Andre Romelle Young (February 18, 1965 – Present Day)
Peter Brian Gabriel (13 February 1950 – Present Day)
Vincent Montana, Jr. (12 February 1928 – 13 April 2013)
Tenor Saw aka Clive Bright (February 11 1966 – ? August 1988)
Smiley Culture aka David Victor Emmanuel (10 February 1963 – 15 March 2011)
Gary Wayne Coleman (February 8, 1968 – May 28, 2010)
Bob Marley (06 Febraury 1945 – 11 May 1981)
January 4, 1959 – February 15, 2016
Denise Katrina Matthews life was filled with ups and downs from Playboy model to singing and touring with Prince and starring in cult classics like The Last Dragon and Action Jackson to overcoming drug addiction and eventually becoming an Evangelist
Charles Kent “Charlie” Wilson aka Uncle Charlie (29 January 29, 1953 – Present Day)
Etta James aka Jamesetta Hawkins (25 January 1938 – 20 January 2012)
Jam Master Jay (21 Jan 1965 – 30 Oct 2002)
DJ Swing (18 Jan 1967 – 22 Mar 2006)
Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942 – Present Day)
Eartha Mae Kitt (17 January, 1927 – 25 December, 2008)
Aaliyah (16 Jan 1979 – 25 Aug 2001)
The WAYout Arts hub in Freetown Sierra Leone continues to do great work in and around the community there, creating new music, film and training opportunities all the time.
Like many (or all) charities, they require financial support from time to time, but rather than just put their hands out hoping for cash, they have often gone the extra mile by putting on events, concerts and exciting fundraising activities.
The latest of these is a series of t-shirts and hoodies available online through sites including Dizzyjam and Amazon, featuring appealing Salone-flavoured designs, such as the UNameItChallenge parody tee above.
If you are looking for a unique gift for someone this year, or just want to refresh your wardrobe, do check them out on the links below and support where you can
If you feel like treating yourself today then head over to iSHE’s Bandcamp and let her pour soulful honey all in your ears
Here is the official UK poster for Miles Ahead, starring, written and directed by Don Cheadle, and coming to UK cinemas 22nd April.
First 20 Tickets – £20
Next 50 Tickets – £22.50
Advance Tickets – £25
With “more vinyl than you can shake a stick at. Plus the best breweries the city has to offer with London Brewers’ Market.” As the description you know what you will get with ILM
Featured labels include:
Bella Union, Brownswood, Communion Music, City Slang, Eglo Records, Hospital Records, Night Slugs, Power Vacuum, Sunday Best, UKF, Warp Records + loads more!
Phife Dawg aka The Five Footer aka Malik Isaac Taylor (November 20, 1970 – March 23, 2016)
A Tribe Called Quest have long provided the soundtrack to many of our lives, the “Peoples…” Album just celebrated its 25th year and from the sound of the teaser below, Phife and co. Still have so much more goodness to bless us all with.
We hope we get to hear more than just a snippet of the music, we only wish Phife was still here to be the one presenting it to us
“Nutshell by Phife produced by J.Dilla”
Tickets available now: http://bit.ly/1QDq7tK
Fubk The Family returns for 2016 with another stellar line up and lots of kids activities, live outdoor music stage, Cirque Du Funk bigtop, craft and food stalls and performances from King Porter, Professor Elemental, Gyratory Allstars, Lynda Pheonix, Elle J Small and many more!
Chart-topping, GRAMMY® nominated recording artist, songwriter, and producer Tweet returns with her 3rd studio album “Charlene” which includes the singles “Won’t Hurt Me,” and “Neva Shouda Left Ya” “Magic,” “I Was Created for This,” “Somebody Else Will” feat. Missy Elliott, and more.
Four tracks featuring the soulful vocals of the one and only Kelli-Leigh, sure to be blowing up dancefloors, radio shows, podcasts and DJ charts soon!
George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001)
Music Is Life fave Hezakiah does what he does best flipping the Jocelyn Brown classic “Somebody Else’s Guy” to great effect!
I legit feel that this handheld needs to make that screeching game loading sound when you switch it in
Read more on this via Metro
Season 2 Episode 1 is now up on Netflix for your viewing pleasures!
Either you know what this means and are currently losing your mind, or you have no idea why this is so important but are about to find out. Check this Empire article for the full scoop
You have two days left to enter this raffle and not only be in with a chance of winning great prizes, but also supporting and helping people that REALLY need it!
Every £10.00 you donate to WAYout buys you the chance to win dinner for two at the top of The Shard. 2nd Prize is a signed copy of the book ‘David Beckham’ and 3rd prize is two tickets to Park Theatre.
Full rules and conditions here
You must be over 16 to enter. Every entry you buy will be issued with an eticket the following day. The draw will take place on 17th February 2016, 5pm
WAYout supports street and disadvantaged young people in Sierra Leone, changing the lives of street, vulnerable and conflict affected young people through the arts.
They offer training and shelter, make films that can effect change and record music that enables the excluded to re-engage, promoting artistic freedom, education and empowerment.
Like many organisations working in Sierra Leone, 2015 was a tough year for WAYout, dealing with the Ebola crisis.
Unlike many youth organisations- they remained open but this meant an increase in numbers coming to WAYout, for somewhere to learn and create and as a safe place offering food and shelter during the lockdowns.
So their costs went up, whilst their income went down.
During the Ebola Crisis 83 young people earned certificates, they opened a new studio and finished five albums, supported other NGOs with videos.
Gene McDaniels (February 12 1935 – July 29 2011)
The Hendrix Flat opens on 10 February 2016. Book your advance tickets here
J Dilla (7 Feb 1974 – 10 Feb 2006)
Dennis Brown (1 Feb 1957 – 1 July 1999)
DJ Jazzy Jeff aka Jeffrey Allen Townes (22 January 22 1965 – Present Day)
This compilation, by Analog Africa and in partnership with Teranga Beat, offers a unique insight into the musical adventures that were taking place in the major Senegalese cities during the 60s and 70s, and reflects the unique fusions of Funk, Mbalax, Cuban Son and Mandigue guitar sounds that transformed Dakar into West Africa’s most vibrant city.
Adamantios Kafetzis from Teranga Beat dug through an astonishing three hundred Senegalese songs – all never before released – to select five for inclusion in this collection, wit the remaining seven taken from obscure vinyl records found in Senegal, by Analog Africa’s label boss Samy Ben Redjeb on his many crate-digging trips.
The result is a compilation filled with multi-layered Afro-Cuban funk melodies, warm keys, vibrant vocals and body moving rhythms from artists including Star Band de Dakar, Orchestre Bawobab, Fangóól (featured below) and many more
This release includes a comprehensive booklet that comes with the CD (44 pages) and with the double LP (12 pages LP size) and is a precious document attesting to the decades of transformation that led to modern Senegalese music. Featuring biographies of music producers and a legendary record cover designer, as well as the life stories of all the groups represented here, the booklet also includes a fantastic selection of photos that have never seen before.
1. Fangóól – “Mariama” 4:35
2. Orchestre G.M.I. – Groupement Mobil D’Intervention – “Africa” 6:51 *
3. Orchestre Bawobab – “Thiely” 4:59 *
4. Le Sourouba de Louga – “Bour Siné” 3:47 *
5. King N’gom et Les Perles Noires – “Viva Marvillas” 5:34
6. Orchestre Laye Thiam – “Massani Cissé” 5:48
7. Amara Touré et le Star Band de Dakar – “El Carretero” 5:22 *
8. Le Tropical Jazz – “Kiko Medina” 4:40
9. Orchestre Laye Thiam – “Kokorico” 6:47
10. Gëstu de Dakar – “Ndiourel” 5:17
11. Orchestre Bawobab – “Ma Penda” 5:18 *
12. Orchestre Laye Thiam – “Sanga Té” 5:43
* = previously unreleased tracks, courtesy of Teranga Beat
Released 27 November through Analog Africa on CD with 44-pages booklet 2xLP Gatefold with 12-pages LP size booklet and Digital
WAYout is bringing their successful carol concert back to the heart of London.
Raising funds for WAYout’s work in Sierra Leone, the concert will include some amazing acts, the chance to sing along in a carol concert with a difference. As an example, watch the Youtube video of their last carol concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNIWbWd9iKQ
The last two years have been devastating for Sierra Leone. From the wide-reaching impact of Ebola, to more recent floods washing away many Freetown residents’ homes. Our work raising awarenes, providing voice, opportunities, shelter and homes to street youth and disadvantaged communities has already changed many lives and has never been more important.
The last carol concert had a true African twist with dancing in the aisles, along with the traditional carol-singing.
This year, the amazing London African Gospel Choir (www.thelagc.com) will be joining them again.
Please come along and have a great night, supporting WAYout’s work in the process.
And if you can’t join them in person, PLEASE SHARE with anyone you think may be interested.
Tickets are £15 each – to buy, please pay
1) via BMyCharity – Please state in the comment box your name and how many tickets you’re buying (please also tick the Gift Aid box):http://www.bmycharity.com/charities/wayout.
2) Or at TicketScript (a 10% processing charge applies): https://shop.ticketscript.com/channel/web2/start-order/rid/5QY9XEXP/language/en
Ella Martini’s ‘Cut The Ties’ will be released Friday 30th October, with her debut EP coming out 20th November, and if you are in or around London this week you can catch Ella performing a short set at Paradise on Kilburn Lane on Tuesday 10th. She also performs a full set at Oslo in Hackney on Wednesday 18th November.
Although a little late we just caught wind of this track and a couple others by Dayne Jordan – lyrically gifted and with strong production behind him from Jazzy and James Poyser amongst others this guy is one we will be keeping an ear on from now on!
You can check out more from Dayne on SoundCloud HERE
Not content to drop one of the catchiest jams to reach our ears in recent times, MNEK has just released visuals for “The Rhythm” (below) and has also put together a Valentines Day Refix which he will release if enough people share the aforementioned video, using the hashtag #MNEKTheRhythm
This is what the Friday feeling sounds like, click the cover to buy this on iTunes now AND stream / share below
Killer Nu Soul trippy vibes on this 2-track release on the Tru Thoughts label