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Live Reviews


Venue Jazz Cafe, London
Date 15th May 2012
By Thuto Mali | 20 May 2012
Published in: Live Reviews
There is a certain significance and even pressure for any artist when playing to a home crowd. By Estelle's own admission Tuesday's sold out Jazz Café crowd was made up of three distinct types. Those who had supported her since 'The 18th Day', those who were just discovering her and… Continue>

Southport Weekender 48

Venue Butlins, Minehead
Date 11th-13th May 2012
By Mark Devlin | 14 May 2012
Published in: Live Reviews
Blessings of more than just the musical variety descended on Butlins in Minehead last weekend. After weeks of rain, the sun broke through, Live Aid-style, just in time for Southport Weekender's annual shindig. It made the feel-good vibes from every shade of black dance music sound just that little bit… Continue>

Jazzy Jeff

Venue Jazz Cafe, London
Date 9 May 2012
By Ryan Proctor | 14 May 2012
Published in: Live Reviews
It's a true sign of the times when a deejay can simply walk into apacked club, plug his laptop in, check his headphones and then fiveminutes later be launching into his set. Gone are the days of power-lifting bags of records around and worrying about damaging treasuredwhite label singles and… Continue>


Venue Jazz Cafe, London
Date 25 April 2012
By Christopher Mitchell | 01 May 2012
Published in: Live Reviews
Last week, singer, producer and all round incredible artist, Dwele, left "The D" for London to perform a night of four shows at the world renowned Jazz Cafe. Whilst this was not his first time on London soil or at the Jazz Cafe for the matter; one thing that remained… Continue>

Anthony Hamilton

Venue Indig02, London
Date 20th April 2012
By Anthony Keiler | 21 April 2012
Published in: Live Reviews
Type 'North Carolina Top Ten' into Google and you'll be presented with attractions like: Art museums, amusement parks and a Great Smokey Mountain National Park. 'Art', 'amusement' and 'smokey' are apt words to describe North Carolina’s son, Anthony Hamilton, and his performance at the Indig02 on Friday evening. Continue>

Lauryn Hill

Venue IndigO2, London
Date 14th April 2012
By Andrew Kay | 15 April 2012
Published in: Live Reviews
Lauryn Hill can count herself amongst a rarefied number of female vocalists who still have the power to move and enthral a crowd, despite only ever having one solo album- and that was 14 years ago! 1998's 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' has sold anywhere from 10-18 million copies. With… Continue>


Venue The Jazz Cafe, London
Date 29th March 2012
By Ryan Proctor | 08 April 2012
Published in: Live Reviews
When Queens, NY foursome Onyx re-invented themselves following their1990 Profile Records single debut "Ah, And We Do It Like This",smashing their way back onto the early-90s rap scene via Def Jam withbald-heads, guns and an aggressive rhyme style, opinions were divided.Some heads gravitated towards the crew's violent verses and hardtracks,… Continue>

Marley (directed by Kevin McDonald)

Venue Nationwide
Date from 20th April 2012
By Andrew Kay | 30 March 2012
Published in: Live Reviews
Bob Marley is that most alluring and elusive of late 20th Century musical and cultural icons. His poster - of him in ecstasy of feeling the music, focused, with his dreads flowing, dressed in a natty jean jacket, replicated on the greatest hits “Legend” album (the staple CD of just… Continue>

Souls of Mischief

Venue Jazz Cafe, London
Date 11 March 2012
By Ryan Proctor | 15 March 2012
Published in: Live Reviews
Introduced to the rap world in the early-90s as proteges of Ice Cube's cousin Del The Funky Homosapien, Oakland's Souls Of Mischief have built themselves an impressive reputation over the years as being staunch purveyors of quality underground Hip-Hop packed with impressive verbal gymnastics. Transcending the traditional boundaries of subterranean… Continue>

Nice & Smooth

By Ryan Proctor | 08 March 2012
Published in: Live Reviews
I'm going to cut to the chase here and go on record as saying thatlegendary duo Nice & Smooth's one-off show at London's Jazz Cafe wasone of the best gigs I've been to in a long, long time. The undeniablechemistry, animated rhymes and party-starting beats heard on so many of the Bronx… Continue>
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