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4 Oct 2011
Listen to this beautiful and sad documentary part of BBC 1Xtra's Gone Too Soon season about musicians who had untimely deaths. This episode is about the 22 year old singer and actress Aaliyah who died in a plane crash after shooting a music video 10 years ago.
Listen this on BBC iPlayer
13 Sep 2011
2 Aug 2011
14 years today Fela Kuti died.I was lucky enough to see Fela the musical tonight. The musical itself is such a testament to the great man in the way it represents his music, his ideals and his sheer energy. The night was made even more special when Femi Kuti joined the cast on stage at the end to sing and celebrate his father.
13 Jul 2011
I witnessed an amazing set from Scuba at the Hotflush Boiler Room special a few weeks back. Wasn't that familiar with Scuba's old work before, and unlike everyone doing their thing on serato (and Roska did do it very well indeed) Scuba kept to to the old skool mixing style and smashed it. There is of course the regular Boiler Room video recording, closeup of the dj and this will be an inspirational one to watch because he was so on point for every mix. The crowd in the background were loving it and I was too. Best track a mix of 'It's A London Thing'!
Check out video and download for mix here!
BR #58 Scuba by BOILER ROOM
8 Jul 2011
Really enjoyed this David Rodigan special on Gilles Peterson available on BBC Iplayer. I first saw Rodigan dj last year at Secret Garden Party and it was an amazing vibe from this guy who frankly looked a bit like a geography teacher, but who was totally representing with the dubplates and had lots of reggae heads on stage showing support. It was the perfect sunny sunday at a festival.
In the show he tells the story of his roots in reggae and its so nice to hear someone still so passionate and unfazed by the music and the industry after decades in it, especially in reggae which can sometimes seem a retrospective genre these days. Highlights include an encounter with Bob Marley and reggae clashes in New York. Listen here!