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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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WEST AFRICA, JAZZ, AND LONDON INFUSED AFROBEAT – INTRODUCING KOKOROKO

WEST AFRICA, JAZZ, AND LONDON INFUSED AFROBEAT – INTRODUCING KOKOROKO

BlogMay 02 2017Comments Off on WEST AFRICA, JAZZ, AND LONDON INFUSED AFROBEAT – INTRODUCING KOKOROKO

With just over a week to go till our five year anniversary fundraising celebrations on 11th May at Bush Hall, band leader of KOKOROKO, Sheila Maurice-Grey gives us the low down on this exciting, up and coming afrobeat group. Inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen and the great sounds that have come out of West Africa they play music ...

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AWF Founder Jennie Cashman Wilson talks about the Power of the Arts and Nurturing the Next Generation of Musicians

AWF Founder Jennie Cashman Wilson talks about the Power of the Arts and Nurturing the Next Generation of Musicians

BlogApr 18 2017Comments Off on AWF Founder Jennie Cashman Wilson talks about the Power of the Arts and Nurturing the Next Generation of Musicians

With just over a month to go until our five year anniversary gig on 11th May at Bush Hall our founder, Jennie Cashman Wilson caught up with her pal, Nour Saleh from Art Breath to talk all things Abram Wilson Foundation, the power of the arts, jazz and nurturing the next generation of musicians (tickets here). Art Breath: Could you share with ...

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LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR OUR FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR OUR FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

BlogMar 15 2017Comments Off on LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR OUR FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

We’re back for our five year anniversary celebration on the 11th May at Bush Hall! This year is set to be bigger and better as we bring together performances from some of the brightest and best emerging musicians in London at the moment. Our almost entirely female line-up includes MADAM, the Rachael Cohen Quartet and Kokoroko. The event will ...

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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH TRUSTEE SHARAN JASWAL

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH TRUSTEE SHARAN JASWAL

BlogMar 08 2017Comments Off on CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH TRUSTEE SHARAN JASWAL

We’re incredibly lucky to work with a huge number of badass women across the Abram Wilson Foundation (AWF), from our mentees to volunteers to collaborators. To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, we thought it was only fit to put the spotlight on one of these awesome women – our superstar trustee Sharan Jaswal. Sharan ...

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