News: UMAs Return for 2009 with All-UK Gospel list

Awards Ceremony Back for 2009 with very UK-friendly list The Urban Music Awards (UMAs) return for 2009, retaining their UK-friendly ethos (and shrewd, street-friendly and an almost ‘anti-MOBO’, anti-mainstream approach). Gospel Nominees The gospel nominees list isn’t too bad either: Guvna B receives what will no doubt be a popular nomination, and last year’s winners 29th Chapter (one of the scene’s most consistent Hip-hop groups) … Continue reading News: UMAs Return for 2009 with All-UK Gospel list

News: Triple O Quickfire Update

Triple O Album Update I know quite a few people want to know this, so here’s the short version of what’s up with Triple O. I’ll be bringing you more in a bit… Album Drops 1st quarter 2010, but there will be no launch in the ‘formal’ sense of the word, though there will be a few things in place to mark it, so be on the … Continue reading News: Triple O Quickfire Update

Theatre: Love, Sax and all that Jazz (starting Sat 17th Oct 09)

I came across Alan Charles ages ago, at the launch event of his album, Da Plan (which is still – to this day – one of my favourite UK gospel CDs). He was one of the first people that genuinely impressed me with his choice of venue – it wasn’t a ‘churchy’ one  (not that there’s anything wrong with churchy venues), but the Straford Rex, … Continue reading Theatre: Love, Sax and all that Jazz (starting Sat 17th Oct 09)

News: Gospel Acts come good at new BEFFTA Awards

As voting closes on the MOBO nominations for 2009, a new Black awards ceremony announces itself to the world. And Four Kornerz, the London Community Gospel Choir, Tryumf and Sonnie Badu are the four inaugural nominees in the ‘Gospel’ category for the first Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion and Arts  (BEFFTA) awards. Saxophonist Yolanda Brown also had a nod for ‘Best Female Act’ to crown her ‘Best Jazz’ … Continue reading News: Gospel Acts come good at new BEFFTA Awards

News: Remember, remember: Simply Andy on 5th September

Following on from Michaela‘s excellent launch (I’m sooo gutted I couldn’t attend.  Apparently it was fantastic)

Adventures of Simply Andy flyerSimply Andy’s one man show, The Adventures of Simply Andy takes place this weekend (5th September).

Andy is another one of our very best: producer, arranger, presenter, songwriter, vocalist and a very funny stand-up comedian.

He’s always in demand, and if you’ve ever tried to get a hold of him in a hurry, you’ll know how busy he is.  He won’t thank me for saying that, but it’s true.

Anyway I think the guy is an amazing talent, and I’m devoting this week to making sure as many people as possible know about this event.

So first off here are some videos for you to see promoting his gig.

Once you see the effort and thought that’s gone into making them, you’ll realise how good Saturday is going to be.  Besides, there’s Four Kornerz (absolutely brilliant live) and Rachel Kerr (amaaaaazing vocalist)

If you still need convincing (I feel sorry for you if you do):  Watch the videos below: Continue reading “News: Remember, remember: Simply Andy on 5th September”