Super trendy Hackney College started a College Alumni & Friends group late last year, that has gained a lot of interest in a short amount of time,The Alumni are currently putting together a music night event that I will be appearing at with the Nu Savanna band on Wednesday 6th July. The Music night event has managed to attract some fantastic artists spanning the generations who have come forward to kindly donate their time & skills to help get the Alumni kick started around the College and into the wider community. The idea is to attract ex College members to become members of the Alumni. The Alumni intends to organise with the College regular events to include seminars and workshops led by ex members,with expertise in a wide range of fields.To include mentoring current and future students.
Over the years Hackney College has had some great characters attend the many courses offered of which many past students have gone on to have very successful careers in a wide cross section of industries. I attended Hackney college in the late 1970s a couple of years after the infamous Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten who it turned out was taught by the same Government & Politics tutor as myself Miss Della Bishop..I was asked to help organise and get in touch with Artists who might want to contribute to such an event night and future events..
On the night we have Mizz Camara a young female singer songwriter who has been attracting a lot of interest from those in the know.
Himal a very talented up and coming Singer songwriter who has had a recent surge of interest because of a popular youtube video where he performs a neat rendition of a current chart hit "I need a dollar".
Adisa the "Verbaliser" is really an established Spoken word artist at the top of his game who has forged a career as a one of the most in demand & Socially aware Poets on the London scene as well as one of the most talented,A great personality and a big presence..
Dj Leah is another up & coming Artist creating waves at the moment anattractina good reception where ever she has performed.
Dajla Lalia is a young lady from France who has a new album that has been getting a lot of favourable Airplay on the radio and big compliments from everyone who has seen her stunning live performances. I was fortunate to recently hear an unplugged session on the radio that was quite something.
Dj Leah Logan delivers a cutting edge fusion of music styles that captures the essence of urban culture. She has presented on radio stations like Choice fm and is currently hosting ‘The Urban Mixup show’ on "Premier Gospel" She is known for an eclectic mix of sounds that reflect her passion for promoting new talent and bringing cultures and people together through a fusion of the universal language of music.
"Parallel" a young duo put together by Chart topping Drummer Samson Neo- Soul Jatto from "Maverick Sabre" fame and Programmer/Guitarist Joe Newman, This duo deal with broken beats and live sampling,so expect Tight drumming arrangements and extremely Phat beats.
"Urban Deep" have a loyal following in Europe with the two leaders Dj Nookie and Ryan Daniels constantly scoring dancefloor goodness in abundance. A cracking stylish band who will not disappoint with their tight funky and deep eclectic grooves,they are currently working on a new studio album so who knows we might be treated to a sneak preview of some of that material.Dj Nookie is also solo Artist in his own right and a well known remixer and producer..
My own new funk band "Nu Savanna" will also be performing on the night, we are really looking forward to showcasing some of the band material and connecting with a new audience especially with our upcoming show at the Hackney Empire a fortnight later.
Here are some links and further information on the Artists appearing at the Hackney College Music night!
Camara Fearon also known as Mizz Camara is a 15 year old singer, song writer, musician, actress, mentor andpresenter. She appeared on the Hackney Empire stage at the tender age of ten years old. She is a gifted musician who plays the piano, trumpet and saxophone. She is one of a string of fantastic new young talents on the music scene and recently worked with Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams co-writer) on one of her composition, Stand up my People. She performed at the Salute to the Wailers at Hammersmith Apollo in October 2010, and appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2010. She is also winner of a Spirit of London Awards 2010 for Achievement Through Music, and performed at the Trey Songz/BET/Damilola Taylor Trust event at City Hall event in February 2011.
He is inspired by the unseen forces of nature and to date has inspired every audience he has performed to.The art form he uses is performance poetry. His poetry shares knowledge and wisdom that uplifts people of all ages and background.Since he moved to London he has changed from "chatting on the mic" in dance halls to using poetry as a means of self expression. He finds poetry very healing and from the responses from the audiences he has performed to they are also touched by his works. Over the last three years he has performed to a wide range of audiences in all kinds of venues, from pubs, to schools & universities, to theatres. His primary desire is to help bring poetry to a mass audience. His work has taken him to many festivals nation-wide and also abroad from Glasgow to Barcelona.Adisa also won the title of New Performance Poet 1994 in a national competition with 100's of contestants (from a range of cultural backgrounds and a very distinguished panel of judges.