Tag Archives: Ghetts

EVENT: Urban Development Presents Re:Definition 2010

25 Jun


Date: Thursday 22nd & 23rd July 2010

Venue: Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

Grab some loose change, top up your oyster card and jump aboard this musical excursion to discover the loves, conflicts, traditions, adventures and aspirations of the real East Enders. A co-production with Urban Development, Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Barbican, Re:Defintion explores East London’s rich past, present and exciting future through the eyes of its homegrown talent.

Commissioned for Create10, Re:Definition is to be held at Theatre Royal Stratford East on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd July and promises to be a truly unique music experience, fusing performance and multimedia in a breath-taking live concept album.

Strap on your seatbelt, sit back and relax as local heroes Ghetts, Maxsta, Devlin, Maverick Sabre, Miss D, Shezar and the UD Vocal Collective take you on a whistle-stop tour through the sights and sounds of the place they all call home. Think barbershops, backstreets and bus routes.

Throw in a live band, R&B songstress Shola Ama, soul veteran Omar, UK Funky maestros MC Versatile and Bongo Man of Crazy Cousinz and pioneers of the grime generation, NY and Lioness and you have a line-up strong enough to make any opponent envious. Re:Definition will also feature narration from Hackney’s very own wide-boy, lyricist Mikill Pane and has been directed for the stage by Matthew ‘Excalibah’ Xia. So get ready for a rollercoaster journey set to take urban music beyond Olympic proportions.

Date: Thursday 22nd & 23rd July 2010

Venue: Theatre Royal Stratford East, 
Gerry Raffles Square, London 
E15 1BN

Transport: Stratford Tube (Jubilee / Central Line), DLR and London Overground

Doors: 7.30 – 10:30pm

Tickets: £12/£8 concessions

Box office info: 020 8534 0310  / www.stratfordeast.com


Griminal, Wretch 32 and Ghetts Hold It Down @ Industry Takeover

8 Mar

Thought I’d share some of my camera footage of the day with you. Managed to get a snippet of Griminal, Ghetts and Wretch on my Blackberry in between interviewing everyone and all the rest of it. They smashed it! Read my review of the day to find out more. Enjoy!

Industry Takeover: The Lowdown

8 Mar
Jay & Ras Kwame

Jay interviews Ras Kwame for Takeover TV

This Saturday, the Rich Mix played host to the urban music extravaganza that was Industry Takeover. Organised by all of us down at Urban Development with the support of our partners who included Biggafish, Rising Tide, PRS and others we were able to put on a day filled with workshops, seminars and showcases for inspiring music industry professionals.

Clement Marfo, Jay & Hammer

Clement Marfo, Jay Diamond (Rinse FM) & Hammer

The day kicked off with the emerging stage set in the midst of the music market,  and was hosted by Ralph Hardy and Shemika and featured a number of talented up-and-coming acts throughout the day. Highlights from the emerging stage were Leanne Robinson who wowed the crowd with her strong vocals, Chockz the Rapper who threw down his bars with the usual Chocolatey Charisma and Hammer who performed his current release ‘Mic Check’ (out March 8th – yes that’s a plug!). However, my personal favourite (besides Hammer) was East London lyricist, English whose flow had me in a daze – he’s definitely one to watch.

More when you read the rest & pictures