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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Roundhouse Rising; Sister Nancy; Black Milk

08 August, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab


DETAILS of Roundhouse Rising’s annual festival have just been announced, which will this year feature a headline slot from GAIKA, plus Stealing Sheep, Big Zuu, Colossal Squid and many more. The festival has been a great promoter in up and coming talent and has previously paved the way for successful young artists such as Little Simz, Tom Misch and Dom McAllister. Running from Oct 15 to 29, the line-up spans a wide range of genres including jazz, electronic, urban, contemporary R&B and soul, hip-hop and indie. Watch this space for more details soon.

Known to the world as the first female dancehall DJ, Sister Nancy is responsible for one of the most heavily sampled and remixed reggae tracks – Bam Bam, which has been sampled, referenced and reworked by almost everyone from Kanye West to Lauryn Hill to Wiz Khalifa – and even one of my road trip favourites, Chaka Demus and Pliers. See her at the Jazz Cafe on August 10.

• Founded by Camden-based singer Barbara Eke to promote women in the music business, WeCan (Women Events Collaborating and Networking) is holding its third get-together on August 15, headlined by former Glastonbury artist Helen McDonald. The event, at 7pm at Brixton Oval, also features Kitty Green, Debbie Gold and Sisters of Reggae. Entry by donation to help raise money for Women’s Voices for Africa.

Original punk-rocker and founding member of the New York band Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, Walter Lure performs album L.A.M.F. at the 100 Club on August 10. Walter is joined by Mick Rossi, original guitarist, songwriter & founding member of Slaughter & the Dogs, along with Mark Laff from Generation X and Nigel Mead of The Duellists.

• The Outside Track (above), winners of Best Group in both the Live Ireland awards and the Tradition In Review awards, marry Celtic music, song and dance to worldwide acclaim. The five-piece, who have a shared love of traditional music, play the Green Note on Aug 11.

Veteran MC Black Milk plays Jazz Cafe on Aug 14 with his new project backed by Nat Turner Band with whom he created standout 2016 jazz-funk album, The Rebellion Sessions in just one week. Over his career, Black Milk has transitioned from one of hip-hop’s young rising stars to a talented producer, rapper and performer.


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