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WORMFOOD present an extra special Friday night of Afro grooves with a difference…..all at London’s favourite festival-in-a-pub, Hootananny Brixton: free entry, huge beer garden, pool tables, outside food stall, outside bar good vibes and FREE ENTRY! It’s going to be huge!

Performing on the night are: YAABA FUNK combining the tightest rhythm section this side of Accra, fat analogue basslines with blazing horns, sparkling African and gritty rock guitars, the Microfon Shookin/ Unbeatable- like ur Grandma’s Cookin BENIN CITY , CLAPPER PRIEST meets KOICHI SAKAI who’s first 7″ single “Rasta Far Out”, out now from Ghetto Lounge, you can hear below and YAK ATTACK, a London based, shape-shifting musical outfit built around a core of Afro-Asian rhythm, fusing Nepali folk and Afro sounds to create Afro Asian Funk / Himalayan Dub Blues.

For more info you can goto the Facebook event page here 

Wormfood have lots more happening this year, a small sample of which you can find below!

6 AFRO SPECIAL with Yaaba Funk, Benin City, Yak Attack, Koichi Sakai meets Clapper Priest, Hootananny, Free
8 Bukky Leo – afrobeat pioneer plays Rootmaster at Hootananny
15 ORKESTRA DEL SOL – legendary brass roguesters come to Hootananny for a special free Sunday show
21 The Correspondents, The Worm, Sketchy, Alembic, Hootananny, Free

17 The Destroyers, Joe Driscoll, The Mandibles, Ewan Hoozami, Hootananny, Free

15 WORMFOOD BOAT PARTY. total one-off at the Thamesis dock in Vauxhall. Sit tight for more info!
21-24 VALLEY OF THE ANTICS at SECRET GARDEN PARTY. mmmm. get tix if you ha


Poejazzi, as part of its Year of the Poet season, triumphantly returns to the E4 Udderbelly; this time featuring Yungun – the internationally-acclaimed wordsmith praised by Zane Lowe and Mark Ronson, and who has supported Slum Village and De La Soul – with a live band and his brilliant upcoming album, “Middleman”; fast-rising band Benin City, whose Outkast-meets-James Brown sound is highly-rated by Xfm, BBC6 Music, SoccerAM and Reuters (listen below) – and Inua Ellams, whose stellar one-man poetry show recently completed ten dates at The National Theatre. The whole event will be hosted by exceptional new singer-songwriter Lail Arad.

Those lovely Benin City guys have even been kind enough to offer up a new track from their forthcoming EP as a free download, which you can listen to and pick up below!

Date: 1 July
Time: Doors at 7, show from 9 to 11pm
Place: Udderbelly, Southbank.
Price: £12 + admin.

Spotlight Sessions April 8th 2010

As featured on Catch a Vibe: your guide to black culture and going out in London

On April 8th 2010, The Spotlight Sessions returns to London, taking over Vibe Live, upstairs from the mighty Vibe Bar on Brick Lane, holding a night to raise awareness and funds for The WAYout Project

The Line up of musical artists for the night is: Benin City , Shean Williams  Kelli-Leigh , Belle and Shuanise 

The event is hosted by DJ Su-Prize with music supplied by Nemo (Uniq Beat DJs)

You can view photos of previous Spotlight Events here: June 2009 | August 2009 | October 2009

About the WAYout Project:

WAYout is working in Sierra Leone providing educational and production facilities and resources, such as music studios, training in arts and media, and film facilities, providing opportunities to young people which will lead to their progression into music, film and other educational and employment opportunities.

Their current projects include Street to Street, supporting street youth to make video diaries of their lives to communicate with kids in the UK; the WAYout scholarships allowing disadvantaged children to gain scholarships to the country’s only music academy; and the WAYout creative hubs – a series of creative hubs with WAYout Macs set up to support young people to create music and film.

Their new fundraising appeal is ‘A Quid for the Kids’. They are asking for a minimum of £1 per fortnight (so actually 50p per week) – its small, but if all their readers donated this amount then they should be able to open their first centre by the end of this 2010!!

For information on how to set up a direct debit, email them here or you can donate at the WAYout website

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Poejazzi returns to the Roundhouse for Benin City’s EP launch, the third event in its brilliant Year of the Poet season; an evening of exceptional entertainment, bringing together spoken word, Afrobeat, folk, funk and hip-hop. Read the rest of this entry »

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