OneTaste at Favela London: October Show!


09 Oct 2011


Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, John Berkavitch, Brooke Sharkey, Paula Varjack & Afrobilly Jones!


Favela London
91-93 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HZ
Nearest Tube: Old Street Station (Exit 3)!



OneTaste is back East!

After a few months away, we are back at Favela London for a stupendous line up of amazing music and spoken word!

Full line-up:


Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

“He doesn’t speak any French, and I speak no English… but through music, we understand.” Sekou Kouyate

In the port city of Marseilles, home to many a nomadic soul, Joe Driscoll first met Sekou Kouyate.

Sekou Kouyate, originally from Conakry, Guinea, was raised in a large musical family tradition. Yet, it is not only his traditions, but his ability to transcend them that has set him apart. In France he is known as the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the kora‘, because of his unique style of playing with various effects, in a variety of genres, and with an extreme intensity. He has toured the world over with the band Ba Cissoko, comprised of his cousin and brother.

Joe Driscoll, originally from Syracuse, New York, was raised in the folk traditions of America. Yet it has been his ability to transcend genres that has set him apart from his contemporaries as well. Using live looping technology, he creates the soundscape of a full band with beatbox and multi instrumentalism. Creating musical bridges between folk, reggae, and hip-hop, his one man live show has seen tours of the USA, Europe, and two tours of Africa.

After a week of jamming together, these two musicians from opposite sides of the earth knew that they had found a

special type of musical brotherhood. The resulting album is a mad fusion of afrobeat, hip-hop, folk, and reggae, that defies any simple tag or description: “There are only two types of music: good and bad.” This album clearly illustrates these two are definitely in the former camp!

Link to Joe Driscoll

John Berkavitch

One fifth of the Urbanian Quarter, Artist, Vandal, Poet, Writer, B-Boy, Rapper, Comic, Conceptual Thinker, Collaborator, Human-Beatbox and Surrealist, Berkavitch is a Midlands-based live artist and is probably best known for his Slam Poetry and Spoken Word Performances, as a dancer, and for his recent move into hip-hop theatre, which he talks about in the programme.

A veteran of the spoken word scene up and down the UK, he toured with Apples & Snakes as part of the Temptation Tour in Autumn 2005, tearing up stages in venues all over the place. He is the 2007 UK Slam Champion, the 2007 Glastonbury Slam Champion and the 2006 Blackdrop Slam Champion.

Berkavitch co-wrote and stared in Me Versus The City, a semi-autobiographical exploration of the graffiti sub-culture and the human desire to belong.

Link to John Berkavitch

Brooke Sharkey

Brooke Sharkey writes gypsy and blues inspired folk ballads in both French and English, contrasting cotton wool folk melodies with strong soulful vocals throughout her songs. She released her debut EP A Taste of Truth, last summer, recorded in collaboration with producer, Chris Bond. She is now working on her next album with her new found London based band, captivating audiences wherever they go with old timey instrumentation, heartfelt lyrics and three part harmonies.

“Brooke has an incredible voice, control and grace.” Katherine Hamnett, The Observer

Link to Brooke Sharkey

Paula Varjack

Paula Varjack is as likely to perform at a gallery or cabaret night, as at a poetry slam. She often performs with live and recorded music, and sometimes performs with video projection. She has collaborated with a number of international music producers including Cloudfist Conceptz, Ludwig Berger, Backdraft and Zed Vantz.

In 2008 she was nominated for “Best Performance by an International Poet” in the Farrago Slam awards. Her first solo show – Kiss and Tell, premiered at Hau Zwei as part of the Berlin 100 grad theatre festival. In 2009 she entered the world of hosting and creating events, the first of which,the anti-slam, is a satirical take on slams where the lowest score wins. It has since gone on to take place in Warsaw, London and Koelln. In 2010 she was one of the nine artists in residence for the E.U. funded Poetry Slam Days project, creating a mulitlingual spoken word show: Smoke and Mirrors, that went on tour to 21 European cities. And now she is performing at her first ever OneTaste show at Favela London…wow!

Link to Paula Varjack

Afrobilly Jones

Afrobilly Jones has manifested in various incarnations: constantly evolving and exploring sounds aplenty, keeping the heart young. Journeying through Brazil, Africa, the Deep South & London. Influenced by Alan Lomax and 40’s gospel artists such as Bill Landford & the Landfordaries plus the likes of Nina Simone, Nick Drake, Toots & the Maytals and Paul Simon.

Having just played a number of summer festivals and over 50 dates this year, his live shows continue to evolve, crossing musical bounderies from 40’s gospel, congo-rumba and oldtime mountain music, as well as some of his early jazz influences.

Link to Afrobilly Jones

So there’s the full line-up!

GO GET YOUR TICKETS to avoid MASSIVE disappointment!

Tickets £7 in advance
Tickets £10 on the door
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