Author: Nosa Malcolm

A Saturday At Bestival 2017, Made It Through The Rain

Bestival 2017 opened at its new home at Lulworth Estate with a promising packed lineup of musical treats and festivities, Nosa Malcolm explores. I arrived late Friday night, the clouds had consumed the sky and the forecast rain came down as I unloaded my car. Getting your tent set-up as it’s pouring-down can get you anxious for what is ahead, but the steady flow of enthusiastic festival goers through the campsite mixed with thumping bass and  echoing sounds of MC’s from the main arena kept a glow under a damp exterior. Waking up Saturday to sunshine and spirits were high...

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Live: Afropunk Fest London, Landing Firmly

As the wet weather continues throughout the UK, Afropunk Fest London lands and with improvements to boot. This year they took over new event space Printworks in Canada Water, London with two music stages, two marketplaces, a food court and various art installations. A great choice of venue with its industrial setting and in particular the upper-level with its edgy factory aesthetic. Afropunk’s second visit to London was already feeling like a well-needed alternative to the mainstream festival season, especially with its moral thread of protest for injustice. Raised in Hoxton, just 10 minutes away from the venue, young artist...

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Live: The Robert Glasper Experience @ Somerset House

‘Our gigs are open air and go ahead come rain or shine’ is a statement on the Somerset House website and the recent heatwave that blessed the UK ended abruptly, bringing the kind of rain that told you it was here to stay. This run of thirteen concerts of the Summer Series saw the Grammy winning composer, keyboard player and record producer Robert Glasper bring his “Experience” to the live stage. He is known for creating some of the most influential music of recent times. He has worked with an array of talented musicians and scored the soundtrack for the movie Miles Ahead, documenting the...

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Live: Damian Marley @ Somerset House

Summer 2017 has brought the heat and American Express have brought their Summer Series to Somerset House with another diverse line-up of artists. It’s the end of the week, the sun is beaming, there’s a warm breeze and reggae-riddims are bubbling, music lovers couldn’t have wished for more. Dancehall and reggae DJ David Rodigan delivered classic, smooth punchy roots reggae, kicking-off a spectacular night of music. As the sun continued to shine, the crowd continued to arrive. The reggae vibes filled the air, echoing through the majestic courtyard. Audience members reminisced and shook-a-foot to the best selection of classic...

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Festival: Afropunk London Returns

In 2016 London had been treated to its first Afropunk Festival and this year they return, bringing another very promising lineup to the UK capital. Spawned from a cult-classic documentary of the same title, it brought black-punks in America into the spotlight. Written and directed by James Spooner, it soon became a growing community with no boundaries of colour, gender, or any other constraining title. Utilising the web to promote free-thinking individuals, sharing a common ground of freedom and a great emphasis on activism and expression. Afropunk festival is now so much more than where it started in 2005 in Brooklyn,...

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Live: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) @ Oval Space

Fronted by Nic Offer and assisted by vocalist Lea Lea, !!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk) brought their dance-punk flavours to a sold out Oval Space, London’s multi-purpose arts venue set amongst a redundant industrial estate in Hackney. Being fairly new to this band and after seeing their latest video Dancing Is The Best Revenge, I was intrigued to witness their live show. Laetitia Sadier opened the evening with a view of the sun setting through the frame of the old gas storage depot towering next to the venue. An intimate solo performance of songs in both French and English,...

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