Wednesday, 24 February 2010

PICS FROM JAZZ POETRY NIGHTS-FEBRUARY 2010

Images from the 10th February Jazz Poetry Nights at Pangea Project, where we had fantastic music, spoken word and suprise guests. One of them was international photographer, David Green who took some of these pics:
JAZZ DUO- Tunes Under Fire

BURNT TOAST

BURNT TOAST -bass

JAZZMAN JOHN CLARKE - the fast lip
Jazzman John pic by Rob Kenyon

JJ OTIENO - Multi-instrumentalist


URSULA T.-Performance poet and writer


BURNT TOAST


ANDRE MATHURIN - on bass


FREDDY MACHA- host


We are now preparing for next Jazz Poetry Nights on St Patrick's Day March 17th. Expected acts include Italian jazz and R&B singer,
Ira Menin hip hop artists Jonny Virgo and Ogmios from Stoke Newington.
Check this space for more news...

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Saturday, 13 February 2010

DOUBLE FOCUS- New CD of Music and Poetry

HARD WORKING ARTIST OF THE SEASON
RAS NAS


Ras Nas aka Nasibu Mwanukuzi performing in Sri Lanka with band recently...
Pic by Solveig Korum Manga


Ras Nas is my choice of hardest working musician on the African scene in Europe. In a year the Oslo based singer song writer has released two CD's. Double Focus, a collection of poems and music features materials written in three decades.
Personally, I am celebrating this rare ocean of good music and well written poetry combined by a man who knows the craft. I should know. For four years (1980-84) I worked with Nasibu in the Sayari collective, in Dar es Salaam.
He is a committed innovator.
Mwanukuzi has injected the African penicillin to an artform that is very demanding and held high by the likes of Bob Dylan, Gil Scott Heron, Tom Waits, and Gabon's melodic master Pierre Akendengue...

Amongst the highlights of the collection is a Kiswahili poem by the great East African maestro Shaaban Robert, whose poem "Titi La Mama" praises the love for one's mother tongue; and a homage to Nelson Mandela. Ras Nas performed for Mandela upon Madibo's visit to Oslo in 1992.
Last year he released Dar es Salaam a CD of African music and reggae.

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Thursday, 11 February 2010

JAZZ POETRY NIGHTS LONDON



Monthly Jazz Poetry Nights continue to shine at London's Pangea Project .
Despite a sinister cold night, on Wednesday February 10th we kept the same vibe of diverse, unique acts:
1-Jazzman John Clarke (UK) : dynamic, lively, bebop motor-mouth
2- J.J.Adamson (Kenya): Marimba, percussion, guitar and vocals
2-Burnt Toast (Canada/ UK) : Urban London; hip hop, music and words

Burnt Toast: special

3- Ursula T (Germany)- International lady read from her three collections
4-Graham Pollock (UK) : Dry humour, subtle delivery; strong message.
A typical Pollock poem:
Christmas card people . . .
We used to phone
Each other regularly.
Then it became
Occasionally,
And then very
Occasionally . . .
After a while
Our only contact
Was a card
At Christmas.

I don’t bother now.
I just don’t
See
The
Point . . . .


5- Freddy Macha (Tanzania): Afro jazz and lyrics (Host and MC)

Jazz bassist
Andre Mathurin (St Lucia)


Suprise guests
Free Jazz Musicians (UK) : Tunes Under Fire : James Gilbert (Sax) and Doug Kinloch (Guitar).

Another special presence was local Stoke Newington Photographer David Green whose snaps on the night will hopefully find their way here...

NEXT JAZZ POETRY NIGHT - 17th March...

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