Afrolution Hip Hop FestivalOctober 8th marks a coming of age for African Hip-Hop when Afrolution Records, the London-based African Hip-Hop label, is bringing together some of the biggest names in African Hip-Hop for a night of hip-hop from the Motherland to take place at East London’s Cargo.

Signtology - VOPCollectively known as VOP (Visit Other Planets), and formed in 1988, Dane and Solo gained reputation in the 90’s for producing quality pieces and murals in Brixton and the surrounding area. They have been artists in residence at the Brockwell Lido since 2003.

HUGO Urban RulesHUGO Fragrances are launching a mission, in collaboration with urban music legends such as Joe, Sway, Terri Walker & Scratch, to invest in the very best and most deserving new urban music talent. The multi-faceted programme will educate, develop and showcase future Hip Hop and R&B artists from all over the UK.

Rare Kid Koala Performance In The UK20th September sees an extremely rare opportunity to catch the the Canadian turntable master KID KOALA in the UK for the album launch at Cargo, Shoreditch, London. The LP is entitled 'Your Mom's Favourite DJ' and is available on from the 18th Sept. There is 200 tickets allocated at the door although advance tickets will probably be sold out on the night...

Roots Manuva: Stars Speak Out In Support Of Oxfam's Month Of MusicStars including Mylo, Roots Manuva and the Mercury Prize-nominated Hot Chip are supporting Oxjam, a unique month-long music festival taking place across the UK in October. They are joining Oxfam in calling on budding DJs, MCs, producers and clubbers to get involved by supporting Oxjam events in their area, or by organising an event themselves.

1Xtra Wants Budding Beatmakers1Xtra will host its fourth Hip Hop weekend from Sept 29 to Oct 2. Featuring names like P Diddy and Lil John and 1Xtra Hip Hop DJs, there will also be a showcase for emerging rappers and beatakers. Budding music makers are invited to send in their tracks. See the 1Xtra website for more details.

1Xtra New Years Day EventFollowing the success of last year’s New Year’s Day event in Manchester, 1Xtra travels North again to host its New Years Day Party in Leeds - New Year: Old Skool. Listeners can register for tickets to have the chance to celebrate the New Year with the UK's favourite Black Music station.

FingathingWith turntables, an upright bass and bold live animations of crazy mutants in tow, Fingathing are a mass fusion of technical effects and live instruments creating an explosion of far-flung funk and crunching avant hip-hop. The grooves grip tighter than a black hole, the drums smack the cheeks like an asteroid rain-storm, and the bass rumbles and hums like an imploding star.

DMC World DJ Championships 2006The 2006 DMC World DJ Championships is back and here we can bring you the running order for the two day event. The event will be taking place at the Hammersmith Palais in London on the 10th and 11th September. It is the 21st Anniversary of the championships and so there are some special events lined up. The whole thing will be hosted Killa Kela and MC Trip.

Wu Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah is currently touring his fantastic LP and so I thought I'd let you know about the forthcoming Ghostface show that is coming up... I know that he's doing a London date but I think thats all so It'll be quite a rare show.

Hidden Aspects / The Beggaz (Wu-Tang Clan Killa Beez) and DJ Dax present Part Time Job The Late Shift Mix CD. This Mixtape is a free promotional download which highlights some of the best of the best from The Beggaz Clan’s previously released albums. Music from the entire Beggaz Clan is combined and masterfully mixed by DJ Dax to bring you thru 70 minutes of funk that will leave you Beggin for More.

DJ Shadow - The Outsider LP [Rapid Pulse]DJ Shadow, widely regarded as one of the most ground-breaking and influential artists in modern music, has announced his first major UK tour in 4 years. The dates featuring several special guests, follow the much anticipated September 18th release of Shadow’s new album The Outsider”.

Firin' Squad Unsigned PodcastFirin’ Squad are back! If you have missed hearing them on the airways then now’s your chance to tune in and listen to the boys do what they do best –  playing and talking about the hottest tunes around … From this week the  Firin’ Squad Unsigned Podcast launches on the airwaves of cyberspace – and is available exclusively this week by clicking on the link below!

Glue - Catch As Catch Can [Fat Beats]Glue, one of Fat Beats Records newly acquired artists are getting ready to release their third album entitled Catch As Catch Can in September. To help promote the album, they'll be going on tour soon. So, who the hell is Glue anyway?


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