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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.

The 20 year old urban singer/songwriter has had an exciting last year. She released a double single, which received its radio premiere on 1xtra, was interviewed and made 1xtra’s “Next Generation Shout”,  The Line of Best Fit did an exclusive audio premier alongside features with EarMilk, Candid, Fortitude and DropOut, she has supported Jess Glynne and MNEKPRS made her their featured artist AND MOBO’s selected her for the final of their UnSung Award.
In the last few months she has been featured on Huw Stephens’ R1 show and did a live EP performance and interview for BBC introducing .
To catch up on more about Ella, find her onilne at the following places:

taken from the forthcoming album Pen To Paper from Alison Grant available from Amazon HERE

Over the last 25 years, Vince Dunn has performed, recorded and toured with an impressive list of artists from; Cleo Laine, Courtney Pine, Betty Carter, Django Bates and Cleverland Watkiss, to contemporary artists such as Loose Ends, The Funk Masters classic soul anthem top 5 hit, ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Over’, Blu Cantrell and Pharrell Williams. Vince also recently recorded the debut album ‘Dark Humour’ for the London Jazz Collective.

As well as maintaining a busy freelance gigging schedule, he holds the drum seat for 2 very popular London based big bands and is currently the musical director for Kelly Marie (UK No.l Hit, ‘Lola’s Theme’).

Most recently Vince Recorded ‘LIVE’ for the BBC’s Clive Andersons show ‘Loose Ends’ with UK premier vocalist Mr Noel Mckoy,
his titled track from his latest album ‘A Brighter Day.

He has played at Ronnie Scotts, The Jazz Cafe and at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, with the legendary Ossibisa.

This year also brings the birth of the Vince Dunn Big Band featuring such luminaries as; Neville Mallcom, Simon Bates, Anton Browne, Carl Hudson, Barren Wallen, Roland Perrin, Alan Weeks, Aaron Liddard, Jo Harrop and Chris Jerome plus many more great players joining in along the way.

If you can’t wait that long though, you can witness his handy work on the new Lexus 2011 television advertisement with Kylie Minogue!

Find out more about Vince Dunn here: http://www.vincedunn.com

Jamieson is a London born and bred rapper, writer and producer that can be described as a storyteller who descriptively narrates his life experiences through his music. His concepts come to life through a combination of catchy hooks, witty punch lines and vivid imagery, creating a dynamic mix of entertaining yet insightful Hip Hop.

In 2007 he released his first mix tape entitled ‘The Foreign Exchange’, hosted by G-Units own DJ Whoo Kid, and after that he took some time to focus on what would be his next project entitled ‘I Came, I Saw’, which was the first of a trilogy of EPs, through which he tells the story of his time since being in the US.

Jamieson has already opened up for artist such as Cappadonna (WuTang), Akon, Ray J, Shontelle, Melanie Fiona, Asher Roth and Flo Rida. He has also worked with artist such as Skyzoo and Emilio Rojas, while ‘I Came, I Saw Volume II’ features the Sony recording artist Samuel, alongside Sean Price and Joell Oritz.

Full Track-listing:

Foreign Exchange (Produced by Xplosive) – Video Link:
My Way Feat. Sean Price (Produced by GodDams)
Shine On Me Feat. Samuel (Produced by Reality)
Falling Down (Produced by Sakke)
Things I Learned (Produced by J.Legacy) – Video Link
Chasing This Dream Feat. Joell Ortiz (Produced by Xplosive) – Video Link

Jamieson has received a great deal of support thus far and continues to be featured on several major websites and Hip Hop blogs which include XXLmag.comThisis50.comHiphopdx.com2dopeboyz.comOnSmash.comTheHipHopChronicle.comHip-HopKings.com,Nahright.com and Grime Daily. Jamieson is determined to make his mark, and his commitment and hard work are already paying off, this is definitely only the beginning for this London storyteller.

For more on Jamieson, goto his Website or YouTube

Celebrating roots, resistance and the irresistible rhythms of life, The Creole Choir of Cuba
are appearing on Later … with Jools Holland, Tuesday 18th May and again on Friday the 21st, performing music from their forthcoming album, including ‘Chen Nan Ren’, which was released this week as a digital single through Real World Records.

The Creole Choir’s Cuban name ‘Desandann’ means literally ‘descendents’ and with songs like ‘Tandé’ or ‘Lumane Casimir’ they tell the stories of their Haitian ancestors who were brought to Cuba to work in near slave conditions in the sugar and coffee plantations.  Desandann sing in Creole, Cuba’s second language, spoken by almost a million people, a pragmatic fusion of African, French and other languages. It is the language of a people twice exiled: first to Haiti from Africa through the iniquitous slave trade; then from Haiti to Cuba tricked into second slavery by their French masters after the Haitian Revolution of 1790. Other Haitians arrived in the 20th century fleeing political upheaval, poverty and oppression during the barbaric regime of Papa Doc Duvalier which held power from the 1950s to 70s, marked by reigns of terror and the brutality of his private militia, the Tonton Macoutes.

The choir have just spent two month-long tours in Haiti as part of Cuba’s relief project following the January earthquake. Working in cooperation with the Haitian Cultural Ministry the group ran workshops with children within displaced persons camps as well as performing for the public in specially arranged concerts. The choir’s work in Haiti is testament to their enduring relationship with their spiritual homeland.

This vibrant ten-piece group – five men and five women – are a cornucopia of remarkable voices. They hail from beautiful Camagüey, Cuba’s third city, two thirds down towards the eastern end of the island, designated a UNESCO World heritage Site in 2008 for its colonial architecture where they’ve studied music to university level and are all members of the Provincial Choir, which their leader Emilia directs.  Desandann emerged out of this choir in 1994, a difficult time for Cubans when the economy fell into a black hole after the end of support from the Soviet Union. While times were hard, the singers were encouraged by re-claiming the traditions of their families.  “For us music is like food”, they say, “it feeds the spirit and is a major inspiration for everyday life.”

For more on the Creole Choir click here

So make sure you tune in tonight and Friday and / or catch it on iPlayer – although this is music that must be experienced LIVE so if you get the chance to see them TAKE it!!