OneTaste KOKO


16 Jun 2010


Oi Va Voi, Portico Quartet, WOON, David J, Polarbear, Kate Tempest and MC Xander


1A Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE



A MASSIVE Thank you to everyone who came to OneTaste KOKO, whata night! Each artist and act was incredible! Photos of the show will be up soon! Please leave your comments at the bottom of the page about the gig, we'd love to know what you thought.

Thanks! Dannii x


OneTaste KOKO is our biggest show of 2010. It promises incredible performances from a large bill of artists, special features and surprises instore for the night! Join us and the artists that we supported at the beginning careers as they come back to OneTaste for a special one-off showcase!

The Line Up

Portico Quartet

– Portico Quartet are a bunch of guys in their early twenties who play instrumental music. Formed four years ago from two sets of schoolfriends, they share a house in East London, make recordings, and play festivals and clubs. Yet what distinguishes them from dozens of other Hackney hopefuls is the way they sound – a fresh, unclichéd resynthesis and reinvention of music that's both pleasingly familiar and thrillingly new, like World Music from the future.

The guys played their first OneTaste event in March 2006 at The Bedford in Balham and since then have been a core part of the OneTaste crew. After developing with OneTaste through our 2  festival tours, OneTaste Collective showcases, then going to 2 album releases, being signed to Real World records, touring Europe and being nominated for a Mercury Prize, Portico Quartet come back to London and OneTaste as special guests of the show.

Link to Portico Quartet

Oi Va Voi

– It's nearly 10 years since Oi Va Voi first embarked on their musical and cultural voyage of discovery. Six young Londoners with varied influences joined together with a common aim: To reinvigorate the sounds of their Eastern European and Jewish roots.

OneTaste's Bridgette Amofah replaced KT Tunstall as front woman of Oi Va Voi 3 years ago and the band have hit a new level of notoriety since this magical partnering. Oi Va Voi are one of the most electric and exciting live acts in London and OneTaste KOKO is their first gig since their packed solo show at Shepherds Bush Empire in September 09.

The band tour club and festival extensively across Europe and since the turn of 2010, Oi Va Voi have already seen played sell out shows in Israel and Turkey.

Link to Oi Va Voi


– The Brummie who speaks stories. Formed in the North Pole from a combination of Hip-Hop and Bukowski, he tells of everyday things for everyone to relate to. His style and delivery will take you with him on journeys to places you’re sure you know. One of the largest names on the poetry scene, Polarbear has been featured on numerous radio programmes, completed his 2 one-man shows that will tour the UK this summer and is winner of a prestigious 4Talent award for writers. Let Polarbear tell you how modern story telling is done…  ‘Just beautiful’ – Colin Murray Radio 1.

Link to Polarbear

David J

– David J, the enigmatic performer, renowned for each performance being a complete one-off… this artist is world. Spoken Word derived from a Hiphop career, David’s lyrical wordplay, verbal dexterity and freestyle skills are simply awe inspiring and the content of these works straddles the worlds of dark politics and mysticism in a unique and powerful way. He is known as a legend amongst his peers, it’s an education to see this gentleman let loose on a stage.

Link to David J


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Jamie Woon

Singer, songwriter and newly self-taught producer Jamie Woon (it's his real name) made his name by playing live. He's got hundreds and hundreds of gigs under his belt, from endless spots in front of the microphone with just his guitar, an effects box and that unmistakable voice to supporting Amy Winehouse. He's fitted a lot into his live career so far: he's played in a full band with dubstep DJ and producer Reso on drums, he's curated tents at early editions of The Secret Garden and played Glastonbury with OneTaste, and taken stage at Sonar.

The shows have gained him big name fans including Mary Anne Hobbs and Gilles Peterson, who also fell for the select releases that Woon has set free: his 2006 recording of the traditional standard 'Wayfaring Stranger' came with a lauded Burial remix and in 2009 he released 'Solidify' with electronics girl Subeena on Planet Mu, quickly followed by the twisted G-Funk of 'I'm Going Wit You' featuring Debruit and LA's Sa-Ra producer Om'Mas Keith. Oh, and hotly-tipped dubstep producer Ramadanman gave Woon ultimate props when he sampled his voice on an early release, ‘The Woon’.

The new live show, he says, is 'basically a hip hop set up, me and a DJ' except he's got three microphones, a guitar and an effects unit and his 'DJ' will be wielding a Mac, a guitar and adding some vocals, too. And he’s not giving up his intensely emotional solo shows – just adding more strings to his already jam-packed bow.

For OneTaste regulars you'll be amazed to see Jamie's new live show, it's like nothing he's done before and this gig is one of the rare chances that you'll get to see him perform before his album is launched later this year on Polydor.

Link to Jamie Woon

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest – With astounding flow, lyrical maturity and sound social awareness for a 20 year old, Londoner Kate Tempest is one of those music makers that instantly prompt you to stop whatever you’re doing and reconsider whether you should bother carrying on with it at all, such is the extent of her politically coherent, poetic talent. Tempest really is a fiery hot prospect, having played various underground acoustic gigs with her band in and around London and beyond, and is set to drift further towards the mainstream, kind of whether she wants to or not. JOHN HILLCOCK XFM

I had Kate Tempest in several times on my BBC radio one spoken word show and she has been the highlight of my listening this year. She has no right whatsoever to be as good as she is. It astounds me. Her writing is epic, her delivery piercing, and with the addition of her band Sound of Rum her potential is realised. Inspirational. – SCROOBIUS PIP

Her works are truly of upliftment and betterment – ROOTS MANUVA

Link to Kate Tempest

MC Xander

– London’s MC Xander has been described as a ‘sonic shaman’. A Rapper and beatboxer, this innovative artist uses nothing more than a mic, a pedal controlled sampler, an FX box and his own vocal chords to record, loop and edit the beats, sounds and words emanating from his mouth.

Intricate, multilayered beats carry along sub-bass frequencies emitted form somewhere deep within his chest. Spine-tingling, almost operatic vocals merge with Sanskrit chanting and beautiful choir-esque melodies to create a platform for his conscious rhymes to flow over the top.

His unique brand of multi-vocalism has seen him playing regularly at the UK summer festivals, including Glastonbury, Glade, Secret Garden and Bloom.

Stranger Mag, after catching his Glastonbury performance reported that “His voice was a revelation” and The Sun newspaper called it “The best beatbox display I have ever seen”. He has also played shows in Russia, Japan, Thailand, Eastern Europe, Australia, Spain, Holland, India and Germany.

Prepare to be entranced by this sonic shaman!

Link to MC Xander

This will be an unmissable show.
Keep checking back for constant updates on OneTaste KOKO.


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  1. Johnny Waterhouse

    Ahhh!!! I’m there!

  2. Eloise Parker

    This looks awesome, I can’t wait! I saw Portico Quartet at The Barbican and they were spine tingling.

    See you on the 16th OneTasters!!

  3. Marlene Smith

    Wow – this looks amazing! I can’t wait!! Buying tickets now x x

  4. Isabelle Sharpe

    Just bought my tickets! Can’t wait; love OneTaste!!

  5. Ah One Taste – another outstanding line up. Thank you for bringing us another cultural feast! Nuff luv.

  6. Anonymous

    found your site on today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

  7. Anonymous

    Keep up the good work, I like your writing.

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