>SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!

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Getting ready for Croatia!!!

I’m preparing my set for STOP MAKING SENSE FESTIVAL it’s gonna be awesome!! I’ll be playing the main stage on Friday (6pm-7pm) and (8pm-9pm). Also Girlcore will be hosting a beach party at the bar on sunday evening!!

Here’s the full line up:

LIVE:
THE VERY BEST / DJANGO DJANGO / NATHAN FAKE / MATIAS AGUAYO / SON OF DAVE / WBEEZA / THE WORM / JOANA & THE WOLF / FRAN AND JOSH / LATIN DUB SOUND SYSTEM / LONGJON LA FLECHA / LOOSE FIT / BELLE / HANNAH AND THE HEARTBREAK / BELLE / SHY AND THE FIGHT

DJS:
CARL CRAIG / JUAN ATKINS / THEO PARRISH / FRIENDLY FIRES / RADIOCLIT / TOY SELECTAH / OPTIMO / BENJI B / PATRICE SCOTT / KEITH WORTHY / KYLE HALL / ALLEZ ALLEZ / ISA GT / MARK E / REBOLLEDO / CHRIS COCO / RICHARD NORRIS / TAMA SUMO / JAMES PRIESTLEY / GILES SMITH / RUSS JONES / CAL JADER / SENSU / LAKUTI / GIRLCORE / FACT DJS / ALI TILLETT / ROB SUMMERHAYES / GRINGO DA PARADA / COUNT CHOCULA / SLUTTY FRINGE / ELDOKO / TCHIKY AL DENTE / NICK AGHA / LEON LACE / SEBILIO / SILKY BOYS / BODYTONIC / SIMON PURE GROOVE / BLONDE AMBITION / MADERA VERDE

PROMOTERS ON BOARD…
NEED2SOUL, The CAMP, SWAP-A-RAMA, DEVIATION, OPTIMO, SUB CLUB, SUD ELECTRONIC, SECRETSUNDAZE, MOVIMIENTOS, WARM, FACT, DON’T PANIC, FAVELA CHIC, ALLEZ ALLEZ, FANTASY ISLAND & GIRLCORE

see you there!!

>AFRIKA EXPRESS 2: The experience

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I was invited by my friends from Radioclit to perform an “all new stars” version of Secousse (soon to be released) live at Afrika Express (part of BBC proms) last Wednesday at KOKO (Camden).

There was a pre event at a pub next to KOKO in the afternoon, the organiser told everyone to come from 4pm to meet other artists and “jam” between them.
We got there at about 6:30pm just in time for dinner I met a few familiar faces like the ver lovely Jack Penate and had chats and and food before the start of the night, there they were! Kano, Damon Albarn, Flea (from Red Hot Chili Pepers) and bunch of Afrikan musicians that I probably heard their music but never knew how they looked like!

The whole evening was pretty good apart from some “collaborations” between lads from indie bands like Hard Fi who played 3 songs “jammin” with afrikan musicians that they left behind and took the stage thinking with their electric guitars as if it was their solo concert…really appalling appearances by “the aliens” don’t know where they come from but certainly retarded and nothing to do with what the whole event was about.
Another out of place performance was the one by the Magi Numbers who again played 3 of their songs pretty much like they sound normally and with none or not much collaboration with the afrikan artists.

Obviously there were great stuff on the evening too like the performance by Amadou and Mariam who gave the audience goosebumps!
You can read a much better review than mine by Ruth Barnes on the BBC6 website

The whole idea of collaborations between musicians is great but the fact that there wasn’t really a schedule for the performances and everything was so “free” created a bit of disorganization, we had to wait until 2:30 am to finally decided that we should go on stage in a “guerilla” appearance! if we didnt do that we weren’t going to perform! (that’s what happened to BURAKA SOM SISTEMA) they hang around all night and didnt get to perform. So yeah we (mimitah, mo laudi, marina, jose hendrix and I) went on stage and did two songs! to amusement of the stage crew! here are some photos!



Anyways it was an honour to be part of this event and seeing all these amazing personalities going onstage together and playing live was great, after this night I just like to research more about what they do and their music.

The night for us ended after we performed, with some random people congratulating our effort! all tired went home thinking that one day we’ll be the ones headlining an event like that.

>MUSICALIA IS HERE!!

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My new night MUSICALIA launches this Wednesday 23rd of July with a very special guest! DJ TRON AKA Etienne from the fantastic duo RADIOCLIT is gonna be playing a TROPICAL special set! I’ll be the resident dj and will be inviting some of my good friends to play whatever genre they love the most.
MUSICALIA is gonna take place at the very new MOUSTACHE BAR in Dalston (LDN) every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month and is gonna change genre of music on every edition! The entry is FREE and the night promises to be a new breath for the local scene, doors open at 8pm, Come!

>What have I been doing?

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photo by Brucie Bonus www.bruciebonus.com

Since playing BBB that was on fiya like always…been up to making music, chilling in the sun with my friends and playing at KOKO last friday with the Lovely Jonjo it was so much fun! playing back to back, showing each other nice tracks…
Then Monday I played at Santogold‘s Album Launch! received a last minute call from my Radioclit friends saying they were not gonna be on time to make it, so I filled in.
Santogold was great! to be honest I wasn’t into her 1st single Les Artistes but thats until I saw her performing live that I realised the charisma and presence she has on stage and how good her voice is!
Some photos coming soon…

>NUMBER TWO AND SECOUSSE

>This Thursday Im playing at East Village (old Medicine bar on Great Easter Street)
We’re raising money for some students for Saint Martin’s college Degree Show… (a very good cause!)

There’s gonna be drinks deals and lots of other surprises!

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This Friday…Im playing my very good friends RADIOCLIT‘s night…SECOUSSE!!

WORLD MUSIC TO THE MAX!!

WITH BANDA LOKITO (live)
TODD HART from Dalston Oxfam Shop Blog
RADIOCLIT