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John Lennon

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In Memoriam..
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one." ~ John Lennon



"There is an alternative to war. It's staying in bed and growing your hair." ~ John Lennon

"Well, I don't want to be king. I want to be real." ~ John lennon




"There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open hearted vision of people who embrace life." ~ Lennon
"I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if …

Ebo Taylor Concert

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At Union Chapel..






It was Saturday the 26th of September at Union Chapel, Islington. 

The event was the 13th London African Music Festival and Ebo Taylor's band had the audience practically rocking and dancing in front of their seats and the aisle. 

Nobody sat down throughout the ninety minute gig. 

At the very end, they screamed and whistled for more. This audience wasn't taking no for an answer and the band came back on stage for an encore.

Before the start of the show, I somehow managed to talk my way backstage (I couldn't sneak in, I'm too distinct a fellow for that sort of thing) and ran into the great man himself.

It was quite a pleasant surprise that the soft spoken, multi-talented musician, guitarist, composer and arranger remembered me from back in the day. 


Ebo Taylor and his band showed why they are at the fore front of the afro-beat genre. 
From what I gathered later from the band members, their shows are always like this. 
They'd been touring europe for a while …

The London African Music Festival 2015

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The London African Music Festival is in it's 13th year. 
This year's festival begins on Friday 18th September and will end on Sunday 27th September in venues all over London.

It promises to be a great event. 
A variety of Bands will descend on London, bringing the vibes, joy and colour that's usually found in African musical repertoire.




The Festival is promoted by Joyful Noise based in London. The company has an inclusive attitude, plenty of experience and savvy when it comes to promoting African music.

The acts come from all over the world and bring different styles and approaches to their art and music.

London Afrobeat Collective will be performing at the Forge in Camden on Monday 21st September. 





I'm looking forward to it. Are you?




Bodederek ~ Entertain, Educate and Inform

Affordable Art Fair 2015

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Hampstead, London. 11 - 14 June 2015

CHARITY PRIVATE VIEW Wednesday 10 June, 5.30 - 9.30pm
Hampstead School of Art is a community art education charity. It promotes the enjoyment of art for all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Charity Private View tickets sales will go toward funding an ambitious legacy art school building due to open in the summer of 2016.
Tickets cost £25 direct by calling 020 7794 1439 or visit hampstead-school-of-art.org to support the school.

The Affordable Art Fair is back on Hampstead Heath for what promises to be a blockbuster fifth edition.
"110 local and international galleries will descend on the heath, showcasing original painting, sculpture, photography and limited edition prints by 1,100 exceptional artists all under one roof. The best part is that all artwork is priced between £100 - £5,000, so whatever your budget, you're sure to find a piece that's perfect for you!"
If you've got a keen eye for talent spotting, the emerging artist showca…

Artist Showcase

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Sousou Maher Cissoko




Husband and wife duo Sousou and Maher Cissoko are one of the modern faces of contemporary African music.

They've created their own unique blend, a fusion of Western and African styles.

Sousou is from Sweden. She was introduced to the Kora by her musician father who, in the early nineties performed with Gambian Griot musician Alagie Mbye. 

Maher Cissoko comes from a well known Griot family from Casamance in Senegal. He learned the Kora at an early age.

Together, they have travelled the world, introducing the joy and artistic exuberance that flows from their format. 



Their extensive travel has influenced their style, their technique and sound. They won the "Best Newcomer" prize in 2010 at the Swedish Folk and World Music Gala.

2011, they won Band of the Year.



The photos come from their performance at The Flyover Portobello on 21st September 2014 during the London African Music Festival.

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Vinyl is Back!

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And so is Feferity...



This vinyl produced by Decca West Africa of I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spot Band captures vintage vinyl audio of the period. The audio sound and scratches depended on which record player you played the record itself on, and whether the needle is free of dust (it's customary to blow the dust off  first) before contact with the needle, also if grooves within the plate itself, is not too worn from constant play.

Then it got better as more and more durable disks and needles improved with the technology of the period.




I.K. Dairo was a popular African musician of the era. A strong influence on how modern African music would evolve. To find out more, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I._K._Dairo. The clip is how the earliest overplayed vinyl sounded.

Like I said, vinyl is back and it'll be interesting to see how the story is going to play out. 

The appreciation of vinyl records by a new generation is a good thing. It'll give them a sense of what came before, assess where…

Black Messiah - D'angelo

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D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Ain't That Easy




I'm not a music critic and I don't like to review music, art, design or anything else. I do notice trends. Once in a while, some art form surfaces that gets people both within and outside the industry talking.

D'angelo's 14 year hiatus doesn't seem to have been a wasted one. His new album Black Messiah is on the market and it's got people talking. Some hate it, others just don't get it. Many however, love it.

Over a decade without a release is a long time, especially in a job that demands a high profile, releasing and touring constantly to stay relevant.

The fact that the album is being talked about is a good thing. It means people are taking notice.

I like it because it's unique to him. His personality is in there in the sound. Different tracks also have flavours of Sly Stone, Prince, Stevie Wonder etc. taking me on a journey back down memory lane. He pays tribute to the great artists in this way but still…