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Brixton come Together Festival : 21-22 September [FREE]

Brixton come Together Festival : 21-22 September [FREE]

The Brixton Come Together Festival is back for the second year on the weekend of September 21stth -22ndst. It’s an independent community annual event held in Brixton, aiming to promote and support the local community through a series of events in film, photography, literature, music and gastronomy in one of the most vibrant and musical boroughs on the planet. The festival theme for this year is about creating awareness around the usage and management of water and how crucial it is for a better and balanced planet.The severe drought taking place in the north east of Brazil is one focus. In 2012 the project reached over 5000 people and featured both local and internationally acclaimed artists, including Manu Chao , La Troba Kung Fu, Prince Fatty, Hollie Cook.... The venues include: St Matthews Church gardens which will be, during the day, buzzing with FREE music, art, workshops, speakers, kids area, stalls of local produce, social and environmental activists and will also pay a tribute to the legendary Brazilian singer and composer Luis Gonzaga, whose centenary is celebrated this year. The Electric Brixton will be presenting two fundraising nights of rousing performances from the likes of Che Sudaka, Prince Fatty, Holly Cook and Family Atlantica from 7pm. Brixton Ritzy cinema we will be hosting a series of film screenings, Q&A’s with both up and coming and established writers, film makers and speakers. A shockingly fabulous list of musicians, artists, speakers and performers, from Brixton, the UK and the world, will be announced shortly. Major acts so far confirmed for the Electric include: SATURDAY 21st OMAR: British soul singer, songwriter and musician has just re released Sing [If You Want It], the British soul supremo’s sixth and perhaps funkiest album so far. Featuring guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Angie Stone, Common, Estelle, Rodney P, JC Bentley, Canitbe and Ashman. Omar is also described by some as the father of British neo soul. His most well-known song was his debut single "There's Nothing Like This". PRINCE FATTY : Distinctive sound is an analog haze of vintage spring reverbs, tape echoes and a custom hi-grade mixing console. Over the past 10 years he has worked on reggae tinged recordings from the likes of Lilly Allen and Tribe Called Quest, not to mention his own three album releases. MC Horseman will be dropping lyric. HOLLIE COOK: Was born and bred in West London in a household dominated by music. She gravitated to the sounds of Marc Bolan, David Bowie and The Cure. With Sex Pistol Paul Cook as her dad, music was a major part of her upbringing. Hollie’s album released on Mr Bongo’s has been a massive hit, pushing her self coined ‘tropical pop’ sound beyond the reggae world and into the mainstream. SUNDAY 22nd: CHE SUDAKA: Barcelona’s hottest Latin Alternative band play "mestizaje music" a style combining traditional South American and Spanish styles with influences from ska, reggae, and rock. They have collaborated on projects with Manu Chao and Amparanoia. The Band was formed at the beginning of the 2000s in Barcelona by illegal Latin American immigrants who played music in the streets in order to make a living and have over the last decade built a fervent following for their incendiary live gigs. FAMILY ATLANTICA: Burn the passports, rip up the map and immerse yourself into the borderless, limit-free world of Family Atlantica. Anchored to London but home to many different nationalities, this collective's musical voyage zigzags back and forth across the Atlantic, soaking up influences and styles from Venezuela to Ghana, finding common ancestry and reshaping it into an irresistible tornado of psychedelicised tropical grooves.

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