Production outfit The Elementz need no introduction to most UK Hip Hop fans since dropping Elementz Universe Volume 1 in 2005. Termed one of the strongest UK Hip Hop records of the year it gained massive support from DJs such as: Rodney P & Skitz, DJ Scully and DJ 279 having been championed by DJ Excalibah on BBC 1Xtra.
Its undeniable, The Elementz are making their own lane. Having introduced their sound to the UK in 2005 with the critically acclaimed Elementz Universe Vol1 EP featuring Skinnyman, the eagerly awaited, Elementz Universe Vol 2 is complete. Hailed widely as “super producers in the making” this is an exciting time for The Elementz, their sound now reaching for a much wider audience.
As part of 1Xtra's 'Homegrown Hits The Road', Ace & Invisible of 1Xtra and Channel U fame are coming to your town very soon for a live broadcast! You can't miss them as they'll be breezing through in the 1Xtra Homegrown tourbus, they will be visiting 5 cites: Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and Cardiff to throw a spotlight on the local black music scene.
Theatre Royal Stratford East is buzzing as The Harder They Come smashes all previous box office records! The Harder They Come (written by Perry Henzell and directed by Artistic Director Kerry Michael and Associate Director Dawn Reid), has become the Theatre Royal Stratford East’s best-selling musical – to date!
Zebra Traffic drop their first vinyl EP of the year, declaring their intentions for 2006…featuring brand new and exclusive music from Phi-Life Cypher, new Zebra signing Rup, alongside vinyl versions of tracks (previously only available on CD) from Dirty Diggers & Life. Plus a damn fine remix from Brighton based producer Evil Sun of Welsh rap legends The Headcase Ladz.
Meet AKIR. You may have seen him touring with Immortal Technique, or in recent Mecca clothing ads. If not, it may be because he invokes the spirit of Nas circa '92. This modern day hip-hop griot has stepped up to the hip-hop batting cages, and he's swinging lyrical swords. His name is an acronym for "Always Keep It Real," and his rhymes don't get any realer. Get ready people, AKIR is no joke.
BASS present a day of fun, music and environmental awareness at Brighton Beach, on Saturday June 10th 2006, from 12 noon until 9pm. Local bands and musicians will perform live all day on Stevie T’s wind and solar-powered stage, and local children’s group The Music Workshop will present an afternoon showcase.
Brighton Alliance of Sound Systems (BASS) will be celebrating the longest day of the year once again. A samba parade led by the Barulho samba band will proceed from Dalton’s Bastion (opposite the Volks Tavern - east of Brighton Pier) eastwards along Madeira Drive to the Banjo Groyne.