If you’re looking for a few events to attend as the season of goodwill beckons, check out these options which encompass everything from concerts, restaurant openings, exhibitions and festivals. Enjoy!
Grandmaster Flash – Brooklyn Bowl, 4th December
Wanna see a master at work? Then head down to London’s Brooklyn Bowl on December 4th to see the legendary DJ, Grandmaster Flash perform a set. Considered one of the most influential figures of the global entity now known as hip-hop, due to his inventive DJ’ing style. Thirty years after he touched a turntable, Master Flash is still packing out venues. For further details click here.
Avant/Silk/Kut Klose/Intro – Club Koko – 6th December
Lovers of ‘90s R&B are in for a treat as some of the artists who defined the era join forces for one night only. Avant, Kut Klose, Intro and Silk will perform all their hit at London’s Club Koko. For further details click here
Roy Ayers – 7th, 8th, 9th December
Legendary vocalist, songwriter and instrumentalist, Roy Ayers, returns to the Jazz Cafe for three nights. Famed for jazz/funk fused classics such as Everybody Loves The Sunshine, Runaway and Searchin’, Mr Ayers is a regular featured artist at the Jazz Cafe, and his free-flowing, spontaneous approach to live performances has become the stuff of legends. For ticket info click here.
Stolen Images Festival – 3-11 December
Stolen Images: People & Power, celebrates the films of Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. In association with the BFI, the mini festival will screen the works of the compelling storyteller including films Sometimes in April (based on the Rwandan genocide) and Lumumba (based on historical figure, Patrice Lumumba). For further details visit here.
Floetry - 13th & 14th December
Certain to be one of the concerts of the year, the incomparable Floetry return to the UK for two nights following the pair reuniting recently. Marsha and Natalie, renowned for blending spine-tingling vocals with spoken word poetry, will perform hits from their critically acclaimed albums as well a few surprises no doubt. Playing at the Electric Brixton, for further details click here.
Sound System Culture Tour – 5-17 January 2016
Sound system culture has influenced contemporary British music in so many ways, paving the way for popular genres such as grime, drum and bass and UK garage. And yet despite this, rarely are the originators of the culture celebrated. A new exhibition attempts to somewhat rectify this oversight with the curation of Sound System Culture Tour: a new exhibition celebrating the reggae sound systems imported from the streets of Jamaica and transplanted into inner city areas heavily populated by Caribbean communities. Exploring the cultural phenomenon via photography, archive footage and an interactive custom built sound system, this is a must for music history buffs. See here for further deets.
West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song Exhibition – showing until February 2016
An exhibition showcasing literature and music from the great African empires of the middle ages to present day is currently showing at the British Museum. Featuring the artistic expressions of the region’s 17 nations, visitors will be granted the opportunity to explore beautiful manuscripts, historic film and sound recordings, books, photographs and painted/woven printed textiles that have become synonymous with West Africa. Tickets are priced at £10, visit here for bookings.
New Levi Roots restaurant: Caribbean Smokehouse
Levi Roots is one of the most successful individuals to have emerged from a British reality show. Fact. Following his appearance on The Dragons Den and partnership with Peter Jones, he has gone on to build a multi-million empire marketing his Caribbean culinary skills and famous Reggae Reggae sauces to the masses. Levi has now re-entered the restaurant world and will be opening a brand new eatery in Westfield Stratford City called Caribbean Smokehouse. So far the details have been hush hush, but expect a modern twist on classic Caribbean dishes as well as the finest options of rum and tropical inspired cocktails.
Alexander O’Neal – 18th December, IndigO2
Saturday Love. A Broken Heart Can Mend. Sunshine. What’s Missing… It’s easy to forget just how extensive (and awesome) Alexander O’Neal’s back catalogue is. Following a difficult year comprised of an ill advised appearance on Celebrity Big Brother and subsequent drug relapse, our favourite soul brother is back on the stage where he belongs. Having seen Mr O’Neal on several occasions I can attest that his voice hasn’t waned one iota, and still remains sultry, controlled and crystal clear. For ticket details click here.
Janet Kay & Caroll Thompson – 28th December, Jazz Cafe
The Queens of lovers rock – Janet Kay and Caroll Thompson – return to the Jazz Cafe for a one off gig. Relive the days of yesteryear by taking a trip down memory lane and singing along to classic hits from one of the most treasured genres of Black British music. Tickets are priced from £20, for further details visit here.