Annual gathering of the UK's most explosive lyricists passionate about human rights!
+ Boxfresh Open Mic Session for new artists
Despite the bitingly cold January evening, restless beings as the name would suggest, were at it again to raise the volume on human rights through conscious hip-hop with our Human Writes III gig!
Fears of snow induced trouble were quelled as London streets were clear of the white stuff, and event attendees began to gather at the wonderfully diverse venue that is Bethnal Green's Richmix. The temperature in doors was perfect and the rest is fondly remembered history.
The night's roster was full of home-grown talent that as expected, did not disappoint. There were standout performances throughout the show. Spoken word artist Anthony Anaxagarou managed to keep a boisterous crowd hushed with words that were cause for reflection, and the ever soulful Aruba Red left our Director Mabrur almost literally speechless. The eclectic Flux who fused the flute with violin, drum and so much more again reduced the crowd to appreciative quiet, except of course when applause time came. The emotive pieces were beautifully done, and the set provided the evening with a delightful contrast of sounds. Long time supporters of our work Native Sun graced the stage yet again for Restless Beings and delivered once more with their unmistakable stage presence. Another long time supporter with us was DJ Snuff, who kept us entertained with a set that filled the four walls with his refined taste in Hip Hop. Before all was said and done, there was the small matter of our headline act. The illustrious Ty took to the stage and finished off what had been a much enjoyed night. Combining raps of old and new, with loveable humour and dance included, Ty was superb.
As well as being a stage to home established performers, we also held an open mic contest that saw Gabble MC walk away with a prize that included studio time and a video shoot. Close in second was Osama MC who held the crowd so well with his lyrical style and a dance move or two. But Gabble MC ran away with the top spot with witty wordplay and to put it simply, the ability to make the crowd go nuts. As is the way of the genre.
With an audience of young and not so, old supporters and first timers too, Human Writes III represented so much of what we are about. The coming together of all people, in support of a cause unknown to so many through a strong engagement with the arts. Last of all but never the least; we'd like to THANK YOU ALL for your support through all, continuing to help us help forgotten and marginalised communities across the world!
On the Night > Performances by the Awesome
As one of the most revolutionary rappers on the British hip-hop scene, Ty embodies the intellect, talent and ferocity of an MC always destined to become a legend. Over the last decade, the Mercury Prize nominee has achieved the rare feat of establishing a legacy through his three albums and wise persona. Musically, he's worked with Estelle, Scratch Perverts, Talib Kweli, Black Twang, Arrested Development, Bahamadia and Zion I and many others, both in front and behind the mixing desk, further proof of his relentless artistry and his evolution from roguish wordsmith from South London to an internationally-acclaimed hip-hop connoisseur.
Reggae / Dub / Political Soul - Nitin Sawhney's London Undersound / fresh and rebellious songstress, whose style falls somewhere in between MIA and Finley Quaye / reaching top 10 playlist on Jamaica's biggest radio station, being selected by BBC Radio 1 as 'Hottest Homegrown' and chosen as 'Alternative Jam' on BBC 1Xtra.
Aruba Red has performed across the world with a recent trip to Thailand to perform at the International Balloon Festival in Chiang Mai. Her fanbase is international and a few seconds of listening to her art will tell you why.
Native Sun is a London based duo consisting of bilingual rapper Mohammed Yahya, born in Mozambique , South East Africa and singer-song writer Sarina Leah born in London with Caribbean roots. Joining forces in 2010 Native Sun was born fusing Hip Hop and African rhythms with the aim of promoting a positive message of Universal Peace, Equality, Social Justice and Environmental Change. Both artists over the years have received a great deal of international acclaim and publicity. Now together, Native Sun's sweet melodies fuse addictive head bouncing Hip Hop undertones, conscious bilingual lyrics and catchy hooks perfect for a climate in need of an uplifting message.
Growing a reputation for making music that is intricate, energising and beautiful, flux are a truly unique band made up of six incredibly versatile musicians playing instruments ranging from Piano to Bansuri, Cajon to Double Bass and Synths to Classical Violin.
Formed two years ago with roots in and journeys through London, India and America, flux are a natural synthesis of individuals each with flourishing careers. Between them, members have worked with the likes of Nitin Sawhney, Tinchy Stryder, Oi Va Voi and Courtney Pine to name a few.
"See everything as art, hear everything as music, feel everything as love" ~ his words which echo in every piece of of his writing. Anthony Anaxagorou began writing short stories and poems at the age of 14 influenced mainly by both hip-hop and folk music until in 2002, at the age of 17, he entered and won the London Mayors Poetry Slam with his poem Anthropos. Following this he made a number of television and radio appearances where he read out various poems. In 2003 he appeared alongside Kate Tempest on 'BBC Youth Nation', presented by Richard Blackwood, where he performed a number of poems that highlighted many social issues all relevant to young individuals. He went on to feature as a member of the panel on the talk show itself which focused on issues such as racism, war, religion, drink and drug abuse, encouraging young people to speak out and voice their own personal views. An explosively bold and challenging poet.
20+ years in Hip-Hop, with roots in DJing for major Bboy tournaments, pirate radio [ItchFM], being resident DJ at the legendary 'Deal Real' Open Mic, being the one-man-gang behind the UK's leading Hip-Hop platform 'Speakers Corner', a father of the international Hip-Hop community 'End Of The Weak', member of the 'Zulu Nation', co-founder of 'The People's Army' with Logic & Lowkey, host of a regula r video series with 'Globalfaction' [Beats, Rhymes & Revolution], and an all round certified badman DJ. Has toured and performed with Snoop Dogg, Afrika Bambaataa, Immortal Technique, Hasan Salaam, Dead Prez, DJ Premier and many others as well as much of the best in established and emerging homegrown talent such as Maverick Sabre, Aruba Red, Deadly Hunta, Akala & Logic. Now DJ'ing with Hip-Hop group 'Caxton Press', scratch DJ with the 'Congo Natty' live band & occasional selector with 'King Tubby's Sound System'. DJ'ing internationally from Jamaica to Italy and New York to Dublin, yet still best known for his residencies in Brixton at The Hootananny, Jamm & Upstairs At The Ritzy. Sets energetically explore Hip-Hop's diasporic roots through innovative world funk & bass culture. Tune in.
Event summaryHUMAN WRITES III
Annual gathering of the UK’s most explosive lyricists passionate about human rights! + Boxfresh Open Mic Session for new artists
Event scheduled on: Saturday, 19 January 2013 at 18:00