Acoustically Speaking – Eclectic Arts Network

January 29, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Acoustically Speaking, once per month

Acoustically Speaking, once per month

Once a month in South London, Acoustically Speaking, an event that fuses Music, Poetry and the Arts, helps to keep the winter blues quite firmly at bay. Presented by the Eclectic Arts Network, Acoustically Speaking gives artists and performers a platform with which to connect with people who enjoy different styles from the underground.

Last night saw the night resume, the first for the new year, at Hypnotik (formerly Brockwells) opposite Brockwell Park. The informality of the night is appealing and the vibe is warm and welcoming. So much so that it is not unusual for members of the audience to add their name to the list of performers, even though it’s not technically an ‘Open Mic’ situation.

Alongside the poets, singers and musicians performing on the night, last night, Ugandan artist, Eddie Bbira had some of his work on display. This amazing artist, who is currently in the UK studying at Art Therapy at the Roehampton Institute, uses his skills to help street kids in Kampala City, Uganda regain their dignity and assist them in rejoining mainstream society by developing their own artistic skills.

Last night we were treated with performances ranging from Classical guitar, Roots poetry, North African/Franco/Arabic and home grown British soul. Performers included Micheal Phillips, Desmond Rose and Deborah Grace, who fresh from recording her new studio album is sure to be a hit on the live circuit.

Poet Flexi has been writing poetry for the past 20 years, but is new to performing her art in front of an audience. Nerves got the better of her a one stage, but the warmth and encouragement of the Eclectic Arts audience and crew enabled her to complete her set, showing anyone who may think otherwise that whoever you are, and whatever talent you may have, performing in front of a crowd is something that is not that easy to do.

Perhaps that’s the beauty of a night like Acoustically Speaking. It’s a place in which even those new to the art of performing can find an audience of people who love music, and the arts and will appreciate the lengths to which you as the artist have gone to perfect your work.

So if you’re in the mood for discovering new music, new performers or if you’re someone who has long desired to be onstage, if you’re an artist wanting to display your work to a captive audience, check out the Eclectic Arts Network website for more information and dates for the upcoming shows.

Jean Adebambo, Brother Confirms Suicide

January 28, 2009 by · 19 Comments 

The brother of Lovers Rock singer Jean Adebambo has confirmed to her manager, Orlando Gittens, that Jean Adebambo’s death is thought to be suicide and that there was no one else involved.

According to an article on Voice Online, Gittens said

“I spoke to Jean’s brother Claudius who told me that Jean took her own life and that there was no-one else involved,”

Rumours have been circulating the Internet since the the the singer was found dead on the 15th of January, as yet no official confirmation has come as to the cause of death, however the Voice online article is the closest we have to come to an official confirmation of suicide.

Jean Adebambo’s death has shocked the British reggae community. There is a benefit concert planned for March 15th at the Hackney Empire. Tickets were still available as of the time of this report.

Lovers Rock Singer Jean Adebambo Dies

January 17, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

Singer Songwriter Jean Adebambo

Singer Songwriter Jean Adebambo

It’s with great sadness that we heard the news about the death of Black British Singer and songwriter Jean Adebambo earlier this week. The lovers rock singer, who was most recognised for singing the classic ‘Paradise’ has recently enjoyed a resurgence in her music career, performing at the huge lovers rock revival show late last year at the Brixton Academy, an event attended by thousands due to the calibre of artists who performed on the night. Read more