After the excitement of the new year wears off, January can be quite a hard slog. Usually cold, dark and dreary, it’s so tempting to just take permanent residence in front of your TV and stay put until spring rears its pretty head. But try not to succumb to the temptation to hibernate. There’s a variety of exciting, dynamic and inspiring events taking place across the capital, so we’ve rounded up some of the highlights.
Bleaching Black Culture – 11th & 12th January
Black History Studies presents the UK premiere of ‘Bleaching Black Culture’. The subject of cultural appropriation has been a hotbed topic for a number of years now, whether centred on Iggy Azalea’s mainstream success despite her questionable rapping skills, or Miley Cyrus being crowned as the queen of twerking much to the chagrin of many. Bleaching Black Culture is a thought-provoking documentary that examines this phenomenon from a historical perspective bringing it right up to present day with contemporary examples. For further details visit here.
Reggaeoke – Wednesday 13th January
If you are a fan of reggae and love karaoke then you must make space in your diary for Reggaeoke, a monthly event where party goers can channel their inner Beres Hammond by belting out their favourite reggae classics to a receptive audience. The next edition will take place at The Queen of Hoxton bar and most exciting of all: those brave enough to take to the stage will be backed by a live band. Tickets are priced at £10 in advance, more on the door. For further information visit here.
Incognito – 20th, 21st, 23rd January, Jazz Cafe
One of the UK’s most successful jazz fusion bands, Incognito, return to the Jazz Cafe on January 20th-23rd. Formed over thirty years ago, Incognito, fronted by Bluey Maunick, have shown great staying power due to their ability to experiment with new sounds while remaining true to their jazz/funk roots. Relieve some of the highlights from the band’s extensive 16 album catalogue, including 2014 offering, Amplified Soul. For tickets visit here.
I Love My Hair Book Launch – 23rd January
Adult colouring books are all the rage at the moment, regarded by well-being experts as an aid to reduce stress levels and boost creativity. For a colouring book with a difference look no further than the new title I Love My Hair. Created by Andrea Pippins, the book consists of pages and pages of gorgeous doodles featuring images of women rocking curls, coils, braids and Afros. 23rd January marks the official launch which will be hosted by THE:NUBLK, the award-winning digital platform, with an appearance from the author herself. Tickets start from £10, for further details visit here
Omar and Terri Walker – 23rd January
Two of the UK’s most talented yet underrated soul singers, Omar and Terri Walker, join forces for one night only at The Roof Gardens in Kensington. Performing an exclusive acoustic set, the intimate surroundings will provide the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with these two exceptional talents. Part of the award-winning Live at the Roof Gardens winter series, tickets are priced from £16.50 + booking fee. For tickets visit here.
Teedra Moses at the Jazz Cafe – 28th, 29th, 30th January
Neo soul chanteuse Teedra Moses returns to London for a three night stint. One of most respected underground R&B artists on the scene following her groundbreaking debut album Complex Simplicity, head down to the iconic Jazz Cafe to hear tracks from her seminal debut plus a taste of her new album, Cognac and Conversation. For bookings click here.
Bob Marley 71 Birthday Bash – 5th February
Brooklyn Bowl presents Legend: A Tribute to Bob Marley. In celebration of what would’ve been Bob’s 71st birthday, tribute band Legend will perform two hours of the reggae icon’s timeless classics. The band consists of seven stellar musicians who have performed for many of the greats including The Mighty Diamonds, Dennis Brown, Burning Spear and Desmond Decker. Ticket prices start from £10, for further details visit here.
Late at the Library: Ghana Beats – 12th February, The British Library
Hot on the heels of last year’s Felabration, the British Library presents Late at the Library: Ghana Beats, a celebration of Ghanaian culture comprising of music, food and culture. Scheduled to play a live set is the Ghanaian duo FOKN Bois alongside fellow emcee M3NSA, backed by the Brixton based band Yaaba Funk. Visitors can also expect a live DJ set by Larry Achiampong with food provided on the night by Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. For further information visit here.
Yolanda Brown Reggae Love Songs Tour – February to November
After a successful run of shows last year, saxophonist Yolanda Brown returns with her groundbreaking nationwide tour, Reggae Love Songs. This time round she will be joined onstage by various artists at different venues including Omar, Mica Paris, Lemar and Michelle Williams. For more info visit Yolanda’s website here.
Tangerine screening – 17th February, Hackney Picturehouse
Tangerine is a comedy drama about a transgender sex worker who discovers her pimp boyfriend has been having an affair while she was imprisoned and therefore sets out to seek revenge with her friend. A buddy film with a difference, Tangerine has been receiving positive reviews following its Sundance Film Festival debut in January 2015, due to the unconventional filming techniques used and unlikely lead characters. This special one-off screening takes place at the Hackney Picturehouse, visit picturehouses.com for further details.