ReFused II – How RB Fired Up The Capital This Winter
It was a blisteringly cold night in London last Saturday but the Restless Beings extended family came together to bring the heat in the struggle for human rights.
The setting was the beautiful Rich Mix cultural arts centre in the vibrant area of Shoreditch, nestled in the East of London. The venue once again provided the perfect backdrop for the piercing sounds, conscious lyrics, and warm nurturing vibes that were to be emanating into the night’s sky from the city’s own local talent.
After the success of last year’s ReFused we were intent to push on and make this one even more spectacular and inspiring; especially for those souls with that dormant desire to bring about a positive change in the world. And so, we were beyond excited to present 5 great acts of headline quality…
Up first, traversing land and sea from the Isle of Wight to be with us, was ‘the Ohmz’. It was a stripped back performance from their regular funky ska fuelled stage antics, but the subtlety of the acoustic guitar carried the message of the positive lyrics and embracing trumpet even further to warm up the crowd.
We were then treated to the wistful sounds of ‘Three Laws’ who brought an air of class onto the stage. The ebbing piano rolls and the soulful emotive vocals permeated throughout the room leaving us feeling moved.
Next, ‘Halfway Kid’ took to the spotlight, with the five-piece band kicking the evening up a gear with their soulful energy and harmonious rhythms. The crisp percussion, warm bass, ambient piano and guitar chords, alongside a tender crooning had the whole place swaying and head bopping.
With the crowd at its peak and everyone fully immersed into the bubbling atmosphere it was time for a short break from the music. It was the turn of the Restless Beings directors, Mabrur and Rahima, to take the centre stage and bring home the reason that we all found ourselves sharing the same space that evening.
The crowd fell silent as we were drawn into a short video concerning the issues that face some of the most marginalised communities across the globe and the struggle that created the need for the Restless Beings organisation to be born; giving a voice to the voiceless. The duo outlined what the future holds for our projects and the change in the world we continue to strive for (Click here to find out more!). It was a pause to thank those who have supported the cause and to inspire newcomers to step up and be counted in going forward. It also provided an opportunity for the team to engage with our supporters and lay down the foundations of new networks to take us to the next level.
Sometimes certain things are said better through music and ‘Natty’ was the perfect conduit to carry forward the feeling of resilient optimism. Playing at his second Restless Beings event, he captivated the audience with his unique blend of reggae influenced folk guitar amid powerfully subtle narration of conscious lyrics.
Last, but most definitely not least, were the recently signed ‘July Child’. In their first performance as a four-piece band they gave us the gift of a sultry bed of rhythm & blues fuelled by crisp drum breaks and soaring soulful vocals. It was a fantastic climax to the night leaving a lasting jubilant feel to the celebrations of another successful gathering of restless beings!
We'd like to give a massive thank you to all those who blessed us with their presence and show appreciation to all the artists for making it a special night. We left feeling inspired to make the next event and all our work until then even more positive.
We exceeded our fundraising goal for the night with all the proceeds going directly to funding our projects across the world. The safe house for the street kids of Bangladesh is now one step closer to being a reality.
We hope to see you next time. Join the mailing list on our homepage to keep up to date with our work and future events. Come get involved and let’s make change happen now!
Special Guest Natty (Acoustic)
Natty, a supporter of Restless Beings and a true believer of raising awareness for human rights issues across the world will be making a special appearance for a live acoustic set.
Reggae / Soul / Poetry - Chart-topping Natty effortlessly fuses many genres and vibes into a melting pot of sounds which can be described as the gritty yet uplifting soundtrack to many young people's lives growing up in the UK today. As well as his success in the UK, Natty's music has been welcomed globally with open arms, leading to performances all over Europe, Jamaica as well as hitting the number 1 spot in Japan. A musically motivated and accessible artist with an intelligent message.
Kiks and Amber Clara, a London duo better known as July Child are ready to venture from the underground studio they have called home for over twelve months.
Going it alone through their own label they have self-written, recorded and produced their debut album. Unable to ignore their ability to read each other’s minds and the fact they share the same birthday, something had to be done, and now they are ready to share that with you.
Hailing from the Isle of Wight on England's sunny south coast, The Ohmz have proved a hit with venues and festival crowds alike with their infectious take on reggae and funky ska. Taking their cues from the likes of Toots & The Maytals, Groundation and Bob Marley, and with 3 EPs and plenty of festivals under their belts, these guys continue to make waves with their energetic performances and feel good vibes.
Creative London trio Three Laws, aka Louise Gold, Louise Kulbicki and Adam Relf, released their debut EP Convalescence on 31st May 2014. Three Laws draw inspiration from the city, art, science, nature and the people they meet. Their first EP, Convalescence, combines haunting female vocals with classical piano, cinematic/military percussion and electronica.
London native Saeed Gadir has an attitude to song writing that’s truer than most. His first cut, Saying Nothing is a hazy and mellow love song. It’s quite charmingly casual in its delivery, a declaration of love in its purest form, shy, timid and unsure of the best way to ask. It’s also distinctly of the moment, stylistically playing on elements of Mo Kolours, Vondelpark and Jungle, to name but a few. Halfway Kid has a 5 track EP entitled Patterns which is available now.
Event summaryReFUSED II
ReFUSED returns again with a bang! Funky reggae and haunting piano-driven electronica with the odd hazy, mellow love song or two!
Event scheduled on: Saturday, 06 December 2014 at 19:00