:: JAY NORTON // DESTA HAILE VIDEOS ::

October 19, 2012

Finally! We have the footage from our summer BBQ/ Soiree. *celebratory dance*. We’re excited to share the videos of these two vocal titans. But offering distinct twists to pre-existing songs or melodies. Enjoy!

JAY NORTON-  ‘DADDY’S LAMBO’

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DESTA HAILE- ‘THREE’


::WRITER’S BLOCK BBQ! 12TH AUG 2012::

July 27, 2012

It’s ‘summer’, at least in theory, so what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than feasting over freshly prepared BBQ food on the Hoxton rooftop of The Macbeth + drinks, good music & beautiful people. Afternoon indulgence will be followed by a serene selection of live music and poetry talent on the main stage of the venue. See below for the full scoop. Our soiree shares the same date with the Olympics Closing Ceremony, but fret not, we’ll be done 2 hours prior to that, leaving plenty of time to Usain Bolt to the nearest TV.

Limited early bird tickets available here: : http://www.wegottickets.com/event/175313 or on the door, via individual artist guest lists.

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►JAY NORTON
This month’s show will be Headlined by Jay Norton, who you may have seen giving a spine-tingling rendition of Aloe Blacc’s ‘I Need A dollar’ on BBC 1’s top talent show The Voice. Liverpudlian Jay has also been seen on SBTV.co.uk, racking up tens and thousands of video views for his Acoustic 64 sessions, covers and original material across YouTube.http://www.youtube.com/JAYNORTON13

► KERSHA BAILEY
Coined as the ‘future queen’ of UK Soul/Jazz, Kersha Bailey is hailed as ‘a major new talent’ by the specialist music press and ‘one to watch in 2012’. She has been featured in Time Out, RWD Magazine, Radio 1, 1Xtra, NME online, and was shortlisted as one of top 7 UK artists who should be shortlisted for MTV Brand New for 2012. Kersha Bailey’s aim is to hone her art, to have international success and for her music to reach a wide audience – to touch those who fans of REAL MUSIC. She is also playing Hackney Weekend. http://youtube.com/kershabailey

►MISPHITS
Indie-hip hop pair Misphits are an exciting new addition to our line up! Quintessentially London, the dynamic duo have been famed for their enthralling live performances on the Underground, Central Line. Having just completed a sold out event at Ronnie Scott’s, their Writer’s Block performance comes ahead of their highly anticipated debut single. http://twitter.com/Misphits

►DESTA HAILE
English-Eritrean singer songwriter born in Bangkok, Desta has travelled through, lived in, studied or worked in over 50 countries. As backing vocalist for artists like Joe Bataan, Finley Quaye, Baloji, Zap Mama, and Michael Bublé and as lead singer with her own multicultural soul & funk band “The Elements”, she has collaborated with a colourful spectrum of people. http://destahaile.com/

Limited £6 Advanced Tickets:: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/175313

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Writer’s Block BBQ Show
12th August 2012
The Macbeth
70 Hoxton Street
London N1 6LP

Food from 3pm.

► BBQ will include::: Jerk Chicken (Halal), Beef Burgers, Vegetarian Burgers, Corn on the Cob, an extensive selection of salads (Coleslaw, green and potato), plus homemade cupcakes and deserts.


NEW VIDEO:: AZEKEL PERFORMS ‘NEW ISH’ @ WRITER’S BLOCK

June 13, 2012

More videos to come. Enjoy. ♥


::17th June::

May 27, 2010

Remedy are family. Plain and simply.

You remember the post we did about The Remedies band? Well, now they’re back, with their live music event, backed by this 5 piece ensemble. ‘Remedy’, has now moved to The Rhythm Factory, Aldgate East, London.

The line up for the June 17th show includes:

Dean Atta

Ed Sheeran

Kanaa Ellie

XO Man

Not forgetting Sharika Medla and Wilson (who I basically couldn’t find videos for, so…y’know). The night will be hosted by the effervescent presenter that is Aissetou.

Remedy//Ryhthm Factory- 16-18 Whitechapel Rd., London E1 1EW// Thursday 17th June//7pm-late//£5 all night.


.::The Class of K’NAAN::.

May 31, 2009

Helloooo,

It’s a sunshiney day in London, always a beautiful thing.  Plus we’re still riding off the excitement of our new video and forthcoming June 17th event

So the point of this post is to put you on to an interview I (Felicia) conducted with the mighty K’NAAN: musician lyricist, visionary, poet, philosopher, political activist…call him what you will, but the unequivocal part is that he’s DOPE.  One the most enthralling artists I’ve encountered musically  in recent years.  The interview took place in late May, when K’NAAN was in the UK for a one-off show. The full interview can be peeped in full at PinboardBlog .

K'NAAN- T.I.A Video from new album Troubadour ^

HOWEVER, I did reserve a little something special for you Writer’s Block/Writer’s Blog movers,  y’all know I had to get in with the poetry talk, right?

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Felicia:Your Grandfather, Abdi-Noor Haji Mohamed was a [well known, Somali]  poet, did he ever recite to you?
 
K’NAAN: All the time, and I used to recite to him.  My first recital was when I was 7 years old and I recited a piece about the absence of my father and the complicated way that it worked with my mother. There was a translated piece of it that recently came out because my mother remembered it,  And it loosely translates to:
 
 The wind whispering hearsay
 puddles, by pillows where tears lay
 Mother prayed for a martyr
 but all she was given was father.
 
 Felicia: And that’s a translation…that rhymes?
 
Yeah because Somali is like insane, I can’t even explain.  The truth is you could find the words that ended in English, so I choose to write them  in that way, but they mean that exact thing.

Felicia: You must have been quite an articulate 7 year old

K’NAAN: It’s likely to have been my grandfather’s influence, but from an early age poetry just came easily. Like, the words willed themselves into existence.

Abdi-Noor Haji Mohamed ^

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Read the full Interview with K’NAAN here

 

 P.S Cop this album!

 F♥


::XO CUBE

February 13, 2009

All visuals have been directed by Adam Linzey, get caught in his web-age.

The Short

The Teaser

The Giant

XO Man the giant-sized rapper from Mitcham, South London was officially crowned the HUGO URBAN RULES numero uno in December 2008, it was his larger-than-life personality (and he’s 6ft 10!) that put him in pole position for the grand prize at the prestigious urban music event.

For more XO Man check out his MySpace