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Edition No. 95

Date:- 19  April 2003

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BAND ON THE WALL May & June 2003 Listings


Thurs 1st May
+ Special Guest
TY (Big Dada)

Spiritual, positive soulful music, at times even rock-influenced, taking its cue from Stevie, Marvin and Jimi. The creative epicentre is Philadelphia, the music neo-soul, hip-hop and house. The Roots and Jazzyfatnastees are some of the key players within what some have termed OThe Movement¹. Black Lily has played an important part in the nurturing of that scene. It¹s open-mic format sees aspiring musicians and singers regularly playing alongside big names. Now for the first time ever the UKs Black Lily backing band arrive in the North West featuring Ty (Big Dada), the conscious London
rapper whose debut album Awkward earned him both rave reviews and the role of mic-man with Tony Allen¹s Afrobeat 2000 group. 

Contact BOTW on 0161 834 1786 for information on how to grab a slot!

Tickets/Admission £6/£5, doors open 8pm

Fri 2nd May
Featuring LAWGIVERZ live!

Hailed as 'the end of the DJ, Lawgiverz live is a unique experience. Using three decks, multiple FX and live beat mixing with laptops, the safety nets, boring cross fades and predictability of regular DJ sets are well and truly eliminated. Between them Lawgiverz (aka R-Kidz and Noize) have collaborated and produced with Fuel, Distinctive, Ali G and Freq Nasty to name but a few. Alongside the Beatworx's Vinyl Playin' Ladies, resident
Felony and DJ Tonic, this is bass heavy Breakbeat, Nu Skool Breaks and Hip Hop at its finest. Accompanied vocally by Tonn Piper, Twist and Madrush

Admission/Tickets £7/5 b4 11 adv, cons. Doors open 10-3am

Sat 3rd May
Formerly of Pooka!

Quoted as OA female Cold Play¹, Natasha is renowned for her powerful yet delicate melodies, vocal and song writing style. She has collaborated with bands Orbital (Middle of Nowhere album), Ultramarine, (Bel Air album), Rob Ellis of P.J. Harvey and John Coxon of Spiritualised. Natasha is also responsible for writing all the Pooka classics Graham Robert Wood, Mean Girl, Dream, and One in a Million. The list is endless! Natasha will be performing these alongside new tracks from her forthcoming debut solo album, which features Rob Ellis of P.J. Harvey and Mark Jones of Peter Gabriel’s band. She¹s real! That’s cool! Liam Gallagher Lovely! Bjork. ‘Biting lyrics and melodies so sweet your teeth are at risk!’ Q Magazine. 

Admission/Tickets £6/£5, doors open 9pm

Thurs 8th May

An explosive mix of spiritual Afro-Mandinka music with a twist of jazz, inspired by the songs, dances and rhythms from Casamance in Southern Senegal where the band mainly originates. The griot family featured in this band is the Cissokho¹s and founder member Seckou Keita is a world-renowned kora player. The family have won rave reviews with their festival appearances, in particular the Window of the World Festival where they performed alongside Cheikh Lo and Papa Wemba. Their music draws on the deep roots of traditional African music, percussion, song and dance. "Seckou Keita can make the West African harp-lute sound like a small band" - Guardian 2002

Admission/Tickets £7/£6, doors open 8pm

Fri 9th May

Simian's sound has often been described as Syd Barrett, sometimes the (bearded) Beatles and even occasionally, a bit Beach Boys, but mostly their music is unique. Their debut album 'Chemistry Is What We Are’ proved a heady brew of the bands disparate influences and brought them to the attention of the UK's music press. Their follow-up, 'We Are Your Friends' (produced under the masterful guidance of Brian Eno who has since re-mixed Simian's 'La Breeze') earned them large scale popularity, effortlessly blending typically English guitar driven songs with cutting edge American R'n'B production. Now catch them at Band on the Wall in all their live glory. '...closer to Strawberry Fields than the Gallagher brothers ever got.' Neil Spencer, The Observer

Admission/Tickets £7/£6, doors open 9pm

Sat 10th May
Tony WaH cHU kU
Chris Belsey (loungin' recordings)
Graeme Sinden (loungin' recordings)

After a stunning show in February featuring Charlie Dark, Eyes Down welcome
the other half of the Attica Blues sound, Tony Nwachukwu. Now working on
projects under the pseudonyms WaH-cHU-kU and Red Clay, his last EP OThe
Wach¹ is currently at No.1 in Gilles Peterson¹s Worldwide chart. Tony will
be playing alongside Eyes Down residents Jon-K, Kelvin Brown and MC DRS plus
special guest DJs from London¹s Loungin¹ Records Chris Belsey and Graeme
Sinden, who have made it their mission to bring the Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
sound to a wider audience with shows as far field as the US and Japan.
This is the last Eyes Down until July so make sure you get your tickets
£7/£6 adv, concs, doors 10pm-3am

Sun 11th May

£7/£6 adv, concs, doors 10pm-3am

Wed 14th May

Kieran Hebden began his musical career in trio Fridge on Trevor Jackson¹s
Output label. Kieran became a solo producer releasing work under the name
Four Tet. The debut album, ODialogue¹ was released when he was just 21 and
the follow-up, OPause¹ found a place among the NME, Sunday Times, Mojo and
Uncut Album of the Year for 2001. Kieran¹s reputation as a remix producer is
now also well established, having remixed tracks by the likes of Aphex Twin,
Cinematic Orchestra, David Holmes, Badly Drawn Boy and Doves to name but a
few. He is currently producing Beth Orton¹s latest album. Tonight, witness
Four Tet as he explores the outer reaches of both free jazz, soul music, folk and psychedelia.

Admission/Tickets £6/£4, doors open 8pm

Thurs 15th May

He¹s the self-confessed ‘bastard son of Screaming Jay Hawkins and Millie Jackson’. He’s also been described as a modern day George Clinton, with the charisma of Lenny Kravitz. Vocally in a zone somewhere between singing and rap, laced with sick hip-hop beats, his style recalls the rambunctious ness of Digital Underground. The muse of Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye circa OWhat¹s Going On?¹ can surely be heard. An electrifying live performer, between recording material, Yinka has been steadily making his presence felt performing alongside acclaimed artists: Big Brovaz, DJ Shorty Blitz (Kiss FM), Roots Manuva, Ross Allen, Sasha, and venues and events such as Jazz Café, Cargo, Herbal and Diesel U-Music Events. 2003 will see Yinka release an EP of brand new material on Blackfriars Entertainment, with a full length to follow at the end of the year. He will be releasing material through a project called ³The Imperial² with founders of legendary hip-hop night Scratch, Rob Mac and Matt Smooth. YINKAShe¹s gonna make you feel it! 

Admission/Tickets £5/£4, doors open 8pm

Fri 16th May

Another intimate evening of soulful drum On¹ bass with Soul:R recordings
resident DJs: Marcus Intalex, Calibre and MD alongside the lyrical skills of
MC DRS (Broke¹n¹English)

Admission/Tickets £5/£4adv/concs, 10pm till 3am

Sat 17th May

Manchester¹s no. 1 heavyweight dub collective, playing an impressive mix of
Rasta oriented, deep roots reggae and spacey dubs. Having successfully
toured Holland, Belgium and France, they are highly acclaimed by the likes
of Twinkle Brothers and Aba Shanti. Featuring P Lush, Dub Dadda, Simon Dan,
Moses and P Tech, expect a massive on stage presence as Nucleus Roots inject
traditional instruments into a heavyweight dub mix, on a live digital sound
system vibe. With powerful vocals, this is some of the most uplifting,
spiritual roots reggae around. This show is not to be missed!
Tickets/Admission £6/£5, doors open 9pm

Thurs 22nd May
The Institute presents

A night of hip-hop experimentation, live jams and battle from some of Manchester¹s most talented new hip-hop DJs, MCs and producers. Featuring DJ 3 SIXTY and DJ Kudos aka ROLAZ (UK DMC finalists), DEKKO (live hip-hop beat-mixer) and STRANGER Manchester¹s finest underground MC). This night is all about innovation, so come down and get Institutionalized!

Admission/Tickets £5/£4, doors open 9pm-2am

Fri 23rd May

The North¹s finest upcoming, unsigned bands. Raw guitars with a critical coating of garage, hip-hop and soul courtesy of DJ Jepi. 

Admission/Tickets £6/£5/£4 before 10pm, doors open 9pm

Sat 24th May

Originally from Southern France and of Algerian-Spanish ancestry, Kad occupies a previously unexplored hinterland in world music, somewhere between French chanson, jazz and MC Solaar. Likened in some ways to Manu Chao, his debut album Liberté (Sterns Music) is superb. Expect broad, rolling double bass driven organic hip-hop rhythms with supple vibraphone and evocative story telling. Sophisticated horn arrangements, loping funk and backing vocals arranged by Congolese singer Lokua Kunza. Kad fuses melancholic choruses, poetic lyrics rapped and sung en français, exemplary instrumental performances and subtle turntablism to produce an awesome live

Admission/Tickets £8/£7, doors open 9pm

Wed 28th May

One of the finest new artists of the year, this young Algerian singer is a major star in the making. She has often been compared to Tracy Chapman, yet her musical sophistication and clear and intense vocal style make Joni Mitchell a more telling reference. Her music fuses North African traditions with folk, jazz and rock accents, and she was nominated for Best Newcomer at The World Music Awards, followed by a show stopping performance at WOMAD.

Any woman who pushes back the boundaries in a country that forbids it, is figurehead and an emblem. Souad is charming and clever, and deserves to be a major international star.

Admission/Tickets £8/£7, doors open 8pm

Thurs 29th May

Soul and funk to the bone from Manchester¹s own supergroup, led by funk¹d up
bassman Neil Fairclough. This funky outfit have created a real name for themselves with their own style of solid beats with clear influences from Tower of Power to Steely Dan and Funkadelic. Blowing across the heavyweight, Pocket grooves will be one of the UKs leading soul, funk and jazz saxophonists Snake Davis, whose credits read likes a Who¹s Who of music, from Eurhythmics, M People, Ray Charles, Cher, Soul II Soul. a lethal
combination of musicians. 

Admission/Tickets £8/£7, doors open 8pm

Fri 30th May

Former deejay for OJah Tubbys¹, Aba Shanti-I began running his sound system nearly 10 years ago, creating his own style of heavyweight roots and dub with his brother Blood Shanti. It is now one of the most respected sounds in the world. Tonight witness Aba Shanti-I and the Shanti-ites featuring Samari (Culture, Jahman Levi, Jonny Clarke, Micheal Rose), Shanti Roots and The Humble Lion as they capture their Falasha Records studio magic 100% live. Sound on the night is from Aba Shanti-I himself plus guest selectas. Not to be missed!

Admission/Tickets £6 adv/£7 b4 11pm/£8 after, doors open 9pm-3am

Sat 31st May

Occasional concept night organised by a host of Manchester¹s most ‘well-intentioned’ promoters, incorporating DJs, musicians, poets and live digital animation with off the wall impromptu crowd participation. Some Kind Of Party offers a platform for young Manchester talent at an affordable price to the public just don¹t take them too seriously!!

Admission/Tickets £1 b4 11pm/£2 after, doors open 10pm-3am

Fri 6th June

Another installment of cutting edge nu-skool breaks from Felony, Deval, 3rd Degree, with MCs Tonn Piper, Twist and Lively. In addition, special guest TBC. 

Admission/Tickets £5adv/b4 11pm /£7after, doors open 10pm-3am

Sat 7th June

Vocal harmony group in the tradition of the Mighty Diamonds, the Wailing Souls and early Wailers, Morgan Heritage represent the future of modern roots music, having received widespread critical acclaim over the years. Their father and mentor is former Black Eagles bandleader Denroy Morgan, who became RCAs first reggae signing in the late 70s. Many of their songs would sound equally at home on either a reggae sound-system or commercial radio station. Their music has a timeless feel, but with a sound that is refreshingly modern at the same time, making Morgan Heritage excellent ambassadors for roots reggae music.

In association with Live Roots
Admission/Tickets £12/£10, doors open 9pm

Thurs 12th June

An ongoing soundclash of live funk jams and wily electronica as produced by a very select spectrum of international remixers. Take a crop of the best dance producers on the planet and marry that with elite musicianship and vocalists and the result is electracoustic, a wide-ranging platform, taking the best elements of electronic dance music and live freestyle jams to create a unique live performance. The possibilities for Electracoustic are infinite and exciting and provide a much needed and fresh approach to recorded and performed music in the modern day. Amongst the core of musicians that have contributed to the first album Funkin Motion are Simon Bartholomew (Brand New Heavies) Nick Seymour (Akimbo, Acid Jazz) and horn & rhythm sections from bands like Jamiroquai & James Taylor Quartet. On the vocal front, Aurora Dawn provides the same delights as she has done with her recent work with Roots Manuva and Nightmares on Wax. Now catch them live at the club for the first time. Funky, soulful, jazzy..just shut up and dance!

£6/£4, doors 8pm Open till late

Fri 13th June

The North¹s finest upcoming, unsigned bands. Raw guitars with a critical coating of garage, hip-hop and soul courtesy of DJ Jepi. 

Admission £6/£5/£4 before 10pm, doors open 9pm

Sat 14th June
CLASS OF ¹86 featuring OMAR PUENTE

Fresh and innovative Cuban jazz sounds from the graduating class of ‘86 from the prestigious ENA (escuela nacional des arte) and ISA (instituto superior des arte) music universities in Havana. Violinist Omar Puente was at the forefront of this new generation of Cuban musicians. He learned Latin Jazz at the feet of Chu Cho Valdez and Arturo Sandoval and Cuban music from Ruben Gonzales and Guillermo Rubalcaba. He has since played with many greats from Tito Puente to Eddie Palmieri. The group features leading artists from the contemporary Cuban scene: Oriente Lopez (Afro-Cuba), Miguel OAnga¹ Diaz (Irakere), Felipe Cabrera (Gonzalo Rubalcaba), Giraldo Piloto (Klimax),
Lucrecia Pere (Anacaona), If you like Eddie Palmieri, this concert is for you!

£10/£9, doors open 9pm

Sun 15th June

Horse appears in a rare solo show following on from her triumphant return to the area last year. This is a chance to hear her songs in their purest form and most intimate. One can¹t help but be taken by her charisma and presence, both personally and vocally. She literally has a voice to die for. Touching, heartfelt and yes, at times moving. 'What a woman, what a voice', Melody Maker. 

Admission/Tickets £15, doors open 7pm

Thurs 19th June
The Institute presents

More live hip-hop experiments from ROLAZ, DEKKO and STRANGER 

Admission/Tickets £5/£4, doors open 9pm-2am

Fri 20th June

Another intimate evening of soulful drum on bass with Soul:R recordings resident DJs: Marcus Intalex, Calibre and MD alongside the lyrical skills of MC DRS (Broken English)

Tickets £5/£4adv/concs, 10pm till 3am 

Sat 21st June

Soothsayers join the dots between Township jazz, Afro-beat, reggae, highlife, dub and future juju funk rhythms that are rooted as much in the present as they are in the past. Bandleaders Idris Rahman (sax) and Robin Hopcraft (trumpet) have worked with a wide range of African bands and artists including Ayub Ogada (Kenya), Highlife International (Ghana), Mac Tontoh (Ghana). Live show features guitarists Phil Dawson (Natasha Atlas, Bushman) & Alan Weekes (Jazz Warriors, Sugar Minott, Dennis Brown), Richard
Ajileye..percussion (Afro-Blok, Hugh Masekela), Arnaud Delafosse..drums(Julian Bahula, Sally Nyolo) and Andy Lafone..bass(Negrocan, Snowboy) and the charismatic Adesose Wallace on vocals.

Tickets £10/£9, doors open 9pm

Fri 27th June

Another installment of UK Roots, Revival and hard-steppin dub. Luv Dub combines live acts with the latest in digital technology. Tonight¹s show features a very special guest selecta!!! TBC

Tickets £6adv/£7 b4 11pm/£8 after, doors open 9pm-3am

Sat 28th June

The 20 year, highly successful partnership of Carmel and long time collaborator Jim Parris earned them major chart success in the UK with OBad Day¹ and OMore More More¹, as well as a distinguished European career, in particular they won the hearts of the French. Their richly layered music has consistently defied categorisation, but they have explored music that encompasses swing, reggae, R&B, jazz, blues and a definite mix of African beats. Now back on their home ground of Manchester, they are back in the studio recording a new album with legendary drummer Brice Wassy, former bandleader for Manu Dibango and Salif Keita. The late Fela Kuti claimed that Wassy ³opened our hearts to the rhythms of Afrobeat². This year sees the release of a DVD featuring classic Carmel tracks.

Tickets £9/£8, doors open 9pm                                              

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