OneTaste Sunday – April Show!
01 Apr 2012
TAWIAH, Bear, Sabrina Mahfouz, G. R. E. Ed. S AND The Deadly Gentlemen!!
The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London, SW12 9HD
We are back at The Bedford for our OneTaste Sunday – April Show! and we are mighty excited!
Mark Ronson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Cee Lo Green, The Guillemots and Gilles Peterson are just some of the names who have already discovered the south Londoner Tawiah.
Like many of the chart-bothering elite, Tawiah is a graduate of the Brit School. But while having the likes of Adele and Leona Lewis among your contemporaries is all well and good, its greatest importance in Tawiah’s story is that it introduced her to Blue and Jodi Milliner – two musicians and producers with whom she continues to enjoy a musical connection with.
Having worked with Corinne Bailey Rae, Tawiah was still at the Brit School when a call from Mark Ronson offered her a role fronting his touring band: The Version Players, on songs made famous by Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, and Mary J. Blige. The Battersea teenager subsequently embarked upon a series of global tours before she’d even
began any serious recording work, regularly substituting for Amy Winehouse during performances of Ronson’s biggest hit, Valerie.
Back home, Tawiah soon found herself invited to work with the likes of The Guillemots. But she was eager to spread her wings and progress to become an artist in her own right.
Again working with Jodi Milliner, Tawiah crafted her independently financed debut EP In Jodi’s Bedroom’, which became a cult favourite on the underground. It caught the attention of Gilles Peterson, and Tawiah subsequently won his Worldwide Award for Best Newcomer.
Currently working on material for her upcoming debut album, Tawiah can’t be pigeonholed. Sure, her soulful vocals evoke memories of genre’s past, but her songs cross into increasingly diverse territory. Inspired by London’s mass of cultures, her sound offers something new on every turn: one moment it conveys melodic pop with a fiercely independent attitude, yet the next track might be a modern take on classic ska cut with fierce guitar riffs.
Now signed to Warner Bros. Records, Tawiah’s debut album is planned for release in 2012.
Link to Tawiah
One third of Park Bench Poet and also one of the masterminds behind Natty’s music for the past few years, Bear is currently branching out into his own solo material. Influenced by sounds from across the globe, from English folk to African grooves, via Motown and Reggae. Feel good vibes all night long whenever Bear is on stage!
Link to Bear
Sabrina Mahfouz is the Creative in Residence for Theatre and Poetry at The Hospital Club. She’s also Associate Playwright at Bush Theatre, where her ‘magical’ (Guardian) poetry show Dry Ice will be on from 8-12 May. Come!
‘In a different league…astonishing…she speaks lyrically and powerfully’ The Times.
Link to Sabrina Mahfouz
Born in Oyo State Nigeria, Yomi Sode also known as G.R.E.Ed.S (Generating Rhymes to Engage the EnlightenD Soul) grew up around music.
In 2005, G.R.E.Ed.S found the words and the release he felt when using them, led him to start writing as a means to express, to vent and to explore. Under the moniker G.R.E.E.d.s, Yomi began performing. After completing his debut project Volume In Silence in 2009, G.R.E.Ed.S took a step further and in late 2011 he teamed up with session band The Remedies, to release his brand new EP ironically entitled Ready. Ready has received radio play (BBC
1Xtra & BBCR1) as well as being featured on the MTV Wrap Up Site, BBC Introducing Site and well known blogs such as Soul Culture and We Plug Good Music.
Link to G.R.E.Ed.S
Instead of having a lead singer, The Deadly Gentlemen use a nonstop orchestration of somewhat unconventional vocals, with everybody in the band doing everything they can. Expect a lot of three-part harmony singing, group shouting, really dense rhymes and an almost rap-like phrasing.
Their songs have kind of a rock ‘n’ roll feel, despite the acoustic bluegrass instrumentation. The melodies tend toward the anthemic side, and the upright bass is usually pretty in-your-face. A lot of the songs’ lyrics started out as miniature epic poems based on folk songs. That’s where the term “epic folk” comes from. The grasscore songs are the ones where everybody in the band throws caution to the wind and goes completely berserk. Kind of the punk or hardcore mentality, but applied to bluegrass.
Link to The Deadly Gentlemen
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Tickets: £7 in adv / £10 on door