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Future Sound: the film!

Future Sound: the film!

BlogJun 25 2019Comments Off on Future Sound: the film!

Do you remember our innovative Future Sound project last Autumn? Talented Afrobeat jazz band KOKOROKO came together with promising young musicians at Mossbourne Community Academy in a series of exciting school workshops. The collaboration culminated in a performance at award-winning jazz venue Church of Sound, showcasing the band’s music and ...

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Why music in schools shouldn’t be cut!

Why music in schools shouldn’t be cut!

BlogMay 14 2019Comments Off on Why music in schools shouldn’t be cut!

Last Autumn we brought together young people at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney, afrobeat-jazz band Kokoroko and jazz venue Church of Sound in a unique collaboration called Future Sound. Six months on, I caught up with the school’s head of music, Sophie Sayer [pictured, left of photo] to talk more about music’s ...

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Richie Seivwright on sounds, influences & KOKOROKO’s new EP

Richie Seivwright on sounds, influences & KOKOROKO’s new EP

BlogMar 20 2019Comments Off on Richie Seivwright on sounds, influences & KOKOROKO’s new EP

Richie Seivwright is an awesome trombone player, vocalist and composer who features as our next Late Night Jazz showcase artist at h Club London on 27th March. With KOKOROKO Richie helped lead our recent Future Sound project and the band has just released its debut EP. I caught up with her in exciting times! Jennie: You’ve said that your ...

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‘The future is bright!’ KOKOROKO’s Yohan Kebede is on a musical journey

‘The future is bright!’ KOKOROKO’s Yohan Kebede is on a musical journey

BlogFeb 18 2019Comments Off on ‘The future is bright!’ KOKOROKO’s Yohan Kebede is on a musical journey

📷: Edwin Louis Our super exciting Late Night Jazz series kicks off for 2019 next week, showcasing some of London’s most talented rising stars at the exclusive Hospital Club London. Ahead of his first ever solo gig, I caught up with KOKOROKO pianist, Yohan Kebede. Jennie: You recently graduated from the London College of Contemporary ...

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‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

BlogJan 22 2019Comments Off on ‘There is power in knowledge’: meet Sheila Maurice-Grey

Hot off the back of celebrations for ‘Abusey Junction’ winning ‘Track of the Year, 2018’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM awards last week, I caught up with KOKOROKO band leader and trumpet-player Sheila Maurice-Grey.  Sheila’s one of the super-talented musicians selected for our career development programme, plus a dedicated ...

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‘No holds barred’: how Church of Sound’s bringing afrobeat and jazz to a new generation

‘No holds barred’: how Church of Sound’s bringing afrobeat and jazz to a new generation

BlogNov 06 2018Comments Off on ‘No holds barred’: how Church of Sound’s bringing afrobeat and jazz to a new generation

📷 Kathy Stocker A Hackney church reimagined as a music venue – winning a 2017 Jazz FM Award for Best Live Experience of the Year – AWF Associate Artist, Church of Sound has reclaimed a vital community space. Its co-founder and latest member of our career development programme, Spencer Martin, is getting ready for a gig like ...

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How an international childhood inspired my fusion style – Ayo Salawu

How an international childhood inspired my fusion style – Ayo Salawu

BlogSep 12 2018Comments Off on How an international childhood inspired my fusion style – Ayo Salawu

Our newest Late Night Jazz showcase events kick off again later this month at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, yay!  So I caught up with London-based drummer Ayo Salawu who plays our first gig of the series on 26th September.  Ayo drums with Kokoroko, Oscar Jerome and Julia Biel and is fast making his name on the UK circuit, after ...

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Announcing new grants from PRS Foundation and Arts Council England for unique music education project!

Announcing new grants from PRS Foundation and Arts Council England for unique music education project!

BlogAug 01 2018Comments Off on Announcing new grants from PRS Foundation and Arts Council England for unique music education project!

We’re delighted to announce an exciting new and exceptional collaboration with two of our faves: up-and-coming Afrobeat-jazz band Kokoroko and award-winning jazz promoters and AWF Associate Artists Church of Sound! Thanks to generous grants worth £17,000 from PRS Foundation and Arts Council England we’ll be presenting Sunday School.   ...

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What are your top songs of the summer? Bassist for Jorja Smith, Mutale Chasi gives us his

What are your top songs of the summer? Bassist for Jorja Smith, Mutale Chasi gives us his

BlogMay 22 2018Comments Off on What are your top songs of the summer? Bassist for Jorja Smith, Mutale Chasi gives us his

Image credit: Patricia Pascal   How did you get into music, was it always in your life? Music has always been in my life, from singing along to hymns in church with my parents as a child, to intently listening to the radio trying to record songs on to cassette tapes using my uncle’s old radio. Back then I thought my mixtapes were fire! ...

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ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION MAKES OVER £12,000 AT FIFTH ANNIVERSARY GIG!

ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION MAKES OVER £12,000 AT FIFTH ANNIVERSARY GIG!

BlogMay 23 2017Comments Off on ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION MAKES OVER £12,000 AT FIFTH ANNIVERSARY GIG!

On 11th May 2017 we celebrated our five year anniversary with a very special gig at Bush Hall raising funds for the next generation of artists. Our almost entirely female led line-up included MADAM, the RACHAEL COHEN QUARTET, and KOKOROKO. With a special guest performance from NITIN SAWHNEY. There were some truly exceptional performances, a ...

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