Big Dada, recognised as one of the most pioneering hip-hop labels, is relaunching as a label run by Black, POC and Minority Ethnic Ninja Tune staff members for Black, POC and Minority Ethnic artists.
M.I.A. whose Clash-inspired track Paper Planes featured heavily in the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack has a new track out and a video that has been getting a few people hot under the collar. The video for Born Free features the US army kidnapping some ginger haired kids and brutally attacking and mutilating them.
Speech Debelle has won the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year for her record "Speech Therapy". With stiff competition from the likes of Florence and The Machine, Friendly Fires and Bat For Lashes, Speech's confidence never wavered and she came through with the kind of aplomb which made it seem like she'd been walking red carpets for years.
Ty is a name to conjure with. Nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2004. He's a tireless ambassador for UK Hip Hop. As well as being one of its harshest critics. But he's never forgotten his early days in London's spoken word workshops. And tonight - for one night only - he returns to his roots with a poetry gig. Just the man, his voice, and perhaps a few backing beats.