Wife are a London-based band with troubling subject matter. 2-time Marc Riley Sessionists. Antifolkers.
“David Cronenberg’s Wife are an anti-folk act … peppering their albums with undesirable characters, who Mayne inhabits with unnerving realism.” The Independent
Dele Sosimi, the UK’s multiple award-winning Afrobeat Ambassador has been consistently flying the Afrobeat flag in the UK since 1995, leading to roles as Musical Director and Afrobeat Music Consultant for the US award winning acclaimed musical FELA! at the National Theatre, South Bank in London (2010-2011).
His “Afrobeat Vibration”, now in its fifth year, is London’s top underground event. Dele’s Afrobeat pedigree is impeccable. He was keys player and a musical director in Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 and subsequently with Fela’s son Co founding & leading Femi Kuti’s Positive Force. Dele’s pulsating live shows demonstrate his vision of Afrobeat – one that is faithful to the original blueprint, but also clearly bears Dele’s own DNA, expanding the horizons of the genre. He is one of the most active musicians on the Afrobeat scene, with his involvement with other artists and his work on his own critically acclaimed compositions spawning several remixes.
The Jenova Collective are a production/DJ duo and a 7 piece live Electro Swing act.
Causing a scene amongst the UK’s hottest underground clubs and festivals, their ‘no holds barred, take no prisoners’ attitude has been relentlessly smothered over unsuspecting audiences all across Europe.
The Jenova Collective have spent the last 2 years staring through the looking glass, dropping an extensive list of free downloads and remixes along the way. Never pinning themselves to one genre, previous tracks have taken influence from house, drum & bass and glitch hop whilst still keeping their signature vintage sound along with a healthy serving of block-rocking bass and relentless energy.
Their debut release on Ragtime Records, Champagne Machine, went down a treat and they have loads in the pipeline. Continued support from top dogs in the game prove these guys are ones to watch for the future!
Playing shows and festivals across London and the UK, Headlight shine wherever they go, cramming their sounds and atmosphere with so much vibrant energy that it appeals to all listeners.
Rocking tunes, foot stomping beats and catchy addictive melodies blended together in an original, pulsating indie-rock cauldron sum up the musical machine that is ‘Headlight’.
DJ Zinc Fence, aka Geoff Parker, was born in Worlds End, Chelsea, a few hundred yards from Stamford Bridge. He has lived in Lambeth for 30 years. Plays the full range of Jamaican music from ska to dancehall. For nearly 10 years has run, promoted, and DJed the Brixton Ritzy reggae night ‘Catch A Fire’ on the first Sunday every month.
Over the last year has supported Dennis Bovell and Bitty McLean at the Jazz Cafe for the London International Ska Festival and played a range of London venues.
Geoff plays regularly on the 1st Sunday of every month at Upstairs Ritzy with live bands and the best Jamaican vinyl on the decks.
Join the Catch A Fire mailing list or for booking details email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter @catchafirebrix
Yaaba Funk bring Vivid touches of contemporary London added to the 70s heyday of Ghanaian Hi-Life. P-Funk style synth bass, psychedelic desert blues and deep percussion. Family Stone inflected horns and up front the vibrant high energy duo of Chief Commander Richmond Kessie and Helen ‘Lady Yaaba’ McDonald.
Formed in 2006 in Brixton by a group of musician friends drawn together by a love of African music, drums, dance..AFRO….FUNK.
Yaaba Funk have been regularly gigging, released their self-produced debut album AFROBEAST in May 2010 with the help of influential British record label Sterns.
6th March 15
The Prince of Wales
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Bristol-based Owen Brown aka Clarity has rapidly become one of the names to watch in the current Drum and Bass scene. Having stumbled upon drum n bass music at the age of 14, within two years Clarity managed to write music that was immediately supported by top names like dBridge, Doc Scott, Loxy, Jubei, Skeptical and Grooverider.
Inevitable signings to respected labels followed swiftly with imprints such as Med School, Samurai Music, Cylon, Horizons, and dBridges’ mighty Exit Records label stepping up to launch the Clarity name and sound proudly to the world.
Stripping the core elements of Drum and Bass down to a refined, unique groove, his style has become unmistakable and at the forefront of the progression of Drum and Bass music. The Clarity sound is fortified with a structure that binds itself firmly to Techno and propels what you know as Drum and Bass into an entirely different realm with each sound carrying its ultimate weight as a result of this minimal, but very potent delivery.
As a DJ, Clarity represents this new strain of Drum and Bass with razor sharp mixing skills and impeccable selection, with bookings regularly across the UK and Europe for names like Renegade Hardware, Cylon, & Samurai Music.
13th March 15
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Mr. Belt & Wezol is a DJ-act, spinnin’ and producing mostly UK influenced house. Basically they make very good music!
They call it ‘Future House’ and it is set to change the world of dance music, with artists like Tchami, Oliver Heldens and of course the boys themselves paving the way.
20th March 15
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Klingande was formed in December of 2012 by Cédric, 24-year-old from Croix in northern France.
Both Klingande and ‘Jubel’ are named after Swedish words due to Klingande’s love of the nation’s house music: ‘Jubel’ meaning joy, and ‘Klingande’ taken from the word for sounding.
Klingande have spent much of the year touring throughout all over Europe. The second single to be released in mainland Europe is ‘Punga’, another track which features his distinctive house-meets-saxophone sound and also earned a huge online following.
Klingande is represented by Cedric, who spend much of his time between stages, planes and his studio in Lille (FR). New singles and EP are coming this year, with some surprises.
A big gust of fresh air is breezing it’s way through the UK scene as a new new generation of musicians look to a more musically enlightened future. Brighton based pioneers, Normanton Street are a leading light of a movement determined to go deeper; fusing soul, hip-hop and spoken word to moving and spiritual effect.
The Pearl Hearts are two girls, Kirsty and Sara, who play kick-ass rock n roll.
“Tiny tiny girls that looked like giants on stage… all you can think to do is ask them out for ice cream – and all they want to do is wreck your house and firebomb your car….”
Here’s whats been said:
“How effing good are The Pearl Harts” GEMMA CAIRNEY BBC RADIO 1
“Bruising guitar licks and balls of steel with the girls exhibiting their no holds barred style of incinerating rock n’ roll…” ARTROCKER SINGLE OF THE WEEK
“The two girls in The Pearl Harts kick ass.. they push out an unimaginable amount of noise for only having two people in the band…” – THE 405
“Loud, blues-driven rock music which thrills and appalls… The Pearl Harts have a visceral quality which is difficult to deny – CLASH MAGAZINE
Alice in Grooveland are a London Based Jazz Quartet & much loved Brixton regulars.
Expect a heady mix of anything from the 50s Blue Note sound to 70s Jazz Funk, spiced up with the band’s own original compositions! Debut EP “Skyline” out now…you can hear it here!
The Quartet are:
Linas Benas (alto sax)
Andrew Myers (keyboards)
Les Booth (bass)
Nick Bradshaw (drums)
23rd January 15 @ Dee Dee’s
Every 2nd & 4th Weds
Effra Hall Tavern
40 Kellett Road
London SW2 1ED
Wennink is a project by london based singer and writer Oliver Wennink which encapsulates his own brand of fragile piano-synth electronica.
The debut ep ‘WENNINK’ was born out of long days and nights in his studio in Brixton and is produced by dance music producer/DJ Matt Allaby.
The influences you can hear threaded through the music are Thom Yorke/Atoms For Peace, Four Tet, James Blake and Fink. These influences helped form the glitchy percussion, the spacious ambience, the fragility of the overall sound, the underpinned melancholy and the beautifully rich vocals which reference a love of the male tenor vocalists like Jeff Buckley and Antony and The Johnsons.
Brixton-based The Effort Collective’s resident musician Sim Eldem, and her partner-in-crime of seven years Luke Gain, have teamed up with Alex Iossifidis to launch a new band – Winnaretta, a new artpop project.
Expert clever things, jazz chords that rock and danceable beats.
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.
“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!