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Aug. 13 2015


Jeremy Corbyn may have provided great interest in the Labour Party leadership contest. However, if you aren't already a party member, the £3 Supporter offer ended yesterday. May the best candidate win!

The Top 20 Favourite British Socio-Political Songs (2015) rundown will take place Aug. 31 afternoon (2-5pm, repeated 5-8pm) on BBMM2015 On BrentCommunityRadio.org - the call for nominations has been extended until Aug. 26.

Still on the subject of BBM socio-political songs, at last Monday's UK & US Music & Socio-Political Activism & Woody Guthrie session at Harrow Mencap, Prof Will Kaufmann suggested Benjamin Zephaniah, whilst Zena offered a good, but not that obvious, Specials song, and Nick actually sang 'A Song For Stephen Lawrence' by Jim Radford, which was broadcast on BBC TV the night of the Lawrence murder verdict.

The next @ Harrow Mencap event on Monday Aug. 17 is the  Britain's Contribution To The Development Of Reggae screening and post-screening Q&A. Interviewees in this reggae vox pops video include Prezedent, Delroy Washington, Winston Francis, Lindsay Wesker, Mandingo, Akala, Ras Kwame, Prof Paul Gilroy, Mykaell Riley, Root Jackson, Keith Waithe, Mikey Massive, Diane Abbott MP, Blacker Dread, David Katz, Lee Jasper, Zita Holbourne, Toyin Agbetu, Wozzy, Cookie Pryce, HKB Finn, Tunde Jegede, Yvonne Brewster and Neil 'Mad Professor' Fraser.

The 'Look How Far We've Come: Commentaries On British Society And Racism?' DVD (see cover below) is finally on the way to those who pre-paid. It gets a soft release during the above event.

Pencil in this for now - we're looking at Saturday Aug. 29 as tentative date for the last Records Fair at Harlesden Methodist Church's forecourt. Artist manager and record producer Ronald Amanze has donated multiple copies of CDs by Phoebe 1, Meleka and Biblikal.

I'll be joining panel for the 'Disappearing Voices: The Decline Of Black Radio' post-screening Q&A tonight, Thursday Aug. 13, 7-9pm at Carib City (formerly Maroons Restaurant), 514 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London E1 0HY. The Q&A will be moderated by DJ Elayne Smith, so if you work in radio or have any views on the state of "black radio", you need to join us. Click here for more info or to book.

And here's a heads up regarding this year's African History Reflection Day, which is Monday Aug. 31. For those not attending the Nottinghill Carnival on this Bank Holiday, join us 6.30-8.30pm for 'Highlighting British History 50:70', an interactive session in which I will introduce the main themes under the British History 50:70 strand, plus some of the key books. Audience expected to contribute themes for discussion by highlighting some of the African British histories that fall within the 50 or 70 years time frame.

OK, here are the quick links:
British Black Music Month & British History 50:70 @ Harrow Mencap
Fortnightly Mondays 6.30-8.30pm until September:

Britain's Contribution To The Development Of Reggae
Monday Aug. 17, 6.30-8.30pm (Harrow).
A vox pops with the likes of Akala, Prezedent, Delroy Washington, King Sounds, Mandingo, Winston Francis, Mykaell Riley (ex-Steel Pulse), Diane Abbott, Prof Paul Gilroy, etc:


Understanding African Identity & UN's African Initiatives
Saturday Aug. 22, 5-8pm (Clapham)
and Monday Aug. 24, 6.30-8.30pm (Harrow). Films and talks highlighting African identity, terminology, reparations, and UN’s IYAD and IDPAD with PARCOE’s Esther Xosei-Stansford and Kofi Mawuli Klu:

British Black Music Hit Singles Quiz
Sep. 7, 6.30-8.30pm (Harrow).
How well do you know about BBM records that have made the charts over the years? Special Guinness Hit Records book and T-shirt for winner, other prizes for runners-up of this fun, inter-generational event:

My Boy Lollipop: From JA To UK, A Musical History
Monday Sep. 21, 6.30-8.30pm (Harrow).
Audio-visual presentation on unique relationship between UK/JA  and reggae. Q&A chaired by Harrow Mencap CEO Deven Pillay

Xtra BBMM2015 Session
Former Emelie Sande manager Adrian Sykes (Decisive Management) will be the subject of an Extra BBMM2015 Managing A No. 1 Artist session on Oct. 6. Watch this space for full details.

Look How Far We've Come Community Talk/Is Jesus White?
Oct 28, 6.30-9pm (Croydon). Free http://bit.ly/LCTCroy

Urgent Fundraising Appeals
#Art4ChangeHaiti Fundraising appeal by former UAL ACS president Kai to cover trip, resources and teaching art to children living in camps in and around Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, to sell merchandised items to raise school fees for the children; plus mini-documentary on www.art4changetheworld.org:

African/African Caribbean War Veteran's Memorial
to pay for and install in Windrush Square memorial to the African contributions to WW1 and WW2:

Community & Academic Events
The Rise Of The Black Pound is a half-day conference that aims to educate, encourage and empower African businesses and community-focused individuals through a panel debate, Q&A, call to action and networking on Aug. 15, 2-5.30pm at 639 Enterprise Centre, 639 High Road, London N17 8AA:

Black Lives Matter: The Past, Present and Future Of An International Movement For Rights And Justice brings together artists, activists, and academics to discuss Black Lives Matter in the UK and US on Oct. 8, 9.30-5pm at Nottingham Contemporary, The Space. Free:

Sankofa Televisual's Film Caribbean Summer Season UK continues Saturdays 7pm until Aug. 29 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre. Helping to raise the profile of the Caribbean film genre, rebuild the diaspora's link with the Caribbean and build cultural pride:

Incognito's 'Live In London - 35th Anniversary' new BluRay DVD featuring Carleen Anderson, Imaani and Mario Biondi, is out now:

Brent Community & Music Call Out
If you've got a community event happening mid-Sep. to late-Nov. in the Brent borough, get in touch with the Brent Magazine, out Sep. 16:
Tanya.Campbell@brent.gov.uk Tanya.Campbell@brent.gov.uk
Also the organisers of Celebrate Willesden: Celebrate Diversity are looking for music acts, whatever the genre, to perform on its Saturday Sep. 12, 12noon-7pm programme:

Music Gigs
Afrobets Live (Summer Special) Aug. 23 at Jazz Cafe. Headlined by Donae'o:

Focus Carnival Warm Up Afro, soca, dancehall from Mosi Conde (kora & drum) & DJ JP Kairo. Aug. 27 at Floripa 91-93 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HZ:

Marcia Griffiths & Friends re-scheduled 50th anniversary tour is on Aug. 28 at o2 Shephers Bush Empire, Aug. 29 at o2 Academy Birmingham, Aug. 30 at o2 Academy Leeds, Aug. 31 o2 Academy Bristol. The bill features Richie Spice, Tanya Stephens, Marcia's longtime musical partners Judy Mowatt and Bob Andy, and with 809 Band holding down the live musical backing:

13th London African Music Festival across London. Sep. 18-27, from Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and London Afrobeat Collective:

The Drum Presents Mykal Rose, Etana And Cold Fever In Concert on Sep. 11, 9.3opm. "The voices of reggae past, present and future join forces for one night only to showcase and celebrate the journey of Jamaican music" at The Drum, Birmingham:

Soca Weekender 3 night of soca at Hayling Island, Hampshire. Oct 9-12. From Fadda Fox peforming to soca aerobics, soca pool party, comedy show etc:

Sisters of Reggae Concert merged with Giants of Lovers Rock Concert Oct. 23 at London's o2/Indigo. Bill includes Etana, Dawn Penn, Aysha Loren, Dennis Bovell, Paul Dawkins, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Winston Reedy:

Bits & Pieces
Yorkshire based solo artist, a singer/songwriter and pianist Imani Hekima releases an EP in Sep. Check out jazzy soulster 'Just Beneath The Skin': http://bit.ly/1P6ITUJ

Check out Nikisha Reyes' soulful vocals, and others riding on the 'Deadly Zone' "riddim":

Sample Urban Blak's 'Street English' rap album:

Check out Doctor's Sting-inspired, Tony Anthem-produced drum & basser/dancehall fusion 'Jamaican In London':

Discover Kinatural's debut single 'Temporary' via Complex Mag coverage:

Sample first EP from Jazzreloaded Presents “100 Tunes for the 100” from its digital pop up record label:

Have a blessed week.




BBMM2015 selected programme listed at www.BBM.eventbrite.com and www.BBMBMC.eventbrite.com.

'Look How Far We've Come: Commentaries On British Society And Racism?' DVD Cover

At present there are no retail outlets confirmed for the sale of this DVD. It's priced £10 and gets a soft release during the Britain's Contribution To The Development Of Reggae @ Harrow Mencap event on Monday Aug. 17 at Harrow Mencap.