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UK dance legend Congo Natty brings the jungle ruckus to Loco Kamanchi, Wed 25th Jan ’17

18 January 2017 -

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Loco Kamanchi welcomes veteran UK MC/producer Congo Natty (aka Rebel MC) featuring Congo Dubz & Iron Dread on 25th.

Scoring a slew of crossover hits between 1989 and 1992 (Just Keep Rockin’ and Street Tuff with Double Trouble; plus Better World, The Wickedest Sound and Tribal Base), Natty and co mashed up dub, reggae, soul, hip hop, breakbeat and hardcore styles, ushering in jungle and bringing black and white together under one roof – a true pioneer and a proper legend.

There’s a great interview with him in The Guardian, where he talks about what it was like when jungle first broke and the power of music to bring people together, no matter what their colour, creed or culture, among other things….

“Black and white, they should be taken out of the dictionary, in regards to people… By the time jungle came in 94, you’ve got all nations together in London, as one. There’s no colour ting.. Music, for a moment, it cancels out all the shit, and” – he clicks his fingers – “we are one.”

Sentiments such as these resonate deeply with us at the Bongo, especially at fractious times such as these.  But, quite aside from all that, jungle and drum n bass has had a massive impact on British pop music and culture and this man is a true original.

TICKETS have been selling fast!  Don’t sleep.

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Pete Rock makes Scottish debut at I Love Hip Hop, Tues 24th Feb

29 January 2015 -

Pete Rock I Love Hip Hop bannerI Love Hip Hop is proud to present iconic US DJ, producer and MC PETE ROCK all the way over on his UK Tour, making his Edinburgh debut:

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PETE ROCK

New York native and one of rap music’s most respected producers, Pete Rock was introduced to the world via Marley Marl’s WBLS show in 1989. He has since gone on to work with everyone from forerunners Heavy D (his cousin), Slick Rick, EPMD and Run-DMC (including their first single, ‘Down With The King’), to later talents in the shape of Lords Of The Underground (actually offering vocals on their ‘Flow On’), Nas and K-Solo. Other projects include his soundtrack work on Who’s The Man and Menace II Society. His remix roster is almost as impressive, with engagements with Brand Nubian, Public Enemy, House Of Pain, Das EFX, Father and non-rap artists like Shabba Ranks and Johnny Gill. He also put together the Untouchables producer network/umbrella organisation for the activities of himself and co-conspirators Eddie F, Dave Hall and Nevelle Hodge.

Rock also recorded with rapper C.L. Smooth (b. Corey Penn), debuting with 1991’s acclaimed All Souled Out EP. Rock’s impeccable production skills were again to the fore on Mecca And The Soul Brother, which included the superb US Top 60 hit single ‘They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)’. Their second album tilted towards the mainstream on smooth R&B cuts such as ‘Searching’ and ‘Take You There’, but with the rise of gangsta rap challenging their old school-style the duo called it a day shortly afterwards.

1998’s Soul Survivor, which featured a long guest list including members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Noreaga, Beenie Man, and his old partner Smooth. Rock’s mellow, soul-influenced style provided a surprisingly effective backing to the abrasive MCing of most of the guest rappers.

Still hard at it he has unreleased material with jay z and Kanye west a full album with sniff n Wesson …. Now he makes his first Scottish appearance at I LOVE HIP HOP
with support from Edinburgh’s heavyweights Ritchie Ruftone and Nasty P.

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Queen of UK performance poetry Francesca Beard plays Rally & Broad, Fri 23rd Jan

15 January 2015 -

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Ah – dear January.  You are so often a month of long, dreary Sundays, broken resolve and rapidly-dwindling New Year hopes…

But not at R&B HQ! This month, we’d like to start as we mean to go on in 2015: by unapologetically apologising, with oor tongues firmly in oor cheeks. A celebration of the apology in its many varieties (I’m Sorry I Ate All Your Cheese; I’m Sorry I Broke Your Favourite Tea-cup/ Heart/ Mind; I’m Sorry I Voted That Way; I’m Sorry it’s the National Bard’s Birthday and We’re Totally Ignoring It, etc). Come hear the confessional, the reverential, the spittingly-caustic and the wittily marvellous in oor January line-up.

Welcome to The Apology Shop…
Featuring:

Francesca Beard
FRANCESCA BEARD!

The indisputable Queen of UK performance poetry in a rare Scottish date! She’s sorry she is not up more often. To make up for it – check out her masterclass the next day at the Counting House!  Read her full biog here.

Hector Bizerk
HECTOR BIZERK!

The unapologetically experimental hip-hop duo!

Emily Dodd
EMILY DODD!

You won’t be sorry to miss this wonderful woman with her unique interactive spoken word stories!

CHRIS WILLATS!

Up and coming Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter. Apologies, Henry’s Cellar Bar; we’re nicking one of yer music programmers for the nicht.

JESS SMITH!

We recently judged the UK University Slam Championships and Jess Smith was on the winning team! That would be the Edinburgh Uni team. We’re sorry if ye may think that means we were biased. Come see her and ye’ll see we were not…

Tickets: £5 (on the door)

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Kate Tempest returns with her full band, Tues 24th Feb ’15

06 January 2015 -
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Following October’s sold out solo show for her book tour (of which the Edinburgh performance drew five star appraisals from both The Scotsman and The Independent), we are buzzing about welcoming one of Britain’s most exciting new talents back to The Bongo Club, this time performing songs from her Mercury Music Prize-nominated album, Everybody Down, with her full live band.  If you caught Kate Tempest last time, you’ll know she’s nothing less than a sensational live performer.  If you’ve not seen her yet, this may be your last chance to do so in a small venue…

“One of the brightest British talents around” (The Guardian)

“As Tempest’s gorgeous steams of words flow out, they conjure a story so vivid its as if you had a state-of-the-art Blu-Ray player stuffed in your brain, projecting image after image that sears itself into your consciousness” (New York Times)

“Wow” (Chuck D – Public Enemy)

“Her works are truly of upliftment and betterment” (Roots Manuva)

BIOG

Kate Tempest started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night busses and pestering mc’s to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. Her work includes Balance, her first album with band Sound of Rum; Everything Speaks in its Own Way her first collection of poems, the critically acclaimed plays Wasted, Glasshouse and Hopelessly Devoted. Brand New Ancients, her self-performed epic poem to a live score, won the Ted Hughes prize 2013 and the Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe. It has sold out tours in the UK and New York and is published by Picador. Her second collection of poetry, Hold Your Own, will be published by Picador on October 2014. Her debut novel, The Bricks That Built The Houses, sold in a highly competitive auction to Bloomsbury and will be published in territories including the UK, US, France, Holland and Brazil in Spring 2015. Excitingly, each track on the record correlates with a chapter in the novel, in a groundbreaking cross-genre experience.

Her single Our Town, with producers letthemusicplay was recently released on Greco-Roman records. Kate has featured on songs with Sinead O Connor, Bastille, the King Blues, Damien Dempsey and Landslide. She has toured extensively, supporting Billy Bragg on his UK tour, as well as supporting Scroobius Pip, Femi Kuti, Saul Williams and John Cooper Clarke. She is 2 x slam winner at the prestigious Nu-Yorican poetry cafe in New York and has played all the major UK and European music festivals either solo or with Sound of Rum. She’s headlined Latitude festival and has been featured on the BBC’s Glastonbury highlights, Channel 4, BBC Radio 1,4 and 6, as well as XFM and the Charlie Rose Show (Bloomberg) in the US.

Kate’s new album Everybody Down was released in May 2014 on Big Dada records. It was produced by Dan Carey aka Mr Dan who is one of the UK’s best known and most highly-rated producers. When the two met, Carey invited Tempest to come through to his South London studio to muck about on a track or two. In a burst of intense creativity, they put down the whole twelve track album in a fortnight having spent almost a year developing the characters and story. Kate is currently working on a new collection of poems, (to be published by Picador in 2014).

Loyle Carner

Support from Tempest collaborator and rising star of UK hip hop Loyle Carner.

Hosted by Rally & Broad.

Tickets: £12.50 (adv) / £15 (door)

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Six60 & David Dallas LIVE (Sat 17th May) – SOLD OUT!

06 May 2014 -

Six60This gig has now SOLD OUT and will be open to ticket-holders and returns only on the night.

Blending soul, rock, dubstep and drum ‘n’ bassSix60‘s music is as dynamicversatile andunexpected as their back story.  Extended singer-songwriter jams incorporate dubstep sections as bridges, hard-rocking guitar duels with robust synthetics and thunderous low end bass over vibrant percussive rhythms, and in both voice and instrumentation, infectious melody consistently shines through.

After spending most of 2013 in Europe and USA, performing at some of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, SXSW, The Great Escape, Wavefront, Summerfest andRepeerbahn, Six60 returned to New Zealand for the summer and immediately hit the studio. For these gigs the band are playing a BRAND NEW set that debuts five new songs plus a few other surprises.

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Supporting them will be David Dallas with his first ever UK shows.  The past three years have been a rollercoaster for David: he signed to underground powerhouse Duck Down Music in2011, releasing second album ‘The Rose Tint’ soon after, followed by a tour throughoutNorth America with hip-hop duo Aer.  He recently supported Eminen and Jay Cole on their tours of Australasia.

ITV SYNCH DEAL 

Six60 announced a TV synchronisation deal for their song, Run For It, via a trailer for the brand new ITV drama, Prey (starring John Simm), throughout April.  

Term: 29 days (7th April – 5th May, tbc)
Territory: UK and Eire
Media: Streamed internet/mobile advertising (Pre–roll ads on various UK video-on-demand/rich media services via the Videology service including 4OD, Blinkbox, Netflix, etc)

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This gig has now SOLD OUT and will be open to ticket-holders and returns only on the night.

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David Dallas, NZ hip hop star, supports Six60 LIVE

19 March 2014 -

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David Dallas has just been announced as the tour support for Kiwi pop-soul stars Six60. These will be his first ever UK shows.

The past three years have been a roller-coaster for David Dallas: he signed to underground powerhouse Duck Down Music in 2011, releasing second album ‘The Rose Tint’ soon after, followed by a tour throughout North America with hip-hop duo Aer.  He recently supported Eminem and Jay Cole on their tours of Australasia.

‘(Dallas is) the coolest thing to come out of New Zealand for quite some time’
(Rip It Up magazine, NZ)

‘There’s an honesty in Dallas’ lyrics that’s so genuine it’s refreshing’
(XXL Mag, US)

‘Easily the most impressive Kiwi cultural export since Flight of the Conchords.  Dallas stands as an inspirational tale of coming from nowhere with the mecca of hip hop in one’s crosshair and hitting it big under the bright lights’ (URB Magazine, US)

More info about this gig / buy tickets here.

Biog

Kiwi hip-hop artist David Dallas is the “artist formerly known as”. Formerly known as Con Psy. Formerly known as one-half of the award winning local hip-hop group Frontline. Through currently known as “the next big thing”.

Dallas first appeared on the New Zealand music scene after label mate P-Money spotted the prodigious talents of the rising star. It was this recognition that led to Dallas’ searing verse on Scribe’s “Not Many – The Remix”. The song heralded the arrival of an untapped rap talent that New Zealand hip-hop was quick to make room for.

Eight years on from that 16 bar introduction, David Dallas has amassed an impressive history of ticked boxes. Releasing a critically lauded debut album? Check. New Zealand music award for the Best Hip Hop Album? Check. Record deal with prestigious American record label? Check. Surgically precise wordplay few can approach? Check.

Dawn Raid Entertainment, Dirty Records and Duck Down Music are excited to announce the release of Falling Into Place – David Dallas’ third studio album.

The past two years have been a rollercoaster for the Kid. He signed to underground powerhouse Duck Down Music NYC in 2011, releasing second album The Rose Tint in the US soon after and touring throughout North America with hip hop duo Aer. A spot at the notoriously hard-to-get-into SXSW Fader party. Big ups from Kanye West and adds to MTV America and Australia. Short listing for New Zealand’s highest songwriting accolade, the Taite Prize. A tour of New Zealand with P-Money, and the release of his Buffalo Man EP.

Not wanting to rest on laurels, the start of 2013 saw Dallas enter the studio with production whizz kids Fire & Ice, note book in hand. Diamonds are made under pressure. In four months, Dallas had tweleve unmissable finished tracks to put his name to.

D.Dot talks a big game but he’s still a storyteller. Themes on Falling Into Place range from epic Django Unchained tales of escape on first single “Runnin”, to his tribute to the streets of South Auckland, “Southside”. Arguably the biggest innovator in hip hop New Zealand has seen in two decades, Dallas has once again turned his eagle eye to finding new and unusual talent to mix in with his own. On “The Wire” and “The Gate” he collaborates with alt. pop icon Ruby Frost, the tracks bookending the album (both songs had been demo-ed a year before “that” TV show, to quell any notions of bandwagon-jumping). Elsewhere in the tracklisting, up-and comers Spycc and Rokske rub shoulders with long time wingmen Sid Diamond, Mareko, PNC and US superstar rapper Freddie Gibbs.

With his second album The Rose Tint, David Dallas made new rules for how a record should be sold and marketed (i.e give it away). Expect the unexpected when Falling Into Place drops in October.

‘I’m out here, I’m hungry. I don’t play around, trust me’ (‘Runnin’, David Dallas)

 

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